The No. 3-ranked Women of Troy will hit the road this weekend to take on No. 17 LMU in a conference match on Saturday before heading up north to play CSU Bakersfield in an MPSF clash on Sunday.Neither the Lions (15-9) nor the Roadrunners (12-11, 0-2 MPSF) have ever defeated a USC team.The program is 25-0 all-time against Loyola Marymount, while it’s 11-0 all-time against CSU Bakersfield.This will be the Women of Troy’s first meeting with LMU this season after defeating them 14-5 last April.The Lions will be coming off a pair of Golden Coast Conference matches against Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific.LMU defetaed Azusa Pacific 16-7 on Thursday.On the other hand, USC went on an offensive explosion earlier this season in January against CSU Baskersfield on their way to a 33-5 route.This weekend’s slate of games will be USC’s first competition since the team’s spring break trip to Hawaii, where they came home with two commanding wins.While away from the mainland, the Women of Troy (17-2, 1-1 MPSF) dominated Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 22-3. Senior Monica Vavic continued her scoring tear since becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer by netting a team-high five goals in the match, upping her career total to 264.The team would use the momentum from that game to power past No. 7 Hawai’i by a score of 10-1.The stifling USC defense against the Rainbow Wahine was led by freshman goalie Victoria Chamorro, who posted eight saves in the win.In fact, the Women of Troy held their host scoreless for the last 11 minutes of play.The Women of Troy currently lead the MPSF on both sides of the ball, offense and defensive respectively.The conference’s number one offense is currently averaging just under 18 goals per game, while the team is giving up about four goals per game.This dominance on both offense and defense is apparent from the fact that USC has outscored its opponents this season by more than four times, 338-80.Having the best program’s top scorer in Vavic, who has tallied 73 goals to date this season, definitely helps, but she has had a lot of help along the way,Sophomore Stephania Haralabidis follows Vavic on the team’s scoring sheet with 47 goals thus far. Her twin sister, Ioanna is next in line with 35 goals.The Women of Troy will likely have to put their defensive caps on to stop a trio of established scoring threats they will be facing this weekend.LMU’s top returning scorer in junior Ivana Castro has posted an impressive 55 goals for the Lions this season.For CSU Bakersfield, the duo of sophomores Kristen Jensen and Nicola Barrett lead the team with 40 goals each.Both Saturday’s clash against LMU and Sunday’s matchup with the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
August 28, 2020
Maxwell Konadu’s Ghana side for Tuesday’s clash against Ethiopia at the African Nations Championship shows four changes from the previous starting line up. Mohammed Sulley, Theophilus Anobaah and Godfred Saka are forced out with injuries while Yahaya Mohammed is however suspended for this fixture. They have been replaced by Paul De-Vries Asare, Latif Mohammed, Francis Morten and Seidu Bancey as Konadu shuffles his team for the final Group C game in Bloemfontein at 17:00 GMT. Asare and Latif earn their first starts after coming off the bench in previous games while Morten and Bancey get to make their tournament debut. Morten has been drafted in to take the place of Saka, who picked up an injury during training on Monday. Ghana, who are pushing a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament exclusive to players based in their home countries. Ghana Line up: Stephen Adams, Francis Morten, Tijani Joshua, Nuru Sulley, Kwabena Adusei, Michael Akuffu, Richard Mpong, Jordan Opoku, Seidu Bancey, Paul De-Vries Asare, Latif Mohammed
January 12, 2020
… in response to calls for agreement to be adopted for other companiesBy Vahnu ManikchandChairman of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rawle Lucas, has stated that cases of delinquentGRA Chairman Rawle Lucastaxpayers will have to be looked at individually before any determination can be made on whether it should be settled.He was at the time commenting on recent calls by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) for a similar procedure – used to resolve the longstanding legal battle on consumption taxes between Demerara Distillers Limited and GRA – to be adopted in dealing with other delinquent companies.“From the point of view of the Private Sector Commission, we wish to urge that the Guyana Revenue Authority now engage other aggrieved companies to apply similar formulae to correct the distortions in the market place resulting from this action,” the Commission said in a statement on Friday.However, in an invited comment, Lucas explained to Guyana Times that in its calls, the PSC is assuming that all delinquent companies have the same problems.“They are assuming that but I don’t know that everybody has the same problems… Was the DDL story the same, I don’t know. I have no idea as to what the cases are but all the cases can’t be the same, I know that for sure,” he stated.According to the GRA Chairman, the cases will have to be looked at individually before any decision can be made for a similar settlement, as was done with DDL. “One has got to look at every case by itself, take the matters case by case. It’s not something where you can just apply a rule,” he noted.Moreover, Lucas pointed out that persons have to also take into consideration that the GRA might have decided to settle the $5 billion debt with DDL because the matter probably constructed badly. “I have no idea if they have the same problem and remember the people who constructed the DDL problem, might have constructed it badly in the first instance. I don’t know if people are taking that into consideration,” he noted.When further probed whether the Consumption Tax assessment that was levied against the local beverage giant was indeed “badly constructed”, the Chairman declined to say, noting that he will not disclose information on any taxpayer’s case.“I don’t and I don’t expect the GRA to be discussing tax payers’ matters in the public. Notwithstanding the fact that DDL might have put a statement on the settlement, the details of that matter still remains private and we do not intend to disclose details of the matter,” Lucas remarked.Last week, DDL announced that it has reached an “amicable” settlement with the GRA thus resolving the longstanding legal battle between the two, which arose out of a Consumption Tax assessment levied against DDL by former Commissioner General Khurshid Sattuar in January 2009 to the tune of $5,392,020,753.However, the legal battle dated back to 2002, when the local beverage giant raised a legal challenge against the GRA on the methodology adopted by the latter for the assessment of Consumption Tax. In February 2005, the High Court found in favour of DDL. The GRA subsequently appealed that decision and on July 31, 2008, the Guyana Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the GRA’s appeal.But the following month, GRA commenced a new assessment, this time, issuing a new claim billing the company a crippling $5.392 billion. This was again challenged by DDL in 2009 and the High Court had issued an Order Nisi pending the hearing of the matter.However, there has since been much speculation and condemnation of the transactions. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had strongly condemned the transaction, calling it a “scandalous out of court settlement” that has cost the State billions of dollars in revenue.“The settlement sends the wrong message to the business community; that a company can unilaterally decide to stop paying taxes, while other companies comply with the law, take the matter to court and drag it out until a sympathetic Government comes to power and settles its debts to the State,” the former Guyanese President stated.Jagdeo further outlined that the settlement has opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid. “There have already been reports in the Private Sector of other major companies consulting lawyers about this possibility. Management officials from a major local alcohol and beverage producing company have made it clear, in the past when I was President, that the company would be seeking a refund depending on the outcome of the DDL matter,” he noted.