Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 betting preview: What’s at stake in heavyweight rematch?

first_imgAndy Ruiz Jr. shocked the boxing world on June 1. He was a massive 11-1 underdog coming into his fight with British superstar Anthony Joshua, and most analysts believed that Joshua would make short work of the challenger. Ruiz proved to be more than anyone expected, though, rebounding from being knocked down in the third round to knock down Joshua four times on his way to winning the unified heavyweight title. MORE: Follow the latest odds and betting trends with Sports Insider His most impressive victory to date came the following year when he dropped Wladimir Klitschko to unify the heavyweight division. Joshua added the WBA and IBO heavyweight belts to his waist by beating Klitschko in a thriller at Wembley Stadium, and he acquired the WBO title in 2018 when he beat Parker by unanimous decision. He went on to defend his four titles successfully only once before his loss to Ruiz.What’s next?This is the deepest we have seen the heavyweight division in years, and the winner of this bout will likely be involved in the class’ biggest fight in 2020. If Ruiz can beat Joshua again, he will likely face the winner of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch in February, in what could be a full unification title fight. A Joshua victory could lead to a long-awaited bout with either Wilder or Fury, or he could decide to make it a trilogy and take on Ruiz for a third and final time next year. A win would make him the most marketable boxer in the division, giving him the opportunity to make any fight he wanted. It was the best fight of 2019 so far, and a rematch was essentially guaranteed. The two heavyweights will meet in what is being labeled as the “Clash On The Dunes” Saturday afternoon in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The action will start with the undercard fights getting underway at noon ET, while the main event is slated to begin at 3:45 p.m. ET.The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles will be on the line, and the bout will be exclusively shown on DAZN in the United States and Canada. Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 oddsAlthough Ruiz won the first fight, he is still an underdog on Saturday afternoon, according to the latest boxing betting odds. Joshua is a -205 favorite in a bout that is not expected to go the distance. The odds on the fight lasting all 12 rounds are +250, and the over/under for the number of rounds we will see has been set at 7.5.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearCan Andy Ruiz Jr. pull off the upset again?Ruiz has been overlooked throughout his professional career. Even with a record of 28-0, he was unable to get marquee prize fights, and it appeared that he would never get his moment in the sun after a loss by majority decision to Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title in December 2016. He took over a year off before entering the ring again, but he came back with a fury. Ruiz knocked out Devin Vargas in the first round in March 2018, and he proved he had the stamina to go the distance in a win by unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson four months later. An impressive win over Alexander Dimitrenko set up the first fight between Ruiz and Joshua, and Ruiz took full advantage of the opportunity.Ruiz comes into the rematch with a record of 33-1. He has knocked out his opponent in 22 of those fights, showcasing his raw power, but his quickness is his real calling card. Ruiz catches opponents off guard with how fast his hands and feet move, leading to some improbable knockouts.MORE: Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 odds, pick, prediction, betting trends & prop betsAnthony Joshua is out to reclaim his beltsJoshua was heralded as the best heavyweight fighter in the world prior to his loss to Ruiz. The 6-6 boxer is the prototype of a heavyweight champion, and he seemed set to rule the division for a decade prior to his stunning defeat.The former gold medalist is 22-1 in his professional career, and 21 of his victories have come by knockout. Joshua’s dominance as an amateur led to him being placed on the fast track to greatness, and he won his first major belt back in April 2016 when he defeated Charles Martin by knockout in the second round to claim the IBF strap.last_img read more

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CDC: Antibody Tests Wrong up to Half the Time

first_imgAtlanta, GA — The CDC is reporting that COVID-19 antibody tests are wrong up to half of the time.The agency made the revelation on its website saying the results from those tests should not be used to determine if a person can go back to work or to be allowed in a group setting. The CDC is also urging medical professionals to use the most error-free test that is available to them and added it might be necessary to test patients twice.Where to get an antibody test locally here.last_img

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MP takes the Golf Express route to fundraising

first_img30 Jun 2016 MP takes the Golf Express route to fundraising England Golf is backing an MP’s fundraising golf challenge which draws attention to Golf Express, the campaign to promote 9-hole golf to busy people.Andrew Bingham, the Conservative MP for the High Peak, will play 9 holes at each of seven courses in his constituency to raise money for four local Mountain Rescue teams.The challenge starts at 4.30am tomorrow morning at Glossop & District Golf Club before moving on to Sickleholme, Hope, Buxton & High Peak, Cavendish, New Mills and finally Chapel-en-le-Frith.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink will join Andrew at Cavendish and commented: “This challenge supports an excellent cause and also highlights Golf Express. The 9-hole game really is the perfect option for people who are short of time but want to keep playing.”Andrew added: “I’m grateful to England Golf for their support, 9-hole golf is ideal for someone like myself who has a busy work schedule – 9 holes allows me to play all the game in half the time.”Golf Express is a national England Golf campaign to promote 9-hole golf. On average, a 9-hole round can be played in just two hours, which can fit into a busy lifestyle, and it offers all the health and social benefits of the full game. In a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.The Golf Express website offers places to play across the country through its online directory and also features special offers.Andrew Bingham’s Golf Challenge is the latest in his series of annual fund-raising activities for local charities. It is sponsored by Nestlé Waters and has attracted local and national supporters, including the PGA and PING Europe.Donations can also be made at Andrew’s JustGiving page, www.justgiving.com/AndrewBinghamGolflast_img read more

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McCutchen wonders what might have been for Pirates

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen puts on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with his number on it on the sideline before an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)by John PerrottoAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter.The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in an attempt to talk them into staying.“That’s out of my jurisdiction,” McCutchen said Thursday before hosting a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. “Those guys have to make their own decisions. I hope they stay but I also know that other free agents will come here. Pittsburgh isn’t a place for players to come when they (don’t) have anywhere to go anymore.”That’s what happens when a team wins.The Pirates ended their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the longest in the history of the four major professional sports, by going 94-68 this year. They also reached the playoffs for the first time since winning a third straight division title in 1992.Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a division series that went the full five games.McCutchen acknowledged wondering what might have been as he watched the NL champion Cardinals lose to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.“We took the Cardinals to the limit, gave them everything we had, so it was hard not to think that it could have been us playing the Red Sox,” McCutchen said. “I think we proved in the playoffs that we could play with anyone.“It was a great experience for us and a great experience personally because it was my first time in the playoffs. I tried to savor every minute.”The Pirates’ mission next season will be to prove they were not one-year wonders. Since the day after Pittsburgh clinched its playoff berth in September, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle have been preaching the importance of sustaining the organization’s success.“We’re not going to rest on what we’ve done,” McCutchen said. “We’re only going to get better as a team and the people upstairs are going to do everything they can to give us the best chance possible.”McCutchen is one of three finalists for the NL MVP award, along with Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The winner will be announced next Thursday.McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 158 games.“It’ll be interesting because Goldschmidt and Yadi had really good years,” McCutchen said. “There’s nothing more I can do now but wait and see what happens. Obviously, I’d love to win it. I’d definitely find some room in my office for it.”last_img read more

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Two River Towns See Spike In Burglaries

first_imgA RECENT SPATE of break-ins and burglaries has some residents wondering if such crimes are on the rise in the two rivers.One woman was recently arrested in connection with a string of car break-ins that occurred in three local towns. And ta Rumson man was charged with entering a home in Fair Haven in broad daylight, where he was discovered by the resident.And just about a year ago, the home of rocker Jon Bon Jovi was burglarized.Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said his community had seen a total of three structure burglaries for all of 2011. So far this year, however, 2012 Little Silver has had six, with most of those occurring in March.“I know there’s been burglaries in other towns. They’re seeing what I’m seeing,” Shaffery said.That appears to be the case for neighboring Rumson.“It’s a very noticeable spike,” observed Rumson Police Chief Richard Tobias.Rumson has experienced an increase in home burglaries. “We have been seeing a lot more. Even daytime burglaries,” he said. There has also been a rise in car break-ins and actual car thefts.In Shrewsbury, Fair Haven and Red Bank, home burglaries are no more frequent than in the past, officials say.But ten vehicles in Shrewsbury were broken into and contents stolen, according to Det. Sgt, Robert Turner.Red Bank Capt. Darren McConnell said the borough experiences about 40 burglaries a year and that number has remained pretty constant over the years.The bulk of the break-ins in Rumson, have been vehicles and stolen cars, with most of the vehicles left unlocked, said Mayor John Ekdahl.Usually the culprits are looking for whatever they can grab: GPS units, money or valuables, like computers and cell phones, Ekdahl said. Most such burglaries are done by locals, he said.As for vehicle thefts, a surprising number of them happened because the owners left the keys in the cars. The thieves seemed to be targeting high-end imports, particularly Range Rovers. The perpetrators are often professionals who operate statewide,Ekdahl said police have told him.“The thing about burglaries,” McConnell observed, “a lot of the times, when we do see a spike, it’s where we have one person committing serial burglary.”For these relatively small communities and rather small number of incidents, “a one-man crime wave” with break-ins, over a short period could skew the statistics, he said.According to Fair Haven’s Shaffery, residential burglars generally seem to be looking for jewelry.That was Rumson’s Tobias’ take on it as well, with Tobias adding the thieves steal prescription drugs if available.“The price of gold is at an all time high,” Shaffery said. “And those ‘we buy gold’ shops are popping up everywhere.”Why an increase in this type of crime? “It’s really hard to speculate why,” Shaffery answered.“Honestly, I think, and I hate saying this, but I just think it’s a sign of the times,” said Det. Sgt. Jessie Dykstra of the Fair Haven department. “People that normally wouldn’t be criminals and doing this stuff, it’s turning them to it.”“The economy has a lot to do with it,” Tobias said. “The other factor is drugs. A lot of it is feeding those types of habits.”Rumson police and officials have taken steps to educate the public and be proactive. Tobias said the town has suspended issuing home alarm summons, to encourage residents to keep them activated. Officials have issued reverse 9-1-1 messages and offered burglary prevention tips in the borough newsletter, Ekdahl said.“Call if you see anything suspicious, immediately,” Tobias recommended. “Don’t wait until the next day. Just call.”last_img read more

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Hyundai Motor Donates 21 Ambulances

first_imgAs Liberia strives to improve health care delivery across the country in the post-Ebola period, the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), based in South Korea, has shown its full commitment to support health infrastructure progress in Liberia by donating 21 H-1- based city ambulances to the country.According to a release issued by HMC, the ambulances, equipped with respirators, oxygen tanks and other medical gears, will be delivered to the Government of Liberia through the United Nations in April.To learn more about the HMC donation, the Daily Observer Health Correspondent contacted Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc. whose offices are based in Sinkor, Monrovia and are the official agents for HMC in Liberia. It was confirmed by sources within that company that HMC is indeed contributing the ambulances which are expected to arrive in Liberia by the end of April this year and that a communication was sent by Africa Motors to the Executive Mansion to inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In a communication addressed to Mr. GhassanBasma, Chairman of Africa Motors Liberia Incorporated, copy of which was provided to us by our sources, the Vice President and Head of the Africa and Middle East Regional Headquarters of Hyundai Motor, Tom Lee said, “I’m pleased to inform you that Hyundai Motor Company has taken the decision to contribute 21 units of fully fitted ambulances through the United Nations to the Government of Liberia to show our solidarity with the people of Liberia as well as Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc.”The Hyundai Motor Vice President also indicated that the ambulances are to aid not only the fight against Ebola but also support emergency response units catering to patients afflicted with other ailments.According to our source, Africa Motors Liberia Inc. last August brought to the attention of HMC the crisis emanating from the spread of the Ebola virus and the financial constraints on the Government of Liberia as well as the strain on the country’s already weak health infrastructure.Acknowledging the role of Africa Motors Liberia, Hyundai Motor stated that although its support is provided through the United Nations, that support may never have been realized if it were not for Africa Motors raising the urgency of the situation and the need for action and support by HMC to help Liberia strengthen its health care delivery capacity..Africa Motors Liberia Inc. is the sole representative of Hyundai Motor Company in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Findings from Three PREVAIL Ebola Studies Presented at U.S. Scientific Conference

first_imgFindings from three studies conducted by the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL) were presented on Tuesday evening at a special session on Ebola during the 2016 Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA Feb. 22-25.Initial results from PREVAIL I, a pioneering placebo-controlled clinical trial of two candidate Ebola vaccines launched in Monrovia in Feb. 2015, indicate that both vaccines stimulate a good immune response in the early weeks after vaccination and are well tolerated, even among people infected with HIV.The study also found that a number of participants had evidence of a past Ebola virus infection, although none reported being aware of having been infected or of being sick. These and other findings from PREVAIL I, were presented by co-principal investigators on the study, Fatorma Bolay, Ph.D., Director of the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR). PREVAIL I was initially designed as a Phase 2/3 randomized, placebo-controlled trial that would enroll approximately 28,000 people at risk of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia to evaluate whether two experimental Ebola vaccines—ChAd3-EBO-Z (GlaxoSmithKline) and VSV-ZEBOV (Merck)—could prevent Ebola virus disease. However, by March 2015, successful Ebola control efforts had greatly reduced the population at risk of Ebola in Liberia, so the study was scaled back to a Phase 2 trial comparing the safety and immune responses of the two experimental vaccines to placebo. The site chosen for PREVAIL I was the Redemption Hospital, located near the epicenter of the outbreak in Monrovia. From Feb. 2 to April 30, 2015, 1,500 volunteers age (18 years or older) without fever or history of Ebola virus disease joined the study. The participants were assigned by chance to receive a single injection of either a saltwater placebo or one of the experimental vaccines. The study excluded women who were pregnant or breastfeeding, but otherwise, men and women with a variety of health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis, were welcome to enroll. PREVAIL I deliberately cast a wide net in order to determine how safe and immunogenic the vaccines are in a range of adults who represent Liberia’s general population. The median age of participants was 30 years old, and 37 percent were women.Among all participants, initial blood screening tests revealed that 6.3 percent had evidence of a past Ebola virus infection—that is, they had Ebola antibodies—although none reported having been sick. This surprising finding has potentially important public health implications. “We hope to better understand the implications of this finding as we learn much more about Ebola survivors and their close contacts during the ongoing, long-term study known as PREVAIL III,” noted Dr. Bolay.The findings said excluding individuals with pre-existing antibodies to Ebola in their analysis, the study team found that 87 percent of those given the ChAd3-EBOV-Z vaccine and 94 percent of the VSV-ZEBOV recipients had measurable anti-Ebola antibodies one month after vaccination. “The antibody responses measured at 6 and 12 months after vaccination, which will provide important information about how long these immune responses last, are still being collected for analysis,” it said.The PREVAIL team also screened the study volunteers for HIV and syphilis. The frequency of each in the study population was found to be about 5 percent. This rate of HIV infection is considerably higher than what has previously been reported for Liberia as a whole (1.9 percent in the general population). However, the study team found that being infected with HIV had at best only a modest effect on the immune responses produced to either one of the vaccines.The participants were asked to return to Redemption Hospital for follow-up visits at week 1, months 1 and 2, and then every 2 months thereafter for 12 months. Approximately 20 percent came in for a special visit at week 2 to be evaluated for any joint problems. Overall, the vaccines were well tolerated, and no significant differences in reported side effects were found between those who received either of the vaccines or the placebo. Among its successes, the trial achieved a near perfect—98.6 percent—record of attendance at follow-up visits, an unusually high rate for a clinical study conducted anywhere, noted H. Clifford Lane, M.D., Deputy Director for Clinical Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the lead U.S. scientist on the study. NIAID/NIH and the Liberian Ministry of Health are co-sponsoring the study.According to Stephen B. Kennedy, M.D., MPH, co-principal investigator on the study and coordinator for Ebola research at the Incident Management System (IMS) in Liberia, “PREVAIL I demonstrates the feasibility of conducting a well-designed, randomized, placebo-controlled vaccine trial during an infectious disease outbreak. Our success can be attributed to the efforts of many dedicated individuals on the PREVAIL team as well as our in-country partners. Of special note, the vigorous program of social mobilization and advocacy carried out by trained community members had played a critical role in overcoming public misconceptions about the study, recruiting trial volunteers, and maintaining the excellent rates of follow-up in this study.”In January 2016, PREVAIL I began graduating the first volunteers. More than 600 have now completed their year-long commitment. All follow-up visits are expected to be completed in April 2016.A first look at results from PREVAIL II – the only clinical trial evaluating whether the experimental Ebola therapy known as ZMapp is safe and effective—reveals that the treatment is well tolerated and suggests it may hold some promise as an Ebola treatment. However, the study could not enroll enough patients to prove that ZMapp offers significantly more healing benefits than supportive care alone. ZMapp, made by Mapp Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (San Diego, California), is a mixture of three different anti-Ebola antibodies. Antibodies are infection-fighting proteins produced by the body that attach to the surface of the Ebola virus and thereby prevent it from damaging cells.The randomized, controlled study was designed to enroll up to 200 patients of any age with confirmed Ebola virus infection. During 10 months beginning on March 13, 2015, 72 patients joined the study. On January 29, 2016, the trial leaders closed the study because no more Ebola cases were expected. The 72 participants included 54 from seven clinical sites in Sierra Leone, 12 from one site in Guinea, 5 from two sites in Liberia, and 1 from the United States. Their median age was 24 years; slightly more than half were women.Each patient was assigned by chance to one of two study groups. One group received the best standard of supportive care for treating Ebola infection available at their treatment site. This included giving intravenous fluids; balancing electrolytes, minerals needed to regulate body functions; maintaining healthy oxygen and blood pressure levels; and treating other infections if they occurred. The second group received the best standard of care available at the site plus three separate infusions of ZMapp spaced three days apart and completed over 7 days. The amount of ZMapp in the infusion was determined by the patient’s weight.To assess how well ZMapp worked against Ebola, the PREVAIL team compared the number of deaths in each group at 28 days after enrollment. In the study, 21 patients died, a mortality rate of almost 30 percent. The standard-of-care group had 13/35 (37 percent) deaths compared with 8/36 (22 percent) deaths in the ZMapp group. (One patient left the study early and was not included in the analysis.) The difference was not statistically significant.How much virus the patient had when first enrolled strongly affected mortality: 53 percent (16/30) of those with high virus levels died versus 12 percent (5/41) of those with lower virus levels. Among patients with high virus levels, 60 percent (9/15) receiving standard-of-care only died versus 47 percent (7/15) of those who also received ZMapp. In the group with lower virus levels, 20 percent (4/20) on standard-of-care only died versus 5 percent (1/21) of those also given ZMapp. On the whole, those with high or lower virus levels who received ZMapp appeared to do better, but the differences were not statistically significant.Side effects occurred with similar frequency in both groups. Fever and low blood pressure were the most common side effects reported with infusions of ZMapp. Antihistamines and fever-reducing agents were often given before infusions to reduce possible side effects.The findings were presented at the meeting in Boston by Richard T. Davey, Jr., M.D., Deputy Clinical Director in the Division of Clinical Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and co-leader on the trial. “Although the trial needed significantly more patients to answer whether ZMapp plus optimized standard of care is superior to optimized standard of care alone, we collected valuable data on the safety of and patient response to ZMapp,” noted Dr. Davey. “Moreover, we demonstrated that a randomized, controlled, multicenter treatment trial can be designed and successfully implemented in the midst of an outbreak.”The findings said the clinical picture emerging from PREVAIL III shows that survivors and their contacts suffer from many health problems. People in both groups, however, report subjective symptoms more often than are detected by objective tests performed by physicians or physician assistants. Eye complaints, for example, were reported by 60 percent of survivors and more than 58 percent of contacts when they entered the study. Yet only 25 percent of survivors and 14 percent of contacts had abnormal ocular findings on examination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women Secure Historic Win

first_imgFlorence Dadson scored a brace and had an assist for Brianna Banks’ goal as the female Stars collected all three points.Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women’s team over the weekend grasped a 3-1 win against Old Dominion Cesena USA at the at the John Champe High School.It was team’s first-ever victory since their establishment.According to the club’s match summary, Florence Dadson scored a brace and had an assist for Brianna Banks’ goal as the female Stars collected all three points.The Stars opened the scoring inside the first 25 minutes as Philadelphia Lone Star FC forward Dadson made history by scoring the first-ever goal for the club. The Stars continued to dominate the first half but couldn’t add on to the score line after 45 minutes of action.After the break, the Stars doubled their lead at the hour mark with Dadson completing her brace. Old Dominion Cesena USA pulled one back ten minutes later, but Brianna Banks added her name on the scoresheet off an assist from Dadson to give the Stars a historic 3-1 win.After losing their season opener at OPSA Magic in Maryland on Friday night, the 3-1 win over Old Dominion USA on Saturday’s afternoon propelled the Stars to third on the WPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference’s Colonial Division with a 1-1-0 (W-L-T) record.Florence Dadson, who reacted to her brace after the game said, “Regardless of scoring and giving an assist, credit goes to the whole team for this historic win! It was a team effort and we made history together. I hope we will continue to help build this exceptional team in the beautiful city of Philadelphia.”Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women head coach Charlie Flowe was delighted with the character shown by the team: “Our first-ever women’s win was truly a collective team effort. Every player who wore the Lone Star jersey contributed to our win. Our players overcame a quick turnaround and left everything on the pitch.“The chemistry we developed over the past few days at training and during our game Friday night enabled us to get much better as a unit on Saturday. We will enjoy this historic first win for a few days, but we have a lot to work to do this week as we prepare for our first two homes games this next weekend.“Also reflecting on this weekend, I want to thank all of our players, our coaching staff, our club, our president Paul Konneh, our fans and our families for all their support. I can’t wait to see you all at our home openers on June 8th and 9th down at the South Philadelphia Super Site.”Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women’s home opener is Saturday, June 8 when they welcome CAFC Osprey at 5 p.m. at the South Philadelphia Super Site. The next day, they will host Old Dominion Cesena USA at 4 p.m. at the same venue.sShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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It wasn’t me; it was the GRA – Finance Minister

first_imgRevised steel taxesThe Finance Ministry, under the hand of Finance Minister Winston Jordan, over the weekend attempted to rubbish an article, which pointed to an increase in the import taxes to be paid for the importation of steel, saying the decision was not initiated by himself, but rather the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) – the Government’s tax collection agency under his Ministry.Finance Minister Winston JordanJordan on Saturday – three days after Guyana Times carried a report – issued a public statement which said the Finance Ministry noted with absolute disgust a report in Guyana Times titled, “Govt hikes taxes on steel imports”, August 11, 2016.According to the article, as published by this newspaper, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Irfaan Ali said, “Finance Minister Winston Jordan circulated on Wednesday a correspondence with [sic] brokers and other relevant stakeholders, indicating that the tariff (taxes) charged for the importation of steel into Guyana would be doubled, since it has been increased from five per cent to 10 per cent.”Jordan has since said the Finance Ministry “categorically rejects this accusation and wishes to make clear that the Minister of Finance, [Winston] Jordan, has not circulated any correspondence indicating any increase in tariffs for the importation of steel.”The Ministry said too it, “wishes to make clear that there has been no increase in the tariffs associated with the importation of steel.”In seeking to offer clarification, the Ministry has since indicated that it is the Quality Review Section of the GRA, responsible for examining customs declarations for valuation, classification and volume discrepancies, which identified anomalies in relation to the importation of alloy steel by several businesses in Guyana.According to the Finance Ministry, “After a review of the evidence presented, together with the Chapter Notes of the Common External Tariff (CET) and Explanatory Notes, it was determined that most of the Tariff Headings applicable to the type of steel commonly imported would attract a rate of import duty of 10 per cent, instead of five per cent.”Minister Jordan still contends however that, it is mindboggling that Ali could engage in such dishonesty which can only be interpreted as an attempt to create unfounded hysteria within the business community to score cheap political points and impugn the integrity of the Finance Minister.In his attempt to offer clarification, the Minister said he neither circulated nor initiated any correction to the applicable rate of import duty; rather it was the agency responsible for the collection of the country’s taxes – the GRA.He said “importers who wish to contest the alloy content of the imported steel and the duties applied by the Customs Department could use the usual channels, including appeals to the Commissioner General, GRA and the Customs Tribunal.”last_img read more

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High on Ice Winter Festival – 2016 Schedule for Friday

first_imgFriday, February 5, 2016 – Advertisement – 5:30 p.m.Free Hot Chocolate – thanks to Canadian GrindCentennial Park 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.Professional Single Block Carving CompetitionCentennial Park The High on Ice Winter Festival kicks off today in Fort St. John. There are a number of events happening all weekend long. New event this year include live music on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an Adult dance and beer garden on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Here is what you can take in today: 3 p.m.Ice Slides & Bonfire – FREECentennial Park 6:15 p.m.Meet the CarversCentennial Park Tentcenter_img 6 p.m.Mukluk Curling BonspielFSJ Curling Club 7 p.m.“Laugh your ice off” – Comedy Show 19+, ticket requiredLido Theatre 6 p.m.Opening Ceremonies/Council Slide offCentennial Park Below is a copy of the full schedule for all the events this weekend: 7 p.m.Family Fun Snow Mobile Ride – freeCharlie Lakelast_img read more

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