LocalNews “NO VAT” Shopping Day might create administrative challenges by: – January 18, 2012 Share Tweet 7 Views no discussions Share Photo credit: opinion-maker.orgPrime Minister and Minister of Finance Roosevelt Skerrit says a “No VAT” Shopping Day might create administrative challenges for the government, specifically the Inland Revenue Department.LINK News Magazine in its Christmas 2011 Edition suggested that the government of Dominica consider implementing a “NO VAT” shopping day in an effort to help local consumers as well as to increase sales for local businesses.The Magazine also alluded to neighboring island Barbados where a “duty-free” shopping day was “successfully implemented” which was open to the entire public which, according to reports, assisted in “boosting their economy”.Prime Minister Skerrit told Dominica Vibes News on Tuesday while he has heard the requests, implementing it could pose complications for the Value Added Tax Unit at the Inland Revenue Division.“I have heard the request from people calling on Government to declare a “No Vat Day” for the country, I guess one would have to be advised on how it works but one has to appreciate that these kinds of measures can create administrative challenges in terms of the private sector accounting to the Inland Revenue and the VAT Unit on the VAT sales. So there can be some complications and management costs both for the Vat unit and for the private sector firms.”Prime Minister Skerrit said, “We would have to be advised on the implications of that decision and also the difficulty of implementing that particular measure”.He noted although he does not know how exactly the “NO VAT “Day operates it is a good idea. “It is a good idea, I know in Barbados for example they implemented something similar to that but it was only for I believe those companies that are involved in duty-free sales. So the duty free sales were extended to local Barbadians because to take advantage of duty free in a country you would have to be travelling. So I think they took a decision in St. Kitts as I understand it, a “No Vat Day” as to how it worked I do not know.”According to the Prime Minister it is something which his government would consider as he is certain that the citizens would love for it to be implemented however, the government must also consider the implications of that decision.Value Added Tax (VAT) is a form of consumption tax in which buyers pay a tax on the purchase price while for sellers it is value added to the product or service. A 15% VAT tax took effect in Dominica on 1st March, 2006 replacing four taxes; Consumption Tax, Sales Tax, Entertainment Tax and Hotel Occupancy Tax.With the implementation of VAT in 2006, General Imports are subjected to five different types of duties, taxes and surcharges: Import Duty, Environmental Surcharge, Customs Service Charge, Excise Tax and Value Added Tax. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!
“We started seeing it around 2012,” Twist told Sporting News. “Something was going on with the mind-and-body connection. We saw more anxiety and depression. Not only our student-athletes, but it was reports from across the country. We kind of got a head start on it back then.”MORE: NCAA considering more rigorous accreditation for S&C coachesThe push to increase mental health awareness and care for student-athletes, however, is an ongoing educational process for student-athletes, coaches and administrators. That explains the initiative the MAC continued this week with its third Mental Health Summit in Cleveland. This year’s summit focused on suicide and self-harm prevention.The best way to start addressing these issues? Twist said it’s about having those uncomfortable conversations.“Looking at stigmas, this seems to be a societal thing where people don’t want to talk about mental health,” she said. “They don’t want to admit they have a mental health problem. That’s a challenge. We all bring with us our culture. We have to break some of those ideologies and paradigms that are preventing student-athletes or even staff to start talking about these things.”The statistics highlight that problem: Suicide is a leading cause of death among young adults ages 15-24. Suicide among young females reached its highest level in 40 years in 2015, and suicide among males increased 30 percent from 2007-15, according to statistics released by VeryWell Mind in November.Those issues are why MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher had several conversations with student-athletes on the 12 member campuses.“The question was, ‘If there is an area where we could put some more emphasis on or put some more attention to, what it would be?’” he said. “The answer, resoundingly, came back in the area of mental health. We really dug into it after that.”Steinbrecher, claiming that roughly 40 percent of college students deal with mental health ailments, said this is a broad issue that required a comprehensive response. He formed the MAC Mental Health Task Force and worked with administrators to put a series of best practices and protocols in place for the wellness of student-athletes.Kelly Andrews, a senior associate athletic director at Toledo, was the head of the task force until Twist took over this year.“We’re trying to make students more comfortable with simply having the conversation,” Williams said. “The biggest takeaway is the students want this, and they want to know it’s OK.”That has been the tagline for student-athletes across the country dealing with mental health issues: “It’s OK to not be OK.”MORE: NCAA reviewing guidelines to prevent offseason workout deathsThat was the conversation that opened the summit Monday for a panel of doctors and student-athletes, including Ohio track-and-field athlete Emily Deering and former Kent State football player Luke Wollet, who were guest speakers at the event. The summit wasn’t just educational for the student-athletes, trainers and coaches. It was also a learning experience for school administrators.”It’s clearly a topical moment,” Steinbrecher said. “It’s clearly focused a lot of attention on this issue. I think you would find the discussion around suicide and self-harm prevention was exceptionally open. There was incredible participation from the boatload of folks in attendance. It’s always an eye-opener.”Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier backed up that assessment.“They were jarring,” Frazier said. “I’ve been in college athletics for more than 30 years as a student-athlete, as a coach and now as athletic director. I’ve been at Division I, II and III, and that context is important. This issue of mental health and the alarming number of students taking their lives or having these issues haven’t been steady on the incline.”“This is real,” Frazier said. “This is the real part of being a student-athlete and a college student. The bravery of these two young people as well as the conversations in small groups and all the things going on in our league, it is an important time to have this level of discourse.”Frazier also said there was value in learning what other MAC schools are doing in terms of increasing mental health awareness on their campuses, with the key being noticing signs that aren’t always easy to spot. Frazier said hearing student-athletes talk about their issues sharpened his awareness as administrator — and as a father of three children.“A lot of these individuals dealing with mental health issues were at the top of their sport, leaders on the campus. From a perception standpoint, you wouldn’t look at them and think there is any kind of issue,” he said.MORE: ACC coaches discuss player safety in wake of Larry Fedora CTE commentsTwist said the next step is evolving with the student-athlete and understanding the pressures they face that impact their mental wellness. That includes such factors as sleep deprivation — many athletes average six hours per night when they should be getting nine hours — and the impact of social media.“With social media, you’re not getting away from it,” Twist said. “I don’t think I would have had the tools at 18 to deal with some of the attacks. The social media things like, ‘You didn’t play well,’ and all this that they are getting today.”Twist said the MAC summits have worked together to attack those issues, and Steinbrecher said those collective efforts will continue. The next summit is scheduled for 2021. Kathy Twist worked as a registered nurse for hospitals in Buffalo, N.Y., for 18 years.That experience allowed Twist, a senior associate athletic director for sports administration at the University at Buffalo, to pick up on a trend with student-athletes across the Mid-American Conference. “We listen to our student-athletes,” Steinbrecher said. “We empower our student-athletes. We challenge them and they challenge us. A huge part of this it’s an incredible educational effort. That is when you come to an understanding of how broad this issue and how big this problem is and how many people it affects.”This will always be a sensitive topic, but Frazier, Williams and Twist left with a goal for their respective campuses: Keep talking about it. Keep it out in the open.“You’re putting it on the refrigerator door and seeing it every morning,” Twist said. “I want to keep talking about this and normalize it as much as I can. This is part of the human condition to experience anxiety and depression. It’s not bad. Sometimes it can help us learn and grow, but when you get to the point where you are overwhelmed, that is when you need help.”
Now, it has also been reported that LeBron James has already contacted Leonard and the connections to Los Angeles for the Finals MVP are obvious as he was born in L.A.But there have also been plenty of reports saying the Lakers are not front-runners for any elite free agents in addition to the one Tuesday from ESPN.Free agency officially begins June 30. We’ll see for sure what Leonard decides to do then. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers ‘will pursue’ star this summer Kawhi Leonard is interested in a Los Angeles team, just not the one many think he is.Leonard would be more inclined to join the Clippers than the Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, if the 27-year-old decides to leave Toronto at all. NBA free agency rumors: Kawhi Leonard has bought a property in Toronto Wojnarowski made the comments on “Get Up!” Tuesday.”Kawhi Leonard’s focus (is) on Los Angeles, but it’s the Clippers not the Lakers.””No. 1, they don’t have the money to sign him and (No.) 2, the idea of him being a third wheel on a team trying to create a superteam, that has not been Kawhi’s M.O. The Clippers are poised to be able to lure him from Toronto, this will be a Raptors, Clippers fight down to the end.”Another report came from ESPN’s Damon Jones on Friday, which stated the Lakers are a “strong possibility” for Leonard in free agency. Related News It would appear, though, Wojnarowski does not agree with the idea of that report and still thinks Leonard would be Clipper-bound if he went to L.A.However, this also comes with the caveat that the Raptors still believe they have a great chance to land Leonard in free agency.That has been the story for a while now.In May, Wojnarowski reported Leonard re-signing in Toronto was a “serious consideration.” Another report from TrueHoop said Leonard was thinking about signing a short-term deal with the team.All of the smoke around Leonard has suggested he is open to returning to the Raptors, and most of that came before he won a title with the team. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star may accept short-term deal from Raptors