Britain’s Olympic and world champion Mo Farah capped his final season as a track athlete by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday.The distance runner, who won his sixth world championships gold medal in London this year when he triumphed in the 10,000 metres, was named the winner ahead of second-placed superbike rider Jonathan Rea and para athlete Jonnie Peacock.Pre-event favourites, world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua and Formula One world title holder Lewis Hamilton, failed to make the top three.Farah, who was born in Somalia and moved to Britain at the age of eight, won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as six world titles in those distances.The 34-year-old, who ended his track career this year to concentrate on road running, looked stunned when he was awarded the trophy by his step-daughter Rihanna in a studio in London.He was denied the chance to tell viewers how he felt as the BBC’s live satellite link to the ceremony in Liverpool’s Echo Arena cut out seconds later.After the show went off air, Farah, appearing close to tears, spoke to those inside the arena saying he was shocked to win due to the quality of the other athletes.“It is pretty amazing and hard to think about. I didn’t imagine I was every going to win this but… anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams.Other winners included:Overseas Sports Personality of the Year – Swiss Roger Federer for winning a record eighth Wimbledon tennis title and taking his overall grand slam tally to a record 19Lifetime Achievement – retired Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-HillCoach of the Year – Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and Christian Malcolm for guiding Britain’s men’s 4x100m team to world goldTeam of the Year – England women’s cricket team for winning the World Cup by beating India in the final
To ensure the effective management of the health sector at the regional level, it is imperative that relevant personnel oversee the functions and duties of health-care providers in regions across Guyana. This realisation came at the conclusion of the Regional Health Officers (RHO’s) two-day capacity building exercise hosted at Mainstay Resort, Essequibo.RHOs were equipped in the preparation of detailed financial budgets to cater for the provision of the region’s specific needs; the RHOs will now be able to prioritise needs in the health sector.Arising from the meeting was the need to train regional staff on health financing and budgeting, financial management, medical supplies and equipment procurement and understanding laws governing the health sector.Regional Health Officer, Region Five, Dr Steven Chefoon noted that it is important to educate staff as it was observed that during preparations for this year’s budget, persons were submitting lists without any justification.Region Five Regional Health Officer, Dr Steve Chefoon“Having all these health workers trained in the consumption and distribution process it takes the timeline of about a year. Bartica is not only the central area. There should be a hub in Bartica and in Kamarang so when we talk about training we talking about two or three different areas of training,” Administrator for the Bartica Regional Hospital, Merlene Ferrier stressed, as she echoed Steven’s position.Over the years, critical materials requested by the Regional Health Officers have not been given priority owing to no indications of its utilisation in the region, which sees the omission of these items in the region’s general budget.As such, Dr Chefoon indicated his plans to engage the Health Ministry to have a training session done with the regional Councillors of the RDC.“They don’t understand budget and they tend to take things out from the budget that are actually needed in the region,” he stated.In addition other areas identified for capacity building are the Integrated Health Systems Delivery and Health Governance and Policy to improve effective health care delivery in mostly remote regions.
Diego Costa have enjoyed a strong start at Chelsea Chelsea maintained their perfect start to the season with an entertaining 4-2 victory over Swansea City, a victory that has seen them start to open up a lead at the top of the Premier League.Jose Mourinho’s side have been mightily impressive over the opening weeks of the new campaign, and as such are the only team in English league football to hold a 100-per-cent record, but there is one statistic perhaps even more impressive.When Chelsea splashed out a reported £32m on Diego Costa this summer, many viewed it as a potentially risky signing, given the Brazilian-born Spaniard had broken the 20-goal barrier only once during his career.However, following his hat-trick against Swansea, Costa has already reached seven league goals in just four matches.To put that into perspective, it took Didier Drogba 18 matches to reach seven league goals, and took Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres even longer.£32m man Shevchenko took 41 matches to reach seven league goals, but the stat comparison that will really blow you away is this…Chelsea’s record-signing Fernando Torres took a monumental 43 matches to reach seven Premier League goals – 39 games more than Costa!And Torres only just reached seven after 43 games, notching an extremely rare hat-trick in a 6-1 walk over against relegation-threatened QPR in May 2012.Chelsea fans, will Diego Costa fire you to Premier League glory? Comment below… 1
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has told talkSPORT he expects Steven Gerrard to snub the advances of Manchester City and extend his contract at Liverpool.The Reds’ captain is yet to receive an offer of a new deal from the Merseysiders despite his current one ending next summer and admitted he could leave them on a free transfer.Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has expressed an interest in landing the talismanic midfielder, but Nicol has insisted Gerrard’s heart is with Liverpool and expects him to remain with the club.He told Extra Time: “I think Steven Gerrard is a home bird. I don’t think he’s going anywhere. I think Liverpool are signing him [to another contract] and he’ll end up on the staff. Steven Gerrard isn’t going to Manchester City or any other side, certainly not in England, and I don’t think he’s going abroad either. His heart is in Liverpool and he’s staying.But Nicol has warned that Brendan Rodgers must alter his team to get the best out of the 34-year-old as he reaches the final stages of his career.He added: “I would agree [with Manuel Pellegrini] that Steven Gerrard has a couple of years left in him at the top level but I think they have to be in a team that surrounds him with quality.“I don’t think he can be the main guy like he is at the moment for Liverpool because it’s just too much. He doesn’t have the legs to get around the way he did. When his supporting cast isn’t up to it I think it shows his age.”
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech produced two brilliant saves to deny Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho as the Gunners and Liverpool drew 0-0 at the Emirates.And the goalie was lauded by his fellow professionals and fans. However, some were quick to point out that while Cech is capable of keeping clean sheets, the Gunners need someone to score on a regular basis at the other end.ARSENAL MUST SIGN A 25-GOAL STRIKERHere, talkSPORT has collected a selection of tweets, which also includes Man United no.1 David De Gea, who was clearly impressed with Cech. Petr Cech’s saves v Liverpool 1
Edinburgh and Stirling university teams also take to the field this weekend, looking to match their second round runs of last season. The capital outfit visit Whitehill Welfare whilst Stirling host Keith on Sunday afternoon.The draw for the second round will take place on Saturday at 5.45pm The Scottish Cup returns this weekend as the first round of the competition gets underway.Thirty-four teams from across the country go head-to-head dreaming of a long run in the historic tournament.Awaiting the winners of the ties are BSC Glasgow who were given a bye into the second round following the withdrawal of Selkirk.The weekend kicks off with an all-Highland clash on Friday night, as Inverurie host Fraserburgh. Six teams remain from the preliminary rounds, with Auchinleck Talbot taking on Wick Academy after a crushing 10-0 victory over Wigtown & Bladnoch and Beith Juniors facing Nairn County after a late winner against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale saw them progress.Linlithgow Rose welcome Fort William to Prestonfield and Burntisland Shipyard’s reward for edging past Girvan in the preliminary stages is a tough home tie against Cumbernauld Colts.The final two ties featuring teams surviving from the preliminary rounds see Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic and Coldstream, both 3-0 winners in the last preliminary stage, travel to Deveronvale and Strathspey Thistle respectively.Elsewhere, there’s two matches with a potential for goals. Buckie Thistle – scorers of 13 goals in their previous two first round ties – travel to Galabank Stadium to face Edusport Academy, and Brora Rangers host Turriff United on Saturday with Brora yielding nine goals in their last two first round matches whilst Turrif’s last six have produced 25.
7 October 2004Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has announced the establishment of a 21-member council that will review and monitor the implementation of the black economic empowerment (BEE) goals set out in the financial services charter.The council, made up of representatives of various organisations in the financial sector, was formed in September following behind-the-scenes horse-trading.The Financial Services Charter Council will consist of 21 representatives, six from industry associations, three from the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, and four each from the government, community associations, and labour.Two of the four government representatives in the council will be drawn from the National Treasury, while the Department of Trade and Industry and the Presidency will each have one representative.The announcement follows a meeting between the government and representatives from the different constituencies to resolve the council’s composition.The council is the first of its kind to be established since the government launched its BEE strategy, which encourages different economic sectors to voluntarily draw up their own charters to measure BEE targets.The financial services charter was launched in October last year, and the sector has since been grappling with the establishment of an independent body to oversee the charter’s implementation.Manuel said the council would meet four times a year, with its first session scheduled for 11 October.Manuel noted that though the council’s composition would not please everybody, its formation was “an achievement”. The formation of the council was in the best interest of the country, he said, and the process needed to be nurtured.Derek Muller of the Banking Council said the model was not ideal considering the large number of people involved in the industry. He added, however: “I don’t think you can experience an ideal model … I think all of us collectively agree this is a workable model, though there are concerns.”Kenny Bungane, representing the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, said the council was a starting point and would provide much-needed energy “to test ourselves on how the sector is transforming”.Source: BuaNews
Tim CohenNelson Mandela made what could be his last public appearance in London at a pop concert in Hyde Park. If it is to be his last, it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate exit. The event neatly closed a circle which began with a concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988 when he was still in jail and which called for his release. It was the event that exploded his name into broad international consciousness.The 46664 concert at Hyde Park, named after both Mandela’s prison number and his Aids charity, had an “end of an era” feel about it. This sense was partly invited by Mandela himself. At 90, Mandela naturally looked frail but his familiar gravelly voice and halting delivery came through with amazing vigour.His arch humility was there as usual, in the way he described himself as “a mere pensioner”. But there was a palpable sense of departure and ending that hung over the event. Mandela himself ended his speech to the 40 000-something crowd by saying: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.” Mandela’s conclusion was perfectly apt, not only about himself but in a way also about his generation.Despite the clear attempts by the organizers to include younger artists, there were still sufficient of those a bit long in the tooth to create a sense of reminiscing about old battles and old times.But in other ways, the concert was a perfect reflection of his legacy; his enduring connection with young people, his still resilient popular appeal, his craving for joyousness and harmony. The line-up at the concert was marvellously varied and disparate, including pop stars from Africa and Europe, and performers of massively different styles, underlining Mandela’s peculiarly broad appeal.The artists included everyone from the latest pop sensation Amy Winehouse to the now aging reggae star Eddy Grant to Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal to quasi-opera star Josh Groban. The graying ones included the remaining members of Queen, Jerry Dammers, Joan Baez and Johnny Clegg. They were all backed up fabulously by the Soweto Gospel Choir, which provided a link between South Africa and the predominantly British line-up.The harmony theme was underscored by some amazing duets. One included Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren, whose inclusion you suspect could only have been at Mandela’s insistence. Eddy Grant helpfully told the audience that Darren was “really popular in South Africa”. Darren joined Grant to sing the reggae star’s anti-apartheid hit “Give me hope Johanna” which was only slightly more weird than Groban and Vusi Mahlasela singing the old classic “Weeping”. The duet of the evening was performed by British R&B singer Jamelia and the South African Loyiso.The 46664 concerts have been very successful in raising Aids awareness, but they do slightly leave you with an odd sense of otherwise hedonistic, self-obsessed pop stars burnishing their personal brands by association with both Mandela and his good deeds. Film star Will Smith kicked off the concert with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith by quoting the singer Peter Gabriel as once saying: “If the world could only have one father, the man that we would choose to be our father would be Nelson Mandela”. It was sweet but hardly a quote of munificent insight and wisdom.However, it’s easy to be cynical about these events. One blogger in South Africa commented that the three primary goals of the concert were to “Firstly, and most obviously, to exploit Nelson Mandela while we still can. Secondly, to prop up the flagging careers of ageing British rock stars. And thirdly, to make middle-class British people and white South African expats feel really good about themselves”.Yet, there is something wondrous about them too. Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, who wrote the song “Mandela Day” for the 1988 concert, recalled in an article in the Guardian how difficult it had been to get the big names to play at that time. “It’s interesting to now think of Mandela the man…because for almost three decades he was a myth. He was incarcerated. You’d barely even seen a picture of him.” Amnesty International, for example, did not support it because they were strictly advocates of non-violence. Yet the concert happened and a host of big names did participate.Of all the ostentatiously worthy pop concerts like Band Aid, support for Mandela’s freedom and later his legacy do have a sense of legitimacy, partly because of the history but also because Mandela transparently loves them so much. The leading lights of the music industry, particularly in the UK, really did anticipate the future with either magnificent or happily fortuitous insight in the case of Mandela, so their championing of him now is less creepy than it might otherwise have been.One of the best things U2’s singer Bono ever said, to the best of my recollection, about Mandela concerned a concert in a European city that had been particularly badly organized and the publicity poorly executed. Consequently, the crowd was small, and participants were shuffling their feet wondering how Mandela would take it. In fact, he just didn’t seem to notice how few people were there; he was just delighted at the people who had shown up. Mandela is the ultimate glass-half-full kind of person, and music forms part of that cup. Mandela’s embrace of it underlines just how deeply he feels about reconciliation.Go to the MediaClub weekly columns home pageTim Cohen is a freelance journalist writing for a variety of South African publications. He is currently contracted as a columnist to Business Day and the Weekender, where he worked for most of his career, and financial website Moneyweb where he writes on business and corporate activity for an associate site called Dealweb. He was the 2004 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.
CCH Tax Day ReportThe New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has issued a ruling holding that law firms’ receipts from a class counsel fee award attributable to services performed for out-of-state class members could be deducted from gross receipts tax. The law firms acted as class counsel for 699 class members, who were located outside and within New Mexico and would stand to benefit from a final settlement. Generally, a deduction from gross receipts is available for the sale of certain services to an out-of-state buyer, provided that the buyer does not make initial use of or take delivery of the product of the service in New Mexico. In this case, the net settlement amount the class members would receive would be considered to be the product of the services performed by the law firms. Accordingly, the 657 out-of-state class members would be receiving their settlement payments outside of New Mexico, and the law firms’ receipts attributable to services performed for these members could be deducted. However, the receipts attributable to the portion of services the firms performed for the 42 class members who resided and consequently received their payment in New Mexico were subject to tax.Ruling 401-16-2, New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, May 24, 2016, ¶401-767