Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff Advances to Second Round of US Open

first_imgGauff, the youngest player in the U.S. Open draw and a wildcard in the tournament, trailed by a set and a break but fought back to earn the victory. 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 In a teenage battle in Louis Armstrong Stadium, @CocoGauff prevails in a R1 thriller!#USOpen— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 27, 2019 15 year-old Coco Gauff is rolling at the US Open in New York with a first round win over Anastasia Potapova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.Gauff said she owed the comeback to the crowd which was definitely behind the American more than the Russian.Coco Gauff, of the United States, right, greets Anastasia Potapova, of Russia, after winning their first-round match of the US Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) The Delray Beach tennis phenom burst onto the scene with three wins at Wimbledon earlier this year and is continuing that success at the Open.Her admiring fans are hoping she makes it far enough into the tournament to meet her idol Serena Williams who lost last year in an epic meltdown against Naomi Osaka.The win moved Gauff up to world number 116 and she goes against Timea Babos in the next round.last_img read more

Egypt to meet Sierra Leone in a warm-up game ahead of Ghana clash

first_imgEgypt will be hosting Sierra Leone in a warm-up match ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana.Egyptian FA official Ahmed Al-Gohari told reporters that the meeting has been arranged to take place at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo on September 28.The announcement comes despite the Egyptian authorities’ reluctance to stage matches in Cairo or Alexandria.Egypt prepare to visit Ghana on October 15 in Kumasi as the return leg takes place nearly a month later.Meanwhile, Egypt manager Bob Bradley reached an agreement with Ahli to release their 11 internationals after the Sierra Leone match.Ahli are due to visit Cameroon’s Cotonsport in the Champions League semis on the 5th of October as their players are expected to return to international duty for the Kumasi trip days later.last_img read more

Magic still unsure when Markelle Fultz will return, Steve Clifford says

first_img Russell Westbrook is ‘the most important player’ in Thunder history, Sam Presti says “Our biggest weakness is we don’t get the ball going into the paint consistently every night,” Clifford said. “So, we don’t get as many spot-up threes and we don’t shoot enough free throws, which are Markelle’s strengths, potentially. So, his fit, his strengths of what he can bring to our team obviously stand out.””We don’t have a timetable for when he’ll be back, but he’s really doing a good job.” @OrlandoMagic HC Steve Clifford gives @TermineRadio and @Jumpshot8 the latest on Markelle Fultz— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) July 15, 2019Fultz began his career with high expectations after he was selected by the 76ers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. But, he has dealt with injuries and a hitch in his jump shot over the last two seasons, which have limited him to 33 total games.“Get right, and everything will take care of itself,” Fultz told The Athletic in March. “Nobody here is rushing me. Everybody here is just open to me getting right and healthy first.” The Magic still do not know when Markelle Fultz will play again.The 21-year-old guard has yet to play for Orlando after the team acquired him from the 76ers in early February in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks. Magic coach Steve Clifford was asked about Fultz’s return to the court during a recent interview with SiriusXM radio. “He’s working hard, he’s made great progress,” Clifford said. “You know, right now we don’t have a timetable for when he’ll be back, but he’s really doing a great job.Clifford said Fultz has the potential to make a major impact for Orlando on the offensive end. Related Newscenter_img Pelicans’ David Griffin thinks future of team is ‘crazy’ good The Magic finished last season with a 42-40 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. They fell to the Raptors in five games in the first round.Orlando re-signed Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic this offseason and inked Al-Farouq Aminu to a three-year deal, as well. The team also selected former Auburn forward Chuma Okeke with the No. 16 pick in the 2019 draft.last_img read more

Not a dime for Banks DIH – AG declares

first_imgB lawsuit… GRA says no statement of claims filed, Govt to fight caseAttorney General Basil Williams declared Banks DIH Limited will be fighting a lost cause against the country’s tax authority, guaranteed that all efforts will be exhausted to ensure not a dime comes out of the national treasury to refund the beverage giant, which has filed a $28B lawsuit against the GRA to be given the same tax treatment as its competitor DDL.Williams at a press conference on Wednesday contended that the time has passed for the beverage company to take any actions against the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), even in light of the extravagant tax write-off granted to the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) last year.“You must always remember in tax matters, there is a statutory limitation, you can’t sit on your rights and hope that the cost keeps increasing and then you come 10 years later. You have three months within which you must bring an action,” the Attorney General asserted.Moreover, Williams argued that he was wrongly named co-defendant in the matter because the settlement of tax cases falls outside of his jurisdiction.“The GRA is an independent institution and not a Government department so the Attorney General whose remit is to represent the Government departments and the aspects of Government sectors, Ministries, etc, would not come under that,” he explained.Nonetheless, given that the legal proceedings filed by Banks DIH could result in a significant depletion in the Treasury’s balance, the Attorney General said he would lend his assistance to ensure the GRA wins the case. “I will give all and every assistance that is necessary in protecting the Government’s coffers, the taxpayers’ coffers,” he stated.GRA’s takeMeanwhile, the Guyana Revenue Authority in a statement late Wednesday evening stated that Commissioner- General Godfrey Statia has indicated that the tax body was served with a Writ of Summons dated December 16, 2016, by Banks DIH Ltd.The statement added that the beverage company is seeking declarations that Consumption Tax paid for periods 2001 to 2006 were paid under a mistake of law. Alternatively the Company seeks an Order for repayment by the Government of Guyana of the said taxes. To date the Company has not filed its Statement of Claim in the matter, the GRA said.According to the revenue authority it will respect the Court’s jurisdiction by not litigating issues of law in the public domain.LawsuitBanks DIH on December 16, 2016, filed legal proceedings against the Attorney General and the GRA, claiming over $28 billion in repayments in light of the $3.8 billion tax write-off granted to its competitor, the DDL.DIH paid some $12.8 billion in taxes over the period 2001 to 2006. But in light of the DDL tax write-off last year, the beverage giant calculated that it should have only paid some $3 billion.The company argued that the Government would be “unjustly enriched” if it retained the approximately $9 billion (the difference between the paid amount in taxes and the net figure Banks DIH estimated it should have paid).In this regard, Banks DIH claims that it is entitled to some $9 billion plus 10 per cent interest compounded over the period 2001 to 2006 resulting in a total of some $28 billion after taking into account the settlement figure payable by DDL of $1.5 billion.In 2002, a legal challenge was launched by DDL against the GRA over its assessment by the Commissioner General of consumption taxes owed by that company in a sum exceeding $1 billion, for the period January 2001 to September 2002.It was eventually quashed by the High Court on February 1, 2005. The GRA appealed that decision in the Court of Appeal.On July 31, 2008, the Court of Appeal dismissed this appeal on the ground that the Commissioner General had used a wrong formula for the calculation of the consumption taxes.The Court prescribed a formula to be used.In 2009, the Commissioner General, utilising the court-recommended formula, assessed DDL’s consumption tax liabilities for the period 2001-2007 (since after 2007 Consumption Tax was abolished with the introduction of Value Added Tax). The newly assessed liability of DDL for that period was some $5.3 billion.Again, DDL filed legal proceedings challenging this assessment.According to the records, the GRA then retained an external Senior Counsel and was steadfastly defending this challenge when the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition assumed office.Instead of continuing to defend Government’s case against DDL, the beverage company was granted a $3.8 billion tax write-off, having only to pay $1.5 billion.Therefore, after about 15 years of litigation, with DDL having the use of several billion dollars of State funds, interest-free, the APNU/AFC Government settled for $1.5 billion.last_img read more