The excitement was high yesterday as several local footballers and fans got a chance to get a close-up view of the world famous FA Cup.A partnership between telecommunications giants FLOW and FA Cup holders Manchester United has given Jamaicans the opportunity to see the trophy here for the first time.”We are excited that Jamaicans can see the FA Cup for the first time,” Stephen Miller, FLOW’s promotions and events manager said, after the FA Cup arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.”Manchester United are holders of the trophy and based on our partnership with Man U, the trophy is here,” he added.Meanwhile, the FA Cup made a stop at The Gleaner yesterday afternoon and several Manning Cup football stars are now dreaming of playing in England for a club vying for the FA Cup after viewing it for the first time.”Seeing the trophy is added inspiration. The cup is beautiful, so I wish to be a member of a team that will play in the FA Cup,” said Jahwahi Hinds, captain of FLOW Cup champions Wolmer’s Boys’.OVERJOYEDOquin Robinson, captain of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College said: “It says a lot for local football that the trophy is here. I would certainly love to get a chance to play for the historic FA Cup trophy one day. I am excited that the trophy is here.”Aszett Williams of Holy Trinity High was also overjoyed after viewing the trophy.”It is a great inspiration for me to see the trophy. This moment will boost my desire to play overseas, especially in England. I would also love to play for the trophy as the competition has been around for over a century,” Williams noted.The trophy is in the Caribbean courtesy of a deal between telecommunications giant FLOW and Manchester United FC. The deal was inked last February and gave FLOW distribution rights of the MUTV channel in the Caribbean.The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. It was first played for during the 1871-72 English season.Students at Charlie Smith High in Arnett Gardens will get a chance to see the trophy this morning at 7:30. Tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a fan event at 100 Hope Road.
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This family of five received a bag of 50lb rice (22.68kg) from Save More KidsThe collaboration of local and international non-governmental agencies is the best way for their support to make a greater impact on the larger society, says Deborah Lindholm, founder and CEO of Foundation for Women in Liberia (FFWL).Delivering 55 bags of rice to orphans and widows yesterday in Dolo’s Town, lower Margibi County, Lindholm said the donation was in response to a promise she made last February to seek assistance on their behalf.“I told you that I was seeking organizations to work with us to provide you some humanitarian assistance and we were able to meet with an NGO known as Save More Kids run by Liberians in California and here in Liberia” she said.The Liberian founders of Save More Kids have adopted and added to their families 44 Liberians kids in Bong County.“During our discussion I presented your situation to them and they showed interest and the 55 bags of rice is the result of our discussion and I want you to say a big ‘thank you’ to them,” said Lindholm.She told the gathering of more than 100 family heads and a large number of children, that Save More Kids together with the FFWL is determined to ensure that no Liberian child goes hungry at night and that every child has the opportunity to go to school.“We are blessed to be in partnership with Save More Kids because we believe that working together with many more international non-governmental organizations that care about your condition and this country will help a greater number of people here,” she said.The beneficiaries were mostly orphans and widows who lost their parents and husbands during the Ebola Virus scourge of 2014. Lindholm said she felt extremely sorry for the kids who are left without their parents and are being cared for by neighbors.“This is the beginning of what we are able to get to assist you,” she told them. FFWL celebrated its 10th anniversary recently. According to Lindholm, it has provided micro-loans to more than 25,000 Liberian women throughout the country to start their own businesses and to about 150 low-cost independent schools in an effort to enroll more children in school.A beneficiary in her 40s, Madam Esther Brown, who lost her husband of many years, pastor Brown N. Karnga, and more than six children to Ebola, is now caring for 14 children. “I thank God for the help we are receiving,” she told the Daily Observer in an interview after she received 2 bags of rice.The distribution was done by members of the Dr. Abraham Saar Borbor Foundation in the presence of Mr. David Beyan, chief operations officer of FFWL and other FFWL staff.On behalf of the beneficiaries, a representative expressed appreciation to Save More Kids, FFWL and all those who made the donation a reality, and prayed for God’s blessings on their mission that is intended to ease their suffering.Dolo Town was one of the communities that was badly hit by the Ebola scourge and was quarantined by the Liberian government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Online sellers are offering discounts on their products in the highest tax bracket of 28 per cent under the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST), to clear stocks before the new tax regime kicks in, fearing that they may have to sell these goods at a loss otherwise.Watches, sports and fitness equipment among others will attract 28 per cent GST. Earlier, these goods used to attract a lower VAT, excluding other duties. The MRP of these goods which are in warehouses is based on pre-GST tax rates.Only a brand or a manufacturer can change the MRP of these products after the GST roll-out, but what will traders do with the old stocks in the face of higher GST rates, ask traders.”If we recall the inventory from the warehouses of e-marketplaces to get the MRP changed by the brands, we have to bear the recall fee of around Rs 25,000 for 1,000 units to get it sorted and sell it after GST roll-out. If we sell it as is in the new tax system, we’ll be doing so at a loss,” says All India Online Vendors Association (AIOVA), an umbrella body of 2,500 online sellers. While sellers also hold stocks in their own warehouses, they say 60-65 per cent is with e-marketplaces.”Everyone is trying to clear their stock pre-GST so that they won’t have to incur any additional cost on their stock after GST. Aa few days ago also there was a sale on Flipkart, and everybody is putting out more ads so that stocks can be liquidated,” says an AIOVA spokesperson.advertisementFOUR-TIERED TAX STRUCTURE FIXEDWith just a month to go for GST to kick in, there is no clarity on the issue either from the government or from e-commerce platforms, traders say.A GST Council has fixed a four-tiered tax structure where all goods and services are classified under 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent slots. “There was no VAT on sports and fitness goods in Uttar Pradesh because it is a major sports zone. In other states, it was 5 per cent average VAT. Now, it will be 12-28 per cent,” says AIOVA.E-Commerce Sellers Association of India (ECSAI) which represents 1,500 sellers says it’s not only the online sellers who are trying to get rid of stocks, but also the offline sellers. “Though there are talks that the government will offer rebates on stock sold during the transition period, it is quite difficult to carry on with the stocks because whatever rebate is going to come up later on will be applicable only till a certain period of time,” said an ECSAI spokesperson.E-marketplaces can at least waive off the recall fee for a certain amount of time to facilitate changing of prices according to GST rates, sellers say.”We are studying the GST developments and currently our priority is to enable our systems to be geared up for compliance with GST regulations,” said an Amazon India spokesperson. “As and when details emerge, we incorporate those changes in our system which is very nimble and technologically flexible to incorporate new rules in the system and be totally compliant,” said Shop-Clues vice president (product management) Arun Goel. Flipkart and Snapdeal did not respond to queries. Cleartax CEO and founder Archit Gupta says the problem is true for all kinds of traders across industries where goods are lying with either the trader or the retailer and there is a price change. Trying to clear off the all the stock before the proposed GST roll-out may not be easy either, he adds.”Sending back stock and taking it through state borders will involve tax implications. If the stock is in transit during the transition, then also there are rules and regulations around it,” he explained. Gupta says the GST Council will have to approve transition rules to clear the air over the many complications.ALSO READ | Hit by 12 per cent GST, marble handicraft leaders meet Arun Jaitley’s deputies in AgraALSO READ | Cows up for sale online after government’s restrictions on selling of cattle ALSO WATCH | GST: A ready reckoner for one nation, one tax