Govt to vigorously oppose similar settlements – Finance Minister

first_imgDDL tax settlementIn light of concerns in relation to the controversial tax write-off granted by Government to beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Finance Minister Winston Jordan declared that any attempts to seek a similar settlement would be strongly contested by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had contended that the whopping $3.8 billion Consumption Tax write-off from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid on the same basis as was used in the DDL case.Finance Minister Winston JordanHowever, Jordan insisted that Government would not let such a situation occur.“Any attempts by other business persons to make claims and so on will also be vigorously opposed based on principles that underline the settlement with DDL,” he stated during a news conference on Monday.Jordan explained that Government could not stop other companies from wanting to make similar claims however, as with the Rudisa case where other corporations are piggybacking on the outcome of that settlement, but there would have to be reasonable grounds.The Finance Minister asserted that the GRA engaged in tax settlements all the time and the DDL matter was nothing new.“The judgement is sound, based on what is told to me,” he stated, noting that there really was not an issue with the matter.The Opposition Leader had contended that the DDL settlement, as well as the possibility of other companies seeking refunds, would cost the State billions in revenue dollars – billions that could have been used in areas that the coalition Government told the nation it could not afford to fund.He explained that the potential cost of this single settlement and its possible consequences amounted to more money than the State received in loans and grants in a single year.Jagdeo had also demanded that Government release critical information in relation to this tax deal, including whether or not an assessment of DDL’s liabilities in respect of Excise Tax for the period 2006 to 2016 was done and what was the sum of that liability; who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the Board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or are currently being negotiated.last_img read more

May snowfall could mean good things for local ranchers

first_imgThat easily topped the previous 9.6 record set in 1996, but for those who haven’t being paying attention to these reports, it might come as a surprise to learn that total isn’t even one third of the all-time one day May record, recorded at the airport station.That was 47.8 centimetres on May 22nd of 1960 and it still stands today as the all-time one day record for any month in this area.Yesterday’s dump combined with 0.4 millimetres of rain to produce 15 millimetres of precipitation, leaving the month-to-date total at 22.2 – more than half the full month average of 37.9.- Advertisement -Snowfall for the month is now up to 16 centimetres and it is already two and half times more than the May norm of 6.4.However despite all this, it’s still early enough in the spring seeding season that Kelly Kassian of Richardson-Pioneer says we can view the moisture in the first five days of the month as a plus for local area farmers and ranchers.“We got good moisture condition here, and I mean it would be nice to be going now, but we’ll have good moisture conditions and as long as we get some heat with it, we’ll be good to go,” says Kassian. “If we can get a good two weeks, we can get a lot in and stuff – but three weeks, we’ll be in pretty good shape.”Advertisement Then there’s the concern of the Peace growing season coming and going before any substantial harvesting is entirely completed.“There are crop insurance deadlines, of course, that have to be met or whatever, but we’ve seeded towards the end of May before and got a good crop – it depends what the fall is going to be like,” says Kasian.It is also worth noting the airport station has already nearly doubled last May’s precipitation total of only 12.6 millimetres, and thus is well on its way to posting an eighth consecutive month of above average precipitation.last_img read more

Alaska senator got favors, ex-CEO says

first_imgBy Dan Joling THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In the latest sign of corruption problems for Republicans, a corporate executive testified Friday that his employees worked for months to remodel the Alaska home of Sen. Ted Stevens. Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator, is under scrutiny in a corruption probe that also is targeting Alaska state officials. Bill Allen, former chief executive of oil services company VECO, testified that he spent more than $400,000 to bribe state legislators and for work at Stevens’ house in the ski resort town of Girdwood. He said VECO also paid at least two contractors, a plumber and a carpenter, for work on the house. The project in 2000 more than doubled the size of the four-bedroom structure. Under questioning at the trial of a former state lawmaker, Allen said: “I don’t think there was a lot of materials” bought for the Stevens remodeling, but “there was some labor.” VECO’s business is providing engineering and construction services for oil companies; it does not do home construction. The key question is whether Stevens, who grew up in Redondo Beach, paid for the renovations or received a gift from Allen and VECO. The senator insists he paid from his own funds. It was less than a year ago that Republicans lost control of Congress, in part because Democrats made corruption a major campaign issue. Stevens is one of several senators with ethics problems, complicating an already challenging political landscape for Republicans in 2008. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD TRAVEL: LATE BREAK DEALS TO THE SUN – MEXICO AND JAMAICA FOR €1,210

first_imgDD TRAVEL: Clubworld Travel has a number of great value deals available;14 nights all-inclusive in Hotel Riu Lupita, Playacar, Cancun, Mexico. Depart Dublin June 20 from €1,210 per person. Transfers included. 14 nights all-inclusive in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Depart Dublin June 12 from €1,210 per person. Transfers included.7 nights family holiday to Albufeira, Algarve, staying in self catering accommodation. Depart Dublin June 12 from €1,250 for 2 adults and 2 children.7 nights family holiday to Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife, staying in self catering accommodation. Depart Dublin June 3 from €1,170 for 2 adults and 2 children.7 nights family holiday to Amadores, Gran Canaria, staying in self catering accommodation. Depart Dublin June 2 from €1,250 for 2 adults and 1 child.For more information or to book, call in to one of Clubworld Travel’s branches, call 048 3025 7555 or visit www.clubworldtravel.com. You can also find all the latest deals on Facebook.com/clubworldtravelDD TRAVEL: LATE BREAK DEALS TO THE SUN – MEXICO AND JAMAICA FOR €1,210 was last modified: May 21st, 2016 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 daily travellast_img read more

United close in on Perisic, Chelsea to clinch £36m deal, Arsenal ace wants out?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are closing in on signing Ivan Perisic as Inter Milan eye a replacement. Old Trafford chiefs had almost given up on landing the Croatian star after being put off by a £45million-plus price tag. But the attacking midfielder, 28, came back onto their radar after instructing his agent to engineer a move. (The Sun)Manchester United will also make a renewed, final push for Alvaro Morata this week as Jose Mourinho’s frustration at a lack of signings begins to bubble over. The Spanish forward has been United’s top attacking target since Antoine Griezmann decided to remain with Atletico, and has his mind set on moving to Old Trafford. But Real Madrid are holding firm over a €90m (£72m) fee. (Independent)Roma defender Antonio Rudiger has arrived in London to complete his £36m move to Chelsea. Germany centre-half Rudiger has agreed to join Chelsea, who have beat off late competition from Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are also continuing to keep tabs on Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. (Daily Star)Hector Bellerin has told Arsenal he wants to leave as he tries to force through a move back to Barcelona. The Spanish star has grown frustrated at the Emirates after a disastrous attempt at winning the Premier League last season. (The Sun)Manchester City are determined to secure a transfer fee for Joe Hart and will resist attempts by Newcastle and West Ham to sign the England goalkeeper on loan. (Daily Mail)Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has launched a £20m bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney. Watford have turned down Leicester’s opening offer but they are expected to go back for the 29-year-old after making him their next transfer priority. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are monitoring Ross Barkley’s future at Everton, and may launch a bid to bring him to the club. However, Spurs are not prepared to pay £50million the Toffees are believed to want for the centre-midfielder. (The Sun)Burnley have had a £8million bid for Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga rejected. (Daily Mail)Crystal Palace have been priced out of a move for Mamadou Sakho with the club’s new manager, Frank de Boer, confident he can recruit up to five players for a combined outlay close to Liverpool’s £30m asking price for the France defender. Ajax and Holland defenders Joel Veltman and Kenny Tete are among De Boer’s targets. (Guardian)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood hails John Terry deal, telling talkSPORT: ‘This signing is so big – he will lift everyone’EXCLUSIVE: Jack Butland hints he could leave Stoke City to pursue Champions League dreamLISTEN: ‘It’s no foregone conclusion Mohamed Salah will play’ – Dietmar Hamann doubts if £34m signing can break into Liverpool teamHarry Redknapp tells talkSPORT Ravel Morrison will spend the next month at Birmingham as he backs former Manchester United starlet to revive careerHarry Redknapp takes blame for John Terry joining Aston Villa ahead of Birmingham, telling talkSPORT he ‘didn’t really chase’ the ex-Chelsea captainAlvaro Morata’s £60m move to Manchester United ‘to be announced this week’Chelsea FC transfer news: Inter Milan eyeing deal for Blues defender Andreas ChristensenAston Villa FC transfer news: Sevilla agree deal to sign Jordan Amavi from Championship side for £7.75mArsenal FC transfer news: Is this how Arsene Wenger’s team could line up next season in with four new signings?Swansea City FC transfer news: Borja Baston set for loan move to MalagaArsenal FC transfer news: Alexandre Lacazette undergoing medical as club close in on £52million deal for Lyon strikerlast_img read more

BURTONPORT MAN FEARED DEAD IN TRAGIC AUSTRALIAN BUILDING ACCIDENT

first_imgA DONEGAL MAN is missing and presumed dead after falling from scaffolding and into the ocean during a workplace accident in northern Western Australia.Police said Sean McBride, from Burtonport, fell into the sea when scaffolding collapsed on the cargo wharf about 1pm Australian time.“Police were advised that a man working on the Rio Tinto wharf on East Intercourse Island in Dampier was missing after the scaffolding he was dismantling collapsed into the harbour,” Inspector David Picton-King said. “Nearby workers did not see him fall but heard the sound of falling scaffolding and then sighted the man’s hard hat floating in the water.”Colleagues then raised the alarm and rescue equipment was deployed by wharf personnel.Police divers have been sent to the site to search for the missing man.The  Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum is examining the circumstances surrounding the incident and has sent an investigator from Karratha to the site. A spokesman would not comment further.A Rio Tinto spokesman said the missing man, a contractor, had been working on the scaffolding when it collapsed.“All work has ceased at East Intercourse Island and access to the site has been closed,” he said.Mr McBride, in his late 20s, is from a well-respected family in Burtonport.This evening a close family friend told us: “The family are obviously devastated and details of exactly what has happened are still a bit sketchy, so everyone is pulling together. “He’s a great young man from a very good local family.”It’s understood consular officials are helping to keep the family up to date with the investigation.BURTONPORT MAN FEARED DEAD IN TRAGIC AUSTRALIAN BUILDING ACCIDENT was last modified: June 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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:accidentAustraliaburtonportsean mcbridelast_img read more

MAN CITY’S MILLIONAIRE STARS FERRIED AROUND IRELAND BY DONEGAL LIMO COMPANY

first_imgIT’S NOT  just Daniel O’Donnell who is the only millionaire to get 5-star Kincasslagh treatment.Kincasslagh company Executive Luxury Limousines spent the weekend laying on transport services for the Premiership stars of Manchester City.Every whim of the €200,000 a week soccer stars was catered for by the Donegal company. And they were run off their feet around Dublin looking after City, Celtic and Inter Milan.Their most important cargo however was trasnporting Aguero to Aviva stadium yesterday where the £55milion Striker was unveiled as the latest Manchester City signing.MAN CITY’S MILLIONAIRE STARS FERRIED AROUND IRELAND BY DONEGAL LIMO COMPANY was last modified: July 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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:aguerokincasslagh limoslast_img read more

DONEGAL COUNTRY STAR GETS INVITE TO MUSIC’S SPIRITUAL HOME

first_imgDONEGAL country music singer Lisa McHugh is off to the States – after an invite to appear at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.She has been invited by country music legend Gene Watson to appear as his guest at the venue on March 6.Lisa was one of the star attractions at the recent All-Ireland Country Music Awards in Mullingar, where she picked up a gong for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year.’ Singer Daniel O’Donnell – who did a duet with Lisa in December – is delighted for the Donegal woman.“Appearing at the Grand Ole Opry is a great thrill for any country singer at any stage of their career, but it must be really exciting for Lisa who is at the start of a very promising life as a singer,” said Daniel in a newspaper column.Added Daniel: “I had the pleasure of recording a duet with Lisa called I’ll Be Home With Bells On and I think she’s just a fabulous young artist.”* Lisa appears regularly on Hot Country on Sky TV Showcase channel 201 (Sun/Mon 8pm and Tues/Sat 2pm); and on Ireland West Music TV Sky Showcase channel 201 (Mon-Thurs 10-11pm).  DONEGAL COUNTRY STAR GETS INVITE TO MUSIC’S SPIRITUAL HOME was last modified: February 13th, 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:daniel o’donnellLISA MCHUGHNASHVILLE CONCERTlast_img read more

Looking for a live band? Don’t miss this Icebreakers showcase

first_imgDonegal band Icebreakers are hosting a special showcase event in House Wine Bar and Tap Room on Friday the 24th of May. This is a unique opportunity to see the band perform in one of Letterkenny’s most intimate venues, over prosecco and canapes. Icebreakers are one of Ireland’s most exciting live bands, specialising in playing weddings and events. The band will be playing a set of covers on the night and this will be a fantastic opportunity for couples searching for their wedding band to see Icebreakers perform. WHEN: 9pm – 11pm, Friday 24th May 2019 WHERE: House Wine Bar and Tap Room – Voodoo VenueIcebreakersIcebreakers are highly energetic and professional live covers band with an ability to pack dancefloors and thrill audiences with their upbeat and diverse setlist. Icebreakers are also fortunate to have a sound engineer (and multi-instrumentalist!) among them and their individual experiences on the cover band circuit have readied them to provide a personalised service to each client. Knowing how to adapt the set list to every room and making each show memorable is the band’s speciality. The band would love to welcome friends old and new to the showcase. It’s a perfect night for those on the search for their wedding band. Refreshments will be provided, head over to Facebook to see more about the event. Icebreakers look forward to welcoming you to House Wine Bar and Tap Room on Friday the 24th of May – all welcome!Check out Icebreakers on Facebook and Instagram, or head over to www.icebreakers.ie Looking for a live band? Don’t miss this Icebreakers showcase was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 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:house wine baricebreakersMUSICshowcase eventwedding bandlast_img read more

First homecoming gig for In Their Thousands this Friday

first_imgHit Donegal band In Their Thousands are about to play their first home gig since the release of their debut album to rave reviews last month.Following two dates in Dublin and Belfast, In Their Thousands now return to Donegal to play the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Friday, June 28.Downings brothers Aidan and Declan McClafferty, their cousin Ruairí Friel from Fanad, and Malin friend Martin Smyth have been receiving widespread attention since the release of Acrasia and its preceding singles, the title track Acrasia and Sit and Breathe. Forged in a shed in Glen, the album was recorded at Attica Recording Studio in Termon with well-known producer Tommy McLaughlin who has worked with artists such as Villagers, Foy Vance, Duke Special and is currently touring in the US with Derry artists SOAK.Eamon Sweeney (The Irish Times) said of the band’s new release: “Donegal’s In Their Thousands create a well-crafted blend of stadium rock that is surprisingly effective, without resorting to the bloodless or dull cliches that plague the genre.”Having already released four EPs since 2011, Acrasia is the culmination of many years of hard grafting for the four Donegal musicians and hopefully the beginning of great things to come. The band has won over crowds across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe since first recording and performing under name of In Their Thousands and writing harmony-driven anthems.Support on the night will come from Derry and Donegal tag team Waldorf & Cannon who create a unique alternative sound heavily laden with stirring harmonies and catchy hooks often sharing and swapping lead vocals during a single song.Tickets for In Their Thousands at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny at 8pm on Friday, June 28, are now on sale from www.intheirthousands.com, book early to avoid disappointment.First homecoming gig for In Their Thousands this Friday was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:bandconcertIn Their ThousandsMUSICRegional Cultural Centrelast_img read more