Describing it as a major blow to the organizing committee on the ground, who have spent sleepless nights preparing for the event.President of the Bougainville Football Federation Justine Helele told PNG Loop in Buka that he only learnt of the change of venue by reading it in the Post Courier.“According to our NGI Presidents meeting in Goroka, Buka was chosen and we were all preparing and looking forward to the event but then without notice it changed.” Helele said.“We have now missed out on a lot of opportunities for Bougainville soccer, first of all we were never notified of the change of venue, and now all teams participating will miss out on the 20 percent discount offered by Chebu shipping.” he said.“Road construction company Raibro currently sealing the second phase of the Buka ring road have pledged sponsorship and were waiting to announce it during the Besta cup when it will be held here, in Buka,” he said.The member for Haku Constituency in the ABG Robert Tulsa had taken the initiative to head the organizing committee and it has also been a major blow for him too.
On April 15–tax day–the Working Families Party led a rally on the steps of New York’s City Hall, calling for reform of the Unincorporated Business Tax. Together with labor unions and elected officials, they’re drawing attention to a new study from the Fiscal Policy Institute. According to the FPI study, the City could gain $200 million annually in tax revenue by making private equity partnerships and hedge funds liable for UBT. As NYC’s freelancers know, the UBT code is sorely in need of revision. Originally designed to capture revenue from lucrative partnerships that weren’t subject to corporate taxes, it hits sole proprietors right in the wallet. Freelancers are the proverbial dolphins in UBT’s tuna net. For more on the FPI study and the campaign it’s spawning, read the full press release in our news section or news coverage from Reuters.