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Covid19 Testing to now Include Bus Drivers, Nursing Homes and Prison

first_img Share 571 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Bus drivers will be among the next group of high-risk personnel to be tested for Covid19 as the Ministry of Health works to ensure that the island is free of active Covid19 cases.Two new cases were diagnosed on Monday after close to two months without.The Health Ministry was making headway testing personnel considered to be on the frontline of health and other essential service delivery in the meantime.Dr Irving McIntyre, Hon Health Minister for Health and Wellness revealed late last week that the ministry has “continued PCR testing for our frontline workers and all persons exhibiting symptoms which fit the case definition. Thankfully they all have been negative so far.”He went on to add that “such case identification activities will be extended to other high-risk groups to include nursing homes, prisons and bus drivers.” LifestyleLocalNews Covid19 Testing to now Include Bus Drivers, Nursing Homes and Prison by: – June 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

DILG slams Reds for doubting Duterte ceasefire offer

first_imgDILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya. PCOO MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) slammed the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army for casting doubts of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unilateral ceasefire declaration. President Duterte on Wednesday declared a ceasefire with the communist rebels that took effect on Thursday and will expire on April 15. DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya expressed dismay over the hesitation of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison to reciprocate the ceasefire declared by the Duterte administration. Sison, however, responded that the “militarist” lockdown on the entire Luzon was meant not to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 but to “intimidate the people, suppress democratic rights, commit human rights violations and prevent the working people from going to their workplaces, and immobilize even the health workers and people who wish to tested and treated for COVID-19 and serious ailments.”/PN Malaya also said that DILG chief Eduardo Año has already ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to terminate all on-going and planned offensive police operations against communist rebels across the country.center_img “Ready naman ‘yan kung sakaling sila ay tirahin ng mga New People’s Army, lalaban sila. Ngunit, sana naman po ilagay naman po ang national interest above their own interest,” Malaya said. Should the communist rebels launch their attacks despite the country’s problem on coronavirus disease, Malaya said that the PNP is ready to defend themselves. “Lumalabas po sa kanilang mga aksyon na wala po talaga silang pakialam sa sitwasyon na kinahaharap ng ating bansa,” he added. “Nakakalungkot na ang naging tugon naman po ng Communist Party of the Philippines ay wala pa raw basehan para sila din ay magdeklara ng ceasefire,” Malaya said during the Laging Handa Public Briefing on Thursday.last_img read more

Marcelo Admits Tax Fraud, Gets Suspended Sentence

first_imgHe is one of several footballers to be pursued by the Spanish tax authorities.Marcelo admitted to fraud and received a reduced prison term and fine as part of a deal with prosecutors, El Mundo and EFE report.Under Spanish law, a two-year sentence for a first offence can be served on probation, so he is unlikely to spend time in jail.Several other footballers have been accused of tax fraud in Spain, including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid star Marcelo Vieira has admitted to tax fraud and accepted a four-month suspended jail sentence, Spanish media say.The 30-year-old Brazilian player reportedly defrauded the Spanish authorities of €490,000 (£436,000; $576,000) by using foreign firms to handle his earnings.He will also be required to pay a €750,000 fine.last_img read more

SHOCKING:Marseille forced to take Andre Ayew out of match when they ran out of clean shirts

first_imgMarseille reopened the Stade Velodrome after stunning renovations (the pictures here are worth drooling over) by hosting Montpellier.UEFA president Michel Platini was in the house for the occasion, but the match was one that the home side will hope to forget. Losing 2-0 to Montpellier was bad enough, and Andre Ayew’s laundry issues made it that much worse.The Ghanaian World Cup star suffered a head wound during the first half, requiring him to changed his shirt and have his head wrapped so he could continue. During the second half, the wound reopened and he again had to change his blood stained shirt.But there was a problem: Marseille only had two No. 10 shirts for him and he had already bled all over both of them. The club’s kitman pulled out a No. 33 shirt, but since Ayew began the match wearing the No. 10, he had to finish with the same number. So, they attempted the futile task of trying to turn a 33 into a 10. It didn’t work, so Marseille had to substitute Ayew in the 52nd minute, enraging always enraged new manager Marcelo Bielsa.None too pleased himself, Ayew took his seat on the bench wearing just his bib with no shirt under it.   .On the bright side, maybe Ayew was so frustrated by this bizarre turn of events that he was able to forget how much his head hurt for a little while.last_img read more

Clippers’ Blake Griffin out at least 2 weeks with quad tear

first_imgSpurs extend streak at home to 26Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs rebounded from a rare loss and beat the Denver Nuggets 101-86 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten at home.San Antonio extended its franchise record for consecutive wins at home to 26, including a record 17 straight to open this season.The Spurs got off to a sluggish start coming off an 88-84 loss in Houston on Friday night.Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili both sat out after playing big minutes in a physical matchup against Houston. The duo’s absence enabled the Spurs to show off their depth in another blowout victory at home. LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and nine rebounds, Boris Diaw had 16 points and Tony Parker added 13 points. Boban Marjanovic had 10 points and David West added 10 points and six assists starting in place of Duncan.But it was San Antonio’s veterans that enabled the bench to get extended minutes.Parker had a 19-foot jumper and layup off a steal that gave San Antonio a 43-31 lead with 4:21 remaining. Parker had all 13 of his points in the second quarter on 6-for-8 shooting.Leonard took the lead in the third, draining a pair of 3-point attempts in scoring 10 points in the period.San Antonio finished 7 for 10 on 3-pointers.Denver, which was without starters Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay, trailed by double digits throughout the second half.Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets off the bench, scoring 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Will Barton added 16 points and Gary Harris was the only starter in double figures with 10. Clippers star Blake Griffin has a partially torn left quad tendon and is expected to miss at least two weeks.The Clippers said Griffin was injured during their victory over the Lakers on Friday night and an MRI on Saturday revealed the tear. He did not travel with the team to Utah for its game and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.Griffin is the Clippers’ leading scorer with 23.2 points per game. He also averages 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.Josh Smith replaced Griffin in the starting lineup against the Jazz.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Friction between LRA, NCBAL over Licensing Procedure

first_imgMr. Tumbey: “We are hearing radio announcements and rumors in various corners that the LRA is in the process of giving licenses to people who want to venture in the clearing and forwarding business.”-Brokers Association accuses regulatory authority of overlapping function; threatens to file lawsuitThe already struggling Liberian economy is on the verge of seeing an upsurge of negative issues as tension continues to grow between the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL)—two entities that contribute significantly to the country’s economy.The brokers association is accusing the LRA of overlapping its functions and of practically involving in ‘fraudulent activities’ that undermine the smooth operation of the association.At a recent press conference in Monrovia, the association’s president, Ivan Tumbey, accused the LRA of clandestinely engaging in the certification of customs brokers, a move that is contrary to that entity’s scope of operations, he said. The LRA’s action, Tumbey noted, is in clear violation of the legal framework that established the NCBAL and enacted it into law by the National Legislature in 1997.According to Tumbey, the act that created the NCBAL gives it the authority and right to perform clearing and forwarding duties as well as supervising their operations.“We think basically that the LRA is missing her basic function. If you go to the act that established the LRA, there’s nowhere in the act that gives them the right to create any association,” he said.Tumbey said the brokers association also has the legal mandate to recruit and vet individuals, while the LRA only has the power to license the group as an association, “and not individuals” as it is being accused of doing.“We are hearing radio announcements and rumors in various corners that the LRA is in the process of giving licenses to people who want to venture in the clearing and forwarding business, though they have no knowledge of the sector.“Many of these people have not gone through the rank and file of the national customs brokers association and not accredited by our entity,” Tumbey added.This, he noted, contravenes the act that created the association. “There is no indication in the act that established LRA to train or create a broker or license a broker. The NCBAL is the only entity created to do so. I don’t know whether they have other entities established by an act of the legislature,” he said.“Our argument here is that, we are brokers and we follow the rules that established us; and when it is legal for them to license us, we are happy with the procedure that they are coming up with, because more than four years since our last license was earned as an association, it has expired. It is welcoming news to license, but they cannot go beyond the association to license any individual. We are the ones clothed with that authority.“It is our sole responsibility and they cannot take that from us. If, and only if they insist, we will take another turn because we have used every diplomatic means. We have written, argued, sit together to set a memorandum of understanding to proceed with the LRA and NCBAL as to the way forward in the entire process. But they have been ignoring our requests to sit down and sign the MOU that we both put together.“We don’t know their intentions, but we are going to resist that, and will not allow it to happen for another entity to exist in the country as long as our entity still exists,” he said.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.”He called on his members to be calm as the leadership puts to bed “this unfortunate situation that is serving as a distraction to them. We want to tell our members not to be deterred, because these are just mere radio announcements. We are not worried about that.”Also speaking, the vice president of the association, James Hinneh, reiterated that the NCBAL is not just a mere entity, “in that the act that was established by our honorable legislature give us the responsibility to be the sole operator of the clearing and forwarding business, every customs related document that enters the customs system should and must pass through the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL).”“The LRA and NCBAL are two separate entities, created by the same legislature for specific and distinct functions. Our function is to do clearing and forwarding and to supervise the clearing and forwarding business,” he said.“Their (LRA’s) function is to give us license to make it proper through the government; they are the ones responsible to give us license, and we are the ones charged with the responsibility to create brokers and determine who becomes a broker and forward those names to LRA for their own licensing procedure. But in recent times, there are rumors circulating in the public that LRA is certificating individuals.”When contacted, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh, the communications, media and public affairs manager at the LRA, clarified to the Daily Observer that the two institutions were each created under an act of the National Legislature, but said that the LRA is not violating the act that created the NCBAL.“If any issue, they do not understand what is in the act. They should have come to us to see how best we can tell them about how the process is going on, because LRA has the authority to license brokers and individuals as mandated by section 1500 of the Liberia Revenue Code (LRC) and section 21(1) (a) & (b) of the LRA Act of 2013,” Sengbeh said.He said the purpose of the LRA licensing customs brokers and individuals is to promote professionalism, integrity, and accountability in the business of customs brokerage in Liberia.Quoting the relevant sections of the LRC, Sengbeh concluded: “Section 1500 of Liberia Revenue Code (the “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.“Upon this regulation becoming effective [and subject to the transitional period provided hereunder], every business, corporation, partnership or natural person operating or seeking to operate and carry on commercial business as customs broker shall be required to apply for, obtain, and remain in possession of a valid customs broker license issued by the LRA.“No person shall transact business as a customs broker without a license granted in accordance with the provisions of this regulation, provided that this requirement shall not be construed to require a license in the case of any person clearing goods or transacting business pertaining to his own importations and our action is in the act that created the revenue code.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more