The St Andrew Hockey Club – the oldest existing women’s club in Jamaica, is celebrating 75 years and in honour of this special occasion, the club will be hosting the St Andrew Cup mixed tournament November 19-20 at the Mona Hockey Field. After a successful launch last Thursday that saw a huge turnout from participating teams, sponsors and well-wishers it’s now down to the business end of things this weekend. The tournament sponsored by Toyota Jamaica, Jamaica National, Avis, Home and garden Care limited, Art and Fabric Co Ltd and Image One will transform the Mona Hockey Field this weekend. The eight teams vying for the inaugural championship title are placed in two groups. Group One consist of Eagles, St Andrew Hockey Club, Sharpe’s Rebels Hockey Club and Papine Strikers. Group Two has Tropical Circus, Munex, Inferno and Mighty Dragon. The tournament will provide local clubs with the opportunity to form competitive mixed teams that will be vying for the right to be crowned St Andrew Cup champions. The participants will be members of the local Hockey fraternity who will compete in eight teams. All the teams are compact with an abundance of talent, some with a host of past and present national representatives on show. This competition the first of its kind in Jamaica will be of a highly competitive nature and is a precursor for the international tournament, teams will be vying for the Myrna Brown championship trophy and over $60,000 in cash prizes. Myrna Brown, who is a St Andrew Hockey Club life member, will be the patron of the tournament in honour of her service to the club for over half a century
Financial analyst Ramon Gaskin is of the firm belief that Chairman of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Dr Maurice Odle should be taken to the courts to reveal what really happened with the US million GTT shares.Since he is “playing games,” Gaskin said, a member of the public or the Opposition should go to the court and get a court order against NICIL or Odle instructing that the report on the shares be released for public scrutiny.He stated that those responsible for disclosing the elements of the reports continue to shirk their responsibility without anyone holding them accountable while adding that the members of the board are using the bureaucracy of the system to shy away from what they really do not want to say.NICIL Chairman, Dr Maurice OdleFinancial analyst Ramon Gaskin“They don’t want to say that they don’t want to reveal the report. Let me tell you, Odle doesn’t need the board to reveal critical information. He is playing the game of who could reveal and who can’t reveal but the whole nation know that Odle could reveal it if he wants,” he charged.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has also questioned why the report has not yet been made public since “it is clear as day that NICIL can release the findings.”“I don’t understand why they don’t release the information,” he said, urging them to make the disclosure quickly.However, when this newspaper contacted NICIL for an update on a letter sent to the unit for clarification on the transaction, an official stated that the letter should be in the hands of Chairman Dr Maurice Odle, who would furnish a response.When asked whether Odle is the person to respond on the issue, the official said yes. But, Odle had told Guyana Times that he is not the person to answer the questions—instead it was the board’s duty. Notably, Odle is head of that board.Critics are stating that the transaction shows that there is little to no accountability or transparency in the APNU/AFC administration. There have also been calls for similar matters to be brought before the House for scrutiny.Gaskin stated that despite the Government’s promise to be transparent, the case of the missing GTT shares along with several contracts have not been laid in the public domain, shows otherwise.“There are a number of contracts that we want to see. Let us read it for ourselves. We have eyes and we can read English, we don’t need them to tell us what it says. Show us,” Gaskin asserted.Government spokesperson Raphael Trotman had disclosed that Minister of State Joseph Harmon was able to recover documents, which revealed that the monies were paid.However, NICIL quickly slapped it down, stating that Guyana’s former Ambassador to China David Dabydeen had facilitated the US$5 million debt waiver with Datang, the Chinese company, on the grounds that it was not granted the same minority protection rights enjoyed by NICIL (that is, two, instead of one, representatives on the GT&T Board of Directors).NICIL had sold the Government shares in GT&T for US$30 million of which US$25 million was received at the signing of the agreement. However, the outstanding money, which should have been paid by the end of December 2015, has not been discovered.
…GRA hosts tax sensitisation campaignMembers of the Linden business community were encouraged to be tax compliant, as the Communication and Tax Advisory Services of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) took the final leg of its Regional Tax Sensitisation Campaign into the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community on Tuesday.Assistant Commissioner of VAT Audit and Enforcement Lavina Waldrond addressing a section of the gathering at the GRA Regional Tax Sensitisation Campaign in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice)The objective of the exercise, which was hosted at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN), was to promote taxpayer education and compliance. It was facilitated by a team of experts including Assistant Commissioner of Value Added Tax (VAT) Audit and Enforcement Lavina Waldrond, Tax Specialist Christopher Roberts, Representative of the Linden Integrated Regional Tax Office Ronesha Ajeday and Communication Officer Fabian Clowes.Speaking with this publication, Clowes stressed the importance of the exercise.“Each year we go across the country to talk to residents – individuals and corporate taxpayers, about what is new with the GRA, what we expect of them and what changes have taken place with the law that they should know about…it’s part of GRA’s mission to promote compliance through education. The mission is to promote compliance through service, enforcement and education,” he explained.Those in attendance were educated on topics such as VAT registration and de-registration, VAT refunds, what is meant by “zero-rated”, “exempt supplies”, “partial exemptions” which according to Clowes are all things that VAT registrants should know about if they are to engage the GRA. Attendees were also educated on VAT return submissions and penalties.In referencing the topic of tax invoice versus sales invoice, which was also discussed, Clowes pointed out that there are some businesses which refuse to give persons VAT receipts, noting that if they issue a receipt then the person will have to pay VAT. This is an issue which he noted clarity was needed on. Facilitators in their address also warned against this practice as they stressed the importance of businesses registered for VAT to issue receipts.Clowes further stressed that businesses are expected to be tax compliant if they wish to obtain certain licenses from the GRA.In addressing business professionals who were present, Assistant Commissioner of VAT Audit and Enforcement Lavina Waldrond pointed to several issues as she urged that they be more compliant. In this regard, she stressed the timely payment of taxes, citing penalties.Waldrond also highlighted that tax returns have been sent back to the GRA due to persons failing to sign to receive same. To this end, she said the GRA is working to improve its services by putting more suitable measures in placeMembers of the business community were also given an opportunity to share concerns and make recommendations.
According to Vatti’s latest figures, the Chinese firm has made refunds — either in cash or gift cards — of more than 62 million yuan.And the cost to Vatti of the success of “Les Bleus” does not stop there, with a portion of refunds still outstanding.The total payout over the marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million.Vatti, founded in 1992, promised before the World Cup to refund customers who bought their “Championship Package” of selected products if France lifted the trophy.Vatti stock dived as France made their way through the tournament, but the firm is publicly sanguine.“The amount to repay could be very significant, but it was included in our annual budget. It will not have huge consequences on the company,” Wang Zhaozhao, a Vatti representative, previously told the China Securities Journal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The total payout to customers who bought the ‘Championship Package’ of selected products will amount to nearly $12 million © AFP / Adrian DENNISSHANGHAI, China, Jul 30 – A Chinese kitchen appliance maker said Monday it has so far made refunds worth Sh903mn (9mn USD), fulfilling a costly pledge to reimburse customers if France won the World Cup.Vatti, one of the French team’s sponsors, is coughing up after Didier Deschamps’ side beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow a fortnight ago.
2 2 Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal will go head-to-head with rivals Liverpool in the January transfer window for Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino, according to reports. Firmino scored twice and played a part in another. In a free-roaming role under Markus Gisdol, Firmino is given the license to operate across the attacking third of the pitch and his performance against Koln highlights his ability to influence games from the right, left or centre.What’s the latest?Liverpool have been long time admirers of the midfielder, however reports suggest the Red Devils will make a £25m bid in January for the former Figuerense star.Real Madrid, Chelsea Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Zenit St Petersburg are also believed to have tracked the midfielder and his impressive performances are making him one of the most sought after players in Europe.There have been some suggestions that work permit complications could scupper any potential move. As per the FA website, footballers from non-EU countries must “have participated in at least 75 per cent of his country’s senior competitive international matches where he was available for selection during the two years preceding the date of the application.”QPR’s move for Henrique Almeida, Brazil’s 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup golden ball and boot winner, collapsed in 2012 after the forward was denied a work permit.However, Firmino would qualify via the “exceptional talent” visa which is how Chelsea signed Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.Did you know?Firmino was dropped from the Hoffenheim first-team squad along with team-mate Chinedu Obasi in November 2011 for showing up late to training. The club’s general manager at the time, Ernst Tanner, said the two were “employees who are not badly paid but come late to work.”VerdictFirmino is a remarkable talent who can score, create, dribble and play multiple positions.His record in the highly competitive Bundesliga reinforces his potential and it comes as no surprise that he has attracted some of Europe’s top clubs.Given United’s attacking threat and the need to address their defensive woes, a move for Firmino seems left-field but if a transfer did materialise Spaniard Juan Mata would likely be sacrificed to accommodate the Brazilian.Van Gaal has often spoken of the need for versatility from his players and this season the Dutchman has used a range of formations, with Angel Di Maria played out wide and through the middle; Firmino’s ability to play anywhere across the middle would certainly fit Van Gaal’s philosophy.Man United fans, do you think the club needs another attacking midfielder? Should the Red Devils move for Firmino? Comment below… Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal will go head-to-head with rivals Liverpool in the January transfer window for Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino, according to reports.The £25m-rated Brazilian, who recently earned his first cap for the Brazil national side, is widely regarded as one the best young talents in European football and United are thought to keen to beat Liverpool to his signature.Is another attacking midfielder what the Red Devils need given their investment in attackers already this year? talkSPORT takes a look at Firmino.Roberto FirminoDate of birth: 2 October 1991 (age 23)Born: Maceio, BrazilClub: 1899 HoffenheimHonours: Bundesliga Breakthrough of the Season- 2013/14Firmino moved to Hoffenheim from Brazilian side Figueirense in December 2010 and agreed a new three-year deal with the German club earlier this year in March.The Brazil international, who has been dubbed the new Kaka, is a playmaker who can play as no.10, on the wing or as a striker and he is a good finisher blessed with technique and agility.Firmino enjoyed a fine campaign last season, notching 22 goals and 15 assists from 37 appearances in all competitions, picking up the Bundesliga Breakthrough of the Season award in the process.The midfielder has carried on his good form into this season, with five goals and five assists from just 12 matches and he was rewarded by Brazil head coach Dunga, who gave the 23-year-old his first senior international cap in the Selecao’s 4-0 friendly win over Turkey on Wednesday.Below is a Squawka representation of Firmino’s pass completion against FC Koln in Hoffenheim’s 4-3 loss in their previous league game.
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Samir Nasri 1 Samir Nasri will be out of action until February due to a hamstring injury.The Manchester City midfielder has not played for his side since coming on as a substitute in the 5-1 Premier League defeat of Bournemouth on October 17.The 28-year-old had been expected to return to training this month, but has now revealed he faces a further three months on the sidelines.A picture on Nasri’s instagram account showed him on crutches with the accompanying message: “What doesn’t kill you make you stronger. I will be back better than ever see you in 3 months.”
Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as their manager until the end of the season. The Dutchman, who previously took temporary charge to help them win the FA Cup in 2009, has been brought in to replace Jose Mourinho, who left the club on Thursday. Hiddink proved to be a popular figure in his short time in charge at Stamford Bridge, in a role he balanced while in charge of the Russian national team. Hiddink, 69, whose last post was as Holland coach, said on the club’s official website: “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.”He added: ‘I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.”Hiddink is at Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s match with Sunderland but Mourinho’s number two Steve Holland will take control of the team alongside Eddie Newton, who is now assistant first-team coach.Hiddink previously took temporary charge of Chelsea in February 2009 and guided the Blues to FA Cup success at Wembley.Chelsea’s announcement came hot on the heels of Mourinho revealing he is already looking for a route back into management. 1 Guus Hiddink
BOULDER, Colo. – When he hits Olympic slalom gates at about 50 mph in a few days, American Erik Schlopy will have extra protection in his ski suit, courtesy of some bright orange, waffle-like padding that was first whipped up in a blender. The material, developed by English engineers and sewn into Spyder racing suits, is designed to be flexible yet stiffen on impact to protect fragile elbows and shins as skiers roar down icy slopes. “When you’re racing and when you’re training, you don’t really feel that much until after – when you’re looking at the bruises in the mirror,” Schlopy said. “I’d have to say the new pads are definitely minimizing the bruises and the blows that we get.” Companies are spending millions on research and hiring engineers specializing in aerodynamics and other sciences in hopes of gaining a product edge. The payoff comes with publicity surrounding the Olympics, especially if the athlete is a medalist. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “If people who are wearing this product seem to be performing better, we’re going to be seeing marketing like you’ve never seen before,” said Marshal Cohen, chief analyst at NPD Group Inc., a Port Washington, N.Y., market research firm. “Anything that can help someone get an edge or perform better, an athlete will go to the end of the earth to get it.” Some technology in apparel and equipment seems to boost performance, Cohen said, while other advancements perhaps give athletes a confidence boost. And the technology that’s tested is as broad and as wide as the imagination. Speedo, for example, mimicked a shark’s dermal denticles – essentially, skin with tiny teethlike features – by weaving ribbing and texture into first a swimsuit and then a triathlon outfit for recent Summer Olympics. The material, called Fastskin FSII, has been added to outfits for Olympic bobsled and skeleton athletes this winter to reduce drag yet maintain movement. Each suit is adjusted to fit the specific athlete. “It also allows them greater freedom of motion and greater flexibility than the traditional sliding suits of the past, which tend to have been thicker and less porous,” said Stu Isaac, a marketing senior vice president with Los Angeles-based Speedo. Speedo suits will be worn by skeleton athletes from a handful of countries, including the United States, and by U.S. bobsledders. Speedo declined to release Olympics sponsorship details, though the research has paid off with tens of millions of dollars in retail sales of swimsuits containing the special material, Speedo spokesman Craig Bommer said. Isaac said a retail bobsled-style suit will cost about $700, but the company does not expect it to become a mass-market item. At Portland, Ore.-based Nike Inc., aerodynamics research helped produce Swift Skin, designed to make uniforms for the U.S. men’s and women’s hockey teams more comfortable and durable as well as about 13 ounces lighter. Some inventions come from more personal experiences. At the d3o lab in Hove, England, the padding that ended up on the Spyder ski suits was conceived on European slopes and developed in a food blender. Chief Executive Officer Richard Palmer said he and his partners wanted to find something that would be flexible, yet protect them when they fell on the slopes while snowboarding. Palmer uses an analogy to describe how it works: A relaxed person tenses up as he prepares to catch a baseball, bracing for the impact. Once it’s caught, he relaxes again. Palmer believed so much in the technology that he sold his house and put the money toward developing a business to sell it. He estimates it cost several million dollars for research and development, and it took about two years to raise operating funds. The funny-looking waffle material caught the eye of folks at Boulder-based Spyder Active Sports Inc. They have spent the last year and a half perfecting its placement in race suits, replacing a stiffer foam that inhibited movement, said Phil Shettig, the company’s director of product development. Part of the work involved testing by skiers and marking up the suits to get the padding in just the right place. “It was incredibly difficult to get these suits to work right for world-class athletes,” Shettig said. “If you look at some of these athletes’ arms, they look like someone has just taken a baseball bat to them.” He estimates the development cost Spyder about $70,000. The padding will be used by skiers on the Canadian and U.S. slalom and giant slalom teams – all sponsored by Spyder and wearing the company’s distinctive suits with spider web lines. Shettig said the material was outlawed by the International Ski Federation for downhill and super giant slalom races because of concerns about potential unfair aerodynamic advantages. Spyder, a leading high-end specialty ski products company owned by investment group Apax Partners, sponsors the U.S. ski team, the Canadian Alpine and freestyle ski teams, and the Austrian Alpine team. It will offer a commercial race suit for about $900 and a Stealth undergarment with the d3o material for about $200. Michael Holden, a program manager for Cubric hypersonic test facilities in Buffalo, N.Y., helps downhill skiers with form and testing in a wind tunnel. “Suits have an effect, I think, mentally if not anything else,” he said. “Equipment matters, but fortunately it’s got to the point now that that sort of thing is less important than the skiers themselves.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Tags: FUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19Kyetume FCproline fcshafic bisasotop Proline lead 2-1 from the first leg. (File Photos)FUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19Proline FC vs Kyetume (Agg: 2-1)StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Sunday, 05-05-2019 @3pmLUGOGO – Proline will be hoping to complete their semi final task when they host Kyetume in the Uganda Cup second leg on Sunday.The first leg played at the Nakisunga Ssaza play ground was won 2-1 by Proline, with Ibrahim Bonyo and Mustafa Mujjuzi scoring for Shafiq Bisaso’s side.Robert Ssentongo scored the consolation for the star studded Kyetume.Both sides play in the second tier of Ugandan football and will be vying to become the third Big League side to reach the Cup final in the last four years.Proline are currently leading the Rwenzori Group but are yet to seal promotion with only a game to play.A win for Bisaso’s side on the last day will see them make an immediate return to the top tier after they were relegated last season.For Kyetume, they are second in the Elgon Group and can only get to the top tier via a nerve wracking playoff.Bisaso’s head into the game as slight favourites to reach a first ever cup final.However, they should be worry of the experience that oozes in the Kyetume team that comprises of a host of former top tier players.Robert Ssentongo, Vicent Kayizzi Walugembe, Patrick Ochan, Faisam Malango and Owen Kasule among others.This year’s final will be played at the Masaka Recreational center.The other semi final between Express and Bright Stars is still locked at 1-1.They play the return leg earlier next week.Comments