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Orange Appeals for Transparency, Stable Tax Regime in Liberia

first_imgOrange, the France-based global telecommunications operator that purchased a 100% ownership of Cellcom, has appealed to the Government of Liberia for a transparent and stable tax regime in order to develop its investment in the country.Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Group and Chairman and CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, said if the country has a transparency and a stable tax framework, it will encourage them to invest more, which will in turn help boast its economy, generating more revenue for government. He said predictability of the tax regime is key to increasing Orange’s investment in Liberia.Mettling was making specific reference to the US$0.01 tax levied on all voice calls, as proposed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a year ago to the Legislature, who endorsed said proposal, in spite of a polarized debate over the measure. The aim of the new tax was to help raise revenue (a projected US$30.1 million) to support the 2016-2017 national budget.   However, just this week, the House of Representatives unanimously voted to repeal the law creating the tax, “after several consultations with stakeholders in the sector,” they said.According to Mettling, “We need to appeal because in some African countries there is transparency and stable tax framework that allow investors to invest and provide revenue and job for the Liberians, but if each quarter, a new tax [is required] – new rules are being raised – we will not be able to develop our investment.”And at the end of the day, “I promise for the state and citizens that the level of tax and revenues that Orange pay is more important that will help government gets more revenue.Mettling promised that if the government can ensure the needed transparency and stability, “Orange will re-invest US$20 million of its revenue in Liberia every year.” He also promised that Orange will open up a training program for Liberians in the telecom sector, at the Orange premises on the corner of Tubman Blvd. and 13th Street.Speaking to journalists yesterday at the official launch of its brand, Mettling assured customers that the company will meet their needs and expectations and to support government efforts to boost social and economic development.“I am very happy to be here with you today for the official launch of the Orange brand in Liberia. This important moment comes after the acquisition of Cellcom by our subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire a little more than one year ago,” he said.Although new to Liberia, Mettling said Orange has a strong presence in Africa, with a major presence in all of the Mano River Union countries.“It may interest you to know that one out of 10 Africans is an orange customer. We are operating in 19 countries in Africa and we are proud to be in all the countries of the Mano River Union. In Liberia, we have added more than 1.6 million customers to our existing base of 120 Million customers across Africa.“We are strongly convinced that Africa is a land of growth, and it is clear that the digital revolution is underway across the continent,” Mettling added.“Already, the symbolic milestone of one billion phones has been reached, and we believe that by 2021 there be one billion smartphones.“Why now in Liberia?” He asked rhetorically saying that, Orange looked at the market potential and the opportunity to do business in the country.“We were very impressed. This is one of the key reasons why we choose to come and invest here.   In fact, we are very proud to have been one of the first international companies to invest in Liberia after the Ebola crisis.“Our decision to invest in Liberia is tied to our confidence in the economy as well as the great potential and opportunities that we see here,” he said.“Right now,” the group chairman said, “there is only a 70 percent mobile penetration and “we see this as a chance to ensure that ALL Liberians have access to quality and affordable telecommunications.“In addition the culture and innovation of Cellcom was another key factor in bringing Orange to Liberia.  In many ways, the Cellcom culture is similar to ours.   Specifically, aagility—the Company has a culture of quick decision-making and pragmatism driven by customer interests.He also mentioned innovation, which the company will use to create the first unlimited offer, noting that Cellcom has created a service tailored to the Liberian market, meeting their needs in terms of usage and simplicity; this offer has become the standard benchmark in the market.According to him, pioneering spirit–Cellcom was the first to launch 4G because it understood the need for world class internet quality in the country.“While we will maintain the core of these values, we will also tap on the expertise of the Orange group to accelerate performance in the follow key areas.“First, we invested heavily in expanding our network. In particular, since we arrived in June 2016 we build more new sites in six months than Cellcom had done in the previous four years.“We will continue Investment that will maximize connectivity for Liberians, especially access to data.   For example, we will be the first to launch 4G LTE in ten cities outside of Monrovia,” said Mettling.He further said customers have already started to experience faster internet speeds, since the acquisition of Cellcom by Orange, “we have increased our bandwidth from 2.5GB to 5GB. We also doubled the speed of our Internet allowing our subscribers to enjoy a better internet experience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman busted with cocaine in book at CJIA

first_imgRanks of the Police Narcotics Branch have arrested a 24-year-old woman of West Coast Berbice, who had in her possesion in excess of 10 pounds of cocaine concealed in books at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.The four books were reportedly in her luggage. According to information received, the woman cut holes in the centre of the books and stashed the cocaine inside. She then used glue to past the pages together.She was destined for the United States of America. Up to late Monday evening, she was being questioned by members of the Narcotics Branch. She is expected to be charged for trafficking in narcotics later in the week.last_img read more

Police identify body found in car at tow yard, a day after crash

first_imgCANOGA PARK – Paramedics and traffic officers apparently overlooked the body of an elderly woman who was found in a car at a tow yard over the weekend, a day after the the vehicle was involved in a crash, authorities said today. She was identified as Shirley Williams, 72. Her son, who was critically injured, was identified as Steven Williams, 48. Both live in Paso Robles. The discovery was made yesterday, said Sgt. Paul Modrell of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. “There was an accident Saturday and the car was impounded, and later it turned out there was another victim in the vehicle,” Modrell said. “Obviously, that is something they’re trying to figure out — how this could happen.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champA local hospital spokeswoman said the two had been visiting family in Long Beach and the surrounding area on a holiday vacation. Hospital officials told her son, Steven, this morning about his mother’s death. The coroner’s office sent investigators to the tow yard late yesterday to examine and remove the woman’s body. Investigators did not speculate on a precise time or cause of death, he said. Officials said doctors may have a conclusion after the autopsy if this person died instantly or not. The initial traffic accident happened about 10 a.m. Saturday when a car, a gold 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by the woman’s son struck a parked car in a parking lot and crashed into a building in the 19200 block of West Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana. The car was then towed some seven miles to Howard Sommers Towing Inc. at 7891 Deering Ave. in Canoga Park. The body of the slightly built woman had been concealed beneath an air bag that had deployed during the accident, police said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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

Boost your career prospects with a Higher Certificate in IT Support at LYIT

first_imgHundreds of students have successfully found employment after studying the Higher Certificate in IT Support at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). The majority of these student have gained employment with IT companies based in the Northwest. The programme is an accelerated 18 month Higher Certificate, with 6 months’ work placement embedded in the programme, which enhances the industry focus of this programme.Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing at LYIT commented, “There are currently 4,500 IT vacancies nationwide, Donegal has an 18% unemployment rate (Census, 2016) and it is programmes like the Higher Certificate in IT Support that can bridge the gap and support employment growth in this region. “So many of our IT Support graduates have gone on to fill IT positions with companies such as Pramerica, Optum and Sita, and all of these roles are based in the Northwest. This programme provides a 6 month work placement opportunity and this industry link has had a positive and very significant impact on student’s career prospects. “The programme is ideal for the mature learner looking to upskill into the IT sector, as no Leaving Certificate is required for students aged over 23, who are interested in this course.”Thomas further added, “If you are looking to return to education, and have an interest in Computing, then this really is the course for you. “The Higher Cert in IT Support has forged strong connections with local IT companies and the programme has a fantastic reputation with these companies. We have had so many success stories from this programme and the numbers interested in studying on this programme means that we now have two intakes into this programme each year. “Employers in this region recognise the strength of this programme and these employers have employed so many our graduates over the last decade.”The application deadline for the September 2017 intake on the Higher Certificate in IT Support is the 16 of August, 2017. For further information on the programme, or for more information on the fees and course details, contact thomas.dowling@lyit.ieSecure your future, apply today for the Higher Certificate in IT Support at LYIT. It might just be the best decision you’ll ever make.Boost your career prospects with a Higher Certificate in IT Support at LYIT was last modified: June 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CareereducationitLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITlast_img read more

NEW DNA TESTS ORDERED ON MYSTERY DONEGAL BODY

first_imgNEW forensic tests have been ordered on a body washed ashore on the Co Donegal coast more than 18 years ago, an inquest heard today.The inquest is being held to establish if the body is that of Letterkenny man Noel McGlynn, 26, who disappeared on June 17th, 1983.His brother Jim has asked Coroner John Cannon to investigate whether or not the body of an unidentified man found off rocks at Horn Head, near Dunfanaghy nine days later is that of his missing brother. The remains of the man were found by accident by members of a diving club on June 26th, 1983. He was never identified and he was buried at the cemetery at Holy Cross Church in the seaside town.Kieran Dillon, a solicitor representing Jim McGlynn, asked today’s hearing for an update on tests being carried out on tissue samples recovered from the body found in Dunfanaghy.Coroner Mr Cannon told the hearing: “The samples have been sent to Wales for deeper DNA analysis and I understand that is going to take longer than expected.”He agreed to adjourn the case until May 4.At an earlier hearing the coroner postponed a decision a to exhume the body of the mystery man after learning that tissue samples taken from the unidentified body had been preserved and have now been sent to experts for DNA examination.At hearing Strictly © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication, radio broadcast or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comNEW DNA TESTS ORDERED ON MYSTERY DONEGAL BODY was last modified: January 17th, 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:donegal inquestDunfanaghyJIm McGlynnNoel McGlynnlast_img read more

Chelsea and Man United suffer blow as Inter Milan ‘reach agreement’ for target

first_img IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Inter Milan have swooped in ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United to reach a provisional agreement with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports in Italy.The midfielder was in high demand during the summer and it was thought he would leave Lazio for a new challenge. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Lazio wanted £130million for Milinkovic-Savic during the summer REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest Transfer Newscenter_img targets targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer RANKED LIVING THE DREAM However, the Italian club dug their heels in over the Serbian’s price tag and refused to let him go for anything less than £130m.That put off the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, who were keen to strike a deal for Milinkovic-Savic.Inter too were reluctant to press ahead with a transfer, but that has now changed over the past few days. moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti According to Corriere della Sera, the club have now struck a provisional agreement with Milinkovic-Savic ahead of a move next summer.Inter’s general manager-elect Beppe Marotta, who is joining the club from Juventus, is said to have brokered the deal.Now, the club’s owners need to agree a fee with Lazio for the 23-year-old, who scored 12 goals in Serie A last season.last_img read more

DONEGAL’S RICH LIST REVEALED: AND PADDY IS ON TOP WITH €517M!

first_imgPADDY McNally is officially Donegal’s richest person.He was the highest placed Donegal person in the Sunday Times rich list 2013 published yesterday.In fact Paddy is so wealthy he came in as Ireland’s 17th richest person, having made his fortune in Formula One advertising and properties in Britain and Switzerland. He is also placed in 209th place in terms of wealth in Britain and Ireland. The 74-year-old former racing driver one dated Sarah Ferguson, the British Royal.He is estimated to be worth €517,000,000! (that’s €517 Million!)Gaoth Dobhair singer Enya Ni Bhraonain singer was valued at €102M, having sold 70 million albums worldwide. The valuation placed her 88th in Ireland.But someone else from the arts isn’t doing too badly either – Riverdance founder Moya Doherty and her husband John McColgan were valued at €75M, placing them at 121 in the top 250. Donegal man Tim Kelly isn’t far behind in 124th place.Based in Harrow, England, where he runs his Kelly Group telecommunications company, he is estimated by the newspaper to be worth €73.In joint 174th place is Vera McHugh who inherited a fortune from her husband Kevin in 2006. He was the owner of Atlantic Dawn, Ireland’s biggest fishing trawler. The Sunday Times says she’s worth €56M.In joint 215th place is Philip O’Doherty who owns E&I Engineering in Burnfoot. He was estimated to be worth €45M. DONEGAL’S RICH LIST REVEALED: AND PADDY IS ON TOP WITH €517M! was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 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:DONEGAL’S RICH LIST REVEALED: AND PADDY IS ON TOP WITH €517M!GAOTH DOBHAIR singer Enya Ni Bhraonainlast_img read more

“4 The Troops” helps for the holidays

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Galvan began by sending care packages to people she or her friends knew, and the operation then grew to serve thousands of troops per year. “This project has been medicine to my soul,” said Galvan. She said the troops greatly appreciate the service, usually sending e-mails and letters to donors who respond to their requests. The correspondence provides “a connection to home,” Galvan said, and also “helps them remember that people really care.” Galvan said 4 The Troops has been especially rewarding for her recently as she undergoes chemotherapy. She hopes to continue her work with 4 The Troops and praised the support she’s received from soldiers she’s spoken to. Donors are encouraged to stop by American Legion Post 280 at 179 N. Vinedo Ave. in Pasadena to make tax-deductible contributions. The current donation drive ends Dec. 1. Information can be found at www.4thetroops.org or by calling (866) 410-HERO. PASADENA – After several natural disasters have captured the nation’s philanthropic attention, one local charity organization wants to remind people about the needs of American soldiers during the holidays. Pasadena’s “4 The Troops,” a nonprofit organization, collects donations for care packages that it sends to soldiers deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Donations have been low this year. Troops in need of supplies, usually entertainment items such as DVDs and video games, sign up with the organization and make requests, and 4 The Troops then tries to fulfill those requests from donations. It typically sends out between 2,000 and 5,000 care packages per year. The 4 The Troops group was founded in March 2003 by Anne Galvan, and it now has offices in Pasadena and Los Angeles. Galvan, who lives in Diamond Bar, said her brother served in the Air Force during Operation Desert Storm and she was inspired to create the organization after watching footage of the current Iraq war on TV. last_img read more

BUL FC sign Kirinya duo, close in on KCCA FC’s Esenu

first_imgAkol was part of Kirinya JSS’s team that were promoted to the top tier in 2016. (PHOTOS/Agencies)JINJA – Jinja based side, BUL FC are understood to have sealed the signing of Kirinya JSS duo of Sanon Mulabi and Godfrey Akol.According to Swift Sports, the two come in as free agents after their contracts at Kirinya ran out at the back-end of last season.Akol has been a long term servant of Kirinya and was part of the squad as they attained promotion to the top tier in 2016.For Mulabi, he has been on a 6-month deal and is expected to fill the void left by Paul Mujampani.He was part of the Agape SS team that took part in the 2017 Copa Coca Cola championships in Masaka.In a related development, Bul are also believed to be on the verge of securing Musa Esenu from StarTimes Uganda Premier League reigning champions KCCA FC.Esenu was released by KCCA FC after struggling to get playing time at Lugogo.He initially joined Mike Mutebi’s side from Vipers SC in 2018 as a free agent.Esenu joined KCCA FC from Vipers.BUL FC finished 7th in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League last season with 43 points.Comments Tags: Bul FCGodfrey AkolKCCA FCkirinya jssMike MutebiMusa EsenuPaul MujampaniSanon MulabiStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Outrage as Donegal patients wait more than two years for speech and language therapy

first_imgPatients in Donegal are being forced to wait for more than two years to be seen by a speech and language therapist, it has been revealed. Figures obtained show that of the more than 520 people currently on the waiting list for an appointment here, 67 of them have been awaiting an initial assessment for over 24 months now.This means that Donegal has the highest number of patients waiting longer than two years to receive treatment across the state, with only Dublin South-West performing worse. Reacting angrily to the revelations on Wednesday afternoon, Doherty said: “To say that I am absolutely livid by these figures would be an understatement.“Prior to the Dáil recess, I had been contacted by a number of families who relayed their utter frustration at the significant delays their loved ones had been facing when trying to access Speech and Language therapy services after having already been referred by their doctor.“This prompted me to raise the issue with the Minister and I requested the waiting list figures for every HSE region across the state including details of the numbers waiting to receive an initial appointment with a Speech and Language therapist.“I’ve now received that data and the figures show that across each county and Local Area Health office there are more patients in Donegal waiting for more than two years to receive treatment than in any other county, with only the Dublin South West region recording higher patient numbers within this waiting band. “There are currently 522 people in Donegal waiting to be assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy service, 67 of whom have been on the waiting list for over two years now – that is horrendous by any measure.“In fact, across all thirty-two Local HSE offices (LHOs) scattered throughout the state, only four other counties recorded patients on waiting lists for periods greater than 24 months.“The fact that Donegal is an outlier in this regard, while not surprising, is totally and completely unacceptable.“Speech and language therapists treat individuals with communication disorders as well as those who have difficulties with swallowing by assessing their clients’ difficulties and by developing appropriate treatment programmes in order to meet their needs.“They often work closely with different clinicians as well as others such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and, in the case of children, their teachers to ensure maximum patient outcomes. “It’s well known that early intervention and access to appropriate care is crucial for those with communication and associated conditions in order to ensure that they can reach their full potential,” Doherty added.“This is particularly the case with respect to very young children with communication disorders and whose formative years can be enhanced greatly with the help of proper supports and services.“This is why I am so outraged by these figures because clearly, they show that people living in Donegal are again being forced to put up with substandard services and are having to wait longer to access treatments compared with other parts of the country,” he said.“It’s also yet again another example of the complete lack of concern and regard this government has for the people of this county who most need support.” Outrage as Donegal patients wait more than two years for speech and language therapy was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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 read more