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first_imgWarriors defendersays sorryNEW JERSEY, United States (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago defender Daniel Cyrus has apologised to teammates and his country for squandering a penalty that would have taken them into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.The Soca Warriors lost a dramatic penalty shootout against Panama in Sunday’s quarter-finals, on the hunt for their first Gold Cup semi-final berth in 15 years.Cyrus and Lester Peltier missed crucial spot kicks as Trinidad and Tobago tumbled out of the tournament.”I am sorry,” the Vietnam-based defender said.”I want to apologise to the nation and my team for that miss”.Panama prevailed 6-5 on penalties after the game remained deadlocked at 1-1 after full time and added extra time.Bairstow in for BallanceLONDON (AP):Gary Ballance has paid the price for England’s misfiring top order and will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in the team to face Australia in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston next week.Ballance, who has a career average of nearly 48, has averaged 16.75 in his last eight innings against Australia and New Zealand. He made 23 and 14 in the 405-run defeat in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, which levelled the series at 1-1, and was the only change in the squad yesterday.Despite scoring more runs, 98 in the series so far, than Adam Lyth, 50, or Ian Bell, 73, the latter two were spared.The third Test begins on July 29.England: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.Sterling on target for CityMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Raheem Sterling took less than three minutes to score his first goal in a Manchester City shirt as the English club beat Roma 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw yesterday in a preseason friendly.Sterling, who moved from Liverpool to City last week in a £49 million ($76 million) deal that made him the most expensive English signing ever, scored after running on to a lofted pass from Kelechi Iheanacho.Roma equalised fiveminutes later when Miralem Pjanic scored with a powerful strike from outside the box at the end of a deft combination involving Daniele De Rossi, Francesco Totti and Gervinho.Iheanacho restored the lead for City six minutes into the second half when he swooped on a wayward Roma back pass by second-half substitute Ashley Cole and sent the ball into the top right of the net from thecentre of the box. But Romalevelled again in the 87th minute from a free kick by Adem Llajic after Seydou Doumbia was brought down by Yaya Toure at the edge of the box.last_img read more

LRA Hails Sweden’s Support, Seeks Technical Assistance

first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the contribution of the Swedish Government to the development of Liberia, including the Liberia Revenue Authority. Sweden has been helping with Liberia’s postwar development program in several areas, including strengthening the financial sector through its development arm—Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).“The Swedish Government has been good partners to Liberia to reduce poverty,” Commissioner General Tamba stated recently when she led an LRA delegation to the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia. The visit was a follow-up to the one paid to the LRA by Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Ms. Lena Nordström in late January.The Commissioner General acknowledged the Swedish Government’s goal to support poverty reduction, and indicated that the more private sector trade is improved in the country, the better it will be for Liberia.“We have come to concretize our relationship with the Swedish Government,” the country’s chief tax collector said, “though we have benefited from the Swedish Government through the SIDA, we come to seek a more direct technical assistance from the Swedish Government.”The Commissioner General then presented an official letter requesting technical support to enable the LRA to achieve its strategic objectives and outcomes, and to establish partnership with the Swedish Revenue Authority.The Swedish envoy indicated that her government intends to help people living in poverty better their lives because it is part of Human Rights. The head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy added that Sweden’s support is focused on strengthening democracy, gender equality, and increasing respect for human rights.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition calls for more exemptions as Govt bumps up revenues by $13.7B

first_imgMid-Year Report 2018While the performance in the traditional sectors of the local economy has not been favourable, the coalition Government has managed to rake in millions more in revenue from the collection of taxes.According to the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report 2018, the fiscal outturn in the first half of the year was as a result of both improved revenue performance and expanded public expenditure outlays.Revenue collections were driven mainly from taxes, both current and arrears, while public expenditure expansion resulted from additional costs associated with the restructuring of the sugar industry.“Revenue collections totalled $109.2 billion, at end-June 2018, 12.4 per cent above the corresponding period, in 2017, due primarily to increased collectionsOpposition MP Irfaan Alifrom all the major tax categories,” the report stated.Income taxes increased by $5.3 billion, while Value Added Tax (VAT) increased by $3.4 billon; Excise Tax increased by $3.0 billion; and trade taxes increased by $2.0 billion.Over the same period last year, VAT from imports of goods and services grew by $2.0 billion, while VAT on domestic goods grew by $1.3 billion, primarily from higher payments in the telecommunication and wholesale and retail trade sectors.Tax revenue collections remained significant, during the first half, representing 92.2 per cent of total revenue collected, of which arrears accounted for $6.3 billion.However, non-tax revenue collections decreased by $2.8 billion reflecting a reduction in special transfers from statutory bodies, as programmed for the year.Revenue from excise taxes rose by $3.0 billion, to $19.8 billion, during the current review period. Collections from imported petroleum products accounted for $2.4 billion and motor vehicles imports, $527.0 million. Excise tax collections from domestic supply increased by $60.5 million to $2.2 billion.And total non-tax revenue, decreased by $2.8 billion to $8.5 billion during the first half of 2018. This performance reflects less transfers from statutory agencies. Royalties collected by Central Government rose by $717 million, as a result of higher gold production from the two large-scale gold mining companies.Meanwhile, within the tax category, internal revenue collection increased by $6.7 billion, reaching $48.3 billion, during the first half of 2018. This increase was primarily attributed to higher payments of private corporation tax, withholding tax and personal income taxes.“Private corporation taxes increased by $870 million, or 5.0 per cent, reflectingFinance Minister Winston Jordanhigher payments of advance taxes from commercial banks and companies within the services sector as well as increased collection of arrears, due to increased surveillance work,” the report stated.Withholding tax grew by $1.9 billion, or 46.5 per cent, reflecting payments from companies within the oil and gas, services and mining sectors, which grew by $0.9 billion, $0.8 billion and $0.2 billion, respectively, during the period January to June, 2018. Arrears accounted for $677 million, during the review period.Further, net property tax of the Private Sector was $3.1 billion, of which individuals payments were $797.7 million, an increase of $195.1 million above payments received for the same period, in 2017. Arrears were $266.2 million, higher than the $128.1 million collected in January to June 2017.While this may be positive for Government, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has long argued that Government’s tax-oriented approach to growth and policies is among the key factors responsible for the deteriorating economy, with increases for every category of taxes on income, property, production and consumption, and international trade, including environmental taxes.Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali through a motion had called for the restoration of the purchasing power of the people by removing the imposition of the VAT on zero-rated items, new fees and licences, and an increase in taxes which were included in the 2016 and 2017 budgets.The 3000-word long document extensively lists a number of measures that the parliamentary Opposition believes should be implemented to “stimulate the economy and reduce poverty and hardships.”The PPP made recommendations for improvements to the tax framework, the finance sector, the business sector, infrastructural development, energy sector, education social services, health, agricultural sector, Amerindian welfare, the sugar industry, the rice sector, among others.Ali had argued that the implementation of the recommended policies is critical to the creation of an environment more conducive to the growth and expansion of the economy, the creation of jobs, sending the right signals to the Private Sector, and, improving the welfare of the people.last_img read more

2nd Annual Bright Nights Coming To Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Cultural Centre and the Arts Community in Fort St. John are teaming up to host the 2nd Annual Bright Nights in June on Friday, June 24th.The Bright Nights Gala is where the event starts. It showcases local artists as well as local performers. The goal of the event according to the release is to showcase talents and what the Cultural Centre represents.The evening features wine, beer, sparkling cider and d’oeuvres. There is also a silent auction with items from local artists on display. There is also a raffle this year at the event and the main performance of the night will showcase local talent in piano, dance, music, and collaborations between local art groups.The performance takes place at 7:30 pm with Beer and Wine and Cider starting at 6:30 pm.- Advertisement -Local artwork will also be on display and a permanent piece of artwork will be revealed at the intermission.Saturday, June 25th will see the NPCC open house take place. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, there will be FREE art classes, dance classes, projects, and local arts group informational booths.last_img read more

So where exactly had the most number of sunshine hours this summer?

first_imgWe might be justified in moaning that we never really had a summer in Donegal.But the latest weather facts for the past few months throw up an amazing stat.The highest number of sunshine hours across Ireland in a day came at Malin Head, on June 2 when nearly a whopping 16 hours were recorded. That’s one of many weather facts thrown up by Met Eireann.It might have been the warmest summer in the last 10 years but as holidaymakers will testify, the season was still wetter than normal.On average it was slightly warmer than usual right across the country, with the weather station at Dublin Airport reporting its warmest summer since 2006.The summer reached its peak just after mid July when temperatures soared to the high twenties. The highest temperature of the year was recorded in Roscommon, where the mercury hit a scorching 30°C.That peak still fell comfortably short of the highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland which stands at 33.3°C, recorded at Kilkenny Castle on June 26th 1887.The lowest temperatures for the summer this year nearly all came during the first few days of June and July.It was slightly wetter than normal right across Ireland with the heaviest rainfall coming in the east of the country during June.The highest daily rainfall total fell on Sherkin Island, off the coast of west Cork, on August 1, which recorded its wettest summer day in 18 years. Overall the summer was much duller than the previous months with the sunshine totals nearly all significantly lower than the those reported during spring.The station at Knock Airport reported its dullest summer since the station opened in 1996 while Dublin Airport had its dullest summer since 1987.Conditions started to get increasingly windy during August with several stations in the west, southwest and south reporting their windiest August conditions in up to ten years.There were gale force winds on four days during the month, all in Atlantic coastal areas, with the highest gust and wind speed both coming at Malin Head on August 7. So where exactly had the most number of sunshine hours this summer? was last modified: September 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Action-packed fashion show kicks off next Wednesday

first_imgA fashion extravaganza in aid of The Donegal Hospice and Finn Harps will take place on Wednesday 6th September at 7:30pm sharp in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny.In addition to viewing the latest fashions available in local stores, there will also be the opportunity to meet well known personalities in the world of fashion and sports, including Jason Quigley (World Boxing Champion) Amy Callaghan (Donegal Rose 2017), and Callum Keaveny (Winning Escort from Mary from Dungloe 2017).There will be lots of valuable spot prizes on offer on the night including an €800 hamper from Mc Elhinneys. Additional prizes have been sponsored by Pure Boutique, Gerard’s Fashion, Kay C Designs, La Touche, VIP Clothing, Finn Harps Shop and Levy Corcoran Milliner. The venue has been kindly sponsored by McGettigan Hotel Group. Commenting on the event, Mary McGinley said “When we first came up with the idea of having an event to support our two local charities, we were delighted with the support we received from both The Donegal Hospice and Finn Harps.“Finn Harps was one of our chosen causes as the club has deep roots in the county and invests a huge commitment in the next generation of young players.“The Donegal Hospice is widely known for its excellent work in palliative care in the community, having an additional range of services including a Day Home Care Service from 10-3pm each Thursday for those who have been referred to a palliative care specialist, as well as a county-wide home care service which is staffed by 6 clinical nurse specialists.”For a memorable night of fashion and craic whist supporting two worthy causes, the Fashion Show at the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny is not to be missed! Action-packed fashion show kicks off next Wednesday was last modified: August 25th, 2017 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:fashion showfinn harpslast_img read more

Measures put in place to ease traffic gridlock in Twin Towns

first_imgA number of interim measures have been put in place this morning in the Twin Towns to ease the traffic problems in the towns over the weekend. It follows gridlock in the town in recent days.Cllr Gary Doherty has been in contact with Donegal County Council on the matter. He said he hopes the new measures will ease that congestion.“I’ve been inundated with complaints about the traffic chaos in Ballybofey/Stranorlar. With the ongoing roadworks the usual busy summer traffic has been supplemented by cars heading to the Irish Open at Ballyliffin, and it has caused gridlock. This is extremely frustrating for residents, businesses and those passing through the Twin Towns.“I was in contact with Donegal County Council throughout the day yesterday, and following a conversation with the Director of Service for Roads yesterday evening.”The following measures have been put in place. – DCC has requested to Gardai that Ballybofey/Stranorlar be included in the traffic management plan for the Irish Open, as it is clear that this is a traffic pinch point for those going to Ballyliffin. As such, 4 Gardai have been requested to manage traffic in the Twin Towns today.– Works due to start this morning have been delayed until 9.30 to allow for free flowing traffic during rush hour.– A “stop/go” system will be in operation all day today. This involves workers standing with the “stop/go” signs to allow for better traffic flow and to prevent motorists from driving through red lights.– It is hoped to have all temporary traffic lights removed for the weekend. In this regard, where the road surface is currently dug open, the contractors have been requested to fill these temporarily to allow traffic to flow in both directions.Measures put in place to ease traffic gridlock in Twin Towns was last modified: July 6th, 2018 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

MLB Winter Meetings: Five things to watch including Gerrit Cole, trade talks and more

first_imgNeither the Giants nor the A’s have been particularly active in pursuing trades or free agents so far, but many other teams have kept the hot stove burning this offseason.The Atlanta Braves have committed more than $75 million to various free agents, the San Diego Padres have already executed a few significant trades and clubs such as the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers have all been linked to the top available players on this year’s market.At the 2019 Winter …last_img

Shangri-La caught between superpowers

first_imgThe country’s capital, Thimphu, is a refreshing delight to those who are tired of traffic and pollution in mega cities. The fresh air and the lush green mountains and snow peaks in the distance offer a visual treat.Men, women and children calmly walk around in the country’s traditional attire. It is probably the only country in the world where there are no traffic signals – just traffic police officers giving hand signals.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

Convicts killed Jigisha for pleasure, be given death: Cops

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) A court here will pronounce the quantum of sentence to three men convicted for murdering and robbing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh here in 2009 on Monday, with the Delhi Police today seeking death penalty for them saying they killed her for “pleasure” and showed no remorse.Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav reserved the order on sentence after the arguments concluded today and a pre-sentencing report (PSR) was submitted by probationary officer.”Pre-sentencing report received…Copy has been supplied to counsel for the convicts. Arguments heard. Order on sentence to be pronounced on Monday,” the judge said after hearing the arguments of prosecution, convicts and perusing the pre-sentencing report which gave details about the bakground of the guilty persons.However, the judge ordered for maintaining confidentiality of the report.28-year-old Jigisha, working as an operations manager in a management consultancy firm, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009 after she was dropped by her office cab around 0400 hours near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi.Her body was recovered three days later from a place near Surajkund in Haryana, police had said. (more) PTI AG RKS ARClast_img read more