Ellen Congrats CAR, Chad

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has sent a congratulatory messages to the Government and People of the Central African Republic (CAR) on the occasion commemorating the 55th Independence Anniversary of that country.She also sent a congratulatory message to the Government and People of the Republic of Chad.In her message to Madam Catherine Samba Panza, President of the CAR, President Sirleaf remarked: “It gives me immense pleasure to extend to you, and through you, to the Government and People of the CAR, warmest congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, and in my own name,” the President remarked.President Sirleaf further noted that as the people of the CAR celebrate another year of Independence, she entertains the hope that the two countries will continue to collaborate in the promotion of International Peace, Economic Integration and Social Development.President Sirleaf assured her Government’s determination to continue to strengthen the cordial relations subsisting between the two countries for the mutual benefits of their respective peoples.She prayed that God Almighty will continue to endow President Panza with wisdom as she leads her compatriots on the path to peace and economic stability.In another development President Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to the Government and People of the Republic of Chad on the occasion commemorating the 55 Independence Anniversary of that country.In her message to her Chadian counterpart, General Idriss Déby, President Sirleaf remarked: “It gives me immense pleasure to extend to you, and through you, to the Government and People of the Republic of Chad, warmest congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Liberia, and in my own name.”The President further noted that as the People of Chad celebrate another year of Independence, she entertains the hope that the two countries will continue to collaborate in the promotion of international peace, economic integration and social development.She assured President Déby of her government’s determination to continue to strengthen the cordial relations subsisting between the two countries for the mutual benefits of their respective peoples.President Sirleaf further wished that for the Almighty Allah will continue to endow Mr. Déby with wisdom as he leads his compatriots on the path to peace and economic stability.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

False teeth and other write-offs

first_img “This (big game hunting deduction) is an egregious example of the tax code, that doesn’t help lower taxes for anyone,” said Andrew Chamberlain, a staff economist with the Tax Foundation. “In our view, deductions like this are bad policy because every time you create a loophole you force everyone to pay higher tax rates.” Scores of doctors write off the scrubs they wear during the year. And false teeth are always a worthy deduction for taxpayers, young and old, because they’re usually a remedy for a medical condition. But Martin said it never ceases to amaze him when someone argues for a tax deduction that has absolutely no merit. A client of his wanted to write off the meals she consumed during her work day. “Because I work, I have to eat,’ she’d say. And, I had to tell her that the government isn’t going to allow you to deduct your lunch,” said Martin. It’s not only lunch that people are trying to deduct. How about your mother’s mortgage? Heinz Hercher, an accountant from Claremont, said he’s had cases when clients say their mothers have no income and therefore can’t deduct mortgage payments. “So they try to deduct mother’s mortgage payments from their own taxes,” he said. “And that is completely inappropriate.” Deducting your own mortgage, of course, is perfectly legitimate. Attempts are also made to write off veterinary expenses, which are difficult to detect because of the ambiguous title of doctor attached to the bill. But the tax code is also open to interpretation, and accountants may have differing views on what’s deductible and what’s not. Home improvements are usually not deductible, unless something is installed for medical reasons. For example, a homeowner might install an elevator because they are handicapped, however, they wouldn’t be able to deduct the cost of the elevator if the homeowner simply installed it to increase the value of their home, Asimow said. Plastic surgery is another murky area. Tim Good, partner at Windes & McClaughry in Torrance, said if the surgery is strictly cosmetic then don’t deduct it. So even though it could help them in their careers, movie stars might find it hard to nip and deduct. “If an auditor found something like that, I’m certain it would inspire a spirited conversation,” Good said. At then end of the day, Good advises to let common sense be your guidepost. “But be careful,” he said. “Don’t make assumptions. And never shoot from the hip.” Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 evan.pondel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If you go on a safari, shoot an exotic beast and donate the mounted trophy head to a charitable organization, you can deduct the full cost of the adventure from your income taxes. The loophole has triggered a cottage industry of travel groups that use the deduction as a marketing tool to attract the well-to-do sportsman. And until recently, lawmakers ignored the deduction because it was embedded so deeply in the tax code. Big game trophies, false teeth, wigs, haircuts and Fido’s root canal are among a bevy of items Americans try to – and often succeed at – deducting from their taxes. And accountants say that with tax time just around the corner, ’tis the season for tales of the bizarre deduction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “There is a lot of squeezing under the radar,” said Michael Asimow, professor of law emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in tax issues. “And many things that are not deductible under the law people will try to deduct anyway.” Robert C. Martin, owner of accounting firm R C Martin & Associates in San Bernardino, can recall several policemen who attempted to deduct the cost of their haircuts, saying it was part of their uniform. “And I said absolutely not. That’s personal. You’d be getting a hair cut regardless of being a policeman,” said Martin, who’s been a practicing accountant for more than two decades. “My rule of thumb for tax deductions is that if you spend a dollar to make a dollar than it’s deductible.” It appears that California taxpayers may be getting a bit more honest. In 2003, there were 5.8 million tax returns with a total of $155.7 billion in itemized deductions, compared with $155.9 billion in the prior year. Charitable donations accounted for more than 10 percent of the total dollars in itemized deductions, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Economists say deductions from charitable donations are likely to rise this year as a result of Hurricane Katrina, along with a slew of other donations that continue to stream in from natural disasters in recent years. But in the end, tax deductions actually do more harm than good for the nation as a whole, according to the Tax Foundation, a tax research organization based in Washington D.C. last_img read more


first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez has hit back at claims by former Manchester United legend Denis Irwin that Seamus Coleman has to leave Everton to further his career.Irwin feels Coleman has to be playing at the highest level in Europe consistently in order for the full-back to develop into a world-class talent.However, Toffees manager Martinez refuted those claims and says Coleman can become world-class at Goodison Park. Martinez said, “He (Irwin) is making a judgement about a player who is very important for us.“I still think Seamus Coleman can develop and progress with Everton.“At the moment he is enjoying his football, I think he has an important role in our side and I think this is the best place for him to develop and fulfil his potential.“He is a world-class footballer in the way he performed last season.” COLEMAN CAN BECOME WORLD CLASS AT EVERTON – ROBERTO MARTINEZ was last modified: February 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Everton FCnewsseamus colemanSportlast_img read more

Hurling: Burt do the double in minor finals

first_imgThursday night saw some great hurling action with both Minor Championship Finals being played and also a couple of U 16 games.Minor A Final.Burt was the setting for the much awaited A Championship Final between holders Buncrana and St Eunans and what a game it turned out to be, these two teams gave it their all. It was nip and tuck throughout and two late scores at the end of the first half saw Buncrana lead at half time 1.6 to 1.4. For the first 15 minutes of the second half it was the Letterkenny lads who dominated as they scored 6 points without reply. As the game entered the final stages a shock looked on the cards as Eunans led by two points with the game in injury time, but Buncrana showed the character of champions, as they claimed victory with the last puc of the game hitting the net from a 30 metre free. At the full time whistle there was heartbreak for St Eunans who had come so close to claiming an historic victory, Buncrana can thank their never say die attitude for this win, although not playing well they ground out this victory and completed the league and championship double for the third year in a row at this grade. Great credit is due to both teams who served up such a great game in terrible weather conditions. Minor B FinalBurt and Aodh Ruadh met in the B Championship Final in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy, Burt raced into an early lead with a goal in the 1st minute of the game as the young Aodh Ruadh team started very nervously. They gradually clawed their way back into the game and rattled off three points without reply to level the game, Burt were reduced to 14 men after 10 minutes of the game and as is so often the case it seemed to inspire them to up their work rate. Burt got some great long range points and went in at half time leading 1.6 to 0.4, weather conditions were atrocious but it didn’t stop both teams from giving their all in this hard fought contest. Burt got off to a great start with the first point of the second half, their greater desire and determination were key factors in this game. The physically stronger Burt lads imposed themselves on the game the longer it went on but the young Aodh Ruadh team deserve great credit for never giving up and battling to the end. Burt were not going to be denied and ran out comfortable winners 2.11 to 1.6.U 16 Div 2Setanta opened their U 16 campaign at home with a convincing victory over Carndonagh, they put on a great display and looked very strong.Four Masters continued their good start to the season with a comfortable win away to Letterkenny Gaels.Hurling: Burt do the double in minor finals was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTHURLINGMinorlast_img read more

Asaph Mwebaze departs Nyamityobora

first_imgMwebaze took over at Nyamityobora last November (file photo)MBARARA – According to reports, Asaph Mwebaze has stepped down as Nyamityobora FC head coach.This comes after the Abanyakare were defeated 2-0 by Express FC in one of the two StarTimes Uganda Premier League games played on Wednesday.The loss left them second from bottom with 12 points accumulated in their first 19 games this season.Reports of Mwebaze’s departure were confirmed by Nyamityobora’s manager Sulait Makumbi late in the night on Wednesday.Yes. It is true that the head coach (Mwebaze) has resigned because of the poor run of results at the club, said Makumbi.“At the moment, we have no one in charge and soon the club management will convene to seek a way forward.Mwebaze’s departure is attributed to poor results and internal fighting between officials and players.Mwebaze has been in charge of Nyamityobora for 13 competitive fixtures, 12 in the League. He has managed only three victories and lost 8.The former Maroons and Onduparaka tactician, joined the Abanyakare in late November, replacing James Odoch in the aftermath of the club’s 6-0 loss against KCCA FC.He leaves Nyamityobora second from bottom with just 11 games to play.Since promotion, Nyamityobora have won and drawn three games apiece with 13 losses.Their next game will see them make the long trip to face Paidha Black Angels in Arua next week.Comments Tags: asaph mwebazeJames OdochNyamityobora FCTooro United StarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Road victims remembered during World Day of Remembrance

first_imgToday marks ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ when commemorations take place globally to remember those injured or killed in road traffic collisions.24,103 people have died since the recording of fatalities began in 1959 and 79,761 people have been seriously injured on Irish roads since the recording of serious injuries began in 1977 (up to 16 November 2017).To date in 2017, a total of 133 families, friends and communities have lost a loved one. Five of these fatalities took place on Donegal’s roads. World Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to the impact of road crashes and the human cost involved.The day is a reminder of the effect on the family of a person killed or injured on our roads, as well as on the emergency services who face the consequences of crashes on a daily basis.This year the RSA will be joining forces with members of An Garda Síochána, Local County Councils, Emergency Services and victim support groups to mark the day and remember those who have died on our roads at services which will be held across the country.In Donegal, special masses were held today in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon, where families and friends lit candles for their late loved ones. Another mass took place at the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Letterkenny. The RSA have set up a Facebook event page for World Day of Remembrance Day where people are invited to come and leave tributes and memorial messages for their loved ones who have died or who were injured on our roads.Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority said: “This is the 11th year that we have commemorated World Day of Remembrance in Ireland. It is a day of reflection for all of those impacted by road traffic collisions. It gives us an opportunity to remember those who have died on our roads, lives cut short too soon.“It is also an opportunity to remember those who have been seriously injured on our roads, who are left dealing with often very traumatic physical difficulties, whose lives have been permanently altered.“And behind every life lost or serious injury, there are families, friends and communities who have been left devastated.“We hear often about the numbers killed or hurt on our roads, but these people are more than statistics, they are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, they are friends, colleagues and part of our communities. And we cannot forget that.”Chief Superintendent Murphy says that the day puts a “human face with the statistics that we give out on a regular basis.” Chief Superintendent Murphy speaking after today’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims committing to increase the strength of Garda Roads Policing by 150 personnel and calling on road users to safe. pic.twitter.com/aMyEtOBeRu— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 19, 2017Road victims remembered during World Day of Remembrance was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalroad victimsworld day of remembrancelast_img read more

SA to strengthen ties with Britain

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will be travelling to the United Kingdom at the invitation of the Queen Elizabeth II. (Image: The Presidency)President Jacob Zuma will visit the United Kingdom (UK) at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. He is expected to discuss bilateral trade and issues of mutual interest with the Queen and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.The trip is viewed as a positive step towards consolidating relations and improving trade between the two nations. The queen invites only one head of state a year to visit her, so Zuma’s visit is a significant stride for South African relations with Britain.The South African president will be travelling to the UK on 2 March. On the morning of the 3 March, a horse carriage will collect Zuma at the London hotel and take him through St James Park in central London to Buckingham Palace where he will be the guest of Queen Elizabeth II.He will be travelling with 12 Cabinet ministers including International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Water Affairs and Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.He will meet with Conservative Party leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg.The visit will include a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in honour of Zuma, and a banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of London.Zuma has been asked to unveil a plaque at Oliver Tambo House, the former residence of the late ANC president in Muswel Hill, and meet with community leaders who have had a long association with South Africa and the struggle for liberation.The visit highlights the increasingly important economic relationship between Britain and South Africa. Britain is one of South Africa’s top three trading partners, with about R74.9 billion in trade passing between the two nations in 2008.The UK is also South Africa’s largest foreign investor with investment flows ranging from R21.8 billion in 2004 to R47.7 billion in 2005.Zuma will also be addressing the Members of the British Parliament at the Palace of Westminster.“He will discuss social security with the queen; but heavyweight political discussions will be reserved for his meetings with British government and party leaders,” said Vincent Magwenya, presidential spokesperson.“South Africa and the UK will also have a chance to share experiences as they are both preparing for major sporting events. South Africa is hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the UK is hosting the 2012 Olympic Games,” said Magwenya.Cementing old relationsSouth Afria and the UK enjoy long-standing cordial relations, which date back to the colonial era.Since 1994 the two countries have worked together on many bilateral and multilateral issues, and as partners on the SA-UK Bilateral Forum – a structured mechanism to manage and monitor bilateral relations between the two countries.Areas of co-operation within the bilateral forum include agriculture, arts and culture, defence and military veterans, education, health, home affairs, national Treasury, police, science and technology, sport and recreation, tourism, trade and industry, and water and environmental affairs.last_img read more

New Tumblr Blog Pokes Fun at Restaurant Websites

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “I love it when you give me vague directions instead of an address I can copy into Google Maps.” Related Posts Tags:#biz#tips “I enjoy the realistic experience of clicking and dragging virtual pages back and forth to view the wine selection.”center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “It was like the restaurant was reading my goddamned mind when the website cleared up whether or not it was open for brunch on labor day last year.”In addition to this hilarity, the site also offers some straight-forward advice about how restaurants can build simpler Websites. john paul titlow A Tumblr-based blog that launched last week sarcastically takes restaurants to task for having notoriously bad websites. The blog, titled Never said about restaurant websites features daily faux quotations that you can bet are never uttered in reference to sites belonging to dining establishments, which are often weighed down by unnecessary animations, overuse of Flash and menu PDFs. A few examples: “I don’t want the restaurant’s title to appear right away. I want to watch it slowly write itself out … in cursive.”last_img read more

June 14, 2017: When Guwahati woke up to face nature’s fury

first_imgAssam is no stranger to monsoon floods, and this year is proving to be no different. On June 14, 2017, after incessant rain for 48 hours, the capital Guwahati woke up to severe waterlogging; a flood alert was sounded in at least five districts in lower Assam; and both the Brahmaputra and the Barak rivers were owing above the danger mark.The India Meteorological Department forecast more heavy rain in the region. The rain has cut o the highway between Assam and Nagaland, with vehicles stranded in the rising waters; and the rail link between lower and upper Assam has been hit by landslides.  The southwest monsoon has caused havoc in neighbouring Manipur and Mizoram too, with heavy rain for the past few days resulting in ash oods and landslides. At least 13 people are reported dead, and hundreds affected due to flash floods. Vehicles pass through the water-logged National Highway in Guwahati after heavy rains on June 13, 2017.center_img | Photo Credit: PTI last_img read more

Ex-tennis star Jelena Dokic: Father beat and spit at her

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He was suspended at times from other tournaments. Among them was the U.S. Open, where he was banned in 2000 for abusing staff over the price of a salmon lunch, and at Wimbledon, where he smashed a journalist’s phone.Jelena Dokic started playing tennis at 8 years old. Her family emigrated in 1994 from Europe to Australia, where Jelena trained in Sydney under her father. In 1998, she won the U.S. Open junior title and played Fed Cup for Australia. In 1989, she upset Martina Hingis in the opening round of Wimbledon, becoming the lowest-ranked player in the Open era to beat a top seed at a Grand Slam.She switched allegiances at her father’s insistence to represent Serbia in 2001, following allegations by her father that the draw for the 2001 Australian Open was rigged against her. But she returned to represent Australia from 2006.After reaching a No. 4 ranking in 2002, Dokic’s ranking slipped into the 600s as she struggled with injuries and depression. But in 2009, she made a surprising run to the Australian Open quarterfinals as a wild card and said she’d been estranged from her father for several years. She retired in 2012 with five titles in the top tier of women’s tennis, but having never surpassed her 2000 success in a major.Dokic has been quoted as saying that her father’s emotional abuse was more damaging than the physical violence.“That was the one what hurt me the most,” she said. “When you are 11, 12 years old and hear all those nasty things … that was more difficult for me.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 08: Jelena Dokic of Australia cools down between games while playing Gesela Dulko of Argentina during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 8, 2012 in Indian Wells, California. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPSYDNEY — Former tennis star Jelena Dokic says from a young age her father regularly beat and kicked her. He would pull her hair, spit in her face and belittle her with vile insults.Dokic, once ranked No. 4 in the world and a Wimbledon semifinalist, writes of her ordeal with Damir Dokic, also her coach, in an autobiography to be released this week.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Tennis Australia praised Dokic’s courage in exposing the abuse. The governing body responded to media questions about why it didn’t intervene by saying an official had taken the matter to the authorities.“There were many in tennis at the time who were concerned for Jelena’s welfare, and many who tried to assist with what was a difficult family situation,” Tennis Australia said in a statement. “Some officials even went as far as lodging police complaints, which without cooperation from those directly involved, unfortunately could not be fully investigated.”Tennis Australia said over the past 10 years the sport has strengthened steps to protect young players.At the time Dokic was playing at her peak the WTA had a rule banning disruptive family members or coaches from attending tournaments.Damir Dokic was eventually banned indefinitely from all WTA Tour events after a series of public indiscretions, including accusing Australian Open organizers of fixing the 2001 tournament draw. He also spent time in jail for threatening the life of the Australian ambassador to Belgrade and illegally possessing weapons.ADVERTISEMENT “He beat me really badly,” Dokic, now 34, told Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph. “It basically started Day One of me playing tennis. It continued on from there. It spiraled out of control.”After losing to Lindsay Davenport in the Wimbledon semifinals in 2000 at age 17, Dokic said her father refused to acknowledge her following the match and when she finally reached him on the telephone. He told her not to return to the hotel where the family was staying. She was so distressed she attempted to sleep in the players’ area at Wimbledon before officials contacted her agents and arranged for her stay with them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDamir Dokic is living in Serbia and had no comment for Australian media.Excerpts from the book and a video interview published in Australian newspapers generated wide debate about how the situation was allowed to continue throughout Dokic’s teenage years. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more