Ngafuan Wants ‘Full-scale Forensic Audit’

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, has instructed the Internal Audit Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a full-scale forensic audit and investigation to ascertain the nature, scale, amount and probable participants to a fraud relating to the management of a capacity-building project fund under the Department of International Cooperation & Economic Integration of the Ministry.The Internal Audit Section, comprising auditors from the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), is expected to present the report not later than Monday, August 10.According to a Foreign Ministry release, the commission of the forensic audit was prompted by the abrupt and unannounced departure from the country of Mr. Augustine Nah Nyanplu, Senior Desk Officer & Project Manager, after vendors issued checks against the project account at the Afriland Bank alerted the Ministry to difficulties in cashing their checks due to insufficiency of funds.The Ministry has therefore contacted the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to assist in apprehending Mr. Nyanplu, who is currently believed to be on the run in the United States.Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been duly apprised of the unfolding developments as the Internal Audit Section of the Ministry conducts the investigation, which report will form the basis for a subsequent full-scale investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Tax Compliance Remains A Challenge’

first_imgThe Regional Administration Advisor of the African Regional Technical Assistance Center (AFRITAC), Madam Faith Mazani, has disclosed that tax compliance in Africa, especially countries including Ghana, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde, remains a challenge to revenue administrators.She said AFRITAC is primarily engaged in tax administration and building capacities of administrators in the revenue sector, but told reporters in an interview on October 24 in Monrovia that tax compliance in these countries is very low.Madam Mazani said unlike developed countries where tax compliance is voluntarily done, it is difficult for the African region and will require the political will of governments in these countries to ensure companies pay their taxes.She made the comment at the beginning of a two-week capacity building workshop for tax administrators from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the Gambia and Liberia at a resort in Monrovia.Highlighting some expectations from the workshop, Madam Mazani said tax administrators have been using the traditional style to analyze data. The traditional style, according to the AFRITAC Regional Administration Adviser, involves working with paper documents without computer knowledge.She said it is for this reason that AFRITAC in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is conducting the ‘training of trainers’ workshop in order to build tax administrators’ capacities to do their work using technology.She said with this training, the capacities of participants will be built to enable them to train their revenue staff to collective lawful revenues in their respective countries.Also speaking at the opening of the workshop, the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, noted that having competent auditors with integrity will break the stronghold of tax payers who continue to remain unscrupulous.She recalled that when the LRA began operation on July 1, 2014, the administrators concentrated on transforming and implementing their agenda in consonance with their administrative obligations.Commissioner Tamba said, “The African continent and our region are irreversibly on a smarter path to ensure the acquisition of the requisite competency to tackle mispricing, underpricing, smuggling, illicit flows, transfer pricing, among others.”She added that sustainable development depends on revenue administrators; and therefore, they must work based on best practice. She further indicated that “this will save our respective countries from revenue skirmishes.”She urged participants and facilitators to come up with recommendations that will help facilitate honest revenue collection in their respective countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NPSS Grizzlies Senior Rugby starts for the season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Our Senior Rugby teams had their season openers on Wednesday against St. Joe’s. The Girls were up first. Not only was this their first game of the season, but for many of the girls, it was their first ever game of rugby.The Grizzlies were a bit shaky off the whistle but got more comfortable as the game progressed. The game ended with a final score of 36-15. It was an all-around excellent effort from all of the girls, with standout performances from Maddison Holloway, Emily Mavin and Taylor Forester. Tries were scored by Emily Mavin, Taylor Forester, Maddison Holloway, Hailey Gillard, Makena Sowers and Michelle Kalkman.The Grizzlies play at home at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday this week against Sexsmith.The boys started strong against Grande Prairie rivals St Joe’s. By the half, the score was tied at 12. The Grizzlies took the lead after the half, but couldn’t hold it. Running out of gas, the final score was 34-17 in favour of St. Joe’s. Rookie Caleb Mohninger had a standout performance with excellent runs, solid tackles and an all-around great effort.The Grizzlies are looking forward to building on their performance this week as they take on Dawson Creek in exhibition play at home, Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Good luck Grizzlies!- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bruins score technical knockout

first_imgThe craziness of UCLA’s five-point trip down court, which was made possible only because Shipp missed his first two shots, added mostly zest to an already intense game. Shipp grabbed the miss of his second shot and put in the third chance, getting fouled by Nick Young in the process to tie the game, 52-52. To cap off the play, USC senior guard Lodrick Stewart slammed the ball down and received a technical foul. Arron Afflalo made the two technical free throws, Shipp sank his free throw and suddenly the Bruins had a 55-52 lead with 4:25 to play. And the craziness didn’t end there. UCLA built its lead to 59-54 in the final minute and had the ball, looking to take more time off the clock. As Darren Collison dribbled near the mid-court line, backup center Alfred Aboya was being chased around the court by USC’s defenders. RouSean Cromwell, who was trying to foul the poor foul-shooting Aboya, eventually grabbed him by the back of the jersey and was called for an intentional foul. UCLA got two free throws (Aboya made one) and the ball back. Collison led UCLA with 17 points. Arron Afflalo made 3 of 11 field goals, his worst showing of the season, but went 9 of 10 from the free-throw line to finish with 16 points. LOS ANGELES – Never did a pair of missed shots work out so well for UCLA. Bruins wing Josh Shipp missed two close-range shots, but turned his third-chance bucket into an unfathomable five-point play in the latter part of the second half. The play gave the Bruins their first lead, triggered a 9-2 run and lifted No. 2 UCLA to a 70-65 victory against No. 19 USC on Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA (21-2, 10-2 Pac 10) won its 18th consecutive home game and increased its lead in the conference to 11/2 games over second-place Washington State. USC (18-7, 8-4) is two games back. center_img Nick Young paced USC with 20 points and Gabe Pruitt scored 16. The Bruins trimmed a 10-point deficit to 30-29 at the half, then spent the first 10 minutes after the break trying to stay close as Young and Stewart hit key baskets while the Trojans extended their lead to 38-31. UCLA again trimmed USC’s lead to a point, this time 40-39 on Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s steal and lay-in with 12:17 remaining. The Bruins then had a chance to take their first lead of the night, but Collison was called for a palming violation before hitting a runner in the lane, which did not count. Afflalo missed six of his first seven shots from the field and had three points in the first 31 minutes. Then, he used a screen for an open 3-point shot in the left corner against USC’s 2-3 zone to pull UCLA into a 46-46 tie with 8:44 to play and punctuated it with a fist pump. It was the first time the game was tied since 2-2. The Bruins pride themselves on defense, but proceeded to play very little of it as the Trojans opened a 20-10 lead six minutes in. USC scored via the mid-range jumper, a pair of 3-pointers and on a few chippies. (818) 713-3607 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

Study: Rain may trigger quakes

first_imgThe team reached its conclusion after sifting through five years of earthquake data from a network of sensors in the Himalaya Mountains. The mountains are a geologically active region, and meteorologically active as well – during the rainy season each summer, monsoons shower them with 10 times as much precipitation as Southern California receives all year, Avouac said. That rain – or at higher altitudes, snow – trickles into the ground or is sucked up by vegetation, weighing down the Earth. Though the researchers are still uncertain how the saturated soil causes new quakes to form, their data strongly showed that six months later, the ground would shiver with about 40 percent more earthquakes. Rain also is likely to have an effect on the number of Southern California temblors, Avouac said, but a significantly smaller one because the region is so dry. The increased number of quakes could be the result of shifting pressures on the Earth as water is absorbed and later flows elsewhere, the researchers predicted, or of its ability to lubricate faults miles below the surface. “Earthquakes do seem to be very sensitive to the changes of stress,” said Ross Stein, a United States Geological Survey geologist. The tug of the sun and the moon on the Earth’s crust, even the filling of reservoirs with water, can trigger earthquakes. Still, he said, it was “a big leap” that rain might cause an increase in quakes six months later. But even if the theory was flawed, he said, the data was a very important contribution. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – April showers bring May flowers, but can they bring earthquakes, too? An international team of scientists believes they have found evidence that monsoon rains in the Himalayas nearly double the number of earthquakes there. “The effect of rainfall on stresses in the crust is probably quite small, but it is enough to have a dramatic effect on seismicity,” said Jean-Philippe Avouac, a Caltech geologist who was part of the study. Though Avouac and his colleagues are not the first to draw a connection between rain and the quaking Earth, “there is no example where the effect is so dramatic,” he said of previous studies. last_img read more

Texas notes: Longhorns stay in for practice

first_imgCARSON – Strong winds and pounding rain drove Texas indoors for its practice at Home Depot Center on Monday morning. The Longhorns held a normal practice in the center’s velodrome, a building considered among the nation’s premier venues for cycling. “We were able to go inside and get all of preparation that we would have normally got on a Thursday done today,” Texas head coach Mack Brown said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Blaylock said the team’s practices at Carson have been productive and noted the team remains loose heading into Wednesday’s game. “It’s been really up-tempo,” Blaylock said. “We’re having a good time, getting a lot done.” The Longhorns practiced outside in the rain all week before last season’s Rose Bowl. But they didn’t have to contend with strong winds any of those days. Save the date: Jan. 4 might be a lucky date for Brown. His mother, who plans to attend Wednesday’s Rose Bowl, will celebrate her birthday the day of the game. Brown declined to say how old she will be. “Oh, I can’t go there,” he said with a chuckle. “Saying how old mother is will get me … shot.” The practice consisted mainly of a walk-through and mimicked the type of practice the Longhorns have two days before all regular-season games. Texas usually practices outside, but occasionally does move them indoors in Austin. “We practice inside sometimes in Austin when there’s (inclement) weather,” offensive lineman Justin Blaylock said. “It was no different than a typical Thursday practice for us. We got the same things accomplished that we always do. So it’s not like we lost anything going inside.” center_img No comparison: Offensive lineman Jonathan Scott has heard a few barbs from Trojans fans this week. But he contends the USC faithful have nothing on the fan base of Red River rival Oklahoma. “They’re loud, crazy, and some of them are very ignorant,” Scott said of Sooners fans. “One time (in Norman, Okla.), a very old, at least 70-year-old woman and her grandson kept flipping us the bird.” Here comes the rain again: So much for sunny Southern California. Texas has played in Southern California bowls the past three seasons, and each time it has rained some time during the week leading up to the game. “I know there’s a song that says it never rains in Southern California,” Scott said. “But it looks like it alwaysrains in Southern California.” The Longhorns played in the Rose Bowl last season and the Holiday Bowl in 2003. Walter Hammerwold, (626) 962-8811, ext. 2151 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_imgALAS, another year of the City of Derry Jazz Festival has come and gone. And what a show it was…with Van Morrison et all wooing huge crowds.Stars of the festival included our very own Errigal Groove Orchestra.Click to hear and see Donegal’s finest in action!  DDTV: ERRIGAL GROOVE ORCHESTRA ON SHOW AT DERRY JAZZ FESTIVAL was last modified: May 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: ERRIGAL GROOVE ORCHESTRA ON SHOW AT DERRY JAZZ FESTIVALlast_img read more


first_imgSometimes you’ve got to let your feet do the taking. And that exactly what students in Raphoe did when Deele Colege organised a Charity Football Tournament for Primary Schools. Deele College third year students Demi-Leigh O Kane, Kenan Gibson, Charles Dooher, Alex Carolan, Keelan Kilpatrick and Anthony Bogle orgainised a football blitz for the 5th and 6th class pupils from Raphoe Central School and St. Eunans National school in Raphoe.The competition was organised as part of their CSPE action project in aid of the Ballytrim House intellectual disability unit in Raphoe.Congratulations to the Ireland team who won the blitz; Anton Murtagh, Gareth Russell, Matthew Russell, Ciara O Brien, Conor Friel, Jessica Duffy and Katie Allen beating Brazil in the Final.Well done to the Boy player of the tournament Anton Murtagh and the Girl player of the tournament Labhaoise Wilson A big congratulations to the golden boot winner Alex Buchannan.A great days fun was had by all for a very good cause.Mr MCNulty organised the event at the college. FOOTBALL PROVES THE COMMON LANGUAGE FOR STUDENTS IN RAPHOE! was last modified: November 8th, 2013 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:deele collegeRaphoeSoccer. Tournamentlast_img read more

Four NASA scientists to speak at women’s conference

first_img Bass received her bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in planetary geology from the University of California, Los Angeles. “The neat thing about geology is that you look at the big picture,” she said. “You combine a little physics, a little biology, a little chemistry and a little history. You look at how things interact with one another.” In college, her interests expanded to planetary geology. “It was like taking the big picture of geology and making it even bigger – look at a whole planet, rather than one system.” Stroupe is a robotics engineer and works as a rover driver with the MER project, building sequences of commands to drive the rover and deploy scientific instruments. Stroupe received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College, a master’s in electrical engineering from George Mason University and another in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where she also earned a doctorate in robotics. Waydo is a mechanical systems engineer at JPL. In her NASA career, Waydo has led a series of entry, descent and landing tests for the MER mission, which landed twin rovers successfully on Mars in January 2004. Her current assignment is leading the mobility team for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, a rover scheduled to launch in 2009. Waydo received her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Montana State University and her master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from UCLA. VALENCIA – Four women scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena will share the podium April 11 as keynote speakers at College of the Canyons’ Women’s Leadership Conference. Also scheduled to speak is former Los Angeles Lakers player Jamaal Wilkes, who now runs a financial services company. Deborah Bass, Ashley Stroupe, Jaime Waydo and Ruth Fragoso will speak at lunch at the conference, intended to help women gain practical knowledge and draw inspiration from women leaders and pioneers. Bass is deputy project scientist for the Phoenix Mars Scout Mission, scheduled to launch in 2007. Bass conducts independent research on the Martian water cycle, focusing on surface-atmosphere interactions in the north polar region. Bass was also the science operations system engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover project and the MER deputy science team chief. Fragoso is responsible for the training and readiness of mission operations flight teams, conducting mission operation simulation exercises of various scenarios, facilitating the execution of training modules and ensuring flight team certification. Fragoso earned her bachelor’s in electrical engineering from UCLA. Wilkes is founder and president of Jamaal Wilkes Financial Advisors, offering investment planning and management services to foundations, business owners/entrepreneurs, professionals and nonprofit organizations. If you go: The College of the Canyons Women’s Leadership Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 on campus. The cost is $95 for the entire day; $60, half-day; $40 for students and college staff and faculty. Information: Agnes Eguaras, (661) 362-5034 or 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

Tottenham Hotspur boss reveals injured midfielder is having knee scan

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club’s latest injury news after Victor Wanyama returned home from the club’s pre-season tour.The Kenyan has been plagued by knee problems over the last year and is now set of another scan to confirm the severity of the issue. SORRY Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama had an injury hit 2017/18 season. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal NEW ERA latest 1 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BIG PRESENTS UP TOP ALTERED predicted revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion silverware The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Spurs play AC Milan in Minneapolis in their final friendly in the United States on Wednesday morning and Pochettino admitted he could be without up to three first-team stars.“Erik [Lamela] and Victor [Wanyama] are not going to play tomorrow,” he told reporters.“Victor has returned to London for a scan on his knee. That is the situation.“[With Moussa] Sissoko and Lamela we hope it’s not a big issue, so they are still here with us but there’s no point in taking a risk tomorrow.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most Popular Premier League News What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? gameday cracker last_img read more