As public outrage continues to mount over the imposition of the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private school fees, Government seems to be holding steadfast to the move made in the 2017 Budget.President David GrangerIt was reported earlier this week that President David Granger was expected to announce the removal of the tax on private tuition fees. However, the Head of State told reporters on Wednesday that this will not happen.“My mind is not changed but we had a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) and the Finance Minister explained certain aspects of taxation, which were not as clear to the public before,” he stated.The President noted that during Tuesday’s ministerial conference, it was decided to keep the tax in place in light of the situation with the private school system and tax compliance, something which Finance Minister Winston Jordan made a presentation on.“The Cabinet examined the problem (Tuesday); the issue as you know, several petitions have been presented and the Minister of Finance will make a statement but there is more in the mortar than the pestle. There are very strong arguments to maintain the tax, and as I said Cabinet examined it, and I urge the Minister of Finance to make a public statement so the issues are better understood,” the Head of State said following the opening of the Department of the Environment in Kingston.President Granger explained that currently, there are about 57 private schools in the country and only about eight of them are apparently compliant with the relevant tax regulations. This, he noted, means that some 49 of these private institutions are non-compliant.“As it is now, the tax stays and as I said earlier, there are grounds to ensure better compliance by all private operators with the [Guyana Revenue Authority] GRA’s regulations. Right now we have a high level of non-compliance by some private entities,” he stated.“Private schools are not all the same and so the Minister of Finance is in a better position (to explain the situation),” the President asserted while recognising the additional burden families will be faced with in light of the tax imposition.Since the announcement of VAT on school fees, stakeholders have come out condemning the move with many parents crying out against the additional burden placed on them. In fact, persons took outside the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Office on Camp Street calling for the removal of the 14 per cent tax on private education.Organiser of the protest, businessman Roshan Khan stated that while expecting a larger crowd, he was not fazed by the comparatively low turnout. Khan demanded that the Government immediately reverse the VAT charge on education and issue an apology to the country. Other persons on the picket line also had similar cries and called on the Administration to act swiftly to reverse the measures.“The protest is to save the youths who may be thinking of migrating. If they want to go to private school – nursery, kindergarten, anything that has to do with private education, (the imposition of VAT) is ludicrous… People send their children to private school not (necessarily) because they are rich. It is unfortunate that the leadership thinks that those people who go to private schools, their families are rich,” Khan stated.Meanwhile, John Edghill, a young student, was also present on the protest line and explained that as a private school student who was working in order to offset the expenses of his studies, the VAT on education was a worrying burden.“It is an additional burden on me. I don’t make a lot of money. I’m at an entry-level job. I’m helping to pay for my education. Adding 14 per cent will just increase the burden on me. I still have other things to do with money, every day. There is VAT on a whole lot of other (items) now,” he posited.In defending Government’s imposition of the 14 per cent VAT, Minister Jordan in a letter to the media last week pointed out that the private schools are in a position to absorb the tax and not pass it on to parents.
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With Chelsea six points clear at the summit and chasing a 12th consecutive win, which would set a new club record, Conte is approaching the visit of Bournemouth with a spring in his step.“This is the first experience for me and my family, to work, to play football (at this time of year),” said the Italian.“It can be, and I hope it will be, a fantastic experience. The atmosphere we find in this period is very difficult to find in another period. It’s fantastic.”Chelsea have registered 11 consecutive wins within the same season for the first time after winning 1-0 at Crystal Palace last weekend.Another victory will leave them one win from equalling Arsenal’s 2002 record for successive wins in the same campaign, which they extended to 14 the following season.But Conte will be without both top scorer Diego Costa and midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante after they picked up suspension-incurring bookings at Palace.Guardiola, too, is full of festive cheer following his side’s 2-1 comeback win over Arsenal last weekend, which left City seven points below Chelsea in third place.While the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach appreciates the novelty of Christmas football, he is preparing for his side’s match at bottom club Hull City by pretending it is a regular fixture.“This is my first year here and people say that at Christmas you have to be focused, because at home you celebrate with dinner and lunch, and we have to be prepared,” said Guardiola, whose side trained as usual on Sunday.Arsenal slipped to fourth, nine points off the pace, after their loss at the Etihad Stadium, which followed hot on the heels of a 2-1 defeat at Everton.– Mourinho ‘loves it’ –Arsene Wenger’s side welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day and centre-back Gabriel says his side cannot afford to be distracted by seasonal excitement.“I think all players just want to be focused on the game, rather than celebrating,” the Brazilian told the Arsenal website.Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match against Arsenal December 18, 2016 © AFP/File / Paul ELLIS“If I do have some time, I’ll organise a dinner with my friends to make the most of the short time off. Then, I have to be ready and focused again.”Jose Mourinho has long been an avowed admirer of England’s Boxing Day traditions and with his Manchester United team chasing a fourth straight win, he is relishing the prospect of Sunderland’s visit.“I love it!” Mourinho told MUTV. “I know that the family miss something from us, but the family loves us.“They know us, they know our nature, they know that we are happy playing football, giving all of the people that love football something really special in a period when almost no country has football for the fans.”Sunderland manager David Moyes will return to Old Trafford for the first time since he was sacked by United in April 2014.Champions Leicester City will hope to give their supporters some Christmas cheer when they host Everton in a repeat of the fixture that preceded last season’s title coronation.Top of the table last Christmas, Claudio Ranieri’s men are three points above the relegation zone after winning just once in eight games.Two points back in 17th place, Palace begin life under new manager Sam Allardyce — appointed as the successor to Alan Pardew — with a trip to Watford.“I’ve upset the missus again because we were supposed to be going to Dubai, so that tells you I’m right,” said ex-England manager Allardyce after shelving his holiday plans to ride to the rescue at Palace. “We should have been going for New Year but she’s as always supported me in taking this job.”Liverpool, second, host Stoke City on Tuesday, with fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur visiting Southampton the following day.FixturesMonday (1500 GMT unless otherwise stated):Arsenal v West Brom, Chelsea v Bournemouth, Hull v Man City (1715 GMT), Leicester v Everton, Man Utd v Sunderland, Burnley v Middlesbrough, Swansea v West Ham, Watford v Crystal Palace (1230 GMT)Tuesday (1715 GMT)Liverpool v Stoke Wednesday (1945 GMT)Southampton v Tottenham0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Italian head coach Antonio Conte reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match against Sunderland December 14, 2016 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola are among the Premier League managers who will sample England’s Boxing Day football extravaganza for the first time on Monday.While the rest of the population gorged on Christmas turkey dinners and knocked back festive drinks, 16 teams were gearing up for matches as part of a custom that stretches back over 150 years.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Overturned big rig • Video: 7/30: Overturned big rig A truck carrying a load of pipes overturned Friday morning on the transition from the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway. No one was hurt in the 9:30 a.m. accident. Several lanes of the freeway were closed for about three hours as the truck was righted and the pipes removed. California Highway Patrol Officer Phil Gomez said truck driver Michael Toole of Hesperia was not cited following the accident. The incident was apparently caused by a shifting load in the bed of Toole’s truck, Gomez said. Mike Buntain, a tow truck driver with Jan’s Towing in Azusa, said the interchange is a frequent source of trouble for truckers who tip and spill their loads. – Frank Girardot
ROWLAND HEIGHTS – A woman whose husband and two children were found dead in their home has been booked into a county jail, according to officials and county inmate records. Manling Williams, 27, of Rowland Heights is being held without bail at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Inmate Information Center. A deputy at Walnut Station said the woman, who had been undergoing questioning in the triple homicide, had been transported to the facility overnight. http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Real Madrid star Luka Modric Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has rubbished talk of him leaving Real Madrid by admitting he has never been happier.The Croatian midfielder joined the Spanish club in the summer of 2012, arriving from Tottenham for around £30m.Since then the 29-year-old has grown into one of the pivotal players in the Real Madrid side, helping them win the Champions League last season.Recent reports had claimed Modric could return to the Premier League this summer with Manchester City interested.But the Croatia international has now ended any speculation by revealing he couldn’t be more settled in the Spanish capital.“I’ve experienced special emotions and made friends at every club I’ve been at,” Modirc was quoted as saying by AS.“I think I’m probably more comfortable at Real Madrid than I have been anywhere else.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The partisan warfare and scheduling minutiae of the Senate’s top job often exasperated Frist. He recently reported suffering what sounded like a case of burnout, and abandoned a nascent bid for president. His farewell speech Thursday offered a glimpse of the questions Frist asked himself at weary moments during his tenure. He urged his colleagues to do the same. “What is it really all about,” this Senate service, Frist said. “Is about keeping the majority? Is it about red states versus blue? Is it about lobbing attacks in some way across the aisle? … Is it about war rooms whose purpose is not to contrast ideas but to destroy? “Or is it more?” Frist intoned to more than 40 Republicans and 20 Democrats in attendance. Frist’s Senate career bookended a Republican revolution. Never having run for office, the Harvard-trained doctor ousted Sasser as part of the storied class of 1994 and helped turn Democrats out of the congressional majority for the first time in 40 years. WASHINGTON – Their farewell hug was awkward at best. When Democratic leader Harry Reid held open his arms to the man he battled and will replace, retiring Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Tennessee doctor hesitated before returning the embrace. Loosely. Frist, serving the last days of a self-imposed two-term limit, held the Senate itself at a bit of a distance during four years as majority leader. The Tennessee Republican made no secret of the fact that his first occupational love was heart transplant surgery and practicing medicine in general – fields in which he had already made a name before defeating Democratic Sen. Jim Sasser in 1994. In between, Frist rose from 100th in seniority to its top job when Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., was forced to step down as majority leader over remarks interpreted as supporting segregationist policies. Frist was elected to that post with the White House’s blessing – and Lott’s resentment. But on Thursday, with Lott returning to GOP leadership as Republican whip and past bitter battles with Reid over judicial nominations, Frist and his colleagues bid respectful farewells. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., admitted not trusting Frist at first, but came around to hold him in great regard. Reid saluted Frist’s commitment to his family – wife, Karyn, and sons Harrison and Bryan – who watched from the gallery.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Jack Clarke is the latest academy graduate getting first team games Leeds United have a long and proud tradition of producing excellent homegrown players from their academy.The likes of Alan Smith, Jonathon Woodgate and Aaron Lennon began their careers at Elland Road and went on to have distinguished careers. But the youth system at the Whites is not simply just a conveyor belt of talent to be sold.An incredible statistic discovered by Twitter account @lufcstats has proved managers at the club give youth a chance.The last time Leeds United fielded a side without an academy graduate was on December 15, 2009 in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Accrington Stanley.In the club’s 100-year history, they have played 4508 games and named an academy player in 4504 of them. Did you know that the last time @LUFC didn’t feature an academy player was on Dec 15th 2009 v Accy in JPT. In our history we’ve played 4508 games and named an academy player in 4504 of them.— stats (@lufcstats) January 13, 2019Friday night’s victory over Derby County saw recent graduates Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jack Clarke start the game.Goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison gave the Whites a 2-0 win and means they have a four point lead over Sheffield United at the top of the table.
Manchester United reportedly had the chance to sign Joao Felix in the summer.However, the Old Trafford hierarchy are claimed to have had reservations about the 19-year-old’s propensity to play in the English top-flight. At this point in the negotiations, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was believed to have thought Alexis Sanchez could come good after his 18-month nightmare.But alongside Romelu Lukaku, the former Arsenal striker is now plying his trade on loan at Inter Milan. But United eventually pulled the plug, as they had concerns over whether or not had the physical capacity to play in the Premier League.In fact, there were even fears he could prove to be a one-season sensation like Michael Ricketts, who won an England cap before his quickly career tailed off, with United instead looking to land a consistent attacking performer such as Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.One ‘well-placed source’ quoted in The Athletic said: “Michael Ricketts was a world-beater for one season.“The secret is to find someone like Mohamed Salah, who plays brilliantly one season, then the following year, and the year after that.” Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Joao Felix could well have been a Manchester United player this season Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Felix moved to Atletico Madrid this summer, after the Spanish side met the £113million release clause in his Benfica contract,The Portugal international – who has been dubbed ‘the new Cristiano Ronaldo’ – has had a solid start to his Atletico career, as he looks to fill the void left by Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona.According to The Athletic, Felix could well have been a United player had they followed up their interest.Representatives from the Red Devils are said to have spoken with Benfica chiefs on ‘multiple occasions’ in the summer over a deal. AFP or licensors latest Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Felix has two goals so far as an Atletico Madrid player ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion AFP or licensors PAYBACK scrap revealed LATEST TOP WORK MOST READ IN FOOTBALL appointed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 SORRY Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit?
Marco Reus appeared to have extinguished hopes but Mamadou Sakho and Lovren, both central defenders, proved to be the unlikeliest of heroes on a night when Klopp’s side came of age. Liverpool have form for stunning European comebacks and this will go down alongside the very best of them as they snatched an added-time winner to beat Borussia Dortmund in a modern-day Anfield classic.All hope seemed lost at 2-0 down – 3-1 on aggregate – after 10 minutes and later at 3-1 behind on the night and 4-2 adrift over the two legs, but the hosts dug deep and produced a remarkable turnaround which saw Dejan Lovren score a dramatic winner. A 4-3 win carried Liverpool through 5-4 on aggregate.Manager Jurgen Klopp’s assertion back in November that “we decide when it is over” rang true as his players, while not of the 2005 Istanbul vintage, gave every part of their being to put them into the Europa League semi-finals.Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors ahead early on, cancelling out Liverpool’s away goal in Germany, before Divock Origi’s fourth goal in his last three games offered some hope.