Ex-CENTAL Chief, Thomas Doe Nah, Heads LRA

first_imgThomas Doe Nah, LRA Commissioner GeneralBy William Q. Harmon and Alvin WorziPresident George Manneh Weah has appointed anti corruption and  integrity advocate, Thomas Doe-Nah as the new Commissioner- General of the Liberia Revenue Authority.The appointment of Mr. Doe-Nah and his Deputy for Technical services, Decontee King-Sackie, was announced through an Executive Mansion release late Tuesday evening. Their appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.With this appointment, Mr. Doe-Nah, co-founder of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), replaces Madam Elfrieda Stewart Tamba whose tenure ended on June 30 this year. Madam Stewart Tamba, who many believe did a great job at the LRA, served from July 2014 June, 2018. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Minister for Revenue at the Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012.Her successor, Thomas Doe Nah, last worked with the Liberia outpost of the Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter in 1982 with a goal to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering globally.He recently joined The Center to lead its efforts to advance accountability, transparency, and the right of access to information (ATI) in Liberia.Doe-Nah, for the last ten years, has, through his CENTAL and other initiatives, been in the vanguard of fighting corruption and advocating for systems that promote accountability.The LRA, which he has been called to head, is a critical component of the country’s financial  system, responsible to collect Government revenue.Established through an Act of the National Legislature in 2013, the LRA began operations on July 1, 2014 as a semi-autonomous agency of Government.  The LRA has as its core mandate the responsibility to administer and enforce the country’s Revenue Code (of 2000 as amended in 2011), and other related laws under which it operates. It is for the purpose of assessing, collecting, auditing and accounting for all national revenues and for facilitating legitimate international trade through border management and enforcementDoe-Nah comes to the job with a wealth of experience, having co-founded CENTAL and served as its executive director for years. He is a student leader, a banker, a social and economic activist.He formerly worked in the Economic and Commercial Section of the United States Embassy in Monrovia.During that period, he analyzed the economic and commercial transactional issues in the political economy of Liberia for the United States Government and was an active participant in key economic governance initiative.He participated on the Technical Team of the Governance Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) as well as the Steering committee of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) — two anti graft institutions established during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.He is also credited with eight years of progressive work in Liberia’s banking sector having served as vice president at the International Bank Liberia Limited and Loan Officer at the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment.He was also a student leader at the state-run University of Liberia, where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.Madam Decontee King-Sackie is retained as Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Services, LRAHis principal assistant, Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Services, Mrs. King-Sackie, who has served at the LRA since 2014, was re-nominated to the post by President Weah. She had previously served as Assistant Minister for Revenue at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).During the years, Mrs. King-Sackie was responsible to formulate policies and strategies for the Collection and Accounting of all Government of Liberia Tax and Non-Tax Revenue; to appraise all business processes such as registration of taxpayers and the Tax Roll, audits, filing monitoring, refunds, enforcement among others.Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether the new LRA head will address public concerns about ‘double taxation’ being carried out under the guise of what LRA officials call “Destination Inspection”. Under this regime, according to customs brokers, the obligatory BIVAC Clean Report of Findings (CRF) detailing origin, cost and applicable duty are arbitrarily set aside in favor of assessment by LRA personnel using a “Blue Book” to determine applicable duty payments which are very often on the high side.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man stoned to death at Lethem

first_imgSeveral persons were detained following the stoning to death of a man at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Dead is 21-year-old Lee Antone, formerly of Kaicumby Village, Region Nine and of Bonfim, Brazil.Reports are the now dead man and his brother were at a drinking spot in Lethem and after sometime they left for their home in Bonfim. However, as they were heading towards to the Takatu Bridge, the duo was attacked by several men who threw pieces of stones at them.The now dead man reportedly sustained severe injuries to his face and started to bleed profusely. It is believed that he might have bled to death since his brother who was highly intoxicated was unable to get him to the hospital on time.The two men were picked up by passersby and taken to the Lethem Hospital where Antone was pronounced dead on arrival and his injured brother was admitted.Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Rabindranauth Budram, told Guyana Times several persons were questioned for the incident as Police continue their investigations.He noted that once the suspects are identified, the Police will institute charges.last_img read more

2nd Qatar oil company partnership deal with Total being reviewed- Bynoe

first_img–as Middle-Eastern oil producer looks to invest in Guyana oil sectorQatar Petroleum, the national oil and gas company of the Middle Eastern oil producer, is looking to get in on the action in Guyana’s oil blocks by partnering with another foreign company. They will, however, have to go through the Department of Energy first.Department of Energy Head Dr Mark BynoeQatar, with oil reserves of over 20 billion barrels and an advanced economy, is no stranger to the oil sector. In fact, the Middle Eastern State was until January a longstanding member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and is known as one of the world’s top oil producers.It was announced that Qatar Petroleum entered into an agreement with French company Total for a share in the exploration and production of its blocks. Total will be selling Qatar Petroleum 40 per cent of its existing interests in the Orinduik and Kanuku blocks.Qatar Energy Minister,Saad Sherida Al-KaabiDuring a press conference on Monday, Department of Energy Head Dr Mark Bynoe confirmed that the deal was being reviewed. However, he confessed that the deal is “substantially unclear” for the Department.“We have received a transaction letter from Total, which the Government is currently studying. But until such a time as we understand the implications, because this is not a normal farm in, we’re not about to pronounce thereon.”“Because what we’re finding here is Qatar Petroleum seeking to back into the Total Guyana agreement. But we can’t go further than that because it is still early days. We are still in discussion with them, so we can have greater clarity. At this point in time, it is still substantially unclear for us.”DrillingOil has often been cited as having transformed Qatar’s economy, making it a country with one of the best standards of living per capita in the worldAccording to an independent competent persons’ report, the Orinduik block could have 4 billion oil-equivalent barrels. Drilling using the Stena Forth drillship started on the Jethro-Lobe wells in this block earlier this month. Tullow is expected to drill about 82 nautical miles from the coast of Guyana and cover an area of 848 square kilometres.On the other hand, drilling in Kanuku is expected to start this year, with Tullow planning to drill a well called the Carapa 1. Total has a 25 per cent participating interest in both blocks, which it shares with other operators like Tullow, Eco and Repsol.Tullow had in February announced that it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter. Besides Carapa, plans have been announced to drill two wells here namely the Jethro-Lobe and Joe.Its Carapa prospect in Kanuku is expected to be drilled in the third quarter of 2019. It is understood that the net cost of the Jethro well is US$30 million, while the Carapa well will cost US$20 million.Tullow’s partner in the Orinduik Block, Eco Atlantic, had announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year. They had announced that the Stena Forth drillship will move directly to the Joe after it finishes drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik Block.It is understood that the Joe is located in approximately 650 metres of water and will cost Eco approximately US$3 million to drill. A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates has estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields. It is under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, who signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting license and Production Sharing Agreement with Guyana in 2016.Total E and P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017, partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the block.last_img read more

March Madness aside, Web rife with sites for goofing off

first_imgUnfortunately four attempts failed to land me in the top 50. My hands are simply too slow. So I opted to pop bubbles in patterns instead – namely, a smiley face. Fifteen minutes wasted. Woo-hoo! Next comes PhoneSpell.org, which lets you find easy-to-remember letter combinations to incorporate into your phone number. Such as how the sequence 4628 spells “GOAT.” I spent my time punching in other people’s numbers. The first, for a friend from college, spelled out a number that ends in “DOLT” – no comment! Others had numbers to “HUG” and “BRAG” about, though a few losers had nothing at all – mostly because their phone number contains many zeros and ones, which don’t have corresponding letters on the phone pad. I got bored midway through the B’s in my cell phone’s contact list, but still managed to waste another 10 minutes, for a total of 25. Time for a bathroom break. Back at “work,” I turned to SorryGottaGo.com, which offers sound files you can download and play back whenever you need an excuse to get off the phone. You can choose among sounds of a baby crying, a doorbell ringing, a helicopter whirling outside and more. The ones designed to thwart telemarketers are hilarious. Forty cumulative minutes wasted. I spent seven minutes on a trio of “Overheard” sites, in which people can submit stupid remarks they overhear in New York City, at the beach or in the office. After a break to refill my water bottles, I decided to see what my apartment building looks like from satellites. From a Google Maps image, I could even see a cab stopped right in front of my building, leading me to wonder why one isn’t around when I actually need it. I saw “bird’s eye” aerial photos from four directions at Microsoft Corp.’s mapping site and could even make out the neighboring laundry service I regularly visit. Another 13 minutes wasted – for a total of one hour. Time for lunch. I resumed this project the following morning, after a dinner conversation ended with several lingering questions, including why individual slices of carrot cake are expected to have their own carrot frosting designs. You don’t see bananas etched on every piece of banana bread. Google searches produced nothing useful, so I posted my first question ever at Yahoo Inc.’s Answers site, in hopes a fellow user would know. (Unfortunately, replies like “Why do they decorate any cake?” don’t help). I then checked out StumbleUpon.com, which asks for your interests and recommends sites you might like. A number of them proved to be worthy time sinks: A site devoted to continuity problems and other goofs in movies and television shows; photos showing dog owners looking like their pets; and a six-minute, Oscar-nominated animated film about a lonely man who invents a device for producing bliss. I even stumbled upon a list of 32 ways to tick people off, and I’m proud to have regularly employed one of them: “Holler random numbers while someone is counting.” That’s a good two hours wasted – a grand total of three. I could go on, but I did have to get to the business of writing this column – after reviewing my March Madness picks at Yahoo Sports, of course. What I did learn from the exercise is the remarkable amount of time people have put in to create diversions, pure and simple, for people like me to enjoy. And now that I’ve discovered StumbleUpon, it’ll take even more discipline to get the job done. Disclaimer: I’m not recommending that you try any of these tricks or spend time to discover your own in the office. But should you happen to “hear of” other ways to goof off – you know, from a “friend” – e-mail suggestions to netwriter@ap.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – There will be plenty of opportunities to follow the March Madness tournament from your work desktops – CBS is offering free streaming video, and other sites organize office pools and give you the latest scores. This is the time of year that office productivity hits a low, if you believe the companies trying to sell Internet filtering software for the workplace. But if you’re not a basketball fan, fear not: You, too, could help zap productivity. My adventures in goofing off began with Virtual Bubble Wrap, at http://www.virtual-bubblewrap.com. It’s just like popping the bubbles on the wrap used for packaging, just on your computer. Use your mouse to pop all 196 bubbles. It’s you against the timer. last_img read more

Legacy Table at Legion looking for more sponsorship

first_imgIf you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or if you have a family member you’d like to commemorate, contact Marilyn Hunter at 250 262 9627, The Legion at 250 785 3917, or email mjhunter337@gmail.com.The Legion says the honoured veteran doesn’t necessarily need to be a resident of Fort St. John to be a part of the table project. “Our Veterans’ legacy Table Project began in 2013 with three new round tables in our Duncan Cran room to compliment the chairs donated by the Fort St. John Lions Club and the room’s newly completed renovations,” a written statement from The Legion reads.The Legion adds, “We have three more rectangular tables ready now for the main lounge and are working on more.”Eight pictures of veterans rest on each table, all of which are black and white with the name of the veteran and the regiment they served printed underneath.- Advertisement -Sponsorship at each table for companies cost $750 for a double logo table and $1,500 for a single logo table.“The response has been awesome,” The Legion continues to write. “What a wonderful way to honour our veterans and their families, support our Legion, and preserve some memories.”The tables are manufactured using epoxy coating and sealer that covers the pictures and logos to preserve them.Advertisementlast_img read more

Alberta gas price average slips below 67 cents

first_imgWhen we spoke with Dan yesterday, the Gas Buddy monitor had the common posted price for a regular litre in Fort St. John holding at 99.9 cents, although the 100 Street Petro Canada station had posted a two cent drop.Across the region, the Grande Prairie Costco had the low end price at a 61.4 cents a litre, while on this side of the border, the Prince George Costco again had the low end price in the province at 70.9. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Motorists are being warned to be expect more gasoline price volatility.Despite a slight drop in prices in about a half dozen provinces, including B.C., there’s new concern about another rise in retail prices.GasBuddy senior analyst, Dan McTeague says prices have been allowed to fall so dramatically, in recent weeks in the U.S., the Chicago market has completely collapsed.- Advertisement -As for retail prices, the Alberta average — which was still the lowest among the provinces — slipped below 67 cents a litre yesterday, with the low end price at a half a dozen Edmonton Costco outlets down to 53.9 cents.However, Mr. McTeague says the Chicago market collapse will change all that, and he’s now looking for a five to fifteen cent a litre increase in the Edmonton, refinery area.He also says it could be — at least to some degree — evident in this area by next week, following what appears to be a modest price drop, even though it’s nothing close to what’s been in place in Alberta for much of the New Year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lazio star admits he could have made Premier League move

first_img1 Antonio Candreva in action for Lazio Arsenal and Tottenham target Antonio Candreva says he turned down the Premier League to become a Lazio hero.The Italy midfielder was a target for the north London rivals in the summer – along with Liverpool – but he refused to leave and was offered a new and improved deal by the Serie A side.The decision looks to have benefited both parties as the right winger was in fantastic form at the weekend with the opening goal and an assist in the 3-0 demolition of Cesena in front of home fans.After the match, Candreva, who was a standout candidate for Man of the Match said: “I could have gone, there was the possibility but I want to become a star here.”last_img

Starlets beat Ethiopia in CECAFA opener

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets beat Ethiopia 2-0 to launch CECAFA Women’s Challenge on a highNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Harambee Starlets produced a superb second half to down Ethiopia 2-0 and launch their CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup on a positive note in Tanzania on Sunday.Starlets were tied 0-0 at the breather but second-half substitute Gentrix Shikangwa opened the scores in the 79th minute before Cynthia Shilwatso added the second three minutes later to seal the win. The national women’s team will next take on Djibouti on Tuesday at the Azam Complex, before winding up their Group B fixtures against Uganda on Thursday next week.Harambee Starlets star Mwanahalima Adam in action against EthiopiaSemifinals have been scheduled for Saturday, November 23, while the third-place Playoff and final will be played on Monday, November 25, 2019.Starlets will be seeking to console themselves with the regional title after bowing out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.The Kenyan girls reached the penultimate round after losing 3-2 on aggregate to the She-Polopolo of Zambia.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mousa Dembele faces late fitness test – predicted Spurs XI to face Watford

first_img 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 11 11 11 20. Dele Alli (midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on Mousa Dembele’s fitness ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Watford on Monday.Dembele took a knock to his ankle in the 3-0 win over Norwich on Boxing Day, while Ryan Mason is regaining fitness following an ankle problem and could be involved.Ben Davies is likely to keep his place after impressing at left-back and Tom Carroll is pushing for a start after scoring in Saturday’s victory.Meanwhile, Clinton Njie (knee) is a long-term absence.Watford have been an exciting addition to the Premier League this season, with Quique Sánchez Flores’ side playing some good football and adjusting well to the top flight.They held current champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and next they face Pochettino’s in-form men.Who will the Argentinean select? Click the arrow above, right, to see who could line up as Spurs look to boost their chances of a top-four finish in an ever-changing Premier League campaign.Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Walker, Rose, Trippier, Davies, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Carter-Vickers, Fazio, Winks, Dier, Alli, Mason, Carroll, Bentaleb, Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Onomah, Chadli, Lamela, Son, Kane.SEE HERE – Manchester United news: Wayne Rooney to return for Chelsea clash – Predicted Red Devils XI 10. Harry Kane (forward) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 19. Mousa Dembele (midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 11 11 11 11. Erik Lamela (attacking midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 2. Kyle Walker (right-back) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 15. Eric Dier (midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 11last_img read more

PRINGLE: ‘SEASONAL WORKERS SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED SELF-EMPLOYED’

first_imgDeputy PringleSEASONAL workers should not be considered self-employed hitting their rights, a Donegal TD has said.Deputy Thomas Pringle made the call as part of his submission made today on the Study into Zero Hour contracts which found a prevalence of If and When contracts among workers in Ireland.“In my submission to the Minister for Jobs, I made the point that seasonal workers should have been included in the remit of the report. They were excluded under the assumption that they don’t fit under the If and When category. “Seasonal workers, like fish factory workers in Donegal, do fit under the If and When label but might be classified under an outdated notion of what seasonal work actually means. Seasonal work patterns have changed dramatically over the past number of years but little research has been done on this to understand the consequences of changing work dynamics.“Globally, work patterns are emerging that are blurring the line between employer and employee and workers are finding it increasingly difficult to defend their rights or gain access to social protection, as is the case with a number of part-time farmers and seasonal workers I work with in Donegal.“Because a number of workers including seasonal workers are incorrectly classified as self-employed, they find themselves refused certain payments and having to appeal the social welfare system. I’ve personally worked on 17 different cases where this has happened.“The If and When label is also too restrictive. The report claims these workers are not contractually available to work whereas I dispute this notion. Albeit informally, workers like fish factory workers are often obliged to make themselves available for work or they risk a reduction in hours or even termination of employment, even if no written contract exists. “The report was too restrictive in scope, not specific in the definition of If and When contracts and excluded seasonal workers as a result. I would urge the Minister to consider a separate study into all atypical work patterns across the country,” concludes Pringle. PRINGLE: ‘SEASONAL WORKERS SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED SELF-EMPLOYED’ was last modified: December 17th, 2015 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:Deputy Thomas Pringleseasonal workers rightslast_img read more