first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), in its vigorous drive to collect lawful taxes due the government, Thursday sealed the doors of five major businesses after they failed to settle tax obligations since 2009.Businesses shutdown included Novafone GSM Company in Congo Town, Shehny Trading Inc. on Broad Street, Continental General & Life Insurance, Medicare Insurance Corporation, and Liberty Investment (Producers of Aqualife Water), all in Monrovia, a press release in Monrovia said yesterday. Court and LRA officials delivered closure orders and requested employees out of the premises before sealing the doors of each of the businesses.The five companies owed a total of US$1.36 million and a little over L$30 million, including penalties and interest for the last six years. The LRA obtained closure orders from the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia to shut the doors of the premises after all legal efforts to have them pay their taxes failed, LRA lawyer Cllr. James Bombo said.The affected businesses will remain shut down until their bills are settled with interest and penalties under the law.During the period of the closure, the LRA will conduct a tax audit, education and will work along with the delinquent tax payers to meet their obligations under the law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA chaotic scene erupted two days ago at the Congo Town home of Unity Party (UP) Chairman Senator Varney Sherman, when security forces, led by the Liberia National Police (LNP), attempted to enforce a court order to search the home.Worse yet, early Wednesday morning the news spread throughout Monrovia and around the country that Senator Sherman had been arrested.On Monday morning a stream of angry and tough talking UP partisans in the early morning hours arrived at the Sherman residence where they encountered the police and officers of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LAAC), who had come to effect Cllr. Sherman’s arrest. But the police quickly dismissed an arrest attempt, insisting that they were there only to effect a search of the home for documents relevant to the current corruption saga sparked by the revelations of the United Kingdom-based transparency watchdog, Global Witness. These revelations accuse several high government officials of bribery.The allegations were targeted against no less a person than Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as Senator Varney Sherman, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and several other GOL officials.The Global Witness report on Liberia, which has rocked the nation, said that the UK-based Sable Mining Company spent US$950,000 in bribes, through the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, based on Cheeseman Avenue in Fiama, Sinkor, which paid this money to several GOL officials.In swift reaction to the Global Witness report, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed her Minister of State Without Portfolio, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, to head an investigative team to probe into the veracity of the allegations.With equal swiftness, Cllr. Koffa, in collaboration with the Justice Ministry and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, arranged indictments for Speaker Tyler, Senator Sherman and several other officials and former officials of government. Early yesterday morning, the first indictment was served on Senator Sherman at his Congo Town residence. He signed the indictment and went along with the court officers to Criminal Court ‘C’. Speaker Tyler appeared in the court in the early afternoon where he, too, was served his indictment, along with others, including E.C.B. Jones, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, and one Onanuga.While these dramatic judicial developments were unfolding, all of them orchestrated by the Fonati Koffa Task Force, reliable sources said President Sirleaf had left the country yesterday for the United States on a five-day visit.One of the questions on most people’s minds is whither UP as the 2017 presidential and general elections approach. With the now open split between the UP standard bearer and its chairman, Senator Sherman, the party is clearly in disarray. This gives Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, so far the party’s most talked about candidate to succeed President Sirleaf, not a hill, but a mountain to climb in his bid to enter the Executive Mansion in 2018.Mr. Boakai already comes loaded with a substantially heavy, uncomplimentary baggage—the widespread corruption in government, and not too much to show in terms of national development. Education remains “in a mess” by Ellen’s own admission; the healthcare delivery system is down in terms of medical personnel, equipment, hospitals and health centers; our agricultural performance is dismal; many of the streets, roads and highways—in Monrovia and up country—are in very bad shape; energy is still seriously lacking; and the economy is firmly in the hands of foreigners. What will Candidate Boakai—or anyone else that emerges as a UP candidate—tell voters the party has done for them?And, with the country desperately in need of national unity, UP will find it very hard, or next to impossible, to assure the Liberian people that it (UP) is the party that can unite them.Who takes the blame for all this? First, the party leadership, now openly, viciously and bloodily at each other’s throats; and second, Ellen, the candidate that UP fought for and succeeded TWICE in convincing the Liberian people to elect as their President. And what has she given UP in return? A party plagued with nasty infighting and partisans deeply disappointed and aggrieved (offended, distressed).On her arrival in Washington, she will be able to boast that some big fish in the alleged corruption web are being prosecuted. But here at home, many are asking what of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) that, under Ellen’s son Robert Sirleaf’s watch, went from healthy liquidity to bankruptcy. Yes, Global witness alleges US$950,000 in the bribery scandal. But what of the US$31 million which Clemenceau Urey left as Chairman in NOCAL’s account, which Robert Sirleaf met when he became Chair and left bankrupt?We ask, Can UP survive its embattled Chairman, and Ellen’s aloofness (coldness, indifference) as the party sinks and wallows in disunity?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Everton striker Romelu Lukaku Everton are demanding serious cash for in-form striker Romelu Lukaku.The Belgium international has been linked with a move to Manchester United after an impressive goalscoring season where he has scored 15 goals in 22 Premier League games, but his rising reputation has come at a price.According to reports, the Toffees have slapped a £65m price tag on the 22-year-old in order to ward off interest from the Red Devils – a similar firm approach to the one taken when Chelsea pursued John Stones last summer.But what do Manchester United supporters think of Everton’s valuation of Lukaku?Read the best comments below… 1last_img

first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource CentreLocal NotesWhat courses would you like to see run at the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre? If you have any ideas of courses/activities you would like to see being run in the future please contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. BLOSSOMS: Blossoms charity shop is open Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm. We would also like you to donate any old items such as books, clothes etc. Thank you for your help and support.Furniture Restoration: This course has started but due to popularity we are still taking names to run another course, so, if you are still interested, contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. Thank you. Community Walking Group: Every Wednesday from 11am. It will consist of a warm-up, walk, followed by a cooling down session and a cuppa. These walks will be geared towards you, so we walk within your abilities. They will run for ten weeks and are free. So if you are interested contact the Lifford – Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. Come along and let’s go walking!Dyslexia support classes. Did you find reading at school difficult, if so, maybe you are dyslexic? Never worry because we have a course that will start you off at the beginning with reading and writing, great tutors, work at your own pace and learn with others at the same level. Just leave your name and number by contacting the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773.Book Club: Would you be interested in joining a Book Club? If you are, just leave your name and number with James/Marie at the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre by calling 074 91 41773. Thank You.Up and coming courses at Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre.• Furniture Restoration.• Book Club.• Child protection. • First Aid.• Gardening.• Internet skills.• Basic/Conversational Irish. • English as a second language.• Basic computer course.• Photography.• Photoshop.• Spanish.We are still taking names for these courses so if you are interested, please contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. Thank you.DD LOCAL: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH LOCAL NEWS was last modified: May 31st, 2014 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)last_img read more

first_imgLODI – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides has tried for months to shake the tax-and-spend image pushed relentlessly by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign. While some of the attacks may be exaggerated, Angelides’ own statements on certain taxes make him vulnerable. One in particular has alienated the state’s powerful agriculture lobby and could cost Angelides votes in the Central Valley, the fast-growing region that is seen as key for both campaigns. The state treasurer has said he wants to end more than $103 million in tax breaks for California farmers. Schwarzenegger’s campaign and the state Republican Party have pounced on Angelides’ plan, portraying it as a slap to hardworking farmers and giving it an easy-to-remember label – the “tractor tax.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsExisting tax breaks on the sale of farm machinery and diesel fuel and propane used for agricultural purposes save California farmers a combined $103.6 million annually, according to state figures. Previous statements by Angelides and a budget plan he released over the summer suggest he favors reinstating those taxes. The tax exemptions mean a savings of about $30,000 a year on fuel and other supplies to Richard Rodriguez, a farmer with properties throughout San Joaquin County. Rodriguez can spend up to $1,000 a day for diesel fuel during the peak harvesting season, he said – a hefty expense that is currently tax-free. Needs tax breaks Rodriguez, who said he has not donated money to either major political party or gubernatorial candidate, farms about 450 acres in addition to helping other growers with their operations. He said he fears a repeal of the tax breaks would weaken California’s ability to hold its own in the global market. “Especially when our profit margins are small, the savings keep us in business,” he said, gazing out over fields of bell peppers and dry beans at his farm in Lodi. “If it gets to the point where you can’t compete, you’ll see our food coming from other places.” Angelides has generally avoided direct mention of the agricultural tax breaks in the campaign, but his written proposals are more forthcoming. The budget plan he laid out in mid-August calls for creating an independent commission that would look at a broad range of loopholes, including those that apply to farming equipment. The commission would determine which should or shouldn’t be closed, campaign spokesman Brian Brokaw said. A consolidated package of loopholes to be closed would then be presented to the state Legislature for a vote, Brokaw said. Angelides also has been outspoken on the issue in the past. `Loopholes’ In April 2004, as state treasurer, he and a group of Democratic lawmakers proposed the immediate closing of a set of eight “unjustified corporate tax loopholes.” The proposal singled out the farming sales tax exemptions, which Angelides called “wasteful.” The California Farm Bureau Federation, which has endorsed Schwarzenegger, denounced the characterization of the tax break as a corporate tax loophole. “That language shows that Angelides is out of touch with our farming community,” said Kiran Black, a farm bureau spokeswoman. “There’s a lack of understanding of how the repeal of tax exemptions would hit farmers and local economies.” Schwarzenegger has not been entirely fiscally conservative himself. Fees and tuition for public universities and colleges rose substantially during his first years in office before he capped them this fiscal year. He also supports a $37.3 billion package of public works bonds on the November ballot that would lead to record borrowing. The Legislature’s Democratic leadership also supports the infrastructure plan for roads, levees, schools and housing. Some farmers say the dust-up over the tractor tax has gotten overly political and is taking the focus away from more substantive farming issues. “I’m fundamentally opposed to special-interest tax cuts, and I feel this is what that is,” said Roger Sitkin, a walnut farmer in Linden, near Stockton. “It’s an attempt (by Schwarzenegger) to maintain the farmer vote.” Other issues He said the candidates should be more concerned with rising energy prices and funding cuts to agricultural research. Greg Massa, a rice farmer in Glenn and Colusa counties, said his business is affected more by stagnant commodities prices than any existing tax exemptions. “If somebody in government fixed that, concerns over sales taxes and all other issues would go away,” he said. Debate over the farm tax and others seems to have done little good for Angelides with California voters, who already have survived a summer gas-price shock and face other pocketbook concerns such as high housing and health care costs. He trailed Schwarzenegger by double digits in the two most recent statewide polls. In the Central Valley, Angelides was behind by 29 percentage points among likely voters, according to a poll taken in late September by the Public Policy Institute of California. Field Poll A Field Poll in July of likely voters found that taxes were the second-most important issue – behind illegal immigration – to those who said they were supporting Schwarzenegger for governor. Angelides supporters ranked taxes near the bottom of issues they considered most important, the poll found. Examining existing tax breaks can be good policy, but it also might reinforce the image in voters’ minds that Angelides is more interested in protecting state spending, said Kim Rueben, senior research associate at the Washington-based Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the nonpartisan Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. “Depending on what voters are putting their priorities on, that might be problematic,” she said. Angelides’ campaign aides said his larger plan for small-business and middle-class tax cuts would save Californians hundreds of millions of dollars. That plan includes up to $5,000 a year in property tax exemptions for small businesses. Such cuts would benefit many small family farmers and ranchers, Brokaw said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_img TROPHY Most Read in Football 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Conte was sacked by Chelsea last July just months after delivering FA Cup success 2 getty Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update JIBE latest The pair worked with each other at Juventus between 2011 and 2014, with the Turin giants winning three consecutive league titles during that time.Inter are currently fourth in Serie A with one game of the season to go and are expected to clinch the final Champions League place.They are one point ahead of arch rivals Milan in fifth after losing 4-1 to Napoli on Sunday, and face Empoli at home on Sunday while their city rivals play SPAL away. gameday cracker revealed whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Antonio Conte is set to make a return to management with Inter Milan center_img Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is set for a return to management with Inter Milan.Conte, who was axed by the Blues last July, will reportedly sign a three or four-year deal at the San Siro, according to the Guardian. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Several other European giants, including Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, had expressed an interest in the 49-year-old.However, it is believed Conte had his heart set on returning to Serie A and is relishing the challenge of turning Inter into title contenders again.Another key factor in his imminent arrival at the San Siro is his relationship with the club’s CEO Beppe Marotta. scrap SORRY getty Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos punished Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LATEST last_img read more

first_imgAn artist’s rendition of the comet exploding in Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt.(Image: Wits University) Professor David Block, was one of four astronomers who studied the Hypatia pebble.(Image: David Block)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Sulaiman Philip“Let me remind the reader that everything that falls out of the sky always seems stranger than they actually are.” With these words, an anonymous reviewer on the esteemed science magazine Earth and Planetary Science Letters’ peer panel tried to dissuade the editor from publishing a collaborative paper written by a group of South African scientists.Its significantly dry title – Unique chemistry of a diamond-bearing pebble from the Libyan Desert Glass-strewn field, SW Egypt: Evidence for a shocked comet fragment – obscures the importance of the work done by the group; Professors David Block and Jan Kramers, Chris Harris and Dr Marco Andreoli. Comet strike proofIn a world-first, the work of these scientists, from the universities of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Cape Town and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) respectively, has provided the first concrete proof of a comet strike on Earth.In a presentation at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Block explained that while comets have inspired fear and wonder throughout history, they are simply small dirty snowballs that “contain pristine material from the epoch of the formation of our solar system”.“Comets always visit our skies … but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth.”In the mid-1990s, during an expedition to the Libyan Desert, Egyptian geologist Ali Barakat picked up a black pebble that seemed out of place. Barakat’s curiosity was piqued because of its unusual streaked appearance and the lack of any similar rock formations in the debris field. Tests on the rock in Egypt showed that its composition was unusual but Barakat and his team could not tell just how much.Barakat found the pebble in a 6000km2area of glass, believed to have been formed from a comet strike 28-million years ago. The comet heated the desert sands to almost 2 000 °C, creating a highly prized commodity, Libyan Desert glass, a fragment of which resides in a Pharaonic breast ornament belonging to boy king Tutankhamen. A promising pebble Barakat’s colleague, Dr Mario di Martino, called in Dr Andreoli to look at the rock because he believed the pebble may be a carbonado, but Andreoli was sceptical when his first round of tests results hinted that the pebble did not come from Earth.Andreoli has spent his career studying carbonado rocks, better known as black diamonds. The high hydrogen content of these carbon rock formations and the fact that they are found in just two locations on Earth suggested to scientists that they were formed as result of comet impacts.“Very early on I thought I was having a Narnia moment but I kept my emotions in check. It was only in 2011 when Professor Kramers’s anomalous results matched mine that I knew we had opened a new gate and a new door.”What excited the team most were the microscopic diamonds in the rock’s core.  Diamonds are produced deep in the earth where intense pressure acts on coal. They are also formed by the high pressure shock caused by a comet explosion.“Part of the comet impacted and the shock of the impact produced the diamonds,” says Kramers.Microscopic dust particles and carbon-rich dust in Antarctic ice are the only comet material found on Earth. The North American Space Association (NASA) and the European Space Station spend billions of dollars to collect micrograms of comet material but “now we’ve got a radical new approach to studying the material without spending billions of dollars collecting it,” said Professor Kramers.Professor Block added, “The pebble discovered in the field will help unlock, in the future, the secrets of the formation of our solar system.” International interestThe team named their pebble Hypatia in honour of the first well-known female mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria. As Dr Andreoli explained, “Comets are beautiful, mysterious bringers of life. To us Hypatia embodies all that. And we felt she deserved more than an asteroid and crater on the moon that no one knows how to find named after her.”Comets differ from asteroids and meteors with their thin atmospheres and regular orbits and the bodies are even thought to have sparked life on Earth.Hypatia’s importance lies in the fact that acts as a time capsule holding stardust from beyond our solar system.The ongoing research and study of the pebble has grown to include scientists from around the world, including Italian scientists from the universities of Bologna and Turin.For Professor Adam Habib, Wits vice-chancellor and principal, the fact that this significant discovery came as result of collaboration between South African universities was important.He believes that ongoing collaboration would lead to more ground-breaking work in other fields and show the world the quality of South African tertiary institutions.“If we want true freedom it can only be achieved when our minds are free. Work of this quality proves that we are on the road.”last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#start#tips chris cameroncenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When it comes to saving money at an early-stage startup, labor is one of the most difficult areas to penny pinch. If you care deeply about your product and your idea, it’s hard to not want to go out and hire the very best employees and contractors, but this isn’t always in the budget of a new venture.CrowdFlower is one way startups can save some dough by leveraging labor-on-demand services for things like data entry and content moderation. As of Monday, startups using the platform can not only save cash, but can now also apply to receive as much as $10,000 of investment from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups seed fund.According to Fast Company’s Ariel Schwartz, some startups may also be eligible for larger invesments up to $50,000. In total, McClure has pledged a $250,000 fund to help “kickstart the business community to build more great startups on CrowdFlower.” CrowdFlower lets startups outsource specific tasks to the service’s global community of over 500,000 workers. Pay-as-you-go pricing and around-the-clock availability make it a powerful platform for completing odd jobs, especially those which computers and scripts might have trouble with. The service is one of many leveraging crowdsourcing to bring the human element to the cloud. Boulder-based search marketing startup Trada has used a similar model to help companies large and small run more efficient PPC ad campaigns. With this partnership between CrowdFlower and 500 Startups, companies can be rewarded with investment merely for leveraging the power of the crowd, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.last_img read more

first_imgWyoming has enacted legislation that requires marketplace facilitators to collect sales tax.Marketplace FacilitatorsMarketplace facilitators must collect and remit sales tax on sales made on its own behalf and on behalf of marketplace sellers to customers in Wyoming, regardless of whether the marketplace seller has a Wyoming sales tax permit. A “marketplace facilitator” is any person that facilitates a sale of tangible personal property, services, or admissions for a marketplace seller and collects payment from a purchaser and transmits the payment to the marketplace seller by means of one or more third parties, regardless of whether the person receives compensation for facilitating the sale.Relief From LiabilityA marketplace facilitator is relieved of liability if it fails to collect or remit sales tax due to incorrect or insufficient information provided by a marketplace seller. The relief must not exceed five percent of the total sales tax due from sales made or facilitated in Wyoming by the marketplace facilitator. No relief is permitted for sales made by a marketplace seller that is affiliated with the marketplace facilitator.H.B. 69, Laws 2019, effective July 1, 2019Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgThis game man…this game. Absolutely stellar performance by Alexander Georgiev and the offense to back him up. The high danger chances converted for the Rangers vs the Knights was the key here, but an exciting game nevertheless. Let’s get to the thoughts shall we?!Literally 10 seconds into the game, Georgiev has to make a high danger save. Is there anything more on-brand than that for the 2019-2020 New York Rangers?What more can you say about the incredible skill set of Artemiy Panarin. The guy is an elite hockey player in every aspect of his game. Subban did not have a great night in goal by his standards, but a filthy shot eluded him and it was what got the rout going.The Rangers were hilariously outshot in this game, but all it takes sometimes is converting on big spots like they did on the 4 minute power play tonight with a little bit of puck luck for the rebound to go right to Trouba’s stick, but an even better shot to beat Subban.You absolutely hate to see what happened to Cody Glass. Lemieux in my opinion showed no intention on that elbow, but that was careless in all aspects. This game is fast though and hits like that will occasionally happen. Lemieux answered for it later with a scrap with Carrier, but you hope Glass is okay.Last week’s game was definitely avenged tonight and it was good to see that the team looked to be having fun when they would pan down the bench.David Quinn has gotten a lot of criticism this season for his decision making with the lineups, but the kids did alright tonight.Kakko showed a little more on the power play tonight than he has in a while. It was good to see he at least was firing a few one-timers on Subban.There’s fun to be had that Georgiev might have to be traded, but would it really be the worst thing for the Rangers to keep him and he be Shesterkin’s backup when Igor eventually makes the NHL? Hank is this team’s goalie, but Georgiev/Shesterkin is most likely your future tandem. Worst case, you could still let Igor tear up the AHL next season and see. There are some difficult decisions coming for Gorton and company regarding this with the cap and what makes sense for the future of the Rangers.Those are some pretty brutal delay of game calls against the Rangers that went off the glass both times. How do you manage to miss that?Kreider is just lighting money on fire every game, but it was good to see him get a goal tonight. I’m starting to worry he won’t fetch the kind of package we were hoping for later on at the deadline. furthermore, who on earth is going to give him the bag this summer?Sign Jesper Fast, that’s it, that’s the thought. He’s not the flashiest player on the ice, but he just gets the job done.It’s nice to have the play of Mika Zibanejad back on the both 5v5 and special teams again.So is Hank ever going to get a shutout ever again? Good for Georgiev though!We needed this kind of win, the team’s first in Vegas. This one was fun to watch.Follow me on Twitter @TylerRichard93 3 2 i Rate This”Vegas Golden Knights/Rangers Game Thoughts”, 1 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.Share this:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailMoreLinkedInTumblrPinterestPocket Related TagsAlexander Georgiev Artemiy Panarin Brendan Lemieux Cody Glass David Quinn Henrik Lundqvist Igor Shesterkin Jacob Trouba Kaapo Kakko Malcom Subbanlast_img read more