first_imgExecutives of the Guyana Manufacturing and Service Association (GMSA) recently met with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) with the aim of reviewing tax measures. Through an official release, the body highlighted that it engaged GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia on the impact several Value Added Tax (VAT) measures have on the manufacturing sector.The GMSA was led by its President, Shyam Nokta and including board member Ramesh Dookhoo and chair of the Forestry and Wood Processing Sub-Sector Rafeek Khan. They met with the GRA team on August 16, 2018.This meeting followed the GMSA already registering several concerns to Finance Minister Winston Jordan in June this year regarding the impact of the amendment to the VAT Act in January on some sections of the manufacturing sector withGMSA President, Shyam Noktaspecial focus on exports.According to the GMSA, the amendment contradicted what Minister Jordan said in his budget speech. The GMSA held that the forestry and wood processing sector are affected by VAT which it says serves as a dis-incentive to producers who primarily manufacture for export.“It comes at a time when the forestry and wood processing sector is facing several challenges, including the deplorable state of interior roads and when there is strong push for more value adding to target external markets,” the manufacturing body noted.According to the release, the Commissioner General indicated that in keeping with the Minister’s pledge of no new taxes, the Amendment was intended to improve administrative efficiency of VAT administration that GRA is exploring ways to address the issue and requested that the GMSA explore other avenues with as opposed to “making broad statements”.The GMSA however, said that VAT is adversely impacting key economic sectors. It said too that it took the opportunity to raise other issues pertaining to tax administration, including the implementation of the new scanner system and processing times.The body said that it put forward a request for incentives for manufacturers inGRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statiarelation to energy and renewable energy technologies, in addition to a list of procedural issues relative to facilitating the smooth flow of businesses.The body also addressed the excise duty on Indigenous wines in keeping with the Government-stated policy of incentivising local manufacturing in addition to the excise taxes on Shandy whereby the current structure is not in line with other Caribbean territories which “disadvantaged Guyana’s producers”. The GMSA said it remains hopeful that the GRA will give active consideration to the issues raised and make recommendations to the Finance Minister on the way forward.last_img read more


first_imgThis article appears in the current edition of our sister publication, Sport magazine. Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @SportmaguktalkSPORT’s sister publication Sport magazine interviewed Santi Cazorla. Read on to find out which team-mate he described as “annoying in training”!What has Alexis Sanchez brought to Arsenal this season?“He’s the best signing in the Premier League. There were plenty of good signings this summer – like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – but Alexis Sanchez has been huge for us. He’s ambitious, he wants to get better with every training session, and it was positive for him to leave Barcelona. He’s now playing with another mindset and he’s playing fantastically.”Does he work as hard in training as we see him do in matches?“Of course, Alexis Sanchez is as intense and annoying [laughs] in training as he is on the pitch. He’s so into football that he doesn’t want training to finish. Sometimes the manager is calling it off because training is over and Alexis is always kind of sad, because he loves to play football. His work ethic is a really positive influence for all of us.”Which player has influenced you the most in your career?“In the Spanish national team, Andres Iniesta and David Silva are two players who catch my eye and who I try to learn from. When I was younger at club level, I played for Villarreal – and I had a teammate who played differently to all of the rest. That was Juan Roman Riquelme – who retired just this year, by the way. I learned so much from him.”The Spanish national team had a tough World Cup after an incredible run of success. How close do you feel you are to getting it right again now?“Well, it’s really tough to know. Obviously there has been some changes within the Spanish team. David Villa, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol no longer play – so there are some newcomers in our team. I think that those new players will contribute with their positive attitude and their skills, but we need some time to integrate all this together and to start flourishing again.”You played in Spain until 2012, when you moved to Arsenal and London. Do you like living here or do you miss home?“I enjoy London a lot, it’s an amazing city – and I also get a lot of joy from playing the Premier League style of football. Also, it’s a great chance for my kids and for my family to get a new experience by living here.”This is crucial, Santi: have you found any good Spanish restaurants in London?“Yes, I go to plenty of Spanish restaurants – I used to go a lot with my girlfriend when I first arrived. It’s something that I recommend you do. There are some very good Spanish restaurants in London, like Cambio de Tercio, like Iberica, like [Café] Espana. I suggest you go there and grab some food.”Suggestions noted. Back to the football: you’re renowned as a two-footed player – is that a result of nature or nurture?“I have to say I’m lucky to be both-footed. I think I was born with that skill. But at the same time, my managers – ever since I was in the youth stages of football – they just demand me to work on that; to play with both feet.”January’s 2-0 win against Manchester City was seen as one of Arsenal’s – and your own – best performances of the season. What went so well in that game?“Before that game, I said that we had to play the perfect game to beat Manchester City. Last season, we lost that game and lost it badly – 6-3 was the final score. But we learned from it. To beat them this time, what we did was to defend together, to be united, to help each other. We were focused and we showed togetherness. We were really solid, especially at the back – and then when we had the ball, we used it really well. That game is sort of an example of what we have to do.”How do you achieve that level of performance again?“What we have to do is show more regularity. Sometimes we play really good games and the game after, we don’t play as good. We need to be consistent and play like that for a long period.”Arsenal tend to be at the business end of both the Champions League and Premier League – but what do you need to step up and win one of those competitions?“The key is belief. We are a good team, but when we played the FA Cup final last season, I could feel among the fans and among the club, some kind of fear to lose. That is something that we should remove from our minds now. Personally, I think that our squad is as good as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. We don’t envy their squads and we have the quality to fight with them face to face. It’s down to us to make that step forward.”Monaco are next in the Champions League. What do you know about them?“We’re kind of happy with the draw. We could have faced Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich – those are really hard teams to beat. But Monaco are also a good team. We played against them last summer in the Emirates Cup and they beat us at home. Radamel Falcao [who scored the only, decisive goal] is not there any more, obviously, but they are still doing well in their league. We are confident ahead of this tie, but we’re not underestimating them.”How do you relax away from football?“I spend a lot of time with my family. I’ve got two kids – a boy who’s five years old and a daughter who’s two years old. You have to take into consideration that winter here is hard! You don’t feel like going out a lot.”If your eldest is five, does he understand that it’s quite cool that his dad is a professional footballer?“Yeah, it’s crazy! He knows that I am an Arsenal player and he’s absolutely mad about it. I feel like I have double training every day: one here with the club and another one at home, because he plays a lot of PlayStation and he chooses Arsenal and knows every player.”Please tell us that he always plays you in his Arsenal team…“I stay on the bench. Sometimes the game itself puts me on the bench for no reason! My son is asking me: ‘Why, Daddy, you are always on the bench?’ I do not know how to answer.”If you weren’t a professional footballer, would you still play for fun?“My life is football. I am lucky to be a professional. But I think if I wasn’t, I would still play for a local team. Actually, this is what my brother does. He’s not a professional football player, but he plays in my region, in Asturias [northwest Spain], in lower football categories. If you are a football fan, if you enjoy the sport and you love it, then you play – no matter what.”Midfield Maestro Santi Cazorla wears the new PUMA evoSPEED 1.3 football boot 1 Santi Cazorla celebrates an Arsenal goal with Alexis Sanchez last_img read more