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

Fort St. John Firefighters attend truck fire

first_imgPhoto: Firefighters quickly get the truck fire under control – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a truck fire on the 240 Road.At around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, crews attended the fire, and quickly got it under control.- Advertisement –last_img

Manchester United teen wins first Northern Ireland call-up

first_img1 Paddy McNair Manchester United teenager Paddy McNair has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania.The 19-year-old missed out on a debut call-up against the Faroe Islands last month due to a hamstring injury.McNair, who has featured three times for United this season including in Saturday’s derby defeat to Manchester City, is brought in as cover for Aaron Hughes.Hughes suffered an ankle injury playing for Brighton and despite being named in Michael O’Neill’s squad he must be considered a major doubt for the clash in Bucharest.O’Neill’s men have made a stunning start to their Group F campaign with three straight wins including a 2-0 triumph in Greece last month.West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt returns to the squad after missing the games against Greece and the Faroe Islands, but Jonny Evans and Alex Bruce are all ruled out.Northern Ireland squad to face Romania on November 14: R Carroll (Notts County), A Mannus (St Johnstone), M McGovern (Hamilton), A Hughes (Brighton), C Baird, G McAuley (both West Brom), R McGivern (Port Vale), C Cathcart (Watford), R McLaughlin (Liverpool), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood), L McCullough (Doncaster), P McNair (Man Utd), S Davis (Southampton), C Brunt (West Brom), S Clingan (Kilmarnock), C Evans (Blackburn), O Norwood (Reading), B Reeves (MK Dons), P McCourt (Brighton), K Lafferty (Norwich), N McGinn (Aberdeen), J Ward (Derby), B McKay (Inverness), J Magennis (Kilmarnock), W Grigg (MK Dons).last_img read more

Chelsea up to fourth after frustrating Burnley draw

first_imgIn a frantic opening 24 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea ahead, only for Burnley’s Ashley Barnes to punish more dismal defending from the Blues.Without a win in their last two league games, Chelsea will take only slender comfort from climbing one point above fifth placed Arsenal into fourth place, level on points with third placed Tottenham.Chelsea would have gone third with a victory, but instead they have now played a game more than top four rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, who are three points behind in sixth.It was a missed opportunity after defeats for Tottenham, Arsenal and United at the weekend and Chelsea were booed off at full-time.In a fitting coda to a damaging evening, Sarri was sent to the stands for protesting in the final seconds before several members of the Blues bench were involved in a tetchy touchline clash with their Burnley counterparts.Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola said his boss was so “emotional” after the game that he couldn’t fulfil his media duties.“He was very upset because he has heard not good words towards him from the Burnley bench. The only reason he walked over there was to get our players to go into position, he was trying to help the ref,” Zola said.– ‘Too much time wasting’ –Zola took a swipe at Burnley’s perceived gamesmanship, which included Clarets keeper Tom Heaton being booked in the first half for time-wasting.“We are unhappy. There was too much time wasting. Five minutes injury time wasn’t enough to compensate. We couldn’t build important rhythm,” Zola moaned.“We expected it to be a tough game. We didn’t expect so much time wasting. We expected (referee) Kevin Friend to give more extra time. That’s why we’re very unhappy.”Chelsea defender David Luiz went even further in his criticism of Burnley.“It’s anti-football. Wasting time all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game,” he said.Now Arsenal can replace Chelsea in fourth if they avoid defeat at Wolves on Wednesday.“We need to improve but we’re in a good way. We care, as we showed today,” Zola said.Adding to Sarri’s problems, he was hit by first half injuries to France midfielder Kante and England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.“It doesn’t look very good unfortunately,” Zola said of Hudson-Odoi. “It’s a problem with his Achilles tendon.”Brushing off the bench-clearing clash, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “By the time I turned round there was something going off in the tunnel.“I don’t know what you can call it now. Handbags? Manbags? Bumbags?”Chelsea were stunned in the eighth minute when Hendrick’s rocket put Burnley ahead.It was a poor goal for Chelsea to concede as Cesar Azpilicueta could only head a Burnley corner to the edge of the area, where Hendrick was left unmarked to volley a superb dipping strike past Kepa Arrizabalaga.– Slow to react –Eden Hazard’s majestic assist helped Chelsea draw level four minutes later, underlining why the club are so keen to keep their talisman out of Real Madrid’s clutches.Cutting in from the left, Hazard twisted and turned so rapidly that Burnley defender Matt Lowton fell flat on his backside as the Belgian picked out Kante for a powerful shot that flashed past Heaton from 10 yards out.Pushing forward with pace and precision, Chelsea went in front two minutes later when Higuain turned smartly to pick out Azpilicueta.The Chelsea defender executed a deft back-heel to Higuain, who continued his run and crashed a brilliant finish into the roof of the net from an acute angle.But Burnley punished more poor defending to equalise in the 24th minute.With Chelsea slow to react to a Burnley free-kick, Ben Mee’s header was glanced on by Chris Wood and the unmarked Barnes apply the finishing touch with a close-range volley.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante scored in their draw with Burnley © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Chelsea accused Burnley of time-wasting and playing “anti-football” after Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off before a touchline skirmish marred their frustrating 2-2 draw on Monday.Sarri’s side fell behind to Jeff Hendrick’s fine finish before N’Golo Kante equalised moments later.last_img read more


first_imgThe air corps arrive on Tory Island today. Pic by Owen Clarke.BREAKING NEWS: Part of a Co Donegal had to be cordoned off after an explosive device was discovered on a beach.A man out walking on Tory island came across the object last night.The marine marker which contained explosives. Pic by Owen Clarke.The object had a warning written on the side of it telling anyone who found it not to handle it and to contact either the coastguard or the military. The man, who was walking on the south-side of the island close to its lighthouse, contacted the local coastguard unit who in turn contacted the army.An army air corps helicopter containing members of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit was dispatched to the island today.Members of the team due a hole, surrounded it with sandbags and then made the devise safe using a controlled explosion.Three members of the air corps along with two members of the local coastguard unit took part in the operation. The area is cordoned off by the coastguard.The devise was identified as a ‘marine marker’ which contains both explosives and phosphorous and could have caused injury if it had detonated.King of Tory Island Patsy Dan Rodgers told Donegal Daily said he is thankful none of the children form the population of about 150 on the island cam across the device which contained phosphorous.“I’m so glad the army were called and the devise was disposed of properly. You just never know with these things. A tragedy could have occurred,” he said.Patsy recalled how in 1934 a torpedo was washed up on the island.On that occasion the army were also called to the island and the remains of the torpedo have been left on the island as a memorial to the occasion. ARMY CALLED IN AFTER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND WASHED UP ON DONEGAL ISLAND was last modified: December 21st, 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:Air CorpsbeachCoastguarddonegalexplosivesTory Islandlast_img read more


first_imgCeltic have suffered a blow to their three-pronged attack on the Treble after defender Daniel Majstorovic was ruled out of action for up to eight weeks with a fractured toe.The Swede suffered the injury to his right foot during Saturday’s 2-0 league win at home over Hamilton Accies and will now also miss the League Cup final against Rangers on Sunday week.Thomas Rogne replaced Majstorovic at half-time in that match last Saturday. Rogne or Glenn Loovens are favourites to partner Charlie Mulgrew in the centre of defence.Majstorovic suffered another injury during the January transfer window, prompting his manager Neil Lennon to consider signing a new replacement.However, the Swede recovered quicker than anticipated and has taken part in 33 of Celtic’s 38 competitive matches this term.In recent weeks, he has been playing in the centre of defence alongside Mulgrew, who is more used to playing at full-back. Celtic hold a five-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League, although their Glasgow rivals have two games in hand.Neil Lennon’s side are also still involved in the Scottish Cup and travel to Inverenss on Sunday in the quarter-finals.HOOPS DEFENDER OUT FOR EIGHT WEEKS WITH BROKEN TOE was last modified: March 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgTHE Republic of Ireland Women’s U16 side recorded another impressive victory at the UEFA WU16 Development Tournament in Hungary as a headed the first goal from Glenties girl Amy Boyle Carr steered the Irish to a 3-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina in Buk.Sharon Boyle’s side had beaten Slovakia 2-0 in their opening game on Sunday so the Irish coach was thrilled with how her players followed that performance up with an excellent three goal salvo.The Irish went ahead in the 18th minute when Amy Boyle Carr steered home a header from a Tiegan Ruddy cross. Ruddy then got on the score-sheet in the 51st minute when she burst through from midfield and found the Bosnian net with a thumping drive from 30 yards out.Aoife Fennell wrapped up the scoring in the 66th minute when her corner curled straight into the opposition net.Another Donegal player – Tyler Toland – was also in top form for the game.“I’m very pleased with how we played today,” said manager Boyle. “We made three changes to the line-up from Monday’s game so everybody has played a part already which is good.“We started well. Our back four was solid through-out and Tyler Toland was outstanding in midfield. She’s just up from the schools U15s squad and will be a top player.“We pressed them high had a few chances saved after taking the lead and made changes throughout the game. I’m delighted with the performance – the girls did very well.“I’m excited to see how this group develops going forward. They’re a special group of players. We’re preparing them for the UEFA WU17 qualifiers next season and things are going well. We’re looking forward to Thursday’s game against Hungary.”REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Sally Kelly, Tiegan Ruddy, Tyler Toland, Rachel Baynes, Megan Mackey, Heather Payne, Bethany Fensom, Lauryn Grier, Amy Boyle Carr, Keelin McEntee, Aoife Lynagh. Subs: Emma Lawlor for Payne 19 mins, Sadbh Doyle for Toland 38, Carla McManus for Boyle Carr 41, Gillian Keenan for Bayne 41, Aoife Fennell for Carroll 57, Harriet Lambe for Grier 57, Hannah O’Donoghue for Mackey 62, Tara Cully for Ruddy 62. GLENTIES AMY BOYLE CARR HEADS IRELAND ON ROAD TO ANOTHER VICTORY was last modified: May 11th, 2016 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:amy boyle carrDonegal TownGlentieslast_img read more

Liverpool legend voices concerns about goalkeeper Alisson

first_img 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Liverpool FC News Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness thinks there should be a ‘question mark’ over the ability of Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Alisson.The Brazilian made his move to Anfield in a £67million deal last month – a world record transfer fee for a keeper. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED silverware RANKED REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Alisson made his debut for his new club during the Reds’ impressive 5-0 pre-season victory over Napoli in Dublin and many Kopites were very happy with his performance.However, Souness has yet to be convinced and voiced his doubts over Alisson’s record at Roma in Serie A.Souness wrote in his column for the Sunday Times: “A goalkeeper was clearly a priority and Liverpool have broken the world record for that position by signing Alisson from Roma for £67m.”“He played in Brazil and Portugal, then was initially kept out of the Roma team by Wojciech Szczesny, who found English football difficult at Arsenal.center_img “So he’s not coming with 300-400 games at the highest level under his belt and, despite the fee, there has to be a question mark against him.”Alisson is expected to start Liverpool’s opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 13:30. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Alisson is one of five signings Liverpool have made this summer How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal shining huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more


first_imgThe boys from KillybegsKILLYBEGS is going Gaa Gaa – all for the county final.Support in the town is so strong, the club is being forced to open up a shop this weekend to meet demand for hats, scarves and headbands!The fishermen beat Malin by a point in the semi-final at the weekend and now take on Glenswilly in the final for the right to be crowned County Champions 2013. Na Ceala Beaga GAA shop will open in Anvil Court in the town this Saturday.And everything will be red and white!T-shirts, hoodies and even special Killybegs iPhone covers will be available.And of course all funds raised will be ploughed back into club.  UP FOR THE MATCH! KILLYBEGS GOING GAA GAA WITH NEW SHOP FOR COUNTY FINAL was last modified: October 8th, 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:glenswillyKillybegskillybegs gaa shoplast_img read more


first_imgANOTHER GROUP GETS READY TO GO STAND UP PADDLEBOARDINGI can barely swim two lengths at the local swimming pool and thrash my way up and down any pool on holiday, much to the horror of my children, but here I was gliding, yes, gliding along a mirror-like Lough Swilly during my first lesson in the world’s fastest growing water sport – S.U.P or Stand Up Paddle Boarding.It is a traditional Hawaiian sport which promotes balance, strength and general fitness but for me it was a chance to try something new and be a participant and not always the bystander. Even better, I didn’t have to be a super swimmer or a fitness freak to take part.This was the closest I was getting to Cameron Diaz’ Hollywood life – a huge fan of S.U.P and while it may not be Hawaii, Rathmullan was picture perfect on this summer’s evening. After instructions on the beach about holding the paddle, getting up on the board and standing, we hit the water. Cue the strains of the Hawaii Five-O theme song.Clichéd but fun.Now I was gliding -briefly- then I fell in but didn’t lose confidence, we were all wearing buoyancy aids and the water wasn’t deep. We paddled along towards Kinnegar Beach.Our instructor, Iain Gilmore of Adventure One Surf School, paddled alongside encouraging us and ensuring we were fine. S.U.P can be as relaxing or energetic as you choose to make it.After that first lesson I signed up for the yoga and S.U.P sessions . I mean, the kids have their camps, this was my mini camp. I hadn’t tried yoga before either and thought it would be great to chill after the SUP session, all that deep breathing, lying on a comfy mat and maybe a little snooze. How wrong was I.Yoga instructor Tracey Loughrey ensured every one of my limbs had their very own work out. I was stretched rack-like and that little doze I dreamed about remained just that.Tracey was meticulous in observing if my toes were curled, another little push out here and tweaked arms and fingers there to ensure I was getting the full benefit of my first yoga lesson.It was a revelation and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My body felt so relaxed. Billed as the ultimate workout, this yoga and and SUP combo was really invigorating.Three more sessions to go and I’m really looking forward to them – andI’ve never felt that way about a workout. Adventure One Surf School have SUP sessions at Rathmullan and areavailable everyday at 10am,12pm, 2pm & 4pm call  086 1931 747 to book.YOGA/SUP sessions. 1hr of yoga with 1hr of Paddleboarding afterwards!The easiest ULTIMATE workout!! Sessions Tuesday @7pm & Sat 11am. 4session package is €88! 🙂 Places limited to 5 per session so call086 1931 747 to book.WHAT’S SUP ON LOUGH SWILLY? was last modified: July 27th, 2012 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)last_img read more