Opposition Parties Want Weah Eliminate Monopolies, Implement Land Reform, Others

first_imgAlexander Cummings, ANC political leader. In the  midst  of the current economic challenges facing  the country, three opposition  collaborating   parties over the weekend called on President George Weah of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to eliminate monopolies, implement land reform, adopt smart growth inducing tax policies, maintain sound fiscal discipline and enhance environment for exports/import substitution, creating a food safety inspection unit along with relevant regulations, so that  farmers’ produce can meet standards for export to European and other markets that would balance the Liberian dollar against the United States currency.The opposition collaborating parties are former ruling Unity Party (UP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), and Liberty Party (LP).The parties said the country’s economy can only move forward if the government would enhance the establishment of industrial parks in coastal cities such as Buchanan and Harper, with built-in advantages such as sea ports and easy road access to airports and Monrovia; improve the value chain for key agricultural products such as rice; and implement reforms that would make it easier to move goods in and out of the ports.The parties’ pronouncement was contained in a statement delivered at a press conference in Monrovia, read by ANC political leader Alexander B. Cummings, on behalf of the three political parties in response to President Weah’s statement on the country’s economy.Mr. Cummings said what they got from the President’s statement on the nation’s economy was generally bad and it means a lot to ordinary Liberians whose pockets are tough.“The President told us that since he assumed office in January 2018, the Liberian dollar has depreciated by 25 percent.  He further explained that this depreciation in the value of the Liberian dollar has increased inflation by 4 percentage points to 21 percent, from 17 percent back in February 2018,” Cummings said.“They must now pay 25 percent more for everything they consume.  That means since the President took office, food items that cost L$100 now cost L$125.  School fees that were $4,000 LD now stand at L$5,000,” ANC political leader said.Mr. Cummings further explained that  the current status of the economy is a serious problem that requires quick policy responses but, unfortunately for Liberians, the President did not provide serious and detailed plans for “the structural transformation of the Liberian economy” that are necessary to solve the problem.“Instead, as the President himself admitted, all he offered us are ‘short term-fixes’ and a promise to release a long term development strategy that he says is only now ‘nearing completion.’  Given the immensity of the economic challenges we face as a country, it is certainly our hope that the President’s long term strategy was now available for robust public debate and implementation.”Mr. Cummings said the three political parties are looking forward to engaging the President and his administration on their plan, whenever it is released, and will offer their ideas and thoughts to make it more responsive to the challenges the nation faces.“As an opposition, we are not only focusing on criticism; we will also provide a way forward for the betterment of the nation,” he said.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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Liberia Signs Major International Tax and Transparency Instrument

first_imgMinister Samuel Tweah and the Deputy Secretary General OECD in warm handshake after the signing on MondayLiberia has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, making it the 122nd jurisdiction to join the world’s leading instrument for boosting transparency and combating cross-border tax evasion, a release from the Liberia Revenue Authority says.The Convention is the most comprehensive multilateral instrument available for all forms of tax co-operation to tackle tax evasion and avoidance, which is a top priority for most tax jurisdictions.Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah signed the instrument on behalf of the Liberian Government on Monday, June 11, 2018, in Paris, France, while the Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Masamichi Kono, signed for the OECD.The signing underscores Liberia’s commitment to combating tax evasion, tax crime, aggressive tax planning initiatives by multinational enterprises, as well as other base erosion schemes, and places the Country in the position to fully benefit from the exchange of information with other jurisdictions.The Convention is the key instrument for swift implementation of the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters.The Standard – developed by the OECD and G20 countries – will enable more than 100 jurisdictions to automatically exchange offshore financial account information beginning September 2018.The Convention is also a cornerstone for the implementation of the automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports on the activities of multinational enterprises, under the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, and is a powerful tool in the fight against illicit financial flows.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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Local wrestlers slam competition at Zones

first_imgIn the girls division, Captain Roylene Oliarny led the Ookapics in the competition, pinning almost all her opponents, except the silver medalist, capturing her second consecutive zone championship.Taylor McLeod also earned her second straight Zone Championship, thanks to her stellar offensive performance.Leslie Erker continued her phenomenal season, which was her best ever in her wrestling career, winning her first ever zone gold medal, while Liz Collum also took home a gold medal.- Advertisement -Due to the outstanding performance from the female wrestlers in their respective weight classes, the girls secured themselves the North Central Zone Top Girl’s Team Trophy, an honour they earned for the fourth consecutive year.With the four-peat under their belts, the girls are one year away from winning the most consecutive zone team championships ever.The boys also got in on the success, placing fifth overall.Advertisement Connor White put on a dominant performance, disposing of numerous opponents to earn a gold medal. Devon Shelkie and Braiden MacDougall each took home silver medals, while Bert Bowes rookie Adam Becker earned himself a fifth place finish.Fort St. John Wrestling Club head coach Paul Kalas says he was quite impressed with the results from his team, who will now shift their focus to competing in the provincial championships taking place in Duncan, B.C. in two weeks.last_img read more

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And the winner for best HD player is…

first_imgHD DVDs looked, for the most part, fantastic on my 46-inch Sony LCD set, which is big enough to reveal the flaws in DVDs – they all look like they’re shot through a thin layer of jelly. “Deer Hunter” in HD DVD looked jaw-droppingly sharp and beautiful. An older movie like “Casablanca,” which has many medium shots, gained a dimension when I could clearly see the glints in the characters’ eyes. The HD-A2 will pep up DVDs a little bit by “upconverting” them to faux high-definition, but for most discs, that only works if the player is connected to the TV by a digital High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI cable. The cheaper and more common three-lead component video cables won’t do. The HD-A2 doesn’t output the very highest-definition signal, called 1080p. The player is limited to a resolution of 1080i, which is 1080 lines of vertical resolution, with alternating lines refreshed every 60th of a second. The BDP-S1 is a big, handsome box that makes you feel like you’re getting a lot for your $999. It was the quietest player in the test. The remote is easier to use and more substantial than the Toshiba’s. It loads a disc in 30 seconds, just like the HD-A2, and it can output 1080p. Just one niggle: It was sometimes slow to respond to commands from the remote. It also has a possible limitation in that, unlike the HD-A2 and the PlayStation, it does not connect to the Internet. The HD-A2 has an Ethernet jack for connecting the unit to an Internet router. The usefulness of that feature is not clear at the moment, though. Future HD DVD discs could connect to the Internet for special features like online games, and Toshiba may send software upgrades to the player that way. Even so, the BDP-S1 is a fine machine. So both the standalone players are good. Should you get one? If you’ve spent $2,000 or more on an HDTV, I’d say “yes.” Get your money’s worth from your TV set. It’s tougher to say which player to get. I liked the HD DVD player, and the discs had a more consistent image quality, probably because they use a more sophisticated mathematical formula, or codec, to pack the movie into the disc. Some Blu-ray movies showed slight smearing of colors in darker scenes, and “The Fifth Element,” an early disc, was not as crisp as it should have been. But the image quality of recent Blu-ray discs was an improvement, and the format has more support from Hollywood. Triple threat A look at three HD DVD and Blu-ray players: TOSHIBA HD-A2 Price: $499 Pros: Slim, responsive and cheap. HD DVD discs look great. Has Internet capability. Cons: HD DVD has less Hollywood support. Needs HDMI cable to convert DVDs to high definition. SONY BDP-S1 Price: $999 Pros: Well built, good looking. Quiet. Blu-ray disc format may be the winner. Cons: Expensive. Blu-ray disc quality is variable, but improving. No Internet connection for updates. SONY PLAYSTATION 3 Price: $599 with 60-gigabyte hard drive as tested, but there is a $499 model with 20 gigabytes. Pros: Does a lot besides play Blu-ray discs. Responsive. Cons: Noisy fan. Wireless game pad works as remote, but you’ll want the $25 video-style remote as well.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The two movie disc formats that are competing to replace the DVD have had a rocky start, with clunky first-generation players and an audience that’s been reluctant to buy them for fear of betting on the losing side. But there’s now a second generation of players out, and in our test of three of them, it’s clear that they left the problems of their predecessors behind. Sorry, consumers, but it’s time to choose sides: Blu-ray or HD DVD. From the HD DVD camp I tried Toshiba Corp.’s $499 HD-A2 player. In the other corner of the ring swaggered Sony Corp.’s BDP-S1 Blu-ray disc player, which lists for $999 but is available for less. As a cheaper alternative, I also looked at the Blu-ray function of a $599 PlayStation 3 from Sony. The HD-A2 is a svelte device that looks very much like a regular DVD player. It takes 30 seconds to load a disc, a little slow but not enough to bore you. The fan is louder than you’d expect from a DVD player, but not bothersome in most entertainment centers. last_img read more

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Pharaohs hunt down Cranes in Alexandria

first_imgThere were huge celebrations at the end among Egyptians, who have not been to the World Cup since 1990 despite winning five African titles since. Egypt now lead Uganda by two points.The North Africans have nine points, Uganda seven, while Ghana – who have appeared at the last three World Cups – lie in third with five points after thumping Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville.Congo, with just one point, can no longer qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia.Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey hit a hat-trick to inspire Ghana to their first win in the group – at the fourth time of asking – which came four days after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by the same opponents.Partey, 24, scored his first international goal in that game.Richmond Boakye grabbed a brace while Ukraine-born Vladis Illoy Ayyet scored a consolation for Congo.Congo had started the game in Brazzaville strongly but were overpowered after Ghana opened the scoring against the run of play after 23 minutes through Boakye, with Partey doubling that lead just three minutes later.In a topsy-turvy spell just before half-time, Illoy Ayyet scored his first goal for Congo after 43 minutes only for Partey to spin cleverly and fire home Christian Atsu’s pass from a tight angle in first-half stoppage time.With 21 minutes left on the clock, Partey resembled a seasoned striker as he lashed into the top corner after 69 minutes to seal his hat-trick.-By BBC–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohammed Salah scores against Dennis Onyango in a World Cup Qualifier between Egypt and Uganda on September 5, 2017. PHOTO/BBCALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Sep 5- Egypt gained revenge for Friday’s defeat in Kampala by beating Uganda 1-0 in Alexandria to leapfrog their opponents at the top of Group E in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers with two rounds of matches left to play.Mohamed Salah scored the winner after six minutes, netting at the second attempt after Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango blocked his first effort.last_img read more

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Barca president admits to meeting Griezmann reps

first_img“We had conversations with his representative, as we have with other representatives,” Bartomeu told Catalan radio Rac1 on Monday.“This was last October, a meeting, nothing more. It should not give rise to speculation.”Griezmann has scored 30 goals in 51 games this season and can end the campaign by winning the Europa League, with Atletico up against Marseille in the final later this month.Any deal with Barcelona would place in further doubt the future of Ousmane Dembele, who has endured a difficult first season at the Camp Nou.Dembele joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for 147 million euros last year and Bartomeu insists the 20-year-old will not be leaving this summer.“It’s not on the table,” Bartomeu said. “Dembele is one for the future and we expect a lot from him in the next few seasons.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted he met with representatives of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in October © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSBARCELONA, Spain, May 7 – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted he met with representatives of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in October.Griezmann has indicated he wants his future decided before this summer’s World Cup after Barca were forced to deny in January they had already agreed a deal to sign the Frenchman.last_img read more

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Turkish teen sensation reveals why he chose Manchester City over Chelsea

first_img1 Turkish teen ace Enes Unal has revealed he snubbed Chelsea in favour of a summer move to Manchester City because of their differing youth policies.City won the race to land the 18-year-old wonderkid in July, shelling out £2m to sign him from Bursaspor. He has since been sent on loan to Genk for the next two seasons.And now the precocious striker, who scored four goals in the Turkish top flight before the move to City, has revealed he turned down an offer from Chelsea because of their current loan policy.Speaking to the official Turkish Football Federation website, he said: “One of the other teams that wanted me was Chelsea but I decided to join Manchester City because they had shown more interest and were really keen in bringing me in.“Chelsea have around 50 players out on loan whereas City have about 15 and these are players like [Edin] Dzeko and [Stevan] Jovetic.“City are investing a lot in young players and have plans to use them in the future.” Enes Unal last_img read more

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HURLING: MINOR BOARD UNDER 14 RESULTS

first_imgRound 4 Under 14Mc Cumhaills 5.10 Dungloe/Gaothdobhair 0.3Four Masters 4.9 Letterkenny Gaels 2.4 Aodh Ruadh 5.12 Carndonagh 2.3Burt 6.8 Setanta 0.4St Eunans 3.14 Buncrana 1.6  Round 3 MinorsBuncrana 6.13 St Eunans 1.9Aodh Ruadh 1.13 Carndonagh 2.3Burt 4.9 Setanta 2.10HURLING: MINOR BOARD UNDER 14 RESULTS was last modified: April 10th, 2015 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

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GAA NEWS: GLENSWLLY MINOR GIRLS FACE GAOTH DOBHAIR IN SEMI-FINAL

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesLadies and girlsThe minor girls play Gweedore on Saturday in Glenswilly at 2pm in the county semi-final. Please come out and support the girls who have trained so hard this season. The under 13s play away to Downings on Saturday at 11am.Meanwhile, the ladies are due to play Robert Emmets on Sunday in Glenswilly with a time to be confirmed.25 Card DriveThe club will be hosting a 25 card drive in the clubhouse on Friday, November 27th next. Further details on this fundraiser will be carried in the coming weeks. Get wellA big get-well to U13 star Caoimhain Boyle who was injured in the game against Termon last weekend. The lads are all thinking of you Caoimhain.UnluckyHard luck to the senior team who were beaten by neighbours St Eunans in the quarter-final of the senior championship on Sunday last at MacCumhaill Park. Well done to the reserve team who won their game on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-5.U10 training Training had to be cancelled last week because of a game on the pitch. However, training resumes next Monday from 6pm until 7.15pm.U13sThe U13 boys had their first outing of the season against Termon on Sunday last and came out on top. Many thanks to our hosts. Training continues this Friday from 6pm until 7.30pm on the training field. We are due to have another game this Sunday and a text will be sent out to players with all the details.Bingo Bingo continues in the hall each Wednesday night starting at 9pm. All are welcome and anyone who can give a hand should contact Paul Lapsely.NotesAll notes for the weekly club notes should be sent to the club pro on stephenwmaguire@gmail.com before Monday night.GAA NEWS: GLENSWLLY MINOR GIRLS FACE GAOTH DOBHAIR IN SEMI-FINAL was last modified: September 15th, 2015 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)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

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Jamie Carragher: ‘Jose Mourinho’s comments would’ve angered Man Utd fans’

first_imgJamie Carragher believes Jose Mourinho’s hurtful comments about Manchester United’s young players could come back to haunt him.The Red Devils manager, who is currently without a host of first-team regulars on United’s farcical pre-season tour of the US, aimed a dig at his youngsters after losing 4-1 to Liverpool in Michigan. who plays? highlights 3 NEW ERA Mourinho’s comments would’ve upset the club says Carragher “This is not our team, this is not our squad. We start the game with almost half of the players, they aren’t going to belong to our squad,” Mourinho said of his young side.“On August 9, many of them are not going to be here. This is not our squad.”He added: “Do you want Alexis Sanchez to be very happy with the players he has around him?”Carragher, who made 737 appearances for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool, suggests those kind of comments will only anger fans and put the 55-year-old’s job in jeopardy.“When he questioned the younger players after the Liverpool game, that would’ve wound the United fans up,” he told talkSPORT.“That was a massive kick in the shin for a club which has always had a youth player involved. 3 “That will have hurt them more than the result against Liverpool. If he continues to speak like that off the pitch, he may have as much of a problem if he doesn’t get results on it.”Mourinho has called on senior players such as Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial to help the team out across the pond as they prepare to face Real Madrid.Carragher insists that pre-season can be stressful for managers and reckons Mourinho is beginning to feel the mounting pressure caused by poor results.“Managers don’t want to lose games in pre-season,” he added.“I remember when we had Gerard Houllier as manager, he came up to my room and begged Michael Owen to play in a pre-season game when he wasn’t 100% fit because the results hadn’t gone well. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible xi 3 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Mourinho has not enjoyed pre-season How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED Pre-season can be stressful according to Carragher possible standings “Every game you play is on TV, everyone’s still watching. Managers still feel under pressure and you can see that with Jose when he’s demanding some players should play.”However, Carragher remains a fan of Mourinho and describes him as ‘a winner’ – arguing that to complain about him is often to misunderstand his purpose.The former Reds defender continued: “He’s a winner and that’s why United got him. Sometimes when I hear Untied fans moaning about the football, I think ‘what did you expect?’“You brought him in to win. You accepted this great football was not going to happen. Mourinho always causes one or two problems off the pitch, that’s something he’s done throughout his career so again that was something you had to expect.“It was all about winning. He’s got to do something big this season and win one of the big trophies, that will decide whether he stays or goes.”last_img read more

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