FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s William Mottet and Carolina Bulatovic are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Mottet went 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles at the top-line position for the Islanders across four matches last week, while Bulatovic picked up three singles victories and a doubles win. A&M-Corpus Christi swept a doubleheader against Prairie View A&M 7-0 and 4-0 on the men’s side, and 7-0 and 5-0 on the women’s end. Both Islanders squads were victorious over UT Rio Grande Valley with a final tally of 6-1 for the men and 5-2 for the women.The A&M-Corpus Christi men (7-1) put their three-match win streak on the line in Houston against Rice and Elon at noon CT Friday and noon Saturday, respectively. The Islanders’ women (4-0) look to stay undefeated as they go on the road to face SMU at 4 p.m. Sunday.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – William Mottet, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Gargenville, FranceAfter losing the first set of an unfinished singles match against No. 8 Texas, Mottet claimed the next eight sets across his six singles and doubles matches to improve to 6-0 in singles play and 5-1 in doubles play this season.He defeated Prairie View A&M’s Xavier Lawrence (6-2, 6-3) and Jorge Juarez (6-2, 6-1) en route to a doubleheader sweep of the Panthers. Mottet closed his solo weekend play with a 6-3, 6-4 trimph over UTRGV’s Yehonatan Kaufman.Honorable Mention: Johannes Klein, New Orleans; Niko Moceanu, Abilene Christian.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Carolina Bulatovic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – So. – Dusseldorf, GermanyBulatovic came out on top of all seven sets she played last week, beginning with a pair of wins over Prairie View A&M’s Lucia Garcia at the No. 1 position. Bulatovic and partner Mariya Shumeika handled the Panthers’ top-line doubles team with ease, posting a 6-2 victory.In her final match of the weekend, Bulatovic went up against UTRGV’s Doris Aleksovska at the No. 2 slot and edged her opponent 7-5 in set two to improve to a perfect 4-0 in 2019. Honorable Mention: Trang Dao, New Orleans; Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State; Marli Van Heerden, Central Arkansas; Putri Insani, Southeastern Louisiana.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 at least 25 percent of ballots.
BaiShanLin gold mining, other operations unaffectedBaiShanLin International Forest Developers Inc and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) are preparing to have a high-level meeting this week with a view to determining exactly how the tax agency came up with a $1.5 billion figure it claims it is now owed.According to reliable sources, the company is also disputing the GRA’s claim that it has in fact breached the Investment Agreement with the GRA and is adamant that the seizure of its logging equipment was unlawful.The company’s executives have indicated that the meeting is expected to field lawyers between the two entities.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoSome of the materials that the GRA seized from BaiShanLin over the weekendThe Revenue Authority over the weekend swooped down on BaiShanLin’s Coomacka Linden operation where it seized a number of logging equipment, but according to the company’s officials, none of its other operations have been targeted by the GRA, including its gold mining, transportation and real estate ventures.BaiShanLin – under controversial circumstances had also acquired a 20-kilometre river gold mining concession, in addition to a five kilometers construction area for a Guyana-China Timber Industry Economic and Trading Cooperation Park and acres of land for real estate development.BK International had also under questionable circumstances sold a 100-acre plot of land to BaiShanLin in Providence, East Bank Demerara, for the construction of the massive real estate project – a project that is currently at a standstill.The logging company reportedly offered US$9 million for the 100-acres plot but still owes a substantial amount.During the GuyExpo 2014 trade fair at the Sophia Exhibition Center, BaiShanLin had announced the gated community called “New Life” with a huge display. Prices for homes were from $50 million and reaching over $100 million.Why destroy business?Meanwhile, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, under whose administration the Chinese company had been brought into Guyana, has broken his silence on the matter and has since called for Government to release the Investment Agreement to the public.Jagdeo is of the view that the GRA was acting on direction, “or a pre-conceived notion that somehow they have to take back all of these lands from this company.”He pointed to the recent commitment on the part of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to set aside some two million hectares of land for conservation.This he suggested has led to Government now looking to “take back lands from people.” Jagdeo said he is of the view that BaiShanLin must honour its obligations made under the Investment Agreement and that the State has a right to enforce the provisions of that document but, “this goes beyond the agreement.”He used the opportunity to also point to the increased hardships that would obtain as a result of the actions on the part of GRA and the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and questions “why do you have to destroy business at a time when the economy is already faltering.”He was speaking to the fact that BaiShanLin had been purchasing logs extracted by local small operators particularly from Ituni and Kwakwani in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).“All of that is gone now,” said Jagdeo as he pointed to BaiShanLin’s request for another two years to complete its wood processing plant.“Why not give them but watch them carefully whilst they are paying their fair share of the taxes,” the former President, now Opposition Leader questioned.Breached agreementThe GRA had earlier this year launched an investigation into the operations of the logging company and had determined that it had in fact breached its Investment Agreement.According to the GRA missive addressed to Managing Director of BaiShanLin, Chu Hongbo, it had found that the company had breached the terms and conditions under which tax exemptions were granted as outlined in the Investment Agreement.According to the Revenue Authority, BaiShanLin failed to undertake the activities of the project specified in the Investment Agreement with regard to the setting up of a modernised wood processing facility in Linden.The tax collection body also found that BaiShanLin had also failed to create and sustain employment for 150 persons over three years.It found too that the company also failed to procure and provide all the investment and other financing required by the undertaking, in the estimated sum of US$150 million over a three-year period from the time of signing of the Investment Agreement.It was subsequently determined that BaiShanLin breached its covenant with Government in its Investment Agreement “for which the penalty is termination of the Agreement”.As such, “the residual customs duty and taxes are now due and payable on machinery, equipment and motor vehicles” in the amount of just over $1.5 billion ($1,584,047,052).