LRA Hosts 1st National Revenue Symposium Tuesday

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) will on Tuesday (July 18) Liberia’s first-ever National Revenue Symposium, to engage with taxpayers and other stakeholders. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to deliver an opening statement and also serve as a moderator at the symposium, held in Monrovia.According to an LRA press release, the pending symposium aims to: Raise awareness on the importance of Domestic Resource Mobilization; engage with stakeholders on a Domestic Resource Mobilization strategy; and gather taxpayer’s feedback on revenue administration in the country.The symposium also will bring together major stakeholders from across the country as well as representatives of international partners and multilateral bodies including the UN, World Bank, ECOWAS, African Development Bank, USAID, EU and the African Tax Administrative, among several others.In addition, the Revenue Symposium will also serve as the platform to launch the LRA’s Five-Year Corporate Strategic Plan as quick action in fostering effective tax administration for mobilizing resources domestically.The LRA and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will host the one-day National Revenue Symposium at the City Hall of Liberia under the theme “Domestic Revenue Mobilization.”According to the release, during the symposium, findings from four regional dialogues on domestic resource mobilization held last year and early 2017 will be presented to stakeholders. The National Revenue Symposium is an opportunity to hear what the people are saying about tax administration in Liberia and to put forth suggestions for the domestic resource mobilization strategy for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weekly MP report from Jay Hill

first_imgSubmitted by M.P. Jay Hill Bill C-14, the Fairness at the Pumps Act, will ensure fairness when Canadians fill up at the gas pumps. It is estimated that each year, due to inaccurate measurement, Canadian consumers receive a full $20-million dollars LESS gas than what they pay for at the pumps.This new legislation will require retailers to have the accuracy of their machines checked on a regular basis by independent inspectors. As well, the Act brings in court-imposed fines and a formal penalties system.At a time when family budgets are still spread thin, our Government finds it completely unacceptable that consumers could be paying more than they should at the gas station and we are taking this concrete action to ensure businesses are accountable. – Advertisement -Members of our Canadian Forces put their lives on the line for our country and our Conservative Government is proud to stand behind them and their families.Like any worker in Canada, CF members, including reservists, are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, including maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate care benefits, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. However, currently if our troops are deployed to serve our country, they risk losing the opportunity to draw the 35 weeks of parental benefits they are eligible to receive.This week, our Conservative Government introduced Bill C-13 to extend the EI parental benefits eligibility window to support CF members and reservists who are ordered to return to duty while on parental leave or whose parental leave is deferred as a result of a military requirement.The new measure will extend the period in which they are eligible by another 52 weeks and would ensure our military members have access to an important benefit available to all Canadian workers that assists parent-child bonding and the establishment of a foundation for subsequent growth, development and learning.Canada has an obligation to ensure that our brave men and women in uniform have access to the programs and services they need. Extending the eligibility window for these benefits is the fair and right thing to do.Advertisementcenter_img Given the value that Canadians place upon our soldiers, our veterans and their service and sacrifice, I was very pleased that a private member’s bill introduced by my caucus colleague, MP Gary Shellenberger, was also on the agenda this week in the House of Commons.Mr. Shellenberger’s legislation proposes to place restrictions on the sale of insignia of military orders, decorations and medals of cultural significance outside of Canada.Bill C-473 prohibits the transfer or sale of these important insignia to non-residents unless right of first refusal at fair market value has been offered to the Government of Canada, through the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization or the Department of Canadian Heritage. The law would not apply to the transfer of an insignia to a near relative of the owner or to an heir of the owner upon their death.And on the subject of fairness, there is one more piece of legislation that our Government introduced this week in the House that I would like to bring to your attention.Advertisementlast_img read more

Big weekend for the Huskies

first_imgIt is a big weekend for the Huskies as they have three games over the weekend.Luckily for the Huskies they will have some added scoring punch for their games. Jackson Glass is making his Huskies debut after making the trip from Whitehorse to join the team. Head Coach Bob Kalb expects Glass to be an integral member of the team.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3201|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2a3ee166845a47810617d1b88549017f-Bob Kalb 1_1_Pub.mp3] The Huskies are 3-0 thus far in the season, but will face tough competition tonight as they head on the road to Dawson Creek to face the Jr. Canucks. Coach Kalb expects it to be a physical game.[asset|aid=3202|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2a3ee166845a47810617d1b88549017f-Bob Kalb 2_1_Pub.mp3] Catch the game live on Moose FM. Pregame show starts at 7:45pm.Advertisement Then on Saturday and Sunday the Huskies have back to back games against the Whitecourt Wolverines at home. Coach Kalb expects Whitecourt to be a stiff test for the team.[asset|aid=3203|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2a3ee166845a47810617d1b88549017f-Bob Kalb 3_1_Pub.mp3] Game starts at 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Come down to North Peace Arena to cheer on the Huskies.last_img read more

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Prince William slams football clubs over mental health care

first_img0Shares0000Prince William in rare outspoken remarks lambasted football clibs for disregarding the mental health of players seeing them simply as financial assets © POOL/AFP / Tim ROOKELondon, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Prince William has launched a withering broadside at football clubs, lambasting them for a “dereliction of duty” in their lack of care for players’ mental health.Prince William, who along with younger brother Prince Harry have spoken openly about their own mental health issues, said clubs appeared to only see the players as investments not as human beings. Prince William, who is the President of English football’s governing body the Football Association (FA), made the remarks during a meeting at Windsor Park, the home of the Irish Football Association in Belfast.“Some clubs don’t do anything about mental health. We’ve got to change the whole way we look after players,” the 36-year-old Prince said to members of Ahead of the Game, an organisation that delivers mental health support to grassroots football clubs. “Many players come from difficult backgrounds and may have all sorts of issues going on.“So just to have them as a complete financial asset…it’s a dereliction of duty, I think.”Prince William says he is working with the FA of which he is president to organise a Mental Health FA Cup © POOL/AFP / Tim ROOKEPrince William, who decried the manner in which players are “discarded” and said they should be “supported” instead of the clubs wiping their hands of them and told to “move on”, said he was in talks with the FA over the possibility of organising a “Mental Health FA Cup”.“We’re working on something with the FA at the moment, trying potentially to get a mental health FA Cup to have a really punchy campaign we can base something around,” said the Prince, who is a noted supporter of second tier English side Aston Villa.Prince William’s rare outspoken comments drew praise from across the football community including Michael Bennett, the Professional Footballers’ Association’s head of welfare.It emerged last year a record number of players approached the body for support with mental health problems.“Clearly, not everyone is earning £100,000 ($133,000) a week,” said Bennett.“There are things you don’t see. Players could suffer an untimely death in the family or suffer a serious injury.“Money isn’t going to stop emotional feelings surfacing,” he said.Several former and current high profile players have spoken of their battles with mental issues including Tottenham Hotspur and England star Danny Rose, former England international Aaron Lennon and the now retired Stan Collymore.Collymore, 48, is presently struggling admitting for the last three weeks he has been sleeping for 20 hours a day revealing his “longing never to wake” but he said the Prince’s remarks could be a game changer for the issue.“Prince William’s comments will carry a serious amount of clout and are potentially game-changing for the way mental health issues are dealt with in football,” Collymore wrote in the Daily Mirror.“If this doesn’t resonate through the organisation, as guardians of the game, and through the corridors of power at the Premier League and the English Football League then, frankly, I don’t know what will.“Football is like a factory these days with clubs looking for the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.”Former Wales star Robbie Savage said Prince William’s remarks would hopefully prompt the clubs to be more caring of those they let go.“It can only be a good sign Prince William, who genuinely cares for the game, is taking such an interest,” Savage told the Daily Mirror.“This summer, dozens of teenagers who dream of a career in professional football will be released –- and it’s important that they are not simply left to pick up the pieces.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Guus Hiddink should be contender for full-time Chelsea job, Didi Hamann tells talkSPORT

first_img Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink Dietmar Hamann believes Guus Hiddink should be a contender for the permanent Chelsea job after the Blues’ turnaround since his appointment.The Dutchman returned to Stamford Bridge in December to heal the wounds left by axed boss Jose Mourinho.He took interim charge with the team sitting just one point above the relegation zone, quickly fixing Chelsea’s problems as the defending Premier League champions have been unbeaten since his appointment.The likes of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Italy coach Antonio Conte and outgoing Manchester City chief Manuel Pelligrini have all been linked with the position since Mourinho’s departure.But Hamann believes Hiddink should be high on the club’s list of candidates thanks to the Chelsea’s remarkable improvement under his stewardship.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Hamann said: “If you feel there’s nobody out there who really fits the bill, then why not [have Hiddink stay]?“At the moment Chelsea seem to be in a good place, performances and results have picked up, and Stamford Bridge seems to be a better place now Mourinho has gone.“It’s probably unlikely because there are a few contenders [for the job], but I wouldn’t rule it out completely.” 1last_img read more


first_imgKnock Airport.2014 has proven to be a record breaking year at Ireland West Airport Knock with Donegal passengers flocking to the airport. Knock Airport boasted numbers exceeding 700,000 for the first time in the airports 29 year history.In 2014, the annual number of passengers using the airport increased by over 38,000 to 703,324 – an increase of 5.7% on 2013 numbers. The Airport now serves over 20 International destinations and is served by three of Europes major International airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair.August 2014 also saw the airport experience its busiest ever month with a total of 102,774 passengers passing through the terminal – the first time in the 28 year history that over 100,000 passengers have used the airport in a calendar month.2014 saw a major increase in traffic to/from the UK, which represents the airports biggest market, with traffic up 9.4% on 2013 numbers.Particularly strong performers were Ryanairs London services to Stansted and Luton, which carried an extra 44,000 passengers (20% increase), whilst Aer Lingus’s London Gatwick service grew by 6%. Flybe services to Manchester and Birmingham, also performed strongly with passenger numbers up 9% across both routes.The strong increases on UK services highlights the importance of the Airport from a regional perspective in providing essential connectivity for leisure, tourist and in particular in providing increased frequencies to the London market for those commuting to and from London for work purposes.In addition a number of important safety and security upgrades were carried out at the airport in 2014 including the installation of an airport wide CCTV system.Costing €200,000, across the entire airport facility providing enhanced security and safety measures for passengers and staff at the airport, whilst a €1.7m upgrade of the Runway End Safety Area and aircraft turning circle was completed in 2014 to meet existing regulatory requirements.Commenting on the 2014 performance, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director at Ireland West Airport Knock told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted to have had a record year in 2014 with record numbers on almost all of our services, highlighting the airports importance as the main international gateway for the West & North West of Ireland and indeed the Wild Atlantic Way. “I would like to express our thanks to all our customers, stakeholders, tourism groups, local authorities and Govt representatives for their continued support in helping us to grow and develop essential international connectivity, that will lead to more jobs and prosperity for the people of the West and North West of Ireland.“I would also like to say a special word of thanks to the staff at the airport for their hard work and continued focus on ensuring the customer and passenger experience through the airport is both a safe and welcoming one’It was recently announced that 7 local authorities have approved in principle to take an investment in the airport. These include both Galway city and county councils together with Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Roscommon and Mayo– See more at: DONEGAL PASSENGERS HELP KNOCK AIRPORT WITH RECORD BREAKING YEAR was last modified: January 8th, 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:BusinessFeaturesfiguresKnock AirportnewsRecord-breakinglast_img read more

Loan duo return to Chelsea

first_imgYoung Chelsea duo Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon have returned to Stamford Bridge from their loan spells at Reading.With Reading in mid-table in the Championship, out of play-off contention and clear of relegation danger, the pair have returned to their parent club to be assessed and to train with the Blues for the remainder of the season.English defender Hector, 23, and Brazilian midfielder Piazon, 22, will not be eligible for selection in the Blues’ remaining four Premier League fixtures under caretaker boss Guus Hiddink, a story on the club website stated.Hiddink will make way at the end of the season, with Antonio Conte joining as head coach once Italy’s European Championships campaign is complete.Their assessment is likely to determine if they should stay with the first team next season, or be made available for a further loan.Hector signed from Reading on a permanent deal at the end of the 2015 summer transfer window, but was immediately loaned back to the Championship side. He has made 35 appearances for the Royals this season.Piazon, who joined Chelsea in August 2011 and has a handful of first-team appearances, has scored five times in 27 appearances for Reading this season. Michael Hector (L) celebrates with Lucas Piazon (C) during their loan spell at Reading 1last_img read more

Too many schools fail their students

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! How long should parents allow their children to remain trapped in a failed school? Five years? Two years? One year? To ask the question is to know the answer. Loving, caring parents would drive out to the school, rescue their child, and drive home without a glance back. Appropriately, when Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, it made clear that every child in America has the right to attend an effective school now. And, based on that law, parents who are taking action against the Los Angeles Unified and Compton Unified school districts are demanding immediate relief in the form of access to quality schools for their children. In both districts, test scores are in the dumps, the campuses are plagued by violence, and half of the students are dropping out before finishing high school. No one voluntarily enrolls a child in parts of these districts – the kids are there not by choice, but because the schools are prisons for families who don’t have the money for anything else. The families in these districts are overwhelmingly poor and minority, and the huge, uncaring bureaucracies running the districts exploit these families with no place else to go. While both districts are heavily racially segregated, Compton especially is an educational apartheid, a district that is nearly 100 percent minority. In 1963, it was George Wallace of Alabama who stood in the schoolhouse door to block racial integration. Today, it is educrats and teachers union bosses in places like the LAUSD and Compton who block the escape of disadvantaged minorities to a better life. In both districts, the numbers of children trapped in failing schools so overwhelmingly outnumbers the available openings in high-performing district public schools that simply allowing transfers within the districts can never solve the problem. What will meet the requirements of the law is some combination of allowing transfers to high-performing public schools outside of the districts; allowing existing public schools within those districts to convert to charter schools; and giving students in dysfunctional public schools scholarships to attend private schools. These options have been shown to produce higher test scores at the same or even lower per-student spending rates, and the prod of competition has been demonstrated to dramatically improve the existing traditional public schools. Of those three options, allowing existing public schools to convert to charter status will probably work most quickly and help the greatest numbers of students. Charter schools are public schools of choice that are run directly by their local communities, and bypass the stifling bureaucracy of traditional public schools by putting the money directly into the classroom. California’s existing charter schools now enroll about 3 percent of our public-school students and have been the one shining light in a state notorious for its public education. The option of private-school scholarships now has precedent in federal law under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, which has long given children with disabilities who cannot be adequately served in public schools a scholarship to a private special-education school, and in the Hurricane Katrina education-relief bill, passed in December 2005, which offers displaced families scholarships to private schools. Whichever options are implemented, the time to act is now. We do not have a moment to spare in rescuing those children who so desperately need our help. Alan Bonsteel, M.D., is president of California Parents for Educational Choice.last_img read more

St. Eunan’s to host fun-filled fundraiser to kick off the summer

first_imgSt. Eunan’s College are hosting a fun-filled fundraiser based on the 80s gameshow ‘It’s A Knockout’ on Saturday the 6th of May from 12pm to 3pm.Contestants on ‘It’s A Knockout’ must use team-building skills to maneuver their way through a hilariously absurd course, with the team amassing the most points becoming the victors.Families, friends, and workmates are welcome to form a team and register for the event. If you would like to register a team you can do so by emailing can also check out their Facebook page by clicking here.Fundraisers will have a sponsorship sheet with them (printed in colour), and official sheets will have the St. Eunan’s school stamp at the bottom.Last week school officials asked the public to be careful of who they give sponsorship to, as some people purporting to be fundraising were actually not affiliated with St. Eunan’s, with the funds not going towards the school. A spokesperson for the Parent’s Association at St. Eunan’s said; “Whenever we are running a fundraiser, full details will appear on this page beforehand and those collecting will always have documentation from us to identify them, or one of us will be present to confirm that the collection is legitimate. When in doubt, don’t hand over anything and check with this page.“Teams that are registered to take part in our It’s a Knockout contest will be fundraising individually for their teams in the coming weeks, but you should look for our official sponsorship form, pictured below, printed in colour. If in doubt, contact us here before agreeing to sponsor.“Again, if someone collecting on behalf of the school or Parents’ Association cannot produce ID and show you legitimate documentation that matches what we show here, please do not give them money.St. Eunan’s to host fun-filled fundraiser to kick off the summer was last modified: April 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fundraiserits a knockoutSt Eunanslast_img read more