No. 3 Northwestern State Tops No. 6 Houston Baptist

first_img2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox ScoreCONWAY, Ark. – No. 3 Northwestern State topped No. 6 Houston Baptist 3-1 in the second match of the 2019 Southland Conference Volleyball tournament Friday afternoon inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. Hannah Brister once again showed out for the Lady Demons, notching a match-high 24 kills and 21 digs for her 14th double-double of the season.Set OneThere were eight lead changes and 13 ties throughout the opening set where the Huskies claimed a 25-22 victory over the Lady Demons. Despite seven kills from Brister, the HBU defense came up with four blocks and limited Northwestern State to a .024 hitting percentage. Megan Patillo and Mikayla Vivens combined for six of the Huskies’ nine kills, while Hannah Lewis tallied five digs for HBU.Set TwoHouston Baptist continued its pace in the second set, jumping ahead with a 4-1 scoring run on a pair of kills from Ebonie Ballestros. Brister provided the Lady Demons’ first lead of the set with a go-ahead kill to take a 7-6 advantage. NSU did not relinquish its lead until back-to-back HBU kills from Vivens placed the Huskies up 12-11. Northwestern State was not deterred and chipped away at the Houston Baptist lead before Kourtney Seaton and Alexis Warren combined for a block to seal the set at 25-23 for the Lady Demons.Set ThreeThe momentum continued for NSU in the fourth set as the Lady Demons jumped out to an early 5-3 advantage. The Huskies remained in striking distance, however, and eventually jumped ahead 11-8 on yet another kill from Vivens. Houston Baptist’s lead stretched to 15-12 before Northwestern State closed the gap and locked the set at 23-23 on yet another kill from Brister. Darria Williams threw down a shot over the net to seal a 25-23 set-four victory for the Lady Demons.Set FourIn what appeared to be a mirror image of the second and third sets, the Lady Demons clinched another 25-23 victory to lock up a 3-1 match win. Williams tabbed four kills throughout the set, while Brister claimed the final three plays of the afternoon with three-straight kills.With the win, Northwestern State advances to the semifinal round where they will take on No. 2 Sam Houston State Friday at noon inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark.last_img read more

Sam Houston’s Walker Tabbed Southland Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior guard Jaylonn Walker is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.Walker was amazing in the Bearkats’ lone game on the week, pouring in 41 points to break the SHSU single-game record that had stood for 30 years. The mark was the highest scoring total by any Southland player, and the ninth-most of any player in the NCAA, this season. Walker had 13 points in the first half, and the Kats trailed by as many as 22 points before the break. After the intermission, she tossed in 28 more points as her team drew to within three points before falling 94-91 on the road at Abilene Christian.Sam Houston closes out its regular season with its home finale on Wednesday, March 4, as host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before facing Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches on Saturday, March 7.Basketball Player of the Week – Jaylonn Walker, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Guard – Calvert, TexasWith 41 points to shatter the school’s single-game scoring record after three decades, Walker earned her first career Southland Player of the Week honor. She is also the third Bearkat to claim weekly honors this season, joining Jenniffer Oramas (Nov. 12) and Amber Leggett (Dec. 16). Walker scored her 41 points in 30 minutes of play, draining five three-pointers and hitting 8-of-10 at the free throw line. She poured in 28 points in the second half to help shrink a 22-point deficit in a road game at Abilene Christian.Honorable Mention: Breanna Wright, Abilene Christian; Imani Robinson, UIW; Chrystal Ezechukwu, Nicholls Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.#SouthlandStronglast_img read more

Arsenal looking to use win over Milan to give it some hope

first_imgArsenal’s Jack Wilshere waves to fans at the end of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Thursday, March 8, 2018. Arsenal won 2-0. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN — After four straight losses, Arsenal needed a performance full of grit, determination and spirit to give it some hope for the rest of the season.They got it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thompson, Fajardo lead 1st PBA All-Star voting returns Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The London club managed to pull off a surprise by beating AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg of the last 16 in the Europa League, getting first-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey.“We have to use this win, use it as sort of a target,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said. “We’ve got to reach these levels every week. We’ve got another game Sunday and then next week in this competition, it’s not done yet.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkArsenal lost to Swedish club Ostersunds in the Europa League last month but still advanced. The team then lost consecutive 3-0 matches to Manchester City, first in the League Cup final and then in the Premier League. Finally, the Gunners lost at Brighton 2-1, also in the Premier League.The win over Milan is a huge boost, though. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mkhitaryan, who has struggled since joining Arsenal from Manchester United in January, scored his first goal for the club and also hit the crossbar. Mesut Ozil was also back in form, setting up both goals.Now it’s back to the league, where Arsenal is 13 points behind fourth-place Tottenham and plays Watford on Sunday. Winning the Europa League may be the team’s only chance of getting back into the Champions League.“If anyone tells you you haven’t got to prove anything to anyone they’re wrong,” Wilshere said. “You’re always trying to prove yourself to people and play well in the next game and we know we haven’t been good enough. We’re all aware of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We haven’t won a game in a while and it’s not nice to keep losing games,” Wilshere said. “At the end of the day it’s our job, we’re passionate, we want to win games, win things, but when you haven’t won in a while it’s nice to win a game, especially a big game like this.”Milan went into Thursday’s match perhaps affected by the funeral that day of former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who had grown up in the club’s youth sector. But it was Arsenal that dealt with the raucous passion of the packed San Siro.Arsenal soaked up the early pressure from Milan and, despite some glaring gaps at the back at times, the players defended well and hit Milan on the counter.“We started the game thinking we’re in for a real test here, and we have to be ready defensively, we have to be willing to work hard, to dig in, dig deep,” Wilshere said.“When you start a game like that, with that attitude, we’ve got quality players who are always going to come through going forwards and create chances but we need that defensive shape and organization to give us a base and we had that tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Amer continues to repay coach’s faith with solid leadership in clutch

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments Nadal overwhelms del Potro to reach 11th French Open final LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Amer was instrumental in Meralco’s 103-100 overtime victory over the Fuel Masters, taking over the game when the Bolts needed someone to score.“Coach gave me the responsibility in the past conference so this is a big challenge for me,” said Amer in Filipino. “At my age, he already gave me this kind of trust.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAmer first showed up in the final minute of regulation scoring five straight points for the Bolts with his step back triple giving Meralco a 90-87 lead with 25.4 seconds left.Although Matthew Wright’s own version of a step back three tied the game at 90-90 and forced overtime, Amer still displayed his clutch gene in extra time Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Baser Amer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThree years since getting drafted seventh overall in the 2015 PBA Draft, Baser Amer has solidified himself as Meralco’s go-to guy.Against Phoenix in the Commissioner’s Cup, the 25-year-old showed why he fully deserves the distinction his head coach Norman Black has given him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’ PLAY LIST 03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Amer tracked his own miss in the final two minutes of the game and immediately made up for it with a floater from the right elbow with 1:23 left for Meralco’s 101-98 lead.His late-game heroics allowed the Bolts to take a 5-2 record for the fourth seed of the tournament, but Amer said they couldn’t take that position for granted.“We shouldn’t take it easy on our opponents because our next games are against teams at the top of the ladder,” said Amer who finished with 19 points, nine in the fourth and overtime periods.Meralco’s next four games are against Blackwater, Alaska, TNT, and Rain or Shine with only the Elite serving as a reprieve before facing up against the top three seeds.“Every game is important because those teams in the bottom are climbing up,” said Amer. “Coach told us that we should work hard against whomever we face.”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

AGC Donates to Orphanage Home

first_imgIn an effort to support orphaned children in Liberia, the All God’s Children School System-Liberia Charity Outreach (AGC), has donated assortments of food and non-food items to the Susie Guenter’s Children’s Welfare and Rehabilitation Center to help in caring for the orphanage home children.Making the donations over the weekend to the home, situated on the Robertsfield Highway,  Deacon James G. Guanue, principal and acting country director of All God’s Children School System-Liberia, said his institution was established to meet the needs of children.  His organization thought it wise to provide for the Susie’s family this time.According to him, the AGC is not focusing on big name institutions but rather on institutions and Liberian children that need such an initiative to ensure their livelihood and educational progress.  “Our institution was established in 1997 to provide free education and counseling for child soldiers, abandoned children and orphans and so, AGC sees the need to continue helping  underprivileged children. We are committed to the vision of supporting  Liberian children.”He continued, “We hope  that this donation will meet the needs of the little ones that are here and we pray that other humanitarian groups will follow the same process in supporting the children and making sure that they are properly cared for,” he said.He explained that despite the closure of all his three institutions, due to the Ebola virus across Liberia, his institution is serving the Liberia public through providing tuition-free education and counseling to the younger generation with support from Save the Children (USA).Mr. Guanue expressed thanks and appreciation to Save the Children, which continues to provide salaries and relief items for staff,  students and parents, families of Ebola victims,  including orphans.In remarks, the directress of the Susie Guenter’s Children’s Welfare and Rehabilitation Center, Edwina Z. Kamara, hailed the All God’s Children School System-Liberia Charity Outreach (AGC) for reaching out to the Susie family.“We are very thankful for what God’s children have  brought for us. This is a blessing for the All God’s Children. These items will us for sometime,” she noted.She called on other Liberians to help support the children, stating that, “We need to support them because we do not know their future.  Many of them might be good leaders for Liberia.”According to her, the closure of all institutions   due the disease was a serious challenge in caring for the children,She explained that the institution does not have sponsors now but her late father had a dream of ensuring that the children will have sponsors to help in supporting these  children and the institution taking care of them. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Off to South Africa

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a high-level delegation, has departed the country to participate in the Second Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.The summit, according to a release from the Executive Mansion, is scheduled to take place December 4 and 5. The Forum is preceded by the Sixth Ministerial Conference of FOCAC.This historic meeting of the world’s leading economy and Africa is expected to elevate China-Africa relations to a new level, stated the release.The Summit, which is being held under the theme, “Africa-China Progressing Together: Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development,” marks the first time that African and Chinese leaders will meet in Africa to look at ways of deepening cooperation. This is only the second time in the 15-year history of FOCAC that the leaders are meeting together, the first being in Beijing, in 2006, the release stated.The co-chairs of the Second FOCAC Summit, Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, will deliver key addresses, as well as the African Union chairperson, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.China is Africa’s largest trading partner, having developed a mutual, sound and vibrant partnership with trade volume between them increasing exponentially over the past decade.The Second FOCAC Summit is expected to consolidate these gains and further reconstruct global affairs by exploring new models and approaches towards a more equitable and inclusive system that promotes sustainable socio-economic development.The Summit will also review the implementation of various agreements signed since 2006, and outline the course of action for development of China-Africa relations over the next few years. A number of bilateral agreements are expected to be signed to deepen relations at various levels.The First FOCAC ministerial conference was held in Beijing in October 2000. This was followed by a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2003. Beijing hosted a full China-Africa Summit in 2006. A FOCAC ministerial meeting was held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt in 2009, and the Fifth FOCAC ministerial meeting was hosted by China in Beijing in 2012.The FOCAC platform is based on the principles of South-South cooperation and mutual and equal benefit, with a view to addressing various areas of concern for Africa’s socio-economic development and integration. These include deepening cooperation in the areas of infrastructure development, debt relief, industrialization, investment promotion, market access expansion, agriculture, science and technology, health, education, and people-to-people cultural exchanges, among others.The FOCAC platform provides an opportunity to further stimulate growth and unlock new opportunities between China and Africa on trade and other matters.Meanwhile, while President Sirleaf is away, the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fabrar CEO Speaks at World Bank Group WE-FI Regional Summit

first_imgJeanine M. Cooper: “Proud to say that after two years of steadily increasing revenues, FABRAR is now Liberia’s largest rice producer.”— Says her company is now Liberia’s largest rice producerMs. Jeanine Cooper, founder of Fabrar-Liberia on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, served as one of the panelists of the World Bank Group Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WE-FI) regional summit that discussed concrete ways to strengthen support for women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in West Africa.Ms. Cooper said Fabrar has encouraged commercial farmers to plant over 1,000 acres of rice, something that has not been done in the last 40 years. She told the gathering that her father was Liberia’s first agricultural economist and worked for the government setting up farmers’ cooperatives and rice farms in the 60s and 70s.The Summit, which was organized by WE-FI in collaboration with the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and the World Bank Group, was hosted by the Government of La Côte d’Ivoire. It was attended by more than 400 public and private sector leaders from West Africa, and other regions.According to Ms. Cooper, her earliest memories of agriculture were from her father, telling her about the challenges and opportunities he faced with Liberian rice farmers.“As many of you may recall, in 1979 Liberia had rice riots where urban consumers protested the increased cost of imported rice, an increase meant to support local producers. The Rice Riots were followed a year later by a coup d’état,” she added.“We got Venture Capital backing in 2013 to build a larger factory but then Ebola struck and we had to postpone our launch until 2015.Ms. Cooper said at the critical point when the country needed capital to grow the business, financing dried up, “therefore, we work in the missing middle in agribusiness where women, who do most of the work, are rarely seen in entrepreneurial activities, largely expected to be the domain of women, who are considered a formidable force.”She said after two years of steadily increasing revenues, FABRAR is now Liberia’s largest rice producer, and a global leader in the production of West African Ruby Rice, “unarguably the world’s healthiest whole grain… healthier than quinoa, brown or purple or black rice, couscous or fonio…and we grow it in the country.”World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva: “In Africa, women are more likely than men to be entrepreneurs, but they face entrenched barriers that make it hard to succeed.”“By tackling financial, social, and legal constraints, We-Fi can help unleash the tremendous potential of women entrepreneurs as a force for job creation and economic growth,” she said.“Through the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program, the African Development Bank is transforming financial markets by de-risking lending to women on the continent. We invite all stakeholders to join us and be part of this game-changing initiative that will result in greater women empowerment,” said African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi A. Adesina.“Supporting women entrepreneurs requires comprehensive solutions that focus on innovation, value chains, and use of Islamic finance. We should consider women entrepreneurs to be partners of development financial institutions, rather than recipients of financing. Our role can thus be to incubate and empower their businesses, not just to provide financing,” said Islamic Development Bank Group President Bandar M. H. Hajjar.“ECOWAS welcomes the WE-FI initiative and member states fully support it,” said ECOWAS Commission chairman, Jean-Claude Brou.“In addition to the various ongoing programs and projects in favor of women entrepreneurs, ECOWAS member countries will work with the WE-FI Secretariat to implement actions and reforms needed to further promote women entrepreneurship across all sectors within the region,” Brou said.The Summit concluded with a joint Call to Action, urging wide-ranging public policy reforms and private sector actions to help women entrepreneurs overcome persistent barriers, both financial and non-financial.Due to these constraints, female entrepreneurs in the region consistently lag men on several key indicators of business performance. A recent World Bank study found that monthly profits and sales from female-owned firms in the region were on average 34 percent and 38 percent lower, respectively, than those of male-owned firms.Summit leaders called on governments to undertake policy and legal reforms to increase women entrepreneurs’ access to financial services, government contracts, and the basic infrastructure of the digital economy. They also highlighted the urgent need to remove labor and mobility restrictions for women and to ensure their equal rights to property.In the past decade, African governments have improved women’s economic inclusion by implementing 71 legal and regulatory reforms—more than any other regions in the world, according to a World Bank report. While African countries have made significant progress in closing the gender gaps, further strengthening women’s roles as entrepreneurs will transform the continent.Acknowledging the importance of public and private sector collaboration, Summit leaders underscored the vital role that private sector and civil society organizations play in improving women’s access to capital, markets, digital skills training, mentorship, and business networks. In addition, they called for better collection and reporting of sex-disaggregated data by both the public and private sectors to help measure the impact of policy reforms on women entrepreneurs.The Summit is the first of its kind for WE-FI, a global partnership among 14 donor governments, eight multilateral development banks, and other public and private sector stakeholders, established in October 2017 and housed in the World Bank Group. Donor governments have so far committed over US $350 million to support We-Fi’s activities.In April 2018, the World Bank Group and the Islamic Development Bank were among the recipients of We-Fi’s first round of funding to support women-owned and led SMEs, many of which are in Africa. The first allocation of $120 million is expected to mobilize over $1.6 billion in additional funds from the private sector, donors, governments, and other development partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman shot while waiting on minibus

first_img…no motive established – PoliceStacey Ann Robinson of Lot 315 ‘B’ Field Sophia was reportedly standing at the ‘B’ Field junction awaiting public transportation at about 09:10h on Tuesday, when two males approached, and one immediately pulled out a handgun and discharged a round in her direction before joining his accomplice; and they both made good their escape.Shot to the right leg by the gunman, the injured 30-year-old Robinson was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was treated.The motive behind the shooting is yet to be established, since, according to the Police, the men did not relieve Robinson of her personal belongings.The matter was reported, and an investigation has been launched even as the Police continue their manhunt for the two perpetrators.last_img read more

Contraband is “big business”

first_img– Crime Stoppers consultantIllicit trade is a phenomenon that impacts tobacco manufacturers, Governments and the tobacco control community, and which requires a coordinated international response.This is according to Crime Stoppers International consultant Darrin Carmichael, who says it is becoming increasingly difficult to go after wrongdoers, as contraband is “big business”.Participants at the British American Tobacco Caribbean Anti-Illicit Trade Regional Conference being addressed by an officialCarmichael stressed the need for public and private agencies to act in concert to combat the illicit trade, while delivering the feature address at an Anti-Illicit Trade Regional Conference held in Guyana on Thursday.“Crime Stoppers International recognises that illicit trade is a growing problem worldwide, be it smuggling, counterfeiting, or tax evasion. Governments across the globe are losing billions of dollars in tax revenues. Legitimate businesses are being undermined and consumers in all our communities are exposed to unregulated, poor made and inferior products,” he said.Carmichael says it is a growing concern that the illicit trade does not have small operators and despite the many technological advances made to go after these smugglers, there continues to be expansive and substantial resources being invested in purchasing counterfeit devices.He said, “Interpol states that gangs which traffic illegal drugs, weapons and peoples are also behind the illicit trade in tobacco trade and alcohol. According to the (US) Department of Justice, some of these groups have ties as well to terrorist organisations.”Meanwhile, Senior External Affairs Manager for British American Tobacco with responsibility for Central America and the Caribbean, Cesar Agurcia, said too that the illicit trade has become a large issue in the international market and it is a growing trend where every government and every country is fighting it.“In the last 10 years, the illicit trade of cigarettes has been rapidly increasing to the levels that in some countries to date, the level of total consumption is reaching 70 per cent. This is obviously unacceptable,” he asserted.National securityAgurcia told participants from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname that these smugglers evade taxes and the counterfeit item posed a health risk for the population, especially since manufacturers did not have any control and the products were being made in clandestine factories.“Illicit trade is also a national security issue. Why? Because the profit of illicit trade is being put into organised crime around the world. The big money and real profit is going into real dangerous hands. That is why it’s a national security issue in our countries,” he added.According to the British American Tobacco official, it would be difficult to assess the illicit trade. “There is no way to measure this because of the secrecy of these activities. But in the tobacco industry, 600 billion cigarettes are currently under the contraband scheme. And that represents a loss to Government from about US$50-60 billion. That money should be in Government’s hands.”Instead, it is in very dangerous hands. Agurcia said not only was the tobacco industry suffering big time, but also the alcohol, pharmaceutical and many other similar sectors.He said in Central America and the Caribbean market, there were more than 200 different brands of cigarettes. Most of these products are obtained from China or India, while in some cases, illicit drugs also come from Paraguay and Germany.Increased taxationIn attempting to look at what may be assisting with the growth of this illicit trade, Agurcia said one of the most important factors is heavy taxation and too stringent laws. “If the taxation is extremely high, this will help contraband to grow. If taxation is really high, prices for the legal product will go up and you will leave a bigger space for the lower price segment which is being filled by contraband,” he remarked.Using Panama as an example, the tobacco manager said that the excise tax placed on cigarettes in that country was 100 per cent of the retailer’s price and the legislation was too radical and drastic. “So much that it prohibits everything to the legal product. You will control the legal product but not the illicit trade.”The levels of contraband in Panama since 2009 have been above 50 per cent and today, it is around 70 per cent of consumption. “So, for every 10 cigarettes smoked in Panama, seven of them are coming from illicit trade. That is unacceptable in a country,” he opined.Further, Agurcia reasoned that more people were becoming attracted to this type of business. “It’s more convenient to be a tobacco smuggler or other products, than to be a drug dealer. Because the profit is as good as the drugs, a lot less dangerous probably and they don’t go to jail in most countries,” he remarked.Normalisation of the illicit trade, according to him, is also helping to add to the problem, because more people are buying tobacco products believing that they are buying legitimate products.In providing a picture of the illicit trade of tobacco in countries within the Region, Agurcia said that while most Caribbean countries, including Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, are below 20 per cent, countries like Suriname and Panama have rates exceeding 70 per cent in some cases.In 2015, the volume of duty-not-paid cigarettes consumed in the world was some 463 billion sticks with an estimated value of US$40 billion. This figure has substantially increased ever since.Every tobacco stakeholder continues to be impacted by illicit trade. Major companies and states suffer financial loss, and public health policies are usually undermined.last_img read more

Living the Dream takes first, Horst sixth in individual races at Crashed Ice finale

first_imgThe Red Bull Crashed Ice season came to an end last night in Edmonton and it was a great finish for Adam Horst. Horst and his teammates with Living the Dream overcame a big points deficit to finish the season as the top team, and Horst himself had his best finish of the year in the individual races as he finished in sixth place.Living the Dream came into the final races of the season down 440 points on Prestige Worldwide. Living the Dream got the win they needed and the help down the standings chart as well as Prestige Worldwide had their lowest finish of the year as they came in fifth place. The result meant that Living the Dream finished on top by 110 points.Prior to this weekend Horst’s best finish in individual competition this year was eighth in Helsinki, Finland. His sixth place finish put him 13th overall in the standings to wrap up the year with a total of 960 points.- Advertisement –last_img read more