– says spite and short-sighted politics costing Guyana billionsFormer President Donald Ramotar has stated that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is to be blamed for the recent lawsuit against Government for environmental taxes imposed on companies importing beverages in Guyana.Last month, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams revealed that SM Jaleel & Company Limited and its local subsidiary, Guyana Beverages Inc, have filed proceedings in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as they seek a refund of the now repealed environmental tax that was paid in Guyana over a seven-year period. This action comes in light of a CCJ ruling last year in a similar lawsuit filed by Surinamese company Rudisa Beverages, which was awarded $1.6 billion in compensation by the Court. According to Ramotar, this situation is the result of the APNU and AFC’s “short-sighted and vindictive politics”, noting that if those parties while in Opposition had shown an iota of patriotism, the current situation would not have happened.He recalled that the environmental tax matter arose several years ago when Rudisa Beverages sued the Guyana Government for violating the Caribbean Community (Caricom) agreement in relation to the treatment of Member States-based companies operating in Guyana.The environmental tax that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had imposed on companies importing plastic bottles affected mainly soft drink companies.The contention was that the local companies, mainly Banks and DDL, were not subjected to the same tax making it discriminatory towards overseas companies.Ramotar noted that this case should never have reached the CCJ for a decision because the PPP/C Government had reached an agreement with Rudisa that if all the companies were treated the same, then the company would drop the case.The former President added that his Administration consulted both local companies and while there was not full agreement, a decision was taken to cut the tax by half and apply it to all the companies operating in Guyana.“We thought that the Opposition would find no difficulty in supporting this, that the Opposition would realise the cost to Guyana’s taxpayers and support the amendment to the law. Unfortunately, the Opposition saw this as another tool to damage the PPP/C Government,” he stated, adding that despite forceful and convincing arguments by his Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Legal Affairs, the then APNU and AFC Opposition parties used their combined majority to vote against the relevant bill.This, Ramotar outlined, resulted in the case going before the CCJ, which ultimately ruled in favour of the beverage company incurring a billion-dollar bill for the Guyana Government to honour the award.The former Head of State outlined that this could have been avoided and the money injected into the sugar sector, thus preventing any closure of estates, if the then Opposition had listened to the pleading of his Administration.“The PPP/C had also warned that would not be the end of the matter. It was pointed out then that some companies from Trinidad and Tobago could also take us to court because the case with Rudisa was the same. APNU and AFC seemed delighted to hear this, seeing that it would hurt the PPP/C Government. That seemed to spur them even more to vote against the amendment. As things turned out, it is those parties that are in Government now and had to pay the $6 billion which they so delighted in imposing on the Guyanese taxpayers,” he remarked.According to Ramotar, what the PPP/C had warned about was now coming to pass and companies from T&T were now suing the Government as well. He pointed out that this could cost the taxpayers of Guyana much more than the Rudisa judgement as some of those companies were much bigger, thus the award could be even greater.The former President posited that this situation was totally unnecessary and completely avoidable; however, APNU and the AFC had displayed a strong unpatriotic stance.“These are the parties that now wield power in our country. The level of vindictiveness and hatred is unprecedented. The cost of such an attitude is great. The bill is climbing,” Ramotar commented.
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS — Coroner’s officials on Tuesday identified a 3-year-old boy who was killed when his father’s sports utility vehicle accidentally ran over the child Monday evening in what investigators were calling a tragic accident. The boy, identified as Maximino Torres Jr., apparently ran in front of his father’s 2003 Cadillac Escalade, which was just beginning to pull forward in the driveway of the family’s home in the 11600 block of Laurel Avenue shortly after 5 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Raquel Stage said. The toddler suffered major head trauma and died at the scene. An autopsy for the 3-year-old Santa Fe Springs boy was expected to be conducted Wednesday, coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said. Stage said the father had not been arrested or cited as of Tuesday, although an investigation was continuing. She said a preliminary investigation appeared to show that the father was not at fault. “The initial investigation suggests it’s just a tragic accident, a matter of the baby running out and the dad not seeing him,” said Stage. “It’s just an unfortunate accident.”
But despite Ozil becoming the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history, Wenger believes it was still preferable to the outlay on entering the transfer market for a replacement.“When you let a player go you have to buy somebody of the same calibre and if you add the wages needed it will be similar,” he said.“On top of that we have to pay a transfer. So overall I think Mesut for us was the cheapest option.”With Ozil staying at the club and Arsenal bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January window, Wenger now has a wealth of attacking riches to use alongside striker Alexandre Lacazette.And he admits that there could be occasions when all four players are used together.Wenger added: “I will try to find a way to do it. We play so many games that everyone will get games. It’s always possible. Will I do it? Maybe. I don’t know. But I think it’s possible, yes.“You need at least two top strikers in the Premier League, because if one is injured then you have a problem.“Would I rather win 4-3? That is not the solution I like — I like the four, but I don’t like the three.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (left) talks to Arsene Wenger after joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in September 2013LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 3 – Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal took the cheapest option available by handing Mesut Ozil a new Sh 50mn (£350,000) a week contract at the Emirates.Ozil ended months of speculation over his future by penning a new three-year deal this week after his previous contract had been due to expire in the summer.
Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley 1 West Brom defenders Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson have signed one-year contract extensions with the Premier League club.Both players’ deals were due to expire at the end of this season but they will now remain at the Hawthorns until the summer of 2017.Olsson moved to West Brom in 2008 and has made a total of 247 appearances.He told the club’s official website: “It’s good to be part of the squad for another year. It makes it nine for me and six for Gareth.“It’s nice to be part of this club and I’m happy to play with Gareth for another year.“When you make decisions about your future, there’s certain things you weigh up and, for me, it really has been about being part of this group for another year.“Both of us have been here a long time but I think we can agree that the dressing room we have now really is something special.”McAuley, who joined the club in 2011 and has made 171 appearances, said: “It’s great for both Jonas and I. When you’re settled somewhere and you enjoy it, and you enjoy the football and the people you work with, it’s an easy decision to make.“The time Jonas has been here has been fantastic and I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve had with him and with the club.“Speaking to the club and the plans they have moving forward, hopefully we can step on.”
Check out this impressive domino masterpiece by a football fanatic on YouTube. Euro 2016 kicks off in France on Friday and user DominicJOJO set out 24,000 pieces to preview the group stages of the tournament, along with the logo and locations of the matches. It must have taken hours of planning, patience and execution – see above!READ MORE: Euro 2016: England fly out to France – ‘Dele Alli looks like he’s going on a school trip!’READ MORE: Top 15 most high-profile summer targets to watch at the Euro 2016 finals in France
Paul Clement says John Terry snubbed a move to the Premier League as he didn’t want to play against his beloved Chelsea next season.The Swansea City boss was among a host of top-flight bosses keen to land the ex-England captain on a free transfer this summer following his departure from Stamford Bridge.But Terry has opted to drop into the Championship to join Aston Villa and Clement, who enjoys a close relationship with the 36-year-old dating back to his time on the coaching staff at Chelsea, fully respects his decision.Speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “My understanding of the situation is that, with John and his relationship with Chelsea, he was going to find it difficult to be a direct competitor of them in the Premier League.“John is someone I know very well and have a lot respect for and have a good relationship with. Having known him since he was 16 years old and worked with him as well in the later years when I was an assistant at Chelsea, I understand very well his situation.“He has made a sensible choice. Aston Villa are a very good club, they have got a good manager, they have got a nice infrastructure there. “I think he is getting that balance between wanting to continue to play at a good level but at the same time not wanting to pull at his heartstrings really because it was difficult for him leaving Chelsea.”It’s been a quiet summer on the transfer front for Swansea so far, with Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder the only new arrival at the Liberty Stadium.Clement says he is ‘getting close’ to securing more deals, with a striker top of his wishlist after Fernando Llorente fractured a bone in his arm in a freak accident while on holiday.But he insists there is no need to have a massive overhaul of his squad, saying: “We are just looking to strengthen in a couple of areas.“We wanted to do something in that position [striker] even before Fernando got the injury to his arm, so that becomes even more of a priority now.“We are hopeful he will make the start of the season but we’re not sure if that is the case yet so that is a position we want to add to.”
FIXTURES/RESULTSSenior Hurlers.Our senior hurlers played Lisnakea in the Ulster Tain Cup on Sat. A gallant performance, but with several experienced senior players absent, we were beaten. Well done to the underage players, who are pushig their way into the senior panel. The Tain cup should give young lads some valuable experience for the Donegal Championship. We are away to Lisbellaw this Sat 11th at 2.00pm. Please support your hurlers. Contact Peter maloney for supporters bus. Senior Football.Our senior footballers got off to a great start in the Ulster Football League. They played Derry team Ogra Colmcille in Mac Cumhaill park. Great set pieces provided dividends, allowing 90% of our scores to be from play. All in all a great team performance. Well done Lads. Next Sunday 12th we are home to Silverbridge Harps at 2.00pmLADIES FOOTBALL. There is a players meeting for the Senior Ladies Team this Wednesday 8th at 8.00pm in the clubhouse. Any person interested in playing or helping out is asked to attend.Senior ladies manager for the coming season is Enda Bogle, you can contact him on 0868876401CONGATULATIONSCongratulations to Martin O Reilly who made his Senior Donegal League debut against Down last Sat night.SCORSenior SCOR takes place this weekend. Please contact Seamus or Peter for further information.MAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTO There were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 2,8,11 and 12There were 5 match 3 winners.Each receives €30Declan Collum, Rita Bradley,Seamus Mac Cormack,Mamie Long and Liam Crumlish.NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT IS A MASSIVE €8,200 €2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Under 6’s Boys and Girls: Wed 5.30pm. On Astro pitch Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls : Wed 6.30 on Astro pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.30- 7.30 on Training pitch, weather permitting.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys: Friday evenings 6.00pm. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.30All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.All new players welcome.REGISTRATIONRegistration is now open for 2012. ALL players and members must be registered before 31 March 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for children.UNDERAGE REGISTRATION will take place in the clubhouse on the following dates,Wed 8th 5.30pm- 7.30pm.FOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35. Please contact John Burke at 086/8185915 for order form. IDEAL BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.UNDER AGE TEAMS.Help is required for the 2012 season with different underage teams for boys & girls football and hurling/camogie. Any adult players or parents interested in helping out with the underage teams should contact Alan Martin at 0861723899. Previous coaching experience is not required.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome!CLUB MEETINGSClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more information.Donegal yearbook on sale from clubhouse or contact any executive member. Only €10GAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS was last modified: February 6th, 2012 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:Sean MacCumhaills GAA Club notes
Fulham’s new arrival John Heitinga makes his debut and Ryan Tunnicliffe, recently signed from Manchester United, also starts against the champions, who welcome defender Nemanja Vidic back from suspension. The Whites’ record signing Kostas Mitroglou must wait for his debut, while Scott Parker is among the Fulham substitutes. Boss Rene Meulensteen has also opted to start with John Arne Riise and youngster Muamer Tankovic.Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, van Persie.Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez.Fulham:Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby, Tankovic.Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sculptor Noel Ashton with one of the rhino castings from his series of sculptures titled Mapungubwe Revisited. A gold rhino sculpture costing R35 000; the proceeds from the sale of each sculpture are donated to WWF-SA and its rhino conservation work.(Images: Noel Ashton Wildlife Studio)MEDIA CONTACTS • Noel AshtonNoel Ashton Wildlife Studio+27 72 063 4676 Cadine PillayDespite the many attempts to curb rhino poaching and the dedicated activism from the public, the slaughter of these beasts continues, with the death toll for 2012 approaching 450 animals.This has not halted the efforts of South Africans to fight the poaching crisis, in any way they can.Now South African artist, scientist and conservationist Noel Ashton has sculpted a series of rhino sculptures titled Mapungubwe Revisited. The series is a limited edition, consisting of 12 gold and 100 bronze rhino castings, and is the artist’s way of honouring the magnificence of Africa’s wildlife heritage.In the past Ashton has initiated other conservation programmes for Africa’s wildlife, most of which he has dedicated to whales.“Throughout the years we have engaged in a range of conservation programmes by combining artworks, narratives and our commitment to the earth,” Ashton says.Mapungubwe RevisitedMapungubwe Revisited was inspired by the discovery of a small 152-millimetre long rhino made of pure gold, in the grave of the king of the ancient realm of Mapungubwe, situated in Limpopo province. The golden rhino was buried with the king over 800 years ago, showing that rhinos were revered by African royalty.“The artwork speaks through time, and as an artist I see its significance as a symbol of the rich cultural legacy of Africa,” says Ashton in an interview.The golden rhino, according to Ashton, embodies a deeper connection with, and reverence for this magnificent animal of Africa. It links all African people to the land through a sacred thread of belonging.“The golden rhino offers a signpost to something that we might have forgotten but fortunately not lost; it can remind us that the natural world around us is much more than a commodity, a space or a view, it is an intrinsic part of who we are and where we have come from, and each rhino killed or tract of land destroyed is another part of ourselves lost,” he says.By investing in a limited-edition sculpture of Mapungubwe Revisited, buyers will be contributing towards the conservation of the species. The gold and bronze sculptures cost R35 000 (US $4000) and R15 000 ($1700) respectively, and funds from the sale of each sculpture are donated towards the South African chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and its rhino conservation work.Taking back our heritageAs illustrated by the Mapungubwe gold rhino, the animals have long been an object of value in African culture. South Africans are rightly proud of their rhino history and the critical role they played in the remarkable recovery of white rhino numbers over the last century. Today three out of every four rhinos alive, 75% of the world’s rhinos, are found in South Africa.“After being severely threatened in the earlier part of the 20th century, African conservationists have worked tirelessly over the past two decades to nurture faltering populations back to healthy and vibrantly growing numbers,” said WWF-SA CEO Morne du Plessis in a statement.In their continued commitment to the rhinos, the Shamwari hospitality group has produced a Celebrity Ambassador Rhino Calendar to help raise awareness for the plight of the rhinos, as well as much needed funds.The calendar was launched on 21 September in Camps Bay, Cape Town, and also has the support of the Wilderness Foundation and conservation veteran Dr Ian Player.“Since launching the calendar and celebrating World Rhino Day, 10 more rhinos have been slaughtered and time is running out for this living dinosaur,” says Tom Jäger, Shamwari’s group sales and marketing manager.Celebrities join the frontline Celebrities such as South African model Josie Borain, former Miss South Africa Bernelee Daniell, Glamour Magazine editor Pnina Fenster, television personality Katlego Maboe, comedian Irit Noble and Zimbabwean model Sam Pegg offered their time to the creation of the calendar.The photo shoot took place at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve outside Cape Town by renowned photographer Andrew Brown, who also donated his time to the cause.The calendars will at first be available for purchase at the Shamwari properties of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Cape Town, Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape and Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park.The cost of the calendar is R150 ($17), and all proceeds will go to the Wilderness Foundation through the Shamwari Group’s Forever Wild Campaign, which has already during the course of 2012 raised just over R240 000 ($28 000) for rhino awareness and protection.“If we all stand together and create a unified response whilst educating this generation and future generations, including the poachers, this slaughter will come to an end,” said Shamwari GM Joe Cloete, in a statement.“We are proud to have created the calendar and to be able to also give guests an opportunity to spread the word and support the Wilderness Foundation in all their endeavours.”A perpetual reminderThe calendar is everlasting, making it reusable every year as it is not restricted to the day or month. Each month presents a different photo of a celebrity ambassador, and Shamwari game rangers, wildlife and properties alongside a relevant quote.As many of us spend most of our lives behind a desk, the Shamwari team thought a perpetual calendar would be practical, informative and useful.“During a brainstorm session about how we could help even more with the critical situation facing rhinos, we knew we wanted to do something that would not only raise awareness and funds regarding the plight of the rhino but something that could be an everyday reminder,” says Jäger.A selection of Shamwari photos were taken by IKY’s Photographic.The sponsors for this initiative include Camera Ready, Black Orchid, The Paper Shop, Paper Smith and Sons, the Sunshine Co, Grand Café and Room in Camps Bay and the Wilderness Foundation.
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