Chinese Firm Accused of Tax Evasion

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has launched an investigation against a Chinese firm for alleged tax fraud. Shanxi Construction Engineering (Group) Corporation, the Chinese Company renovating and extending the Monrovia Vocational Training Center MVTC), has been accused by LRA of allegedly using duty free privileges to evade taxes. Yesterday the LRA disclosed that it had caught Shanxi Group transporting two duty free containers cleared on Monday to a privately owned Chinese firm on 15th Street, Sinkor.According to the LRA, the firm to which the containers were transported is owned by a Chinese businesswoman, name withheld.On September 25, Youth and Sports Minister Len Eugene Nagbe wrote the LRA requesting duty free privileges in favor of Shanxi Construction Engineering (Group) Corporation to enable the company to clear two containers holding tiles, window profile and metal for windows, tires, soybean milk machines, locks, slippers, clothes, vacuum cleaners and tools.According to Minister Nagbe, the two containers were for the final phase of the renovation work on the MVTC. The LRA granted Minister Nagbe’s request for duty free privilege, but later observed that the containers were being taken to a different destination.Shanxi Construction Engineering (Group) Corporation officials were not available to comment on the allegation and the Chinese businesswoman in question refused for journalists to photograph her. The containers were cleared by Morris Clearing on Monday, BIVAC’s container release form indicated. LRA Communications officer Trokon Tarr told our reporter that the LRA has begun investigating Shanxi Group for tax evasion.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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NHA to Introduce Measures for Efficiency, Productivity

first_imgNew NHA Managing Director Duannah Siryon speaks at the acquaintance meeting yesterdayNew MD Promises Robust Services to the peopleThe newly appointed Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA) Duannah Siryon has said that his administration would introduce measures to ensure efficiency in fulfilling the government’s pro-poor agenda.He said at his first general meeting with the workers yesterday at the entity’s head office in Monrovia that the introduction of the new measures will be geared at paving the way to ensure an effective working relationship among the workers for better productivity.In doing that, Mr. Siryon said his administration will introduce, among others, an ‘employees’ incentive program’ that will be consistent with the law and in line with the government’s pro-poor agenda.Partial view of NHA workers at the meeting yesterdayHe said his administration will encourage innovative ideas and will introduce a reward program to honor employees and those who are creative, to support the fulfillment of the government’s pro-poor agenda.According to a release, Mr. Siryon said his administration will create a suitable working environment in which the workers will feel comfortable working with each other as a family that is based on the traditional Liberian hospitality.Mr. Siryon, along with Mr. Tugbeh C. Tugbeh, Deputy Managing Director for administration seated by his side, said his administration will also develop a program that will get the workers involved in a two-hour monthly clean-up program of the NHA.While too much work without play makes Jack a dull boy, as the popular adage goes, he said he would also introduce a ‘Fun Day Program’ to get the workers to loosen up as they work in the interest of the Liberian people.Deputy MD for Administration, Tugbeh C. Tugbeh (right), gives remarks“You need to ease the tension for working all day, five days a week, so that you can feel part of the effort to create an enabling environment to build a better future for the people,” he said.He stressed the need for the NHA to develop an improved customer service platform that deals with customers who do business with the entity.“The customer should feel part of what we do at the NHA,” he stated. “So, we want to encourage all of you to begin to do things positively different and always remember that you are serving the Liberian people.”Duannah said while change is inevitable, there are people who don’t accept it so easily. However, NHA workers should understand that if the government’s pro-poor agenda must succeed, which it should, then it is obligatory on every worker to work along with the management to make it a reality.A female employee welcomes the MD to the NHA familyHe called on the employees to be there for each other, respect each other and work together for the common good of the entity. More importantly, he said every employee should develop a customer-friendly attitude, “so that those we cater to will know that we are there for them.”Meanwhile he assured them of his support and noted that his administration will do everything possible and within its limit to make the working atmosphere better for all.Responding, Madam Doyen Gibson, vice president of the workers’ union, welcomed Siryon’s presence at the NHA and pledged to work with his administration. She expressed the union’s appreciation for the acquaintance meeting to get to know each other as they work to implement the government’s pro-poor agenda.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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Huskies second round playoff dates set

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies will have a tall task in front of them in round two of the North West Junior Hockey League playoffs. They’ll be squaring off against the top team from the regular season, the North Peace Navigators and the series will begin Saturday night in Peace River at 8 p.m.Game two will be in Peace River two nights later on March 2 at 8 p.m.The series will shift to Fort St. John for games three and four on March 7 and 9. Both will be 8 p.m. face-offs.- Advertisement -If necessary game five will be back in Peace River on March 11, game six will be in Fort St. John on March 13, and game seven is slated for March 14 in Peace River. Start times for those contests are also at 8 p.m.The Navigators won the regular season series between the teams 4-1.last_img read more

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Provincial government responds favourably to Lax Kw’alaams LNG vote

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government sent out a release this morning in response to members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band on the North Coast voting in favour of continuing dialogue with LNG developers in their traditional territory.Over 65 percent of the 812 votes cast in this week’s poll were supportive of their council continuing discussions with both the Province and LNG industry members, provided the environment is protected.“The Government of British Columbia congratulates the Lax Kw’alaams Band for voting in support of continuing their discussions with us,” said Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman. “Pacific NorthWest LNG will create jobs and new economic opportunities for members of the Lax Kw’alaams and, collectively, we will ensure the export facility upholds the highest standards environmental protection.”- Advertisement -To date, the provincial government has signed 62 natural gas Pipeline Benefit Agreements with 29 First Nations regarding LNG proposals in British Columbia.The positive vote followed a series of community forums conducted by the band’s council. During these sessions, band members reviewed the Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal, the opportunities associated with LNG development, and plans for environmental protection and monitoring.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is currently reviewing the Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal, with a decision expected in the near future. Malaysian-based Petronas, which is a major backer of the proposal, has already announced a conditional final investment decision and plans to review all elements of their facility following a verdict by the federal government.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘The shirt is too big for them’ – Sunderland legend delivers brutal verdict on Sunderland

first_img1 Sunderland were stunned by Norwich Micky Gray has delivered a damning assessment of Sunderland’s squad and owner Ellis Short’s stewardship of the club.The former Black Cats star was part of talkSPORT’s commentary team for their clash with Norwich on Saturday and witnessed Dick Advocaat’s side completely outclassed by the Premier League new boys as they crashed to a second successive defeat.According to Gray, it was the worst performance Sunderland have delivered at the Stadium of Light in recent memory and he claims the current crop of players are simply not good enough to represent his hometown club.“I couldn’t believe what I witnessed. I have seen some pretty inept performances over the last three years but that was the lowest of the low, it really was,” Gray, who made more than 350 appearances for the Wearside outfit, told Colin Murray.“I’m not saying I was brilliant every week, because I wasn’t, but what I would do is give 100 per cent. That is what the fans expect and when they don’t get that they give out a bit of criticism and the players can’t handle it.“The shirt is too big for them. They are frightened to play at the Stadium of Light.”Gray lays much of the blame for Sunderland’s struggles over recent years at owner Short’s door.He believes the American businessman has failed to deliver on his promises, and says it is high time he stopped signing ‘has-beens’ and started spending big money on quality players.He continued: “Ellis Short has got to invest money in the squad. The TV rights for the next three years are around £150million – Ellis Short needs to go and spend it. “You bring in Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul from Liverpool and Tottenham respectively and they are not good enough. Patrick van Aanholt was absolutely horrendous at the weekend – I have never seen a performance like it in my life.“Jermain Defoe – why leave the Premier League and go to Toronto? Because in the back of your mind you are thinking you couldn’t do it in the Premier League every week.“What I saw at the weekend was so inept… half of the players I wouldn’t put in a Championship side. “I don’t know how many I would keep. I think I would keep the goalkeeper, the two central midfield players, Lee Cattermole and Yann M’Vila, but the rest of them I wouldn’t give them the shirt on their back.”last_img read more

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Besiktas want out-of-favour West Ham striker in January – reports

first_img LATEST REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Latest Transfer News RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star And his situation has grown worse under Manuel Pellegrini, who has started him just twice in the Premier League this season.According to reports, Besiktas are desperate to sign a striker and Hernandez is on their shortlist.ESPN report that the Turkish club have held talks with the 30-year-old’s representatives over a possible move, which could hinge on his desire to play in Turkey. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade West Ham misfit Javier Hernandez could be on his way to Turkey in January with Besiktas considering a move for the Mexican striker.Hernandez has struggled in east London since arriving in the summer of 2017, scoring just 10 goals in 43 games.center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on LIVING THE DREAM 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Hernandez has struggled at West Ham Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Besiktas have struggled up front since the departure of Cenk Tosun to Everton last January.The Hammers could be tempted to shift Hernandez, as he is the highest paid player at the club earning £145,000-a-week.And although he is understood to be unhappy with his current situation in east London, Besiktas may struggle to afford his high wage demands.last_img read more

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JOANNE HAS REAL ‘SIX’ APPEAL ON THE APPRENTICE

first_imgAnd then there were SIX.Is it just Donegaldaily.com or is Joanne Sweeney Burke on more of a roll than a French baguette factory?She led Team Spirit to a romping victory on last night’s The Apprentice as the TV3 show comes into the final furlong. The task for both teams was to design a campaign for Kelloggs to accompany Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital.And she certainly didn’t ‘flake’ it.The Letterkenny/Downings businesswoman once again stepped up and although the radio advert smelt like a box of cheddar, the idea of walking a mile in the footsteps of young patients form the children’s hospital was a clincher.Bill Cullen was only short of asking JSB if she would like him to adopt her or better still – kick Jackie out and ask Joanne to move in! However the one thing going against Joanne is that she has proven she still doesn’t have a head for heights – physical heights that is.Joanne and her two fellow team-members Eugene and Conor were sent to an adventure centre as part of their winning prize.However JSB froze as she tried to climb across a rope bridge.Will she be there next week – we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.In the meantime JSB is in the zone and not a whiff of a P45 in sight. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily JOANNE HAS REAL ‘SIX’ APPEAL ON THE APPRENTICE was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more

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Fairer trade ‘key to global recovery’

first_img19 April 2012 Improving global trade conditions for lower-income countries is critical to stimulating the recovery of the global economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said ahead of a G20 ministerial meeting in Mexico on Thursday. Davies, who arrived in Mexico on Wednesday, said the G20 should tackle the growing threat of protectionism to ensure that lower-income countries could participate in global trade on fairer terms. “Participation of low-income countries in global trade is crucial for their growth and poverty reduction endeavours,” Davies said. “The G20 should foster concrete trade capacity measures to strengthen integration of regional markets and market access, and the availability of trade finance in developing countries.”BRICS ministers sceptical The G20 Trade Ministerial Meeting takes place in Mexico’s Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta on Thursday and Friday. At the BRICS Summit in India in March, the trade ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa expressed disappointed about the G20 meeting’s agenda. They argued that it appeared to undermine the independence and multilateral character of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by asking trade ministers to agree on the creation of a super-body headed by the chiefs of OECD [Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries and the WTO to oversee all the review and monitoring functions of global trade.World Investment Forum 2012 Following the G20 meeting, Davies will head to Qatar, where he will attend the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development organised World Investment Forum (WIF) 2012, taking place from 20 to 23 April. WIF 2012 will focus on the changing patterns of foreign investment in the post-crisis global economy, including investment in low-carbon growth and technologies. “It will also address investment-related challenges and opportunities arising from emerging global economic governance structures, and contribute to developing partnership and policy options for promoting sustainable investment,” said departmental spokesperson Sidwell Medupi. While in Qatar, Davies will co-chair a ministerial round table on policy challenges for investment and enterprise development with his Qatari counterpart, Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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A Letter to Google’s David Girouard: 100% Web is Not Such a Great Idea

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Dear Mr. David Girouard,I decided to write you a quick note after reading your post about 2011 as the year there will be nothing but the Web. I am not so sure that is a great idea.I’ll give you a few reasons: WikiLeaks, Delicious and YouTube.WikiLeaksWell, we know the sad history and precedent caused by Amazon Web Services dropping Wikileaks. Amazon did not show much thought for due process. Instead, AWS shut down WikiLeaks citing its terms of service. That should be a concern to any business when considering using a cloud service. We can’t trust the Web 100% if there is that threat of closure without any way to appeal.DeliciousHow many people do you know who lament today’s announcement by Yahoo! that it is closing Delicious? The service it provided had many a bit confused when it launched. Technologists scratched their heads. Tags? What do they do?People still adopted the service and became passionate about its applications. Millions of people provided a wealth of links that companies used to create tools and processes. Now Delicious is going away. That’s the nature of Web services. But if you use the Web as a place to store information then it kind of hurts when a service closes. The outcome can be disastrous. Big Web companies like Google do not do a good job of providing ways to export data. Sometimes it makes sense to avoid services that don’t export well. Google’s own Vint Cerf touched on the issue when he spoke last winter about the lack of standards in the cloud. It needs to get better.YouTubeThis is a tough one. The YouTube service rocks. Yet you have a community guidelines policy that is causing serious disruptions to companies that rely on YouTube for income. We talked to Christian Cantrella a few weeks ago who said that YouTube shut his company’s account for weeks. The company does reviews about watches. What could be so objectionable? He had to blog about it to get some attention to the matter. Ironically, I was on the phone with Chris when YouTube restored the company’s account. That does not reflect well on Google, YouTube or other services that people and small businesses rely upon.Looking to 2011I hope you know that I love Google’s services. I used your service while writing this letter. Your team at Google Apps has done incredible work. The people at your company are a fantastic community. They are recognized all over the world for their brilliance. Like other large Web companies business issues seem to be clouding judgement. That can cause issues with communities. I agree that 2010 is the year of the cloud. I am not so sure 2011 should be the year we see nothing but the Web. I think of that especially after reading an interview with someone like Chris Anderson. I’m thinking it should be the year about everything and the Web. Let me know what you think.Feel free to ping me anytime.Thanks. Alex.Alex Williams@alexwilliams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Twitter Continues to Friendly Things Up for New Users

first_imgSince its redesign last September, Twitter has said time and again that the site is not just for those who Tweet, but for those who consume. To that end, the company has worked to make it easier and easier for new users to find information related to their interests, with features like the “who to follow” page. Today, Twitter announced another feature to help onboard new users – search that makes it easier to find and follow Twitter accounts based on interest.The improved search comes alongside another new feature – the advanced search page – which takes the various operators that have always been available to Twitter users and makes them easily accessible in a Web form.“When you search for a topic,” writes Twitter’s Carolyn Penner, “you can now discover accounts that are relevant to that particular subject. […] This new approach helps you find the Twitter users that will best help you follow your interests.”According to Twitter, searches previously only returned accounts when the specific search term showed up in the user’s name or username. Why is this important for Twitter’s current direction? As Twitter’s VP for business and corporate development Kevin Thau saidjust before the site’s redesign, Twitter is not a social network. Rather, Twitter is for news, content and information. Twitter, when it comes to mainstream adoption, is for consumption. In addition to this interest-based search, Twitter now offers an advanced search page, which makes it easier to use the advanced search operators that have always been available. Users can search for tweets from, to or referencing specific people, near a location, or including specific words, phrases or hashtags. While this functionality was always available using search operators, a Twitter spokesperson explained that Twitter “wanted to make it easier for people to search Twitter and find the information they are looking for.” Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit mike melansonlast_img read more

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