Two moods –

first_imgTo the Barça he only has the Camp Nou. If he still survives in LaLiga today, it is because of his faultless career as a local, where he has won 37 points out of 39 possible (follow the game live on Surely that has already prevented some sign of protest from his people for his very poor trip through the Spanish geography, where it has been left 21 points Today it is a rival who can touch the tickle.The Happy Real he plays the football of color that I would like to see Barça’s fans these days. In the Imanol plans, coach’s success representative of low profile, I wasn’t even training the first team. Replaced Eusebior, He did his job and quietly went down to the branch. Aperribay, however, he asked again turn off the heat when he dismissed Asier Garitano. And Imanol has built a lifted team based on the heart of Zubieta, with a tremendous player who is Oyarzabal, and crowned with the Nordic touch of Odegaard and Isak. The sweetest state of the Royal contrasts with the sad air of Barça, crestfallen as his game; Slow and far from the touch, freshness and vertigo that characterized him in another era. Bartomeu watch with concern the development of events and, no matter what the arrival of Madrid said that LaLiga is “long”, knows that it is difficult. Seien repeated ayer five times in the press room that they made “seven opportunities to Madrid”. He took out data, but then said he doesn’t care about the result. In that contradiction they move the Barça and Setién, that today could move the system Because he needs a goal. Braithwaite can be headline.The copera hangover is barely noticeable in the txuri-urdinImanol is ambitious and wants to continue in the fight for the Champions League. So will rotate, but not much because in Anduva there was little wear. It aspires to what it would be like a double in Donostia: the title of Cup and the ticket for the best tournament of Europe. Elustondo does not arrive in time for a problem in the instep, but Llorente is ready almost two months later. Illarramendi is still out. Sangalli and Zurutuza are the discards. The Real he has won eight of the last ten meetings. It is shining with a game idea that Setién cannot impose on Barcelona.last_img read more

Barnes’ 30-footer at the horn lifts Mavs over Grizzlies

first_imgTeammates congratulate Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, center, after he scored a game-winning three point shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Memphis, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Harrison Barnes banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to give the Dallas Mavericks a 95-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.Officials reviewed the play to make sure the shot got off in time. Memphis suffered its sixth straight loss after squandering an 18-point lead in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson That was just enough to set the stage for Smith’s inbounds pass to Barnes who fired from 30 feet over Dillon Brooks.The Mavericks, who trailed by as many as 18 in the first half, made a significant run to start the second half. By the midway point of the third, Smith had 11 points in the frame and Dallas put together a 13-2 rally.And the Grizzlies were helping matters settling for 3-point attempts, many times misfiring. That allowed Dallas to outscore Memphis 35-26 and carry a 74-72 lead into the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Barnes led the Mavericks with 22 points, nine of them coming in the fourth quarter to help Dallas thwart a late Memphis comeback. Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 17 points, and J.J. Barea had 10 points and 11 assists.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 18 points, and Marc Gasol and Deyonta Davis finished with 14 points each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneGasol pulled Memphis even at 92 on a 3-pointer with 28.5 seconds left. After a Dallas miss by Smith on the ensuing possession, Evans came down the floor missed a layup, but JaMychal Green followed with a dunk.The basket originally was ruled as basket interference, saying the ball was in the cylinder on the follow. After a review, the call was overturned giving Memphis a 94-92 lead with a half-second remaining. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Butler ties season high with 26, Wolves beat Magic It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

MP promotions: More fights in Asia

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao said he will continue “giving back” to the sport he loves the most, and he’s going to start in Asia.Pacquiao donated the boxing equipment used in all the bouts in the “Fight of Champions” card for his promotion here Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “I talked to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and I told him that I would like to support and promote boxing here in Malaysia,” said Pacquiao, who dethroned Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in their WBA welterweight bout.According to Pacquiao, professional boxing in Asia lags far behind compared to the United States and Latin America.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The fight was held here because my plan is promote boxing in Asia, to have Asian people watch more big fights live,” said Pacquiao. “I look forward to having and promoting more fights here.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Pacquiao unites heads of state Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Money matches: Five who could be next for Pacquiao

first_imgPhilippines’ Manny Pacquiao attends the weigh-in in Kuala Lumpur on July 14, 2018, ahead of his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse on July 15. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANManny Pacquiao turned back the clock in Kuala Lumpur Sunday to register a first knockout for nine years and win the welterweight world title from WBA title-holder Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.READ: Not ready to retire, Pacquiao lists potential opponentsADVERTISEMENT With the Filipino fighting legend back in the big time, AFP Sport looks at five boxers who could be money-spinning opponents for Pacquiao’s next fight:Amir KhanFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPPacquiao singled out the Brit, who used to be his training partner when both were under Freddie Roach’s wing, as a “potential opponent” at his post-fight press conference on Sunday. Former light welterweight champion Khan has long wanted a crack at Pacquiao and the pair agreed to fight in Dubai last year before the deal collapsed when the UAE investors failed to come up with the money in time. Khan’s speed and power could trouble Pacquiao but the Briton has suffered huge knockout defeats in the past at the hands of big punchers Danny Garcia and Saul “Canelo” Alvares.Jeff Horn Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Floyd Mayweather Floyd Mayweather Jr. trains at his gym Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor later in the month. (AP Photo/John Locher)Maybe the most left-field suggestion, but Pacquiao is ruling nothing out and says he will be up for a rematch of the pair’s 2015 superfight, one of the richest in history, if Mayweather wants to come out of retirement. “I have the belt, so it’s up to him… let’s do a second one,” said Pacquiao after his win on Sunday. Whether there would be the same appetite from fans for pay-per-view purchases as there was for the first fight between the two best fighters of their generation seems doubtful as Mayweather is now 41 and Pacquiao will be 40 in December. The man nicknamed “Money” might just decide instead to stay at home counting his cash rather than risk losing his precious 50-fight unbeaten record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments PH pride: World Cup champion France’s goalkeeper is Filipino Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jeff Horn, top center, of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao, bottom second left, of the Philippines, during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Pacquiao is not someone who talks revenge, but he is still smarting from the way Horn took his WBO welterweight belt in Brisbane a year ago with a controversial points decision in front of a heavily partisan home crowd. Horn lost the title when stopped by Terence Crawford last month. This time Pacquiao would call the shots meaning the bout would take place on his favoured turf, either at home in the Philippines or back in Kuala Lumpur where Pacquiao enjoyed huge support in the 15,000-seat Axiata Arena.Terence CrawfordTerence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his victory by knockout over Julius Indongo in the third round of their junior welterweight world title unification boxing bout in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)If Pacquiao wants his old WBO belt back then he needs to go knocking on unbeaten 30-year-old American Crawford’s door. The trouble is, Crawford is now rated as “best pound-for-pound fighter” in the world, meaning it might be a dangerous fight to take on. Bob Arum and Top Rank would likely want it in Las Vegas to maximise pay-per-view returns as would Crawford, who has never fought outside of the US. Pacquiao might just be lured by a lucrative share of revenues because at nearly 40 years old, he will not have many more eye-watering pay days left.Vasyl LomachenkoVasyl Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPTop Rank promoter Arum said last week in comments reported by the Los Angeles Times that Pacquiao was one of the options for Ukrainian lightweight champion Lomachenko’s return at the end of this year following shoulder surgery. Pacquiao hinted at interest after beating Matthysse at welterweight (147 pounds) on Sunday but some observers doubt that he could move back down in weight to 140lb or less to meet Lomachenko, who has only fought at 135lb or below. Pacquiao’s long-time conditioning coach Justin Fortune says “Pac-Man” would have no problems, though. “He could make 135 pounds inside of four weeks,” he told AFP last week. “His metabolism is ridiculous. I don’t know what it is. He’s a freak.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Justice Minister, S/G Held in Contempt

first_imgJustice Minister and Attorney General Benedict Sannoh and his Solicitor General Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo have been held in contempt for failing to follow the orders of the Supreme Court.They were authorized by Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, presiding in Chambers, to pay their former senior prosecutor, Atty. Sam Solomon, seven years and four months in arrears that they admitted owing, amounting to US$143,905.88 and LD$1,000,000 respectively.Apart from their admittance, they also met with Justice Ja’neh on two occasions and made commitments that they were going to pay the state lawyer.The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) sacked Atty. Solomon in 2014 without paying him on grounds that he was never an employee of the MOJ, despite pleading several cases, including the late General Charles Julu’s treason trial, for the state.This is the second contempt charge by Justice Ja’neh against the MOJ officials for their failure to pay Atty. Solomon’s salary. During the first contempt charge, the Minister Sannoh and Cllr. Blamo pleaded for time. However, a confidential source in the office of Justice Ja’neh told this newspaper that he takes the contempt charge very seriously.“His Honor has vowed to instruct the Marshall of the Supreme Court to arrest the pair if they refuse again to honor his final order,” the source said, adding “Justice Ja’neh promised not to use officers of the Liberia National Police to affect his order.”Counselor Sannoh and Solicitor General Counselor Blamo are expected to appear before him on Monday, January 11, at 1:00 p.m.The court has detailed how the former prosecutor filed a complaint before Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, then Justice presiding in Chamber in 2014.In his complaint, through a Writ of Mandamus, Atty. Solomon’s legal team pleaded with Justice Banks to compel his employer to pay him his seven years and four months of unpaid salaries because since his appointment to the post of City Solicitor in 2014 he was never paid a monthly wage.Further to that, the lawyer claimed that their client was a victim of neglect, as he was employed by the MOJ in a letter dated June 20, 2007, assigning him to the Monrovia City Court.“During which time,” they said, “Atty. Solomon was given the rights and privileges to serve for a period of seven years and four months.”According to the letter, Atty. Solomon made several attempts to bring the matter to the attention of his bosses at the Montserrado County Attorney’s office or the Ministry of justice, but that did not materialize.Based on that, they were constrained to appeal to the Supreme Court for justice because the MOJ exposed Atty. Solomon to undue financial hardships and unnecessary embarrassment.They also stated that Solomon has a right to collect his salary benefits in the amount of US$143,905.88 and LD$1,000,000 respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother Mary E. Thorpe Gets “Sweet Rest”

first_imgLosing your loved one by the power of death is always characterized by weeping, but the children of Mother Mary E. Thorpe, including Episcopal Bishop and Archbishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, have described her death as “sweet rest.”In his sermon during funeral service of his mother at Trinity Cathedral last Saturday, Archbishop Hart said, “Today, the family of the late Mary E. Thorpe and the Episcopal Church of Liberia have gathered in this place, the official seat of our Bishop, a son of the deceased, to celebrate the life of a faithful church member, a loving mother, family member, a devoted educator, a fraternal sister and friend.”According to him, Mrs. Mary E. Thorpe, popularly called ME, spent the greater part of her early life serving as a classroom teacher and school administrator, besides her care for many children.By her work as a teacher and school administrator, she was embraced as mother by many students.Furthermore, ME is described as a devout Christian and an active Episcopalian, which she became after marrying Judge Napoleon Thorpe of Crozierville. She hailed from Arthington, the daughter of Senator Smallwood.“At our home congregation of Christ Episcopal Church in Crozierville she served on the Bishop’s committee for many years, and also in the choir, the Altar Guild, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and as Jr. Warden and Parish Treasurer,” Arcbishop Hart added.Madam Thorpe later served on the Diocesan Standing Committee and for many years, a delegate to the Diocesan Convention and also a deputy at the church’s General Convention. She is recalled to have also served as a member of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL) Companion Diocese Relations Committee with the Diocese of Baltimore, Maryland, USA.“Her life was one of worship and service in the church, her family and her nation,” Dr. Hart said.Mary E. Thorpe was born November 30, 1924 and ended her life’s journey on April 12, 2016 after she had given a full life of service to her God and family.In a scriptural rhetoric, the Bishop said, “The Prophet Isaiah welcomes the faithful of our Lord to a banquet that will have the best wine and the choicest food. It is a banquet reserved for the end of the lives of God’s chosen; and at that banquet, there will be songs of praise.”In continuation of the imaginative banquet, he said, the Bible tells believers to be exceedingly happy. Salvation is deliverance from constraints; constraints from sin, death and pain.Also referencing the prophetic book of Revelation, Arch Bishop Hart said, “Those who have come to the banquet are dressed in white robes; the garments worn by overcoming believers, who wave palm branches as sign of a victory celebration.”He added that the Lord is the Shepherd who leads the faithful to living fountains of water; and the multitude will dwell in the house of the Lord forever where there will be no thirst, hunger, crying, sorrow and pain in the presence of the Lord.The archbishop reminded his family members, sympathizers and others that after Jesus announced Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial, He told His disciples not to be troubled, but to trust Him.Christ promised a mansion with many rooms to accommodate His people, assuring that this home is a permanent and secured place.“Such places have already been set aside for all of God’s children; the eternal dwelling place of God is Heaven,” the archbishop averred.Though Christians are like Peter who failed Jesus in some things, yet Christ will not fail to return for Peter and for everyone else who believes in Him.“Our mother was a woman of great faith in God. She always prayed for her children and for those who came close to her.” The archbishop concluded his sermon by recalling the encouraging words his mother always shared with them: “Pray always. Send your prayers up to the Old Man and He will send down His blessings upon you.” Hundreds turned out to pay their last respects to the fallen Mother Thorpe. The sympathizers included colorfully robed members of the Order of Eastern Star, of which Mother Thorpe was a lifelong member. The Eastern Star sisters and brothers and many others followed the cortege to the Thorpe Cemetery in Crozierville, where she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Traffic Judge Napoleon Thorpe.Mrs. Thorpe’s children, most of whom live in the United States, flew in for the funeral.On the day following the funeral, the whole family returned to Crozierville to join other worshippers at the mother church, Christ Episcopal, where all the Thorpe children were baptized when they were very young. Their brother, Archbishop Jonathan B.B. Hart, also preached Sunday’s sermon. The service was followed by a sumptuous lunch in the Crozierville Town Hall, where Thorpe family members and others were welcomed by a brother of the Thorpes, Jones Thorpe, Crozierville’s current Township Commissioner. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How Trade Fraud Robs Liberia of Revenue

first_img“Customs duties and taxes that would have otherwise been collected by the government to make development and public welfare interventions, are undercut by a party or parties to an international trade transactions,” said Saa Saamoi, Liberia Customs Commissioner.By Alloycious DavidLiberia is losing a large amount of revenue to trade mis-invoicing, a practice by which importers and exporters wrongly declare the value of their wares with the aim of dodging taxes or illegally sending money out of the country, a document obtained by this newspaper has said.How does it work in the country was not established until Liberia Customs Commissioner, Saa Saamoi, informed reporters that any products of high commercial value, and high duty and tax rates are the most likely to be mis-invoiced in the country. Such products would include alcohol, cigarettes and vehicles.“Therefore, while high value and high duty goods are most susceptible to trade mis-invoicing, the exercise may happen with any product that is of commercial value and dutiable by Customs,” Saamoi said in an interview.In other cases, importers declare the value as higher than in reality, but Saamoi said this kind of trade mis-invoicing may occur as an attempt to launder illicit money or to evade capital restrictions, which set a limit on how much money Liberians can take out of the country.In both cases, the value of the goods traded between parties may be over-invoiced, so that the supplier or exporter receives payment for the actual value of the transaction and the difference is moved to an off-shore account.“Considering that Liberia is an import-oriented country where a significant portion of the domestic resource envelope is dependent on Customs, trade mis-invoicing directly affects the country’s economy through the under-reporting of taxes,” said Saamoi.“Customs duties and taxes that would have otherwise been collected by the government to make development and public welfare interventions, are undercut by a party or parties to an international trade transactions,” he said.Saamoi said it was difficult to estimate the dollar value of revenue loss as the result of trade mis-invoicing in Liberia due to the low level of automation and interfaces between our IT systems and those of other institutions such as commercial banks, and insurance companies.According to him, trade mis-invoicing accounted for millions of dollars in lost revenue in the past few years.“The gap is being gradually narrowed, yet more work needs to be done in terms of investment in IT systems and legislation for the establishment of platforms for direct, but confidential access to third party information on businesses,” Mr. Saamoi said.Washington, DC-based research and advisory organization, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) corroborated Saamoi’s statement that due to a lack of good data, it is very difficult to estimate a dollar value of Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) in the country; the propensity for trade mis-invoicing in the West African Country, or to ascertain the impact these flows have on the economy.Tom Cardamone, GFI managing director, called on President George Weah to inform heads of all ministries and departments – in writing – of his complete commitment to curtailing illicit flows of the country’s revenue through full transparency of corporate ownership; public contracting; government budgets and spending.“Additionally, the President should instruct the heads of all ministries and departments to convey this support for transparency, and the goal of reducing IFFs to all government employees,” he said.Cardamone said without such a policy, public announcement of political will to address the problem from the President, any other steps taken are likely to have limited impact.He said a permanent inter-agency team of government officials from all relevant departments, including FIU, Finance, Revenue and Customs, Central Bank, law enforcement and others, should be assembled to cooperate, coordinate and exchange information to address illicit flows in all their forms.Special focus, he added, should be put on providing all technical assistance necessary to help the customs department identify trade mis-invoicing when goods are still in the port.“Mis-invoicing is one of the easiest ways to evade tax, launder the proceeds of crime and move money illicitly out of the country. Helping Customs to be more effective in this area would be of great financial benefit to the country,” Cardamone added.But Mr. Saamoi said that a number of steps have been taken to minimize trade mis-invoicing, including subscription to international price databases for reference whenever there is a case of dubious transactions.He said that the establishment of exchange of information agreements with other tax jurisdictions – an arrangement through which particular transactions can be verified with the corresponding tax jurisdictions— has been of great help to curtail trade mis-invoicing.The use of third party information such as bank letters of credit, bank transfers, shipping contracts, and others are also helping the Liberian tax authority fight false declaration.“When the first post-war government was elected, the budget was under US$100 million until today, when domestic revenue, excluding grants, has grown by four times the amount in 2006. This is a combination of the development of tax officers’ skills, and the enhancement of systems to mitigate trade mis-invoicing and other tax-related frauds,” Saamoi said.But experts say there are other ways revenues could be increased. For example, Paul Columbus Collins, a Liberian certified internal auditor and lawyer wants the sitting government to review all concessions entered by the last regimes.Dr. Collins, an economist and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) of UK, said a number of international firms had been granted tax exemptions under their concessions to operate, and were taking advantage of them in ways detrimental to the country.Collins, a former head of the Liberia Internal Audit Agency (IAA), said in an op-ed published this year that some companies were abusing tax exemptions by “over invoicing imports, and under invoicing exports to evade taxes, and avert capital controls through routine trade.”He further said this month, there is one way for the importation, in which companies, especially multi-national concessions, engaged in transfer pricing and trade misinvoicing is the importation of old equipment which has been used by their sister companies in other countries to Liberia. According to him, companies bring in such used machinery and claim that they are brand new, invoicing them at inflated levels to reduce profits. For instance, he explained when ‘company x’ says she is investing US$ 3 Million in the economy, it is not physical money they are bringing in the country; the cost of all their equipment and others are included in that so they will have to deduct the equipment cost as expenditure even though they have been depreciated by their sister companies.“And this is how they cheat our government; they can’t pay tax when they don’t make profit. So every time you will hear them say the prices of iron ore and rubber have dropped on the global market, but you see them operating still. If they are not making profit why are they operating? They don’t sell to anybody; they are only lying that the price has dropped. It is a clever attempt to ship money outside,” he said in a telephone interview.The Liberia Chamber of Commerce turned down every opportunity to speak officially on the matter following several visits and honoring of a request to send questions via email.But a high ranking staff member there who is not authorised to speak to the press dismissed Dr. Collins’ assertions that companies falsely declare their imports and exports and said its members are reputable institutions.Although the staff member denied that its members were involved in the act of falsely declaring their imports and exports, the person attributed false declaration at the Free port of Monrovia to the lack of system there and said businesses were taking advantage of loopholes at the facility to rob the government.This story was written as part of Wealth of Nations, a Pan-African media skills development program run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 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Govt looking to buy more aircraft for GDF

first_imgThe Government is making moves to replenish its fleet of aircraft, with plans on the table to buy a number of refurbished, fixed-wing aircraft to be used by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).During a post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister of State Joseph Harmon revealed that Government is looking to purchase two skyvans. In addition, the State is also looking to acquire two Islander aircraft.When asked, Harmon noted they would serve a variety of functions. According to the Minister, these range from the aircraft performing search and rescue operations to delivering items to border troops.“They are fixed-wing aircraft. They are two Skyvans and two Islanders. These aircrafts actually serve Guyana; serve the conditions under which we have to fly in Guyana, extremely well. The GDF have a competency in both the Islander and the Skyvan because they operated these machines for many, many years.”“In fact, we still have one of the Islanders flying. But we want to ensure that we can provide safe aircraft for our soldiers. In some cases where we have to do search and rescue, when we have to deliver items to our borders troops that we are in a position to do so and do so efficiently.”It was revealed that the GDF had requested some $484.2 million for these aircraft when Government tabled supplementary estimates for current and capital expenditure. Over $200 million from its 2018 capital programme was supposed to meet initial payments.Additional sums are expected to be used to close the deals. Their request came under the Agency head of Defence and Security Support. Authorities have been frank that Guyana’s aviation capacity is in need of a boost.Aviation sectorAt a press conference last year, Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field, had lamented the deterioration of the Defence Force’s helicopters, noting that the situation has not been rectified for years.“An important element of search and rescue which is a helicopter in the event of a crash, I don’t know why the GDF equipment was allowed to deteriorate to the point where they do not have a serviceable helicopter for search and rescue, which is the Bell 412 helicopter,” he had said.In a letter to the media, one operator had highlighted some of the deficiencies in the sector. Roraima Airways CEO, Captain Gerry Gouveia had zeroed in on problems such as the lack of effective search-and-rescue operations.In recommendations accompanying his criticisms, Gouveia had urged the authorities to boost Guyana’s national rescue capability by acquiring an appropriate/suitable helicopter to execute timely and safe extractions from the jungle if the need arises.It is understood that besides one Bell helicopter that was out of commission, the GDF air corps boasts a smaller Bell 206. It also has two Skyvan 8R-GRR models, a Cessna and a Harbin aircraft.SecurityBesides search and rescue, there is also a security element. In 2017, there were back-to-back discoveries of illegal aircraft and airstrips in Guyana’s hinterland regions. This had prompted Government to announce it was formulating a National Border Security Plan.Besides the use of satellite imagery, high-tech aircraft field sensors, and an integrated network of spies to address national security issues affecting Guyana, the general objective was to increase aerial capacity.Last year, a twin-engine Beechcraft aircraft was discovered in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). It was registered to Banco Brandesco –one of Brazil’s largest banks. No trace of narcotics was found on the plane, but identification cards of Venezuelan and Brazilian nationals were discovered on board. An illegal airstrip was also unearthed in Rupununi, Region Nine by members of the Guyana Defence Force on August 5, 2017.last_img read more

Diamond Ranch blasts Monrovia

first_imgOrtiz scored a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds and three blocks, and Earl finished with 17 as the No. 2 Panthers crushed the Wildcats 70-42 in Saturday’s Division II-AA quarterfinals. Diamond Ranch (27-1), which changed divisions this year, plays at Norco, a 67-58 winner over Santa Monica, in Tuesday’s semifinals. “When you have a girl who can score inside and outside (Earl) and a center (Ortiz) doing whatever she wanted around the glass, it makes it tough,” Wildcats coach Mike Wagner said. “We were hoping we could stop their inside game and make them shoot outside, but we weren’t stopping their cutters. It was ridiculous.” Monrovia (20-5) trailed 16-12 after the opening quarter, but Ortiz helped the Panthers pull away in the second quarter by scoring 15 or her 23 points on mostly putbacks and layups for a 39-21 halftime lead. “That’s what she (Ortiz) has been doing all year,” Diamond Ranch coach Vince Spirlin said. “Nina picked up her third foul (in the second quarter) and Diane just took over. She’s always been capable of doing that, and tonight she came with a real determined effort, like she always does.” • Photo Gallery: 02/24: Diamond Ranch vs. Monrovia POMONA – It can be intimidating facing the Diamond Ranch High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t lost a home game in six years and is defending CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA champion. At least that might explain the frustrated and bewildered looks on the Monrovia girls’ faces. The Wildcats figured to have enough problems against Diamond Ranch’s UCLA-bound guard Nina Earl, but with senior center Diane Ortiz cleaning up the boards and the Panthers racing to a quick lead, the Wildcats never had a chance. center_img Wagner wished he could say the same. “We knew they had a great team, and they did everything we expected them to do,” Wagner said. “But we didn’t come to play. “We gave up. I hate to say it because we had a great season. But we picked today to have a bad game.” Monrovia’s Vanessa Hernandez finished with a team-high 14 points, Shateah West scored nine points and Jasmine Gordon had eight. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 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

Full scale strike a possibility if negotiations continue to fail: The Canadian Press

first_imgB.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker says members voted Monday and Tuesday, and will be asked to endorse additional job action up to, and including, a strike that would shut down every public school in the province.Iker says the stronger tactics were being considered even before yesterday’s Labour Relations Board ruling went against the union and allowed the government to dock teachers’ and impose a partial lockout.Iker goes on to say if teachers walk off the job, “schools will be closed and there will be no instructions or any other activities”, the press reports.  – Advertisement -The union dropped its wage demand on Tuesday by one per cent, bringing the request into the range of 12 per cent over four years, but the employer has been offering 7.3 per cent over six years. If a full scale strike is approved, teachers must give three-days notice,  meaning the earliest date for a walkout would be Monday, June 16th.last_img read more