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LRA Certificates 61 Customs Brokers

first_imgA group of Customs Brokers recently Licensed by LRA in MonroviaThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) on Friday, October 5 certificated 61 Customs Brokers, following three weeks of training and online testing and evaluation in customs brokerage and professional operational standards, a release has said.The 61 completed the requisite requirements for qualification including competency based training, testing and licensing.Customs brokers are private individuals, partnerships or associations licensed to assist importers and exporters in meeting requirements governing imports and exports. They act as professional agents for an importer or exporter, prepare and submit all documents for clearing goods through customs.The licensing of the Customs Brokers, the second batch under the LRA, was done in keeping with Section 6.0 A (iii) of the Customs Brokers Revenue Administrative Regulation, which mandates the LRA, through the Office of Professional Responsibility Section, to administer Customs Brokers Competency Licensing Examination as a standard for practicing custom brokerage.It can be recalled that less than a year ago, in December 2017, the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL) took issue with the LRA over which of them had the authority to certificate customs brokers. Both the NCBAL and the LRA are institutions created each by an act of Legislature.Section 3:4 of the NCBAL act gives the association the right “to organize, conduct, administer and evaluate candidates or applicants wishing to engage in and practice brokerage activities in order to standardize the profession. It shall administer tests to all persons or applicants wishing to practice brokerage activities and to be members of the association and also submit who be qualified individuals to the Minister of Finance for professional licensing.”However, the LRA, which received autonomy from the Ministry of Finance, carried with it the functions of the Liberia Bureau of Customs and Excise.Further, Section 1500 of Liberia Revenue Code authorizes the promulgation of regulations for “the licensing as customs brokers of persons of good moral character, and of corporations, associations and partnership’ including requiring ‘as a condition to the granting of any license, the showing of such facts as…may be deemed advisable as to the qualifications of the applicant to render valuable service to importers and exporters.”According to LRA Communications Director, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh, the Revenue Authority “is working under the doctrine of peaceful co-existence, which means we are prepared to work with anybody, be it the NCBAL or individual customs brokers.”Mr. Nah (R) presents a certificate to one of the Customs Brokers in Monrovia.LRA Commissioner General Thomas Doe Nah, challenged the licensed customs brokers to exercise a high level of integrity and professionalism in their work.“As we certificate and license you today, I am asking you to place integrity in the discharge of your duties with the public and the LRA,” Mr. Nah advised the brokers. He noted that customs brokers are core partners of the LRA and as such they must play a pivotal role in helping the Authority to execute its mandate of revenue collection.He then urged the customs brokers to be open-minded and give feedback to the LRA about issues hindering their operations. He also noted that the LRA remains committed to forging a new relationship with customs brokers, based on integrity and valuable customer relations.The LRA Assistant Commissioner of Customs Operations William Buku, encouraged customs brokers to abide by all regulations governing their activities. He wants brokers to add value to their work by acquiring new technology skills to enable them to file their documents on the LRA digital platforms.Earlier, LRA Professional Responsibility Section Officer-In-Charge, James Y. Gayflor, admonished the newly licensed brokers to work within the confines of the regulations at all times.A representative of the newly certificated customs brokers, Kansualism Berk Kansuah, expressed gratitude to the LRA for the training.Kansuah also called for a continuous partnership with the agency as well as assured the LRA of their commitment to uphold integrity in the performance of their work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No laws were broken – President

first_imgPresident David Granger told reporters that while he was yet to receive a letter registering concerns from the National Trust of Guyana over the repainting of sections of State House, as far as he was aware no law was broken. He was at the time responding to questions over the Administration’s decision to bypass the National Trust and change the colour of the historical building.The Head of State also registered concerns over the work of the National Trust as it relates to historical buildings.“I have not received a letter from the National Trust. I am not aware a law has been broken…in fact, National Trust needs to worry about the present decision to ensure that State House is in good repair and does not leak,” he said.“We have historical buildings all across the country, some of them are collapsing. I weep when I see the condition of City Hall, St George’s Cathedral and I am very concerned about preserving heritage that is why I am repairing State House,” the President added.However, when contacted, a representative at the Ministry of the Presidency related that Permanent Secretary Abena Moore only received the letter on Tuesday morning and would be responding very soon.National Trust Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nirvanie Persaud on Tuesday told <<>> that the letter was dispatched to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and they were awaiting a response to determine the next step.When contacted on Wednesday, following the President’s utterance on the issue, Persaud told this publication that she would not be making any further statement on the matter.The Administration last week came in for criticism as it bypassed the National Trust and began changing the colour of State House from white to green – the dominant colour of the People’s National Congress and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), parties that the President leads.Since the APNU/Alliance For Change (AFC) coalition came into Government, it has been actively repainting several public buildings using the colour green.The National Trust of Guyana was established following the passage of the National Trust Act, No 7 of 1972.The Act “makes provision for the preservation of monuments, sites, places and objects of historic interest or national importance”.Its website states that the main responsibility of the Trust is the preservation of all monuments in Guyana. Under the National Trust Act, the term monuments includes any building, structure, object or other work of man or of nature ,whether above or below the surface of the land or the floor of the sea within territorial waters of Guyana and any site, cave or excavation.National Monuments are the vested responsibility of the National Trust and are gazetted as such after approval by Parliament.last_img read more

Secrecy breeds distrust

first_imgHowever, some city councils have shown that they have different ways of interpreting transparency. Two weeks ago, the Montebello City Council held a closed session identified as a performance evaluation of City Administrator Richard Torres. But the council was meeting to consider terminating Torres, and came out to announce it had done just that by a 3-2 vote. So why didn’t the council use the agenda description “discipline/dismissal/release” as the Brown Act requires? If the city had done that, it would have alerted members of the public that the city administrator’s job may have been on the line. Then, Torres might have mounted a defense and the people of Montebello could have attended to have their say. That’s what participatory government is all about, and what the Legislature intended when it enacted the open government laws. Secrecy is used by elected officials to ensure their control over decision-making. But ultimately, this breeds distrust and erodes the people’s confidence. The Legislature’s idea behind enacting the California Public Records Act and the Ralph M. Brown Act was to guard the public’s access to information about how its government was operating and to ensure the people would be involved in the discussions affecting their communities. Government should not operate in isolation, but rather in the sunshine of public meetings and in collaboration with the voters. Recently, Irwindale’s City Council also held a closed session on their city manager’s job performance. At the meeting’s end, the council announced that its top executive Brad Baxter had resigned after only nine months, and the council had voted him a 60-day severance package. Again, no notice was given to the public that a severance package was going to be considered in that closed session. In fact, the council couldn’t even discuss the issue, because it wasn’t listed on the agenda. Here again, citizens of Irwindale were completely left out of the discussion by a council who wanted to control the outcome and inform the public only after the fact. Open Government Week gives us a chance to focus on the characteristics that make our nation great. And these include everyone being invited to have their say, to be involved in the debate, before the decisions are made. So this week, more than any other, brings a celebration of our open and inclusive government. It’s clear that the public needs to remind all our leaders, especially those in Montebello and Irwindale, that we expect honesty and openness from all those elected to represent us. For more information about Sunshine Week go to Richard P. McKee is a La Verne resident and past-president of Californians Aware, an open-government advocacy group.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NYPD welcomes Muslim chaplain to counsel force

first_imgNEW YORK – The New York Police Department appointed a young imam as its newest chaplain to counsel Muslim members of the force on faith and other matters. Imam Khalid Latif, 24, a Sunni, was appointed Monday as the city’s newest police chaplain and described a wider vision of his role in the community. “It is my hope that I can use this position as a means to educate not only the members of the New York City Police about truly what Islam stands for, but also the New York City community as a whole,” Latif said. Thousands of Muslims work for the NYPD, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “For a young man, he has an impressive list of accomplishments,” Kelly said of Latif, who has served as a chaplain and adviser at Princeton University and New York University. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA man who broke his bail conditions has been arrested at his home and ordered to sign on each weekday at Letterkenny Garda station. Enda McGowanEnda McGowan appeared before Letterkenny District Court after being arrested at his home in Dromore by Gardai. He faces a number of upcoming charges including alleged burglary.Gardai told the court that as part of his bail conditions, McGowan was due to sign on at Letterkenny Garda station three times a week.However, Gardai gave evidence that he had not signed on since December 6th last year.Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman told the court his client was not a flight risk and that he was due to meet with Gardai to discuss his situation.He added that McGowan was due before the court again to face a number of charges at the end of April.But Judge Paul Kelly said McGowan was well-aware of his bail conditions saying he had ben in and out of the court on a number of occasions.He also pointed out that he had failed to meet a number of probation appointments he had been due to have.Judge Kelly said he was changing the bail conditions and ordered a personal cash surety of €1,000 from McGowan as well as an independent surety of another €1,000.He also ordered the accused to sign on daily from Monday to Friday at Letterkenny Garda station and keep a curfew from 11pm to 7am.LETTERKENNY MAN WHO BROKE BAIL CONDITIONS ORDERED TO SIGN ON FIVE TIMES A WEEK was last modified: February 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) Tags:arrestbail conditionsdonegalEnda McGowanletterkennylast_img read more

Chievo vs Juventus: How to stream Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut free

first_imgWhat time is Chievo vs Juventus?The opening round of Serie A games will be held on Saturday, August 18.Kick-off for this game is at 5pm UK time.Chievo haven’t beaten Juve since 2010, when they scraped a narrow 1-0 win thanks to Gennaro Sardo.Last season the Old Lady walked away with all three points after a comfortable 2-0 win, courtesy of strikes from Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain.How can I watch for free?The match is being broadcast on Eleven Sports 1, which is currently only available to stream.They’ve got the rights for this season’s Serie A and will be broadcasting games live throughout the campaign.To celebrate the launch of their service in the UK, they will also be showing the game live and free on their Facebook page.It costs £5.99-a-month to join the service, or you alternatively purchase a season pass for £49.99.Coverage on Eleven Sports will commence at 5.15pm – 15 minutes after kick-off due to the UK’s Saturday afternoon TV blackout. Juventus are chasing an eight-consecutive Serie A title this season.And what better way to do it than with the world’s best leading the line, as Cristiano Ronaldo prepares to make his full debut in the famous black and white colours. NEW ERA How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Ronaldo took just eight minutes to score in his first pre-season outing How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED smart causal FOOTBALL LATEST Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How much did Cristiano Ronaldo cost?The Portuguese star cost £89million from Real Madrid.He has reportedly signed a whopping £500,000-a-week contract with Juventus. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 1 possible standings Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday Getty last_img read more

Trump a new test for Sorenstam

first_img She won the Office Depot in 2003 and 2004 at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, celebrating her 50th LPGA title with her three-stroke victory last year over Ashli Bunch at El Cab. Sorenstam has added 13 more tour wins since then, but the seven-time LPGA Player of the Year will have no local-knowledge advantage this week in her bid for tour victory No. 64 on the Palos Verdes Peninsula bluffs, which afford a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from every hole. The Office Depot Championship returns to Los Angeles this week with a new venue, a familiar defending champion and one of the best fields of the 2005 LPGA Tour season. Annika Sorenstam will be back to make a run at a third consecutive Office Depot title – and her fourth win in the past five Los Angeles LPGA Tour stops – in competition that runs Friday through Sunday at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes. Cristie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa, Meena Lee, Marisa Baena, Wendy Ward, Heather Bowie, Pat Hurst and Carin Kock – all 2005 tour winners – are in the field, as are former Office Depot champions Rachel Hetherington, Grace Park and Karrie Webb and Southern California sponsor exemptions Eric Blasberg of Corona and Kelly Cavanaugh of Palos Verdes. Names in the game: Tommy Barber has beefed up a golf resume that already includes Southern Section runner-up as a senior at Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, Western State Conference MVP as a sophomore for state champion College of the Canyons and Los Angeles City champion in 2002. He won the Spanos Tour championship last week at Stockton, shooting 70-68-70-69 for an 11-under-par 277 total. He came from six strokes behind in the final round with a fast start that included five birdies on his first seven holes. The victory came less than a week after Barber finished 44th in the Nationwide Tour’s Mark Christopher Charity Classic at Empire Lakes Golf Course in Rancho Cucamonga with a 72-69-70-72 effort for a 5-under-par 283. Next month, Barber begins his second run at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, a three-stage competition that concludes in December. … Barber’s mother, Diane, who qualified for the U.S. Senior Women’s Championship, shared the lead through nine holes of stroke play before tying for 64th and losing a playoff for the final match-play berth. … Valencia resident Jason Gore, who earned a “Battlefield Promotion” to the PGA Tour in August after winning three consecutive Nationwide Tour events, then won in his fourth PGA Tour start – at the 84 Lumber Classic, Sept. 17 – followed that victory with an unprecedented return to the Nationwide Tour last week. Gore became the first player to win on the PGA Tour and start on the Nationwide Tour the following week when he played in the Boise Open, where he recorded a second consecutive Nationwide victory in 2002. His appearance last week was in appreciation of Boise Open officials who gave him his first sponsor exemption to a professional tournament in 1997. … Tiger Woods, Sorenstam, Fred Funk and defending champion Fred Couples, a five-time winner, will form the field for the Merrill Lynch Skins Game on Nov. 26-27 at Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta. ABC will televise the 23rd annual Thanksgiving Weekend event event. … Scott Simpson, the mid-1970s All-American who won an NCAA individual title playing for USC and went on to win the U.S. Open in 1987, makes his first start on the Champions Tour this week. The seven-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 on Sept. 17. Dave Shelburne covers golf for the Daily News. His golf column runs Wednesdays. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or at ON THE GREEN PGA TOUR Chrysler Classic of Greensboro at Greensboro, N.C. Course: Forest Oaks Country Club (6,881 yards, par 72) Schedule: Thursday through Sunday. Purse: $5 million, $900,000 to winner). TV: USA (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-3 p.m.) and ABC (Sunday, noon-3 p.m.). LPGA TOUR Office Depot Championship at Rancho Palos Verdes Course: Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (6,394 yards, par 72). Schedule: Friday through Sunday. Purse: $1.3 million, $195,000 to winner. TV: The Golf Channel (Friday, 1:30-4 p.m., 10-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-4 p.m., 10-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m., 10-11:30 p.m.). CHAMPIONS SAS Championship at Cary, N.C. Course: Prestonwood Country Club (7,177 yards, par 72). Schedule: Friday through Sunday. Purse: $1.9 million, $285,000 to winner. TV: The Golf Channel (Friday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 6-8:30 p.m.). SCORING PGA 1. Tiger Woods 68.69 2. Vijay Singh 68.98 3. Phil Mickelson 69.32 3. Jim Furyk 69.32 LPGA 1. Annika Sorenstam 69.33 2. Cristie Kerr 70.65 3. Paula Creamer 70.93 4. Lorena Ochoa 71.18 CHAMPIONS 1. Dana Quigley 69.49 2. Mark McNulty 69.62 3. Morris Hatalsky 69.69 4. Craig Stadler 69.71 SPOTLIGHT ANNIKA SORENSTAM The seven-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year attempts to make an 18th successful career title defense this week, when she plays in the Office Depot Championship at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes. Sorenstam posted her seventh victory in 14 season starts ten days ago at the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic. She shot 68-67-73_208 to win by a stroke over two-time tour winner Paula Creamer, who graduated high school in June. Sorenstam, who has 63 career tour victories, has posted 13 of them since winning the 2004 Office Depot Championship at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I have not played there,” she said Thursday during a conference call. “I’m excited to go there.” The Office Depot Championship’s new oceanside venue will play to 6,394-yard, par-72 for a field of 144 in the $1.3 million event. “I talked to Mr. Trump,” Sorenstam said, “and he thinks it’s the best course on the West Coast.” The Office Depot definitely will have one of the best fields for its debut at Trump National, where 29 of the top 30 LPGA players are entered, including Paula Creamer, who graduated high school in June and already has won twice this year. U.S. Women’s Open champion Birdie Kim, Women’s British Open winner Jeong Jang and all 12 members of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup team are in the field, as are tour rookie Allison Hanna and Maggie Will, who captured the final two berths with Monday in a qualifier at Trump National. last_img read more

Wrong advice has cost marine sector millions – Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Fianna Fáil Marine spokesperson has welcomed the admission that the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES ) advice has been inaccurate over the past number of years and in fact has overcut our National Quota or Total Allowable Catch for various fish species. He says this has cost our marine sector millions of Euro’s and our fishermen have been severely impacted by this dude or inaccurate advice which determined the value or size of our quotas over the past number of years.Pat the Cope added the accurate information which has come to light shows a major change in the perception of the stock. And it proves that the Marine sector were correct in their assessment – earlier this year when ICES advised a massive 68 % cut last year this based on false calculations of stocks.He said “The correct position is 4.16 million tonnes of a stock size as opposed to 2.35 million tonnes, as ICES had informed us last autumn. In actual fact they underestimated stocks by 50%, it is shocking that the advice on which Quotas were set and based was out by a margin of 50% or almost 2 million tonnes. It is not surprising then how we retain little confidence in how quotas are set annually.”He added last year and again earlier this year he stated that he had lost confidence in recent years in the mackerel advice provided by International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and that the inaccurate advice being put forward by them was costing the Irish Marine sector in terms of catch and onshore jobs.He said “The position is now confirmed whereby these sets of inaccurate advice given by ICES have cost the state millions of euro each year. “In November 2018, I stated that I believed their advice is not based on the accurate assessment of the stocks and too many errors have occurred over the last number of years. ICES advice each year was filled anomalies and inaccuracies, this was always contested by fishermen, as each year the fishermen were reporting increased stocks at sea but ICES were reporting decreases. It is now clear and beyond doubt that the fishermen were correct and the professional advice from ICES was completely wrong.“Last November I informed the Marine Minister that the ICES advice is totally contrary to the entire pelagic fishing industry observations on stocks of fish at sea, which even then were not consistent with ICES view or observations indicating huge decline in fishing stocks but instead the pelagic sectors evidence showed very large stock sizes at sea.“But, as we all are very well aware of now the ICES advice was accepted by the EU and cuts were made when in actual fact no cuts should of occurred.”He said he is now calling on the Minister for​ Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the EU Coastal states to revisit the recent decisions which were taken on the basis of ICES advice, and to without delay put in place an increased Quota and TAC for those states which were unfairly cut in those respective years.“The decisions to cut the TAC over the past number of years should not have been taken – they were based on a false premise and inaccurate information provided by ICES. It is clearly now a matter for Minister Creed to correct the wrongs of the past and appropriately compensate the Irish marine sector and the fish producers with increased catches in the years ahead. “There is sufficient basis now for a revised and increased quota for 2019, this must be immediately acted on and examined by the Irish Government in conjunction with our EU partners concluded Pat the Cope.Wrong advice has cost marine sector millions – Pat the Cope was last modified: April 5th, 2019 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:donegalFishingPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more