‘Opening up Test not in West Indies’s best interest’

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Jason Holder says he rejected a proposal from his opposite number Steve Smith to open up the third and final Test with a dramatic last-day run chase, because he did not believe such a scenario was in the best interest of the team’s development. With rain allowing just 68 deliveries on day two and forcing the abandonment of the third and fourth days, the Test was predictably headed for a draw when play finally resumed on Thursday’s final day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The proposal would have seen West Indies declaring at their overnight 248 for seven, Australia then forfeiting their first innings, allowing the visitors to rattle up 121 off seven overs and then attempting to chase down 370 off 70 overs for victory. “He came to us and made an offer. I just went back to the team and we thought at this stage of our development, it wasn’t the best thing for us,” Holder told a media conference following the drawn contest. “We had (Denesh) Ramdin, who was scoring well and looking well, so [we decided to] give him the encouragement to go out there and build an innings and build some confidence. “We set out at the beginning of the series to make sure to bat 90 overs each time we batted and get past the 300 mark. That was one of the things that we wanted to achieve today and we achieved that.” Holder said with the disappointing series the Windies had experienced Down Under, it was more important for them to achieve team goals. “It was a team vote and a team decision. We started in Hobart and we didn’t play well at all there. We showed improvement in Melbourne, and we just had to come here to improve as well.”I think we just need to take it step by step; it’s not a case where you can just jump from losing Test matches to winning in one transition, especially against good opposition like Australia.” Australia won the series 2-0 after victories in Hobart and Melbourne in the first two Tests.last_img read more

GRA flagged for not selling seized vehicles to highest bidders

first_img…vehicle sold for $400,000 despite $1.8M competing bidWhile the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) can be proud of its increased tax collection for the 2018 fiscal year, the same cannot be said for the manner in which it has sold and disposed of seized vehicles.One of the vehicles seized by GRAIn the Auditor General’s 2018 Report, GRA was reported to have collected a total of $68.1 million from the sale of seized items for that year. Of all their seizures for 2018, the majority (38 per cent) was motor vehicles and spare parts.Almost immediately, the Audit Office reported having difficulties ascertaining what happened to six of 28 vehicles which were sold by way of tender in July 2018. It was found that two of the vehicles that were subject of the tender were found to be registered to two Government agencies rather than the highest bidder.According to GRA, however, four were sold and two were indeed assigned to the agencies. However, GRA noted that this was approved by the Commissioner-General, Godfrey Statia, something allowed by the Customs Act. The Audit Office, nevertheless, urged that they sell vehicles to ensure they maximise revenue.But more drama would follow the sale of vehicles. According to the report, the AG could not ascertain whether the bidders for 27 of a total of 71 vehicles honoured their obligations. GRA confirmed that indeed, 16 of the bidders did not honour their obligations.While some of the vehicles were eventually sold, some were again assigned to various departments. A worrying trend noted by the Auditor General concerns the vehicles being sold for rock bottom prices to various bidders.According to the AG, a Honda All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) was sold to someone who did not bid for the particular item but rather, made multiple purchases. This person rode away with a bargain, paying $161,000 for the ATV despite another bidder offering a sealed bid of $285,000.In another case, a vehicle was sold to someone for $400,000, despite the first bidder offering $1.8 million for the vehicle during a sealed bid exercise held in February 2019. The AG also noted that out of 34 vehicles that were supposed to be sold during the exercise, nine were removed at the request of the Commissioner-General.“However, no documentation to substantiate same was presented. Two were removed after publication of which 194 bids were received by intended purchasers, resulting in an estimated loss of revenue of $14.4 million,” the AG said, adding that his office could not determine if the bidders honoured their obligations through payments for the remaining 25 vehicles.In their defence, GRA stated that one motor vehicle was sold in accordance with the Customs Act, which, according to them, allows the Commissioner-General “to dispose of items in a manner as he may direct”.They also pled ignorance of the other vehicle referenced by the AG. In his recommendations, the AG repeated urgings that vehicles be disposed of with the view of maximising revenue and that all relevant documentation be presented for audit review.Last year, the parliamentary Opposition had actually approached the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to investigate fraud allegations at the GRA when it comes to seized vehicles. Specifically, the Opposition wanted to investigate how seized vehicles were finding their way onto the streets without being registered or gazetted.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told reporters at one of his press conferences that hundreds of motor vehicles were being imported into Guyana and were not being placed on the register for Want of Entry and, therefore, were never gazetted and put up for auction. In fact, Jagdeo posited that these motor vehicles, most of which were luxury vehicles, were finding their way onto the streets.“The hundreds of luxury vehicles like Land Cruisers, Lexus, Hummers, BMW that came into the country were seized by GRA, never made it to the register for the Want of Entry and so were never gazetted and placed at the auctions.These hundreds of vehicles found their way into the hands of people sympathetic to the Government resulting in billions of dollars of lost revenue,” he had disclosed. For his part, Statia has denied any impropriety at his agency.last_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN CHOSEN TO APPEAR ON HIT TV3 SHOW ‘THE APPRENTICE’

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A Donegal woman is to appear on TV3’s hit television show The Apprentice.Well-known media executive Joanne Sweeney Burke is already being tipped as being one of the favourites to win a job with millionaire businessman Bill Cullen.Ms Sweeney-Burke, 32, a married mother of two from Letterkenny owns and runs the successful MediaBox company. She is now one of the finalists who will feature in the hugely popular television show which will see the cream of Ireland’s young business talent.The winner of the show will be rewarded with a €200,000 package including a €100,000 cash prize.When contacted by Donegaldaily.com, Ms Sweeney-Burke declined to comment.However a source told us that she WILL be unveiled as a contestant on the show tomorrow. “Joanne will be on the show and she is already being tipped as one of the favourites on the show.“She has a lot of experience and is not just a young person trying to make a name for themselves.“She has run her own business for a number of years and has huge experience in fronting PR and advertising campaigns.“I think Bill is going to take a real shine to her,” said the source.Ends DONEGAL WOMAN CHOSEN TO APPEAR ON HIT TV3 SHOW ‘THE APPRENTICE’ was last modified: September 24th, 2011 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:Bill CullenJoanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Will there ever be clarity on Patrick McCaw?

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.MILWAUKEE — The Warriors have five All-Stars on their team. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins dealt with overlapping injuries. Kevin Durant and Green had an argument last month that has since publicly dissipated. And as the Warriors strive to win their fourth NBA championship in five years, plenty of intrigue lingers on if any of the other 29 NBA teams can …last_img read more

Call centre investment for Cape Town

first_img18 November 2009London-based firm Teleperformance UK, a leading provider of outsourced call centre services, has announced a major investment that will see the creation of over 2 000 new jobs in South Africa by 2012.The company, a subsidiary of international firm Teleperformance Group, announced on Friday that it would be starting work immediately on two new contact centres in Cape Town.The first facility, to be located in the city’s central business district, would “grow throughout 2010 to a potential of more than 1 000 seats”, while the second, planned for the city’s southern suburbs, was expected to start operating in 2011 with a capacity extending up to 2 000 seats.“We have chosen to further expand our facilities in South Africa as in our opinion it has the potential to become one of the fastest growing BPO [business process outsourcing] destinations,” Teleperformance UK CEO Jeff Smith said in a statement on Friday.“There is a real pool of talent that fits extremely well with our business needs in terms of both skill and culture,” Smith said. “South Africans have a justifiable reputation for their strong empathy with UK callers and for their excellent customer service skills.”Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, who was in London last week to help facilitate the deal, said that it “signalled investor confidence in Cape Town,” adding that the city would do whatever it could to enable investments that created more jobs for Cape Town’s residents.Also speaking from London, Mansoor Mohamed, Cape Town’s executive director for economic, social development and tourism, said the city had a strategy of “infrastructure-led economic growth and development”.The aim of this strategy was to make Cape Town “a globally competitive business and leisure destination, which will attract further investment and grow the economy,” Mohamed said.Cape Town has excellent capabilities in the call centre industry, including competitive real estate prices and a good choice of human resources.The city, named “Africa’s leading destination” at the World Travel Awards for two years running, is busy installing a mass public transport system and a municipal broadband fibre-optic network, and is one of the host cities for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Dairy aid helps, but not enough

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) needs to better reflect the dairy-farm incomes lost to tariff retaliation when it calculates its next round of trade mitigation payments, the said today.In a letter sent Tuesday to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, National Milk Producers Federation Chairman and dairy farmer Randy Mooney cited four studies illustrating that milk producers have experienced more than $1 billion in lost income since May, when the retaliatory tariffs were first placed on dairy goods in response to U.S. levies on foreign products. In contrast, the first round of USDA trade mitigation payments, announced in August, allocated only $127 million to dairy farmers.“We are ever-grateful for your advocacy on agricultural trade, which is crucial to the economic health of our industry,” wrote Mooney, who operates Mooney Dairy in Rogersville, Missouri, with his wife, Jan. “However, our members are greatly concerned about the level of aid that was provided in the initial effort.”The letter details four analyses, including two independent studies using sophisticated economic modeling, that each show losses to dairy producers far above USDA’s initial payment level.NMPF analyzed the CME dairy futures-based milk prices through the end of 2018, based on the settlement prices in late May, just before retaliatory tariffs were announced, with those same prices after tariffs had been thoroughly incorporated into market expectations.  The expected impact of the retaliation may result in roughly $1.5 billion in lost revenue for producers during the second half of 2018.USDA’s own monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) showed a drop in its forecast milk prices for the full 2018 calendar year of $0.70/cwt., after the imposition of the tariffs. The WASDE estimate amounts to a loss in dairy farm income of $1.5 billion for the year.An Informa Agribusiness Consulting study estimated that the tariffs would lower U.S. dairy farm income by $1.5 billion for the full year 2018.The Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University, estimated an annual loss of $1.17 billion.“These estimates show that farmer losses from the tariffs will notably exceed $1 billion in 2018,” Mooney wrote. “Significant income losses will continue” if tariffs imposed by Mexico and China — two of the largest dairy export markets for the United States — remain in place.Perdue has said a second trade mitigation payment to producers may be made this year, after additional calculations of farmer losses.“We are eager to work with you on a plan that better reflects the struggles dairy producers across the country have faced due to the tariffs,” Mooney wrote. “Thank you for considering the critical implications of these trade challenges for us as dairy farmers and cooperative owners.”last_img read more

Congress workers sell tomatoes for subsidised rate outside UP Assembly

first_imgPricey tomatoes spurred a fresh round of protests by Congress workers on Friday, who parked a cart full of tomatoes in front of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and sold the kitchen staple at Rs 10 per kg.The party had earlier come up with a “State Bank of Tomato” that is being operated from the Youth Congress office here.Tomato prices have hovered around Rs 100 per kg in major cities with supplies being disrupted due to heavy rains.Congress workers led by state secretary Shailendra Tiwari stood in front of the Assembly with a cart full of tomatoes with a banner “Tamatar ke aaye acche din” (good days have come for tomatoes) and sold it at Rs 10 per kg per person.“This is our way to protest the soaring tomato price.We are selling it to common man to show our concern for them.It’s ironical that the government has not taken any initiative to open subsidised counters for selling tomatoes or to check its price,” Mr. Tiwari said.The ‘tomato bank’ has some interesting schemes to offer like providing the commodity on easy loan as also a locker facility, 80 per cent loans on tomatoes and attractive interest rates for depositing tomatoes, especially for the poor.The idea behind the bank is to lodge protest and to create awareness among the people about the commodity being sold at such high rates.Prices of tomato have shot up about four times since the beginning of June when tomatoes were being sold at about Rs 25 per kg in the Delhi-National Capital Region market.Industry body Assocham had said recently that “Tomato prices may not immediately ease as flooding in some of the growing states has led to damage to the crop.” Unlike onion and potato, the shelf life of tomato is very short and it needs cold chains and modern warehouses for storage and transportation, it said.Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are the major tomato growing States.The country produces around 18 million tonnes of tomatoes.last_img read more

Injury forces Saina out of Indian Open

first_imgAn ankle injury forced Saina Nehwal to pull out of the Indian Open badminton championships, which got underway in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The Indian ace experienced pain in her right ankle after a practice session in the morning and subsequently withdrew.Saina confirmed that she had experienced pain on Wednesday. “Everytime I stretched on my right side, I felt a slight pain. I consulted Kiran Kumar (physiotherapist) and Pullela Gopi Chand sir and they were of the view that I should pull out,” said Saina.Saina added she had experienced similar pain in the third game of the Hong Kong Super Series final on Sunday, where she emerged victorious. ” I had felt the same pain when I was leading 17- 14 against Wang Shixian. But I continued as I was so close to winning,” she said.Speaking to Mail Today, Kiran Kumar said the injury was not serious. “It is not at all a serious injury. But then, seeing the tight schedule that she has ivn the coming year, we thought it was better not to take a chance,” he said.Elaborating on the injury, Kiran said Saina’s subtalar joint was at the root of the problem. ” One needs some massage and rest. I saw her ankle and felt that she needed at least a week’s break. Conversely, had she played, the injury could have been aggravated. It would have also put her out of action for five to six weeks,” Kiran Kumar said.But the bigger issue is with that with five to six weeks being the recovery period for her, the Indian ace is certain to miss the Super Series finals that are slated to be held in Taipei from January 5.advertisementWhen asked whether Saina would be able to play in the Taipei event, Kiran felt her chances were ” not too bright”. For his part, chief coach Gopi Chand said Saina was keen to participate but was prevented from going ahead. ” We did not want to take any risk by playing her here,” he said.Meanwhile, C Punnaiah Choudhary, the tournament secretary, admitted that Saina’s pull out came as a big disappointment.”The organisers and local fans were all hoping to see their star player win.Unfortunately that will not happen now,” he said.He also said that Saina will be fined for pulling out after the tournament had started. ” She will have to cough up the penalty of $ 250 for withdrawing so late,” Choudhary said.last_img read more

10 months agoAtletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants it

first_imgAtletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants itby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin says coach Diego Simeone has the job for as long as he wants it.Gil Marin is confident the Argentine is happy in Madrid, despite an admission that he sees a future with Inter Milan in Italy.The Atleti director stated: “I think the answer is simple, he has the job for as long as he wants to.”And I am convinced that he will continue to love it here as long as he believes that the club can continue to help him achieve his goals, which continue to produce results. That would mean that Atlético continues competing with the biggest.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan City winger Sterling adamant they can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Sterling adamant they can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Raheem Sterling is adamant they can stop runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.Sterling is undaunted about facing Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds, who have reeled off nine straight wins to open up a seven-point lead in the title race.”If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone,” said a defiant Sterling. “It’s going to be a great game on Thursday and we’re all ­looking forward to it.“The last three games we started well and scored the opening goal and then we were sloppy, but our mentality was good against Southampton and we showed a good fighting spirit.”There was a bit of luck as well, but we played some great football and controlled the game, which we know we can do. It’s up to us to keep that focus and go on to the next one.” last_img read more