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AMCC’s Ata, UNO’s Dechoux Crowned Southland Tennis Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Carlos Paton Canal, Lamar; Mats Westkamp, New Orleans. Dechoux also enjoyed a successful collegiate debut by not dropping a single set in three solo victories and a pair of dominant doubles wins. The Privateers jumped out to a 3-0 start to the spring season with duel wins over Prairie View A&M, Jackson State and Florida A&M. UNO is idle until Feb. 8, when the team will host Southern and Loyola (La.) at noon and 4 p.m., respectively. Honorable Mention: Olivia Alfredsson, Northwestern State; Emma Goedkoop, Sam Houston State; Emma Honore, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Fuka Nonoyama, Central Arkansas; Annie Walker, Stephen F. Austin. In his first collegiate matches, Ata went a perfect 4-0 in singles play at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions and won both of his top-line doubles outings. The Islanders moved to 4-0 on the season with a pair of doubleheader sweeps against Prairie View A&M and Trinity. A&M-Corpus Christi looks to stay undefeated against UTRGV at noon CT Wednesday before hosting Louisiana at 1 p.m. Saturday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Partnered with senior Yurina Asai, the duo lost just one game in their doubles wins over Jackson State (6-0) and Florida A&M (6-1).center_img Ata and doubles partner William Mottet edged out their Trinity counterparts 7-6 in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Tigers, and Ata won both of his second-line singles matches to finish off his perfect week. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Tristanne Dechoux, New Orleans – Fr. – Phoenix, Ariz.In addition to winning all four of her matches, Dechoux didn’t drop a single set throughout the week. At the No. 3 position, the newcomer put all three of her singles’ opponents away with 6-1 scores in the final set of each matchup. Week Two Stats (Men) | Week Two Stats (Women)FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Ryuya Ata is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, and New Orleans’ Tristanne Dechoux is the Women’s Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Ryuya Ata, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Fr. – Fukoka, JapanAfter cruising to his first singles and doubles victories in the doubleheader with Prairie View A&M, Ata suffered his first setback after losing the first set of his No. 2 singles matchup with the Panthers’ Jorge Caballero. Ata responded by taking sets two and three 6-2 and 6-1, respectively.last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1820 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. KIRI OWhite 51.0 6/1*2. BALLON D’OR SEllis 55.0 Neck3. MIND SET OWalker 56.0 1/2L4. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 3LWIN: $370.00PLACE: $104.00, $58.00, $59.00Final Time : 1:58.3 Splits : 27.0, 52.1, 1:16.4, 1:43.1Winner : 4yo b filly – BIRDSTONE – BOOTLESSTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $467.00 Ex: $1,312.00Trifecta: $731.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. LAZZA HPottinger4 53.02. OPTIMUS JInnis4 51.0 5-1/2L3. SLEW DI CLOCK LSteadman3 54.0 2-1/4L4. RED EAGLE RLunan 56.0 1-1/4LWIN: $283.00PLACE: $107.00, $160.00, $90.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.4, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – DAYTON FLYER – MISS POLLYTrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner : LORENZO ROBINSONBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQu: $1,953.00 Ex: $5,294.00D/E: $2,687.00Superfecta: $13,382.00Race 3 1600 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)&NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.02. SILVER CLOUD JErwin 53.5 6L3. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 55.0 3/4L4. DREAMCOMETRUE SMuir 53.0 2 1/4LWIN: $137.00Final Time: 1:39.1 Splits : 23.4, 46.1, 1:11.4Winner : 4yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – REGINA ROYALETrainer: HARRY PARSARD Owner: HARRY PARSARDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $196.00 Ex: $263.00D/E: $564.00Trifecta: $383.00Rolling Triple: $4,592.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. UNBREAKABLE AChatrie 56.02. DOC HOLIDAY DaneNelson 53.0 1-1/4L3. AGAKHAN RLunan 54.0 5/1 Neck4. TOUCH DE ROAD RoshJohnson4 52.0 1-1/4LWIN: $279.00PLACE: $137.00, $107.00, $93.00Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.4Winner: 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – ONEMOREFASHIONTrainer: DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner: GERAINT PARCHMENTBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $530.00 Ex: $1,263.00D/E: $1,649.00Superfecta: $5,681.00Rolling Triple: $7,332.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)1. BULLET RAJ JErwin 54.0*2. BIG DATA AChatrie 54.0 5L3. MISTER BONES RWilson 54.0 1-1/4L4. ZEPHYR KPowell 52.0 1-3/4L5. DYSFUNCTIONAL OWalker 56.0 1-1/2LLate scratch : #12 GALAHANNWIN: $204.00PLACE: $68.00, $56.00, $56.00Final Time : 0:57.3 Splits : 22.3, 44.3Winner : 3yo colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DANCING GOLDTrainer : ROBERT PEARSON Owner: W. B. RACINGBred by WILBERT BAGWANDEENQu: $340.00 Ex: $518.00D/E: $4,668.00Trifecta: $349.00Hi-5: $4,257.00Rolling Triple: $7,985.00LONG SHOT TROPHYRace 6 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE OCT.20&NB5YO&UP(MDN) (DIV.I)1. SPORTING CLAY DaneNelson 54.02. MONEYNEVERSLEEP BebHarvey3 52.5 3L3. WAR CHIP WHenry 54.0 13/1 1/2L4. SERIOUS BUSINESS SMuir 55.0 2-1/2L5. POCKET MONEY AndrePowell4 50.5 1-1/4L*6. PRINCE OSHAUN RWilson 54.0 *8/5 1/2LLate scratch : #7 AWESOME MARQUE, #13ALDEBARANWIN: $141.00PLACE: $88.00, $220.00, $158.00Final Time : 1:23.3 Splits : 24.2, 49.1, 1:15.4,Winner: 5yo b gelding – URBAN KING – DANCIN ROSETrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner : STEVEN M TODDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,759.00 Ex: $3,050.00D/E: $1,101.00Trifecta: $11,197.00Hit-6: $39,039.00Rolling Triple: $15,133.00Super-6: $479,006.10Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)*1. NOLAN HILL AChatrie 54.02. HELLO LADY SEllis 54.0 5L3. BOLD SYMPHONY OEdwards3 51.0 3L4. SWEET DESTINY ABudhu 56.0 2-1/2LLate scratch : #5 MASTER ADAM, #9 PHOTOGENICWIN: $86.00PLACE: $57.00, $155.00, $104.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.2, 44.3Winner : 3yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS -NO MONEY NO HONEYTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : TRUE FRIENDSBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $807.00 Ex: $1,194.00D/E: $229.00Superfecta: $9,112.00Rolling Triple: $2,212.0Race 8 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. SURE MAN DaneNelson 56.02. GIRSHOM LSteadman3 53.0 8L3. SEAL THE DEAL AChatrie 55.0 1L4. MIRACLE TRAIN OScott4 50.0 3/4L5. OMEGA AndrePowell4 51.5 1-1/4LLate scratch : #3 SIR ROLANDWIN: $119.00PLACE: $61.00, $77.00, $117.00Final Time : 1:31.2 Splits : 24.3, 49.2, 1:17.0,Winner : 5yo b colt – MIRACLE MAN – LADY KUMARITrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: PATRICK HALLBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $566.00 Ex: $716.00D/E: $142.00Trifecta: $1,928.00Hi-5: $130,655.50Rolling Triple: $435.00Pick-4: $4,840.00LONG SHOT TROPHYRace 9 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE OCT.20&NB5YO&UP(MDN) (DIV.II)1. BURNING MEDIC OEdwards3 50.02. GO TO HELL CChow 54.0 3/4L3. ALEXANDER LSteadman3 54.0 Head4. CAUSE FOR CONCERN DDawkins4 51.0 2- 1/2L5. WRIGHT AWAY DaneNelson 57.0 NeckWIN: $194.00PLACE: $77.00, $118.00, $65.00Final Time : 1:24.2 Splits : 24.4, 50.1, 1:16.1,Winner: 8yo ch horse – BURNING MARQUE – WILD MEDICTrainer: PATRICK FONG Owner : W. B. RACINGBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQu: $1,629.00 Ex: $3,877.00D/E: $619.00Trifecta: $2,896.00Hi-5 carry-over : $348,627.50Rolling Triple: $656.00Race 10 1600 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. SOUTHERN CRUISE PFrancis 52.0*2. FUTURE KING OWalker 54.0 Sh.Head3. SHINING LIGHT SMuir 53.5 2-1/2L4. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 56.0 3/4L5. BLACK THORN DaneNelson 52.5 2-1/2LWIN: $220.00PLACE: $61.00, $56.00, $112.00Final Time: 1:40.1 Splits : 24.4, 48.0, 1:13.4,Winner : 4yo ch colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – HONKEYTONKVILLETrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $298.00 Ex: $871.00D/E: $1,077.00Trifecta: $978.00Hi-5: $27,239.50Rolling Triple: $5,442.00PlacePot 8: $6,165.00EILEEN CLIGGOTT MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 11 1300 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. POKER STAR OWalker 54.52. PHINEAS WHenry 53.0 1-3/4L3. CAMPESINO PFrancis 52.0 1- 1/2L4. UPPA TUNE SEllis 57.0 2-1/4LWIN: $90.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:18.4 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:11.4Winner : 4yo b colt – LIQUIDITY – BUYABOOKTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTAOwner: ALEXANDER HABERBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $459.00 Ex: $451.00D/E: $298.00Trifecta: $263.00Rolling Triple: $4,894.00Race 12 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins4 52.02. WICKED TUFF RLahoe 54.0 10L3. TEISHA’S DREAM AGray4 51.5 Sh.Head4. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 53.0 1L5. MEDICAL INSTINCT RNelson 53.0 3/4LLate scratch : #3 FREE AS A BIRD, #9 SMART TRAINWIN: $81.00PLACE: $119.00, $81.00, $177.00Final Time: 1:02.2 Splits: 23.4, 48.2Winner: 5yo colt – ADORE THE GOLD – UP FOR GOLDTrainer: PAUL SMITH Owner: DELETA BREWSTERBred by HOPETON DRECKETTEQu: $796.00 Ex: $2,077.00D/E: $806.00 (1-3) $106.00Trifecta: $4,906.00Hi-5 carry-over : $116,220.00Rolling Triple: $3,602.00Pick-4: $16,556.00Super-6: $17,051.00Pick-9: (8/9) $10,754.50 (7/9) $318.00Carry-over : $1, 414,054.90last_img read more

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LaVine gets 18, Bulls end Miami’s 7-game win streak

first_imgLATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Markkanen made his 100th career 3-pointer in his 41st game, the record for fastest to get to 100 in NBA history.MORE TIME?Hoiberg said LaVine will be on 20-minute restriction on Wednesday against Golden State and then re-evaluated for possible extended action after that.UP NEXTHeat: At Milwaukee on Wednesday in the second of a five-game road trip.Bulls: Host Golden State on Wednesday to close a three-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine left, drives against Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson right, after recovering a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Chicago. Chicago won 119-111. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO — Zach LaVine is making the most of his limited minutes.The guard scored 18 points in his second game with Chicago as the Bulls ended the Miami Heat’s seven-game winning streak with a 119-111 victory Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Holiday had four 3-pointers in the third quarter, including one that gave Chicago its first of two 19-point leads in the third, 82-63.Mirotic scored all 18 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, holding off the Heat, who closed to a 105-100 deficit with 3:39 to play on James Johnson’s 3-pointer.Holiday made a jump shot and two free throws, and rookie Lauri Markkanen made a 3-pointer down the stretch. Markkanen had 17 points and nine rebounds.“They lit us up,” Spoelstra said. “They have been playing well for 20 games. It’s not like they’re sneaking up on us. They’ve been playing good basketball. They play hard. They compete.”Heat starter Tyler Johnson injured his left ankle in the third quarter. He was helped to the locker room and didn’t return.Goran Dragic scored 22 points to lead the Heat. Off the bench, Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and eight assists and Wayne Ellington had 20 points.ANOTHER ONE DOWNSpoestra said Johnson got X-rays on his ankle that were negative and should get an MRI on Tuesday.“We were all thinking the worst,” Spoelstra said. “Right now he just has it wrapped in tape so that’s a good sign as well.”The Heat are already down guard Dion Waiters, who had season-ending ankle surgery.YOUNG GUN Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’m still a little tired, a little winded, but I feel good,” LaVine said. “It goes by really quick, I look up and like, man it’s already seven minutes, but I try to make the most of the 20 minutes, and I think I’m doing a good job so far.”Justin Holiday made a career-best seven 3s and scored 25 points for the Bulls, who have won three straight and 14 of their last 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLaVine tore an ACL last season with Minnesota and was traded in a package for Jimmy Butler in the offseason. He scored 14 points in his Bulls debut Saturday against Detroit.The Bulls are limiting LaVine to 20 minutes per game in his first week back. He scored 13 points in 12 minutes in the first half, and his four-point play with 0.9 seconds left before the break put the Bulls ahead 55-48 after a 14-2 run. “That was pretty disgusting basketball,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.LaVine also had five rebounds, five assists and two steals.“He came with a lot of confidence shooting, and he’s just so fast out there,” Nikola Mirotic said.The Bulls hit 16 of 39 3-pointers (41 percent), their eighth straight game with at least 10 3-pointers, a franchise record.“We weren’t communicating very well,” Heat guard Josh Richardson said. “We knew the game plan coming in, we were going to have to make them drive it, or make thing tough on them from the 3-point line. We just didn’t do that.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Michele Gumabao confirms Binibining Pilipinas stintlast_img read more

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Jagdeo calls on AG to probe $300M injected into DHB feasibility study

first_imgPublic Infrastructure MinisterDavid PattersonOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling for an investigation into the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) after information was received that almost $300 million was removed from the Asphalt Plant account and injected into the controversial feasibility study for the new Demerara Harbour Bridge.Speaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo said information was received from a whistle-blower that a total of $289 million was diverted from the Asphalt Plant’s account into the feasibility study of the new Demerara river crossing, despite a $148 million contract having been awarded for that project. The Asphalt Plant falls under the DHBC.“Cabinet awarded for $161 million. The contractor had a contract signed for $148 million, but they withdrew from the Demerara Harbour Bridge account $215 million in 2017, plus another $74 million in 2018. So that takes us to nearly $300 million that came out of the Demerara Harbour Bridge account for this project; nearly twice as much (as the contract),” Jagdeo posited.To this end, the Opposition Leader is calling on the Auditor General to look into the matter. “We need the Auditor General to immediately look into this project, because the Police will not do it,” he asserted.Jagdeo is referring to the Police investigation into the award of a sole-sourced contract for a feasibility study into the construction of the new Demerara River Bridge. The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study into the new bridge.A probe conducted by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) upon request from the People’s Progressive Party/Civic(PPP/C) had flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the $148 million contract be sole-sourced instead of being processed through the Procurement Board, as the law says should be done.As a result of the findings, the Opposition last August asked the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to investigate the PPC’s findings. The Police last said that the file has been sent for legal advice.“Since August of last year, we filed a report with the Police, they completed investigations in January this year, and we haven’t heard a single thing from them. By now Patterson should’ve been charged,” Jagdeo insisted.Almost weekly, the Opposition Leader has been lamenting that the Police are yet to take any action, and according to him at this week’s media briefing, this new information regarding monies being removed from the Asphalt Plant’s account came in from a whistleblower having heard him.“(The whistleblower) pointed out that it’s not just that it was done illegally, but nearly another $150 million more than what the project was signed for had been used up. And the whistleblower has also said that if you check the payment to the contractor, not even the $148 was paid over to the contractor. So, clearly, there is enough to warrant a full-fledged investigation. We believe that hundreds of millions of dollars is being stolen through this project,” Jagdeo stated.He went on to say that in light of all of these allegations, the Police need to get the Dutch company here and question them as well as those at the Asphalt Plant to determine how much money was actually released for this project, since this appears to be a “straight forward case of theft of a large sum of money.“So I’m very concerned about the pattern that we see here; not that it’s unexpected,” Jagdeo said.This is not the first time this issue of money from the Asphalt Plant being used for the feasibility study is highlighted. In fact, the redirecting of the money is reflected in the agency’s 2019 budget allocation. As such, it was scrutinised by the Opposition during the December consideration of Budget Estimates.During his presentation, Opposition Shadow Infrastructure Minister Juan Edghill rapped the Public Infrastructure Minister over the new Demerara River Bridge feasibility study; the contract for which saw not only Patterson breaching the procurement laws, but the entire Cabinet as well, when they approved the award to the Dutch company.Edghill, however, claimed that payment for the study came from an extra-budgetary account; that is, the Asphalt Plant of the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB). He went on to say that some $227 million was reportedly spent on the feasibility study when the nation was told that the company only got $148 million.“Where did the rest of the money go? We want to know today… because you went into an extra-budgetary account, you took money illegally and paid for a feasibility study that was an unsolicited bid… How much did you spend, because you’re asking for another $100 million from the Budget,” Edghill stated.In response, however, Minister Patterson only confirmed that the $100 million being sought was indeed for feasibility studies for the new Demerara Harbour Bridge, but he did not address the other disbursements from the Asphalt Plant’s account.last_img read more

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Govt taxation strangles struggling economy – Ali

first_img… cites higher income and trade taxesDespite an economy in which the traditional productive sectors have struggled, the 2019 Mid-year report shows that tax collection has risen and will continue to rise for the rest of the year. This is according to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali.PPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan AliAccording to Ali, in a statement on Sunday, the Government squeezed more tax revenue out of the population in the first half of 2019 – $108.9 billion, than it did in the first half of 2018 ($100.6 billion).“The increase was attributed to higher income taxes, value added taxes and trade taxes,” Ali said. “The increased taxes financed the growth in current expenditure which ballooned from $92,848 million by the end of June 2018 to $97,325 million at the end of June 2019.”Ali also alluded to projections, noting that the report estimates the collection of $91.8 million in income tax, $95.8 billion in VAT and excise tax, $25.1 billion in trade taxes and $10.6 billion in the category of ‘others’, by this year end.“This represents an increase of $3.8 billion,” Ali said. “The half-year report also revealed that the Government intends to extract more from the Private Sector in the form of non-tax revenue. The budgeted amount of $8.4 million from this source was increased to $8.8 million.”The Mid-Year ReportA breakdown of tax collection documented in the report shows that Value Added Tax (VAT) collection increased by $2.1 billion to $24.8 billion between January and June of this year. The report notes that VAT from domestic goods rose by $2 billion owing to higher payments from manufacturing, distribution, services, and oil and gas.According to the report, the net property tax paid by the Private Sector was $3.6 billion, with some individual payments reaching $700 million. Current tax payments from companies increased by $24.7 million, while arrears payments for companies and individuals were $127.8 million and $101.7 million respectively.Meanwhile, personal income tax revenue grew by $2 billion, or 16.4 per cent, compared to the corresponding period last year. According to the report, companies in the oil and gas sector accounted for 61 per cent or $1.2 billion.“The other entities contributing to the increased collections were mining companies, public institutions and telecommunications companies. The number of employers making payments rose by 6.3 per cent or 120 employers during the first half of 2019, in comparison to the same period in 2018. Arrears payments were $0.2 billion for PAYE and $0.6 billion for individual income taxes,” the report says.Ali also called out the Government for its less-than-truthful analysis of the Balance of Payments (BOP) figures. He noted that the Government has made a concerted effort to downplay what is, in reality, a disaster.The economist also pointed out that the overall balance before grants widened from $2.6 billion at the end of June 2018 to reach $5.9 billion by the end of June 2019.“These funds will be utilised to finance other goods and services that is projected to increase to $60,791.1 million, from a budgeted sum of $59,843 million for this category of government expenditure. The emoluments were maintained at $70,151.1 million.”“In the first half of 2019, the overall balance of payments registered a deficit of US$86.9 million – 37.9 per cent smaller than the previous half-year’s deficit of US$139.8 million. This was supported by a higher surplus on the capital account, despite a higher current account deficit,” the Presidential Candidate said.last_img read more

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Mwendwa bows to pressure to stick to 2-year-term limit

first_imgThe Sports Act that was passed into law in 2013 clearly states that the term limit for a federation president is a two-year-team running for four years.Had the AGM adopted the proposal, FKF President Nick Mwendwa and National Executive Committee (NEC) members could have ruled for a total 12 years were they to be re-elected to office for the next two terms.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000All KPL and National Super League (NSL) clubs are required to comply with the FIFA/CAF club licensing rules and of all the 36, only three have been cleared, one provisionally issued with a certificate and 11 submitted documents.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has bowed to pressure from stakeholders and drop the proposal to increase the term limit of its president by a further four years.This was done during the FKF Annual General Meeting in Mombasa where stakeholders had raised concerns of the proposal that if it was passed it would contravene with the Sports Act.last_img read more

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Millions receive tax relief for a year

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“What we are hearing across the country today is a collective sigh of relief,” said Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., a member of the GOP leadership. But by waiting until the last day of the session, less than a week before Christmas, Congress left in question whether the Internal Revenue Service can adjust its forms in time for the 2008 filing season to begin in mid-January. Delays in processing returns could put off refunds to millions of people needing the extra cash for holiday expenses. Linda Stiff, acting commissioner of the IRS, said the agency would immediately begin reprogramming forms, a process the IRS has said could take about seven weeks. “Our people will do everything they can to quickly update our systems for this major change,” she said in a written statement. The independent IRS Oversight Board, in a report on possible consequences of a delay, predicted that a Feb. 4 start for the filing season would entail a delay in issuing about 13.3million refunds worth $39 billion. “It is likely that there will be some delays, including delays of some refunds,” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said. He pledged that the Treasury Department and the IRS would strive to keep taxpayers informed. WASHINGTON – The nation heard a sigh of relief, at least according to a key lawmaker, when Congress defused one of the most feared taxes in its arsenal. Any expression of relief was most likely to come from more than 20 million taxpayers facing the alternative minimum tax for the first time this year. It would have cost each an additional $2,000 at tax time had Congress not acted. President Bush plans to sign into law the one-year freeze on the AMT that lawmakers approved Wednesday. Taxpayers were not alone in wanting to see the AMT defused. Members of Congress heading home for the holidays dreaded explaining how they let politics get in the way of protecting middle-class families from a tax originally aimed at the untaxed super-rich. Last year 4million paid the AMT; this year it was expected to hit 25 million. “We do not want those hardworking families to wake up in the morning and find that there is a feud between Republicans and Democrats that would cause them to carry this burden,” said Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Once aimed at tax dodgers One-year fixes have become an annual congressional ritual for a tax, enacted in 1969 to catch a small number of very rich tax dodgers, that has come to entrap many more people because the tax was never adjusted for inflation. The tax has alternative, more stringent rules for claiming deductions. Many of the beneficiaries of the AMT fix are people with incomes in the range of $75,000 to $200,000. `Pay as you go’ conflict This year, however, action on the fix was held up by a philosophical divide between the two parties. The new Democratic majority in the House – committed to “pay as you go” rules requiring that tax cuts and mandatory spending increases be covered by tax increases or spending cuts, so as not to add to the deficit – demanded that the $50billion cost of the tax relief be paid for, mainly by closing a loophole on offshore tax havens. Republicans, backed by a presidential veto threat, insisted that the AMT was never meant to affect millions of people and thus shouldn’t be fixed with increased taxes. White House press secretary Dana Perino welcomed passage of a bill without a tax hike. “The AMT was never intended to hit these middle- class taxpayers, and the last thing they or the U.S. economy needs is a tax increase,” she said. “It is not necessary to enact a tax increase in order to prevent another tax increase,” said Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee. The Republicans prevailed. On Tuesday night, the Senate for a second time rejected the House-backed approach of a paid-for AMT bill. With that vote, the House reluctantly took up the Senate bill that had no sources of revenue to cover the costs. “We are forced to recognize today that we don’t have the votes to pursue the pay-as-you-go principle,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said. The House vote Wednesday was 352-64, with all the opposition coming from Democrats, led by a group of fiscally conservative Democrats called the Blue Dogs. “We are presently borrowing from foreigners a little over $20million an hour,” said Blue Dog leader Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. “When in the name of all that is holy are you going to stop?” he asked Republicans. Chrys Sullivan, assistant vice president for client service at H&R Block, said the tax preparer is telling people to go ahead and prepare their returns so that they will be ready to file quickly when the IRS announces that it is starting to accept files. She also cautioned that any delay will be industrywide, and consumers should be wary of possible scams from those claiming they can get around delays and get refunds faster.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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FREE PINTS FOR THE IRELAND MATCH AT THE BREWERY BAR!

first_imgThe Brewery Bar are giving away FREE pints for the Ireland match on Saturday afternoon. Martin O’Neill’s side face Belgium in a crucial game in their second match of EURO 2016. Management at The Brewery are giving away FREE pints for the first THIRTY customers through the doors on Saturday.The first thirty punters will be given FREE pints of Carlsberg on arrival!The Brewery is known for their desire to provide top-class customer service and are always running great deals and offers, and their latest promotion only reiterates this further.So make sure and support The Boys in Green this Saturday at The Brewery Bar. FREE PINTS FOR THE IRELAND MATCH AT THE BREWERY BAR! was last modified: June 16th, 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:BusinessEuro 2016FeaturesFREE pintsnewsThe Brewerylast_img read more

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Fernandez back in the saddle

first_img It’s no secret NASCAR is looking to tap into the Hispanic market for new fans. And it looks like it wants Fernandez to be part of that drive. Lucky for NASCAR, it’s a role that suits Fernandez. “One of the biggest pleasures I’ve had in racing is just seeing the support over the years in the U.S. and Mexico and everywhere we’ve raced with our fans,” Fernandez said. “I miss that. To bring that back to life would be another dream come true. People say maybe I’m too old, but I think that life starts after 42 years old.” q q q It was brought to Elliott Sadler’s attention recently that his Robert Yates Racing teammate, Dale Jarrett, threw out the first pitch at two baseball games back in 2002. One was before an Angels game, when they were known as the Anaheim Angels. The other before a San Francisco Giants game. Both teams met in the World Series. “Wish he’d go throw a pitch around my race shop,” said Sadler, who like his teammate, is fighting for one of the 10 spots in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Chase for the Championship. Sunday’s race at California Speedway could seal the fates of Sadler and Jarrett. With two races remaining before the Chase begins, a win or strong finish could climb them into the top 10. A poor finish and they could be racing for 11th place and a measly $1 million bonus instead of the Cup championship. Jarrett and Sadler share more than a race shop. Both were accomplished, NCAA-caliber athletes in other sports: Jarrett in golf and Sadler in basketball. Jarrett was offered a scholarship to play golf at the University of South Carolina, but turned it down to go into NASCAR. “I can’t ever beat my teammate, Dale Jarrett,” Sadler said about their golfing expeditions. “He whoops me every time.” Sadler had a chance to go to James Madison University on a basketball scholarship and play for Lefty Dreisel. But a knee injury prevented Sadler from continuing his basketball career in college. Despite making the switch to stock cars, Sadler still finds time to play basketball when he’s not racing. “Every once in a while,” Sadler said. “Not as much as I used to, ’cause we just travel too much.” Sadler said he tries to mix in some games during the weekends at race tracks. During the off-season, Sadler goes back home to Virginia to play at his old high school. “I’m getting older now,” said the 30-year-old Sadler. “It’s getting a little harder to do it. I kinda like it when they play half-court, not full-court.” When it comes to other NASCAR drivers, there aren’t many who could challenge Sadler in a game of one-on-one. “None of ’em,” Sadler said. “I’m not really worried about one-on-one basketball with any of them.” His crew members, well, that’s another story. “My jackman’s pretty athletic,” Sadler said. “He’s about the only guy I’d really worry about in basketball right now.” Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or timothy.haddock@dailynews.com NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES SONY HD 500 Site: Fontana. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (SPEED, 2 p.m.); Sunday, race (NBC, 5 p.m.). Track: California Speedway (D-shaped oval, 2 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 500 miles, 250 laps. Next race: Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Sept. 10, Richmond, Va. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Ameriquest 300 Site: Fontana. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (SPEED, noon); race (NBC, 5:30 p.m.). Track: California Speedway (D-shaped oval, 2 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 300 miles, 150 laps. Next race: Emerson Radio 250, Sept. 9, Richmond, Va. FORMULA ONE Italian Grand Prix Site: Monza, Italy. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (SPEED, 4 a.m.); Sunday, race, 5 a.m. (SPEED, 4:30 a.m.). Track: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (road course, 3.599 miles, seven turns). Race distance: 190.747 miles, 53 laps. Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Sept. 11, Spa-Francorchamps. On the Net: www.formula1.com NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Site: Clermont, Ind. Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 3:15 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 10:15 a.m. (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.); Sunday, qualifying, 8 a.m. (ESPN2, 9 a.m.); Monday, eliminations, 8 a.m. (ESPN2, 9 a.m.). Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park. Next event: NHRA Nationals, Sept. 18, Reading, Pa. On the Net: www.nhra.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Adrian Fernandez is a two-time winner at California Speedway. But both his victories came in open-wheel racing. He won one race in a Champ Car and another in the Indy Racing League. He returns Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series race. It will be his first race in a stock car on an oval. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But sponsors fell through and he was left as a two-car team owner without a car of his own to drive. Fernandez said he was content to step out of a race car and manage his team. He got married and decided it was time to focus on his personal life. At one point, it looked like his racing career was over. Then he was offered an opportunity to drive in the NASCAR Busch Series race in Mexico. Fernandez jumped at the chance. He led for a time in NASCAR’s first visit to Mexico for a points race and the racing bug bit him again. The California Speedway race will be the first of five for Fernandez as he tests the waters of NASCAR. If he enjoys it, Fernandez said he might return for a full season in 2006. “I’m grateful to have this opportunity at my age and just not many drivers have this opportunity,” Fernandez said. “There are many Mexicans who can have this opportunity. I still feel I’m on top of my game. I’m doing everything I can to be as competitive as I can in these five races and to see if I really enjoy it.” center_img While he is no stranger to California Speedway, it is a little surprising to see Fernandez back in a race car. Even he admits that his racing days were numbered. He was perhaps the best driver in the IRL at the end of the 2004 season. He won three of the last six races and looked like he might contend for the 2005 series championship. last_img read more

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Heavyweights clash as SC Villa hosts desperate Vipers

first_imgTom Matsiko(right) scored the winner when the two sides met earlier this seasonAzam Uganda Premier LeagueSC Villa vs. Vipers SCMasaka Recreation GroundsTuesday, 17-04-2018Viper SC will seek to rejuvenate their title credentials away to top of the league SC Villa.The Venoms have fallen six points behind Villa and a loss for Miguel Duarte’s men in Masaka will all but nearly extinguish their chances of winning their first league crown in the last three years.For Villa, they will look at the game as a chance of putting more ground between them and the chasing pack that is if they manage victory.Dan Bilikwalila and Yayo Lutimba are both out for Vipers but the good news is that Milton Karisa and Tadeo Lwanga have recovered from knocks and will feature in the game. Teenager Frank Tumwesigye is also available for selection after returning from the Post Primary championships.Villa have no injury issues to worry about and their coach Wasswa Bbossa will have a full strength squad at his disposal.What the coaches are saying:Miguel Duarte, Vipers SC;“We know what is at stake and we are so ready for the task ahead of us.“Our only chance is to stop them and that will be our only priority in Masaka.“I trust that i have got the players to get the job done and only hope that luck is on our side.Wasswa Bbosa, SC Villa;“We are on pressure to perform because everyone is targeting us now and it is good that we have so far delivered.“Against Vipers, it is going to be a huge task for us as they are one of the best sides in the league but we will approach the game the same way we have approached the others and hopefully we can get the desired result.There is no love lost between the two sides after the controversial first leg in Kitende that Vipers won 1-0.The game saw Villa deducted two points for player miss-conduct and the post reactions by the away fans lead to destruction of part of the St. Mary’s stadium.Key stats:Both teams enter the game having not lost in any of their last seven games in all competition with Villa drawing one and Vipers two in that period.Villa has never lost a game in Masaka (P22 W8 D4). They have drawn only one of the 11 home games they have played this season. The draw was against Maroons.For Vipers, they go into this fixture having lost only one of their last nine league away games (W4 D4).The reverse fixture last season ended 1-0 in favour of the home side.When the two sides meet at the start of this season, Tom Matsiko’s free-kick was the difference between the two sides at Kitende as Vipers won 1-0.SC Villa has won only one home game against Vipers since 2010. During that period, they have lost three and drawn four of the other seven games art home to the venoms.Other games to be played today:-Express FC vs UPDF FC @Wankulukuku, 04:30pm-Onduparaka FC vs KCCA FC @BetWay GreenLight stadium in Arua @04:30pm-Proline FC vs Police FC  @StarTimes stadium in Lugogo @4:30pmComments Tags: miguel duarteSC Villatadeo lwangatom matsikovipers scwasswa bbosalast_img read more

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