Trent Merrin denies Panthers player unrest claims

first_imgMerrin defended the club’s decisions to let both Cartwright and Matt Moylan go over the summer break, indicating they were not on the same page with the rest of the squad.Cartwright’s exit at the Panthers was considered months in the making, and Merrin said modern day rugby league players were professional enough to adjust to sudden departures and arrivals regardless of when it occurs.”Within the playing group there is a lot of clarity there,” Merrin said ahead of the club’s trial with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.”We’re a tight group of boys all heading in the right direction and when a few players don’t feel like they’re heading in that same direction then the club needs to make a decision.”Obviously the club did what they thought was the best thing for the club. Those players that have left was best for their career.”Both the decisions were made from the player [perspective] and best perspective from the club as well.”The 28-year-old threw his support behind head coach Anthony Griffin and the coaching staff leading into the new season, re-iterating there was no reason to suggest the side wasn’t capable of improving on their semi-final finish in 2017.”There’s no issues within the group, the fans should be happy with that,” Merrin said.”It’s one of the tightest groups I’ve been a part of. Every club has their own individual issues and get on top of them their own ways and that’s what has happened at our club.”You ask any one of these players here and they’ve got full belief and respect of the staff and officials we have at this club to make the right decisions moving forward.”When those decisions were made obviously you have a friendship base at the club and they’ll never be lost, but at the end of the day the club and player has to do what’s best for themselves.”Merrin was confident any remaining off-field distractions will vanish if the Panthers can fix an irritating habit of making sluggish starts their Telstra Premiership campaigns, having done so for the past three seasons.The side have won only two games in their opening five clashes in each season dating back to 2015 – including last year’s tough two-wins, seven-loss record from their first nine fixtures.”It’s something we need to work on and talk about, to start fast coming into these trials and round one,” Merrin said.”We’ve put a lot of emphasis on starting our games fast and building the consistency on the back of that.”The boys are anxious to get out on the field and pass the ball around, get some contact and play some footy. That’s the main thing about trials – to get the timing right off the ball and defensive structures right and get used to the players left and right of you.”We’re all looking forward to it.”Griffin has not mucked around for the pre-season hit-out on Saturday, naming new recruit James Maloney alongside Nathan Cleary in the halves with Merrin, James Tamou and James Fisher-Harris to lead the forward pack.All NRL squads for trials and World Club Challengelast_img read more

“I don’t see positive being a tennis player, I only play tennis for money”

first_imgBublik highlights the demand that has led him to skilled tennis and criticizes the very fact of enjoying so many video games in a brief time period. “I love this sport, I can’t say the other, I love hitting the ball. When I end my profession, I’m certain I’ll maintain hitting balls. I suppose I will die enjoying tennis. However Being a skilled tennis participant and enjoying video games every single day even when you have ache in every single place may be very troublesome. You possibly can’t say “I don’t really feel effectively, I don’t play.” It doesn’t matter if you happen to separate out of your girlfriend or get divorced, you must play. And if you happen to lose, everybody asks you why you misplaced. Leap on the monitor if you are able to do higher than me. That’s the a part of tennis that I hate. “ Alexander Bublik made some controversial statements in an interview with the French newspaper L’Équipe whereas enjoying this week the Open 13 Provence of Marseille. The Kazakh tennis participant revealed that he doesn’t like skilled tennis and it was clear when explaining the the explanation why he’s nonetheless on the circuit.Bublik stated that if he performs tennis it’s only to earn cash. “I hate tennis with all my coronary heart. I hate the times I should play. If I’m trustworthy, I don’t see something positive in being a tennis participant. I only play for cash. If there was no cash at stake, I would depart it instantly. I haven’t earned sufficient but, in any other case I would have already retired. “Bublik’s explanations are additionally mirrored in one of many tattoos that the Kazakh tennis participant has on his physique. “I have seven tattoos and each is said to a particular second in my life. The one I have associated to tennis, which is a skeleton that has a tennis ball in its hand, It jogs my memory that I should endure this sport filth every single day. “last_img read more

Fraud accused Ambassador exposes APNU/AFC’s rhetoric – Jagdeo

first_img…“they can’t do due diligence on people they hiring right under their nose”The appointment of a fraud accused Ambassador, Dr Shamir Ally, by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, is but another indication of how the Administration operates, which further exposes the gap in the rhetoric being espoused as against its actions.This is the view held by former President, now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, who on Wednesday pointed to the fact that theFraud accused, Guyana Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir AllyAdministration continuously makes lofty statements such as increased due diligence for foreign investors when “they can’t do due diligence on the people they hiring right under their nose.”He was at the time asked to weigh in on the fact that Guyana has infact appointed an Ambassador who in 2002, had been charged with financial offences by the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).According to Jagdeo, the APNU/AFC Government, “it has set all these lofty standards” and speaks about good governance measures and the prevention of corruption but “there is a huge gap between the rhetoric of this Government and what it practices.”He accused members of the Government of being, “totally aloof,” since its members “don’t walk the markets, they don’t walk the street sides, they don’t go in the communities to find out how hard it is, how many people have lost their jobs and try to help them.”Jagdeo instead accused Government of being engaged in looking to prove the un-provable.According to Jagdeo “the Shamir Ally matter is just another one which is indicative of the way this government operates.”He said the supporters of the coalition APNU will soon come to realise that Government in fact has no interest in their concerns, “they are totally aloof.”The AFC had over the weekend issued a missive in defence of the Ambassador they had sponsored, and denied he was the mastermind in the US fraud scheme and instead claimed he inherited the accounting system which had landed him in ‘hot water.’The party said he “vehemently denied the charges, but agreed to pay the US$10,000 penalty under protest.”Dr Ally and his co-accused had copped an out-of-court plea deal with the SEC to pay fines ranging from US$10,000 to US$50,000.He was charged in 2002 by the Commission for “the dissemination of false financial information” using his company, Acrodyne.The Guyana diplomat and others were said to be “aware of numerous and significant problems with Acrodyne’s accounting controls, but failed to assure that Acrodyne’s financial transactions were accurately recorded.”The AFC said that Dr Ally was employed by Acrodyne for a short period, “from February 2, 1999 to May 9, 1999 as the Cost Accounting Manager… On May 10, 1999, he was promoted to Controller and he served in this position for 15 months up to July 10, 2000.”Dr Ally was fired from Acrodyne in July 2000, circumstances he blamed on a “power struggle, falling revenue/income and a depleting labour force” in the company.He was later charged along with two other Acrodyne executives, including its President in May 2002, by the SEC with civil action.Dr Ally, in seeking to provide an explanation, said Acrodyne prepared its quarterly financial reports “based on some actual, and some estimated figures.”He said the company would, at the end of the year, do an annual stock taking and these reports would be audited and sent to the SEC.He maintains that this system of preparing records based in part on estimates “was Standard Operating Procedure at Acrodyne”.In March 2003, the SEC had ordered Acrodyne to cease and desist from future violations of the anti-fraud, periodic reporting, and books and records provisions of the Exchange.last_img read more

Liberia Secures US$3M for Youth Opportunities Program

first_imgLiberian delegation during engagements at IMF Spring Meetings 2019Rallies for support at IMF Spring Meetings Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr., along with other officials of government has rallied for support on behalf of the Government of Liberia at the recent IMF/ World Bank Spring Meetings, in Washington, D.C. the United States of America.The event held from April 8-14, 2019, was under the theme “Invest in Your Future” and brought together central bankers, Ministers of Finance and Development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics who discussed issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.According to a release from Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Minister Tweah, as head of the delegation and other officials had discussions for possible investment in areas including the private sector, domestic revenue mobilization, digital economy and social safety net, which he said are aligned to the President George Manneh Weah’s Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).Accordingly, the World Bank had earlier earmarked US$106 million for three key sectors to include Education (US$50m), Water and Sewer (US$30m), and Public Financial Management (US$26m). The Liberian Government would have to develop a logical framework and a rationalized time-bound matrix for the utilization of the funds.The MFDP release says that support to water and sewer will focus on providing new pipes for the Pipeline water plant, while the Bank’s support to the educational sector will see the construction of additional schools in 24 districts as well as teachers’ quarters and science laboratories across the country.With regard to Public Financial Management, support will go towards setting up of an e-tax policy and system, e-procurement, and capacity development amongst others.Meanwhile, according to the MFDP, the government of Liberia is expected to adhere to the rigid requirements for its signing onto the IMF program. Once successful, the country could benefit from additional funds including budgetary support. To achieve this, the government will have to take strong measures towards macroeconomic reforms to include transparency in monetary and fiscal policies, reforming the over-bloated wage bill, governance, business climate, as well improving an enabling environment for agribusiness.There are indications, the MFDP release said, that government’s projected revenue for fiscal year 2019/2020 will fall short of expenditure, hence the need for serious austerity measures. More attention needs to be focused on the rationalization of both salaries and allowances within the public sector. There is not a coordinated approach in the payment of allowances in various ministries and agencies. Reforming the wage bill could be the first best approach for a government that inherited lots of debts from the previous government.It is expected that SOEs transparency and oversight could be another measure placed on the table by the IMF and WB. The government does not have a strong framework on how SOEs can contribute to the country’s budget processes. The international financial reporting standards require all SOEs to publish their financial statements on a periodic basis.While the government has made progress in resolving some of the binding constraints to the business climate, there is still a need for more reforms. Access to credit, resolving insolvency and enforcing contracts remain a challenge. The government has already banned import permits declaration, while at the same time making efforts to improve trading across borders.Conforming to the IMF program requires a rigorous self-assessment of the country’s macroeconomic policies as well as the politic will to implement these measures. While this process can be burdensome for developing countries, it can also offer opportunities for sustained economic growth and development, especially for a country that needs more support for infrastructure development and agriculture.Also featured at the just ended IMF/WB Springs Meeting in Washington D.C. were seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ECLAC report projects increased tax collection in Guyana

first_img– expected to be major driver of public revenues for 2019At a time when sections of society have already been complaining about the tax burden, a report into economic conditions in the Caribbean, Latin America and particularly Guyana, has found that tax collection is projected to be on the rise.According to the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report of 2019, public revenues in the Caribbean are expected to continue to rise in 2019. However, this increase will be at a slower pace in 2018, from 27 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018 to 27.7 per cent this year.According to the report, this GDP point percentage increase will be because of higher tax and non-tax revenues. According to the report, countries including Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago will see an increase of more than one per cent of the GDP point in 2019.Providing a breakdown of Guyana’s taxes from 2017 to 2018, the report found that the total tax burden increased to 28.8 per cent of the GDP in 2018, up from 26.1 per cent. Direct taxes for 2018 showed a marginal increase to 10.8 per cent of GDP, while indirect taxes increased from 13.6 per cent to 15.0 per cent of the GDP.It had been reported in the 2018 End of Year outcome report that the Government collected $198.5 billion in tax revenue for last year. While this amounts to a large chunk of Government revenue, the reality is that it is below the 2019 budget projections.According to the report, the $198.5 billion is a decline of $1.0 billion or 0.5 per cent below the revised projection in Budget 2019. It noted that in 2018, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) remitted $117.5 billion or 59.2 per cent of tax revenue collections.This, the report says, reflects higher remissions for companies and businesses. Meanwhile, non-tax revenue increased by $0.8 billion, 4.8 per cent above the $17.4 billion projected in Budget 2019. Government deficit was marginally smaller than expected, the report shows.“The Central Government recorded a fiscal deficit of $27.3 billion in 2018, or 3.4 per cent of GDP, smaller than the projected deficit of $31.2 billion, or 3.9 per cent of GDP, projected in the 2019 Budget,” the report states.“The smaller than anticipated deficit was due to lower capital and current expenditures. Tax and non-tax revenue collections in 2018 were $216.7 billion, 0.1 per cent below the projection in Budget 2019.”In September of last year, GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia had disclosed that billions of dollars were collected as of the end of August through the imposition of a tax amnesty.According to Statia at the time, the GRA had managed to collect over $5 billion so far and this figure may increase. Statia also reminded that this was the last extension that will be granted to the amnesty, while encouraging defaulters to pay.The tax amnesty worked by allowing taxpayers who file and pay all principal taxes on or before June 30, 2018, to have all their interest and penalties waived, while those who filed and paid all principal taxes between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2018, would have 50 per cent of interest and penalties waived.At the end of the previous amnesty, which ended in June 2018, it was announced that $3 billion was raked in, but this number had subsequently climbed. The final amnesty ended on September 30 last year.last_img read more

Lone gunman robs M&M Snackette

first_imgA lone gunman on Friday afternoon carried out a daring robbery on the M&M Snackette at Houston, East Bank Demerara, carting off an undisclosed sum of cash.Speaking with Guyana Times, a staff of the entity revealed that at about 15:00h on Friday, while a single staff member was at the location, the gunman walked into the snackette reportedly wearing an orange hat and white T-shirt.He whipped out a pistol, and pointed same at the staff member as he demanded that she hand over the cash on premises. The frightened woman readily complied, and the man quickly made good his escape on a bicycle.Contacted, the Police visited the business place and have since retrieved CCTV footage from the snackette. An investigation has been launched.last_img

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Donegal tourism businesses set to make the connection online

first_imgThe best of our county is set to be showcased online in novel ways following today’s Donegal Tourism Seminar in Letterkenny.From viral videos to quirky shop signs, the movers and shakers in local tourism learned today how going digital is the key to engaging people online and promoting Donegal. With the likes of Slieve League, Glenveagh and stunning beaches, the natural beauty of the county may speak for itself, but it takes social media and clever marketing to encourage visitors to come and enjoy them, as attendees learned at the seminar in An Grianan Theatre. Donegal Tourism Ltd and Donegal County Council invited keynote speakers Barry Walsh, Digital Marketing Executive of OSD, and Darragh Doyle, an online audience strategist, to educate Donegal tourism businesses on how they can maximise their potential. This involved online strategies relating to social media, e-mail marketing, SEO, tourism trends, website internationalisation and more.The message of the day was that the future is bright for Donegal tourism, and businesses have never before had so many opportunities to demonstrate how Donegal can be a world-class tourism destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.Plus, connecting with tourists before, during and after their holidays can ensure they find the best hotels, restaurants and activities to have a great experience here.Future plans for marketing Donegal tourism in 2017 are set to be focused online, which were highlighted by Chairman of Donegal Tourism Ltd and Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Mr. Seamus Neely. “We will continue to promote Donegal to the UK and US market, but will also increase marketing activities towards other EU markets such as France and Germany with plans in place towards internationalisation of our online presence including aspects such as translation and multi-lingual focused marketing campaigns,” Neely said.  Donegal tourism businesses set to make the connection online was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:An Grianan TheatredigitaldonegalDonegal County Councilseminartourismlast_img read more


first_imgThe Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes has said that the recent debate about how the property tax will be levied misses the point that the tax cannot be levied if people continue to refuse to register and pay.“Nearly one and a half million people – representing over 700,000 households – are continuing to boycott the registration process for the household tax,” said Gregor Kerr, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes.  “So the reality is that the government do not know who to levy the new property tax on.”“The debate about how the tax is to be calculated must be seen in this context,” Mr. Kerr continued.  “They seem to be missing the most important point – the majority of people are not going to pay.  Even many people who have reluctantly registered for the household tax will have no option but to join the campaign against this property tax as they will not be able to afford it.” “The government claim that the Revenue Commissioners will collect this tax but in the absence of a central database of property owners, the Revenue Commissioners will not know who to levy the tax on.  That is why the CAHWT has advised people and continues to organise and support people to refuse to register.“What is clear is that the drive for the imposition of a property tax is to allow the government to continue to pay the gambling debts of international financiers,” Mr. Kerr concluded. “On 1st October the government will hand over yet another €1billion of our money to pay off these debts.  There is a simple alternative to trying to impose this property tax on us – don’t pay the bondholders.” DEBATE ON HOME TAX IS ‘FUTILE’ BECAUSE WE STILL WON’T PAY, SAY CAMPAIGNERS was last modified: August 28th, 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) Tags:DEBATE ON HOME TAX IS ‘FUTILE’ BECAUSE WE STILL WON’T PAYSAY CAMPAIGNERSlast_img read more


first_imgTHE Sean Mac Cumhaills GAA club in Ballybofey were excellent hosts today as the Donegal Senior and Minor teams met their fans at an open day.Here are some more pictures from today.  PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE SNAPS FROM A MEMORABLE DAY AT MAC CUMHAILL PARK was last modified: September 6th, 2014 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:Donegal GAAopen daySean Mac Cumhaillslast_img