Michael Binns scored a double and Tremaine Stewart got the other goal as Portmore United defeated 10-man Humble Lion 3-1 in their second leg semi-final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex Monday night to reach the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League final. Portmore advanced 4-3 on aggregate after Humble Lion won the first leg 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre. Kemeel Wolfe scored the consolation goal for Humble Lion. Last night’s winners will meet Montego Bay United in the May 2 final. On Sunday night Montego Bay got past defending champions Arnett Gardens, also 4-3 on aggregate, after the teams played to a 2-2 extra-time draw.
The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition (APNU/AFC) Government has once again come under fire by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), as allegations of extortion continue to surface.PPP Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraThe Party’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Wednesday reported that the Party has evidence the Government officials have been making demands and threats to businessmen.“We have evidence of the head of an agency within the Ministry of the Presidency being in meeting with a member of the Private Sector to seek donation of $12 million to carry out certain works.”According to Teixeira, the message was clear that if they did not donate, they would be unsuccessful in the future with the contracts. The meeting succeeded in getting $8 million in donations.She said the issue is not only the extortion but why the extortion, when the agency has enough money, budgeted for, to carry out this work.“Budget was only passed less than a month ago and they could not have spent out that money in less than a month and therefore there is no shortage of money to carry out that work.“More and more we are hearing of businessmen of goods and services are facing pressure to donate to Government and other times called directly, by the heads of these agencies and their Ministers, requesting donations, with threats of not getting work or contracts, if they did not make the donation”. Teixeira said there is no need to call for donations since the money is available in the budget.She said why Government is intimidating businessmen is not clear. “This is pure extortion and it is becoming a norm in Guyana currently,” she said.
– Aruba Airlines set to fly from JulySeveral airlines have applied to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to operate locally.GCAA Director General, Retired Colonel Egbert Field said the Authority was currently in discussions with officials from those airlines and was working on their applications.The Director General, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI)/Government Information Agency (GINA), noted that two airlines from the United States and three from the Caribbean Region were the latest to indicate their interest in operating airline routes within the Region between Havana and Guyana or Aruba and Guyana.The Director General underlined that “Cubans are spending close to US$500,000 a week in Guyana’s economy and that is a sizeable amount. Imagine the increase when you have additional airlines flying the same route bringing passengers out of Havana…I cannot forecast that the travelling cost will decrease, but increased competition brings the prices down and this is one of the things we’re working on.”Field further said Aruba Airlines was expected to begin formal flights early in July. He explained that the Authority and the airline’s officials were currently finalising the application.“The airline out of Aruba would like to fly to Guyana and also fly through from Havana. To date, we have Easy Sky flying from Havana to Georgetown. Aruba also wants to fly on that route, so it would benefit the economy of Guyana greatly and those Guyanese who wish to travel to Aruba and Curaçao to make connection with the world,” Field explained.Aruba Airlines was founded in 2006; its network of destinations includes Venezuela, several cities in Cuba and Miami. There is good traffic between Guyana and Cuba, and Aruba Airlines will haul in more traffic between the two countries. This increase in travel will lead to an increase in foreign currency, especially from the Cubans who travel to Guyana on a regular basis, Field stated.
Mesut Ozil Arsene Wenger has hit back at Paul Scholes after the former Manchester United midfielder accused Mesut Ozil of ‘going through the motions’ at Arsenal.Scholes has suggested the club’s record signing lacks the motivation to win a league title, but the Gunners’ manager claims the ex-England midfielder would have loved the chance to play alongside the German superstar.Wenger is adamant Ozil has been a major success for the north London club since joining them from Real Madrid and will prove his critics wrong.Wenger said: “A player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil.“I believe it’s a wrong statement about Ozil. He works very hard and he’s a great player.“I believe he has the quality, he puts a lot of effort in to help the team and he works much harder than his style shows. You can be cheated a little bit by his style of play, because he is fluent, easy, subtle and he does not look like he puts the effort in, but he does.“I knew he had a good physical potential, but did not know how good he was physically. He has a huge physical potential.” 1
All-Ireland MFC semi-final: Donegal are trailing Galway by four points at half-time in their All-Ireland MFC semi-final at Croke Park. Galway corner-forward Robert Finnerty has been exceptional and he has scored 1-04 in the opening half.He netted after six minutes when Donegal’s defence failed to deal with a long direct ball inside. Finnerty made no mistake and expertly dispatched his effort, that score has been the difference between the two sides.Niall O’Donnell has been impressive for SP Barrett’s side, as has Eoghan McGettigan, but many of his side have underperformed thus far.Galway led by five points at one stage, but points from McGee and Boyle reduced the deficit to three points as the side headed towards the dressings for the interval. Donegal have been in this position before, and trailed Cork at half-time in their All-Ireland quarter-final last time out.Half time: Donegal 0-06 Galway 1-06All-Ireland MFC semi-final: Donegal trail Galway by four points at half-time was last modified: August 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:All-Ireland semi-finalCroke ParkGAAGalwayMFCnewsSport
The winning numbers in the Club Lotto last week were 18-3-21-16-15No jackpot winner. €30 – Paul Lafferty, Gortlarry, Carn. €15 – Edward Doherty, Lagahurry, I.O.D; Donal Doherty (O), Carn; Sarine Cantwell, 14 Bayview, Carn; Jenny Doherty (Diver), Cashel, GlentogherThe winning numbers in the Club Lotto this week are 15-16-21-22-6 No jackpot winner. €30 – Aidan Brown, Hollymount, Carn. €15 – Martin McLaughlin, Cashel, Gleneely; John Doherty, Aghacashel, Co.Leitrim; Larry Kelly, Dublin; Craigtown N.S. Jackpot this week is €7,700 and the draw will take place in McGonagles Bar on Wednesday January 4th.Many thanks to all who support our draw.If you wish to enter the prepaid lotto, 52 weeks for €80, please contact Liam McLaughlin on 083-4700059 GAA FundamentalsOur GAA Fundamentals will start back on Friday 13th January.Development DrawOur Development Draw tickets are now available online via PayPal using our email email@example.com and you will receive a return email to acknowledge your purchase and to give you your ticket numbers.Set DancingSet Dancing continues at Foden every Thursday at 8pm. A good night’s craic and exercise guaranteed. All welcome. Any enquiries please contact Bernie @ 086 0600011. Donegal Year BookThe 2016 Donegal Year Book is now available to purchase. If you would like to buy a copy please contact Annette @ 0876359936 or you can purchase them online and have posted worldwide at http://donegalgaa.ie/product/donegal-2016-yearbook/Annual Presentation NightOur Annual Presentation Night will take place on 28th January 2017 in Tul-na-Ri with doors opening at 7.30pm and meal served at 8pm. Music will be by Groovology and a great night’s craic is guaranteed. CongratulationsWe’d like to wish Senior player Liam Shiels and his beautiful bride Debbie McCallion all the best on their recent wedding.Club NotesAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Annette at 087-6359936 or alternatively facebook private message to the club facebook site or send an email to the club email address firstname.lastname@example.orgCarndonagh GAA: Club development draw tickets now available was last modified: January 2nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying. No response came from Brown. Instead, less than three hours later, an aide to Brown sent an e-mail saying her boss wanted to go on a television program that night – after needing at least an hour to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge, La., restaurant. The e-mails were made public Thursday at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing featuring Marty Bahamonde, the first agency official to arrive in New Orleans in advance of the Aug. 29 storm. The hurricane killed more than 1,200 people and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. Bahamonde, who sent the e-mail to Brown two days after the storm struck, said the correspondence illustrates the government’s failure to grasp what was happening. “There was a systematic failure at all levels of government to understand the magnitude of the situation,” Bahamonde testified. “The leadership from top down in our agency is unprepared and out of touch.” The 19 pages of internal FEMA e-mails show Bahamonde gave regular updates to people in contact with Brown as early as Aug. 28, the day before Katrina made landfall. They appear to contradict Brown, who has said he was not fully aware of the conditions until days after the storm hit. Brown quit after being recalled from New Orleans amid criticism of his work. Brown had sent Bahamonde, FEMA’s regional director in New England, to New Orleans to help coordinate the agency’s response. Bahamonde arrived on Aug. 27 and was the only FEMA official at the scene until FEMA disaster teams arrived on Aug. 30. As Katrina’s outer bands began drenching the city Aug. 28, Bahamonde sent an e-mail to Deborah Wing, a FEMA response specialist. He wrote: “Everyone is soaked. This is going to get ugly real fast.” Subsequent e-mails told of an increasingly desperate situation at the New Orleans Superdome, where tens of thousands of evacuees were staying. Bahamonde spent two nights there with the evacuees. On Aug. 31, Bahamonde e-mailed Brown to tell him that thousands of evacuees were gathering in the streets with no food or water and that “estimates are many will die within hours.” “Sir, I know that you know the situation is past critical,” Bahamonde wrote. “The sooner we can get the medical patients out, the sooner we can get them out.” A short time later, Brown’s press secretary, Sharon Worthy, wrote colleagues to complain that the FEMA director needed more time to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge restaurant that evening. “He needs much more that (sic) 20 or 30 minutes,” Worthy wrote. “Restaurants are getting busy,” she said. “We now have traffic to encounter to go to and from a location of his choise (sic), followed by wait service from the restaurant staff, eating, etc. Thank you.” In an Aug. 29 phone call to Brown informing him that the first levee had failed, Bahamonde said he asked for guidance but did not get a response. “He just said, ‘Thank you,’ and that he was going to call the White House,” Bahamonde said. Senators on the committee were dismayed. “We will examine further why critical information provided by Mr. Bahamonde was either discounted, misunderstood, or simply not acted upon,” said GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who heads the committee. She decried the “complete disconnect between senior officials and the reality of the situation.” Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, committee’s top Democrat, said Bahamonde’s story is “ultimately infuriating and raises serious questions which our committee’s investigation must answer.” In e-mails, Bahamonde described to his bosses a chaotic situation at the Superdome. Bahamonde noted also that local officials were asking for toilet paper, a sign that supplies were lacking at the shelter. “Issues developing at the Superdome. The medical staff at the dome says they will run out of oxygen in about two hours and are looking for alternative oxygen,” Bahamonde wrote regional director David Passey on Aug. 28. Bahamonde said he was stunned that FEMA officials responded by continuing to send truckloads of evacuees to the Superdome for two more days even though they knew supplies were in short supply. “I thought it amazing,” he said. “I believed at the time and still do today, that I was confirming the worst-case scenario that everyone had always talked about regarding New Orleans.” At a separate congressional hearing, lawmakers considering Louisiana’s request for $32 billion for Gulf Coast rebuilding were told that Mississippi would need tens of billions of dollars of its own to restore its coastline. Gulf Coast lawmakers and state officials have been pushing for vast infusions of federal aid since Katrina hit. “It will be in the billions, with a ‘b,’ level, it may be in the tens of billions; it won’t be in the hundreds of billions,” William W. Walker, head of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, told a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee. But Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., the subcommittee chairman, earlier had said Congress cannot afford Louisiana’s request. “This is just not going to happen,” said Duncan, R-Tenn.
1 August 2012 The new Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) structure, scheduled to become available to the South African property sector in early 2013, will both benefit local property structures and increase foreign investment opportunities, according to consultancy Grant Thornton. The adoption of the REIT structure, which is recognised in most key property markets internationally, will revive South Africa’s current systems, which are dated and often tedious, through the introduction of a scheme that has been tried and tested internationally, Grant Thornton said last week. At the same time, the REITs will “bring about much-needed tax and regulatory changes that local property structures could certainly benefit from in the long term,” the company said in a statement.Treasury, SA Revenue Service lauded The National Treasury’s proposal to introduce this listed property investment regime, aimed at aligning the South African listed property sector with its international counterparts, will also create a more attractive investment structure, significantly enhancing international interest. AJ Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, head of tax at Grant Thornton Johannesburg, said the main reason for the overhaul “is because existing local structures, property loan stocks (PLS) and property unit trusts (PUT) are unevenly regulated and subject to different tax treatments, prompting the need for a shared set of regulations. The Tax Amendment Bill proposing REITs, which was tabled in July, will unify the approach to local property investment schemes and provide greater certainty for international investors. “The proposed tax framework reflects that global best practice for REITs has been carefully considered, and National Treasury and Sars [the South African Revenue Service] should be commended for taking international considerations into account,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.International lessons learnt “Some of these lessons were clearly learnt from the UK REIT regime, which at first levied a conversion charge of 2% of the value of the property portfolio of REITs wanting to convert and limited the REITs’ listing to the main exchange.” In an effort to be more competitive with other REIT markets like Australia and the US, the UK dropped the conversion charge, has expanded listings to the AIM exchange, and has temporarily relaxed the gearing limits. According to Grant Thornton, South Africa’s draft proposals do not contain any of these onerous provisions. Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said the new framework would modernise the rules governing South Africa’s property investment regime and attract foreign investment. PUT and PLS structures that comply with the proposed REIT requirements will benefit from certain tax dispensations, specifically, an exemption from capital gains tax (CGT). “These tax features are certainly strong benefits of the proposed structure,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.Listing requirements He also pointed out that a company wishing to register as a REIT had to be listed, or intend to list, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and comply with all listing regulations. At present, there are no listing requirements for PUTs, although they are regulated closely by the Financial Services Board (FSB). “The introduction of REITs will expand the investment options available to those PUT structures that elect to register.” Despite the increased flexibility, tradability and tax relief offered by REITs, Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said that PUTs and other property investment entities would have to consider the increased administrative and regulatory burden of listing before making a decision.Additional requirements REIT-registered companies will have to satisfy four additional requirements, according to Grant Thornton. “The levels for each requirement are yet to be finalised, but as it currently stands, companies must have a minimum gross holding of direct or indirect property assets of R300-million.” In addition, a REIT “must distribute at least 70% of its profits annually, and its gearing is limited to 60% of net asset value.” A PLS, South Africa’s more dominant vehicle for property structures, is a share-linked debenture structure that is indivisibly tradable on the JSE and taxed at a normal rate of 28% with an effective CGT rate of 18.6%. Under the PLS structure, most profit is paid out to investors as interest, which is tax-deductible in the PLS and taxable income in the hands of the investor, meaning that the PLS vehicle attracts low levels of income tax. “Yet in substance, the revenue authorities have always contended that the distribution is more akin to profit than interest, and this contradicts general tax principles,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said. The new framework will improve the tax treatment for PLSs, seen to be problematic and a major factor behind the proposal to introduce REITs in South Africa. Grant Thornton advises companies looking to register as REITs in South Africa to ensure that they adhere to all of the requirements to avoid profits being taxed. “Similarly, each merger or acquisition must be closely examined to ensure that the target does not compromise the company’s REIT status.” SAinfo reporter
8 September 2012It took a late strike for five-time world champions Brazil to beat South Africa 1-0 in a friendly international to mark the symbolic handover from the previous to the forthcoming Fifa World Cup hosts in Sao Paulo on Friday evening.With goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune pulling off a number of stunning saves, it took until 15 minutes from the end of the match for the Brazilians to decide the match, with Givanildo Vieira de Souza – commonly known as Hulk – latching onto a rebound and firing home.Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said before the game that his team would play attacking football, and the South Africans created a number of chances, with Siphiwe Tshabalala firing wide on eight minutes and Siboniso Gaxa forcing the save from Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves soon after.Early in the second half, Gaxa and Lerato Chabangu both had good long-range shots that went narrowly high, while Tshabalala’s late attempt at an equaliser went wide.For the most part, however, Brazil were well in control of the game – but Dede, Neymar and Daniel Alves all failed to get the better of Khune, with Neymar in particular having a number of efforts saved by the South African ‘keeper.Igesund said afterwards that he was happy with his first game in charge of the national team.“I’m very satisfied with the result. We created quite a few good chances, and this was a good start for us.”Khune said that Bafana had not been cowed by their illustrious opponents.“We came here and we meant business,” Khune said. “The nation should be proud.”SAinfo reporter
Five of Africa’s top independent filmmakers participated in a discussion panel at the 2017 Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival, sharing their thoughts on the state of African cinema and its future.Film directors (from left) Vincent Moloi, Steve Gukas, Arthur Musah, Daryne Joshua and David Mboussou discuss the African film industry with mediator Eric Miyeni at a Brand South Africa discussion during the Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival on 6 March 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)CD AndersonThe RapidLion South African International Film Festival is showcasing the best films and filmmakers of Africa and its diaspora, and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) members. The festival will run until 12 March 2017 at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.The festival includes screenings of films and documentaries, as well as panel discussions and an awards ceremony. The workshops focus on deepening mutual understanding, strengthening collaborative relations and exploring opportunities for growth and investment in the film-making industry.Brand South Africa has partnered with RapidLion to celebrate African filmmaking, particularly South African cinema. Under the theme of Inspiring New Ways, the partnership aims at soliciting ideas and perspectives from filmmakers and industry players on how African – and the South African Nation Brand – stories can be communicated in visual form, through compelling storytelling.During a recent panel chaired by festival director Eric Miyeni, a diverse group of African directors spoke about their experiences working in the industry, promoting their films to a global audience and finding the spirit of true African storytelling.The discussion focussed specifically around the theme of “how should cinema reflect Africa today?”.The five filmmakers were:David Mboussou, Gabonese director of the documentary series I am Congo.Arthur Musah, US-based, Ghana-born documentary maker. His film Naija Beta follows Nigerian undergraduates returning home to host a robotics summer camp for high schools.South African documentarian Vincent Moloi. His documentary, Skulls of My People, is an in-depth look at the history of German colonialism in Namibia and its effect on the country’s indigenous people.Steve Gukas, Nigerian director of the highly praised Ebola drama 93 Days, which stars Danny Glover.South Africa’s Daryne Joshua, director of the critically acclaimed prison drama Noem My Skollie.Combating the legacy of Western voyeurism@Brand_SA @MarketTheatre @ArtsCultureSA @Abramjee @RapidLionFilm African stories in an eye of an African, not WEST! #BrandSAPanelDiscussion pic.twitter.com/g8ueCoYyGM— Nkululeko Ngubane (@Nkulie14) March 6, 2017Miyeni opened the discussion highlighting the challenges of being an African filmmaker attempting to take African stories to the rest of the world. With a legacy of these stories being told through a more Western/European lens, African filmmakers, he said, have a responsibility to represent the continent and its people more accurately. Filmmakers also needed to find the stories that have yet to be told, and take those stories to the world.Mboussou concurred, aptly using an African proverb – “until lions are able to tell the story, hunters will always be the winners” – to encourage the sharing of ideas and knowledge between the continent’s filmmakers and finding common ground to get more African stories told globally.Musah, as American-Ghanaian, said it was important to get the stories he told right through diligent, honest research.Gukas reiterated that African stories need not fulfil conventional Western film narratives, but focus on the human experience. “Africans can find any story to tell, good or bad, as long as it was mindful of the right sensibilities and responsibilities of telling those stories.”Joshua, who with Skollie, attempted to tell a different kind of story about South Africa’s coloured community, said it was important to get the narratives right through cooperation and collaboration with the community whose stories filmmakers are attempting to tell.What challenges exist within African cinema?@Brand_SA @ArtsCultureSA @Abramjee @RapidLionFilm Arts&Culture treaties signed with the world, is it working for us?#BrandSAPanelDiscussion pic.twitter.com/nuslRBcE8x— Nkululeko Ngubane (@Nkulie14) March 6, 2017Miyeni asked panellists what they considered are the issues negatively impacting African storytelling in film.Across the board, the panel agreed that combating African stereotypes in film was imperative.Musah said as a filmmaker working in Africa and the US, it was a difficult to not be influenced by the usual Western film tropes that characterised Africa in film. His role as filmmaker, in general, was to fight clichés and champion realism in the stories he told.Moloi said that filmmakers, particularly documentarians, needed to treat their subjects with respect.Joshua added that even though it was sometimes challenging to find a positive angle in telling real stories, audiences responded well to uplifting, optimistic storytelling even when dealing with difficult themes.Gukas said the most prevalent challenge to making great African cinema was overcoming the “white saviour complex” in films. Not only did the notion of idealising western convention over realistic African stories impact the way the world sees the continent, more importantly, watching “Hollywood heroes” coming to Africa’s rescue impacted the way African audiences see themselves.From a marketing point of view, panellists agreed that filmmakers and audiences needed access to more platforms to see diverse products from small, independent African filmmakers that often get lost in the larger global cinema marketing machine.More specialised film festivals are also needed with better access to online video platforms to get the word out and create a buzz around films, no matter how small, and to boosts audiences.How to make African cinema world class@Brand_SA @MarketTheatre @ArtsCultureSA @Abramjee @RapidLionFilm Role of Cinema in positive portrayal of Africa? #BrandSAPanelDiscussion pic.twitter.com/HAPkQDHwCm— Nkululeko Ngubane (@Nkulie14) March 6, 2017Wrapping up the panel, Miyeni asked the filmmakers how the African film industry could compete with international film markets.Joshua said that even with the exceptional technical skills the continent has built up over the last few years, a focus must now be on writing and storytelling. While finding resources is easy – “all it takes is a pen and a page”- nurturing African writers with good, original and diverse stories is important.Moloi repeated a call for not only finding new markets for African film, but to create our own markets. “Embrace new media, like online video sharing,” and find ways to control the editorial direction of the art form. Also, as agreed by the entire panel, new funding models need to be found that emphasise content over commerce.Movie fans, journalists, bloggers and other influencers need to “be champions of African film and stories”, said Gukas. This kind of exposure will change the narrative of the African film industry and change global attitudes. The films are slowly being made, the world just needs to be told about them.From a technical standpoint, Musah thought specialisation is key. “Perfect the craft, find new ways of doing things using the tools available.”The Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival ends on 12 March 2017. For more information, check the festival website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.