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Dear Editor,The newspaper headlines and a few letters are highlighting the work of one Junior Minister forming syndicates and getting land for small miners. This is great news, but let’s look AT THIS REALISTICALLY AND CAREFULLY.The Government has been in power for close to 20 months now and the Junior Minister has been in that position for a year.1. New lands and concessions are now being offered to small syndicates that would never have been offered, or issued, had the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association and the Guyana Women Miners Organisation and miners in general, not been lobbying for withdrawal of this new (Jordon/Statia) tax regime.2. How is it that they have waited until now? Why did they not offer these new measures before? Why wait until there is a huge outcry about this increase in taxes before they intervene with these measures? Is the Minister and by extension, the Government saying that these problems she speaks about started only a few weeks ago?3. Statia is on record as saying that only the large miners will be affected by this tax regime, ie, two per cent paid on the sale of gold as advance taxes until you make up your books at the end of the year and pay roughly 40 per cent on your profits. And that it will not affect small miners, as they would be entitled to a refund if they make a loss.4. Well you have to now decide to stay as a poor miner and ensure that you do not strike it rich, or in bush man terms “catch an edge and make a lil lash out, hoping to buy that Charlie (Excavator) that you worked for all your life”.5. After mining in the bush for 20 years, withstanding malaria, dengue, typhoid and numerous other difficulties, the dream of owning your own pick-up truck or Model M to assist you in transporting your goods to the bush, would just remain a dream because before you go to buy those items, Statia has to get his taxes. Oh yes, and the deposit and those monthly payments cannot be deducted as expenses when filing your tax returns. They are considered the Capital Growth and will be taxed.6. Also, only official receipts would be allowed for expenses. Statia would probably be back in the United States in a year or two when you are being audited, so when the receipts says “I will accept it”, the Guyana Revenue Authority auditors will tell you up front that they are not the Commissioner General, or he is no longer here. Get the facts. Find an accountant and ask him. You will need him at the end of the year anyway.Yours respectfully,Devika BoodramMiner
0Shares0000Hong Kong ran in six converted tries against Kenya’s three tries -one of which was converted by Sammy Oliech.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Kenya’s hopes of a maiden appearance at the Rugby 15s World Cup came to a screeching halt on Saturday evening after suffering a 42-17 loss at the hands of Hong Kong in their second Repechage World Cup qualification match in Marseille, France.The loss, Kenya’s second consecutive after going down 69-17 to Canada last weekend sees them fall off pace with the other three teams in the tournament having won a game each. The Simbas lost an early 12-0 lead to see Hong Kong come back and put a strong performance especially in the second half to snatch the victory out of Kenya’s reach.Hong Kong ran in six converted tries against Kenya’s three tries -one of which was converted by Sammy Oliech.“We were in it for the longest time but a couple of moments towards the end we let it flip. We will do have a moment, we thank the fans and everyone who has been with us in this journey,” skipper Wilson K’Opondo said after the match.Kenya was off to a good start with Tony Onyango stretching his arms over the try-line after a beautiful offload from Felix Ayange. Sammy Oliech booted home the extras as the Simbas went 7-0 up.-Musonye tryElkeans Musonye then stretched Kenya’s lead further with a well taken team try, Kenya starting off the attack from the line out, pushing Hong Kong close to their try box before Injera picked the ball off Oliech to feed Musonye for the try.But, the joy was short lived with Max Denmark crossing over after taking advantage of a knock on from Nelson Oyoo. The conversion went in as Hong Kong went to the break trailing by five points.Upon resumption, Hong Kong stretched the lead further, Toby Fenn making in an easy try with conversion added for a 14-12 lead. Thomas Lamboley added on his brace as Hong Kong stretched further to lead 21-12.Tony Onyango however restored some hope with a well worked try, showing courage to sprint upfield through a forest of Hong Kong markers.-Put to bedNonetheless, Hong Kong kept their surge with Lamboley completing his brace and two more tries from Nick Hewson and Lewis Werner finishing off the job.Kenya will now play for pride when they meet Germany in the final match of the tournament on Friday while Hong Kong will play Canada.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Fired Chelsea Portuguese boss, Jose Mourinho. PHOTO/FileLONDON, December 18- Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Chelsea is likely to entrench his reputation as a manager who effectively guarantees short-term success, but for whom legacy-building represents an unsolvable puzzle.The Portuguese, whose remarkable record earlier in his managerial career earned him the famous nickname ‘The Special One’, returned to Stamford Bridge in June 2013 after three increasingly bitter years at Real Madrid. When he did so, he spoke about wanting to establish a dynasty by bringing through a succession of winning teams.But his second stint has summed up his career in microcosm: a period of bedding in, one or two seasons of stunning success and then things fall apart.“Mourinho burns out his players after a year and a half, at most two years,” said the former AC Milan and England coach Fabio Capello earlier this season.“I had already heard it when he was in Madrid and now we have confirmation in London.”Mourinho’s first season back at Chelsea saw him finish a campaign without a trophy of any description for the first time in his managerial career, but he reshaped the team brilliantly.In came Thibaut Courtois, recalled from a long-term loan at Atletico Madrid, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, and with a galvanised spine Chelsea swept to the league title and beat Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final.Mourinho said that Chelsea’s title success vindicated his decision to return to “the most difficult league in Europe”, but seven months later, he is gone.To watch Chelsea over the opening months of the 2015-16 season has been to watch Mourinho’s whole strategy unravel at scarcely believable speed.Though overwhelming favourites to retain the title, they produced a series of bafflingly sluggish and insipid displays, losing nine of their first 16 league games and slumping to 16th place in the table.Mourinho has always drawn strength from the battles he seeks to wage on what he perceives to be outside forces — referees, opposition managers, television pundits — but those battles seemed to consume him.– ‘Happy One’ –Jose Mourinho (left) and Chelsea captain, John Terry, pose with the Capital One Cup in happier times. PHOTO/FileIn particular, he received trenchant criticism for sidelining team doctor Eva Carneiro, who left the club after being publicly lambasted by Mourinho for running on to treat a player at a vital moment in a game.It recalled darker episodes from Mourinho’s past — the hounding of referee Anders Frisk in 2005, the eye poke on then Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in 2011 — and left him with more stains on his reputation.“Will he be loved?” former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher asked earlier this year. “Chelsea fans undoubtedly adore him. Porto and Inter (Milan) supporters will, too. Yet beyond that? It is debatable.”Having rechristened himself “The Happy One” upon his return to England, Mourinho now cuts a forlorn figure.Chelsea, he has admitted, are the only club he “loves” apart from Inter, where he enjoyed spectacular success between 2008 and 2010, winning the Champions League in his last season.But it is unlikely he will ever return to the west London outfit.With a lack of attractive vacancies at Europe’s elite clubs, the finest manager of his generation finds himself in limbo at the relatively young age of 52.He is unlikely, however, to be short of offers, with his tactical acumen, attention to detail and ability to form water-tight bonds with players setting him apart as a manager of rare talent.His brash, arrogant style may not sit easily with everyone, but after working as an assistant in the backroom staff at Barcelona and having unremarkable spells at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria, he emerged suddenly as a world-class coach at Porto in 2002.A glittering spell there included a Champions League triumph in 2004, and a first move to Chelsea followed.“Mourinho was the best. For me he was. He brought my confidence to a level it had never been,” said Chelsea great Frank Lampard, who blossomed under Mourinho into one of Europe’s finest goal-scoring midfielders.“It’s a presence and an aura and a way with people. He galvanises people. His own self-confidence reflects back on his teams.”With eight league titles, seven domestic cups and two Champions Leagues to his name, Mourinho has few kingdoms left to conquer, but his inability to get on with key players or end Barcelona’s dominance overshadowed his time at Real Madrid.And now his latest departure from Chelsea proves that a lack of staying power continues to prove his Achilles heel.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
We all love the transfer window – it’s a time when we all dare to dream our club will finally sign a decent player.talkSPORT is across all the latest transfer talk, which makes us well placed to round up all the classic transfer phrases that become like familiar friends during the summer months.You know, how the window must always ‘slam shut’. Or significant funds become a ‘transfer kitty’.Take a look at the video we’ve put together, above, and see how many transfer cliches you recognise.See how many you can spot in this video and don’t forget to subscribe to talkSPORT’s YouTube channel for more of the best sport’s entertainment.
The new rules, set to take effect Sept. 14, will violate workers’ rights and impose burdensome obligations on employers who receive “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration, according to the AFL-CIO suit filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. “We’ve seen employers use these no-match letters as a union busting tool,” said Ana Avendano, an AFL-CIO attorney and director of its immigrant worker program. “Employers will look at these letters, see all the new burdens, and just decide to fire people.” Filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the suit seeks to force the Bush administration to halt the plan. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the lawsuit was “an obvious attempt to impede the department’s ability to enforce our immigration laws. It is completely without merit and we intend to fight it vigorously.” Currently, the Social Security Administration sends “no match” letters to workers and their employers notifying them of information discrepancies. The letters are not shared with other government agencies because of privacy laws. Although employers are prohibited from hiring illegal workers, their responsibilities with the letters have generally ended with notifying the workers of the discrepancies. Many employers have traditionally viewed the letters, and the small fines they sometimes incur, simply as a cost of doing business. Under the new rules, those who don’t comply could be deemed as knowingly hiring an illegal worker, which could result in fines and criminal prosecution. The planned crackdown comes after immigration reform legislation in Congress fell apart this summer. Earlier this month, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the administrative sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants. The plan has created deep concern in immigrant communities and among businesses and unions, as it’s an open secret that millions of illegal immigrants work “on the books” with fake names and Social Security numbers and other bogus documents. Wednesday’s suit, which included a handful of other unions and trade councils, focuses on legal immigrants and American workers who could face job discrimination or hassles because of the new rules. The plaintiffs argue the SSA’s national data base is riddled with errors, and that numbers can be incorrectly flagged due to typos, worker mistakes while filing out W-2s or a name change that wasn’t reported after marriage or other reasons. An estimated 12.7 million of the 17.8 million discrepancies in SSA’s database, over 70 percent, involved native-born U.S. citizens, according to a December 2006 report from the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: AFL-CIO calls effort to curb illegals in the U.S. a threat to legal workers. By Peter Prengaman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation’s largest federation of labor unions sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a plan to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, arguing increased scrutiny of Social Security numbers will result in errors and threaten the jobs of legal and American workers.
Everton are hoping to beat Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the race to sign Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic.Roberto Martinez has been strongly linked with a move for the Croatia international who has been one of the star performers for the Italian giants this season.Kovacic only recently signed a new contract keeping him at the San Siro until 2019 but reports in Croatia claim Everton are ready to make a £15m to clinch his signature at the end of the season.Inter are determined to keep their best players at the club and sporting director Piero Ausilio says they will do everything to fight off interest from the big clubs in England.Ausilio, speaking on Sky Sports Italia, said: “Our intentions are clear. We’re building a team to last for a long time with very talented, young players.“As well as Mateo Kovacic and [Mauro] Icardi, we’ve added more quality players such as Marcelo Brozovic and Xherdan Shaqiri and we want to continue in this vein.” Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic 1
Dietmar Hamann has doubted whether Theo Walcott will be part of the England squad for the European Championship this summer, following the rise of a number of other players.The Arsenal forward has won 42 caps for the Three Lions, and Roy Hodgson is a big fan of his versatility, having used him heavily since his appointment as manager.However, Walcott has struggled with the Gunners this term, starting just 15 Premier League games, and there are doubts about whether he brings anything to the England squad.There are better goalscorers than him to call upon upfront, whilst the majority of the attacking players are versatile enough to feature in more than one position.Walcott came on as a second half substitute during England’s loss to the Netherlands, and did little to help his cause, having sat out of the impressive 3-2 win over Germany days earlier.He does not look to be a key part of Hodgson’s plans anymore, and Hamann told the Colin Murray show that there is a good chance the 26-year-old will not be on the plane to France this summer.Hamaan said: “Walcott is a big loser, because I think there’s got to be a good chance that he won’t be on the plane to France. I used to be a big fan of his, but the longer I watch him, the more I go off him.”Walcott used to rely on his pace as his key strength, and it was often the reason he could find a place in the Three Lions set-up.However, Hamaan now doubts whether Walcott has this advantage, as there is pace all throughout the current group of players who have been called up to represent their country.“The thing Walcott had going for him in recent years was his pace,” the former Liverpool midfielder added.“Now this team is not short of pace. Purely for his pace, that was a big reason for him to go to tournaments, but not anymore.”
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has told talkSPORT Alan Pardew’s position as manager is ‘totally safe’, insisting he has the whole backing of the club.Palace have a woeful record in the Premier League in 2016 and there has been intense speculation over Pardew’s future in recent weeks.But after the Eagles arrested a run of six straight defeats with victory over Southampton on Saturday, Parish launched a passionate defence of Pardew.He claimed the 55-year-old has been nothing but a ‘positive force’ around Selhurst Park since his arrival in January 2015 and insisted he retains the trust and faith of the club’s American co-owners David Blitzer and Josh Harris.Asked about Pardew’s position as Palace manager by Jim White on talkSPORT, Parish responded. “It is totally safe in that every manager is under pressure.“You need to win football matches. It is a very binary industry and we are all under pressure. You can’t lift that pressure from people – that is no more constructive than putting it on them.“We don’t have to have that conversation because Alan knows the game, he knows where he is and he knows the things he has to do. The most important thing is we want him to succeed, we try and help him to succeed, and all the things around the club are geared to making him succeed. “He is a positive force in everything around the football club, in the interest he takes in every area of the football club, and all the positive things he does, so everybody is geared to making Alan a success at the club.“If you look at the league this season, the top teams have gone to another level. They are taking points off everybody. It is very, very flat at the bottom. If you look around us, if we are in crisis then there are a lot of clubs in crisis.“I think Alan has got a 41 per cent win record at Palace, which is pretty astonishing actually managng in the Premier League at our standard of club.“We have got to find the right balance on the pitch really with the squad that we have got and that is what we are trying to do. Sometimes if you turn the dial a bit too far and try to go toe-to-toe with some of these teams you can make it difficult for yourself, albeit very exciting.“We are scoring a lot of goals – we have scored 24 goals which is the most we have ever scored at this stage in the top flight in our history – so there is plenty right.“We have just got to fix the things that are wrong and I think you saw the start of that at the weekend. We were much more solid, a lot more difficult to break down, we got a clean sheet, so hopefully we can carry that on.Pardew publicly thanked Parish for his recent support after the win over Southampton but appeared to aim a dig at Blitzer and Harris, saying : “We have a lot of serious investors at the club who perhaps don’t know a lot about football.”Parish, however, has brushed off the comments, insisting Pardew was not referring to the American businessmen and has a good relationship with both.“Josh, David and I are very close,” he insisted.“Alan speaks to them regularly as well – we have just been to America – so we all knew where we were. We cut out the noise in the background of the media which you have to do and try and stay on track with what we are trying to do.“We have got some smaller shareholders and we went out to a dinner with them the week before and lot of them kept saying to Alan that they don’t know a lot about football. It wasn’t the smartest lack of differential between Josh and David, who he deals with all the time and I deal with all the time.“Some of the other guys openly said they don’t know a lot about football. I think his main intention was to thank me, thank Josh and thank David for the support he had. “It was unfortunate it got a little bit twisted out of shape but there is no real story there.”
Harry Kane injured his ankle ligaments against Millwall Harry Kane feels optimistic about his ankle injury and has joked about returning in less than a month, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs said on Tuesday the injury is considered less serious than the one Kane sustained in September, when he damaged the same ankle ligaments and was out for seven weeks.Even if Kane is overly confident in hoping to return far sooner, his assessment suggests he could be back for next month’s north London derby against Arsenal on April 30 and may even feature in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on April 22.The cup clash at Wembley will come six weeks after Kane sustained the injury against Millwall last weekend.“He is very positive, joking about (coming back) after the international break, three to four weeks,” Pochettino said.“It’s good but we need to be careful with the injury. We trust completely our doctor and physios and that department who look after them in the best way.”On Kane’s prediction, Pochettino added: “We don’t know. I express the feeling and the way we are doing on the training ground.“He is very positive but don’t take it like properly my words because if not four, it’s five to six weeks. But the good thing he is very positive.“If you are positive in your mind you can affect your injury positively.”Kane has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for next week’s matches against Lithuania and Germany while Tottenham will have to do without their star striker against Southampton on Sunday.They may also have to cope without their two first-choice full-backs at White Hart Lane, given the club have revealed Kyle Walker twisted his ankle on a day off at home on Monday. Danny Rose is still recovering from a knee problem.Pochettino would not divulge the cause of Walker’s injury but said the defender had not trained this week and will have to be assessed. He is unlikely, however, to withdraw from the England squad.Victor Wanyama is also struggling after enduring a “minor problem” against Millwall but Mousa Dembele, who missed the match with an ankle injury, is available. Erik Lamela remains sidelined with a hip injury.Kane’s absence, however, is the biggest concern for Pochettino, given Tottenham endured their worst period of the season while the 23-year-old was out in September and October.Vincent Janssen and Son Heung-min will be charged with filling the void.“We hope things will be different this time but it was a different period, the team is different now. We are finding our best. The team is more solid,” Pochettino said.“Today is a great chance for people like Son and Janssen to play more regularly in the starting XI. It’s a great chance for them.” 1