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Gov’t Drags Tax-Court Judge to Supreme Court

first_imgReports reaching the Daily Observer  have it that the Supreme Court will on Monday, April 21, hear a plea by state lawyers who allege that Judge Mozart A. Chesson, of the Tax Court, “erroneously dismissed”  its US$14,912.91 tax evasion case brought against Krystal Oceanview Hotel.Besides seeking a probe into their allegation of “erroneous dismissal” against Judge Chesson, who argued his decision was based on “legal procedural errors,” the lawyers have also sought the quashing of his (Judge Chesson) decision to recommend the matter to the Board of Tax Appeal (BOTA).But, now, the Justice-in-Chambers, Phillip Banks will step in—in response to a plea— and listen to the state lawyers’ plea.Our source hinted to our reporter, that the Justice-in-Chambers pointed out that his hearing the plea is based on the state lawyers’ insistence on the matter being determined sooner.Earlier, according to our source, Judge Chesson’s  predecessor Judge Eva Mappy Morgan on January 24, 2012  had ruled the case to trial,  after she refused state lawyers’ request to augment its records, reducing the amount in question from US$14, 912.63 to US$8,073,061.73.Judge Morgan had not stayed to decide the matter and was replaced with Judge Mozart Chesson in 2013.Details of the case said, in 2011, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) complained to the Court, alleging that Krystal Oceanview Ocean had failed to properly file and pay 7% goods and service tax, and 2%presumptive and withholding taxes to the Government of Liberia, (GOL) in the amount of US$14,912.91 for the fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.Interestingly, the state lawyers on November 16, 2011, filed another motion before the court, contending that the amount of US$14,912.63, spelt out in its initial complaint, be changed to US$8,073,061.23.However,  lawyers representing the Hotel in response filed a motion to dismiss, requesting that the plaintiff’s amended complaint be dismissed on grounds that the plaintiff be denied the benefit of an amendment, suggesting that it would be in violation of Chapter 9, Section 9.10 Paragraph (a ) (b) and (c).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Political Interest Stalls Support to Writers

first_imgLiberian Historian and Political Science instructor, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu says the lack of support to Liberian writers is attributed to the narrow interests of the nation’s   political leaders.In a recent interview with the Daily Observer, Dr. Guannu,  whose History texts are widely used in Liberian schools across the country, said leaders of different regimes in the country had always wanted writers, especially those writing history, to “Dance to the tune of their music.”According to him, as writers  seek support, the powers that be would be interested only in writers’ outlining the  achievements the leaders.  These leaders are not interested in objective and unbiased writings, but only in  those that sing the leaders’ praises.   The result is that writers get little or no support from the national government.He said this is evidenced by writings some do whereby they give false information about people who did nothing good in the interest of the state but are nonetheless made to look good in the public eye.“We writers are not supported because government wants us to praise them for what they do not do,” Dr. Guannu stressed.“These politicians want us to join their political parties before they can support writers, and we who want to be objective cannot have the support since we refuse to go by what they say,” he continued.He said he had been able to publish his books through assistance from friends and because of his own passion to write.Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu has published History books including A Short History of the Liberian Republic, Liberian History Up To 1847, Liberian Civics and Liberian History Since 1980.Other supplementary papers include Perilous Problems of Liberian History, Inaugural Speeches of Liberian Presidents and Liberia & U.S.:  A special Relation.Dr. Joseph Say Guannu was born in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.  He began his education in St. Mary’s Catholic School along with late personalities including Edward Beyan Kesselley and Emmanuel Gbalazeh.When he entered 7th grade, Dr. Guannu left for Monrovia and he enrolled at St. Patrick High School where he graduated and later entered the University of Liberia.He won a scholarship and travelled to the United States where he attended the College of Great Falls in the state of Montana.  There he completed his Bachelor’s studies and later enrolled at the Fordham University in New York, where he earned his Master’s then Doctorate degrees.Upon earning his PhD, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu chose to teach in Glassborough University in New Jersey.In Liberia, Dr. Guannu has  worked at the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the United States, and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.He currently teaches at the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County and the University of Liberia Graduate School.  He is the director of Conflict Resolution & Peace at Cuttington.He has won awards including Who’s Who Award in the Education in America and Who’s Who Award in the World.Dr. Guannu’s success in his academic and professional sojourns has been driven by three factors including discipline, determination and sacrifice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BIN Officer Charged for Forgery

first_imgA senior officer of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Lieutenant Joe Karbeh, has been charged for forgery and is awaiting prosecution.Making the disclosure yesterday at the offices of BIN on Broad Street in Monrovia, Deputy Commissioner for Administration, Peter F. Zaizay, explained that BIN is disappointed with some officers who reportedly forged signatures of commissioners in order to extort money from people.Commissioner Zaizay said it is only authorities at the BIN that are mandated to give out immigration documents including residence permits, airport visas and other documents relating to BIN and not just any officer of the BIN.“Joe Karbeh is under suspension for similar acts he committed in July 2014. He was sent to the NSA for investigation but because the NSA is not authorized to investigate these kinds of cases, he was sent to us to finalize it,” said Commissioner Zaizay.“Due to forgery, Lieutenant Karbeh and five others were forwarded to the Supreme Court for prosecution,” he revealed.Commissioner Zaizay called on officers of the BIN to desist from signing any alien’s document and receiving money as the doors of the various commissioners are open for such processes.“They are not giving us adequate information about the aliens and it is bad for the country, but we will continue to expose them if such information is provided by other officers and the alien community,” he said.  He stressed that aliens should continue to go to the office of the BIN to obtain their necessary documents and avoid passing through officers who are involved in providing fake documents to them.Meanwhile, Lieutenant Joe Karbeh has appealed to the BIN for pardon and said he was guilty of the act.Mr. Karbeh, 53, said, “I promise never to be involved in such forgery act.”Explaining how Lieutenant Karbeh was arrested, Deputy Commissioner Atty. Asatu Bah Kanneh said Karbeh was arrested by officers after aliens who were affected and continued to be harassed, reported the case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eggers wins 56th Annual Oilmen’s Golf Tournament

first_imgWinner: Jeremy ClothierRunner Up: John TelfordSecond Flight:Winner: Bud StewartRuner Up: Shawn WardConsolation Winner: Ken Villeneuve3rd Flight:Winner: Dave BuziakRunner Up: Reid Van HollenConsolation Winner: Tyler Levers4th Flight:Winner: Lex NeufeldRunner Up: Andrew MoodyConsolation Winner: Shale Deschippes5th Flight: Advertisement Winner: Ian TitleyRunner Up: DJ ShallowConsolation Winer: Rob Fraser6th Flight: Winner: Jared BourqueRunner Up: Colby WaqarConsolation Winner: Lyle Mall7th Flight: Winner: Bernard SalinasRunner Up: Wyatt SouleConsolation Winner: Blake Bowyer8th Flight:Winner: Al LeversRunner Up: Tip JohnsonConsolation Winner: Dave Smith9th Flight: Winner: Len FallisRunner Up: Brandon CawkerConsolation Winner: Rick Villeneuve10th Flight: Advertisement Winner: Charlie SluggetRunner Up: Jay GreenwoodConsolation Winner: Lee Irvine11th Flight:Winner: Gary LangRunner Up: Kirk WardConsolation Winner: Troy Vienscenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 56th Annual Oilmen’s Golf Tournament came to a close on Saturday.The tournament featured 192 oilfield workers in 12 flights competing to be top golfer. Travis Eggers met with Dillon Maier in this years finals, where he was able to knock him off and win the tournament.Eggers win meant that Kevin McKnee wouldn’t get his name engraved on the cup for the first time in six years.- Advertisement -Results from the 12 flights are listed below:Championship Flight:Winner: Tavis EggersRunner Up: Dillon Maier1st Flight:Advertisementlast_img read more

Help For Fort McMurray Wildfire Victims Continues To Roll In

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – British Columbians have shown an outpouring of aid for their Alberta neighbours in the wake of last week’s wildfire that forced thousands from their homes in the Fort McMurray area.In addition to the BC Government’s $300,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross, The government has announced that in the past week, over $276,000 was donated by British Columbians at BC Liquor Stores.The BC Wildfire Service has also deployed two fire investigators and one fire weather forecaster to Alberta, in addition to the 187 firefighters, 25 support staff including two members of the Doig River First Nation, an 11-person Incident Management Team, eight helicopters and ten pieces of heavy equipment currently battling the cross-border Siphon Creek fire. That fire is currently 30% contained, although Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula says that those figures may change over the weekend as crews conduct controlled burns on the 58,000 hectare fire.- Advertisement -150 RCMP tactical troop and traffic service officers from throughout the province have also been temporarily redeployed to northern Alberta by the federal government. When asked, “E” Division spokesperson Staff Sargeant Rob Vermeulen was unable to confirm whether those deployed included members from the BC Peace Region.last_img read more

Matano confident of resuscitating flat Tusker

first_imgThree years later in his first stint at Tusker, Matano entered the history books once again by winning the title for the second time with a different team just six months into his reign.When he took over as Ulinzi Stars head coach in March 2014, he found the soldiers struggling for results after the departure of Salim Ali and he slowly picked them up from the doldrums and they finished the season fourth.New Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano being unveiled at the club’s training ground alongside his assistant Charles Okere on April 24, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUJust last year, he took over at AFC Leopards, the club struggling to mint results and staring at the danger of relegation. True to self, he guided them to an eighth place finish in the league and the FKF Cup (formerly GOtv Shield).“I have done well everywhere I go. I am proud of my record because I am a successful coach. That is exactly why I am coming here; to succeed,” the tactician said as he was unveiled at the club’s training ground in Ruaraka Tuesday afternoon.The team has been struggling and when they asked me to come, I said yes because I love such challenges.”When he took over at AFC in July last year, he said he had come ‘to do a little first aid’ on a wounded Leopard. Fast forward to just over eight months later, he finds himself with a similar assignment.-Caretaker-New Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano during the unveiling on Tuesday 24th, April at the the Ruaraka Ground. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMatano has been appointed as caretaker coach till the end of the season after the Brewers sacked Ugandan Sam Timbe barely four months after his appointment as well as assistant Francis Baraza.Timbe posted disastrous returns at the club, winning only two of their 11 games this season but he had to contend with the tedious task of building a new team after most of the first team players departed at the end of last season.Where his predecessor failed, Matano is confident he can get it right.“What they lack now is confidence and that is what we are working on. We have talked over the last two days and I am happy that confidence is coming back slowly. I am ready for this challenge and I know it won’t be hard because I have been here before. My aim is to lift this team back to the top where it belongs,” the tactician noted.New Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano being unveiled at the club’s training ground alongside his assistant Charles Okere on April 24, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“We should replace the losing mentality with a winning mentality. Most of the time football is about mental strength. They (players) must be ready to fight and put the past performance behind their backs,” the coach further added.His short-term target is to push the team into a top five position by mid season and possibly have an attack of the title in the second half of the season.Matano is confident having assessed the squad and their strengths, they have the ability to squeeze in among the top cream teams despite their slow start to the campaign.“If we manage to start winning and regain the confidence, we can plan from there. The league is still young and I believe we can do something and finish in a good position,” the coach further added.Tusker FC players celebrate one of their four goals against AFC Leopards during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kericho Stadium on April 2, 2018His first assignment will be on Wednesday when Tusker takes on new boys Wazito FC at the Camp Toyoyo Ground.Wazito are fresh from a 1-0 win over hitherto leaders Mathare United while Tusker lost massively 3-1 to Zoo Kericho last weekend.Matano though is confident that he can turn the tide around and start his tenure off on a positive note.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robert Matano being unveiled as Tusker FC head coach.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24- Robert Matano has a habit of picking up teams squirming in difficulty and turning them into competitive outfits and he has vowed to do the same as he begins his second stint with 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC.The tactician nicknamed as ‘The Lion’ made history by becoming the first ever tactician to win the Kenyan Premier League title with a newly promoted team when he guided Sofapaka to the crown in 2009.last_img read more

Tensions with China ‘do not play out in our project at all’: LNG Canada CEO

first_imgCanola is a key export for Canada and China has been a huge market for the product. China imported $2.7 billion worth of Canadian canola seed last year, which ensures any prolonged blockage will hurt farmers, the industry and the broader economy.(Trudeau has said his government will have “good news” to announce on canola in the coming days. Besides pursuing China for proof of the alleged contamination of Canadian canola, the government has promised to find ways to help affected producers in Canada.)Since Meng’s arrest, China has also detained two Canadian citizens on allegations of endangering Chinese national security and has sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related convictions.The second death penalty was handed down Tuesday. The Canadian was among at least six foreigners allegedly involved in what has been described as an international methamphetamine operation.Advertisement Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign-affairs minister, told reporters in Ottawa that the government firmly opposes the use of the death penalty anywhere.“We think that this is a cruel and inhumane punishment which should not be used in any country,” Freeland said. “We are obviously particularly concerned when it is applied to Canadians.”On Canada’s natural-gas business with the Chinese, Calitz said he’s worked on different projects that have taken Australian and Russian gas to China. He suggested the work in B.C. could strengthen the Canada-China connection.“Every time it leads to trade ties that relaxes the relationship,” he said. “It creates a mutual dependency, it creates business understanding.”China, he added, plans to bring in Canadian gas to help it replace its coal power plants, improve air quality and lower greenhouse-gas emissions.Advertisement Calitz added that the LNG Canada project, which has faced opposition from some Indigenous communities in B.C., is on track to start transporting gas in late 2023.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – The head of LNG Canada says Ottawa’s trade and diplomatic frictions with Beijing “do not play out” at all in the massive project that will one day ship liquefied natural gas from British Columbia to major Asian economies, including China.PetroChina, a state-controlled Chinese energy giant, owns a 15-per-cent stake in the $40-billion project, a Royal Dutch Shell-led joint venture that includes other Asian partners. The project includes an export facility in Kitimat, B.C.In an interview Tuesday, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz told The Canadian Press the deepening feud between Canada and China has never been raised at any of LNG Canada’s executive committee meetings.- Advertisement -“The current tensions between China and Canada do not play out in our project at all,” Calitz said in Ottawa after meeting with federal cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “PetroChina is a proud participant.”In recent weeks, China has blocked Canadian canola-seed shipments _ which is widely seen as a response to Canada’s move in December to arrest senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.Meng’s arrest, and her possible extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges, has angered China.Advertisementlast_img read more

Accused beer robber tries to flee police on a Razr Scooter

first_img ———————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – A reputed member of a Van Nuys tagging crew called Notorious Criminals tried to flee police on a Razr Scooter the other day after he and an accomplice allegedly held up a man for his beer, police said. Jose Murillo, 18, of Van Nuys, hopped on his metal scooter Monday night after allegedly using a knife and handcuffs to stick up and detain a 22-year-old man while he and his partner in crime, David Flores, 19, of Sun Valley, took two 24-ounce Icehouse beers and went through his pockets in the 14600 block of Roscoe Boulevard, police said. A witness called the cops, and when they arrived they saw the two suspects try to hide behind a wall. When cops got closer, Murillo took off on a scooter but didn’t get very far, said Los Angeles Police Detective Marc Martinez. Both men were being held at the Los Angeles County Jail on robbery charges. Bail for both was set at $1 million.last_img read more

What it’s like to… trek the Wild Alpaca Way

first_imgIf you’re a fan of the fluffy alpaca, then there’s a brand new experience you have to try in the hills of Donegal.The Wild Alpaca Way on Malin Head is a fun new trek for young and old to spend time with lovable animals in the great outdoors.Local man John McGonagle and his family have been sharing their passion for alpacas with visitors all summer through their tours on the Knockamany Bends. But what makes this tour really special is the location. The trekking path offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Five Finger Strand and far beyond. You’ll be amazed by Donegal’s scenery from this point – if you can stop admiring the cute little alpacas that is!Ollie the Alpaca on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalJohn McGonagle and Bounce on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalMojo, Badger, Chestnut, Bounce and the beautiful little newcomer Ollie are the stars of the show. I had Ollie for my trek on Monday, and even though he was quite new to Donegal, he took everything in his stride.Alpacas are great animals for children to be around, they are quiet, gentle and love company. John and his son Sean are full of knowledge about the group and we soon learned that each alpaca has his own personality, Badger is the leader, Bounce is the lively one and my wee Ollie was the shy one of the group. You can’t help but laugh at their habits and their humming.The one-hour trek is very easy going and John makes sure everyone is comfortable with their alpaca. We took plenty of photo stops and treat stops for the animals.  Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalMyself and the lads enjoying a break stop on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalThe field trail is not mucky and they have a great new shelter on-site to stand in with the alpacas and to ask John and Sean plenty of questions about them.This is a new venture for John, who switched from work as a plasterer to an alpaca trekker. Since starting the tours in June, he has welcomed visitors from all over the world who come to do something a little different on the Wild Atlantic Way. People from as far Canada, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Tasmania and closer to home have already enjoyed the Wild Alpaca Way this summer.The famous Donegal welcome awaits everyone on the hills. “We have a way of treating every customer like they’re the first,” John said.Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalViews from the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalWild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalAnd John will be open all year round, as well as hosting hen party mornings, team building days and bringing the alpacas out and about. If you are looking for some very special wedding guests, then this Malin crew would be delighted to get a day out! Check out wildalpacaway.com for details on these alpaca treks. To book, call John on 087 666 5106Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalBounce the alpaca on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalWhat it’s like to… trek the Wild Alpaca Way was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:InishowenJohn McGonagleMalin HeadThings to dotourismwild alpaca wayWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more