…pays owner 3 times NEW GPC’s charge Government has opted to pay firearms dealer Larry Singh more than three times the amount asked by NEW GPC for use of its 70,000 square foot drug storage bond to instead rent a facility that is less than 10,000 square feet, which is still to be completed and fails to meet minimum standards for pharmaceutical storage.The Sussex Street bondThe Guyana Government in 2015 terminated its prequalification agreement with the NEW GPC and forked over a $25 million deposit to Linden Holding Inc – a company whose majority shareholder is listed as Larry Singh – for rental of a building in Sussex Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, to be used as a storage bond for drugs and medical supplies for the Public Health Ministry and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, in defence of the course of action taken by Government, has suggested that the rental fee asked by NEW GPC was exorbitant and that the new facility was required on an emergency basis. He said too that the facility now rented by the Public Health Ministry and GPHC is in fact certified as meeting PAHO/WHO standards by relevant Ministry departments, including the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Administration Department.MisleadingInvestigations by Guyana Times, however, indicate that Minister Norton was being less than truthful in his pronouncements on the matter regarding public funds.Dr Norton was also found to be dishonest when he told the National Assembly that NEW GPC was asking an exorbitant fee.This publication has learnt that NEW GPC has never received any rent from the Government of Guyana for use of its state-of-the-art storage facility for over a decade, but after the request for rental of the facility was made by the Health Ministry and Georgetown Public Hospital, an invoice was computed at $275 per square foot. The Government later decided to pay Linden Holding Inc more than $1000 per square foot for the Sussex Street property.Revelations by Dr Norton have since shown that in addition to a $25 million deposit, Government has begun paying Linden Holding Inc, $12.5 million monthly, for a facility which is conservatively estimated to be around less than 10,000 square feet.The building in Sussex Street – currently being refurbished – up until recently had been abandoned but was previously used as a residence.No drugs delivered yetThe disparity in prices being paid to Singh and Linden Holding Inc is in addition to the fact that contrary to Dr Norton’s pronouncements the Sussex Street bond was never inspected by the Food and Drug Department, as is required under the laws of Guyana, and does not meet any of the international specifications required for storage of drugs and medical supplies.Guyana Times visited the Sussex Street building, which sits between two residential homes, in breach of international standards for the location of such facilities given its proximity to external risks.Dr Norton told the National Assembly that Government has begun storing drugs and medical supplies with Linden Holdings Inc – since rental payments would have commenced in March.But this again has since been proven unfounded since the facility is still being prepared to be used as a storage facility.Guyana Times was told there have been no deliveries made to the location and in fact, rehabilitation of the once dilapidated building only commenced recently.Three persons were observed on site Monday laying wires in addition to a single security guard who informed a journalist from this publication that Larry Singh had instructed that no person be allowed inside to photograph the facility.Checks at Linden Holding’s Middle Street office in the building which housed Sidewalk Café and is owned by Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes – also proved futile since Guyana Times was informed that no comments would be made to the media based on the instructions of Singh.Linden Holding IncGuyana Times has learnt that Linden Holding Inc in March this year filed a Notice of Change of address listing 176 Middle Street, Cummingsburg as its registered office.This coincidentally is the first month Linden Holding Inc began receiving payments in the form of a $25 million deposit.Linden Holding Inc was in fact registered as a company in 2009 by Lawrence Singh as the sole director and a chauffeur, Julian George, of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was named the Company Secretary.Lawrence listed 7041NW 41 St, Miami, Florida, 33166, USA as his address in addition to 4531 Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, Guyana.George subsequently ceased being the Company Secretary and was replaced by Mohamed Samad of 185 Section C Enterprise, East Coast Demerara.The company had also by way of an internal resolution changed its business address to 198 Camp Street, Georgetown. Singh’s Mandela Avenue address was the originally registered address for the business.One year after Lawrence Singh incorporated the Company, he was also named the Company Secretary.There was another change of Directors of the company in 2012 when Larry Singh –who is now the majority shareholder – came on board.He listed the same Miami address in addition to 198 Camp Street. Other Directors that came on board at the time included Linda Singh and Lolita Samuels and both have also listed the Miami and Camp Streets addresses.Businesswoman Theresa Foster of the same 198 Camp Street address subsequently became a Director in addition to Marine Surveyor Joseph Lewis.Currently the Directors of the company are Lawrence Singh, Joseph Lewis, Larry N Singh, Linda Singh and Lolita Samuels.Larry Singh owns 34 per cent of the shares, while Linda Singh and Lolita Samuels each own 33 per cent respectively.
Final: Caryl Sallows over Marlene Maxwell, 5-21st, Sallows score 2, Sallows leads 2-02nd, Maxwell scores 1, Sallows leads 2-13rd, Sallows scores 2, Sallows leads 4-14th, Maxwell scores 1, Sallows leads 4-2Advertisement 1st, Blank2nd, Robinson scores 2; Robinson leads 2-03rd, Balderston scores 3; Balderston leads 3-24th, BlankAdvertisement Encana Challenge DivisionFriday, 2 pmA EVENT:Colette Trudeau over Dale AndersonAlex Wolfe over Bob CooperMarlene Maxwell over Devin BurkittStephanie Powell over Courtney RossingFriday, 5 pmA EVENT: Stefan Pavlis over Colette TrudeauGlen Godberson over Alex WolfeMarlene Maxwell over Caryl SallowsDon Dumont over Stephanie PowellFriday, 9 pmB EVENT:Stephanie Powell over Dale AndersonCaryl Sallows over Bob CooperDevin Burkitt over Alex WolfeColette Trudeau over Courtney RossingSaturday, 9:30 amB EVENT: Stephanie Powell over Caryl SallowsDevin Burkitt over Colette TrudeauSaturday, 1 pmA EVENT:Stefan Pavlis over Glen Godberson (Pavlis is Qualifier 1)Don Dumont over Marlene Maxwell (Dumont is Qualifier 2)C EVENT:Dale Anderson over Bob CooperAlex Wolfe over Courtney RossingSaturday, 5 pmB EVENT: Stephanie Powell over Marlene Maxwell (Powell is Qualifier 3)Devin Burkitt over Glen Godberson (Burkitt is Qualifier 4)C EVENT: Caryl Sallows over Alex WolfeDale Anderson over Colette TrudeauSaturday, 8:30 pmC EVENT:Marlene Maxwell over Dale Anderson (M. Maxwell is Qualifier 5)Caryl Sallows over Glen Godberson (Sallows is Qualifier 6) Playoffs – Sunday, Nov. 27:Sun Life Financial Competitive Division8:30 am, Quarter-finals:Graham Powell vs Tracy Steinke, 6-5 (EE)Kurt Balderston over Jaclyn Huitt, 6-2Colin Griffith over Darrel Veiner, 6-4Roland Robinson over Jeff MacPheat, 6-012 noon, Semi-finals:Kurt Balderston over Colin Griffith, 6-3Roland Robinson over Graham Powell, 10-7 Balderston defeated Roland Robinson, 5-3, in the final. Balderston overcame an early 2-0 deficit by scoring three in the third end, and stealing one in the fifth end, for the win. He and his team earned $2,000 for the victory, while Robinson took home $1,500.Sallows defeated Marlene Maxwell, 5-2, by scoring deuces in each of the first and third ends, and by holding Maxwell to singles in the second and fourth ends on the way to the victory. Sallows won $1,100, while Maxwell earned $800 for her team’s weekend efforts.The Dawson Creek Curling Club provided the following game details, as well as a summary of the entire weekend’s action:- Advertisement -Mile Zero Cashspiel Results:Sun Life Financial Competitive Division Final: Kurt Balderston over Roland Robinson, 5-3Advertisement 5th, Balderston steal of 1; Balderston leads 4-26th, Robinson scores 1; Balderston leads 4-37th, Balderston scores 1; Balderston leads 5-38th, Balderston runs Robinson out of rocks; Balderston wins, 5-3Encana Challenge DivisionAdvertisement 5th, Blank6th, Sallows scores 1, Sallows leads 5-27th, Blank8th, Sallows runs Maxwell out of rocks, Sallows wins 5-2 Weekend Results:Sun Life Financial Competitive DivisionFriday, 2 pmA EVENT:Graham Powell over Jordan SteinkeTracy Steinke over Jeff MacPheatBrett Vavrek over Mark PillsworthKurt Balderston over Colin GriffithFriday, 5 pmA EVENT:Cliff Kostiuck over Randy MaxwellGraham Powell over Tracy SteinkeKurt Balderston over Brett VavrekRoland Robinson over Jaclyn HuittFriday, 9 pmA EVENT:Darrel Veiner over Cliff KostiuckB EVENT:Jeff MacPheat over Jordan SteinkeColin Griffith over Mark PillsworthJaclyn Huitt over Tracy SteinkeSaturday, 9:30 amB EVENT:Randy Maxwell over Brett VavrekCliff Kostiuck over Jeff MacPheatSaturday, 1 pmA EVENT:Graham Powell over Darrel Veiner (Powell is Qualifier 1)Kurt Balderston over Roland Robinson (Balderston is Qualifier 2)B EVENT:Colin Griffith over Jaclyn Huitt (Griffith is Qualifer 5)C EVENT:Tracy Steinke over Mark Pillsworth Saturday,5 pmB EVENT:Darrel Veiner over Randy Maxwell (Veiner is Qualifer 3)Roland Robinson over Cliff Kostiuck (Robinson is Qualifier 4)C EVENT:Jordan Steinke over Brett Vavrek Saturday, 8:30 pmC EVENT:Jeff MacPheat over Randy Maxwell (MacPheat is Qualifier 6)Jaclyn Huitt over Jordan Steinke (Huitt is Qualifier 7)Tracy Steinke over Cliff Kostiuck (T. Steinke is Qualifier 8) Encana Challenge Division8:30 am, Quarter-finals:Caryl Sallows over Stephanie Powell, 6-2Marlene Maxwell over Dale Burkitt, 7-412 noon, Semi-finalsCaryl Sallows over Stefan Pavlis, 8-6Marlene Maxwell over Don Dumont, 9-8 (EE)
Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray capitalised on poor defending to put the hosts two goals ahead, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a first-half consolation in a 2-1 loss.Significant numbers of Arsenal’s travelling support were calling for Wenger’s head as they went two goals down but Koscielny called for a united front.“We need to stay together, to fight together,” he said. “It is a big period for us. We know it is difficult but you need to put your head down and work every day.“We need to win to have more freedom on the pitch and we need to stay together because it is a bad period but all the players, staff and fans need to know that we are all together. It is important to have everyone behind us.”Arsenal have won just three away league games all season and have now lost eight of their past 13 games in all competitions.Their miserable run has left them 13 points adrift of Tottenham in fourth place and Koscielny conceded it would be difficult to overturn such a deficit.“It will be very hard to finish in the top four,” said the Frenchman.“We have (had) a bad period and did not have the results we wanted. We lost our confidence a little bit and on the pitch we didn’t have the confidence we needed to push ourselves more and to play well with the ball.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A long way off: Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny concedes Champions League football looks unlikely next season © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny admits it will be “very hard” for the club to qualify for the Champions League after another damaging Premier League defeat at the hands of Brighton.Manager Arsene Wenger said after back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Manchester City, including the League Cup final, that his players’ confidence was low and Chris Hughton’s team took full advantage on Sunday.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Christmas Eve, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said, “Minorities, descendants of those who crucified Christ … have grabbed all the wealth of the world for themselves.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center demanded an apology. It hasn’t happened. A 2005 State Department report on global anti-Semitism trends noted that Chavez had previously “cautioned citizens against following the lead of Jewish citizens in the effort to overturn his referendum victory.” Anti-Semitic leaflets were found available to the public in government ministry offices. On the other side of the globe, Chavez pal and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has for months been calmly calling for the destruction of Israel and branding the Holocaust a myth. On Jan. 2, newspapers printed a Q&A from Ahmadinejad in which the president said the creation of Israel after World War II had “killed two birds with one stone.” Europe, he wrote, was successful in “sweeping the Jews out of Europe and … creating a European appendix with a Zionist and anti-Islamic nature in the heart of the Islamic world.” He continued: “Zionism is a Western ideology and a colonialist idea … and right now it massacres Muslims with guidance and help from the United States and a part of Europe … Zionism is basically a new (form of) fascism.” With each commentary, Ahmadinejad’s frightening statements are less likely to make the front page. “This is anti-Semitism as statecraft,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, told me. But even scarier is how many with a saner facade may agree. Modern anti-Semitic rhetoric or action is not limited to radical Muslim clerics spewing anti-Jewish, anti-Israel venom. No longer just a trait of ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazis, anti-Semitism is creeping from a far-left viewpoint where many see Israel and the United States – inextricably linked – as evil aggressors. A 2005 Anti-Defamation League survey of 6,000 adults in 12 European countries found that 43 percent of respondents believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own country, and 29 percent said that their opinion of Jews is influenced by Israeli policy. Of those, 53 percent said their opinion of Jews is worse. Such attitudes are encouraged by events such as the virulently anti-Semitic United Nations’ Durban conference on racism just days prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Cooper, who attended Durban, believes the conference was a turning point. Whereas progressive nongovernmental organizations would traditionally stand up for the Jewish community, NGOs are now part of the problem more than part of the solution, he said. “Wherever Israel, wherever the Jewish community looks, they see a lot of dark clouds,” Cooper said. “Friends are few and far between.” The State Department’s report noted increases in anti-Semitic incidences in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. Political parallels are often noted, such as with growing Italian anti-Semitism: “According to pollsters, this trend is tied to … widespread opposition to the Sharon government and popular support for the Palestinian cause.” In Germany, a form of anti-Semitism is promoted “as part of … other stands against globalization, capitalism, Zionism, and foreigners.” More than 60 years after the fall of the Third Reich, many European Jews are discouraged from wearing identifying symbols for fear of harassment or attack. “Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are indicators of the moral collapsing of European society,” opined Larry Greenfield, California director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “Where anti-Semitism is growing, so too is the rise of jihad and the associated fall of European sovereignty and will to survive.” It’s not even so much the documented number of anti-Semitic incidents, said Cooper, as a “pervasive feeling of unease, and really a concern of whether or not there’s a future.” Will we let that future – of Israel, of the Jews, of humanity – be dictated by Ahmadinejad, Chavez, radical Islamists, a changing Europe? “Millions suffered through the ages because there were none to defend them,” Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, said at a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI in November. How many of us will stand up against this modern wave of anti-Semitism? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I follow the matches?Easy. Stick it on talkSPORT here, as the team will bring you all the action from Russia.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2. Amazing reaction from Moscow as Cristiano Ronaldo scores a sensational free-kick to complete his hat-trick! 📻 https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/MbQgDikina— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 15, 2018 Four World Cup games in one day.Saturday 16 June sees France v Australia, Argentina v Iceland, Peru v Denmark and Croatia v Nigeria all live on talkSPORT.So get yourself settled down and make sure you follow every minute of the action with us.What times are the World Cup kick-offs today?First up at 11am is France v Australia as Pogba, Griezmann and co look to get off to a straightforward start against the Aussies, who are captained by Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak.Then, at 2pm, Lionel Messi will be hoping to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance from last night as Argentina get their campaign underway against Euro 2016 fan favourites Iceland.At 5pm we see Peru v Denmark and then in the evening at 8pm Croatia v Nigeria rounds off the action. 1
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 5 Sanchez was visibly disappointed after being taken off Yet United’s worst start to a league campaign in 29 years would be compounded by a disappointing 0-0 draw against a Valencia side with just one LaLiga win to their name this season, leading Mourinho’s men to be booed at the final whistle.This was the fourth straight match in all competitions that the Portuguese’s side had failed to win, meaning scrutiny will only intensify ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Newcastle.David Beckham and Gary Neville were among a number of United greats in the stands on a night that had started with their former team-mate Paul Scholes castigating “embarrassing” manager Mourinho. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 5 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 5 Lukaku missed a good chance near the end “Attack, attack, attack” was soon the demand from pockets of agitated United fans, with Pogba and Rashford seeing efforts blocked in their attempt to answer those calls.Manager Mourinho’s men were playing with renewed intensity and Pogba saw a free-kick tipped over by Neto. However, the midfielder’s next notable moment would be a slip that allowed Cristiano Piccini to get in a cross that Michy Batshuayi rifled over.Guedes was close to meeting a pass and racing through on United’s goal as Valencia continued to threaten, but Lukaku was also now proving a nuisance. The sense of farce was added to by United’s inexplicable underestimation of Manchester’s rush-hour traffic, leading to their late arrival and forcing kick-off to be delayed by five minutes.When things belatedly got under way, Mourinho’s side struggled to stamp their authority on their first Champions League home match since Sevilla inflicted a shock defeat in March.Valencia attempted to replicate their countrymen’s heroics at Old Trafford, where the home faithful began chants of “attack, attack, attack” early in the second half and would then cheer the substitution of Alexis Sanchez. United’s players were lacklustre Mourinho is under intense pressure BEST OF REVEALED Manchester United remain stuck in a rut after a stuttering goalless draw with Valencia that extends their winless run and keeps the pressure on Jose Mourinho.Background shenanigans, disjointed displays and poor results have put Old Trafford in the eye of a storm, but Tuesday’s Champions League tie offered the chance to divert some of the mounting focus. REVEALED The Belgian striker raced onto a pass, cut inside and forced a save out of Neto, who blocked an attempt from the same player at the near post minutes later.There were a few cheers when out-of-sorts Sanchez was replaced by Anthony Martial, but the visitors continued to knock on the door as the Stretford End’s calls for United to attack increased.Rashford clipped the crossbar with a free-kick and Lukaku headed over from a corner, with Marouane Fellaini also trying his luck before the match ended with jeers from the home fans. Valencia goalkeeper Neto denied Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku as United pushed late on, with Marcus Rashford hitting the bar as the players showed the hunger Mourinho called for.Mourinho plumped for four alterations after Saturday’s shock 3-1 loss at West Ham and the change initially seemed to work as United attacked with purpose and cohesion after a rare pre-match huddle.But that promise soon faded. David De Gea held onto a fizzing Goncalo Guedes strike as Valencia grew into proceedings with sharp, quick passing. 5 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE A dejected Rashford as United faltered again 5 RANKED United held firm and reduced the Spanish side to hopeful attempts but were creating little themselves.Rashford was United’s best player in a frustrating first half. The 20-year-old hit a low shot wide after bursting between bodies and challenges in the 15th minute, then had an attempt from distance and saw a header blocked.Guedes appeared the visitors’ biggest threat yet was still being allowed space, bending just wide of De Gea’s goal four minutes into the second half.
Pellissier said the conditions that brought on the 2000-01 energy crisis were removed with the abolition in late 2001 of the Power Exchange. The quasi-governmental body ran the wholesale auction at which producers offered electricity for use the next day, in a process open to manipulation, or “gaming,” by withholding power to hike up prices. “The Power Exchange is dead and gone. It has been replaced by long-term contracts,” Pellissier said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Proposition 80’s critics say the measure would rob California government of the flexibility needed to deal with changing conditions in the complex electricity marketplace. The measure is opposed by the California Public Utilities Commission, whose authority it would expand, partly on the grounds the regulatory measures it would impose on electricity providers are already under way at the commission. “Proposition 80 will bring instability to a system that has been stabilized through four years of hard work at the PUC,” said Dan Pellissier, campaign manager for the No on 80 campaign. Proposition 80’s critics say it would be not so much a “re-regulation” measure as a way by labor unions to lure voters likely to oppose Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s measures restricting teacher tenure and union political fundraising. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They don’t care about energy policy. They care about beating the governor,” Pellissier said. “It has nothing to do with good energy policy.” The California PUC voted unanimously last month to oppose the measure. The commission said it is already working on regulating independent energy companies to ensure electricity resources are adequate to meet demand, on developing long-term plans and policies under which utilities purchase power, and on increasing the use of “renewable” power such as wind or solar energy. Commissioners also point out the measure’s provisions could be amended only through a two-thirds vote of both the Assembly and the state Senate, saying that would make change difficult, if not impossible. They also say it would block businesses and individuals from buying electricity from sources other than investor-owned utilities, and could scare off companies from building new power plants needed to supply the state’s growing demand.
Buncrana Pier hero Davitt Walsh has been hit with a huge bill which he fears could force him to shut the doors on his popular Letterkenny cafe.The Irish Music Rights Organisation has slapped a fee of €1,500 on the business when Davitt claims it should be just €75.63.The huge bill arrived at Cafe Davitt in Letterkenny on the third anniversary of the tragedy in which the Kerrykeel man rescued a toddler from a sinking jeep off Buncrana Pier. Speaking to Joe Duffy Live, Davitt said he thinks they’ve been mixed up with other local nightclubs.He said: “I just play the local radio and a couple of things of USB – it’s not a venue, it’s a cafe/coffee shop.“IMRO obviously got me mixed up with a couple of bars and nightclubs around me.Davitt outside his new restaurant. Pic by Northwest Newspix.“It can only sit about 40 to 45 people. I just signed a form without reading what I was signing. “I would have serious cash problems going forward, I don’t have that money as I have people to pay and bills to pay.” The tragedy on March 20, 2016, saw a family of five drown but brave Davitt rescued four-month-old baby Riognach Anne from the sinking jeep.Sean McGrotty, 46, his sons Evan, eight, and 12-year-old Mark, Ruth Daniels, 57, and 14-year-old Jodie Lee Daniels all drowned when their jeep slid off Buncrana Pier and into Lough Swilly.Davitt opened the cafe in Letterkenny six months after the tragedy and said it has helped him to recover.He said: “I didn’t think I’d ever be normal again. Opening a business and putting everything into this has been a huge help. I still have bad days but I have improved something dramatically.“The first year-and-a-half was tough with nightmares and different things going on. My family and friends have been massive for me. “I’m getting there, this time of year, this month is always a bad month for me because of the anniversary and it’s still so fresh.“When you come around to March 20 – it’s just a bad time for me but you just have to keep going.”Buncrana tragedy hero Davitt Walsh hit with huge bill at popular cafe was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BillbuncranaCafe DavittIMROletterkennyMUSIC
Vacaville >> PGA Teaching Professional Ron Kuwata, from The Links at Rolling Hills in Corning, was recognized with the 2017 Northern California PGA Patriot Award recently. The Patriot Award is presented to PGA Professionals who personify patriotism and demonstrate unwavering commitment and dedication to those who have valiantly served and protected the United States, according to a press release issued by the NCPGA. Kuwata has dedicated much time and effort into working with area veterans via …
Raising the issue of income tax notices to several Durga Puja committees in the State, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party of insulting the festival. Speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat, Ms. Banerjee said those who talk about Hinduism before the elections are insulting a religious festival like Durga Puja by asking the organisers to pay income tax. The Income Tax Department had issued notices to about 40 big budget pujas during the last festival, seeking details of their income and expenditure.“Those who believe in the Hindu religion, observe Durga Puja. Many political parties do not have to pay income tax for the funds they spend during the elections. Then why would the puja committees have to pay tax? I condemn this attitude,” she said.Ms Banerjee’s remarks, just before the onset of the festival season, assumes significance as the BJP is likely to associate with several community Durga Pujas this year. Durga Pujas in West Bengal also serve as a prominent means of reaching out to large number of people. ‘Subscription by people’The Chief Minister said that community Durga Pujas are held on subscription paid by people, who pay taxes and therefore the question of taxing puja funds does not arise. “It is an insult to the pujas,” she said. Last year, West Bengal government paid an honorarium of ₹10,000 to the community Durga Puja organisers, a decision that was challenged in thee Calcutta High Court.