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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

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