PH boxers bag 3 golds in Russia tilt

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The fancied Chinese, a silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, has had Petecio’s number, having beaten the Filipino in their previous four encounters.Petecio, though, finally got over the hump and even scored a knockdown to make the finals where she topped another North Korean.Paalam, meanwhile, outwitted 2014 Asian Games gold medalist Shin Jong Hun of South Korea in their light flyweight bout to win the gold.Rounding out the Filipino medalists are lightweight James Palicte, who won silver and Aira Villegas, who claimed the bronze medal, in the women’s flyweight class.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PBA heads to Davao del Sur for All-Star week Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSFive Filipino boxers bagged medals, including three golds, in the International Tournament “Konstantin Korotkov Memorial” Khabarovsk, Russia.Eumir Felix Marcial, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam put on dazzling performances on their way to taking home gold medals in the 26-nation tournament.ADVERTISEMENT “I am so, so very happy for our boxers. This is a good preparation for the Asian Games in August. Let’s get them more exposures,” said ABAP president Ricky Vargas.Marcial ruled the middleweight division, sending several opponents to the canvas en route to the championship round where he outpointed his North Korean foe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPetecio continued her winning ways with her third gold medal in five months after also winning tournaments in India and Poland.But Petecio’s road to gold had to go through an opponent she had never beaten before in Jun Hua Yin of China in the semifinals. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more

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Ronaldo to Juventus? Spain’s media says ‘ciao’, Italy’s welcomes star

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts angry during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Spain’s media said goodbye to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo while Italy’s welcomed him on Friday after persistent reports that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will leave Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus.“Ciao CR7” said the headline of Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES The paper also said that while Real maintains Ronaldo’s buy-out clause is 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) — which would nix any potential transfer — “the player and his representatives say there is a signed document freeing him for 100 million”.Numerous media outlets have reported since Wednesday that Juventus offered the galactico a four-year contract with 30 million euros per year.The 33-year-old, whose Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup last 16 by Uruguay on Saturday, hinted after May’s Champions League victory against Liverpool that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.“It was very nice to be in Madrid,” he said at the time, using the past-tense. He later walked back the statement, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered.Real Madrid has won the La Liga twice and the Champions league four times since Ronaldo moved there from Manchester United in 2009.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Real accepts his departure, the key day will be today (Friday) and Juve wants to wrap up the operation so it can announce it,” the newspaper said.Spanish sport newspaper AS said that the player could be unveiled to Juve supporters in Turin as early as Saturday, with the date 7/7 symbolic for number 7 Ronaldo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Juventus “hopes to announce (the news) tomorrow in its stadium,” said the paper, which had the headline “Cristiano exit imminent”.Ronaldo was applauded at Juventus Stadium by the club’s fans last season after scoring a spectacular overhead kick in the Champions League quarter-finals. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Italian media welcomed the purported “imminent” arrival of Ronaldo, with Corriere Dello Sport also expecting him in Turin on Saturday.“Italy is only a step away and Madrid is looking for its new top player,” the newspaper said.Gazzetta Dello Sport had the headline “CR7 Juve, we can do it”, and said Juventus was “closer than ever to the deal of the century”.Spain’s Marca newspaper claimed that Ronaldo has “already given his word to (Andrea) Agnelli” the president of Juventus.“His desire to play for Juve is strong,” Marca said, cautioning that the Turin club had not yet received a firm offer from Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Zach LaVine signs $80 million offer from Kingslast_img read more

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Pacquiao: Matthysse scared of my punches

first_imgADVERTISEMENT Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? KUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao had Lucas Matthysse all figured out in the first three minutes of the fight.Pacquiao said he already sensed his punching power was too much for Matthysse as early as the opening round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I know he cannot handle my punches,” Pacquiao said during the post-fight conference Sunday after he delivered a seventh-round knockout for the WBA welterweight crown.“From the first round, I already felt that he was scared of my punches. I can see it in his eyes and actions.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It appeared so.Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANPacquiao had Matthysse on his heels majority of the bout. A left uppercut knocked Matthysse down in the first round before a crisp jab by Pacquiao hurt him again, forcing him to take a knee before another left uppercut ended it for good.Pacquiao took solid shots from the Argentine fighter but was never in trouble throughout the fight.“From the beginning of the first round I knew in my mind already that I can control the fight, but our strategy is to be patient take time don’t rush and don’t be careless just like before,” he said.The 39-year-old Pacquiao showed no signs of rust despite coming off a one-year layoff since losing to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT The eight-division champion earned his 60th win, 39 via knockouts, and 12th title.RELATED VIDEO View commentslast_img read more

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Simona Halep wins in Montreal, beating Sloane Stephens

first_imgSimona Halep of Romania reacts after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States to win the final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Top-ranked Simona Halep outlasted third-ranked Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4 on Sunday to win her second Rogers Cup title.The 26-year-old Romanian star also won the hard-court event that rotates between Toronto and Montreal in 2016 in Montreal.ADVERTISEMENT She broke back for 2-2, but then suffered a letdown as Halep broke service twice more to take the lead. Stephens fought off three match points for one last service break before Halep closed it out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadal ends Tsitsipas’ Toronto run on Greek’s 20th birthday Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A large Romanian contingent waving their red and yellow flags chanted Halep’s name between points. However, there were just as many pulling for Stephens in a match of two players who don’t overpower with their serve but hammer groundstrokes down the lines.“I thought I played well, I thought she played well,” Stephens said. “Obviously, in a final, you hope for matches like that — super competitive, high energy. There’s nothing more than you could hope for in a final. It’s obviously upsetting that I didn’t win, but I think I got better than the last final we played. Yeah, it’s disappointing, but I think this will help me moving forward, getting ready to go into (Cincinnati) and the U.S. Open.”A back-and-forth opening set saw Halep jump to a 4-1 lead before Stephens found the range with her forehand and broke service three times to take a 6-5 lead. The American then wasted two set points as Halep forced a tiebreaker.Stephens went up on two Halep double faults, but the Romanian stormed back to take the set. It was the first set Stephens lost all week.Stephens added three more breaks to take the second set, but lost her serve to open the third.ADVERTISEMENT In a rematch of Halep’s French Open final victory, she overcame Stephens in the match that had 15 service breaks. Halep has won her last six meetings with the 25-year-old American. Stephens, preparing for her U.S. Open title defense, is 0-8 against No. 1-ranked players.“I couldn’t believe that it’s over,” Halep said. “I was really tired. I feel like these tournaments, at this level, you have to have one day off between the matches. It’s really tough. It’s brutal. This week it was really tough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Halep won her third title of the year and 18th overall.“Both matches were crazy good,” Halep said about the French and Rogers finals. “She makes me play better and better every time we meet each other. That’s a great thing for me. I feel like she improved in her mental (side) also. She doesn’t give up that much now. Of course, she’s a strong player. I think she’s a complex player. She has everything.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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UAAP: Baltazar, Melecio lift La Salle over NU for 1st win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustine Baltazar buried the go-ahead basket as La Salle came back to beat National University, 80-76, for its first win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Balztazar hit a jumper from the left baseline off an inbound pass to put the Green Archers ahead, 78-76, with 28 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I think I’ve ran that play for like a 100 times in practice. Like what I told you guys before Justine will play a big role for us this season,” said La Salle coach Louie Gonzalez, whose squad rallied from 11 points down in the second period.“I told him to shoot when he gets the ball,” Gonzalez recalled of his crucial play that left Baltazar wide open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe third-year big man notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Aljun Melecio led all scorers with 19 points for La Salle, which bounced back from a 68-61 loss to Far Eastern University on September 9.The Archers ended the game on a 6-0 spurt after Troy Rike gave the Bulldogs a 76-74 edge with 1:42 remaining. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Whatever the odds, the adversity they faced earlier in the game, I looked at them and saw their composure,” Gonzalez, who is in his first year at La Salle’s helm following the transfer of Aldin Ayo to University of Santo Tomas in December of last year.Rookie Dave Ildefonso led NU, which slipped to 1-1, for the second straight game with 16 points.Rike had 15 points and six rebounds but missed two free throws that would’ve put NU in the driver’s seat with 53 ticks remaining.The Bulldogs faltered when it mattered most with major lapses on both ends in the last two minutes.Up by two, 76-74, Enzo Joson fouled Melecio while taking a 3-pointer with Melecio making 2-of-3 free throws with 1:25 left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Asia League: Bad luck hits iECO as Howell ‘doubtful’ for PH team’s next game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU also couldn’t get the ball inbounds after Baltazar’s jumper and wasted a chunk of the time left before intentionally fouling to stop the clock.Andrei Caracut sealed the game with a pair of freebies with only 11 seconds to go.last_img read more

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Nietes may lose belt if he refuses Palicte bout

first_imgLATEST STORIES Aston Palicte’s camp won’t force a fight against Donnie Nietes but the rising star is bent on winning a world title the soonest possible time.Jason Soong, manager of the 28-year-old Palicte, said if and when Nietes’ camp refuse to come to the table and hold a rematch, his protégé will have to face highest-ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) challenger available.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But that would mean Nietes must vacate the junior bantamweight title.“As much as we don’t want to fight another Filipino, I owe it to Aston to give him another world title shot,” Soong told the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLegendary champion Roy Jones Jr., who now promotes Palicte internationally, is also pushing for a world title fight for the Bago City native.The WBO recently mandated both camps of Nietes and Palicte to arrange a rematch for the title. They have until next week to come to an agreement that would mean a minimum purse of $100,000 for both. Ominous surge for Elasto Painters Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history But Nietes’ camp has yet to respond to the call out by Palicte’s camp.The 36-year-old Nietes is the longest reigning Filipino champion but his domain is largely confined within Asia.He fought Palicte to a split draw last September in California.The four-time champion then announced he would like to get big fights against certified crowd drawers of the division like Juan Francisco Estrada and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.Instead, he fought Kazuto Ioka of Japan on New Year’s Eve, in an uneventful bout that also ended in split draw.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ About the same time, Palicte scored a second-round knockout win over Jose Martinez which warranted a possible crack at the title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

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2019 Fiba World Cup: Philippines joins Serbia, Italy, Angola in Group D

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Group C consists of Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia.Host China is in Group A along with Ivory Coast, Poland and Venezuela while Russia, Argentina, South Korea and Nigeria compose Group B.Defending champion USA was joined by streaking Japan, Turkey and Czech Republic in Group E.Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the favorites to win the MVP award in the NBA, and the rest of the formidable Greeks lead Group F with New Zealand, Brazil and Montenegro.Lastly, Group F is made up of Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gilas Pilipinas, which needed to win its last two assignments and a Korea victory over Lebanon to push through, is making its second straight appearance in the World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China. Serbia, which was the losing finalist in the 2014 Fiba World Cup and is ranked fourth-best in the world, is the favorite to rule Group D.The Philippines is currently ranked 31st, 18 spots lower than Italy and eight slots higher than 39th Angola.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe top two teams in each group move on to the second round where the two best squads advance to the quarterfinals.The two best finishers in Group D will join their counterparts in Group C for the second round. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines was drawn into Group D along with European powerhouse Serbia, Italy and Angola.The 2019 Fiba World Cup draw was held Saturday night at Shenzhen Cultural Center in Shenzhen, China.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for ‘special’ Roger Federer clash Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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Robust Tax Collection Scheme Launched

first_imgFinance Minister, Amara Mohammed Konneh at a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, vowed to declare a robust tax collection scheme aimed at revamping the country’s revenue sector. The Minister declaration is made in the face of revenue shortfalls against which the Ministry has launched “stringent technical, administrative and legal measures to recover revenue for the remaining of fiscal year,” (2013/2014.) As part of the measures, Minister Konneh disclosed that the MOF has set up additional revenue mobilization task forces to ensure that the exercise yields the expected result. “We have increased our tax awareness; reorganized our tax administration personnel to ensure the most effective distribution of talent and responsibility to meet our revenue targets going forward.” Additionally, Mr. Konneh said that the MOF has identified and met with “delinquent taxpayers to give them time to settle their tax obligations, and we are at the same time, working with the Ministry of Justice, and the Board of Tax Appeals to prepare litigations (law suits) against those who fail to pay their taxes.” As part of the exercise also, the Minister said these short-term measures are intended to improve revenue collection, with specific emphasis on “spot verification of taxpayers to validate their payments.”Also, there are plans by the MOF to institute a major crackdown on delinquent taxpayers, which include publishing the list of persons, businesses and public institutions with outstanding tax obligations; and initiating legal proceedings against them to recover taxes; enforcement of internal controls at the system level and stronger coordination within the team to mitigate risks, undertaking an anti-smuggling operation.This aspect of the collection scheme, Mr. Konneh said, will take place on the customs side by monitoring of transhipment through the border, and conducting rigorous (thorough) post clearance audits to close revenue leakages resulting from dishonesty among some taxpayers. “With these actions and plans, we expect improvement in the collection of taxes on income, goods and services,” Minister Konneh declared.Budget PerformanceAs of the budget performance (2013/14), Minister Konned noted among other things that there was a lot of work to do, and all cost a lot of money to be made. Development, he said, is a difficult and very expensive undertaking, and therefore, the approved budget for this year amounted to US$582.9m, but was revised downward to US$560.3m, based on assessed revenue risks.However, he said, “some of our projections for the various kinds of revenue were overly ambitious, and were based o the assumption that the good performance of last year would, within each category, continue.”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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The President’s Challenge in the Next Thousand Days

first_imgSam Jackson, one of the nation’s leading economic and political thinkers, in his Op-ed piece in yesterday’s Daily Observer, has laid out the stark challenges facing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia approaches its next transition period in 2017.  That is when Liberians are scheduled to go to the polls to elect a new President.In his brilliant piece, Mr. Jackson presented the President with two stark choices: first, “Governing as a lame duck and biding her time would be disastrous with unfathomable social consequences.”  Second, Mr. Jackson postulated (suggested): “The President must govern as though she is running for reelection.  Too much is riding on her leadership and we’ve lost too much time to Ebola and political inertia (inactivity, sluggishness).  She must turn around the negative narrative that her administration has failed.  The President needs one memorable legacy project or two that will silence her critics and make her relevant in the blunt choices for 2017.”Mr. Jackson then gave this warning:  “If the President fails to be fully engaged in development over the next two years and gets distracted by politics as usual, Liberia runs the risk of falling back into conflict.”Every Liberian should read Mr. Jackson’s analytical thesis on the way forward in Liberia.  It requires the gripping and decisive attention of not the President only, but all of us—those close to her; those far from her; those for her and those against her; and even those who characteristically sit on the fence. Each of us is called to reflect soberly on what Jackson is saying and do EVERYTHING in our power to get the President to listen actively and follow his dispassionate and erudite advice.  In doing so, she would not only save her legacy, but far more important, save her country. IT MUST NOT BE SAID THAT AFTER ELLEN, AFRICA’S FIRST ELECTED FEMALE PRESIDENT, LIBERIA SLID BACK INTO CONFLICT.That would be tragic.  It would amount to the squandering of the immense resources God has given us; and to blatant ingratitude in the face of the outpouring of help we have received from the international community.What then, must Ellen do to cause Liberians to say, “She played well her part and left Liberia better than she met it?” Her remaining time is not too short to make a big difference in one of the fundamental problems Mr. Jackson touched on: the abject poverty in which Liberians continue to live, while a tiny minority is prospering.  To deal decisively with this problem, the President must seriously tackle agriculture, the sector in which a majority of Liberians work and subsist.  She must empower our farmers with training, tools, extension services, money and access to markets.  She must find the people who can make this happen with the same passion and boldness with which she garnered support to stamp out Ebola.Secondly, Ellen must rear within herself that same level of passion and “not on my watch” sternness to crush corruption in her government.  This will permit the resources of the country to flow  freely into the areas they are most needed—education, health,  empowering Liberians in business and reaching out to the teeming masses on the streets—men, women and children—helping them to attain hope and a brighter future.Here, the President should engage her Education people, including MVTC and the Booker Washington Institute and find ways to teach these street people trades that will give them marketable skills.The President must undergo serious self examination and STRIVE to use power prudently, so that she will be remembered as a leader who was evenhanded, fair, forthright and just.  Her political base, Unity Party, is currently in disarray, and she must do everything to fix it.  Why disarray?  She is said to have personally intervened to support particular candidates against the popular will.  Also, in the mind of the public, she is perceived to be feuding with the party’s Chairman, Counselor Varney Sherman.  That could sound a death knell to party unity.  How, then, will she be remembered as a partisan who benefitted so richly from this party—two terms as President?If we can get the hydro, paved roads to Harper, Vahun and Cape Mount, mini hydros and running water throughout the country, these, too, would enrich her legacy. Nothing, however, would be able to replace the spiritual foundation of her leadership—Ellen’s soul (character) as a leader.  That, more than anything else, could smooth the transition, and determine how she will be remembered.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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An unconscionable contract can never be final (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,The petroleum contract is an absolute disgrace, even the dead, the deaf, the dumb and the mute can agree symbolically on this. For our politicians to behave as if they have the authority to tie and chain the masses of Guyanese people to agreements of extreme exploitation, oppression, abuse and humiliation is very cruel and void of any virtue. As long as this contract remains in force, we will be seen as the idiots of the Caribbean, and the world; it is a perpetual shaming of Guyanese alive and dead.In my formative years, I grew up in a Guyana and West Indie, where we were Kings of world cricket, with heroes from Guyana such as Rohan Kanhai, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Steve Camacho, Roy Fredricks, Alvin Kallicharran, Colin Croft and Faoud Bacchus. From further afield, we had Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Lawrence Rowe, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Joel Garner, though not from Guyana, they all represented Guyana and the West Indies, against the rest of the world with such glory. These men imbued in us a sense of invincibility.This horrible and revolting petroleum agreement has conjured images of blind, bespectacled ants signing off on contracts with global corporations, and thereby, engendering more offensive and ridiculous contracts, which are all very disadvantageous to Guyana. This is no time for sophistry, doublespeak, party politics, showmanship or rhetoric. The contract is an abomination and a heavy millstone on the Guyanese people, future descendants and our ancestors: from the native Americans, enslaved Africans, and indentured labourers to those who now live off the sweat and bloody sacrifices they made for their families; and our family. This obnoxious, objectionable and invasive petroleum agreement starts and ends with Exxon’s Esso. Guyanese must not be ensnared by Exxon and our politicians who seem to be compromised in Exxon’s tentacles; must be made to speak and act for the Guyanese people. Once we have the agreement renegotiated with Exxon; the other oil exploration companies will follow suit.According to the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December 2015 and the resulting conference of the parties pronouncement in February 2016, re: Of the 23 largest US oil and gas exploration and production companies Exxon holds almost a third of total reserves of this group and around 41 per cent of the combined market capitalisation. The reserves of Exxon certainly now exceed one-third of the total reserves of the group – primarily because of the additional oil finds in Guyana during 2016, 2017 and 2018. Exxon is the giant anaconda; the virtual nation state that our Government needs to ask for penitence.The egregious pronouncement from our Government does not end on the fake finality of the Exxon agreement; by some waffling of unimaginable arrogance, as detailed in Kaieteur News dated February 24, 2018; we have this headline “Worry about information overload leads Government to phase transparency”; the article includes the following statement from Minister Harmon, speaking on behalf of the Government “There must be a time framework. We cannot release everything at one time. I suppose in the fullness of time those documents will be released. It is a question of what is convenient because sometimes you release everything and you just flood people with information that you almost suffer from information overload.“But I believe you can understand that these contracts as the President and the Minister of Natural Resources said, they will be released eventually.”Phased release! Is the Government saying that Guyanese are such dullards that we can’t analyse five to 10 oil contracts concurrently? How disrespectful; what effrontery to string together senseless mazes of words in a naïve attempt to dupe the Guyanese people; in paraphrasing Schopenhauer.It is infinitely more logical to have all the oil and gas contracts made immediately available to the Guyanese people for the much-needed comprehensive comparative analysis. It will make our overture to Exxon for contract renegotiation that much more informed, practicable and achievable. Sense can only be made of this ridiculous phased release approach, if the intent is not to renegotiate the contract with Exxon. Our politicians are intelligent people and this segway to contract entrapment must be rejected. We have struggled too long; we Guyanese were seen and treated as the pariahs of the Caribbean, rejected at every port with or without our rice bags, some gave up everything in Guyana to go and labour in North America, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, we have lost too many lives along the way, to now reach the summit of our El Dorado that our founder leaders envisioned for us; and to just sign away a significant majority our new found wealth. We must renegotiate the agreement/s that robs the Guyanese people, and in addition, places double locks on the mental chains that trap us; then we are thrown overboard enchained, when our Government shamelessly agrees to pay the contractor over US$460 million to have our oil resources plundered.With or without Esso finding oil in Guyana, we will always have Guyanese on the margins, who have relative power and wealth from both political parties, including private businessmen. The wealth from the oil find should be invested generously across our small population: amongst our youths, public servants, Private Sector workers and old age pensioners.I ask any Government official: What difference does it make, whether you have US$10 million or US$100 million? The virtue and purpose of living is not to make a few dollars more. Certainly, leaving a positive legacy to Guyanese is worth much, much more. Walter Rodney died almost 38 years ago, and everyday his good works are referenced. It is not how long you live or the wealth you have acquired; what matters is how as a citizen and servant leader you have uplifted your people.To all political parties and Private Sector leaders: President David Granger; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Private Sector leader Eddie Boyer; this petroleum agreement is literally burying the hopes and aspirations of Guyanese and their children. Immediately seek renegotiation of the petroleum agreement to obtain a 10 per cent royalty; remove the baseless US$460 million invoice from the contract with Esso and company; immediately table all oil contracts and endeavour to make the contracts fair to Guyanese. President Granger this is far and away worse than bones jammed in our throats.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

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