February 17, 2020

Tax Giving Back: LRA Reaches Out to the Disadvantaged

first_imgAs part of its CSR program, the LRA has also signed an MoU with the Liberia School for the BlindDisadvantaged groups and people living with disabilities in two separate locations including the Old Folks Home on Front Street, and the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home in Sinkor, could not imagine the immense gesture the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) showed them on July 15 when it provided some huge quantities of assorted materials to them.The gesture by the LRA is part of the Revenue Authority’s recently launched Corporate Social Responsibility Program with the aim of providing assistance to vulnerable groups, communities and institutions in Liberia. The program seeks to place a prime focus on directly collaborating with and contributing to the betterment of the more vulnerable communities throughout the country.Officially launching the program on July 1 during the LRA Taxpayers Appreciation Day in Monrovia, Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba said the Social Cooperate Responsibility Program is in fulfillment of the LRA’s legislated mission and a vital way of taking the LRA to the people in a different dimension.  CG Tamba said the endeavor is part of efforts to cement relationship with the vulnerable population in tapping their talents and skills in creating tax awareness.The assorted items donated over the weekend included bags of rice, cartons of Sardines and Luncheon Meat, chicken, chloral, washing and bath soap and television sets, amongst others.The Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home, where the distribution began, has 12 persons with disabilities, most of whom are said to be abandoned by their own people.Jonah Dolakeh, Acting Supervisor of the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire, said in a statement of appreciation that these 12 persons have been in the area since 1985, and have been living at the mercy of others.  He said even staffs there earn not more than US$25.00, which according to him cannot give anyone good impression to work.He said as they were wondering how to spend the coming Independence Day holiday, they are elated by the gesture of LRA which makes them to feel a part of the society.The Old Folks Home on the other hand, was established in 1951 on Newport Street but later moved to Front Street.  It accepts disadvantaged men and women 65 years of age and above, and it currently has nine persons living there.Albert D. Scott, Coordinator of the Old Folks Home recounted that this welfare facility was established by President William V.S. Tubman with the aim of caring for disadvantaged elderly, but getting support to meet the needs of these people has been a difficult task.Like Dolakeh, Mr. Scott, joined by the old folks some of who leaped to hug LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Steward Tamba, expressed gratitude to LRA for the supplies and wished the CG God’s manifold blessings upon her and the LRA for remembering them.In a statement while making the presentation, LRA Commissioner General, Elfrieda Steward Tamba said the gesture is a part of the institution’s corporate social responsibilities to give some hope to the disadvantaged people to equally feel that they are Liberians and deserve the right to partake in proceeds from the tax collected in the country.According to Mrs. Tamba, the LRA sent one of its employees to these two areas to solicit views from them about what they need and how many of them were there, and based on the information gathered, the LRA brought the assorted items to be divided equally.  This according to the Commissioner General will require a person to have a portion of each of the items donated.Mrs. Tamba said the LRA is also targeting the blind to provide them similar items in compliance with the institution’s corporate social responsibilities, and she is expecting the gesture to extend to other parts of Liberia where disadvantaged people are.She noted that LRA as an institution established by an Act of the Legislature is for Liberia and Liberians, and the more the institution becomes successful in its work, the more impactful it will be to the people of Liberia in all categories.At the same time, the LRA has signed an MoU with the Liberia School for the Blind in Montserrado County in line with its Cooperate Social Responsibility, the LRA has said.Under the MoU, the LRA will empower and work with the visually impaired, through the Liberia School of the Blind, to engage into tax awareness and education, while at the same time providing employment opportunities for them.Under the MoU, the LRA will collaborate with the Liberia School for the Blind in the productions of educative tax dramas and jingles as well as hosting of quizzing competitions.“The LRA is committed to promoting the good communication skills of the group so as to create a space for them to showcase their God-given talents” CG Tamba indicated. The MoU will last for the period of one year and is expected to be extended to the rest of the country.It may be recalled that early this month the LRA recognized taxpayers and awarded some individuals and institutions with various kinds of awards based on tax compliance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Integrity Commission to pursue prosecutions next year – Chairman

first_img…Guyana Times offers free publication of defaultersThe Integrity Commission is committed to pursuing prosecution against officials in public offices – a significant portion of whom are still delinquent in declaring their assets to the Commission. This is according to Chairman of the Commission, Kumar Duraisami, who told  Guyana Times on Wednesday that the Commission is “definitely going ahead” with the prosecution of defaulters but noted that they first want to send reminders before doing so.Integrity Commission Chairman Kumar Duraisami along with Commissioner Rosemary Benjamin-Noble (left) and Commission Secretary Amanda JaisinghHe could not say how many defaulters there currently are, explaining that this number keeps changing every day whenever these officials make submissions. However, Duraisami noted that when the Commission meets in January 2020 for its first statutory meeting, a final list of delinquents will be determined before moving ahead.A few months ago, Duraisami had disclosed that despite a two-month extension to the June 30 deadline, less than half of the declaration forms that were sent out were filled out and returned. He noted that some 1137 forms were distributed but only 396 were received after the August 31 extended deadline.Among the defaulters are a majority of the Members of Parliament from both the Government and Opposition. Back in May, the Commission had flagged some 716 public officials for failing to make their declarations including President David Granger and some members of his Cabinet.Over the past months, the Commission has complained that inadequate financial resources have hampered its ability to carry out its mandate effectively, especially with regards to publishing the names of defaulters.Guyana Times reached out to the Commission a while ago and offered to publish the list of delinquent officials free of cost. This newspaper was told officially write the Commission on the offer.However, the Chairman told this publication that the Commission will have to meet to discuss this matter and as such, he cannot make any commitments.According to the Integrity Commission Act, all public officers in high office are required to file declarations of their assets as well as those held by their spouses and children. The law states that any public officer who fails to comply with the Commission is liable upon summary conviction, to a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for a period of no less than six months or more than one year.For 2019, the Commission since published five lists of the various categories of public officials defaulted in making their declarations. Chief among the defaulters was President David Granger himself. Others on the lists were sitting Government ministers, Members of Parliament and a number of high-ranking Government officials.last_img read more

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Internet leads to livelier new toys

first_imgNEW YORK – As kids keep getting plugged into the Internet, toy makers are following them online. At the annual American International Toy Fair this week, toy makers showed playthings such as Power Rangers helmets that store secret missions found online, plenty of online games and even devices that take kids to secure Web sites where they can play activities without wandering into the darker corners of the Internet. Toy companies are looking at where kids are playing and targeting product against it. “Younger and younger kids are becoming more comfortable with the Internet,” said New York-based toy consultant Chris Byrne. Children as young as age 3 are using the computer, said Julia Fitzgerald, vice president of marketing at VTech Holdings Ltd. The company showcased the Whiz Kid Learning System, a learning pad that comes with USB drive to connect to the computer, enabling books and activities to come to life. The system also has an icon button on the computer screen that children can click, connecting them to an online site for more games and activities. VTech launched the popular V.Smile learning system in 2004 and followed with a portable handheld version to capitalize on video games, so it was time to come out with a learning system that would connect to the computer, she said. According to Nielsen/Net Ratings Inc., an Internet research company, the number of online users ages 2 to 11 rose 19 percent, to 15.1 million in December 2006 from 12.6 million in December 2002. The latest strategy comes amid pressure on the nation’s toy industry to bring back its appeal to children who are bombarded with other entertainment options from iPods, cell phones and online community sites. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: MARTIN HARKIN IN FINE FORM AS HE WINS BALLYLIFFIN COMPETITION

first_imgBallyliffin Golf News: Sunday Confined 12 April 2015 1st Martin Harkin (14) 42pts 2nd Paul Doherty C (4) 41pts3rd Jim Porter (8) 40pts4th Don McGonigle (8) 39ptsGross: Gearoid Doherty C (7) 32pts CSS 71Saturday Open 11 April 20151st Tommy Logue (13) 38pts2nd Ryan Doherty (4) 36pts3rd Robin O’Doherty (15) 32pts Gross: Brian Ferry (12) 22ptsFriday Scramble 10 April 20151st D.Carey, G.Friel, L.Glover, 23.42nd E.Sweeney, D.Sweeney, P.Davenport, T.Gill 23.8 3rd D.Toland, J.Moore, P.Mathews, D.Butler 23.9Wednesday Society 8 April 20151st Paul O’Donoghue 38pts BOT2nd Tony Crowley 38pts3rd Robert McCool 36ptsTwos:Tony CrowleyKevin McLaughlin(H)Terry CoyleChris KeeganMick McGarryPaul WalshPascal HarperLadies:Sunday Confined 12 April 20150-181st Marie Gough 15pts2nd Ann McLaughlin (P) 14pts19-281st Theresa McLaughlin 18pts2nd Jackie Doherty 16pts29-361st Geraldine McLaughlin 19pts2nd Debbie McConologue 16ptsNell Lavelle Trophy & Medal 7 April 20151st Caoimhe Glover 68Nett2nd Lucia Mullen 73NettGross: Margaret Doherty O 84Gross3rd Ellen Nelson 73NettBack 9 Rita McCrossan 35NettCSS 72Forthcoming Events & FixturesSaturday 18 April 2015 Open Competition on Glashedy LinksSunday 19 April 2015 Glashedy Winter League Captain’s Day on both coursesEntries are now being taking for the Donegal Links Classic (25, 26 & 27 May 2015).& The Great North Links Challenge (7, 8 & 9 October 2015). Call 0749376119.Check fixtures on www.ballyliffingolfclub.com for our wide range of events over the coming monthsBallyliffin PRO-AM July 24th-26th 2015We are delighted to confirm that the winners will also get a trip to Quinta Do Lago in Portugal staying at the 5* Conrad Hotel with 3 rounds of golf at Quinta Do Lago.Saturday 16th Scratch Cup on The Old Links. To enter contact 0749376119GOLF NEWS: MARTIN HARKIN IN FINE FORM AS HE WINS BALLYLIFFIN COMPETITION was last modified: April 13th, 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:BallyliffingolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

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GOVERNMENT WAS BULLIED INTO BAILOUT, SAYS DOHERTY

first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has called on Minister Michael Noonan to immediately release the Trichet letter which reportedly bullied the Irish Government of the time into the bailout programme.Deputy Doherty was speaking this evening after a letter from ECB President Mario Draghi to Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said that the Irish Government would have to consult with ECB if it wishes to provide the letter to the banking inquiry.Deputy Doherty said: “Minister Noonan has committed to releasing the Trichet letter to a banking inquiry. Yet here we are on the eve of the establishment of the inquiry and the ECB is trying to put a spanner in the works. “It has always been our view that the Minister Noonan should not have to wait for the establishment of a banking inquiry to publish the letter. He should publish it immediately.“The public has been waiting for this inquiry for six years and the minister should not allow the ECB to frustrate its work before it even begins.” GOVERNMENT WAS BULLIED INTO BAILOUT, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: May 8th, 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) Tags:ECBPearse Doherty TDtrichet letterlast_img read more

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Covina revs up for blues, racecars

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A lineup that includes 60 race cars and drivers, about 150 classic cars, a motorcycle showcase, and Top Fuel Motorcycles are part of the automotive-related displays. A $6,500 high-performance engine will be raffled, and on four occasions during the day, the powerful dragster engines will roar to life, shaking the city streets and the people on them. “People will actually get to see and hear and feel what it’s like for the cars and the bikes to fire up,” said Freeman. On the music side of things, five outdoor and five indoor stages will be host to Jumpin’ Jack Benny, Little Chris and the Nightcrawlers, The Answer, The Federales and Toni Dodd & Southbound Blues. For the first time, a health and fitness fair sponsored by the city of Covina will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on College Street. Bluesapalooza coordinator Stacy Marteeny-Haus said that civic and community organizations have put a lot into the shows. COVINA — Live bands, racecars, food, games and crafts will cater to an expected crowd of 30,000 flocking to the streets of Covina on Saturday during the city’s annual Thunderfest/Bluesapalooza. The combined automotive and blues music festivals will occupy the downtown Covina areas from 1 to 9 p.m. on and around Citrus Avenue between San Bernardino Road and Badillo Avenue. Terri Freeman, Thunderfest coordinator, has working on the event for about nine months. “Everything we do is free to the public and we rely heavily on sponsors to step up to the plate,” Freeman said. “It’s just been an awesome year.” “We want to run an event that people talk about all over the Valley,” Marteeny-Haus said. “The whole point to it is to strengthen the whole sense of community that we have here in Covina.” @ tagline columnist:Lafayette C. Hight Jr. can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764, or by e-mail at lafayette.hight@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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ULSTER U21 CHAMPIONSHIP: HEROIC PERFORMANCE EARNS DONEGAL SEMI-FINAL DATE WITH MONAGHAN

first_imgMaxi Curran’s Donegal U21’s will face Monaghan in the Ulster U21 semi-final.Maxi Curran’s Donegal U21 side have been rewarded for their superb late, late win over Cavan last night with a semi-final meeting with Monaghan.Donegal looked dead and buried as the clock ticked towards the final minute of injury-time.However, a long ball inside by St Eunan’s star Conor Parke was collected superbly by Ciaran Thompson who offloaded to Ryan McHugh who dispatched his effort expertly to back of the Cavan net to send Donegal through. Donegal were dominant throughout but were very wasteful in front of goals and they almost paid the ultimate price for that wastefulness.Donegal’s reward is a semi-final date with Monaghan who put a strong Derry side to the sword last night.Derry had star player Neil McNicholl dismissed just before the interval and that proved very costly for the Oak Leafers.Monaghan used the extra man advantage to great effect in the second period and ran out comfortable four-point winners. Donegal will hope to have Willie Gillespie back fit for that clash with the Farney County.While Darrach O’Connor who was forced off with a knee injury will also be hoping to be fully fit for that clash next Wednesday night. ULSTER U21 CHAMPIONSHIP: HEROIC PERFORMANCE EARNS DONEGAL SEMI-FINAL DATE WITH MONAGHAN was last modified: March 19th, 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:CavandonegalGAAMaxi CurranMonaghannewsSportUlster U21 Championshiplast_img read more

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Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Saturday, March 3. Josie MURRINThe death has occurred of Josie Murrin, Roshine Road, Killybegs, Co. Donegal. Remains reposing at his residence, with removal on Sunday at 12 noon to St. Mary’s Church Killybegs for 12 30pm Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in the local cemetery. Family time from 11pm. to 11am. Bríd MOLLOYThe death has taken place at Harold’s Cross Hospice, Dublin, of Bríd Molloy, 2 Rathgar Court, Rathgar, Dublin 6, formerly of Upper Mully, Greenans, Glenties.Her remains will repose at Shovlins Funeral Home, Sanfield, Ardara, from 4.30pm on Saturday the 3rd of March, with removal at 5.30pm to St. Conal’s Church, Glenties, arriving at 6pm to repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 11am, with burial afterwards in Edinenfagh Cemetery, Glenties. Enquiries to James McGuinness & Sons Funeral Directors, Glenties. Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: March 3rd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

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Sterling ‘yet to receive contract offer’

first_imgRaheem Sterling is still awaiting a contract offer from Liverpool, The Sun report.The Harlesden teenager turns 18 shortly and it is claimed he could leave unless the club tie him to a new deal in the near future.Liverpool remain confident he will sign and an Anfield source is quoted as saying: “Talks continue to be constructive, but we’re not prepared to go into any specifics.”The Sun also say Chelsea are keeping tabs on Brazilian midfield star Bernard.The 20-year-old, dubbed the new Oscar, is said to be valued at £6m by his club Atletico Mineiro and is apparently being touted as a possible successor to Frank Lampard.The Daily Mirror say Chelsea are still chasing Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle.QPR boss Harry Redknapp plans to approach his former club Tottenham to see if they are willing to sell Scott Parker, the Mirror say.The England midfielder has not played since the European Championship but is one of a host of players Redknapp is said to be keen to sign.The Mirror also say Rob Green is likely to become Redknapp’s number one keeper and that Rangers are vying with Liverpool and Fulham for the signing of Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.The Guardian and the Daily Express also suggest Redknapp is keen on Bent – another player he managed at Spurs.The Daily Mail say Redknapp’s recent appointment could lead to an exodus of highly-paid players, but they are determined not to be forced out of the club by him.It is suggested that Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar, Jose Bosingwa and Ji-sung Park are among those who could be sold.And The Scotsman report that Joe Jordan is out of the running for the Scotland manager’s job as he is working alongside Redknapp at Loftus Road.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Record number of tax returns submitted

first_img24 July 2012 More than a million tax returns have been submitted since the start of tax season on 1 July, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Monday. It had received a record number of 1 001 162 income tax returns for the 2012 tax season by 7.30am on Monday, 22 days after filing season opened. Sars said it took five weeks to reach the one-million mark last year. “For the corresponding period last year, Sars had received 681 497 tax returns. By 7.30am on Monday, 319 665 more returns had been submitted compared to the same period last year,” Sars said in a statement. This was a 62% increase. The highest number of submissions – 82 225 – was on 2 July, when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced the start of tax season. Sars said the higher rate of submissions and faster processing of tax returns had enabled it to pay over R3-billion in refunds to 501 096 taxpayers in 22 days. “This is a significant, direct injection into the domestic economy and household incomes. This is in comparison to refunding 323 197 taxpayers to the value of almost R2-billion in the previous tax season.” There had been a strong migration to electronic filing via branches or eFiling. Only 3 796 returns had been manually submitted, a decrease of 32% from last year. A total of 620 564 returns had been submitted via eFiling, which was 32% higher than the same period last year. New systems were being tested including filing through tablets and smartphones. The deadline for manual submissions is 28 September, and 23 November for electronic submissions. Sapalast_img read more

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