How the Rising Exchange Rate is Hurting Liberians

first_imgThe rising exchange rate between the United States and Liberian dollars is creating severe economic hardship for the vast majority of Liberians across the country. Reports reaching our business desk from rural Liberia speak of rising fuel and food prices as transport fares hikes. In the Monrovia area, similar development is taking place as fuel price hits L$400 at some filling stations.The purchasing power of many households is directly affected requiring action from the government. As the rate currently stands at L$88 to US$1, the purchasing power of majority Liberians, who earned their living on the Liberian dollar, has dwindled.Also affected gravely are all government workers who fall within the government’s minimum wage bracket of US$100.In 2009 and 2010, the government of Liberia (GOL) announced a policy, as part of its poverty reduction strategy, removing tax burden on all employees that fall within the minimum wage bracket, which at the time, stood at about US$80.During this time, the government was cognizant of the prevailing economic situation in the country and raised the minimum salary for civil servants from US$15 in 2006 to US$80 per month in 2009.The Government also substantially reduced income tax in 2010 in order to increase nominal income for employees.It was therefore expected that during the interim, private sector employers would use the public sector initiative as the point of reference in determining the minimum wage for their employees.But with the rising exchange rate between the US and Liberian dollars, a senior government official has hinted our business desk that all employees of government including those earning minimum wage are now required to pay taxes because they now earn above L$70,000 per year.According to the revised Revenue Code of Liberia, Liberians earning between L$0.00 to L$70,000 are not required to pay income tax.The Code, however, notes that those earning from L$70,001 to L$200,000 are required to pay 5% tax on the excess money above the L$70,000.But many people, especially those who fall within GOL’s minimum wage bracket, are contending that their income shouldn’t be taxed.With GOL minimum wage at US$100 and the exchange rate at L$88 to US$1, all GOL minimum wage earners fall within the 5% tax range.The question being asked by those who fall within this rage is what happened to the GOL’s tax waiver policy? Going beyond this question meanwhile is the reduction in the purchasing power of those falling within this category and how it is affecting various homes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brother dies, sister critical in ECD accident

first_imgA quiet Thursday night became unsettled following a horrific fatal accident which involved two siblings near the Ogle Gas Station on the East Coast of Demerara. While details are sketchy, the parents of six-year-old Grahams Hall Primary School student Sunil Sukhnandan confirmed that their son lost his life in the fatality that occurred just before 18:00h.The parents of Sunil Sukhnandan on Thursday evening at their Ogle homeHis 17-year-old sister, Venesha Sukhnandan, was rushed to hospital in an unconscious state, and is said to be critical. Following the accident, persons began sharing on social media photos from the accident scene, which showed the siblings lying helplessly on the public road. Reports are that as the two children were crossing the road, a vehicle struck them head on. Public-spirited persons rushed the two seriously injured children to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where the boy was pronounced dead on arrival. His sister remains hospitalised, reportedly suffering from fractures to her neck and back.Her father, told Guyana Times that she has to undergo several scans before doctors can comprehend the full extent of her injuries. Meanwhile, the boy’s mother, Radika Narine, was overwhelmed with emotion at the realisation that she had lost her young son. The couple parented seven children at their ocean front home at Sea Dam, Ogle East Coast Demerara.The father said his son did not attend school on Thursday because of the rain. He added that at about 17:40h, he sent his daughter to purchase some items from a nearby shop, and her brother begged to go with her. The father said he permitted the boy to go, but never could have imagined that his children would encounter an accident.“I tell them be careful pon de road…when I get the message I was bathing, and when I tidy up and reach out on de road, them gone with them at the hospital,” the father recalled.The fisherman added that the family had lived in Industry, ECD before taking up residence at the small wooden shack they call home on the Ogle Sea Dam. His wife and daughter would sometimes assist him in selling shrimps. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

The city’s Toys For Tickets campaign is back for another year of donations

first_imgOfficially called the Parking Ticket Exchange Program, the campaign is running December 8 – December 19, and is applicable to those with parking violations dating no earlier than September 1.“The program provides an opportunity for individuals to exchange meter violation tickets for toys that can be distributed through the community to those less fortunate,” city staff writes. “Residents of the city and surrounding area have long been known for their overwhelming support of worthwhile causes and the City of Fort St. John is proud to play a small part by running this program.”Bylaw staff will begin attaching a sticker to meter violation tickets from the start to finish of the campaign.- Advertisement -City staff says the budget impact of this campaign generally ranges $1,500 – $2,000.You can bring your unwrapped toy per ticket to City Hall, located on 10631 – 100 Street, where staff will then deliver the donated items to the Salvation Army for distribution.Since approved, the Protective Services Department plans to launch an advisory campaign in an effort to create community awareness, which among other avenues, will be promoted through the city’s Facebook page.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nokia Theatre opens in downtown L.A.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The peaceful easy feeling extended to the parking lot. On a night that had the Clippers playing across the street at Staples Center and a video-game expo occupying the Los Angeles Convention Center next door, streets were clear and there was plenty of parking in the surrounding lots. “Parking was so easy I couldn’t believe it,” said Long Beach resident Robin Morris, who works in the import-export business. “I didn’t expect to be able to park across the street and just walk right over.” The 7,100-seat, $100 million concert hall is part of a project that will eventually include a hotel, a nightclub and the Grammy Museum. The Nokia has already booked shows through the middle of next year, including a Chinese New Year’s celebration, rock acts and comedians. “Everybody seems to be in such high spirits,” said Charlene Hatago, a marketing assistant from Rowland Heights. “It really is spectacular. The lighting is really great outside. It brings a really friendly, happy feeling. It’s a lot of fun.” Cell-phone cameras clicked in the courtyard and one employee had a video screen attached to his back to give guests a closer view of the sport and music clips. “It`s so alive – which is unusual for a Thursday night,” said Shirley Kawashiri, an Alhambra legal assistant. “And it’s not even the weekend.” fred.shuster@dailynews.com (818) 713-3676160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A light-hearted atmosphere of camaraderie and fun Thursday marked the opening night of the Nokia Theatre, L.A.’s newest concert venue. The plaza across from Staples Center was festooned with video screens showing sports and music clips, while concert-goers mingled, had drinks or munched pizza at an outdoor cafe. The curtain rose with a string of dates starring the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks. “There’s so much to look at,” said Judy Larsen of Santa Clarita, who works in the travel industry. “It’s such a nice surprise to see all of this.” last_img

WATER PROTESTS TAKE PLACE ACROSS DONEGAL AS PEOPLE URGED TO MARCH IN DUBLIN

first_imgThe crowd at today’s anti-water charge’s protest at Letterkenny’s Market Square. Pic Donegal Daily.A crowd of more than 500 people gathered at Letterkenny’s Market Square today for a continuation of the protests against water charges.Demonstrators decided not to march up the town’s Main Street out of respect for traders so as not to disrupt business.The writing is on the wall for the Government according to this protestor. Pic Donegal Daily.The march was one of five across Donegal today including Castlefin, Gaoth Dobhair, Carndonagh, Twin Towns and Letterkenny aimed at maintaining a stance against the Government’s plan to introduce water charges. Organiser Michael Mooney told Donegal Daily that he was more than pleased with the turn-out.“I thought there would be around five hundred people here and I think there’s slightly more than that.“We did not want to disrupt traders during the Christmas period and that is why we have not marched up the town.“The main aim of today’s gathering is to keep up the momentum against Irish Water and to gather names for the major rally which takes place in Dublin on December 10th next,” he said. Many carried placards calling for Enda Kenny’s resignation throughout the gathering.A number of people addressed the crowd including local councillors Gerry McMonagle and John O’Donnell.Other councillors present included Ciaran Brogan, James Pat McDaid and Mick Quinn.  WATER PROTESTS TAKE PLACE ACROSS DONEGAL AS PEOPLE URGED TO MARCH IN DUBLIN was last modified: November 30th, 2014 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:donegalmarcheswater chargeslast_img read more

MORE THAN €10M GRANTED FOR DONEGAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

first_imgA total of €13.075 million has been granted to Donegal for the improvement and maintenance works on roads across Donegal.The news has been welcomed by Dinny McGinley TD.“I am delighted at the news that E13.075 million has been granted to Donegal for improvement and maintenance works on roads in the county.“I particularly welcome the additional E1 million allocation for the continuation of the Dungloe/Glenties Road, E300,000 for the Mountcharles to Inver Road. Also the €700,000 for Bridge strengthening. The total allocation for County Donegal is €13.075 million. I particularly welcome the additional E2.9 million for the Blackburn Bridge realignment Scheme. “This funding is part of an allocation of almost €160 million from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). Nationally, €139.7 million of this will go towards road improvement works, while €20.2 million will go towards essential road maintenance.“According to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, this funding announced today represents a base allocation for local authorities that will be supplemented during the year in respect of certain maintenance works, pavement works and safety schemes.“Fine Gael has a plan to keep the economic recovery going and ensure that we continue to have more resources to invest in better services and infrastructure like roads. The Government’s capital Investment Plan 2016-2022, allocates €6 billion for transport, which includes €4.4 billion, for the maintenance and renewal of the road network.“It is hugely important we invest in our road network, particularly as the economic recovery continues. In our export led economy, a well maintained road network is crucial to businesses across the country. It is also integral to helping us continue attracting investment in this country, as well as for tourism.” MORE THAN €10M GRANTED FOR DONEGAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS was last modified: December 22nd, 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S HURLING STAR RYAN HILFERTY SELECTED ON ULSTER ELITE SQUAD

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News:Congratulations to Club member Ryan Hilferty who Captained the Donegal U-16 County Hurling Team last week in the inter-county tournament and has now been selected for the Ulster Under-16 Elite Hurling Team for 2015.  This is a huge honour for Ryan, his family, his coaches and the Club.The countdown is now on to the Annual St. Eunan’s G.A.A. Golf Classic in association with Diver’s Hyundai, Canal Rd. Letterkenny which will take place on Saturday 23rd May. Entry for a team of 4 is only €100 with some excellent prizes on offer. Please contact James Friel on 086 8255474 or Paul Carr on 087 2836567 for bookings/information. The Senior Footballers defeated Ardara 0-11 to 1-06 while the Reserves drew 2-03 to 0-09 with the goals coming from Sammy Bogan and Jordan O’Dowd.  Both teams travel to face Ardara again in two weeks time as we open the defence of our Senior and Reserve Championship titles.The Junior Footballers recorded their third successive win in their League game v Glenties on Saturday last. A well taken Michael Moreton goal was the key score in a 1-08 to 0-08 win.  Next up is Glenfin this Saturday in the Park at 7pm.Good luck to all our players and mentors involved with the Donegal Senior and Minor Football Panels as they face Tyrone in Ballybofey this Sunday in the Ulster Championship.  Throw in 2.15pm and 4pm.Well done to Ray Durack and our representatives on the Donegal Senior Hurling Panel on their emphatic win over Longford in the Nicky Rackard Cup last weekend and good luck this Saturday as they face Monaghan in the quarter final in Clones, throw in 3pm. The Minor Hurlers were defeated by Setanta last Thursday, going down narrowly by 4-13 to 5-06.  They now move on to play in the League Final this week details tbc.The U-16 Boys Footballers had mixed fortunes in their League semi finals on Monday evening, the Div.1 team losing to Muff while the Div. 2 team qualified for their final with a great win over Convoy by 4-10 to 3-08.The U-14 Hurlers had a narrow defeat against Burt, final score 3-04 to 2-05.The U-14 Girls Footballers made it two wins from two games with a comfortable victory over Letterkenny Gaels on Friday evening.The Century Cinemas Football Academy continues every Sunday morning at 11am and the Hurling and Camogie Academy is every Friday at 6.30pm.  New members are most welcome from all parts of Letterkenny. Cash 4 Clothes 4 Féile: Are you doing a spring clean this year? Tidying up that wardrobe and wondering where to put your old clothes? As part of our “4 for Féile” fundraising campaign we are collecting all your old clothes which we hope to turn into cash to help fund our four teams that will compete in this year’s Féile events. The boys and girls U14 Footballers will travel to the south-east (Wexford – Carlow – Wicklow) in late June for the All-Ireland Féile whilst the U14 Hurlers and Camógs will act as hosts for this year’s Ulster Féile.You can drop your black bags of old clothes to O’Donnell Park this Sunday during the Century Cinemas Sunday Morning Academy.  You can also drop off  this Friday during the Hurling and Camogie Academy between 6.30pm and 8pm.Alternatively, if anyone has stuff and needs it collected, contact Eunan O’Donnell at 087 6775637.  Your support is greatly appreciated for these young sports people.Please continue to support the Tesco Supporting Communities initiative in Tesco Letterkenny by placing your blue tokens in the St. Eunan’s GAA donation box when you pass through the checkout in Tesco. This weeks winning lotto numbers are 11,16,19,22.There were 4 x match 3 winners each getting €25Charlie Mc Fadden, TermonJamie Foley, Glenoughty CloseRicky Blake, c/o Blake’sAbove sold by Adrian.Enda Kelly, c/o Blake’s (Direct Debit)GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S HURLING STAR RYAN HILFERTY SELECTED ON ULSTER ELITE SQUAD was last modified: May 13th, 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:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

SOCIAL CHANGE EVENT TO BE PART OF ADULT LEARNERS OPEN EVENING AT LYIT

first_imgTwo of the country’s best known exponents of social change in Ireland and around the world are to speak at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Mark McMahon Children in Crossfire will be speaking at a special event on Community and Social Enterprise “ Making Social Change” on 8 November 6.30pm as part of the LYIT’s Adult Learners Open Evening.Children in Crossfire www.childrenincrossfire.org is an organisation which was set up by Richard Moore who was blinded by a plastic bullet and tackles issues which affect young children as a result of poverty across the world. Tracey Hannon, Clann Credo, which is a social investment fund which supports people in building stronger communities, will also be a guest speaker. The LYIT is offering a BA Degree in Social and Community Enterprise part time this year, the evening aims to highlight the stories of social enterprises and to show how the degree has helped past graduates.Speakers will share their experiences on how they’ve applied what they’ve learned to their own organisations.Dr. Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law & Humanities LYIT explained “There are many misconceptions regarding social and community enterprise, social entrepreneurs are motivated by a cause or fixing an existing social problem and as a result many people benefit from the solution.“They aren’t motivated by profit or self advancement alone. That doesn’t mean that the best practice principles shouldn’t apply, often these organisations have to be more agile to succeed. That’s what this evening and the degree is about. We’re pleased to have some excellent case studies to show what can be done.” Marie Slevin, who studied the degree last year and is is Coordinator for the Unemployed Donegal, said the course will be hugely beneficial for those who join.“I think anyone who works with people, young or old and with community enterprises would get a lot out of it. The subjects are very relevant and topical, especially for Donegal people. It gives you great insight into the particular issues which this region faces. It really opens your mind.”Marie didn’t finish her Leaving Certificate and was a bit apprehensive about returning to education.“From the first lecture I was hooked, the subjects and the style of teaching really suited me. The tutors were really excellent. Everyone was so helpful and supportive and there were great discussions in the classroom about the issues. ”Dr Ramsey added “The BA Degree in Social and Community Enterprise offers a route for those who are currently in or considering working in community or social enterprise and wish to learn new skills such as leadership, management, legal aspects and marketing with an emphasis on community enterprise,” “It’s specifically designed to offer a framework for students to think in broader terms about their role in society but also to equip them with best practice organisational and communication skills.”The duration of the programme is four years part-time with six taught modules per year and a thesis in the final year. The programme will be delivered over 9 hours per week for 24 weeks per academic year.The Social and Community Enterprise degree will be of interest to people who are already contributing to their communities in the business, non-profit and the public sector or are interested in this area. Letterkenny IT will be holding a general Open Evening 8 November, 2011 6-8pm for anyone thinking about returning to education. “Making Social Change” Evening is a special event starting at 6.30pm, 8 November Room 1401. All welcome. Contact Dr. Lynn Ramsey or www.lyit.ie, for more details.Caption:L-R; Julie Hay, Richard Moore Founder Children in Crossfire, Mark McMahon fund raiser Children in Crossfire who will speaking at the “Making Social Change” Event Tuesday at 6.30pm at LYIT SOCIAL CHANGE EVENT TO BE PART OF ADULT LEARNERS OPEN EVENING AT LYIT was last modified: November 5th, 2011 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:Adult Learners Open EveningChildren In The CrossfireLYITlast_img read more

Drama students ready for ‘Miserables’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Valjean, always under the watchful eye of Constable Javert, played by Alan Cutler, helps Fantine, a prostitute played by Mary Deagon. In failing health, Fantine urges Valjean to raise her daughter Cossette, who must first be rescued from the clutches of the drunken innkeeper Thenardier, his wife, and daughter, Eponine, played by Garrett Deagon, Becki Hasquet and Myrna Velasco, respectively. Making her debut as young Cossette is Kara Hayes. Valjean then moves to Paris, where he raises the girl. An older Cossette, portrayed by Desiree Kramer, is soon reunited with the now downtrodden Eponine, Kenya Conner and Marie Wise-Hawkins. Cossette falls in love with Marius (Alan Kodel) amid the student revolution led by Enjoulas (Brian Petro). The play is directed by Marilyn Pilkey and student Emily Steelhammer with a live orchestra directed by Mary Purdy. SANTA CLARITA – Canyon High School’s advanced drama students will perform the Broadway musical “Les Miserables,” offering a glimpse of the days of the French Revolution. The show will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13-14 in the Hart High School auditorium in Newhall. “Les Miserables,” written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michael Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, will star Canyon senior Sam Hyde as Jean Valjean. Valjean is a prisoner who, upon his release, works hard to redeem his life and takes pity upon the masses who endure poverty while the upper class in France flourishes in the early 1800s. Tickets to “Les Miserables” are $12 for adults and $10 for children and students with ASB cards. Call (661) 313-3887 for tickets. Parental discretion is advised.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

MAJOR MEETING NEXT WEEK ON FUTURE OF CANCER SERVICES AT HOSPITAL

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has confirmed a meeting will be held next week to discuss cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny General HospitalMinister of State McHugh TD said there have been a lot of questions raised over the past few weeks regarding the Cancer Care Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital and the services provided by the excellent staff at the hospital.He added that he has been continuously raised this matter and have received numerous reassurances that there is continued support for the service. “I have called for a working meeting to take place between all relevant stakeholders to discuss the matter.“I can confirm this meeting is taking place next Friday, 27 February, facilitated by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s office, and attending the meeting will be officials from the Minister’s office, senior representatives of the Saolta Group, Letterkenny General Hospital, and the National Cancer Control Programme.“On the Agenda for discussion will be the continued cancer care services at the hospital, the challenges currently facing the staff, best use of resources, addressing waiting times and future plans for the service.“I will also be raising the €19Million investment at Altanagalvin Hospital and how we can look at a coordination between the two hospitals to ensure that patients can avail of the best and quickest quality of care in the long-term.” The Minister addd he had a very positive conversation with Maurice Power, CEO of the Saolta group yesterday, where he outlined that they are totally committed to Letterkenny General Hospital.“I have previously asked that they look at building in a review regarding a second consultant at the hospital, dependent on numbers and this is something I intend on raising at the meeting,” added Minister McHugh.Mr Power confirmed that ‘The Saolta University Health Care Group are committed to maintaining the service at LGH’. Furthermore, ‘all necessary steps will be put in place to ensure that any impact on patients is minimised’.“Additionally, I have requested the Minister’s officials meet with a number of groups representing people affected by cancer to have their concerns raised and I am happy to confirm that these will be going ahead next week also.”MAJOR MEETING NEXT WEEK ON FUTURE OF CANCER SERVICES AT HOSPITAL was last modified: February 20th, 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:cancerLetterkenny Genral HospitalMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more