Also Read:Cricket : The Indian Pace attack has enough firepower to cover up Bhuwaneshwar and Bumrah’s absence:Darren GoughCricket : Nepal Cricket Team’s captain Paras Khadka dreams big as Nepal are set to begin their ODI journey from 1st August AdvertisementIndian skipper Virat Kohli will look forward to snatching the number-one position from Australia’s Steve Smith in the ICC Test player Rankings during the five test series which is beginning with the first test match in Birmingham on Wednesday.Steve Smith, who is currently serving 12 months ban due to his role in ball tampering, is ahead of Virat Kohli by 26 points. Kohli needs to produce a string of strong performances to get ahead of the Australian.India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is sixth, followed by Lokesh Rahul 18th, Ajinkya Rahane 19th, Murali Vijay 23rd and Shikhar Dhawan 24th, while England’s Joe Root is ranked third (48 points behind Kohli), Alistair Cook 13th, Jonny Bairstow 16th, Ben Stokes 28th and Moeen Ali 43rd. India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th). India’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused problems for the England batsmen in the ODI series, is ranked outside the top-50 in 56th position.If India can display their strength and prowess which has made them the highest-ranked team in the world, then they will further strengthen their grip on the top spot. Advertisement
India on Monday dethroned arch-rivals Pakistan as the world No.1 Test side after taking a 2-0 unbeatable lead in a three-match series against New Zealand. India hammered the visiting Black Caps by 178 runs in their 250th Test at home to reclaim the top spot for the third time this year. (SCORECARD | HIGHLIGHTS)Sourav Ganguly, former India captain and India Today expert, lavished praises on Virat Kohli-led side terming “far better side” than Misbah-ul-Haq’s team.”I don’t think Pakistan are India’s yardstick at the moment. India are a far better side than Pakistan in Test cricket. So I don’t think it could be a comparison. I was surprised to see Pakistan becoming No.1 after their 2-2 series against England.”So I really didn’t consider that to be No.1 but I think this win is lot more satisfying for India and lot more satisfying for viewers like us and for people who played cricket for such a long time,” Ganguly to India Today. (Wriddhiman Saha best wicketkeeper in India: Virat Kohli)ON INDIA BECOMING NO.1India recorded their fourth consecutive Test series victory under Kohli’s leadership but Ganguly said he wants India to win over all around the world.”I still don’t agree with the No.1 position because I don’t think India have won in Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. I didn’t agree to Pakistan’s No.1 position. In my era, Australia were the real No.1 Test side because they won everywhere,” he said.Indian team celebrates victory (AP Photo)Kohli registered his ninth Test victory in only 16 Tests as captain, becoming India’s fourth most successful captain in the longest format.advertisementIt’s quite a lot of wins for Kohli already. He’s got 11 more Tests to play in India, he will be very quickly close to a lot of people in the next one year. But I think his real test will begin when his side goes overseas,” he said. (Gambhir likely to replace injured Dhawan in Indore Test)”He sets high standards for himself and I think he’ll set high standards for Indian cricket as well,” he added.GUTSY CAPTAIN”The best thing that I liked about Kohli in this Test match that not once did he turn up to surface and say that I want this and I want that. He just played on what he was given and he reacted to it.” (Saha humble after heroic effort in front of home crowd)ON EDEN PITCH”The surface had everything for the bowlers. Fast bowlers got help today (Day 4) as well. It was not one of those square rank turners you get in India. Everybody came into the game. Everybody had to be at their best to pick wickets and win Test matches. That exactly what happens when you travel overseas. India’s power in Test cricket will be judged how well they play overseas and victories like this on these sort of surface will make them confident when they travel abroad.””I think this victory was lot more creditable than turning pitches and Kohli should relish this.”‘HAPPY WILLIAMSON, KOHLI PRAISED THE PITCH'”I was very happy to see Kane Williamson go up to the pitch curator and say that this is the best surface they have seen in India for a long long time. Even Kohli praised the pitch at the presentation ceremony.””These kind of pitches will prapare Indian cricket to be a better side overseas and Kohli should try and do that because India will win in India and that’s not our goal. Our goal is to become a good team all around the world.”
Sioux City has announced plans to use modern technology to upgrade its Wastewater Treatment Plant and generate revenue by producing renewable fuel.City Utilities Director Mark Simms says the nine-point-one million dollar project will ultimately reduce air emissions and improve odor control:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………as vehicle fuel. ;18Simms says the project will eventually pay for itself as the city sells off the natural gas by using one of the most advanced carbon dioxide removal systems in the United States:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….rate increases. :20He says when completed, the project will reuse 300-thousand cubic feet of methane per day:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….national pipeline. :14While this system has been used in Europe for around 20 years, Simms says Sioux City will be among the first in the nation to use the technology:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….in the nation. :06The project, engineered by Bartlett & West of Des Moines, is expected to begin construction within 2018 and be operational in 2019.
Arsenal Cologne apologise for fan behaviour but highlight Arsenal’s ticketing oversight Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 01:53 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Arsenal UEFA Europa League Köln Arsenal v Köln After a chaotic kick-off delay in Thursday’s Europa League clash, the German club have apologised but taken aim at the event’s organisation Cologne have apologised after their fans caused a chaotic delay in Thursday’s Europa League fixture at Arsenal, but pointed out oversights in the Premier League club’s organisation of the event.An estimated 20,000 fans made the trip to London for Cologne’s first European fixture in 20 years, although their ticket allocation at the 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium was a mere 3,000.Arsenal 10/3 to beat Chelsea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A vast number of those travelling fans found their way into home sections of the stadium, with the confusion causing kick-off to be delayed by an hour. Arsenal won the game 3-1, the contest passing with relatively little trouble.Regardless, Cologne have condemned the actions of some supporters, who had tried to fight their way into the away end past stewards, while also questioning why their fans were not afforded a bigger allocation.A club statement read: “Due to the enormous demand for tickets, it would have been sensible, not least for security reasons, to allow more than the allocated five per cent of stadium capacity to the guest fans. “It was apparent that thousands of people from Cologne would seek to avoid the restrictions and get tickets in every way possible. One such way would be through the help of Arsenal supporters, who passed on their tickets to the FC fans. Some as gifts, but some also for horrendous prices. “Arsenal FC has described the extent of this second ticket market as ‘disappointing’ and has announced that further clarifications of the circumstances will be evaluated.”Despite the tremendous experience of both the London security forces and Arsenal as a permanent partaker in European football, the organizers were unfortunately not adequately prepared for the task. In our view, the security concept and communication seemed inadequate and the police force too small.“That said, 1. FC Koln would like to unmistakably make it clear that there is no excuse or justification for the fact that a group of so-called disturbers threatened, insulted, and even attacked stewards and police officers without cause. We distance ourselves from this explicitly.”These people are solely responsible for the fact that a football match with a special meaning for an entire region, as well as the courageous effort of our team on the pitch, had to be overshadowed by scenes that had nothing to do with sport and fair play.”Although 1. FC Koln is not responsible for the acts of these so-called disturbers, we ask our English hosts to accept our apology.”Arsenal vowed to bar any of their supporters found to have passed on tickets to Cologne fans, adding: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for their patience and conduct during what was a very difficult night for us all.”We know that many supporters experienced significant disruption getting to the match and also inside the stadium during the match. We thank everyone for their understanding.”
Paulo Dybala Dybala dreaming of Ballon d’Or win since childhood Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:12 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Paulo Dybala Juventus Italy Argentina Serie A The Juventus forward hopes to one day be recognised as the best player on the planet and has explained his decision to play for Argentina over Italy Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is hoping to fulfil a childhood dream at some stage by landing the prestigious Ballon d’Or.The 24-year-old has emerged as one of the finest talents in European football, but has his sights set on conquering the global game.Having earned a high-profile switch to Turin in 2015, the highly-rated frontman has proved himself on Serie A and Champions League stages while also making his senior international bow for Argentina. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dybala has come a long way from humble beginnings in Cordoba and admits that his next target is to follow in the footsteps of countryman Lionel Messi and reach the very top of his profession – having made the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 award.He told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair on ambitions formed at a young age: “We’d sit around the fire in the summer and I told my friends that [winning the Ballon d’Or] is what I wanted.”If I win it, it would send out a huge message to many kids; for all of those born like me in small villages far from the great metropolis’ who can hope to be able to tell a similar story to mine one day.”While setting lofty targets, Dybala acknowledges that he is fortunate to have seen his talent recognised and shaped.He added: “When we have a ball at our feet, we footballers are delighted, but what happens behind the scenes is not always all that pretty.”When you get to the level that I’m at, often you are a very lonely man.”God gives us this talent, but it’s a talent that you need to work on. I’ve seen so many phenomenal players at youth level – lads who you would say: ‘If only they had their head screwed on, they could have been the next [Diego] Maradona or Messi’.”Dybala is well on his way to reaching that level, with 13 goals netted for Juve this season, and will be hoping to see his efforts in 2017-18 rewarded with a place in Argentina’s squad at next summer’s World Cup.He insists that he was never in any doubt that he would commit his international future to the land of his birth, despite being approaching by Italy during his days at Palermo.”I was asked to play for Italy and I was very appreciative,” Dybala said.”I was 19 and I said ‘no, thank you’. It was very hard, but I am Argentinian and it would have been deceit.”
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first match for Manchester United at Old Trafford went as well as he could have hoped, according to the 21-year-old. Having signed for the club from Crystal Palace in a massive £55 million ($70m) transfer this summer, the full-back entered the season with massive expectations on him. And he got off to a great start in the club’s opener, helping United to a smashing 4-0 win over Chelsea to get his career at the club off to the best possible start. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It was a great result to beat Chelsea and I couldn’t have been much happier with how it went,” Wan-Bissaka told The Guardian. “I had been waiting for my first game at Old Trafford as a United player and it felt great to get it done and for it to go so well.”Having played 35 times for Palace in the Premier League last season, the level of competition was nothing new for Wan-Bissaka, who performed well on the right side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence. And the youngster said nothing, not even the pressure of playing for a club with United’s history or the massive transfer fee, brought out the nerves in him ahead of his first match at Old Trafford.“I wasn’t nervous, that’s not me, but I think a lot of eyes were on the new signings to see how we got on,” he said. “I just tend to block out that stuff and focus on my own game but at the same time I was really excited about it. I got a lot of playing time in pre-season matches, which I needed because it helped me get to know the team.“The games all went well and the players were all great with me from the first day onwards. They are all good lads and they helped me a lot when it came to settling in, but even so your first league game at Old Trafford is always going to be a landmark. Thankfully I was happy with my performance.”With the season opener now out of the way, United will be looking to keep their strong start going on Monday, when they face their first away test of the campaign against Wolves. But Wan-Bissaka thinks his side have everything they need to carry on winning, with the confidence of having beaten Chelsea providing an early season boost. “It will be a tough game, obviously, but there are a lot of positives from the Chelsea match we can take into it and there are a few areas where we can probably improve as well,” he said.“What we have at United now is a good mix of young and experienced players and, speaking as one of the younger members of the squad, I think that’s important. We need people to set the standards to live up to, to set the tempo in games when we need it and the more experienced players in the dressing room are capable of doing that.”
The Department of Health and the Department of Community Services are teaming up to help low-income seniors stay in their homes longer, thanks to an additional $1 million in funding for home repairs announced today, Nov. 10. The Department of Health’s Continuing Care Strategy provided funding to the Department of Community Services for the Senior Citizens Assistance program. A total of $3.65 million is available for home repairs through the program. “The Continuing Care Strategy announced this spring aims to keep Nova Scotian seniors in their homes longer,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health. “Funding from the strategy will be invested in home repairs through Community Services’ Senior Citizens Assistance Program, so we can ensure that those homes meet current health and safety standards.” The Senior Citizens Assistance Program provides funding for lower-income applicants over the age of 65 who want to remain in their own homes, but are not able to afford necessary repairs. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for repairs which ensure that health and safety standards are met. For example, this may include repairs to roofing, plumbing and heating. “We are pleased to work with our colleagues at the Department of Health to deliver on a shared goal — to ensure seniors are living in homes that are safe and secure,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. “Nova Scotia has some of the highest rates of home ownership, and some of the oldest homes in the country. Investing more in housing repairs will help Nova Scotian seniors make the repairs necessary to remain in their homes longer.” To qualify for housing repair grants, total household income must be below set income thresholds. Eligible household income levels are determined by household size and the cost of shelter in the community. The Department of Community Services has 13 home repair programs that help low-income Nova Scotians make repairs that address health and safety issues, including two programs targeted for senior citizens. In 2005-06 a total of $13.7 million was provided through 13 home repair programs to help about 2,500 households. Information on home repair programs is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .
SEATTLE – Starbucks, citing the environment threat to oceans, will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years.The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.Starbucks said Monday that it is making available a strawless lid at 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada for certain drinks.Starbucks Coffee Co. estimates the switch will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year.The company’s announcement comes a week after it’s hometown, Seattle, banned single-use plastic straws and utensils at businesses that sell food or drinks in the city.Starbucks said cold beverages in which a straw is typically included make up 50 per cent of the drinks its sells, up from just 37 per cent five years ago.
New York: US oil giant Chevron announced Friday it had agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at $33 billion, or $65 per share. Based on Chevron’s Thursday closing price, Anadarko shareholders will receive 0.39 shares of Chevron and USD16.25 in cash for each Anadarko share held, the company said in a statement. The total enterprise value of the transaction is USD50 billion. “The acquisition of Anadarko will significantly enhance Chevron’s already advantaged Upstream portfolio and further strengthen its leading positions in large, attractive shale, deepwater and natural gas resource basins,” the company said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deepwater Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our LNG business. “It creates attractive growth opportunities in areas that play to Chevron’s operational strengths and underscores our commitment to short-cycle, higher-return investments.” Anadarko Chairman and CEO Al Walker added: “The strategic combination of Chevron and Anadarko will form a stronger and better company with world-class assets, people and opportunities.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe deal is the oil industry’s largest since Royal Dutch Shell bought BG Group in 2016, and it sparked speculation that other shale producers are in play. Shares of Apache Corp, which also has extensive acreage in the Permian Basin, jumped 7 percent in premarket trading, while Pioneer Natural Resources Co rose 6 per cent. US crude oil production now surpasses 12 million barrels a day (bpd), and the nation is the third-largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the super-cooled fuel that is seeing record demand as a cheaper, cleaner alternative for countries that still rely heavily on coal for power generation. Chevron, which already has 2.3 million acres in the Permian Basin, said the deal to buy Anadarko would give the combined company a 75-mile (120-km)-wide corridor across the Permian’s Delaware basin, on the Texas-New Mexico border. Anadarko also has a Mozambique LNG project, part of one of the industry’s largest planned current investments. Chevron Chief Executive Michael Wirth will lead the combined company after the deal closes. Chevron will remain headquartered in San Ramon, California. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is Chevron’s financial adviser, while Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is its legal adviser.
Rabat – Police in Marrakech arrested 13 people accused of using an abandoned network of underground tunnels to hide drugs and weapons. The tunnel network was dug out during the shooting of Tom Cruise’s blockbuster movie “Mission Impossible 5,” daily newspaper Al Massae reported.The drug gang members, aged between 20 and 30, were arrested last week in the city of Marrakech after showing “strong resistance”, added the newspaper.The same source said the authorities discovered that the aforementioned gang was using the network of abandoned tunnels already meant for the shooting of scenes from the movie Mission Impossible 5 featuring American actor Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt to hide drugs, stolen goods and white arms (knives) imported from outside the country. The weapons were used for “theft” and “robbery”. Besides Marrakech in which he closed a highway bypass section to leave space for the shooting of his film, Tom Cruise also shot scenes for the fifth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise in other Moroccan cities including, Casablanca and Rabat.
Rabat – A delegation of more than 80 Moroccan companies is undertaking a commercial prospecting mission in Rwanda, Tanzania and Madagascar. The tour ispart of the second edition of the “African Business Connect” operation, organized by Maroc Export in partnership with BMCE Bank of Africa. A delegation of more than 80 diverse companies operating in several sectors and representatives of several professional associations, traveled to Rwanda on April 2, and are set to tour Tanzania on April 5 and Madagascar on April 7. The commercial tour was initiated to accompany Moroccan companies on their commercial prospecting efforts. It also promotes the “Made in Morocco” offer, this year focused on Eastern and Southern Africa. It follows a successful first edition in 2015 in Senegal and Mali. The tour represents an opportunity for Moroccan companies to discover regions with great potential for their international development, drawing on the expertise and support of the two partners who initiated this event.The second edition’s program provides business to business meetings (B to B) between Moroccan businessmen and their counterparts from the three countries. A meeting was held by the partners two weeks before the initiation of the program to better prepare the Moroccan business leaders investment opportunities waiting in the host countries.The meeting focused on informing the members of the delegation of the key sectors in the three economies, namely energy, ICT and the pharmaceutical sector.It also raised awareness of the constraints related to the linguistic difficulties, as Tanzanians and Malagasies are Creole English speakers and it raised the issue of the absence of airlines between Morocco and the three host countries.Managing Director of Morocco Export, Zahra Maafiri explained that the organization of this second edition is part of a public-private partnership conducted in 2015 between Morocco Export and BMCE Bank of Africa.It was formed to promote the “Made in Morocco” brand, a national offer aimed at establishing trade relations and making investments in African countries. Maafiri highlighted the contribution of her establishment in terms of supporting companies in Africa. She noted that 626 companies benefited from this program in 2016, which reflects, according to her, the growing interest of Moroccan companies in sub-Saharan Africa. “African Business Connect” is a concept created in 2015 by Maroc Export and BMCE Bank of Africa for the development of Moroccan companies in Africa through a series of B to B missions, business trips, business meetings and business to consumer (B to C) missions in different African countries.
In one of the reported incidents last year a US soldier in Afghanistan had killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province. However he noted most countries are overlooking the abuses committed by the US and yet making allegations against countries like Sri Lanka. He says if the government is not at fault if the public in Sri Lanka fail to identify the efforts of the government.The allegations against the United States comes after the US formally submitted the draft resolution on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva.The resolution was submitted last afternoon (Friday), Geneva time, after the document was initially circulated among Council members. The Sri Lankan government has accused the United States of committing human rights abuses.Government Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says there were reports that the US had killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan. Yapa says the Sri Lankan government will not be shaken by such allegations and will instead continue with its policies for the country.Among the most noted policies of the government, the Minister noted, is the free education and free health system. The resolution notes the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Sri LankaIt also expressing concern at the alleged continuing reports of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka, including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture,violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly,as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists, and threats to judicial independence and the rule of law. (Colombo Gazette) The draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ is still open for amendments before it is discussed at the Council and debated on.
“We are satisfied that it would be appropriate, once we are informed the arrangements are in place, to follow the recommendations made.” Last September, Warwick Justice Centre was told how the teenager armed himself with the intent of carrying out “a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes” committed in Britain – but had a last minute “change of heart”.The boy, who cannot be named, took the double-barrelled shotgun and 200 cartridges from his father’s cabinet as well as a knife, balaclava and ear defenders.He then spent his first lesson with the firearm concealed in his trousers at Higham Lane School, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire before excusing himself from class and going to a side room. As he was putting on ear protectors in preparation of his massacre he suddenly saw sense and phoned 999.Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told the youngster: “The consequences of what might have occurred had you carried your plan into effect are too awful to contemplate. “The event was, on your own admissions made at the time, just moments away.”A moment in time separates the pupils and staff of this school from being the subject of a terrible event and a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes committed in this country.” A teenage boy who took a shotgun to school in preparation for a mass shorting has had his six year sentence overturned after an appeal court judge said he is a “model son”.The 15-year-old boy was jailed last September after a court hear he had been “moments away” from carrying out a high school massacre after going to class with a shotgun, knife, balaclava and 200 rounds of ammunition.But this week, Lady Justice Hallett said he had shown only a “fleeting intention” to use the gun at his Warwickshire school last June, before contacting police.She agreed with social workers who said he should be freed under supervision. Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with two other senior judges at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, acknowledged the boy quickly “came to his senses” after loading the gun and called police to the school himself.”It was when he was putting on his ear protectors that he changed his mind and rang the police,” she said.The teenager, who had been suffering from severe depression and social anxiety at the time, had “exhibited no aggressive or disruptive behaviour before this incident,” she added.Social workers recommended that the boy’s release includes a rehabilitation package. “We have concluded that this is a case in which the welfare of this child goes hand in hand with the protection of the public,” Lady Justice Hallett said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
… as forestry sector reports increase in cheaper substitutesThe Forest Products Association of Guyana (FPA) is again raising concerns about the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on local lumber at all stages in the production chain.FPA President Ricky Ramsaroop on Tuesday said consumers were now going after plastic wood substitutes and concrete, and in some cases importing alternative construction products instead of lumber.The main reason for this, according to Ramsaroop, is the VAT that was imposed on the sector this year. He said this was now taking a toll on the local industry and persons were now feeling the squeeze.“So, people prefer to go for concrete products and all of that is putting pressure on the wood sector. This is where we expect the Government will intervene,” the FPA head asserted.Ramsaroop, who also serves as a Director on the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), was quoted in the media saying that this issue was brought up for discussion at a Commission meeting.He said now that it has the attention of the GFC, it is hoped that the matter would be raised again with the Government, to look at ways of possibly reversing or reducing the VAT rate.The FPA head claimed the tax imposition could cause a virtual shutdown of the sector, create mass unemployment in specific Amerindian communities and for other persons living in the interior.A forest concession in Guyana’s rainforestRamsaroop said it also had the potential to increase illegal logging and deforestation and forest degradation, thus endangering the Green Development Plan and access to future carbon funds.Meanwhile, the VAT to some extent is already causing a reduction in forestry activities, and hinterland roads and other infrastructure maintained by forest operators could be threatened also, he posited.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has said that the imposition of VAT on the sector was in direct conflict with the Government’s stated objective of promoting value-added production.Locally-produced lumber-based items, including plywood, are also subject to VAT. Previously, there was no VAT on the final sale of lumber and plywood. Jagdeo said this would only deter individuals from buying the commodity.The former President said the coalition Government had been critical of loggers and logging companies summarily cutting down trees and exporting them, but its position had now changed.According to him, while Government claims it wants to support more value-added activities in the forestry sector, it has simultaneously placed 14 per cent VAT on processed lumber.Last year, the forestry sector contracted more than 30 per cent, principally as a result of Barama halting the production of logs and the United Kingdom’s restriction on greenheart logs originating from Guyana.In its March 2017 monthly bulletin, the Finance Ministry said that forestry production for February 2017 amounted to 21,300 cubic metres compared with 25,319 cubic metres in February 2016. According to the report, this has resulted in production reaching 37,074 cubic metres, year-to-date, compared to 51,052 cubic metres in 2016.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had said in May of this year that he is willing to remove the 14 per cent Valued Added Tax (VAT) on forestry products if evidence can be provided to show that the tax was hurting the lumber industry.Jordan explained that representation was made to him by the private sector that the “VAT was killing the industry.” The Minister expressed the view however, that he did not believe that the industry was being killed. “If it was killed, it was a long time ago, when we allowed pine and sheet rock to come in at undervalued price and we allowed it to knock out our own fledging industry, but they have said that this VAT is killing them, so I said bring the evidence and if it is, not only will we remove the VAT, but we will give further incentives so that the lumber industry can grow and be competitive in Guyana,” he had said.Forest products that have since February 1, 2017 begun attracting VAT include, logs, shingles, staves, lumber (rough and dressed), piles, poles, posts, spars, veneer, plywood, charcoal, firewood, wattles and manicole palm. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’VAT killing the lumber industry’: Jordan says ‘bring the evidence’ and it will be removedMay 2, 2017In “latest news”VAT on exports: PSC, GMSA, GCCI, GREMA, FPA call out Gov’t over moveApril 23, 2018In “Business”Government to introduce import permit for foreign wood- TrotmanAugust 4, 2017In “Business”
← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom Final4 in Skopje – Balkan Classico and “Meshkov “underdogs” against champions Next Story → RK Zagreb to meet RK Vardar at 7th SEHA Gazprom final RK Vardar Skopje are the first finalists of the seventh SEHA Gazprom Final4 at home hall “Jane Sandanski”. The reigning champions from Brest 2017 routinely beat Meshkov Brest 33:24 (17:14) in front of 4.000 of fans who had a chance to see their idols after few weeks break since the end of EHF Champions League Preliminary Round.Home team had a total control over the match during 60 minutes. The visitors had not even a single chance to endanger fantastic squad of Spanish coach Raul Gonzales who had their leader in Luka Cindric.The Croatian playmaker led his team with five goals in the first half. RK Vardar had 7:3 after 10 minutes, but Meshkov managed to come closer on 12:10. However, that was all from their ambitions to come to the final match of the regional competition.The Macedonian champions had powerful start of the second half with Arpad Sterbik (17 saves) in the main role who was eager to give 100% tonight. Domestic team had 5:0 series until 37th minute, which put Meshkov on -8 – 22:14, when became clear who are the first finalists of the event in Skopje.Mijailo Marsenic netted for 30:20 in 51st minute.Luka Cindric netted six goals for the winners, while right wing Maxim Baranau scored nine for Meshkov.
Facebook Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE NXT comes to Texas this SeptemberGet ready, Lone Star State, because The Superstars of Tomorrow are heading your way! For the first time ever, NXT will head to Texas for three nights of live action featuring the next generation of Superstars and Divas.NXT has been bringing its hard-hitting brand of sports-entertainment around the country this year, with stops in California, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. Now, Texas will get a chance to see Superstars like NXT Champion Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady with Carmella, Bayley, Tyler Breeze and more!On Thursday, Sept. 17, NXT invades the Bayou Music Center in Houston. Friday, Sept. 18 sees the future of WWE take over the Austin Music Hall in Austin, before heading to San Antonio’s Aztec Theater on Saturday, Sept. 19 for a third action-packed evening. All three Live Events start at 7:30 p.m. CST.Tickets for all three nights of NXT’s road trip through Texas go on sale Saturday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. CST. Go to NXTTickets.com for more information on how you can see WWE NXT live.NOTE: These shows will be running head-to-head once again with Ring of Honor as ROH has shows in San Antonio, Texas on September 18 and September 19.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Finn Bálor Report on WWE making a pitch to put the NXT show on the USA Network this coming fall NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai
By Sulayman Bah Senegal’s wrestling rising starlet Ama Balde is due in Gambia, Foroyaa Sport can reveal.Ama is expected to leave the shores of Senegal for the Gambia this month.The reason for his arrival according to a highly-placed source is in honour of an invitation extended to him by Gambian-based wrestling promotion brand Narisou Promotions.This publication understands, the visiting Senegalese is also named after the brand’s grand combat that will see Leket Bu Barra and Mbroran tussle January 31st.Should he touch down, he will become the third Senegalese wrestler to grace Gambian soil in the space of four months after Modou Lo and Tapha Tine.Ama triumphed past a highly-rated Malick Niang in his last combat and is now linked to face Zoss when this season.]]>
The Serie C team is fighting in the courts to be re-admitted to the Italian Lega Serie B after three teams failed to registerThe Italian Lega Serie B and Serie C are in the middle of a big controversy after three teams failed to register.Avellino, Bari, and Cesena couldn’t register to the Serie B and the tournament will play with only 19 teams.But those clubs relegated to the Serie C are fighting to be re-admitted to the league.Ranieri speaks for the first time at Roma Manuel R. Medina – March 10, 2019 The Italian manager has returned to his country to coach Lega Serie A club Roma after the team was kicked out of the UEFA Champions League.“On Sunday we’ll take the pitch against Pisa because Serie C requires us to play while emphasizing that playing the game does not compromise any possible readmission to the tournament in which we deserve to play,” a statement on the Virtus Entella’s website reads according to Football Italia.“Entella will certainly continue our battle. We’re victims of a great injustice, we are entitled to stay in Serie B, after the sentence from CONI’s Collegio di Garanzia, that is the sporting Supreme Court, which said that Entella must be readmitted.”“That was an executive ruling dated September 19 that was never complied with, a very serious fact which does great damage to our club,” the team added.“From today, however, all Entella, from the team to the technical staff, from the directors to the fans must enter ‘match mode’.”
Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Melco International Development Ltd Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho has lauded his company’s ability to deliver “world’s first projects that redefine and elevate the landscapes they share” following a record-breaking year in 2017 that saw net revenue increase by 72.4% to HK$41.2 billion.Melco International Development’s positive results were due to multiple factors, primarily the recovery of Macau’s gaming industry across all sectors. They were also aided by the first full year of consolidated results from gaming subsidiary Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd compared with eight months of consolidated results in 2016. Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry RelatedPosts Casino revenue comprised HK$38.4 billion while Adjusted EBITDA grew by more than 80% to HK$9.8 billion, with Melco noting that the entire Macau market had rebounded strongly in 2017 as patrons returned to the tables across both the VIP and mass market segments.“These tailwinds were further reinforced by our sustained attention to operating excellence and attracting Chinese outbound tourism, particularly within the consistently expanding premium-mass segment,” said Ho.However, Ho saved most praise for the impending launch of luxury hotel Morpheus at City of Dreams, which he described as a “masterpiece” while singling out Melco’s development initiative.“Morpheus is more than just another building. It is an architectural masterpiece, and will become a tourist attraction in Macau – an icon for quality, taste and vision,” he said.“It embodies our commitment to supporting Macau’s ongoing transformation into a diversified world tourism and leisure destination. Just as critically, it exemplifies our unique ability to imagine and deliver world’s first projects that redefine and elevate the landscapes they share.“The reality is few, if any, other operators are doing this – certainly not on the same scale. This is a fundamental competitive advantage. Our successful execution of large projects like Morpheus goes beyond the operations of a single property. For all the current and future governments and partners with whom we collaborate, they validate our commitment to holistic and original development, made specifically for each location.“For our customers, they reaffirm our focus on quality and on creating from their perspective – for the experience they want, not what we can most easily implement. This is why we have been able to build a global integrated resort network, literally from the ground up, within a few years. And it is why we have the opportunity to own the future of our space.”Melco International Development announced a final dividend of HK$0.04 per share, totalling approximately HK$61.5 million, for the year ended 31 December 2017, to be paid on 4 July 2018. Load More Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul
Almost two-thirds (65%) of respondents expect their employer to provide guidance on the employee benefits available to them and how appropriate each benefit is for them and their family, according to research by Capita Employee Benefits.Its Employee insight report 2016-17, which surveyed 3,006 UK employees, also found that 69% of respondents are more likely to stay with an organisation that offers a good employee benefits package.The research also found:68% of respondents are more likely to join an organisation if it offers a good employee benefits package.Just 13% of respondents aged 25-34 years old are communicated to by their employer in the way they want, and almost half (47%) say their employer uses communication channels that they are not interested in.62% of respondents that have access to flexible benefits and are currently using these feel they are in a good benefits scheme.50% of respondents believe a pay rise would make them feel more valued at work, followed by being thanked (25%), and flexible working hours (20%).60% of respondents believe their employer should provide access to financial education to help with retirement planning.37% of respondents believe that there should be no option to opt out of a workplace pension scheme.60% of 16-34 year old respondents think the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will have a positive impact.36% of respondents aged 16-34 years old would cash in their entire pension in order to buy a house.43% of respondents believe their employer has a responsibility to help them manage their personal health and wellbeing.33% of respondents would use wearable technology to help them monitor their health.Alex Tullett (pictured), head of benefits strategy at Capita Employee Benefits, said: “The past few years had shown a steady decline in the number of people who say they would take a job based on a good benefits package, down from a high of 72% in 2013. This year, that trend has been reversed, as has the decline in the number of people who would stay in a job based on the benefits on offer.“But the days of offering benefits because of tradition (industry or otherwise) or offering them because ‘that’s what’s always been done’ are ending. Employers want to see a business case for each benefit offered and for the overall benefit strategy, they want proof they are getting their money’s worth and that employees are responding to their benefits with the commensurate engagement and loyalty.“People are much more likely to buy a benefit as and when it becomes relevant to their lives; why shouldn’t they expect to be able to buy travel insurance after they’ve booked their flights? It’s clear that guidance on how appropriate each benefit would be for individual [employees] would be greatly appreciated.”