Chinese Firm Accused of Tax Evasion

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has launched an investigation against a Chinese firm for alleged tax fraud. Shanxi Construction Engineering (Group) Corporation, the Chinese Company renovating and extending the Monrovia Vocational Training Center MVTC), has been accused by LRA of allegedly using duty free privileges to evade taxes. Yesterday the LRA disclosed that it had caught Shanxi Group transporting two duty free containers cleared on Monday to a privately owned Chinese firm on 15th Street, Sinkor.According to the LRA, the firm to which the containers were transported is owned by a Chinese businesswoman, name withheld.On September 25, Youth and Sports Minister Len Eugene Nagbe wrote the LRA requesting duty free privileges in favor of Shanxi Construction Engineering (Group) Corporation to enable the company to clear two containers holding tiles, window profile and metal for windows, tires, soybean milk machines, locks, slippers, clothes, vacuum cleaners and tools.According to Minister Nagbe, the two containers were for the final phase of the renovation work on the MVTC. The LRA granted Minister Nagbe’s request for duty free privilege, but later observed that the containers were being taken to a different destination.Shanxi Construction Engineering (Group) Corporation officials were not available to comment on the allegation and the Chinese businesswoman in question refused for journalists to photograph her. The containers were cleared by Morris Clearing on Monday, BIVAC’s container release form indicated. LRA Communications officer Trokon Tarr told our reporter that the LRA has begun investigating Shanxi Group for tax evasion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man allegedly sets house on fire in Region 8

first_imgThe house of a miner at Tumanturi Village, Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), was completely razed by fire between Friday evening and Saturday morning, leaving the lone occupant seeking alternative living arrangements.The building was reportedly set on fire by the suspect, Desmond Derially, who had previously threatened to do so. The house was owned by 45-year-old Donette Doris.Based on reports received, Doris and Derially were consuming alcohol at the El Paso School sports bar when a heated argument erupted between them.It was at that time that the suspect threatened to burn down the victim’s home with her inside. Doris, out of fear, left and went to stay with a friend for the night.However, at about 07:20h on Saturday morning, she was informed that her home had burnt down.Accompanied by the police, Doris went to check on her house, only to see it burnt to the ground. The suspect was arrested but has since denied committing the act.Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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Inaugural Dragon Stout Futsal kicks off on November 15

first_imgFutsal teams will now have another platform to display their skills, as the Dragon Stout Futsal Tournament has been launched, and the straight knockout action will unfold on November 15.Dragon Stout’s Brand Coordinator Jamal Baird and Corporate Communications officer Treiston JosephFour nights of extraordinary football action at the National Gymnasium will excite fans and supporters alike, as 16 teams vie for the $300,000 grand prize.At this tournament’s launching ceremony on Monday morning — which took place at ANSA McAl’s head office at Beterverwagting, the company’s corporate communications officer told media operatives about the rationale behind the tournament.“One of the reasons for the tournament is not just to promote the brand, but it is to foster development in the communities to ensure that person have a chance to do something with their lives; a chance to play and have good development in the sport of futsal. A lot of time there’s not much futsal being played, so that’s one of the things that this tournament targets,” Joseph revealed.The 16 teams finalised for the four-day action are North East La Penitence, Albouystown, Leopold St, Broad St, Sophia, LA Ballers, Bent St, Gold is Money, Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Alexander Village, Future Stars, Tiger Bay, ‘Melanie B’, ANSA McAL All-Stars and Showstoppers.Competition would begin on November 15, but other playing nights will be on November 22 and 29, with the curtains coming down on the activities on December 6.Joseph has expressed an intention to expand the tournament in the future.Here’s what he had to say:“In the near future, of course, it’s definitely one of the things we’ll look at in terms of expanding the tournament beyond Georgetown.“It’s the inaugural tournament, so to start in Georgetown to really familiarise the brand with communities is a solid start. In the near future, we would be looking to expanded to other parts of Guyana, whether it is West Bank or East Coast,” he stated.The winner of the inaugural tournament would pocket $300,000; second place will have to settle for $150,000, while third and fourth places would pocket $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.last_img read more

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Kaka back in Italy to discuss AC Milan role

first_imgAnother ex-Milan teammate Gennaro Gattuso has coached the seven-time European champions since last season.“I often talk with Leonardo, we are friends, but the role that I will have at Milan we have not yet discussed,” Kaka told journalists after his arrival in Italy.Kaka spent six seasons with Milan before joining Real Madrid in 2009 but returned for a season on loan in 2013. He won one Serie A title and the Champions League with Milan.The 36-year-old will attend AC Milan’s first home game of the season at the San Siro against Roma on Friday, after the club lost their opener 3-2 in Napoli.“Now my priority is my children living in Brazil, which is the reason why I did not arrive at Milan before, but Leonardo and Maldini bring me even closer to Milan.”For now he will join sporting director Leonardo and Maldini, sporting strategy and development director, and study as a manager, with the possibility of helping the club’s scouting in Brazil.“I want to understand what I’d like to do in the world of football,” added Kaka, who retired last year after a glorious career playing at the San Siro, Real Madrid and Sao Paulo before finishing at MLS side Orlando City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ex-Brazil and AC Milan star Kaka looks set for a role with the Serie A club to assist coach Gennaro Gattuso. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIMILAN, Italy, Aug 30 – Former AC Milan and Brazil star Kaka has returned to Italy amid reports Wednesday he is set for a backroom role with the fallen Serie A giants.The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner is reported to be looking at the possibility of joining the club’s board along with fellow AC Milan icons Leonardo and Paolo Maldini.last_img read more

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Woman stole clothing ‘at the behest of another person for the benefit of the other person’

first_imgA 42-year-old woman who pleaded guilty of stealing five items of clothing from a shop in Letterkenny was given the benefit of the probation act.Andrena Mulhern, of 49A The Maples, pleaded guilty to the offence from June 9, 2017. Security staff spotted the incident on camera and, after Ms Mulhern left the premises without paying for the items, valued at a total of €68 followed her.In evidence, Garda Horan said that Ms Mulhern was escorted back to the shop and the goods recovered in a re-saleable condition.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was a 42-year-old single lad who was ‘under difficult circumstances from time to time’.“She was in the company of another person at the time. The offence occurred at the behest of the other person for the benefit of the other person,” Mr Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court.“She is genuinely ashamed of herself. She is aware of the damage to her reputation and standing.”Judge Paul Kelly said that, given the early plea, he was applying the probation act.Woman stole clothing ‘at the behest of another person for the benefit of the other person’ was last modified: September 8th, 2017 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:Andrena MulhernJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPennystheftlast_img read more

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Donegal people urged to take care as Storm Hector brings coastal flooding risks

first_imgDonegal County Council are rolling out safety measures and warnings ahead of the Storm Hector weather event. Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange wind weather warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo this Wednesday evening and night and for a time on Thursday morning.A council spokesperson said: “Due to the fast moving nature of the depression and the forecasted high tides for the Donegal Bay area, there is potential for very high winds in localised areas especially in the Donegal bay area. “Donegal County Council is urging the public to take extra care when outdoors during this weather event.”South to southwest winds veering westerly, associated with Storm Hector, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr. Winds will be strongest in coastal areas.Forecasters have warned that high spring tides are likely to coincide with the strongest winds leading to a risk of coastal flooding and wave overtopping.The Pier Car Park, Quay Street in Donegal Town will be closed due to the expected high tides. The Council can be contacted on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.You can keep up to date on road conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil .Featured image: Storm Hector forecast by @MetOfficeStatus Orange Wind Alert in place for this evening and for a part of tomorrow morning. The Council can be contacted on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288. #Donegal #StatusOrangeWindWarning pic.twitter.com/4rEjrec3so— DonegalCountyCouncil (@donegalcouncil) June 13, 2018  Donegal people urged to take care as Storm Hector brings coastal flooding risks was last modified: June 14th, 2018 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:Storm Hectorweatherlast_img read more

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Return of the Peppered Mice

first_imgSlight changes in the coat color of deer mice is the latest triumph of evolutionary theory, if we are to believe the BBC News and New Scientist.   The BBC announced, without apologies to Jonathan Wells, that “A tiny pale deer mouse living on a sand dune in Nebraska looks set to become an icon of biology.”  But wasn’t a similar case argued six years ago? (see the 04/18/2003 entry).  Actually, one of the researchers in the current story was involved in that case, too.    The new work published in Science alleges that a team has discovered a new mutation for coat color that spread throughout a population of deer mice in Nebraska.  Since those mice live on light-colored sand dunes, this supposedly gives them a survival advantage.  It seems strange to make such a big deal of this given the variation already known in fur color in mice, rats, cats and dogs, but the BBC said that this is the first time a gene that mutated has been associated with a trait that appears to confer a fitness benefit.  “That makes the fast-evolving deer mouse one of the best examples yet studied of ‘true’ natural selection in action.”  It’s not much of an advantage, though: just 0.5 percent.  Time is the hero of the plot.  Hopi Hoekstra said, “It doesn’t seem that much, but multiplied over thousands of individuals over hundreds of years, it makes a huge difference.”  The sand dunes are thought to have formed 8,000 to 15,000 years ago.    New Scientist noted that the mutation consisted of a single amino acid deletion within one gene known to be responsible for coat color in many mammals.  So if natural selection did anything, it deleted something; it did not invent something new (certainly not a new protein or enzyme from scratch).  Calling it a “beneficial mutation,” therefore, seems a stretch.  Presumably “Any cases where you can find positive selection for a mutation are interesting,” according to Ron Woodruff of Bowling Green State University.    To sound sufficiently Darwinian, the paper in Science began with “On the origin” and spread of this mutation.  It mentioned selection often.  The authors rigged an artificial test area with owls and mice where they believe the predatory birds attacked the darker mice more often, but admitted that their tests of fitness were overestimated, “given that predation rates were most likely artificially inflated in the enclosed arena tested.”  They also were unable to establish how the mutation actually produced the phenotypic change.  Nevertheless, they feel that a new mutation did arise and spread through the population and gave the light-colored mice a slightly better chance to avoid being eaten by owls.1.  Linnen, Kingsley, Jensen and Hoekstra, “On the Origin and Spread of an Adaptive Allele in Deer Mice,” Science, 28 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5944, pp. 1095-1098, DOI: 10.1126/science.1175826.Evolutionists get so excited about the silliest things.  Even a staunch young-earth creationist like Ken Ham would yawn over this story.  He readily shows in Powerpoint slides how all the variety of dogs could have easily arisen since the Flood by mutations and selection.  In fact, the BBC News just reported that only three genes are involved in the wide variety of fur styles in dogs.  The article said nothing about evolution.    These mice did not really evolve in the sense Darwin wanted to explain.  Was any new function created in these mice?  No.  Was a new gene, or a new protein, or a new molecular machine invented?  No.  Did the mice grow new organs, like wings, and take to the skies?  No.  Did the scientists explain how the gene actually functioned in the mice, and how it interacted with the other genes?  No.  There are many more questions that could be asked.  Did this lighter coat color having some drawbacks, like making it harder for the mice to find each other to mate?  Did the increase in light-colored mice stimulate a corresponding increase in visual acuity in the owls, making this a zero-sum game?  Was there slippage on the treadmill (03/17/2003)?  What is the big deal, anyway?  And why would any Darwinist wish to associate this study with the shamed and discredited case of the peppered moths (07/05/2002, 06/25/2004)?    The change in the mice is so trivial, it hardly deserves to be celebrated at all, even by evolutionists.  Yet the Darwin-drunk media are telling us this is destined to become a new icon of biology and is “one of the best examples yet studied of natural selection in action.”  If they think this is the best, we would like to see the next best, and so on.  We would like to ask how all the animal phyla, with all their complex and integrated body plans, arose without any evidence of selection, or how life itself arose in the first place.  It doesn’t help a theory when the data needing to be explained are orders of magnitude more complex than one feeble case held up as one of the best examples ever found.  Find an example that makes Ken stop yawning and then we might pay attention.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Twist brings stories to stage

first_imgThe theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year. (Image: Twist Theatre Development Projects)Theatre is a powerful, visceral way of telling stories. Twist Theatre Development Projects taps into this power to bring to the fore South Africa’s diverse cultures and its multitude of experiences.Twist projects works to fast-track the development of local theatre groups throughout KwaZulu-Natal, as well as to create sustainable relationships and networks in theatre locally and abroad.By working with established theatre groups, the organisation focuses its efforts on those already committed to theatre and performance arts. It draws on their dedication and passion to help others find their way into the industry.PARTNERS AND PROJECTSThe organisation has worked with a number of promising talents from more than 12 theatre groups in underprivileged communities throughout the province, such as the Izwi Youth Theatre Group in Howick, as well as Sinethemba Arts and Umsindo in Ulundi.Twist projects connects these theatre groups with the professional industry in a number of ways. It builds relationships with mentors who are professionals in the theatre world as well as gets access to events such as festivals and professional performances.The theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year.It is also partnered with established theatrical organisations such as the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu and the ASSITEJ Theatre for Youth. These partnerships were forged to align their collective efforts in developing theatre in South Africa and help reach those who would usually not have been exposed to the magic of performance art.Watch a production staged by the groups involved with Twist Theatre Development Projects:TEAM EFFORTTheatre and performance arts allow artistic expression and build team work among the cast and the backstage crew.However, the cost of running theatre productions is a challenge, including as they do the need for equipment such as lighting, props and a space to rehearse and perform. To overcome these challenges, Twist projects calls on corporations and the public for assistance.Any people or organisations looking to play a part in the development of South African theatre at a grassroots level are asked to visit the Twist Theatre Development Projects’ support page for more details on how they can do so.Options regarding how to assist the organisation range from volunteering in business management and advertising to governance, lighting design and improving the computer skills of the facilitators of the programme.Donations of funds as well as infrastructure and equipment such as computers, modems, props, transportation, refreshments and venues for their performances will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the projects.Wathc one of the productions staged by groups in early 2015:Watch one of the productions staged in the early stages of the Theatre Development ProjectsPLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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SimpleGeo Debuts Hosted Database for Geolocation Developers

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes klint finley Tags:#hack#Tools Today SimpleGeo‘s hosted spatial database service Storage was released from private beta. This is the flagship product from the company we named as most promising company of 2011. Storage is a hosted version of Apache Cassandra that has been modified to suit the needs of geolocation developers. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for developers to add geolocation features to Web and mobile applications.The service is free for the first 30 days, and will then cost 25 cents per thousand data calls, and 10 cents per thousand records stored.SimpleGeo started as a gaming company back in 2009, but the team quickly realized that the tools they needed didn’t really exist. So the company built them. Storage joins SimpleGeo’s existing serivces Context and Places. Context provides information such as geographic boundaries, weather, and demographics for a specific location. Places provides business listings and points of interest.The company has also worked hard to build a fast and highly scalable infrastructure. During SimpleGeo’s beta testing, 99% of spatial queries are processed in less than 100ms. Last month we posted a talk by Mike Malone, an infrastructure engineer at SimpleGeo, on why and how SimpleGeo built its own Cassandra-based database to handle geolocation data: Related Posts In particular, the company wants to avoid the problems Foursquare has had with availability. Last year, Foursquare had a 11 hour period of downtime. An explanation on the company blog pointed to MongoDB sharding issues. SimpleGeo hopes to avoid these problems by using Cassandra, which is a highly distributed database.Matt Galligan, co-founder and chief strategy office of SimpleGeo, says Storage further differentiates itself from Geo-MongoDB in that it has done away with the use of Z-Trees. He says that Z-Trees are inaccurate and that SimpleGeo employs KD-Trees that allows it to have accurate results ands still scale. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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CBI files charge sheet against Hooda in Manesar land scam case

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed a charge sheet against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 33 others in the Manesar land scam case.The charge sheet has been filed before the Special Court in Panchkula. Among those named as accused are the then senior IAS officials Chattar Singh, M.L. Tayal and S.S. Dhillon , who had worked under Mr. Hooda in various capacities. Atul Bansal, promoter of the Gurgaon-based ABW Builders, has also been named.The CBI had registered the case in 2015 following allegations that private builders, in conspiracy with some State government officials, had bought about 400 acres of land in and around Manesar at throwaway prices, causing a loss of about Rs.1,500 crore to the owners.The State government had earlier issued orders that the land parcels in question would be acquired. They were, however, excluded from the acquisition process later, after the owners had sold them to the private builders.It is alleged that the owners were forced to sell their land fearing that the government would acquire them and they would not get due compensation.last_img read more

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