President Weah pays his real estate taxes using the servicePres. Weah Admonishes taxpayers as LRA Launches Mobile Tax Payment via Orange MoneyPresident George Manneh Weah has called on Liberians and foreigners to pay their taxes in compliance with the law for the development of the country.He made the plea on Thursday, April 12, when he served as the chief launcher at the ceremony of a new service that will allow Liberian taxpayers to pay their taxes via Orange Money.The mobile tax payment technology was launched by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) at the Monrovia City Hall.The newly-launched mobile tax payment technology allows taxpayers, mainly small and medium income earners, from US$500 down, to pay their taxes through the Orange Money Service.President Weah said, “Money must be paid to the Government of Liberia; money is in the country, but not paid in taxes to the government to meet its development agenda. The government will remain flexible to taxpayers and will allow them to pay their taxes quarterly if need be.”President Weah launched the service by becoming the first Liberian citizen to pay his taxes online in an undisclosed currency and amount, using the Orange Money service. “Our e-revenue strategy is to increase revenue collection efficiently through technology in order to be able to better redistribute collected money for our developmental pro-poor agenda,” he said.“This service helps to improve efficiency, helps achieve policy outcomes and contributes to economic policy objectives. It helps to build trust between the government and its people.”After going through the prompts on his mobile phone, the president announced: “Transaction successful!”The LRA is an autonomous agency established by an Act of the Legislature and began operations in 2014, to collect lawful revenue for the government. It works under the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, explaining the success of the venture, said it was through “Goal 4 of our strategy that is aimed at transforming tax administration and using Information Technology.”She attributed the success in the technological setup to the LRA technical team, Orange-Liberia, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Lonestar Cell MTN.She also commended USAID (United States Aid for International Development) for its technical and capacity building support to the LRA in meeting up with the drafting of its tax policies.Outlining the benefits of the new technology, Madam Tamba said, “Taxpayers could take days standing at windows of LRA, MFDP, the Freeport of Monrovia and other revenue generating entities to pay their taxes; some of which could even lead to closing shops and operating entities for small and medium-size businesses;but with this technology they can remain in the comfort of their homes or even while on the move to pay their taxes in less than five minutes.”She said the new method is meant to facilitate voluntary compliance in order to enhance domestic resource mobilization. The Commissioner-General said the new technology will minimize potential corruption by reducing cash tax payment to individuals at revenue generating points.She said modernizing tax administration is also to facilitate the government’s pro-poor agenda. “We need roads, water, electricity, housing and almost everything in this country, and when we travel we see that we are far behind,” Madam Tamba said.Mr. William Saamoi, Director for Legal, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs at Orange-Liberia, on behalf of the company’s CEO Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly, said: “Orange Liberia extends gratitude to the government through the LRA for opening this unique partnership between the government and Orange-Liberia for the creation of this platform for the payment of taxes via Orange Money.”He also thanked the UBA and USAID who had contributed to the process. “Today we are proud to say that with the collaboration of our partners, we are the first telecom operator who have been able to develop a tax payment system through our platform that is not only user friendly but also very convenient, flexible and highly efficient on capturing information on payments made by taxpayers,” Mr. Saamoi said.The Head of the United Bank of Africa Mr. Olalekan Balogun concurred with Madam Tamba, noting: “Today is a milestone for UBA because this will provide efficiency, convenience, and transparency in the way we collect taxes for LRA. It is a transformation because this will change the way people pay their taxes, and how LRA can ensure an enhanced and more robust collection process.”Available services covered by the technology for tax payment include Corporate Income tax, Withholding tax (The amount of an employee’s pay withheld by an employer and sent directly to the government as partial payment of income tax), Personal Income tax, Real Estate tax, Business tax (2% and 4%), Excise tax (A tax paid when purchases are made on a specific good) and Goods and Services Tax (GST).Other available services for non-tax payments are birth certificates, marriage certificates, travel certificates (otherwise known as passports) fire inspection fees and business registration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
South Africa’s 2014 matric students achieved a pass rate of 75.8%, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced at the SABC in Johannesburg on Monday.(Image: Department of Basic Education)Brand South Africa reporterWhile the 75.8% pass rate represents a 2.4 percentage point drop from the 2013 pass rate of 78.2%, Motshekga said the bar had been raised to improve the quality of the examination outcome and enhance the quality and standard of Grade 12 graduates.“At the beginning of the exams, I did announce much more stringent marking criteria. Marker appointments were also audited and a tighter moderation process was put in place,” Motshekga said.The National Senior Certificate exam was written by 550 127 full-time and 1387nbsp;533 part-time candidates. This is the first year the new national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) programme has been tested at matric level.Of the total number of learners who wrote the NSC exam, 150 752 (28.3%) qualified for admission to bachelor studies.The class of 2014 will be able to access their results on Tuesday.Motshekga said the 135 943 learners who qualified to write supplementary exams in February and March would will be given special support to prepare.“After receiving their results, they should start immediately to prepare for their supplementary exams,” she said.There has been an increase in achievements by distinction in some subjects, the minister said. History increased from 3.3% to 4.1%; Mathematical Literacy increased from 1.8% to 2.4%; and Physical Science increased from 3.0% to 3.3%.How SA’s provinces fared“All provincial education departments have worked tirelessly and consistently hard,” Motshekga said. “Preparations for grade 12 start at grade R and therefore there is no grade less important than the other.”Gauteng was the most successful province, recording a 84.7% pass rate – down 2.3 percentage points from 87% in 2013.Gauteng contributed the highest number of candidates qualifying for bachelor studies at 36 843, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 35 724 and Western Cape at 18 524.The North West was the second best performing province, with a pass rate of 84.6% – down from 87.2% in 2013.The Free State, which was the top province in 2013, came in third with 82.8%, down from 87.4% in 2013.The Eastern Cape had the poorest results, achieved 65.4%. This, however, is an increase of 0.5 percentage points from 64.9% in 2013.KwaZulu-Natal achieved 69.7%, a decline from 77.4% in 2013, and a drop of 7.7 percentage points. It is the steepest decline of all the provinces.“We need to look seriously into the factors affecting KZN’s performance,” Motshekga said.The Western Cape achieved 82.2%, down from 85.1% in 2013, a decline of 2.9 percentage points.ImprovementsLimpopo achieved 72.9% in 2014, a 1.1 percentage point increase from 71.8% last year.“Limpopo needs to be congratulated for sustaining the upward trend in the midst of many challenges bearing in mind that this group of learners was the group that was affected by delays in the delivery of books in 2012,” said Motshekga.The number of bachelor passes in the province is also notable at 16 325.The Northern Cape improved its pass rate by almost 2 percentage points, achieving 76.4%, up from 74.5% in 2013. This is the highest improvement in 2014.Mpumalanga achieved 79%, up by 1.4 percent from 77.6% in 2013.District performanceMotshekga said none of the 81 education districts in the country had performed below 50%. Last year, one district in the Eastern Cape had performed below 50%.“In the Eastern Cape, the eight districts that performed between 50% and 59% have been reduced to five, with two districts from KwaZulu-Natal joining this category. Twelve districts from the Eastern Cape performed under 69%, four from KwaZulu-Natal and one from Limpopo,” Motshekga said.She said four out of five districts in the Free State performed above 80%, with the fifth district achieving between 70% and 79%.“In Gauteng, 13 out of 15 districts performed above 80% and the other two performed between 70% and 79%. In Limpopo, one out five performed above 80%, while in Mpumalanga one out of four.“In the Northern Cape, one out of four performed above 80% and in the Western Cape all districts performed above 80%,” Motshekga said.The top six performing districts are:Gauteng West at 92.7%;Sedibeng East District at 90.7%;Ekurhuleni North at 88.7%;West Coast in the Western Cape 88.4%; andOverberg in the Western Cape and Johannesburg South both at 88.1%.InitiativesMotshekga said the focus in 2014 was on improving performance in key gateway subjects and supporting under-performing schools and their principals.“These initiatives have yielded results. However, there is much more work that needs to be done and it starts on the first day of school for all grades,” she said.For the past four years, the pass rate has increased from 60.6% in 2009 to 78.2% in 2013.Motshekga said the quality of education of any system is predicated on the quality of its teachers.She said the qualification profile of teachers in the sector has improved from 53% in 1990 to 97% in 2013.“Going forward, we will work hard to sustain improvement in learner performance, enhanced accountability at all levels of the system, greater focus on basic functionality of schools, and protecting time for teaching and learning,” Motshekga said.Read Minister Angie Motshekga’s speech in full: Announcement of the 2014 NSC examination resultsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporterIt has been a successful year for FFA members and chapters across the Buckeye State. Membership has reached a high with over 25,000 FFA members and 315 FFA chapters. A record number of state degree recipients were awarded at the state FFA convention in May and Ohio was honored to have several national winners recognized at the national FFA convention in October.2018 also marks the 90th anniversary for the formation of the “Future Farmers of America.” Ohio has had a rich history in leading innovation and growth within FFA since it’s inception in 1928. Continue reading for a quick glimpse into the past 90 years. The initial yearsIn November of 1928, 33 vocational agriculture students met in Kansas City to form the “Future Farmers of America.” Among the students was Ashley, Ohio native Lawrence Augenstein, who helped develop the by-laws and constitution for the FFA. He also received the first American FFA Degree pin ever presented and served on the first national officer team.In February 1929, the Ohio FFA Association was officially established during a two-day meeting at The Ohio State University. The meeting was made up of 80 students from 52 Ohio Departments of Vocational Agriculture. Ohio was the 14th state to charter an association with 23 official chapters.An iconic symbol of the FFA is the blue corduroy jacket worn by members across the nation. The jacket, developed by the Fredericktown FFA Chapter, was adopted in 1933. Fredericktown is located in Knox County and is still an active FFA chapter today.A favorite location for Ohio FFA members is Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. The Ohio FFA camp program was established in 1941 and has been going strong ever since. Continued growthAs FFA continued to grow in Ohio, a need was seen for a foundation to be established to develop support and funding for the association. So in 1957, the Ohio FFA Foundation was officially formed.Ohio continued to be ahead of the game in creating opportunities for students. In 1966, membership was opened to girls in Ohio. The national organization followed this lead just a few years later in 1969.The middle years of FFA’s growth and development saw the implementation of many new Career Development Events (CDE) and programs to help students grow in their leadership capabilities. In order to reflect the growing diversity of its membership and programs, the “Future Farmers of America” changed their name to the National FFA Organization in 1988. Other noteworthy momentsIn 2003, the Ohio FFA Association celebrated 75 years by opening a time capsule that was sealed during the 50th state FFA convention. The following year, a new time capsule was sealed and will be opened during the 100th state convention.Over the years, Ohio FFA has been proud to have countless FFA members be awarded as national winners in CDE’s, proficiency areas, and other leadership-oriented events. The Ohio FFA Association has also seen the most students elected as national FFA officers, with a total of 32. A promising futureOhio FFA has been dedicated to serving its members since day one. As agriculture, technology, and education continue to evolve and grow, so do the capabilities of Ohio FFA members and chapters. The next 90 years are sure to bring more exciting moments, awards, and growth for FFA across the Buckeye State.To learn more about the Ohio FFA Association, visit ohioffa.org. You can also follow Ohio FFA on social media to keep up to date with FFA member and chapter accomplishments.
Related Posts Over the last year, Facebook has become increasingly dominant in terms of being used as the user identity and login on third-party sites. Last summer, we reported that Facebook had dominated as the third-party login of choice, surpassing sites like Twitter, Google and Yahoo in all realms but one – news. News sites saw users logging in almost twice as often using Twitter.Now, it looks like another site is gaining ground in another realm. Career-centric social network LinkedIn is growing as the login of choice for business-to-business (B2B) sites, proving once again that users prefer certain identities for certain online activities. Gigya, a provider of tools for social sharing and third-party logins, took a look at the numbers and found that, since its last round-up of social logins in July 2010, LinkedIn has skyrocketed as the login of choice for B2B sites. According to Rachel Peterson, a spokesperson for the company, LinkedIn has seen increased use as a third-party login ever since it updated its profile API. The site has seen an increase from 3% to 20% in just over six months.“LinkedIn has a strong case that a single social graph through Facebook is not sufficient,” said Peterson. “Professionals want to apply different profile data to business oriented sites and share that content with a different group of people than their FB friends.”So, if you’re thinking of taking your site the way of eHow and forsaking all other logins for the one, true Facebook login, you might want to take a gander at the following graphic and see where your visitors lie. Maybe you should be working on that LinkedIn presence a bit more and Facebook a bit less. Tags:#Identity#Statistics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
The special CBI court here is likely to pass an order on the bail plea of Indrani Mukerjea, a prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, on December 10.Indrani had applied for bail on health grounds around six months ago before special Judge J.C. Jagdale, and this is her fourth attempt at seeking bail.Making his submission on Saturday, Indrani’s lawyer Tanveer Ahmed reiterated that she is suffering from a “terminal illness” and her condition is “deteriorating”.Also Read Indrani’s medical condition irreversible, says her lawyer He argued that there was a change in circumstance since her last bail plea was rejected about a year ago.At least 36 witnesses have been examined during this period, and Indrani has been suffering from frequent blackouts, he said.Countering the prosecution’s claim that Indrani may influence witnesses if released on bail, Ahmed said the court can give her an interim bail for certain period and check her conduct.Earlier, the prosecution had argued that since September 2018 (when she had applied for bail), there is no new report indicating that her health has worsened and she is critical.Indrani is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, with the help of two other accused, in April 2012.The matter came to light in August 2015, after her driver Shyamvar Rai confessed to the crime following his arrest in an arms case.It led to the arrest of Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna.Peter Mukerjea, Indrani’s husband at that time, was later arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy.
Low-scoring and edge of the seat exciting matches don’t mix. But Saturday’s ODI at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg not only mixed but gelled rather well with India winning the match by one run. SCOREWith this win India have squared the five-match ODI series 1-1.Man-of-the-Match Munaf Patel. APAnd the result wouldn’t have been so had India bowlers not come good at death against host South Africa.India batsmen after scoring a meagre 190 had left a lot to be done by the bowlers and still they performed.India’s Munaf Patel took the cake finishing with figures of 8-0-29-4. Undoubtedly, the wickets of openers Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.The wickets though widely spaced brought about the desired result. Amla fell early but Smith’s wicket came towards the end. In a way it was Smith’s wicket that proved to be the turning point of the match.Munaf knew that early wickets can make the difference in an ODI and he struck really early. He scalped Hashim Amla on 4 with a ball that came in from the off to take the edge of his bat and settle in skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps. The hosts were 7/1 at this juncture.Still, a target of 191 was an easy call for South Africa batsmen. And Colin Ingram and Graeme Smith wanted to make sure that it stayed easy. The two batted on to numb the Indian bowling attack and kept the Protea scoreboard ticking.advertisementThe duo had put on 59 runs for the second wicket before Harbhajan Singh claimed Ingram on 25 with the umpire adjudging him LBW even as the South Africa score was 66/2.Unfortunately for the hosts AB de Villiers, who wasn’t looking confident, fell to Ashish Nehra on eight.Later, Rohit Sharma accounted for J.P. Duminy on 13 as the South Africa score was 120/4.But, Smith was still at the crease and had found his lost form. Finally, Munaf Patel sent him back on 77 with an inside edge from his bat crashing into his stumps.At death, Zaheer Khan claimed David Miller and Johan Botha to bring India within striking distance of a victory.And then Dale Steyn’s run out and Morne Morkel’s wicket added to the excitement, but again it was Munaf who performed the final act when the hosts were just two runs away from a win with just one wicket in hand.A short ball saw tail-ender Wayne Parnell go for a big hit but Yuvraj Singh caught him at point and that was the end of South Africa batting. They could only manage 189 on board.Lonwabo Tsotsobe. APEarlier Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who had claimed four wickets in the first ODI in Durban, came up with another four-wicket haul to reduce India to 190 all out.He scalped opener Murali Vijay, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina to nip in bud any designs that the visiting batsmen had of scoring at a brisk pace.After scalping opener Murali Vijay early, Tsotsobe came back to send Yuvraj Singh packing on 53, breaking the 83-run fourth wicket partnership between him and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Yuvraj went for a big hit but failed to cross the boundary and Dale Steyn lapped it up in the deep as India score read 150/4.That wicket started the slide as batsmen kept paying the crease quick visits.Suresh Raina, who picked up from where Yuvraj Singh had left too fell after staying in the middle for a few minutes. He had put 11 on board before Tsotsobe claimed his third wicket of the day. India score then was a poor 169/5 in 41.1 overs.Soon, he struck again to send skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni back on 38. India now were 172/6 with the tail popping up. And the tail managed to put just 18 runs before heading back to the pavilion.Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli too could not stay in the middle for long.Tendulkar fell in the 19th over when the India total was 67/3. Off spinner Johan Botha foxed Tendulkar with a turner as the batting maestro failed to read his delivery that turned in sharply from the off stump line. He fell for 24 with an edge from his bat striking against the stumps.Virat Kohli, who had scored a resolute half-century in the first ODI in Durban, was run out by David Miller in Morne Morkel’s over. He fell on 22.India skipper M.S. Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat.The two teams now meet at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.advertisement