– will try to recover taxes owed on heavy-duty machineryBy Vahnu ManikchandThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has clamped down on a billion-dollar scam whereby heavy-duty vehicles were being imported and not registered. According to Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, the main focus now is recovering the taxes that were not paid.It was reported that the State has been losing billions annually over excavatorsGRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statiaand other heavy-duty machinery and equipment that were not registered.Statia said the “players” involved would be called in and told what would be required of them going forward as well as to get those machinery registered. He pointed out that there would be no seizure of these machinery and equipment.“As far as GRA is concerned, we try to minimise seizures. All we try to do is collect the taxes that were not collected. People need to get on with their lives; I won’t be seizing vehicles unnecessarily. All I want is when I look at the transaction, if there are any taxes that should have been made, they are paid and we go on,” the GRA Commissioner General posited.He went on to explain that this scheme has been on GRA’s radar for some time now. Statia outlined that exercises were carried out, monitoring vehicles that had been moving within the country, especially excavators and draglines, but when checks were made, there were no records of them in the system.“It was on the cards for a little while, but then what we found is that there was one particular excavator that was imported and we could not have found it, it was cleared and we could not have found it until now. And now that we have gone through additional transactions, we have found that they’ve been tainted,” he noted.The GRA head further pointed out the problem was as long as these machinery and heavy-duty equipment were not registered, the Authority would not be in a position to find or trace them. As such, Statia said he would be meeting with the importers and trying to facilitate them getting the titles for the vehicles.While he opted not to divulge the information, the Commissioner General said he was aware of the identity of these importers.“I’m not pointing fingers at anyone who may be guilty at this point in time. But yes, we know all the importers and we know where their warehouses are and these things,” he stated.Further asked about the scale of the scheme, the GRA head said that it was not all importers of heavy-duty machinery and equipment who were involved in the racket. He added that the GRA would have a much clearer idea of the magnitude when it went through its records and speak with the importers.Moreover, Statia pointed out that “somewhere along the line, the system went lax and allowed these excavators to be roaming free without numbers and without registration. We need to regularise them.”Asked whether this scam could have been facilitated by staffers within the system, Commissioner General Statia noted that when he was done with the investigations, he would know “exactly who were involved and whether it was done because of ignorance or knowingly and willingly to defraud the Revenue Authority.”It was also reported that in addition to heavy-duty machinery and equipment, a number of vehicles have also been imported under this scam and were not registered.
Fill the Bus is going ahead the first weekend in January. For real this time.After having to postpone the event last weekend, the Huskies will now run the campaign on January 4th (Sunday).Stay tuned for more info, as the Huskies are hoping other teams and groups will get involved, to help walk, drive, organize, etc. – Advertisement -The Huskies play a home game the night before against the Beaverlodge Blades.So, hang on to your donations, and don’t forget, even once the Christmas season is over, the Huskies will be looking to Fill the Bus, to help out Fort St. John’s less fortunate.
And when the 35-second clock ticked down, Collison said he could tell the Wildcats were worn down, which resulted in a number of open jumpers and a handful of 3-pointers as the buzzer sounded. “I believe they were tired the last part of the game,” Collison said. “I think we were capitalizing on their mistakes down the stretch, when they were missing easy buckets. Any time you miss easy buckets, it deflates you and you get tired. Sometimes mentally you can’t run as hard, and we just capitalized on their mistakes.” Bruins coach Ben Howland said he is hopeful UCLA’s success in breaking Arizona’s zone will carry over. “That’s great, a good feeling,” Howland said. “When you’re a player, you should be loving to play against a zone. I think this game will give us more confidence playing against zone, and I’m excited about that.” Not asking for much: Collison’s career game also featured four rebounds and just twoturnovers in 35 minutes. His 15 assists were one off Earl Watson’s school record, which was established against Maryland in the 2000 NCAA Tournament. “Any time you see a team going out of their strength defensively, which is Arizona playing a 2-3 or a 1-3-1, and they go to man-to-man, it gives you a little bit of confidence,” Collison said. “It’s like, all right, now we’ve got them where we want them.” Collison penetrated gaps and passed to open teammates. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was given the ball in the high post, which allowed him to either shoot or distribute. “That’s the kind of play we want to see out of him consistently,” Howland said. “Not asking for much.” Two for the road: For the first time since November, UCLA finished a road trip with a win. The Bruins lost the back end of road trips at No. 15 Oregon and Stanford and fell last week at No. 23 West Virginia. “We’ll be happy going back on the plane, for once,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. Howland continued to take the blame for the losses to Stanford and Oregon, saying he had the team practice too hard after the Thursday games on those trips. “I think we’re a good road team,” Howland said. “Part of it is me not being so stupid and wearing my guys out the day before the game, like I did the two previous days at Stanford. We went too long the day before the Oregon game.” Changed times: Before Afflalo, Josh Shipp and Lorenzo Mata arrived, UCLA had lost four in a row and six of seven to Arizona. Now, the Bruins have beaten the Wildcats five straight times. “That’s what I was hopeful of when I committed here,” Afflalo said. “That I would have some type of impact. When I came here, that was my goal.” It is UCLA’s longest streak against Arizona since winning 11straight from 1979-84. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUCSON, Ariz. – Frustrated Arizona coach Lute Olson saw enough of UCLA picking apart the Wildcats’ ineffective and unenergetic zone, so he made the switch to a man-to-man defense. To Bruins point guard Darren Collison, who had a career-high 15assists to go along with 17points Saturday, that was when he said he knew No. 5 UCLA had broken No. 19 Arizona.
BUSINESS: Many business owners are paying over the odds for their Utilities and are unaware that this can be easily changed.Rory Farrell of Utility Choice has saved small and medium businesses in the North West over €200,000 this year alone, simply by giving them a free review of their Energy, Telecoms and Merchant Service costs.Rory has 5 tips for businesses; 1. Understand the Make-Up of your BillsThe main problem with commercial bills is that they can, at times, be difficult to understand. To help reduce costs, look at the variable costs on your bills. Variable costs are the areas over which the end user has control, governed by their usage/consumption. By examining their bills and identifying the areas where they are spending more than they should be, businesses can then take the necessary action to change this, and therefore reduce their spend.2. Review The most effective way to reduce costs is to conduct an annual review of your Utility Bills. Providers’ pricing changes on a continuous basis, so reviewing your providers and what you are spending with them, is a worthwhile exercise. The problem is that many businesses can become complacent over time, and they also rarely have the time to conduct an in-depth review of each Utility, therefore they aren’t in a position take the time out to make the changes that could save them money.Utility Choice offers an ongoing service by conducting an annual review of their clients’ utility costs, to ensure they continue to keep costs down, year after year, meaning they don’t have to worry about losing the savings they achieved in the previous year.3. Shopping AroundComparing the pricing from multiple providers is a key factor in identifying areas of savings. Business owners should make a list of all providers, call each provider and compare prices, and what they are offering as part of their price. This can take time and can sometimes be confusing if you are not familiar with the components that make up your monthly bill. However, it is a worthwhile process, as depending on the type of business, potentially thousands of euro can be saved each year. Utility Choice does this quickly and efficiently for their clients, saving businesses time, and money in the process.Utility Choice works with the leading utility providers to ensure they are always getting the value for money for their clients.4. Monitor Reviewing once a year is a great way to save on utility costs however it should be a continuous process as well. Ask yourself, “Are your bills higher this month than last?” and if so, why? What has changed?When businesses evolve and grow so can their utility costs. Therefore, it’s important to re-assess as their requirements change, to avoid any unnecessary over expenditure.Utility Choice also offer a monthly review service that can assist businesses in monitoring this.5. Efficiency Being aware of Energy efficiency and actually practicing it, are two very different things. It is all too easy to forget the most basic rules of energy saving. Rory commented “I’ve visited many businesses where rooms are empty and locked, yet through the window, I can see five or six lights may be switched on inside”Even starting with basic energy saving tips like turning lights off, not using air conditioning unless necessary etc. can significantly reduce spend on energy over the year.Rory continued “I know this sounds really simple but even the most diligent of us, forget these basic things, so it helps to be reminded”At first meeting Rory identifies potential areas where consumption/usage could be realistically reduced.Conor Coyle, Financial controller of The Kernan Group says “Through Utility Choice, The Kernan Group achieved an annual saving of circa 10% on their energy costs at our multiple sites around the county, which was a fantastic saving”. We are all familiar with comparison sites for travel, insurance, hotels etc. like that, Utility Choice is a Utility comparison service, based in Co. Donegal. The Utilities Market can be a confusing place, and shopping around effectively can be a time consuming and laborious task. Rory will analyse a business’s individual needs and tailor a solution specifically for that business. It is not a one size fits all solution by any means. Each business can save money in different ways and with different providers, suited to their particular set of requirements.Emma Wasson, Manager of TT Childcare Ltd commented “Utility Choice identified areas of potential cost reduction on our telecoms at TT Childcare. They presented us with the options available to us from a number of telecom providers, and we made our own choice as to what provider to move to. Utility Choice managed the entire switch for us from start to finish, and we have noticed a reduction in our monthly telecom costs as a result.”Utility Choice will conduct a free, no obligation review that will identify areas of potential cost reduction. Call Utility Choice today on 074 9116097, or visit their website www.utilitychoiceireland.com.On Friday August 5th, Rory Farrell of Utility Choice will be providing one-to-one Utility Reviews for business owners at their offices at the BASE Enterprise Centre in Stranorlar. Places will be limited. To book a one to one, call The BASE on: Tel: 07491 90909 or email: email@example.comAre you paying too much? Here’s five ways to reduce Business Utility costs was last modified: July 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BillsBusinessCostsnewsreductionUtility
1 The Hammers face a two-legged tie against Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is taking the Europa League seriously this season despite admitting it could affect their Premier League form.The Hammers face a two-legged tie against Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu, with the away leg on Thursday evening, as they bid to reach the group stages for the first time.In the past some clubs have taken the competition lightly – including West Ham last season when they qualified through the Fair Play League and were knocked out by Astra in the qualifying round.Bilic fielded a team of youngsters for that clash but has brought a full squad, including the likes of Mark Noble and Andy Carroll, for the rematch.“We will put out a strong team,” he said. “We want to get to the group stages. These are two very important games for West Ham United.“We want to qualify. It’s a reward for a good season last year and only a few clubs from the Premier League are privileged to play in Europe. We are two games from the group stages and we want to participate. “All the talk all season is ‘will you qualify for Europe’, and then you do and the next question is ‘why did you qualify?’ Well, we have to adjust.“We know it affects your chances in the next Premier League game but we want to try it. It’s good for everyone, it’s good for the players to play games against teams from different countries, they become better players.”Astra beat the Hammers 2-1 in Giurgiu last season but are in some disarray this time around having lost a number of key players and their coach Marius Sumudica, who is suspended for betting on matches.The Romanians were initially in the Champions League but were knocked out in the qualifiers by FC Copenhagen.Bilic added: “They have many internationals, although they sold a few players. They have a team who have played together for some time.“Look, they played a good game against Copenhagen at home, drew 1-1, and what is crucial is that they are current champions of Romania.“I’m Croatian, so I know how good teams from Romania can be. I’m expecting a tough game.”West Ham will be without £20million striker Andre Ayew, who is awaiting the result of a scan on the thigh injury he suffered at Chelsea on Saturday, with Bilic fearing he will be out for “weeks, rather than days”.Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini and Sofiane Feghouli are also injured, new left-back Arthur Masuaku is cup-tied, while the influential Dimitri Payet did not travel.But Argentinian striker Jonathan Calleri has travelled with the squad and could be involved following his loan switch from from Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado.
The busy coffee morning at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonAt the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny are from left Robert O’Conor, Dearbháil McLaughli, Ailbhe McLauglin, Clara McLaughlin and Gertrude Houton. Photo Clive WassonStaff from Inishowen Mortors ready to take part in Relay for Life at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonAnne McCullagh, Anthea Hegarty and Stephen McCullagh at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonHanna O’Kane and Denis O’Kane, Bellagio Coofee with Michael Murphy at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonTrevor Smyth, Richard Smyth, Domnic O’Donnell and Anthea Hegarty at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonOn tea duty – Michael Murphy with Hazel O’Conor, Seamus Mclaughlin, Inishowen Motors, Robert O’Conor, Seamus Devine and Siubhan Gillespie at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonElaine McDermott, Stephnie Friel, Tracey McBride and Fr. Stephen Gorman, Druumkeen NS Golf Classic Committee at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonPadraig Kelly and James Gallagher at the Inisowen Motors Relay for Life Coffee morning at there garage in Drumkeen, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonPICTURE SPECIAL: A large crowd attended the Coffee Morning at Inishowen Motors earlier today, which was held in aid of Relay for Life. Relay for Life, a fantastic event takes place this weekend, and a series of fundraising initiatives have been held to help raise money for Relay for Life.Inishowen Motors showed their support and a large crowd dropped in throughout the morning to show their support. One recognizable face was Donegal GAA captain Michael Murphy who was on hand to pour some cups of tea!Pictures were taken by Clive Wasson.RELAY FOR LIFE COFFEE MORNING AT INISHOWEN MOTORS – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesInishowen Motorsnewspicture specialRelay for Life
DONEGAL footballer Barry McNamee has been called into the Ireland Under-21 squad to face Denmark away in a friendly on May 31.Derry City player McNamee, who had a trial with Nottingham Forest last year, is the only uncapped player and the only home-based player in Noel King’s squad.However five Airtricity League players have also been invited to train with the 16-man squad. The team’s Uefa Euro 2015 qualifying campaign begins in August.Ramelton man McNamee has just been named Airtricity League player of the month for April.With a number of injuries and suspensions affecting King’s squad, McNamee may get a chance to impress in the Fredericia Stadium.“This is our last preparation game before our first Euro 2015 qualifier against the Faroe Islands in August, so it’s obviously our final chance to see players before then,” King said. “Some players are missing through injury and suspensions but this could be the case in August also, so we’ll prepare with that in mind.“Denmark are terrific opposition for us for this game. They are a strong side, but we’d prefer to face a powerful team in order to prepare for the important qualifiers we have in August.”Ireland Under-21 squad: Aaron McCarey (Wolves), Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf), Shane Duffy (Everton), Anthony O’Connor (Blackburn Rvs), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen), Derrick Williams (Aston Villa), Sean McGinty (Unattached), Carl McHugh (Bradford City), Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), John O’Sullivan (Blackburn Rvrs), Frankie Sutherland (QPR), Barry McNamee (Derry City), Sean Murray (Watford), Anthony Forde (Wolves), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall). McNAMEE CALLED INTO IRELAND U-21 SQUAD FOR DENMARK CLASH was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:McNAMEE CALLED INTO IRELAND U-21 SQUAD FOR DENMARK CLASH
West Ham United have completed the signing of Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund.The Ukrainian winger has joined the Hammers for a fee of £17.5million and becomes the Premier League club’s fifth summer signing. targets Andriy Yarmolenko spent just one season at Borussia Dortmund 2 moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father West Ham’s newly-appointed director football, Mario Husillos, said of their latest arrrival: “We are very happy to welcome Andriy. When we had the opportunity to sign him, we did not hesitate, because he really is the kind of player that we were looking for.“He is a left-footed player but can play on the right and is very quick, very good one-on-one against a defender. He gives the team a lot of attacking options and scores goals, is fast on the counter-attack and provides aerial threat with his height.“He also has very good experience, of playing for big teams and fighting for titles. At Dortmund, he had some good matches but perhaps didn’t quite show his very best. However, I think Manuel Pellegrini is the perfect coach for Andriy and his style of play.“I believe he is joining us in the perfect moment. He is 28, the prime age for football, and we have great expectation about what he can achieve with West Ham United.” targets Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Yarmolenko, 28, has penned a four-year contract with West Ham.“Of course, I am very happy to sign for West Ham United,” he told the club’s official website. “West Ham is a big club with good fans and I am happy to come to play in the Premier League.“The Premier League is the best league in the world and I know that an interesting project is being built here at West Ham.“The team wants to achieve high things and I am excited for this challenge.” LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Andriy Yarmolenko won three Ukrainian Premier League titles with Dynamo Kiev before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2017 IN DEMAND 2 Yarmolenko only joined Dortmund last summer from Dynamo Kiev for a fee of around £23million.He made 30 appearances last season as the German club finished fourth in the Bundesliga.But Dortmund were happy to let him go as they target a new winger, with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha reportedly on their radar.Having appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager in June, West Ham have been making some ambitious moves in the transfer market.The deal for Yarmolenko takes their spending beyond the £45million mark, having also splashed out £22m on defender Issa Diop and £7m on goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.There has also been a significant outlay on signing-on fees and wages, with Ryan Fredericks and Jack Wilshere have joined on free transfers, from Fulham and Arsenal respectively.
Tags: DreamEnock SsebagalaFutsal Super LeagueIddi BabuParkRobert BakkaShaffic AvemahtopYeak Kabowa Yeak hold a healthy six point lead at the top of the table. (File Photo)Futsal Super League Thursday, 09-05-2019International Futsal Courts, Mengo -Typhoons vs Mengo City @6pm-Aidenal vs Elephants @7pm-Dream vs Kabowa United @7pm-Park vs Yap Stars @8pm-Crown vs Elephants @8pm-Yeak vs Parakeets @9pm-Nomads vs Bajim @9pmMENGO – Yeak Kabowa will be hoping to take a gigantic stride towards securing the 2018/19 Futsal Super League title, when they take on Parakeets on Thursday.The Kabowa based side is in control of the title race as they start the day holding a six point lead at the top of the standings.Last week’s hard fought 2-1 win against Crown felt much more like six points earned following Park’s inability to roll over Crown.However, this is no time to get complacent as the title is not yet sealed.“We have a glorious opportunity to win the League especially after last week’s result, says Yeak’s Robert Bakka ahead of the game.“However, this is no time to take the gas off the peddle as anything can happen in the last four games.“We are going to go into each of them (remaining games) eyeing victory and hopefully secure the title before the last day.Yeak are currently on 54 points from 22 games and winning their next two games will all but secure them their first ever League crown.For their opponents on Thursday, Parakeets have been a sleeping favourite this season.After topping the standings earlier on, they have failed to forge a run of consistent results and in the end fallen far behind in the title race.Off a 3-1 demoralizing loss to Aidenal last week, Parakeets start the day in 5th, 16 points behind Yeak.Second placed Park will also be in action on the same day as they take on Yap Stars at 8pm.The mood in camp is low for the Iddi Babu captained side after drawing 5-5 with Bajim in their last game.The draw on Match-Day 21 means that Park start the day six points off the pace and any more slip-ups will all but hand Yeak the title.“It is such a pity that we failed to beat Bajim last time out. Said Babu ahead of Thursday.“It is even harder in the hunt for a first ever title as we are six points behind the leaders.“All we have to do is win our remaining games and see what happens.Park will be eyeing all three points as they take on the worst side in the division.Yap have been horrible this season, winning only three games so far.They are still the only side yet to draw in the League with all their other 19 games ending in defeat.Elsewhere, defending champions Dream will do battle with Kabowa United at 7pm.Dream cannot wait for the season to end as they have punched below their wait this campaign.Coming into it, as the defending champions, they were expected to be at one of the contenders at this stage but things have not fallen into place.Currently 16 points off the top of the standings, Dream know they cannot retain their title and the only consolation would be finishing as high as possible.The game against Kabowa United provides a chance to make it three wins on the trot.Kabowa have been woeful all season and going into the game without star-player Mahad Mugerwa, the odds on them winning must be extremely high.In their last games, Dream scrapped to a 3-2 victory over Elephants while Kabowa United were walloped 7-1 by Mengo City.In the other day’s games, Typhoon takes on Mengo City, Aidenal play Elephants, Crown tussles it out with Equator while Nomad and Bajim lock horns.Yeak’s duo of Shaffic Avemah and Enock Ssebagala lead the scoring charts with 36 goals each, six ahead of Park’s Iddi Babu.Comments