GRA admits pharma manufacturers penalised unfairly

first_imgYears of seeking redress are coming to an end after the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) reportedly admitted that indeed, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies using extra neutral alcohol or neutral spirits are victims of paying a tax that was never intended for them on the purchase of the alcohol substrate.After an article appearing in Guyana Times on April 15 detailed reasons why these companies are being wrongfully charged the Excise Tax, a meeting was arranged between the tax body and company representatives to discuss the matter.Guyana Times understands that during the discussions, the GRA admitted that the two major pharmaceutical manufacturing companies – New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company Inc (NEW GPC INC) and Twins Manufacturing Chemists, are victims of a tax not intended for them.Moves are currently afoot to rectify the situation.According to the Excise Tax Act 2005, the tax should have only been charged on alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, petroleum products, and motor vehicles.However, since pharmaceutical manufacturers purchased alcohol of a particular category, they have been paying taxes for all those years despite the fact that they were not involved in the production of alcohol for consumption. That is, “alcoholic beverages”.Twins Manufacturing Chemists had explained to this publication that since the implementation of the Excise Tax, they have been lobbying but to no avail, or at the very least, an explanation for the inconsistency with what is stipulated in the Act and what is being practiced.“Since 2007, we’ve been behind this… the issue is the Excise Tax, it ought to be removed for local manufacturers who are not producing alcoholic beverages,” a company official had said, noting that they never received a single response.The company official had argued that the Excise Tax Act 2005 was not applicable to pharmaceutical manufacturers.“People who are not manufacturing spirits and other alcoholic products, the category Twins and NEW GPC falls into, they are not using these alcohols to make spirits and alcoholic beverages, we are using it to make medicine, we should not have to a pay the Excise Tax, that is our position on the whole matter,” he had stated. As one analyst quipped, a “sin tax” was being applied to a “virtue product”Last year, several manufacturing companies expressed concern over the alarmingly high Excise Tax charged on the neutral spirits they would usually purchase from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and had consequently requested the 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 were then forced to pay an incredulous 65 per cent in Excise Tax for the neutral spirits they buy locally for 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.Efforts to contact the GRA and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin for an official comment on the matter proved futile as all calls to their phones went unanswered.last_img read more

Northern Rockies to start developing Connectivity Strategy, public input needed

first_imgFrom now until March 2020, the Regional Municipality, assisted by TANex Engineering Corporation, will take a comprehensive look into connectivity within the region to better understand the unique needs and develop the roadmap for a connected future. Residents are encouraged to stay tuned and share their experiences. – Advertisement -Community engagement has begun and there will be important opportunities to participate coming up, including surveys, interviews, and workshops. Updates will be posted regularly to the Northern Rockies website and Facebook page. According to the Regional Municipality, the Strategy aims to improve internet speed and reliability in the region and will help guide connectivity-related decisions to achieve greater well-being and economic benefits derived from connectivity. FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has announced that it has started the development of a ‘Regional Connectivity Strategy’ as the starting point in a multi-step process.last_img read more

Donegal students in Big School Cook Off Finals

first_imgTwo budding chefs from Scoil Mhuire Milford are about to face the heat of the kitchen when they compete in the 2020 Big School Cook Off Finals.Ava Hardiman and Meabh Hiemstra have made the shortlist for the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off, in association with SuperValu.The team will cook their ‘Seared Atlantic Scallops’ recipe at the finals held at the Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Quarter on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Ahead of the final, the shortlisted teams will also be invited to perform a cookery demonstration of their dish, at their local SuperValu store in January.The first stage of the competition asked students to submit a recipe in either video or word format, for a main course dinner costing £10 or under, with consideration to creativity, health and the use of locally sourced produce.Shortlisted county teams were chosen following intense deliberation of over 100 entries from post primary schools across the country.The finalists are: Ava Hardiman and Meabh Himestra, Scoil Mhuire, DonegalCiara Rivas Kelly and Thandie Soppo Nsue, St Joseph’s College, Belfast, DownMartha Johnson and Tilly Henderson, City of Armagh School High School, ArmaghSophia Woods and Niamh Reynolds, St Killian’s College, AntrimJohnny Regan and Gareth Linton, Rainey Endowed School, DerryCainnecha Ferguson and Grainne Duffy, St Franchea’s College, FermanaghEimear Kelly and Milly Hoban, Loreto Grammar School, TyroneCaitriona Lennox, Business Development Manager at Mount Charles, thanked all the teachers and the students who entered.“The panel of judges were completely blown away by the talent displayed in the submissions we received, which made it incredibly difficult to arrive at the final shortlist.“We launched the Big School Cook Off initiative to encourage the development of cookery skills in classrooms.The number and quality of the entries we received, demonstrates to us that children are cooking, and we hope that by creating initiatives such as the Big School Cook Off that we will uncover and nurture future talent for the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland,” she said.Brendan Gallen, Head of Marketing for SuperValu, congratulated the finalists. “At SuperValu we have a focus on real food and real people and being a part of the Big School Cook Off allows us to encourage young people and families to get cooking.“We can’t wait to welcome the finalists into stores in January to showcase their fantastic dishes,” he said.Each county winning team will receive an apron, a finalist plaque for their school and a chef’s jacket to wear to the finals.The overall winning team will receive a plaque, private box VIP tickets to an SSE Arena ice hockey match and their school will get an £100 voucher for catering equipment of their choice. Donegal students in Big School Cook Off Finals was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:competitioncook offcookingdonegalDonegal SchoolfinalistsfoodScoil Mhuire BuncranaSuperValulast_img read more

Chiefs looming, how these Raiders react to Jets KO will define their season

first_imgLosing 34-3 to the New York Jets on Sunday had nothing to do with a trap.A so-called “trap game” comes when a supposedly superior team begins to think too much of itself and overlooks an overmatched and vastly inferior opponent.That’s not the Raiders, nor is it what happened at MetLife Stadium. This Oakland team was the classic over-achiever in getting to 6-4, with a deliberate, balanced offense and a defense ranked near the bottom in the NFL even with a moderate improvement during a …last_img read more

October 6: CWG Events

first_imgArcheryMorning: 8.30 am to 11 amWomen: Recurve. Men: RecurveAFTERNOON: 1.30 pm to 4 pm.Women: Compound. Men: CompoundAthleticsEvening: 1.30 pm to 6.35 pm.Women: Hammer throw; 100m; 400m.Men: 100m; shot put; 5000m (final)BadmintonMORNING: 9 am to 1 pmMixed team event (group matches)AFTERNOON: 2 pm to 6 pmMixed team event (group matches)EVENING: 7 pm to 11 pmMixed team event (group matches)BoxingAfternoon: 1 pm to 5 pmLight flyweight, bantamweight, light welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, flyweight, lightweight, welterweightEVENING: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pmHeavyweight, super heavyweightCycling trackMorning: 11.30 am to 3.30 pmMen’s: Keirin (final); 40-km pointsrace (final). Women: 25-km pointsrace (final); team sprint (final)Gymnastics (Artistic)Afternoon: 1.30 pm to 7 pmMen’s: Individual all-around (final)Women: Individual all-around (final)HockeyMorning: 8.30 am to 12 pmMen’s: Australia vs Scotland.Women’s: Canada vs EnglandAfternoon: 1.30 pm to 5 pmMen’s: England vs Trinidad & Tobago.Evening: 6.30 pm to 10 pmMen: New Zealand vs South Africa;Pakistan vs MalaysiaShootingClay TargetMORNING: 10 am to 4.30 pmMen’s: Double trap pairs (final)Pistol and Small BoreMORNING: 9 am to 6 pmMen’s: 10m air rifle (final); 50m pistol(final) . Women: 25m pistol (final)SquashAfternoon: 1 pm to 4 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women: Singles (quarter-finals)Evening: 5 pm to 8 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women’s: Singles (quarter-finals)Swimming and synchronised swimmingMorning: 8.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s: 800m freestyle(heats); 100m butterfly (heats);200m breaststroke; 4x200mfreestyle (heats); 100mfreestyle (heats); solo technicalroutine (final); duet technicalroutine (final).Men’s 100m freestyle (heats); 200mbackstroke (heats); 4x200m freestyle (heats), routine finalEvening: 4 pm to 6.17 pmMen’s: 200m backstroke (final), 100mfreestyle (semi-final); 50m butterfly(final); 100m breaststroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final). Women: 100mfreestyle (final); 100m butterfly(semi-final); 200m breaststroke(final); 100m backstroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final)advertisementTable TennisMorning: 9.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s team event (Rd V)Men’s team event (Rd V)Evening: 4 pm to 9 pmWomen: Team event (quarterfinals).Men’s: Classification gamesTennisMorning: 10 am to 3 pmMixed team event (group matches)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI)Evening Session: 5 pm to 10 pm)Mixed team event (quarter-finals)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I)WeightliftingWomen’s 58kgEvening Session: 6.30 pm to 9 pmMen’s 69kgWrestlingMorning Session: 9 am to 1 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg, 66kg,84kg, 120kg (elimination)].Evening Session: 4.30 pm to 7.30 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg,66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage(finals)]Star To Watch Out For – Shane PerkinsCountry: Australia Sport: CyclingSilver medallist in sprint race at the 2010 World ChampionshipsBronze medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Gameslast_img read more

Navig8 Product 2020 Takes Delivery of New MR Tanker

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Shipping company Navig8 Product 2020 has taken delivery of a new scrubber-fitted MR tanker, the Navig8 Gauntlet.The 49,000 dwt vessel was delivered from Japan’s New Times Shipbuilding and is the sixth unit in a series of eight such scrubber-fitted tankers in the company’s newbuilding program.Navig8 Product 2020 said that the 52,500 cbm Navig8 Gauntlet will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Chronos8 commercial pool.The fifth ship in the company’s newbuilding program, the Navig8 Goal, was handed over from New Times Shipbuilding in August.With the latest additions, the company’s 44,000-54,000 dwt chemical tanker pool now counts a total of fourteen vessels.last_img read more

Air Force Resumes B1 Bomber Operations

first_imgThe Air Force has resumed B-1B Lancer bomber flights following a nearly month-long operational hiatus, the Air Force Times reported Tuesday.The Air Force Global Strike command said the heavy bombers resumed flights this week following a safety inspection stand-down that began March 28 due to the problems with the egress system airmen use to exit in an emergency.“Individual B-1B aircraft will return to flight as the inspections and maintenance directed during the stand-down on each aircraft,” a command news release said.The B-1 has experienced three setback “events” in the past year, including an emergency landing incident related to an ejection-seat issue, and two fleetwide groundings, including the most recent one, according to the Air Force Times report.“We are proud of the tremendous efforts of our maintainers and aircrew flight equipment technicians in identifying, inspecting and remediating any potential issues with the B-1B egress system,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force commander, who is responsible for the Air Force bomber force. “The aircraft are still safe to fly, and we are confident that this stand-down has resulted in increased safety within the B-1B fleet.”Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Microsoft appears to dump Cortana in Skype for Amazons Alexa

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 Share your voice Tags Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to…center_img Skype may soon have a new assistant. Getty Images As of April 30, the Cortana bot will no longer be a part of Skype. Skype users have reported seeing notifications saying the Cortana bot, the chatbot version of Microsoft’s voice assistant, will no longer be available on the video app. Instead, Microsoft is advertising a new Amazon Alexa voice assistant integration, according to OnMSFT. “We are constantly evaluating and testing our products to ensure they offer the best and most productive experiences,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. “We are discontinuing the Cortana bot within Skype, but Cortana suggestions are still available.” A Microsoft spokesperson said Cortana’s exit and the Alexa promotion were unrelated. After the Cortana chat bot retires, Cortana suggestions will still be available in Skype. This means you’ll be able to access smart replies, emoticons, and other tools. Cortana was first added to Skype in 2014, letting people place calls with their voice. It was later brought to the Android and iOS versions of the app and then Skype for desktop. The Cortana bot let you do things like find information or set tasks while in Skype. Twitter user Florian Beaubois also spotted that Microsoft is offering 200 free minutes of communication to users who link their Skype and Amazon accounts. Originally published March at 9.31 a.m. PT.Update, at 12.07 p.m. PT: Adds response from Microsoft. Internet 4:33 Alexa Cortana Amazon Microsoft Skypelast_img read more

Avengers Endgame openingnight tickets for sale on eBay for 5000

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over Tags 77 Photos Captain America (Chris Evans) wouldn’t spend his life savings on Avengers: Endgame tickets. He grew up during the Great Depression after all.  Marvel Do you want to see Avengers: Endgame on opening night? Do you really, really want to see Avengers: Endgame on opening night? Like, enough to give up the same amount of money you might spend on Super Bowl tickets, or a glorious international vacation, or several months rent, or a used car, or a kid’s college fund, or your own damn retirement? If so, then make your way to eBay and throw your money at someone who lucked out and got their tickets right away on Tuesday. Who needs to retire anyway? Comments TV and Movies Russo brothers didn’t trust Tom Holland with Avengers: Endgame script Avengers: Endgame proves we should bring back the intermission Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plancenter_img 4 Share your voice As you likely heard, Avengers: Endgame tickets went on sale Tuesday and sold faster than it takes Iron Man to deliver a smart-aleck quip, which is to say, instantly. Not everyone could get the tickets they wanted though, in part thanks to AMC Theaters’ site and mobile app choosing the exact wrong day to succumb to Thanos’ snap.But plenty of people did get tickets, and an enterprising batch of them are selling their opening-night tickets on eBay, as often happens with hot tickets these days.endgametixonebayWhat a bargain… Screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET Want to see it in New Jersey at the AMC Dine-In Essex Green 9? You and a pal can sit in the middle row on opening night and get a free poster to boot. It’ll just cost you $15,000 to Buy It Now, or try your luck with an opening bid of $2,500.But maybe you want to see it in New York City, at the AMC 84th Street 6. Bidding begins at $4,999, please. But hey, the seller will ship them to you for an additional $4.81.Other sellers are more reasonable, although that word is relative, looking for $350 for three tickets in Sherman Oaks, California, or $250 for two tickets in Las Vegas, or a bargain $85 for FIVE tickets in Novi, Michigan.But as eBay veterans know, you can ask for any price you want for anything — whether or not you get it is another story. So far, we’re not seeing any huge sales completed for these high-priced tickets — though a scan of completed auctions shows one or two sales, each for less than $100.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled for an April 26 release in the US, April 25 in the UK and April 24 in Australia.See even more ridiculously high prices for Endgame tickets on our sister site CBS News. More on Avengers: Endgame Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more