14Jan/20

Roger Khan never said he was fighting crime on behalf of PPP Govt

first_imgDear Editor:Mr Roger Khan will be home soon. He may wish to confirm claims made by the Hon. Attorney General (AG) that Mr Khan publicized a crime-fighting role on behalf of a past PPP regime, as reported on August 7, 2019 online (see Govt takes aim at Roger Khan before he returns, Demerara Waves) and in the Chronicle (see AG ties Guyana’s bloody history to the PPP).The AG reportedly said, “Khan himself had confessed in a full page advertisement in the local newspapers about this,” which mirrors a statement in the Chronicle that “…the drug-trafficker had stated publicly in an advertisement in local newspapers that he had been fighting crime on behalf of the Bharrat Jagdeo-led government.”Having written extensively about crime between the 2001 and 2006 elections, I do not recall any such advertised claim. Indeed, as editor of the Guyana Under Siege website during those years, I posted one of Mr. Khan’s advertisements online which still exists today.With Mr Khan away, the PNC had over a decade to sell its manufactured version of what happened: the PPP killed people but the PNC were angels. This is why the President tries to gloss over or downplay the period by ridiculously calling it the “Troubles.” The truth, explained below, is that there was an attempt on the life of the then PPP regime.But Mr Khan publicly offered to attend any PNC-PPP inquiry to explain his crime-fighting role (see Roger Khan ready to tell any inquiry about anti-crime role, SN 05/17/2006). The AG needs to explain why the PNC never summoned Mr. Khan or why the Granger Administration failed to produce evidence to show unquestionably that Mr Khan was a PPP state actor.After all, it is public knowledge that former PPP Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon (also the Secretary to the Defence Board) publicly denied any PPP link with Mr. Khan and crime fighting (see Govt. never engaged Roger Khan, KM 05/19/2006).If, as the AG seemingly has inferred, state security was delegated to drug lords, including Mr. Khan, then perhaps such were the situations, if at all, due to law enforcement itself having become compromised while the PNC Opposition was tinkering with the Constitution. Indeed, on March 31, 2006 in one of his advertisement (see KN) Mr. Khan said: “Myself and the Commissioner of Police were close personal friends for over four (4) years.” The AG missed this part of the advertisement, because this former lawman is now a Government minister.The AG knows that the PPP excesses he complains about have their genesis in the Forbes Burnham era. Death squad is a product of the Forbes Burnham era, not Bharrat Jagdeo’s. The AG is right to criticize the PPP given that its minister (Sash Sawh) was killed and nothing was done about it. But this kind of disrespect for the State began with Burnham, whose minister (Vincent Teekah) was killed on October 24, 1979, and nothing was done either.Mr Khan may be accused of aiding the police with critical intelligence to combat crime or even appearing to be sympathetic to the then democratically elected regime, but the AG is wrong to suggest that Mr. Khan held himself out to be a PPP crime-fighting state actor.More importantly, what Mr. Khan said in 2006 was that the Opposition PNC, with friends in the GDF and GPF and elsewhere were destabilizing the country to overthrow the Jagdeo regime or force a power-sharing regime on the electorate.The public needs to understand this reality. The PNC is incapable of wining an election on its own despite over fifty years of electoral contests. Thus, alternative methods to acquire power must be used. This was attempted in 2001.  Here is what the former US Ambassador, Mr. Ronald Godard, said about the 2001 elections and election observer groups, during a 2004 interview for the Foreign Affairs Oral History Project.“We would meet on a weekly basis coordinating our activities and we worked with the electoral tribunal very closely. They had a very highly respected civil servant, he had been the commander of their armed forces…But, inevitably there were issues, and again there was no question about who won the election… It was the Indo Guyanese party. And there was demonstration and rioting, burning of buildings by the Afro Guyanese, and that finally sort of dampened down…There’s a minority sector in their national assembly from the opposition. They would frequently walk out to try to discredit the legislative power doing stuff they have to do. What they were after I think was shared power, but what they really wanted was power.”Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

13Jan/20

Annai District land issues finally resolved

first_imgSydney Allicock, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ AffairsAfter some thirty years, the dispute over the western boundaries of the Annai District has finally been resolved, following fruitful consultations between the residents, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, and the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also assisted in the process.According to the Department of Public Information, residents of communities in the Annai District of Region Nine have long been calling on Government to resolve the land problems which hindered their community’s development.Minister Allicock visited the area on Friday and met with leaders of Annai, Yakarinta and Aranaputa, Rupertee, Kwatamang, Wowetta, and Surama to explain that, though there were many challenges, he is pleased with the outcome. He said the residents were very cooperative, and asked pertinent questions.Anthony Andries, Chairman of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB)“The issue was never fixed, and we found out, through the technical people, that there was indeed a problem. Through discussions and actually going to the areas and walking on the lines, there was an agreement with an approach that will bring final answers to the western boundary.” Minister Allicock explained.He told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the communities can now move forward with their village improvement plan (VIP), as they are aware of their respective boundaries.“We wanted to bring this issue to an end, and so we did. We want to assure the people that their lands will not be taken away from them, and that there will be transparency and accountability,” Minister Allicock said.Adon Jacabus, Chairman of Aranaputa, has said his village is happy to know that its boundaries have finally been settled.  “Today we can see progress, and things are finally happening. Now (that) we know our boundaries, we will now know where residents can take up residency. The decision was fair to all the communities, and we can now move forward,” he said.Anthony Andries, Chairman of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), likewise expressed gratitude to the Government for addressing this issue. Andrews said this issue has gone on for far too long, and even though past leaders had attempted to address it, the matter was never resolved. He added that residents can rest assured now that their boundaries are clear.last_img read more

06Jan/20

It’s no mystery why teen sleuth is still beloved by her legions of fans

first_img“She’s just an independent, adventurous, spunky character who loves to solve mysteries and loves to help people,” said convention organizer Jennifer Fisher, who heads the Queen Creek, Ariz.-based national fan group, Nancy Drew Sleuths, and was a consultant on the film. “No matter what era Nancy Drew is written, that character has never changed. “She’s not Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, types that are just off the charts. Nancy Drew is pretty safe and sane.” She’s a creation of Edward Stratemeyer, whose Stratemeyer Syndicate minted popular serial novels such as “Tom Swift” and “The Hardy Boys” for the publishing houses of the day. Ghostwritten series Though each series was credited to an author, the books were actually written by ghostwriters working from outlines and settings established by Stratemeyer and his editors. For Nancy Drew, the pseudonym was “Carolyn Keene.” “She was the only author that I had ever written a letter to, and then you find out she’s not real,” said Joan Cappocchi, 55, a library assistant at the Burbank Public Library. “Reality check there. “But for me, what’s old is new. When something does come back around, you always hope it’s one of the good things. Anything with a wonderful, smart heroine has got to be good.” Stratemeyer conceived the girl detective in 1930 and outlined the first three novels before his death the same year. “We’re not sure if he even saw the books, and he certainly didn’t see their success,” said James Keeline, a former antique-book dealer who has studied Stratemeyer history and written about it. “Even in the 1930s, Nancy Drew was outselling everything, even the boys’ series. … It has been and continues to be the most successful book started by the Stratemeyer Syndicate.” The series has sold an estimated 200 million copies over 77 years – not quite Harry Potter numbers. (The six books in the planned seven-book series about the boy wizard have sold at least 325 million copies since 1997.) Series has legs But what Nancy lacks in sales is made up by her endurance and timelessness. What young reader could resist a teen heroine who cruises around town in a blue roadster, who has a boyfriend – but doesn’t need him – and is resourceful enough to tap out Morse Code messages with her high-heel oxfords while bound inside a boat? “Many different groups of people have seen in Nancy something they really like, like that spirit of individualism, that can-do attitude,” Keeline said. “That’s a timeless quality that’s not just for the 1930s, it’s for today. Sometimes it’s called feminism, sometimes it’s girl power. It doesn’t matter. The desire for respect and to do things and not be limited by one’s gender has a common appeal for everybody.” A preconvention dinner with the Nancy Drew Sleuths at their Pasadena hotel offered another clue. On one end sat Diana McInerney, 71, of Meriden, Conn., who found a role model in the detective as a young girl. “She’s like an older sister,” she said. “Everything I wasn’t able to do, she could. I identified with that.” New generations Meanwhile, Jessica Gentrup, 8, of Gilbert, Ariz., couldn’t be bothered to pull her nose away from a Nancy Drew illustrated guide for a meal. She is among the third generation of her family to discover the sleuth. “It’s exciting,” she said, recalling her first encounter with the books. “She was trying to find a will. It was hidden.” For others, collecting the novels in their various incarnations is part of the allure. Some of the older titles were revised in the 1950s to remove archaic language and references considered racist, and to quicken pacing. “It’s fun to sleuth the attics and the antique stores and used bookstores, and of course on eBay,” Fisher said. “And they’re just endearing. There is a certain comfort level you get from reading them. They’re not getting bogged down in social issues. They’re just fun entertainment.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 Nancy Drew trivia questions 1. Where is Nancy’s hometown of River Heights located? 2. In what book did Nancy Drew’s dog, Togo, appear for the first time? 3. What age was Nancy Drew when the series debuted in 1930? 4. Name Nancy Drew’s first mystery. 5. In which book do Nancy’s best friends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, appear? Answers to trivia questions 1. Nowhere, it’s a fictional town 2. “The Whispering Statue” 3. 16 4. “The Secret of the Old Clock” 5. “The Secret of Shadow Ranch” Nancy Drew’s mysterious history 1930: The first three Nancy Drew books debuted April 28, created by Edward Stratemeyer. Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym for many ghostwriters over the years. 1938-39: Warner Bros. releases four Nancy Drew movies. 1957: The Nancy Drew Mystery Game appears on the market, created by Parker Brothers. 1977: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys appear on TV in a weekly mystery hour on ABC. 1986: A modern take on Nancy Drew is published: “The Nancy Drew Files” series. 1993: The first Nancy Drew Conference is held at the University of Iowa. 1995: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys return to TV in a short-lived 1995 series. 1998: Nancy Drew computer games debut. 2003: The classic “Nancy Drew Mystery Stories” series ends with volume No. 175. 2004: Nancy Drew is relaunched in the new “Nancy Drew: Girl Detective” series in which the books are written in first-person style. 2007: A new Warner Bros. Nancy Drew movie debuts (Compiled by Nancy Drew consultant Jennifer Fisher, www.nancydrewsleuth.com) Sleuths convention Today, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Burbank Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St. Call (818) 238-5620. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Pasadena Hilton, 168 S. Los Robles Ave. Call (626) 577-1000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – There’s a gathering afoot, of old chums and young sleuths enamored with a nosey, resourceful teen detective. The first clue is the silhouette of a girl on the corner of a flier, clad in a 1930s flapper dress and heels, a magnifying glass in hand. She stands hunched over as if hot on the trail of an unsolved mystery. The flier itself, found at Burbank’s Buena Vista Branch library, reveals a second clue: “Nancy Drew Convention!” Fans of the plucky amateur teen sleuth from River Heights, whose adventures in dozens of books have thrilled readers young and old for 77years, are convening today – when the Hollywood movie about her exploits opens in theaters – and Saturday to celebrate their beloved mystery series. last_img read more

06Jan/20

Huge tax credits ignored

first_imgSUN VALLEY – Businesses in the eastern San Fernando Valley are eligible for thousands of dollars in tax credits as part of the Los Angeles Enterprise Zone, but fewer than 20 percent use them, according to the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. Few businesses know about the credits and the expanded eligibility. And if they do, many don’t think they are qualified to use them. So the alliance, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the Valley’s economy, asked two accountants to explain how businesses can reduce their tax bills by claiming the credits. Almost 40 business owners and employees gathered Tuesday at the Burbank Commerce Center to learn how the credits work. Council members Wendy Greuel and Tony Cardenas, who represent parts of the enterprise zone, also attended. Armando Jamjian, a partner at Rivera & Jamjian LLP in Pasadena, and his partner, Luis Rivera, detailed for which expenses businesses can and cannot claim credits. “If you’re a profitable business, it definitely makes sense to look into these credits,” Jamjian said. If not, sit back and wait a few years until the red turns to black. The company charges between $5,000 and $100,000 to create a report detailing which credits a business can claim. The process takes three to four months. It has netted clients from about $20,000 to $2.7million in credits, Jamjian said. About 25 of the 150 reports they completed were audited and none of those was adjusted, Rivera said. Manufacturers will likely be able to claim the most credits. Don Alecock, vice president of operations at Rem Eyewear in Sun Valley, said the company never knew it could claim the enterprise credits. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity for us,” Alecock said after the two-hour presentation. At Wet Design, maker of water fountains, executives knew about the credits but didn’t use them, said Gordon Olsen, controller at the Sun Valley company. “This is the first year we could take advantage on a scale that makes it worthwhile,” Olsen said. The zone was expanded in October to include parts of Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sylmar, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Panorama City and Arleta. In 2006, the enterprise zone – the only one in the Valley – unexpectedly lost its status. But, weeks later, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger restored the designation. For more information on enterprise zone tax credits, call Ken Hitts at the Economic Alliance at (818)379-7000.160Want 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

29Dec/19

Being 60 no longer proves you’re old

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Earlier this year a shocking thing happened. I turned 60. It was a good time to remind myself of Robert Kennedy’s belief that “youth is not a time of life but a state of mind – a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination.” Turning 60 was also a good time to reflect on what it means to grow older in America, and to realize just how much that definition has changed in the second half of my lifetime. Thirty years ago, people over 70 were considered “really old,” and a 100th birthday warranted national news coverage. But no more, thanks in great part to the state of mind of those once called senior citizens. Sixty really has become the “new 40,” and the very notion of what is “old” is constantly being redefined. Many people are continuing to work well into their 70s and even 80s. Those who retire at 65 have many active years ahead of them for travel, second careers, volunteer activities and the vigorous lifestyle that defines this “new senior citizen.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsMore significant than the numbers is the fact that, over the past 30 years, there has been a refreshing change in lifestyle attitudes that has, as much as anything else, resulted in people living not just longer, but also better-quality, lives. The “new seniors” are taking increased accountability for their own health. More than ever before, they are watching their diet, having regular checkups, engaging in appropriate exercise, not smoking, keeping their minds alert and wearing seat belts. Of course, many of those choices would not be possible were it not for the incredible advances in medical science over the past 30 years. Diagnostics, from lab tests to high-tech devices, now allow physicians to pinpoint disease sooner and with greater accuracy. Surgical procedures that were once invasive and debilitating are now performed with minimal risk and rapid recovery. Pharmaceuticals now treat not only acute illness, but also the chronic conditions that once shortened lives. Preventive measures, from bone-density scans to flu shots, have become more routine, affordable and available. These advances in medicine are coming at a time when aging Americans are placing increasing value on independent living and are recognizing the physical, emotional and psychological advantages of staying in their own homes as long as possible. Portable medical equipment, new pharmaceuticals and breakthroughs in remote care are making this more achievable than ever. And that’s a good thing because nobody wants to go to a nursing home unnecessarily – certainly not the “new senior” who looks in the mirror and sees someone with lots still left to do. I, too, still have lots left to do and, as Robert Frost said, “miles to go before I sleep.” So hats off to my fellow seniors and the path they have blazed for me over the past 30 years. I know the best is truly yet to come. David Schmidt is president and chief executive officer of SCAN Health Plan.last_img read more

26Dec/19

Bush makes war top election issue

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush on Monday embraced the Iraq war as a top issue in the November elections and tried to make it a weapon against Democrats rather than a liability for Republicans. “There’s a fundamental difference between many of the Democrats and my party, and that is, they want to leave before the job is completed in Iraq,” Bush contended at a news conference. He said the highly unpopular war is “straining the psyche of our country” but leaving now would be a disaster. Bush served notice he would not change course or flinch from debate about the war as he campaigns for Republicans in the fall congressional elections. In fact, he suggested that national security and the economy should be top political issues, and criticized the Democrats’ approach on both. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.In response, Democrats said it was time for a new direction and Bush should begin redeploying troops this year. “Our soldiers in Iraq should transition to a more limited mission focused on counterterrorism, force protection of U.S. personnel and training and logistical support of Iraqi security forces,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said, “Far from spreading freedom and democracy in the Middle East, the Bush administration has watched while extremists grow stronger, Iran goes nuclear, Iraq falls into civil war and oil and gas prices skyrocket. Simply staying the course is unacceptable.” Insisting that the United States cannot leave before the mission is accomplished, Bush said, “I can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to be done.” But, he said, “if we ever give up the desire to help people who live in freedom, we will have lost our soul as a nation, as far as I’m concerned.” Now in its fourth year, the war has taken a toll – more than 2,600 Americans have died and many more Iraqis have been killed. Last month alone, about 3,500 Iraqis died violently, the highest monthly civilian toll so far. Bush’s approval rating has slumped to the lowest point of his presidency, and Republicans are concerned that they could lose control of Congress because of voters’ unhappiness. Bush said he was frustrated by the war at times. “War is not a time of joy,” he said. “These are challenging times, and they’re difficult times, and they’re straining the psyche of our country. I understand that. You know, nobody likes to see innocent people die. Nobody wants to turn on their TV on a daily basis and see havoc wrought by terrorists.” But Bush said he agreed with Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, that if “we leave before the mission is done, the terrorists will follow us here.” A failed Iraq would provide a safe haven for terrorists and extremists and give them revenue from oil sales, Bush said. Bush said differences over Iraq provide “an interesting debate.” “There’s a lot of people – good, decent people – saying `withdraw now.’ They’re absolutely wrong. … We’re not leaving, so long as I’m the president. That would be a huge mistake.” “Leaving before the job is done would be a disaster.” Bush said he would not question the patriotism of someone who disagreed with him – although Vice President Dick Cheney said recently the Democratic primary election victory of anti-war candidate Ned Lamont over incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman, a defender of the war, might encourage “the al-Qaida types.” Bush opened his nearly hourlong news conference by calling for quick deployment of an international force to help uphold the fragile cease-fire in southern Lebanon. “The need is urgent,” Bush said. He said the United States was increasing humanitarian and reconstruction aid to more than $230 million. European countries expected to provide the bulk of peacekeepers have delayed committing troops. France disappointed allies by merely doubling its contingent of 200. The president also said the United States would seek a new U.N. resolution on disarming Hezbollah in southern Lebanon but he sounded doubtful about achieving results soon on the ground. “Hopefully, over time, Hezbollah will disarm,” the president said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
24Dec/19

Christophe Berra and Barry Bannan withdraw from Scotland squad

first_imgChristophe Berra and Barry Bannan have withdrawn from the Scotland squad for this weekend’s friendly against France.The pair will not take part in the game in Metz with Bannan recovering following the English Championship play-off final while Ipswich defender Berra is attending a friend’s wedding.Berra had previously expressed excitement at participating in the double-header.He said: “There’s no better feeling than representing your country and hearing the national anthem. “The boys will be going out to do everyone proud. Obviously some have had holidays, I managed to get a week away with my daughter, but to be honest, we all wanted to be playing the Euros and we wouldn’t have been complaining then about only having two weeks’ holiday.”Meanwhile Hull City trio Andrew Robertson, Robert Snodgrass and Shaun Maloney have all arrived to join the rest of Gordon Strachan’s squad.last_img read more

22Dec/19

Dr. James William “Bill” McDonald Jr., 47, Hardinsburg, IN

first_imgHe was proceeded in death by his mother Lois when he was 7 years old, and also his paternal grandparents Noel and Pearl McDonald, maternal grandparents Frank and Hazel Buck, maternal grandfather Donnel Sipe.He was a member of the Paoli Christian Church in Paoli, Indiana, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, he was elected to the Paoli School Board in 1996 and had served as president for many years and was always dedicated to the betterment of the school and the students’ best interest.He served ten years as a 4-H member and continued to be a volunteer and generous donor to the Orange County 4-H programs.He was a partner with his family in McDonald Farms and South-Central Collision Center and sole owner of McDonald Veterinary Clinic.He attended Paoli Schools and graduated from West Washington High School as Valedictorian of his class in 1988.He went on to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University in 1994 where he was president of the veterinary school student body.He received the top surgeon award and the compassionate care award. He went on to open his own veterinary practice in January 1995.Survivors include:His Wife:​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lindsay McDonald, ​​​​Hardinsburg, INParents:​James William Sr. and Barbara McDonald ​Hardinsburg, INMaternal grandmother:​Virginia Sipe,​​​​​Portland, INMother-in-Law:​Louanne and Jon Lashbrook ​​​Paoli, INFather-in-Law:​Max and Linda Rutherford, ​​​Paoli, IN2-Sons:​Jacob William McDonald​​​All still at home​Joseph Thomas McDonald,​​​All still at home1-Daughter:​Madelyn Jo McDonald,​​​​All still at home2-Brothers:​John R. ‘Bob” McDonald​ and Paula​​Hardinsburg, IN​Peter David McDonald and Autumn​​Noblesville, IN1-Sister:​Susan McDonald Umpleby and Dave,​​Hardinsburg, IN1-Sister-in-Law:​Leah and Al Becht,​​​​Paoli, IN1-Brother-in-Law:​Marc and Dorothy Rutherford, ​​​Paoli, INSurviving Dr. James William “Bill” McDonald Jr. are his nieces and nephews Alleigh and Luke Becht, Rachel and Lauren Umpleby, Megan McDonald, and Charleigh, Camryn, Chayse, and Cruze McDonald.Funeral Services will be at 1:00 PM, Thursday February 1, 2018 at Paoli Christian Church in Paoli, Indiana with Brother Rob Lee, Brother George Key and Brother Gary Swick officiating. Interment will follow in the Hardinsburg Community Cemetery in Hardinsburg, Indiana.Visitation will be held 2-8 PM, Wednesday January 31, 2018, and from 10 AM until the time of service on Thursday at Paoli Christian Church, 1700 W. Hospital Road, Paoli, IN 47454.In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Orange County Humane Society, 856 N Greenbriar Drive, Paoli, Indiana 47454 or the Paoli FFA Barn Project, % Paoli High School, Paoli FFA, 501 Elm Street, Paoli, Indiana 47454 in the name of Dr. James William “Bill” McDonald.Arrangements made by Dillman-Scott Funeral Home, 226 W. Campbell Street, Paoli, IN 47454.Online Condolences may be made at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home.Com Dr. James William “Bill” McDonald Jr., 47, Hardinsburg, IN passed away Monday January 29, 2018.He was born in Bedford, IN on April 26, 1970 to James William McDonald Sr. and Lois Elaine Buck McDonald.He married Lindsay Rutherford McDonald on March 22, 1997.last_img read more

12Dec/19

Missouri ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Agricultural Tax Credits Extended, Revised, and Added

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportMissouri corporate and personal income tax legislation extends and revises that qualified beef animal sale tax credit, enacts a meat processing facility investment tax credit, and extends and revises the agricultural product utilization contributor and new generation cooperative incentive tax credits.Qualified Beef Animal Sale Tax CreditThe credit for the sale of a qualifying beef animal is made available for tax years ending on or before December 31, 2021 (previously, 2016), and the credit amount is changed to 10 cents per pound for each pound above the animal’s baseline weight for sale weights under 600 pounds and 25 cents per pound for each pound above the animal’s baseline weight for sale weights over 600 pounds (previously, simply 10 cents per pound for each pound above the animal’s baseline weight), as long as the sale weight is at least 100 pounds (previously, 200 pounds) above the baseline weight. Also, the definition of “baseline weight” is modified to be based on the average weight of all beef animals sold that are 30 months or younger in the previous two years instead of the previous three years. The tax credit is limited to a maximum of $15,000 per taxpayer per year, and may be claimed for no more than three years. The Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority may waive no more than 25% of the 100-pound weight gain requirement, rather than 25% of the previous 200-pound weight gain requirement. The total amount of qualified beef tax credits and meat processing facility investment tax credits (discussed below) that may be issued to all taxpayers is limited under this legislation to $2 million per calendar year. Previously, the total amount of qualified beef tax credits that could be issued was limited to $3 million per fiscal year.Meat Processing Facility Investment Tax CreditFor all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, but ending on or before December 31, 2021, a taxpayer may claim a credit for meat processing modernization or expansion at the taxpayer’s meat processing facility. The tax credit amount is equal to 25% of the amount the taxpayer paid in the tax year for modernization and expansion. The tax credit is not refundable, but may be carried forward to any of the taxpayer’s four subsequent tax years. The total amount of tax credits that a taxpayer may claim is limited to $75,000 per year. If two or more taxpayers own and operate the facility, each may claim a credit in proportion to their ownership interest, but taken together all tax credits for one facility cannot exceed the $75,000 cap. The total amount of meat processing facility investment tax credits and qualified beef tax credits (discussed below) that may be issued to all taxpayers is limited to $2 million per calendar year.Agricultural Product Utilization Contributor Tax Credit and New Generation Cooperative Incentive Tax CreditThe expiration date for the agricultural product utilization contributor tax credit and new generation cooperative incentive tax credit provisions is extended to December 31, 2021 (previously, 2016). Also, the credit carryback option (previously, three years) is eliminated, and the credit carryforward period is reduced to four years (previously, five years).S.B. 665, Laws 2016, effective August 28, 2016last_img read more

26Nov/19

Invictus: How Nelson Mandela used Rugby to unite South Africa,Invictus: How Nelson Mandela used Rugby to unite South Africa

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL South Africa’s Siya Kolisi celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy after winning the World Cup Final at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan, November 2, 2019   –  REUTERS SHARE Published on File photo of Nelson Mandela   –  Reuters  They wanted to dismantle any institutions that reminded them of Apartheid and white dominance. The Springboks were one such symbol.Prior to 1995 Rugby was a game that was played predominantly by Afrikaners, the descendants of Dutch, German and French settlers. It was their pride. Blacks preferred football. In fact, such was their hatred for Rugby that they went to see the game only to support the team that played opposite South Africa.When efforts were made to drop the Springboks name and its colours after he came to power, Mandela intervened to stop the move. He argued that taking away things that were dear to Afrikaners’ hearts would only increase their insecurity and come in the way of building a rainbow nation.The inspiration for InvictusHe did not stop at that. When he learnt that South Africa, for the first time, was hosting the Rugby World Cup in 1995, he came up with an audacious idea — use Rugby to unite South Africa. How he pulled it off became the subject of a book, Playing the Enemy, by John Carlin, which was later made into the movie ‘Invictus’ by Clint Eastwood.Mandela’s colleagues thought the idea was crazy. But such was his stature that they barely murmured their misgivings. He understood the game better and built a lasting friendship with the then captain of the Springboks, Francois Pienaar. He broke the wall between the team and the Blacks.He openly supported the team and sent a clear message that the Springboks should have the support of not just whites but all South Africans.World Cup triumphThat the team played well in the World Cup helped, as interest in the game spread across Black communities. When the Springboks won the finals against New Zealand and celebrations broke out across South Africa, it was clear that Mandela had won. Blacks stormed the streets celebrating the victory. Attired in the Springbok colours and cap, Mandela was beaming as he presented the trophy to Pienaar.That day the Springboks stopped being the property of Afrikaners and became South Africa’s pride. In 1995, there was just one black player in the team. Today there are many, including captain Siya Kolisi.At least when it comes to Rugby, Mandela achieved his dream of building a rainbow nation. sport × COMMENT As Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s first Black Rugby captain, celebrates World Cup success with his team, we revisit another famous South African triumph, inspired by Nelson Mandela  History was created on Saturday when South Africa’s rugby team beat England comprehensively to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in Yokohama, Japan.This is not the first time the Springboks have won the Rugby World Cup. They have done it twice before, in 1995 and 2007. But what is significant is that this time the man who lifted the trophy is Siya Kolisi, first black captain of the South African Rugby team.If there is one person who would have been most excited with this outcome, it would have been Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa. But for him, the Springboks would have not existed today and South Africa’s prowess in a game dominated by the country’s white minority would have ended with Apartheid in the mid-1990s.Also read: Nelson Mandela — Global statesman and peace iconA South Africa dividedIt was 1994. Apartheid had ended and Mandela had just won the first election in which Blacks had the right to vote. He assumed the Presidency of a country deeply divided. A large sections of Blacks, who had been dominated politically, socially and economically for decades, bayed for revenge. The Whites, fearing reprisals, planned to exit the country.The statesman that Mandela was, he understood the implications. A rainbow nation, he realised, was the only way forward to ensure prosperity in South Africa. He not only forgave those who imprisoned him for over 26 years but also wanted his followers to do the same. But they were not that magnanimous.Breaking with the past November 03, 2019 England South Africa New Zealand South Africa’s Siya Kolisi celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy after winning the World Cup Final at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan, November 2, 2019   –  REUTERS COMMENTSlast_img read more