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  • GTT still in talks with GRA over millions in owed taxes

    first_img— as 45% corporate tax cited as exorbitantThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) company is currently in talks with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) over millions of dollars in taxes its reportedly owes the Authority.GTT CEO Justin NeddWhen asked during a press conference on Tuesday, GTT Chief Executive Officer Justin Nedd noted that such matters are still under discussion. However, Nedd pointed to the company’s track record of paying taxes. In fact, Nedd described the company as one of Guyana’s largest tax payers.“GRA has a position, we also have a position. That’s something that we continue to discuss. What I can tell you is if you look at our remittances to the GRA, we’re one of the biggest taxpayers in the country”.“Publicly traded companies, things like fraud can have a very significant, damaging effect. We are a strong corporate citizen, we’re here for the long haul. We’ve been here for 30 years and we fully intend to continue (our presence)”.This is against the backdrop of a 45 per cent corporate tax rate, which Nedd complained about during the press conference. According to the CEO, GTT operates on a very uneven playing field that sees persons paying as little as 27 per cent corporate tax, thus, boosting their net profits.“There’s some challenges that we still face, 45 per cent corporate tax is still a tough one. But it’s been that way since 1991, when GTT started. And come liberalisation, it is my hope that (it reduces). Cause some of our competitors have declared that they’re paying 27 per cent tax”.It was reported last year that GTT and its parent company, Atlantic Tele-Network owed over US$44M in taxes to GRA. At the time, GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia had said that his agency would be adhering to taxation principles during negotiations.The liberalisation of the sector is said to be dependent on the settlement of the US$44 million tax claim against GTT. However, the company continues to enjoy the monopoly in international voice and data services until 2030.The company has said previously that should it be held liable for any of the disputed tax assessments totalling US$41.1 million; it is of the view that the Government would then be obligated to reimburse it for any amounts necessary to ensure a not-less-than 15 per cent return on investment.Earlier this year, the Government, through Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and GTT had reached an agreement to fast track liberalisation.last_img read more

  • Hero CPL tickets go on sale in Essequibo, Berbice from Monday

    first_imgCricket fans and cricket enthusiasts of Berbice and Essequibo now have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the upcoming home games of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), from Monday, June 23.CPL fans in the Ancient County can uplift their tickets at the residence of Mr Vijai Ramdhan at Lot 19 Princess Elizabeth Road, Queenstown, New Amsterdam, Berbice. Cinderella County patrons can get tickets at Imam Bacchus & Sons Limited at Affiance on the Essequibo Coast.Tickets can be purchased from 09:00h to 17:00h (9:00am to 5:00pm) Monday to Friday and 09:00h to 13:00h (9:00am to 1:00pm) on Saturdays. The cost of tickets for this year’s CPL games is as follows:RED AND GREEN STANDS – G$5000ORANGE STAND – G$3000 GRASS MOUND – G$2500Patrons are asked to make early purchases so as to avoid the rush as we get closer to match days. Tickets will be available for the first three games as follows:Thursday, August 9 – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at 18:00h (6:00pm); Saturday, August 11 – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars at 16:00h (4:00pm) and Sunday, August 12 – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents at 18:00h (6:00pm).For further information on ticketing, please feel free to contact the CPL Guyana office on telephone numbers 231-5344, 231-2035 or 225-5840 and on email – cplguyana@gmail.com or Mr Ramdhan on 622-0982/333-5981 and Imam Bacchus & Sons Limited on 771-4996.last_img read more

  • Lampe denies Brazil as Bolivia grab draw

    first_img0Shares0000Bolivia’s Carlos Lampe (R) dives to clear a shot by Brazil’s Neymar during their 2018 World Cup qualifier match in La Paz on October 5, 2017 © AFP / AIZAR RALDESLA PAZ, Bolivia, Oct 6 – A superb performance by Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe frustrated Brazil here Thursday as the five-time World Cup winners were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in their dead rubber qualification game.With Brazil already assured of top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification race, and Bolivia already eliminated from contention, neither side had much to play for in the thin air of La Paz. Brazil dominated much of the possession and had the better chances but striker Neymar was left unable to add to his tally of 52 international goals after a defiant performance from Lampe.The 6ft 4in (1.92m) Lampe pulled off a string of stunning blocks to deny the Paris Saint-Germain superstar as Brazil threatened to run riot in the first half.Lampe first frustrated Neymar midway through the first half, diving to save.Moments later, he produced a stunning block from Gabriel Jesus, with Paulinho dummying to set up the Manchester City striker.Jesus picked his spot and shot to the right of Lampe but the goalkeeper dived to his left and blocked with his face.Four minutes later, Lampe rescued Bolivia once again, quickly getting out to check Neymar’s advance as the striker raced in on goal.Neymar recovered his balance and unleashed a fierce shot towards goal but defender Gabriel Valverde was on hand to clear off the line.From the rebound, Neymar was able to get off another shot, but again Valverde cleared to cap a remarkable sequence.Bolivia might have taken a shock lead on the stroke of half-time when Diego Bejarano’s thunderous long-range effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar only to bounce out.Lampe maintained his form in the second half, denying Jesus in the 83rd minute with a fine save from the striker’s header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Wanyama, Mariga ruled out of Ghana tie

    first_img“He is injured as you know. Has some difficulty with his knee and we cannot take risk because of his future career and it’s a huge problem because he is the captain and one of the best players in the team. He plays for Tottenham and that shows how much he is important. But what Can I do? I cannot cry. I have to find a solution; I have to find another option,” the tactician said.He also added; “We need to improve also on the professional level. For example Lloris (Hugo) is injured but he was in Paris on Monday to have a check-up with the medical team of the French national team. It is not the case here and we need to improve this for the future.”There is also a bit of concern on deputy skipper David Owino who has also returned from injury, but had to be checked by the doctors after the Wednesday morning session.‘It is only a slight pull, but I will be okay to play. I will look at it today but I am certain it is not serious,” Owino said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama (Centre) with team mates David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng (left) and Paul Were (right) during training at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 22, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has confirmed that captain Victor Wanyama, his elder brother MacDonald Mariga and sensational winger Paul Were will not be part of his squad for Saturday’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi.Wanyama has just returned to first team training with his club Tottenham Hotspur and will not be ready for the game while Mariga is said to be finalizing on a move after leaving Spanish Segunda B side Real Oviedo.last_img read more

  • Rather files $70 million suit against CBS over Bush story

    first_imgThe habit of news anchors to travel to the scenes of big stories is largely his legacy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said: “These complaints are old news, and this lawsuit is without merit.” Rather narrated the September 2004 report that claimed that Bush skirted some of his duties during his National Guard service and that a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush’s record. He maintains that the story was true. But an independent review for the network determined that the story was neither fair nor accurate. CBS fired three news executives and a producer for airing it. Richard Thornburgh, the former U.S. attorney general who made up the two-man investigative panel with Louis D. Boccardi, the retired chief executive of The Associated Press, said he was unaware of Rather’s lawsuit. Reached at his home in Washington, he said only: “Our report speaks for itself.” Rather worked at CBS News starting in 1962, then replaced Walter Cronkite in 1981 as “CBS Evening News” anchorman until signing off March 9, 2005. NEW YORK – Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit Wednesday against CBS, alleging that the network made him a “scapegoat” for a discredited story about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service. The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months were clouded by controversy over the report, says the complaint stems from “CBS’ intentional mishandling” of the aftermath of the story. The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, also names CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone, and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward. Rather, the former anchorman of the “CBS Evening News,” is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. last_img read more

  • NEW YORK FIREMEN ‘BLAZE’ A TRAIL AROUND DONEGAL

    first_imgFIFTY firemen from the New York fire department are currently ‘blazing’ a trail around Donegal!This image above was sent into us by Mark McCafferty, who took the snap outside McClafferty’s Bar earlier this afternoon. The FDNY members were joined by their Letterkenny colleagues on a tour of Donegal which set off early this morning.However, according to reports, the lads haven’t really seen much of our scenery, but instead, have been checking out the quality of our Guinness in most of our pubs!Sources say the coach tour could last long into the evening!The FDNY firefighters are in Donegal as part of our 1916 centenary celebrations. NEW YORK FIREMEN ‘BLAZE’ A TRAIL AROUND DONEGAL was last modified: April 21st, 2016 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:busdonegalFDNYFeaturesfiremennewspubtourlast_img read more

  • GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES

    first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 12th AugustCongratulations: Many Buncrana Gaels made the journey south to the capital at the weekend to witness an historic victory for Donegal over Kerry. Ryan Bradley again deserves great credit for his hardworking performance in the middle of the field and will be delighted to have another All-Ireland Semi-Final to prepare for. Congratulations to Ryan and the entire squad. Senior Ladies Football: Our senior ladies football team had to travel to Termon on Sunday last for their second leg first round championship match. After suffering a very close defeat at the hands of Termon in the first leg of this fixture just a few weeks ago, the girls were determined that this was not going to the their last championship match of the season, and boy did they do it in style. After getting off to a bit of a shaky start and putting their first few scoring chances wide, the girls soon settled into the game and once Doreen McGee put the first point over, the entire game went Buncrana’s way. Termon did rally forward as much as they could but could never find away through to put anything on the scoreboard, with Claire Doherty pulling off some great saves in the Buncrana goal and the defense withstanding any attack. The Buncrana ladies came in at half time well in control of the game winning 2-3 to Termon’s 0-0. The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with Buncrana controlling all the play everywhere on the pitch. The girls’ confidence has come some way from their first ever match for the club, with them being able to quickly move the ball from player to player all the way up the field from full back line to midfield to full forward line. Termon put in a good effort, making some changes to the team with substitutions and a bit of shuffling the pack,but the Buncrana girls where ready for everything that was asked of them. Every girl there in a Buncrana jersey played their part in this wonderful win, right from the goalkeeper and onto the subs bench, as all the girls got a run out in this game. The double substitution of Ciara Barber and Danielle Kelly made their own mark on the game. with Danielle receiving the ball and laying it of quickly and accurately to Ciara who split the posts with her score. The Buncrana ladies came home victorious with a 5-9 to 0-2 win. U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at the Scarvey between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. Please could all children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. New and returning players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,960 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 31st July in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 7-26-27-31. There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:James Molloy, 25a Burwood Christina Cuffe, 20 SummerhillKevin Hegarty, LisowenFaye McColgan, Upper SlaveryNatasha Craig, 20 Doonwood Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaOisín DohertyPRO CLG Bun Cranncha0863390666buncrana.pro@gmail.comGAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 7th, 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

  • BBC TO SHOW 25-MINUTE RECONSTRUCTION OF MADELEINE DISAPPEARANCE – PIX OF SUSPECTS TO BE SHOWN

    first_imgThe timeline and accepted version of events surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance have “significantly changed”, British police have told the BBC.The Metropolitan Police said a BBC Crimewatch appeal to be aired on Monday would feature “the most detailed reconstruction” of the case yet.It will also broadcast e-fits of a number of men police want to find, the BBC is reporting today. The McCanns Donegal relatives will be watching anxiously, hoping this could be a massive breakthrough in the case. Madeleine visited Donegal with her parents Gerry and Kate just a few weeks before she disappeared in Portugal in May 2007.Portuguese authorities dropped their investigation into the case in 2008, but Scotland Yard started a review in May 2011.The BBC says the purpose of the Crimewatch appeal, which police are describing as the “most complex and detailed” so far in the case, is to try to identify a number of computer-generated images, or e-fits, of men who were sighted in and around Praia da Luz on or before Thursday 3 May 2007.As part of that effort, a reconstruction – almost 25 minutes long – of events leading up to and surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance will be shown. Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, who is heading the investigation, said: “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearancel“Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.“It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.“I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward.”DCI Redwood said that police had sought to “try and draw everything back to zero… take everything back to the beginning and then reanalyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing”. He added: “The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key. Primarily, we are focused on the area between 8.30pm and 10pm.“We know that at 8.30, that was the time that Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner, and we know that at around 10pm, that was when Mrs McCann found that Madeleine was missing.”Madeleine’s parents will make a live appeal in the studio during the programme and, ahead of the broadcast, they told the BBC how much they still miss her.“When it’s a special occasion, when you should be at your happiest, and Madeleine’s not there, that’s when it really hits home,” Mr McCann said. Mrs McCann added: “It’s when you have the big family occasions… and you haven’t got your complete family.”Earlier this month, police said phone records may be key to the case after it emerged officers were analysing data from phones belonging to people who were in Praia da Luz when Madeleine vanished.The Crimewatch appeal, which will be shown in the UK on BBC One on Monday from 2100 BST, will also be broadcast in the Netherlands and Germany.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.BBC TO SHOW 25-MINUTE RECONSTRUCTION OF MADELEINE DISAPPEARANCE – PIX OF SUSPECTS TO BE SHOWN was last modified: October 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BBC appealCrimeWatchdonegalmadeleine mccannlast_img read more

  • BOUND FOR BIRMINGHAM: DONEGAL’S FINEST YOUNG ATHLETES ON ROAD TO GLORY

    first_imgDonegal Under 13 Boys Team including Team Managers Brendan O’Donnell and Anthony Ward, which will represent Ulster at the UK Sportshall Finals in Birmingham this SundayA squad of 31 young Donegal athletes will travel to Birmingham early this morning (Friday) to take part in the UK Sportshall Finals, the pinnacle of Sportshall athletics across the UK and Ireland.Just a few short weeks ago, three out of four Donegal teams claimed top spot at the Ulster Sportshall Finals in Magherafelt which qualified them to represent Ulster in Birmingham on Sunday.Such was the quality of these young athletes, that the three teams defeated their rivals from across the province by sizeable margins when the final points were tallied. At the UK Finals on Sunday, the standard will be an altogether different proposition.However, as in previous years, the privilege and honour of donning the county colours will inspire and drive these young athletes to show they are equal to if not better than their British counterparts.Youngsters accustomed to the rocks, hills and glens of South West Donegal or the harsh Atlantic waves around the Rosses will be more than a match for athletes from the leafy shires of England, Cheshire, Hertfordshire, Derbyshire, etc.With athletes from Sliabh Liag, Finn Valley, Letterkenny, Lifford, Inishowen and the Rosses all taking part, there is a wide representation from across all parts of the county. At a squad session in Letterkenny on Tuesday evening, the young athletes, representing Under 13 Girls and Boys and Under 15 Girls teams met in Letterkenny to put the finishing touches to their preparations.Making his first public athletics appearance in nearly six months, Sportshall stalwart, Neil Cullen received a warm welcome from both athletes and parents, many of these athletes having been to Birmingham with Neil previously.Unfortunately due to illness, this will be Neil’s first year not making it to Birmingham, having started the journey for Donegal teams nearly twenty years ago. Indeed, Neil pointed out that there hasn’t been a year that Donegal has not been represented in Birmingham, a tradition proudly carried on by these young athletes in 2013 and an impressive three teams at that.Neil also highlighted athletes such as Britain’s Mark Lewis Francis and Jessica Ennis who started their path to Olympic glory in their youth at Birmingham, as well as many young Donegal athletes who went on to outstanding athletics careers.County Board Chairman Neil Martin also addressed the athletes and spoke of their outstanding ability at being selected for Donegal. Neil highlighted the many opportunities such as Sportshall, Youth Olympics, etc that are now offered to young athletes, whereas in his own time running, he recalled the muddy fields that were the best on offer. Neil also spoke of the honour and privilege that the athletes should enjoy at representing not just Donegal and Ulster, but also their clubs, schools and parishes.The 31 athletes will be accompanied on the trip by Under 13 girls team managers Sharon Bradley and Tanya Byrne, Under 13 boys by Anthony Ward and Brendan O’Donnell, and the Under 15 girls by Louise Gillespie.The teams travel out on Friday accompanied by the County Derry Under 15 boys team, will compete at the impressive Birmingham NEC Arena on Sunday and return to Donegal on Monday. While giving their very best is not in doubt, who knows, Donegal athletes and teams may bring home more than a few treasured memories come Monday.U13 Girls TeamDonegal Under 13 Girls Team including Team Managers Tanya Byrne and Sharon Bradley, which will represent Ulster at the UK Sportshall Finals in Birmingham this SundayU15 Girls TeamDonegal Under 15 Girls Team including Team Manager Louise Gillespie, which will represent Ulster at the UK Sportshall FinalsBOUND FOR BIRMINGHAM: DONEGAL’S FINEST YOUNG ATHLETES ON ROAD TO GLORY was last modified: April 5th, 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:BOUND FOR BIRMINGHAM: DONEGAL’S FINEST YOUNG ATHLETES ON ROAD TO GLORYlast_img read more

  • MALIN HEAD GOES GREEN FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY

    first_imgIreland’s most northerly point is turning green for St Patrick’s Day.Donegal Tourism has decided to turn Malin Head green in a bid to show tourists around the globe just how spectacular Inishowen and Donegal is.Tourism Development Officer for Donegal County Council, Kevin O’Connor said there is so much to learn about Malin Head and its surrounding areas. “Malin is a vital tourism attraction for the county, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors a year, so we thought if it is good enough for the famous landmarks all across the world, why not for Ireland’s most Northerly Point.“Malin Head will be illuminated in green on the 16th and 17th March, so if you’d like to see one of the world’s spectacular landmarks lit up for Paddy’s Day you need travel no further than the top of the country”.The people of Donegal are very aware of Malin Head and its significance.In fact, almost every Irish person will have heard of Malin Head at some stage in their life – mainly due to its regular mention on national weather forecasts.But what else do you know about it? Donegal Tourism in conjunction with Donegal County Council plan to light up our very own spectacular natural landmark.It has happened to the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Wall of China. Now it is time to illuminate one of Ireland’s most significant locations and one that has a lot more to offer than one might first imagine.When it comes to Malin Head, there is much to learn.It is an area of great scenic beauty, and also of historical, scientific and ecological importance. Come and experience spectacular rock formations of stunning beauty and imaginative names such as Banba’s Crown, Devil’s Bridge, Hell’s Hole, or Five Fingers Strand.One of the first points of interest on the newly established Wild Atlantic Way, Malin offers unique bird watching opportunities, with an array of rare and endangered species; unspoiled natural flora; and a stunning canvass for any budding or professional photographer. Historically, it has been one of the primary links between Europe and America during the dawning of the Age of Radio Signalling, from The Tower at Banba’s Crown; or at low tide, perhaps you can spot the wreck of the Twilight, which sank in 1889 on its voyage to Derry.MALIN HEAD GOES GREEN FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: March 11th, 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:donegalMalin HeadSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more