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Commissioner General Stewart Tamba Increasing LRA’s International Recognition

first_imgMadam Elfrieda Stewart-Tamba, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), already well-known and respected in global taxation circles, has recently carved another important, high profile accolade, thereby enhancing the LRA’s international recognition.She has been selected as Co-Chair of the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI) Steering Committee.ATI is a body of 45 countries, including the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Ghana and several other nations in Europe and Africa, including Liberia.ATI plays a coordinating role, among other things, in ensuring that partner countries receive the desired support for capacity building in international tax issues.The naming of Commissioner General Stewart Tamba as Co-Chair of the ATI Steering Committee was announced by ATI Co-Chair Christopher Heffernan of Canada. Mr. Heffernan named the other selected Co-Chair as Mari Khurtsidze, Head of the International Taxation Division of the State of Georgia’s Finance Ministry. Commissioner General Stewart Tamba is also a member of the Governing Council, Addis Tax Administration African Forum, and Chairman, West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF).All Liberians should be proud of the impressive international recognition of their outstanding daughter and sister, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, and our state enterprise, LRA.Clearly, her efficient and dynamic handling of Liberia’s Tax System is paying off, as it increasingly receives international recognition through its Commissioner General.The Bible says, “Seest thou a man—[or woman]—diligent about his [or her] business, he [or she] shall stand before kings, and not before mean men.”Think of so many Liberian tax officials who lost their focus because they went after money—money from the people’s taxes they collected and pocketed, ending up in disgrace and even jail.We are not saying that Liberia’s current tax administration under Commissioner General Stewart Tamba is perfect, but suffice it to say that the world has recognized the efficient and effective tax administration she and her LRA team have put into place. They are rising to the challenge of helping their government in these times of desperate financial squeeze, to navigate turbulent monetary waters.Remember when the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) recently protested against LRA’s stringent tax collection operations, Commissioner General Stewart Tamba, with two other top GOL economic and financial managers, Finance Minister Boima Kamara and Central Bank Executive Governor Milton Weeks, cooperated, along with the ongoing intervention of the Legislature, to mitigate the protesters’ concerns. The Commissioner General is also working with partners in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international partners to find ways to expand inter-African trade and industry. Among the companies targeted is Firestone which, because of the expanded ECOWAS market of 200 million people in 15 countries, could start exporting furniture made from rubber wood. This sizeable market may, at last, encourageFirestone to start manufacturing tires and other rubber products.Also targeted is Golden Veroleum, which plans to manufacture and export palm oil-based industrial products. And the door is open, Madam Tamba told the Daily Observer recently, “to anyone else who has something attractive to manufacture and sell across our borders and beyond.”We hope that Commissioner General Tamba and all her co-workers, including customs workers at the Free Port of Monrovia, the Ganta, Zwedru and other interior collection points, as well as the Roberts International Airport (RIA), and the Ports of Buchanan, Greenville and Harper, will continue to keep the flag of LRA, yea Liberia, flying high. This will not only win the appreciation and respect of all Liberians, but the continued recognition of the international community, such as we are seeing in the outstanding representation of Commissioner General Tamba in the global tax arena.Elfrieda’s father, Frank James Stewart, a Columbia University-trained accountant and finance expert who served in the 1950s through 1970s as the Liberian government’s Inspector General of Liberian Diplomatic Missions and Budget Director General, is brimming with pride wherever he is.Frank was the son of a Gola man from Bomi County, a well-known evangelist of his day and father of many who became professionals in various fields, including Education, Adult Literacy, Evangelism, Hydrological Engineering and Law. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UPDATE 2 Search on for body of drowned youth

first_imgUPDATE 2 Police say they have suspended the search for the 14 year-old’s body and will resume the search when river water levels recede. UPDATE Police are continuing to search for the 14 year-old’s body and are now now conducting aerial searches of the river.Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge RCMP are searching for the body of a 14 year-old boy who drowned at Red Willow Falls.- Advertisement -Police say the boy was swimming with a group at the falls, south of Elmworth, Alta., near the B.C. border, Sunday evening.They received a call at around 8:50 p.m. that the boy had been pulled under by the current and subsequently began a search. However, police had to call off the search after it became dark.The search began again Monday morning.Advertisementlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Is Both Overrated and Underrated at the Same Time

first_imgAs August chugs along, I’ve started to realize something. Oklahoma State is the rare team that, at least in this moment, appears to be both overrated and underrated.Mike Gundy has talked about this squad in reverential tones in the last few weeks. I mean, truly crazy stuff. The local media and fans are both sky high about what this squad could be. It feels like … a lot … to put on a team that lost five straight last season and was one punt from going 5-7.Even in OKC Dave’s survey, nine wins was the consensus. I’m not saying this isn’t a nine-win team. It’s just a hefty weight to toss on a sophomore QB with three starts and a team that plays at WVU, at Texas and two of the four best teams in the country at home (not to mention Bedlam).AdChoices广告Then there’s the flip side.OSU isn’t ranked in either poll. It wasn’t even included on 49 of the 61 AP ballots. It isn’t mentioned at most places as a threat to knock off Baylor and TCU (OU is though).In the end, this post will make me look stupid one way or the other unless OSU goes 8-4 and finished exactly 22nd in the country which would mean it was both overrated and underrated. Such is August.But I think it’s interesting that locally everyone is jacked about the possibilities and nationally nobody seems to have noticed.Plus, as Glenn Spencer pointed out, nobody in Stillwater even cares about any of this.“There’s a lot of unknowns,” said Spencer. “However we play – that’s who we are. It’s not about what people expect us to do or what somebody thinks our expectations is. That’s worthless. What matters is what happens out on the field. That’s the only thing that matters. Everything else is garbage.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Hearst Tries Employee Discount Tactic

first_imgGeneral Motors made headlines a few years ago when it offered customers cars at the “You Pay What We Pay” employee rate—and GM saw spike in auto sales as a result. Makes sense.But those were cars. Surely, Hearst isn’t charging its own employees for copies of its magazines, are they? Things haven’t gotten that bad, have they? I mean, have they? Rifling through my local coupon mailer the other day (I was looking for one for Garnier Fructis, naturally), I came across an unusual offer from Hearst’s Country Living: I e-mailed Hearst for clarification, and will post their response here when I get it. In the meantime, has anyone else heard of any other magazines charging employees for subscriptions? And, moreso, marketing those “savings” to potential subscribers?UPDATE: Here’s what Hearst says: “Hearst doesn’t charge employees for comp copies distributed in the office, but like most magazine publishing houses, we do offer special rates to employees who want to order subscriptions as gifts or for themselves.  Also, to clarify, the Country Living promotion is specific to the magazine and is not a corporate offer across all Hearst titles. This particular promotion is confined to newspaper ads to generate a small number of subscriptions.  It is not a widespread practice.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, May 18, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild presents “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy!” You have three opportunities to catch this family-friendly show. ‘The Addams Family” will run on Friday, May 18 at 7pm; Saturday, May 19 at 1pm; and Saturday, May 19 at 7pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium. Tickets to this popular musical costs $10 for students & senior citizens and $15 for adults. Tickets are available online at http://www.WilmingtonCATS.org and will be sold at the door. Reserved seating only. Learn more HERE. … The 4th Grade Night Out takes place from 6pm to 8pm at the North.In The Community: The Abundant Life Christian School’s Drama Club presents “Treasure Island” this  Thursday, May 17 at 7pm and Friday, May 18 at 7pm at the school (173 Church Street). Tickets cost just $6 and can be purchased at the door.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 7 Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For May 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For March 24, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For March 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rovers sensory steering wheel uses temperature to send messages

first_img 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes “Research has shown people readily understand the heating and cooling dynamics to denote directions and the subtlety of temperature change can be perfect for certain feedback that doesn’t require a more intrusive audio or vibration-based cue,” said Alexandros Mouzakitis, JLR’s senior manager for electrical research, in a statement.In the future, this system might have a hand in self-driving vehicles, too. The automaker said that it’s also adapted this temperature-shifting technology to work with gear shift paddles, which could inform a driver that the swap between human and computer control is complete. Post a comment Review • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance Share your voice Jaguar Land Rover 2:24 More about 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Land Rover Jaguar Preview • 2020 Range Rover Evoque first drive: Stylish SUV packs X-ray vision 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 5 things you need to know about the 2020 Land Rover Range… Hey, neat, more pictures of the new Land Rover Defender Tags Auto Tech Future Cars More From Roadshow 13 Photos We’ve had haptic feedback in steering wheels for years now, and it’s a great way to notify the driver of a lane departure or whatever without requiring them to stare at a visual alert. Now, Jaguar Land Rover is taking it one step further by bringing temperature into the equation.Jaguar Land Rover this week unveiled its “sensory steering wheel concept.” Developed with the help of Glasgow University, the automaker is investigating whether using heating and cooling can alert drivers to less pertinent information. This wouldn’t replace haptic feedback, but rather it would create a lower-priority tier of messages with its own unique notification method.Here’s how it works. Each side of the steering wheel can be heated or cooled by up to 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and the rate of change is adjustable to suit the driver’s preference. It could alert drivers of an upcoming turn in either direction, when to change lanes or if there’s poor visibility ahead. For things requiring much more pertinent notifications, like a lane departure, haptic feedback is still faster and more efficient for communication. Now playing: Watch this: 0 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkerslast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 gets teased again with big battery stunning design details

first_imgHaving garnered huge response for the Redmi Note 7 series, Xiaomi is all set to bring the all-new Redmi Y3 series in India next week on April 24.Now, the company in a bid to drum up excitement among fans has teased a couple of key features coming in the new Redmi Y3 phone. In the newly tweeted message, Xiaomi has confirmed that the new phone will have 4,000mAh, that’s 33-percent more than its predecessor, which by the way had 3,000mAh cell. Xiaomi Redmi Y3’s shell teased on TwitterRedmi India/Twitter (screen-grab)This is welcome upgrade, as the Redmi Y3 will be able to serve the owner easily for a whole day mixed usage and if it comes with a good processor, it can last longer and be able long video viewing experience and also watch entire IPL match live on the phone and have still more juice left before you can finally retire for the day.In another teaser, Xiaomi has hinted that the Redmi Y3 will come with aura design language on the back and it looks gorgeous with different vivid colours pop-up when viewed in a different angle. Xiaomi is all set to launch the new Redmi Y3 in India next weekRedmi India/Twitter (screen-grab)As far as other details are concerned, Xiaomi Redmi Y3 is confirmed to house a 32MP selfie camera, expected to come with a dot-notch display with most probably HD+ resolution and 2Pi water splash resistant coating similar to the Redmi Note 7 series. On the back, it is said to sport a dual-camera and a fingerprint sensor.The Redmi Y2 (review) successor will most probably run Android Pie-based MIUI 10 OS and come in 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage variants.As far as pricing is concerned, Xiaomi Redmi Y3 is likely to cost less than Rs 10,000.In a related development, Xiaomi has announced that the company has sold more than 7 million units of Redmi Y since its conception in 2017 and going by the expected specifications and teased features, the Redmi Y3 is expected to help Xiaomi to push the sale to 10 million by the end of 2019 or early 2020. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Closelast_img read more

Pakistan doctor who helped track bin Laden likely to be released

first_imgA roadside vendor sells newspapers with headlines about the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore. Reuters file photoPakistani prison authorities have moved the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, his attorney said on Saturday, speculating it could be a prelude to his release.The continued imprisonment of Dr Shakil Afridi has long been a source of tension between Pakistan and the United States, which cut military aid over accusations Pakistan continues to shelter Taliban militants fighting US and Afghan soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.A jail official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Afridi had been transferred to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, but said the reasons were unclear and could simply be security-related.Afridi’s lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, confirmed the transfer of his client but said he was not sure where he was now. Judicial officials could not be reached on Saturday, nor could embassy officials for the United States, which has for years called on Pakistan to release Afridi.Afridi was accused of treason after word spread he had helped the CIA collect genetic samples of the bin Laden family, paving the way for a US Navy SEAL raid in 2011 in the town of Abbottabad that killed the al Qaeda leader accused of plotting the 11 Sept 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.He was arrested days after the U.S. operation – which Pakistan called a violation of its sovereignty – and charged with aiding terrorists.Afridi was sentenced to 23 years’ jail for financing terrorism. That conviction was overturned in 2013, but he is still serving time for other terrorism-related convictions, his lawyer said.He also faced a murder trial related to the death of a patient more than a decade ago.However, the layer said Afridi had recently had his latest sentence reduced to seven years in a clemency action, and had served about that amount of time already.“So I think he can be released very soon,” Nadeem told Reuters.There were no other immediate indications of any release in the works, however.A US State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called on the Pakistani government to ensure Afridi’s safety.“We are aware ýof reports that Dr. Afridi has been transferred to another prison, and call on the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to ensure Dr. Afridi’s safety,” the official said.“We don’t have anything else at this time and would refer you to the government of Pakistan as to the reasons for his transfer,” the official added.In January 2017, Pakistan’s then-law minister said the country would not release Afridi under any U.S. pressure.“Afridi worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistan government has repeatedly been telling the United States that under our law he committed a crime and was facing the law,” Zahid Hamid was quoted as saying at the time.last_img read more

Do it like the Koreans do

first_imgKorean Cultural Centre presents 2nd Pan India K-POP Contest, the festival invites all the K- POP lovers around India to join the global competition and celebration of Korean popular song and dance. K-POP is a part of celebrations of Indo-Korean 40th Diplomatic year. Finalists from the 13 countries will be invited to Korea to perform in the Grand Finale, which will be held in Gangwon, South Korea on 28 September. The event is going to be held on 17 August from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’K-POP Contest provides a platform for all to prove their mettle in Korean singing and dancing. K-POP is a musical genre originally from South Korea that is characterised by a wide variety of audiovisual elements, the term is more often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop music covering mostly dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop, R&B and the like.The jury members of the 2013 festivals are Kim Kum Pyoung, the Director of Korean Cultural Centre India; Sanjeev Bhargava, Aleksandra Michelska Singh, Dancer, Natya Nectar Dance Academy and Sangwon Donald Kwag, Marketing Head, Star CJ. Last year Paul 5 from Timarpur slums, a 7 member team were announced winners from India.  Winning team from the semi-finals at New Delhi will get an all expenses paid trip to Korea to participate at the finals in Wonju. Wonju is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea with rich historical and cultural significance.  The festival has a lot more to offer to its audiences as well.last_img read more

Bringing the village to life

first_imgMithilanchal Chitraleela – an exhibition of select paintings by village artists of Madhubani is being organised by Lokatma at The Ashok Hotel. The exhibition features exquisite paintings on handmade paper, cloth and canvas. Forms are outlined freehand, using a paintbrush or bamboo pen with/without a metal nib. A variety of vibrant and muted colours, innovatively combining plant/mineral extracts, gum, fabric paints and bazaar powders are used. While each painting expresses individual creativity, all celebrate the Mithilanchal world-view and are organised around five related themes: Devi-Devata: Vedic, Puranic and folk gods and goddesses; Prakriti: Nature as seen in Mithilanchal; Dehaati Jivan: Village Life in the Region; Shubh Parv: Traditional Social and Religious Celebrations; Mahakavya Prasang: Scenes from Four Epic Tales – the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Lorikayana and the Legend of Raja Salhesh.WHERE: The Ashok Hotel, ChanakyapuriWHEN: 9 to 18 August, 10.30 am to 7.30 pmlast_img read more