Mignolet saves Liverpool in Chelsea draw

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP):Simon Mignolet saved a late penalty after being at fault for an early goal, earning Liverpool a 1-1 draw against Chelsea that slowed the leaders’ charge to the Premier League title.The Belgium goalkeeper was caught unawares by an opportunistic free kick from David Luiz in the 24th minute as Chelsea took the lead against the run of play at Anfield yesterday.Georginio Wijnaldum equalised for Liverpool in the 57th before Mignolet made amends for his first-half mistake, guessing the right way to turn Diego Costa’s penalty around the post in the 76th.That save meant Liverpool avoided a fourth straight home loss in all competitions for the first time since 1923 and stayed 10 points behind Chelsea with 15 games left.On a night when second-place Arsenal lost at home to Watford and another title rival in Tottenham drew at Sunderland, Chelsea still managed to extend their lead by a point. And taking a point from Anfield is never a bad thing, especially considering Chelsea’s dominant position in the title race and manager Antonio Conte was punching the air with joy at the final whistle.This was more like the dynamic Liverpool of the first half of the season, not the team that had won just one of its last eight games in a season-damaging start to 2017. Yet the home team’s electric start was brought to a shuddering halt by Luiz’s piece of ingenuity and another moment to forget from Mignolet.OFF GUARDThe error-prone goalkeeper had just lined up a four-man wall and walked from the post to the middle of the goal when he took his eye off the ball. Willian looked the most likely free kick taker but Luiz, perhaps spotting Mignolet was off guard, quickly stepped up and punted a swerving shot from 25 metres in off the same post that Mignolet had been standing beside.That was virtually Chelsea’s first sight on goal, with the visitors having been penned back in their own half for the first quarter by a Liverpool side desperate to finish a dreadful January on a high.Liverpool now had to break down a defence that had kept 12 clean sheets in its previous 16 outings. Roberto Firmino wasted one great chance when he skied his shot from 10 metres with only goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to beat, but Wijnaldum made no mistake nine minutes later.Jordan Henderson’s cross to the back post found James Milner, whose header across goal deflected off Victor Moses and into the path of Wijnaldum. The Dutchman’s downward header from just outside the six-yard box beat Courtois.Results:Arsenal 1 2 WatfordBournemouth 0 2 Crystal PalaceBurnley 1 0 LeicesterMiddlesbrough 1 1 West BromSunderland 0 0 TottenhamSwansea 2 1 SouthamptonLiverpool 1 1 Chelsealast_img read more

Govt hikes excise tax on neutral spirits from 40% to 65%

first_img… threatens survival of manufacturing businessesA move by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to amend the excise tax on alcohol, essentially increasing the tax levied based on the strength of the alcohol, has now delivered a crippling blow to local manufacturers that use alcohol in its purest concentration.Many local manufacturing companies had complained last year about having to pay an alarmingly high excise tax of 40 per cent on alcohols that they would purchase locally from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). To that end, they requested government’s intervention to alleviate the burden plaguing the local manufacturing sector. Instead of getting relief from paying the 40 per cent in excise tax, manufactures now have to pay an incredulous 65 per cent for the neutral spirits they buy locally to use in the production of their goods and services.The alcohol purchased by manufacturers is referred to as extra-neutral alcohol or neutral spirits and is measured in Litres of Pure Alcohol (LPA). At the purchase strength of 96 per cent alcohol v/v (volume-volume) percentage, it is considered only suitable for industrial use or further processing.NEW GPC INC and Twins Manufacturing Chemists, two local manufacturers, had confirmed to this news agency that they use 96 per cent alcohol/neutral spirits to manufacture a diverse array of local products for the domestic and export markets.They noted that the charging of the excise tax on the alcohol significantly impacts the cost of production and therefore the competitiveness of their products against the increasing influx of cheaper imports.According to NEW GPC, further exacerbating the situation is the revelation that Value Added Tax (VAT), at 16 per cent, is also levied on the excise tax, which now stands at 65 per cent.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had outlined in his 2016 Budget presentation that his government would be increasing the excise tax as a means to bring “equity to the charging of excise tax on alcoholic beverages.”He had highlighted that “the intent is to introduce a graduated, specific rate system for the collection of excise tax on alcohol based on the alcoholic strength. This is deemed to be the most effective way of dealing with importers and domestic manufacturers of alcoholic beverages. It will also be easier for the Guyana Revenue Authority [GRA] to administer as well as reduce significantly, opportunities for manipulating the values of the goods for the purpose of taxation”.The manufacturers are questioning whether the Minister took into consideration the adverse effects that an increase of this type of tax would have on those manufacturing businesses that use 96 per cent alcohol/spirits in the production of their commodities, as opposed to those that use a lesser strength in the sale of alcoholic beverages.The trickle-down effects of the tax increases are significant when one factors in the slow turnover of the private sector and sloth of the economy.Most of the local manufacturing businesses that use neutral spirits of a high strength would now have to restructure to recoup their losses, possibly leading to persons losing their jobs and less monies circulating in the economy, thereby perpetuating the cycle of sloth.An alternative routeAccording to NEW GPC, if this situation is not rectified the company will seriously consider taking the route of importing alcohol as opposed to buying locally.Currently, it is cheaper to import the neutral spirit from Trinidad and Tobago because both the excise tax and value added tax are waived by the GRA under the existing tax legislation to incentivise local manufacturing.NEW GPC is calling on the Government to differentiate between alcohol utilized for manufacturing by local businesses and alcohol which is utilized at the consumer level to bring more clarity to the rationale between the tax increases.Any local businesses desirous of using alcohol as a raw material will have to endure the now onerous 65 per cent tax or import foreign alcohol – an alternative that is coincidentally inimical to the interests of another local manufacturer and the Guyanese economy.Alcohol is an input for many major industries such as cosmetics, food, beverages, hygiene and household products, etc.This application of the tax on a raw material, which was meant for “sin goods”, is considered inexplicable.last_img read more

What President Weah’s 25% Salary Reduction Means

first_imgPresident Weah giving his State of the Nation Address speech at the Capitol Building. (Photo by: Nick N. Seebeh.)GOL could save at least US$5.5 million if VP, 54th Legislature Participate. Will they? President George Weah received a thunderous round of applause from the 54th Legislature when he announced yesterday, during his first Annual Address to that august body, that he would reduce his monthly salary and benefits by 25 percent.Having vowed to govern strictly in line with the Liberian Constitution and the oath he took to uphold, protect and defend the country, President Weah said proceeds generated from the cut in his pay “will be deposited to the Consolidated Fund for allocation and appropriation where necessary.”Consolidated Fund or Consolidated Revenue is the term used in many countries to describe the main bank account of the government.He then threw up a challenge to members of the Senate and House of Representatives to follow suit in the interest of the Liberian people.“In the main time, I will urge you ladies and gentlemen to follow my lead in the interest of our constituents,” Weah added. It is not clear whether President Weah is receiving the same salary and benefits allotments as his predecessor, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who, according to her income and assets declaration released in 2017, recorded a gross annual salary of L$1,684,500 and an annual allowance of US$72,000.The 25% reduction, as promised by President Weah, would amount to L$421,125 (US$3,346.78 at CBL rate of L$125.83/US$1) and US$18,000 deducted from his annual salary and allowances, respectively. Bundled together, Weah’s annual reductions would amount to US$21,346.78.According to the 2015-2016 National Budget, the salaries and benefits for all members of the House of Representatives combined amounts to US$15,761,542; while the Senators combined receive a total of $6,091,267, bringing the total salaries and benefits of both houses to US$21,852,809.Following President Weah’s lead, as he suggested to the 54th Legislature, the 25% reduction in combined salaries, based on the total salaries and benefits allotments between the two Houses, would amount to a hefty US$5,463,202.25.If President Weah succeeds in getting the 54th Legislature to reduce their own salaries by 25% as he has done, the total savings between himself and all 103 members of the august body would amount to nearly $5.5 million, especially if the Vice President’s 25% is included.“With the assessment that I gave you earlier of the poor condition of our economy, I believe that it is appropriate that we should all make sacrifices in the interest of our country,” the President told the Legislature.According to Article 60 of the Liberian Constitution, the salaries of the President and the Vice President are established by the Legislature, and cannot be increased or reduced during the period for which they are elected. So the public is yet to understand how the 25 percent deduction President Weah’s salary will be carried out in the absence of approval from the Legislature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Big Foot” denies murdering hotel owner

first_imgDiamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident Bryan Leitch on Tuesday morning entered a not guilty plea upon his arraignment for the murder of Joseph Jagdeo, also known as “Joey”; the owner of South Central Hotel. The prosecution contended that Leitch, also known as “Big Foot”, committed the crime between November 13 and 14, 2013 at South Road, Georgetown.Dead: Joseph JagdeoOn Tuesday, he denied killing 59-year-old Jagdeo; and as such, a 12-member jury was empanelled before Justice Sandhill Kissioon in a case that is being presented by State Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore.According to reports, Jagdeo had last been seen in his dwelling room. He was discovered gagged in his room by a concerned employee. It was suggested that the alleged murder may have stemmed from a robbery as the deceased’s mobile phone was missing. A post-mortem examination revealed that Jagdeo died from asphyxia via manual strangulation.Bryan Leitch called “Big Foot”Leitch is being represented by defence attorneys Hewley Griffith and Lawrence Harris. It is expected that 15 witnesses will testify over the next several days. Justice Kissoon adjourned the matter for this morning.last_img read more

Olympic Torch visits Fort St. John

first_imgElm is touring to several RBC branches throughout the province, and signing autographs for his devoted fans. He says he just got back from training in the States, and he’s looking forward to training in Richmond, starting next week.Elm also says the Vancouver games will be his last competition. [asset|aid=1444|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e274a721240a03e6f35dcbf2766cbba1-Elm 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo: Mom Rhonda Dickson and son Gabriel Dickson hold the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch at the local RBC Bank – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe Olympic Torch made a guest appearance in Fort St. John on Monday. – Advertisement -While it wasn’t lit up, members of the community got to hold the torch and take pictures with it. They were also treated to autographs from Canadian Speed skater Steven Elm. Elm won a Silver medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, on the Pursuit team that included Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison. Elm says it’s important for Canadians to see the torch. [asset|aid=1443|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e274a721240a03e6f35dcbf2766cbba1-Elm 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The Olympic Torch will return to the City on January 31st next year, during its relay through Canada. This time, the torch will be lit. By the end of the 106-day cross-Canada relay, the torch will have travelled 45,000 kilometers by land, sea and air, and come within an hour’s drive of 90 per cent of the Canadian population.Photo: Canadian Speed Skater Steven Elm signs autographs, as people pose with the Olympic Torch – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

Three Chelsea fans face lifetime football ban as part of investigation into racist incident

first_img Stamford Bridge 1 Three Chelsea supporters could face a lifetime ban from football after being suspended from Stamford Bridge as part of the ongoing investigation into a racist incident on the Paris Metro.A black commuter was blocked from entering a train by what appeared to be a group of fans travelling to the Parc des Princes for the Champions League match against Paris St Germain on Tuesday evening.A chant of “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” from the Chelsea fans was clearly audible on a video of the incident.Chelsea on Thursday night announced three unnamed supporters had been identified, with the help of other fans, and have been suspended, pending further investigation.Life bans could be implemented if there is sufficient evidence.The swift action prevents those supporters from attending Saturday’s Premier League match with Burnley at Stamford Bridge, which has been designated a ‘Game for Equality’.The statement on Chelsea’s website read: “Chelsea Football Club is suspending three people from Stamford Bridge as a result of investigations into the incident on the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening.“If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident, the club will issue banning orders for life.“We have received substantial information to date following our witness appeal and we are grateful to the many Chelsea supporters who have provided information so far.“Our investigations are on-going and we would request any further information is sent to customer.services@chelseafc.com.“We also continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan and Paris police forces who lead the ongoing criminal investigation.”last_img read more

LAPD officers who got ‘Extreme Makeover’ to help others

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn October of last year, the show redesigned the police officer’s home so that she could more easily move from room to room. Ripatti and her husband now will be joining other families to pay it forward and help redesign a home that will offer a more adequate living space for a family of 10. The Swenson-Lee family expanded after a relative was murdered by an estranged boyfriend, leaving behind four children under 12. Vicki and husband, Erik, took in their nieces and nephews, who had lost their father several years earlier in a car accident. The couple has three young daughters of their own and are expecting a fourth child in November. Tim Pearce and Kristina Ripatti will make another appearance this weekend on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when they help build a house for a family in Minnetonka, Minn. Ripatti, a former Los Angeles police officer who was shot and left paralyzed in June 2006, and her husband received a remade home of their own last year when volunteer builders and television producers descended upon their quiet street in north Redondo Beach. Sunday’s two-part edition begins at 7 p.m. and will feature the Redondo Beach couple and seven other families pitching in for the show’s 100th makeover. Ripatti drew the attention of the hit television series after community members, and even LAPD Chief William Bratton, sent letters imploring producers to help. last_img read more

Group pushes plan for new bank

first_imgWHITTIER – Jeffrey K. Ball, grandson of a prominent early Whittier family, has gathered a group of high profile local leaders who are in the process of organizing the city’s first new bank in 42 years. One of three public bank organizational meetings will be held at 6:30 tonight at Whittier’s Radisson Hotel, where bank organizers and officers will answer questions about the proposed financial institution and will offer stock for sale to founding shareholders. The next meeting will be at the same time and place on Wednesday. As of Feb. 1, the “bank in organization” began selling stock. They must raise between $12 million and $15 million of capital by March 31 to continue toward a charter. The required minimum investment is $10,000 for 1,000 shares. Ball, the founder, president and chief executive officer of the new Friendly Hills Bank (currently in organization), is the great grandson of M.C. Lautrup, who owned Whittier Sanitary Dairy around the turn of the last century. Lautrup’s daughter, Dolores, married Kenneth Ball, who moved to Whittier in 1912. After their marriage Kenneth operated the dairy for many years as Quaker Maid Dairy. Jeffrey is the son of Kenneth’s and Dolores’ eldest son, John, who is deceased. Kenneth Ball was one of the founders of Whittier National Bank in 1964. Jeffrey Ball, who has been in the banking business for 20 years, said the board of directors of the bank has 170 years of banking experience. “This bank is being organized to serve the banking needs of businesses, professionals and residents located in and around Whittier, La Habra, La Habra, Heights and Santa Fe Springs,” said Ball. Other members of the board are: Harold A Beisswenger, chairman of the board; Richard A. Casford, organizer-director; William C. Greenbeck, vice chairman; Robert Haendiges, organizer-director; Janice A. Legoza, organizer-director; Robert A. Kent, organizer-director; Larence E. Thackery, executive vice president and chief credit officer; Donald E. (Bill) Wood, organizer-director, and George W. Peterson, executive vice president and chief finance officer. Additional organizers are: Robert C. Ball, Virginia Keats Ball, T.R. Rasmussen Jr., Rett Rasmussen III, Philip White and Donald S. Wood. When the bank organization becomes official, said Ball, the bank should be able to open its doors by summer in a 4,300-square-foot building at 16011 E. Whittier Blvd., with an off-street parking lot and an operational staff of 15 people. “The \ environment today is better than when my grandfather participated in starting up a bank,” said Ball. “How often do you come across a stock that is in your own hometown, something you can touch and feel?” The bank can be reached at P.O. Box 4489, Whittier CA, 90607; by phone at (562)947-1920, or online at friendlyhillsbank@yahoo.com. bill.bell@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clooney seeking U.S. aid to save lives in Sudan

first_imgActor George Clooney, just back from Africa, said Thursday that Americans should not “turn our heads and look away” from genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. The Academy Award winner, just returned from a five-day trip to the region, told a packed room at the National Press Club that he wants to use his “credit card” as a Hollywood star to highlight the plight of 2 million desperate refugees. He won the Academy Award for best supporting actor this year for his role in the politically charged thriller “Syriana.” “Is the American government slow to act? Of course we’re slow to act, we always are,” Clooney said, referring to prior U.S. interventions. “It’s something that has to start today,” Clooney said. “If we don’t get to work on it today, there’s a few thousand people who will be dead by the end of the week.” Traveling with a cameraman, Clooney and his father, Nick – a former TV anchorman – documented horrible conditions in Sudanese refugee camps. He showed video excerpts of their interviews with families who said militias murder civilians, rape women and lay waste to villages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA businesswoman cheated serious injury after a stray bullet shattered a window at her countryside home.The shattered glass at Ms Barnett’s Dunfanaghy home.Gillian Barnett was sitting watching television at her picturesque Co Donegal home when she heard a massive bang.When she went to investigate, she found a large window at her Dunfanaghy home had been shattered. Even more worrying for Ms Barnett was that the window was made from 2.3cm toughened glass.The reinforced glass was put in to protect the building from strong Atlantic weather conditions and it cost €1,300 to replace.Ms Barnett said she suspects the window was shattered by a stray bullet – possibly from someone out hunting.She admits that she is very lucky saying she could have been struck by a bullet under different circumstances. She told the People’s Press “I’m lucky I wasn’t out getting a bucket of coal or something like that and I’m lucky I had this toughened glass and not just ordinary glass.“There was a very definite loud bang and then it all began to shatter. It just started to go.“I was in the living room when it happened. I saw it and it scared the life out of me. I think it was lucky that it hit my window and not somebody else’s.”Ms Barnett said she feels the incident may not be malicious.But she wants to send out the message that people need to be careful when out shooting or lamping. Workmen needed a sledgehammer and crowbar to take out the remaining glass, emphasising how tough the glass was.“I’m glad it was toughened glass or otherwise it might have come straight through,” she said.She added that she would like people to be aware of the dangers of stray bullets.“In this area it is common place for lamping. I just want the people who do this as a hobby to be aware of what can happen. “Nobody was hurt this time, which is important and I’m glad I wasn’t a neighbour’s window,” she added.Gardai have confirmed that an investigation has ben carried out into the incident.However, the evidence has so far proved inconclusive.WOMAN CHEATS INJURY AFTER BULLET SHATTERS WINDOW was last modified: January 26th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:bullet. GardaidonegalDunfanaghyGillian BarnettWINDOWlast_img read more