first_imgThe House of Representatives has summoned the management of Lonestar Cell MTN over what they called ‘deceit’ for cutting off the three-day free promotion after being the only company that supported the proposed tax increment and pledged to bear the responsibility without passing the cost on to consumers. Last month, the Legislature approved the increase the excise rate on alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and also the one cent per minute on all calls, pursuant to the amendment of Section 16 to grant Special Investment Incentives to certain businesses; as well as a revision on Section 904 on the Advance Payment or Turnover Tax. The increment took effect January 1.Members of the House of Representatives yesterday during the 3rd day sitting, mandated the Chief Clerk to invite Lonestar Cell MTN on Thursday, January 19, 2017, to answer why they have deceived the Liberian people in halting the three day promotion. The House also summoned the Board of Commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) and the Ministry of Finance, on the total tax intake of the one cent per minute on all calls and other related issues in the telecommunication sector. It may be recalled that in a public hearing conducted last year by the Joint Committee of the Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives in the Joint Chambers of the Legislature, a number of influential business entities including Cellcom GSM, theLiberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the Monrovia Breweries, as well as the Tobacco Associations of West Africa rejected President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s proposal to the Legislature to increase excise tax on tobacco, phone calls, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The business entities said the tax increment would not only affect production and sales, but would also encourage redundancy, unemployment and poverty.Lonestar Cell MTN was the only company that supported the proposed tax increment and promised to bear the responsibility without passing the cost on to consumers. The public hearing at that time aimed to review the Special Amendment to the Revenue Code of 2011, which calls for the imposition of one cent (US$0.01) per minute on phone calls, and the other five amendments.It may be also be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote the Legislature in 2016, arguing that the increment will provide incentives for additional investments in the economy and the direct revenue implication of US$30.1 million to support the FY16/17 National Budget. “Mr. Speaker, in my message transmitting the FY16/17 Proposed Budget, I mentioned to you that certain assumptions in the resource envelop have been placed under ‘Contingent Revenue’ because some legislative actions will be required in order to realize those revenues,” the President wrote. According to reports, Cellcom GSM is the only company among the three GSM to still uphold the three days free calls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly – Guyana has extended its sympathy to the citizens of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on the loss of life caused by cyclone Idai.The death toll from Cyclone Idai, which devastated the African nations last month is nearing 1000, according to the latest figures released by the two Governments. Zimbabwe on Tuesday updated its death toll to 344 while Mozambique’s recorded fatalities stood at 602 and 860,000 people were said to be affected by floods in Malawi, with 85,000 losing their homes and are now living in camps.In a release issued, the IDPADA-G said it is saddened by the suffering of the hundreds of thousands across southern Africa in the wake of the storm.As such, the Assembly calls on the Government of Guyana to assist in whichever way possible, through the international agencies working to bring aid and comfort to those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.“We also request that all African Guyanese of faith work through their religious organisations and other bodies to assist in the response to this tragedy”, the release added.IDPADA-G stands ready to work with its member organisations, churches and other charitable institutions in demonstrating their solidarity with the citizens of countries so terribly impacted by Idai.last_img read more


first_imgThe governor steered around a question about whether he would support McCain in the California primary but also called him “a great national leader.” Coming off a decisive re-election in November, the celebrity governor appears eager to assume a more prominent role in national affairs. His push to move California’s presidential primary to Feb.5 from June could give the state – and by association him – much greater influence in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes. With McCain at his side, Schwarzenegger called for a national low-carbon fuel standard for transportation fuels, similar to standards in California intended to make fuel burn cleaner. It wasn’t clear how such a standard would be put in place, or if it would become a centerpiece of McCain’s nascent campaign. “I know that Senator McCain sees the value of bringing to Washington the same kind of programs that we have put into place right here in California,” Schwarzenegger said. By contrast the governor met privately this month with another GOP contender, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but the two did not appear together. The senator and Schwarzenegger have shared a mutually beneficial political kinship, as well as a friendship, for years. McCain has headlined fundraisers for Schwarzenegger in California, and they’ve campaigned together. The governor’s 2006 campaign manager is now a senior adviser to McCain’s campaign team.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered his most lavish praise yet Wednesday for a 2008 presidential candidate, calling John McCain a “great senator” and “very good friend” who shared his views on critical issues such as the environment. The celebrity governor stopped short of formal declaration of support for McCain’s budding candidacy, but their appearance together in the Port of Los Angeles was a strong reminder that the two maverick Republicans share a well-developed friendship. The Arizona senator joked that he was endorsed by Schwarzenegger. Then Schwarzenegger said their joint appearance wasn’t about politics. “We share common philosophy and goals for this country,” McCain noted. last_img read more


first_imgLorraine Gallagher on Channel Four Television News tonightTHE mother of bullied schoolgirl Erin Gallagher has made an emotional TV appeal for the closure of the site Ask.fm.Lorraine Gallagher gave her first ever television interview to Channel Four this evening.She wept as she told the station about the loss of Erin and her sister Shannon to suicide. The presenter of the programme warned viewers they would find the interview distressing. “They were so close but they were so different,” said Lorraine of her two teenage girls.“I asked myself questions. You just go around in a circle because with suicide you have no answers.”Erin, who was 13, took her own life last October after being tormented on Ask.fm. Her 15-year-old sister ended her life six weeks later.For the first time Lorraine revealed that Erin had mentioned being bullied on the Ask.fm site in her suicide note. “When Erin died I ran for help,” said Lorraine.“I knew she was dead. I ran next door to get help. It (the note)…she apologised. She said I’m sorry I have to do this but I’m fed up of the bullying, Ask.fm and she mentioned a name.“Thousands and thousands of children are getting bullied every day on that site.“I want Ask.fm shut down because I don’t want to turn on the TV again and see that another kid has killed herself because they have been bullied on Ask.fm.”Ms Gallagher said Erin was also being bullied at school and the abuse on the site was the last straw. “That’s what she wrote; to tell me that she killed herself for,” said Lorraine.Lorraine also spoke emotionally about the suicide of Shannon last December.She said Shannon missed her sister.“Shannon was the oldest; she never lived a day of her life without Erin. Everybody thought that because Shannon was tomboyish and outspoken that Erin needed Shannon. “That was wrong – it was Shannon who needed Erin.”She said Shannon had also left a note, wrapped inside a Christmas present she had bought for her mum.Said Lorraine: “Shannon just said ‘Hi mum, I just want you to know how much I love you’ and she said ‘negative things happen for positive reasons and I hope to see you again very soon’.”Lorraine said she now had good days and bad days; sometimes she was ok and sometimes she just broke down.“I want to get justice for Shannon and Erin,” she said.“Even if they can’t shut down Ask.fm, they can bring in a wall for the people who are bullying so maybe then there wouldn’t be as much bullying on Ask.fm because they would be too scared to.”The heartbroken mother said she was haunted by finding Erin dead in her home.“Every time I walk through the front door I see Erin,” said Lorraine.“It is one of the memories you will never forget.”ERIN’S MUM IN TV APPEAL: PLEASE CLOSE DOWN ASK.FM TO SAVE LIVES was last modified: August 14th, 2013 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:ask.fmErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgMet Eireann has warned that it may be forced to issue a Status Red weather alert for Donegal and the North-West as it tracks Hurricane Lorenzo towards Ireland.Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Eireann, said they are waiting to see how the storm develops before issuing a weather warning.However, she warned “So while it will give some very wet and very windy weather, perhaps Orange Weather warnings will be the worst, perhaps touching a Status Red on the west and north-west coast, but we won’t be issuing those warnings until Wednesday morning.” Met Eireann have issued a weather advisory for “potential stormy conditions” on Thursday and Friday.The forecaster said there is a “high probability” that Storm Lorenzo will track close to or over Ireland later on Thursday and early Friday, giving “high seas, severe winds and heavy rain”.The warning is applicable from midday on Thursday to midday on Friday and Met Eireann will issue weather warnings tomorrow morning.Donegal County Council is yet to issue specific information locally. Meanwhile, the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy will convene a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group this afternoon as Hurricane Lorenzo approaches.The view of Hurricane Lorenzo and its projected path as of this morning (Pics: US National Hurricane Center)Met Eireann has said it is on standby to issue a Status Orange weather warning for certain areas, with a Status Red warning a possibility for the west and north-west coast.The ESB, Gardaí, public transport operators and local authorities have been told to be ready to activate their crisis management plans.The national forecaster is on standby to issue a Status Orange weather warning for certain areas as Hurricane Lorenzo approaches Ireland.It says that Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to weaken into a tropical storm as it approached Ireland. According to the National Hurricane Centre, tropical storms can have maximum wind speeds of up to 118km/hr.The National Emergency Co-Ordination group has yet to be convened for a meeting, but the ESB, Gardaí, public transport operators and local authorities have been told to be ready to activate their crisis management plans.Breaking Weather Alert: Donegal on Status Red standby warning was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalHurricane LOrenzoMet Eireannred alertstormlast_img read more


first_imgOdisha’s Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric), famous for its healing properties, is a few steps away from receiving GI tag as the Geographical Indications Journal has advertised its application seeking objections.Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing, based at the district headquarter town of Phulbani, had moved for registration ‘Kandhamal Haldi’ which was accepted under sub-section (1) of Section 13 of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.Turmeric is the main cash crop of tribal people in Kandhamal. Apart from domestic use, turmeric is also used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.last_img


first_imgA new initiative launched by the Congress government in Rajasthan for identifying and resolving issues in upper primary schools situated in the rural areas through “Bal Sabha” (Children’s Assembly) is set to bring about qualitative changes in education. Besides students, the Sabhas will be attended by parents, teachers and village elders.A series of Bal Sabhas was organised in as many as 3,300 schools in Jaipur district on Saturday last. Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasra attended the congregation in Bhojlawa village of the Govindgarh panchayat samiti.Active roleThe schoolchildren, who presented songs and delivered short speeches in Hindi and English, also spoke about the problems faced by them in school. Students Seema Sharma and Pooja, who led the proceedings, said they would like the village elders to play an active role in the school’s affairs and guide them in their career choices.Govindgarh panchayat samiti pradhan Lal Chand Sherawat said the Bal Sabha would be organised on each Saturday at a public place. Mr. Dotasra said that the novel concept would ensure the participation of all stakeholders and significantly improve the quality of education in government schools. Principal Secretary (School Education) Bhaskar A. Sawant said extracurricular activities would shape the personality of students, while Director (School Education) Pradeep Kumar Borad said the Bal Sabhas would promote dialogue between villagers and schoolchildren.last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Lucky Liverpool? Yeah – and they deserve it Leno, Mourinhoby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Bernd Leno was doing his best Jose Mourinho impersonation in the aftermath of Liverpool’s trouncing of Arsenal on Saturday…The goals – all five of ’em – were “unlucky”, claimed the Gunners goalkeeper. And the foul for Mohamed Salah’s penalty debatable. Fortune was simply with the hosts on the day.And to be fair, you can understand Leno’s reasoning. Another day. Another ref. And Sadio Mane is shown red for grabbing Stephan Lichtsteiner around the throat early doors. With Arsenal still in touching distance after halftime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t missing from under Alisson’s crossbar. And just as Mourinho had complained a fortnight ago before losing his job at Manchester United. Liverpool’s goals in both games were full of ricochets. Deflections.But what was also common over the two games was how through sheer force of will, Liverpool managed to find those goals. Yeah, they were lucky. But they made that luck themselves. Driving forward. Attack. Attack. Attack. There’s nothing subtle about Jurgen Klopp’s team at the minute. Nothing measured. They go at it at 110%. And what tends to happen to people – to teams – who behave like that, they end up being luckier than most. The more shots. The more waves of attacks. The more chances you have of scoring.Okay, okay. Itis a bit more sophisticated than that. But Liverpool are not nine points clear at the top of the table for second guessing themselves. For holding back. Something has clicked these past 18 months. That drive. That passion we see on the pitch. It’s reflective of what has been occurring inside the boardroom – whether that be at Anfield or in Boston. And that approach is being rewarded in spades.While others held back – including Manchester City and Khaldoon al-Mubarak – Liverpool paid what was needed to ferry Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. Another board. Another know-it-all exec. And Klopp would’ve been told to cool his jets. To make do with Joel Matip. But not FSG.When others – including an England captain – spoke against adding Xherdan Shaqiri to his squad. Klopp backed his judgment. Was supported by his transfer committee. And rolled the dice. Alisson Becker? Andrew Robertson? None were deals celebrated unanimously by those inside the game. But the manager – and the club – never hesitated.For the moment, everything they touch is turning to gold. But the differences is, this club. And these players. They’re not holding back waiting – hoping – for it to all fall in place. They’re out there. Making it happen. Yeah, fortune appears to be with Liverpool, but only because they’re willing to fight for it.So now they’re three wins clear at the summit. But there is a qualifier. There has to be at the midway stage of the season. But it’s a qualifier that is part tribute to what Klopp and Liverpool have managed to do in recent weeks.It was only a month ago and many were saying how far City? And not just this season. But in terms of an era. A Blue dynasty. They appeared unstoppable. Untouchable. Yet now, Pep Guardiola’s lot are more concerned about second place and Tottenham than keeping in touch with the runaway Reds.City haven’t suddenly turned from champions to chumps. But it’s a tribute to the work of Liverpool that a team some were declaring the greatest seen in English football are now eating their dust.Liverpool haven’t benefitted from City being dragged back down. They’ve taken their standards to a new level – and City are now having to find it within them to catch up. And they surelywill come again. A returning Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will make sure of that. And then the onus will be thrown back on Liverpool to find another gear – something which Klopp has always insisted is well within them.Guardiola threw it out there last week. ‘It’s far easier being the hunter than the hunted’, he declared. A warning which fell flat on it’s face after Saturday’s Anfield performance.The City manager must know, it’s going to take much more than a generic throwaway line to force this Liverpool team off their stride. There justis something about them this season.Witness Mo Salah’s gesture. On a day when Aboubakar Kamara is being slated by his manager and fans for his behaviour around a Fulham spotkick. Salah does the opposite. A Golden Boot. A goals bonus. He sacrificed it all. And won praise from Klopp after giving up his penalty for Roberto Firmino to complete his hat-trick. That’s something no amount of spending can buy.Leno. Mourinho. Yeah, they can point to lucky moments in games. But you don’t haul in today’s Manchester City team on good fortune. Liverpool have made their own luck. And the standard to beat. It’s now up to the rest in 2019 to catch up.last_img read more