Govt to vigorously oppose similar settlements – Finance Minister

first_imgDDL tax settlementIn light of concerns in relation to the controversial tax write-off granted by Government to beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Finance Minister Winston Jordan declared that any attempts to seek a similar settlement would be strongly contested by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had contended that the whopping $3.8 billion Consumption Tax write-off from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid on the same basis as was used in the DDL case.Finance Minister Winston JordanHowever, Jordan insisted that Government would not let such a situation occur.“Any attempts by other business persons to make claims and so on will also be vigorously opposed based on principles that underline the settlement with DDL,” he stated during a news conference on Monday.Jordan explained that Government could not stop other companies from wanting to make similar claims however, as with the Rudisa case where other corporations are piggybacking on the outcome of that settlement, but there would have to be reasonable grounds.The Finance Minister asserted that the GRA engaged in tax settlements all the time and the DDL matter was nothing new.“The judgement is sound, based on what is told to me,” he stated, noting that there really was not an issue with the matter.The Opposition Leader had contended that the DDL settlement, as well as the possibility of other companies seeking refunds, would cost the State billions in revenue dollars – billions that could have been used in areas that the coalition Government told the nation it could not afford to fund.He explained that the potential cost of this single settlement and its possible consequences amounted to more money than the State received in loans and grants in a single year.Jagdeo had also demanded that Government release critical information in relation to this tax deal, including whether or not an assessment of DDL’s liabilities in respect of Excise Tax for the period 2006 to 2016 was done and what was the sum of that liability; who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the Board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or are currently being negotiated.last_img read more

Huskies dominate Wolves in game 3

first_imgThe Huskies got goals from 8 different players, and got all but three skaters on the scoresheet (even Zack Blain had an assist). Fort St. John also clicked on special teams, scoring on 4 of 6 powerplay chances, and killing 6 of 7 Slave Lake advantages. S.L. goaltender Travis Chartier, who had been impenitrable in game two’s overtime, and solid overall in the first two games, looked shakey all game long, but also faced quality scoring chances all night, something the Wolves had limited so well in Slave Lake. After the game, Dustin Heitman, who took a high-stick, and had swollen lip and cheek to go with his goal, said he wasn’t too worried about things getting out hand in game four. “Not really, unless there’s a score like there was tonight,” he said. “Most of the guys in this league are pretty good – [they have] a lot of respect.” Listen to a post-game interview with Jon Zacks and Huskies coach Bob Kalb. [asset|aid=1027|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8561d8db333df5b3fd1a72cc950b3a3f-bob-SL3_1_Pub.mp3] And so, the teams will face off for game four on Saturday night (8pm) at the NPA. The Wolves will need to refocus and find their game, or they’ll be facing the long bus ride home without getting a chance at a decisive game five. * Those in attendance at game four are also invited to submit their votes for their favourite and most exciting Husky awards.Advertisement The Slave Lake Wolves gave everything they had in their double OT game-two win. Or at least, it sure seemed like it in game 3. The Huskies dismantled the Wolves on Friday night, spending the vast majority of the game in the offensive zone, cycling the puck with ease, and making five-on-five play look at times like a powerplay. Cody Kalb opened the scoring, when Payden Wongstedt stickhandled into the offensive zone, at feed Kalb at the side of the net. Cody fanned on his first attempt, but stayed on the puck as he drifted past the net, and slid it underneath Travis Chartier. 30 seconds later, Dustin Heitman made it 2-0, when he converted a breakaway with a beautiful move to the backhand. Slave Lake would try to get back in it, when a Colter Tkach point shot hit Cash Brinkworth in front, and eluded Zack Blain. But, it would be the only offence for the Wolves, on an otherwise long night. Linden Apsassin rounded out the first period scoring, taking his time on the blue line, and then firing a wrister through traffic and past Chartier. – Advertisement -The second period would be all FSJ. Kyle Porter made it 4-1, when he blocked a shot, barreled down the right wing, took a backhander, and then buried the rebound. Kole Norris, back in the lineup after missing the first two games, got on the scoresheet when he banged home a bouncing puck. Norris’ goal would mean the hook for Chartier, who was replaced by Curtis Malbuef. Malbuef’s stay in goal would be brief. 9 seconds after replacing Chartier, he let in the first shot he faced – a backhander from Jordan Hartnell. It was Hartnell’s second goal ever as a Husky, and gave the fourth line a goal each in the game. 2 minutes later, Kole Norris converted another loose puck, sending Malbuef to the bench, and Chartier back into the game. Cody Hildebrand would round out the second period scoring, finishing off a nice cycling shift when he slid home a Kole Norris centring pass. Luke McInerney opened the scoring in the third, when he flew down the left-hand side, and fired a snap-shot through Chartier. Soon after, Wolf Nick Plourde, who had been agitating Cody Kalb all game, finally got his fight, but got a little more than he could handle. Kalb won a decision in the fight, bringing more cheers from the fans, but resulting in the ejection of not just Kalb, but also Payden Wongstedt, for not staying at the bench during the fight. Cody Hildebrand’s second of the game finished off the scoring, with 4 minutes remaining. When the dust settled, the final score was 10-1 FSJ. Advertisementlast_img read more