GRA reviewing GTT tax settlement case

first_img…will make decision based on principle, not politics – StatiaThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is in the process of reviewing paperwork from the GTT; and if circumstances permit, the GRA will move to finalise cases in which the GTT purportedly owes some US$44.1 million in taxes.Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Mr Godfrey Statia, related to media operatives during a press conference that he has been part of the negotiations, and had asked for documents from GT&T.“GT&T has submitted (the) information to me, and I’m going through theGRA Commissioner-General Godfrey Statiainformation,” Statia related. “I’ve asked them for some additional information, which they have yet to provide. As soon as it is provided, I am willing to finalise those cases. We need to recognise that this has been going on since 1991.”Statia stressed that time is of the essence, and if just half of the millions of US dollars owed were collected, the State would be in better financial stead. He also noted that since the issue is engaging the courts, a process has to be followed.“Taxation is based on principles. Anytime we decide to make it political, we have a problem. It must be above board, and everyone must be treated equally. If, in the negotiations which have been going on and which I am a part of, it reaches a level where the incumbent is trying to make it political, I immediately (recuse myself).”The Tax Chief noted that in the GTT Annual Report, the telecommunications giant had alluded toUS$41 million as its tax exposure or liabilities. “What I know is that, if you examine (this), you may realise that at some point all may be taxable and all may not be. So the maximum exposure they have stated is US$41 million,” he added.“But based on certain court decisions that were made in the past, if you follow that particular decision which has been appealed, they may probably have an exposure of half that amount,” Statia explained.The monopolyPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had on Monday reported that negotiations with GTT and its parent company in regard to lifting of the monopoly on the telecommunications sector have been fruitful. She added that one needed to take into context the fact that the companies have had the upper hand for over 20 years.Noting that both companies and the Government want to leave the negotiating table with the best deal, Hughes declined to give a timeline for its realisation in light of fruitful talks with GTT and its parent company, Atlantic Tele-Network International (ATNI).“If you recognise that GTT and ATNI have had a monopoly situation that has lasted for over 20 years, then you can understand that from the perspective of both parties, they want to ensure that they are coming to the table to get the best… At the end of the day, on the Government side, we want to ensure that we get the deal that is going to be good for the people of Guyana,” she explained.According to the Public Telecommunications Minister, GRA wanted to make sure that “they are covering all their bases from the financial end from taxes that would have been paid from things that could be offered to the sector as a whole; so, therefore, the focus is not on getting this done in the shortest space of time, but making sure that we come up with an end gain that suits everyone.”The liberalisation of the sector is heavily dependent on the settlement of a US$44 million tax claim against GTT. However, the company continues to enjoy the monopoly in international voice and data services until 2030.The company has said that should it be held liable for any of the disputed tax assessments totalling US$41.1 million, it is of the view that the Government would then be obligated to reimburse it for any amounts necessary to ensure a not-less-than 15 per cent return on investment.last_img read more

Private security contractors have been offered limited immunity

first_imgWASHINGTON – Limited immunity has been routinely offered to private security contractors involved in shootings in Iraq, State Department officials said Tuesday, denying such actions jeopardized criminal prosecution of Blackwater USA guards accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack declined to discuss specifics of the agency’s role in the investigation, but said any immunity deals should not stop the Justice Department from prosecuting. “It’s up to the investigators and prosecutors to determine what kind of case they have … and ultimately whether to bring prosecution,” McCormack told reporters. The immunity deals, first reported by The Associated Press, have delayed the U.S. criminal inquiry of the Sept. 16 shootings that has enraged Iraqis. A second senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry, said the agency has for years required its security contractors to give written statements within hours of any so-called “use of deadly force” in Iraq. Waivers granting a security worker limited immunity – by barring those statements in a criminal case against the worker – are a “routine part” of the investigations by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the official said. The waiver given to Blackwater guards reads, in part: “I further understand that neither my statements nor any information or evidence gained by reason of my statements can be used against me in a criminal proceeding, except that if I knowingly and willfully provide false statements or information, I may be criminally prosecuted for that action.” It’s not clear whether the waivers were ever authorized by the Justice Department, which decides whether cases are prosecuted. Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell declined comment about whether the immunity waivers were part of the security firm’s contract with the State Department. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said prosecution was still possible, despite “knowing that this investigation involves a number of complex issues.” The Sept. 16 shootings in west Baghdad’s Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and prompted still-unanswered questions about who fired first. Blackwater has said its convoy was already under attack before it opened fire. A follow-up investigation by the Iraqi government, concluded that Blackwater’s men were unprovoked. No witnesses have been found to contradict that finding. An initial report by U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq, indicates “no enemy activity involved” in the incident. The report says Blackwater guards were traveling against the flow of traffic through a traffic circle when they “engaged five civilian vehicles with small arms fire” at a distance of 50 meters. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, trying to soothe growing public anger over the Blackwater shootings, has promised to push through legislation to make all foreign private security contractors in Iraq subject to the nation’s criminal laws. On Tuesday, his government sent the Iraqi parliament a measure overturning an immunity order known as Decree 17 that was issued by L. Paul Bremer, who ran the American occupation government until June 2004. Under the legislation, all security companies would be subject to the Iraqi criminal law and must obey all the country’s legal regulations. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said she had not seen the measure and had no immediate comment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Senior law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said the legal protections offered by the State Department could derail prosecution if investigators are unable to unearth other evidence from a crime scene now six weeks old. In Baghdad, the Iraqi government approved draft legislation lifting immunity for foreign private security companies – one of the nation’s most serious disputes with the U.S. since last month’s shooting. Iraq is demanding the right to launch its own prosecution of the Blackwater bodyguards despite the company’s insistence they acted in self-defense. Additionally, Democratic leaders in Congress demanded answers about the immunity deal as House Government Oversight Chairman Henry Waxman called it “an egregious misjudgment.” The shooting investigation was initiated by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security hours after the attack. The inquiry was turned over to the FBI in early October after Justice Department prosecutors realized that the Blackwater bodyguards’ statements could not be used in court. At the State Department, McCormack said “these kinds of issues are not new.” He said Justice Department officials “can take steps to work around” any limited immunity agreements. “They provide limited protections that would not preclude a successful criminal prosecution,” he said. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DELIGHT FOR NAOMH COLMCILLE U11’S AS THEY WIN 24-TEAM TOURNAMENT IN STRABANE

first_imgGAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLEIt was a fantastic weekend on the pitch for Naomh Colmcille,highlighted by the seniors’ victory in the Intermediate Championshipquarter final and the U11s winning a 24-team tournament at Strabane.There were also league wins for the reserves and U13s. Naomh Colmcille advanced to the semi-final of the IntermediateChampionship by virtue of a 10 point win over Carndonagh under lightsat Convoy on Friday evening.A minutes silence in memory of Patrick Dowds of Burt, tragicallykilled during the week, preceded the match.Carndonagh opened the scoring with a point and Ryan McErlean wasforced to leave the pitch injured in the opening minutes. Joe Donaghygot the leveling score and this was followed soon after by a stunninglong range free from Michael Lynch, who had just come on in place ofMcErlean. Carndonagh replied with a point before Joe Donaghy restoredNaomh Colmcille’s lead with a pointed free from the left after WillieGillespie had been fouled. Carndonagh made it 3 points each in the13th minute, before Don Hegarty got in for a Naomh Colmcille’s firstgoal to put them back in the lead. Joe Donaghy replied with a pointedfree after a similar score for Carndonagh had reduced the deficit, anda point from Daniel Clarke stretched Newtown’s lead to 4. Joe Donaghythen raised the second green flag for Naomh Colmcille in the 20thminute of the half. Carndonagh scored another pointed free beforethings got even better for the Reds when Joe Donaghy got his secondand Newtown’s third goal, taking the scoring pass from WillieGillespie. Another pointed free in first half additional time forCarndonagh left the interval score Naomh Colmcille 3-5 0-6 Carndonagh.Carndonagh got off to a great start to the second half, raising thegreen and white flags in the opening 6 minutes of the half. JoeDonaghy scored another pointed free following a foul on John Fullerton, before Carndonagh added another two scores, one from a free. WillieGillespie had a goal effort well saved by the Carndonagh keeper.Michael Lynch added another stunning long range effort from theresultant 45 in the 21st minute. Mark Dowds hooked over a close rangepoint and a foul on Michael Lynch gave Joe Donaghy the opportunity toadd another pointed free. Willie Gillespie took a pass from DanielClarke to register Naomh Colmcille’s 4th goal as the match enteredit’s final minutes. Black and red cards were shown to Carndonaghplayers before Joe Donaghy scored the final point of the match insecond half stoppage time. Full time score Naomh Colmcille 4-10 1-9Carndonagh. Naomh Colmcille: Tony Blake, Alex Devenney, John Fullerton, RickyHegarty, Gerard Curran, Michael Friel, Paul Friel, Ryan McErlean,Ciaran Devine, Don Hegarty (1-0), Daniel Clarke (0-1), EddieGillespie, Willie Gillespie (1-0), Joe Donaghy (2-6, 0-4 (f)), MarkDowds (0-1). Subs used: Michael Lynch (0-2, 0-1 (f), 0-1 (45)), OranHilley, Stephen Gallagher, Jordan McDaid.The U11s won the Gerard O’Doherty cup in the Strabane Sigersonstournament on Saturday.Having beaten Omagh in the semi final Naomh Colmcille proceeded tobeat Carrickmore in the final. They held great composure throughoutand played all the games in great GAA spirit on the eve of the AllIreland. Well done to all the young men.The reserves defeated Letterkenny Gaels in Newtown on Saturdayevening. Full time score Naomh Colmcille 5-12 1-7 Letterkenny Gaels.The U13s got their first league win with a well deserved victory atMuff on Sunday. Well done to all the boys.The Junior Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser will take place onSaturday 14th November at the Halfway House in Burnfoot. This shouldbe a great event so mark the date in your calendar now!There are a limited number of season tickets now available for freeentry to all adult Donegal club league and championship matches(excluding Naomh Colmcille home games). €30 for the ticket or €50 forthe ticket and Donegal club gear. Contact Alison Ferry.Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel.If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches orbullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involvedin coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completedthe child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed thiscourse previously, please contact Breda ASAP. Naomh Colmcille CLG would like to extend sympathy to the family andfriends of the late Patrick Dowds, Toulette, Burt. Ar dheis De goraibh a anam.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal)for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weeklynotes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website forlatest updates on training for all age groups. The page will besupdated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’sFacebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per weekfor training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, trackbottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guardis needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U21s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U16s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U13s. Training Friday at 7:00 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U11s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U8s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Girls. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers will be included in next week’s notes.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto isthe bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up ona team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) ifanyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone fortheir continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club theessential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults thechance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: DELIGHT FOR NAOMH COLMCILLE U11’S AS THEY WIN 24-TEAM TOURNAMENT IN STRABANE was last modified: September 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

Some Liverpool fans turn on star after woeful performance against Cardiff

first_img Most Popular Football Stories 1 BEST OF revealed latest Pass-pass-pass-pass-pass to Lallana-lose ball-repeat. Everything breaks down as soon as Lallana touches the ball.— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) October 27, 2018 Adam Lallana has been poor imo. No link up. Poor passes in the box. But if he needs more games to find his touch this game is as good as one is gonna get to elevate his game.— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) October 27, 2018 Adam Lallana is not good. Pace gone. Touch gone. Haircut average.— James Sutton (@thejamessutton) October 27, 2018 He also got the nod to start at Anfield against Neil Warnock’s side with Jurgen Klopp presumably hoping to get the 30-year-old lots of touches against a side willing to sit deep and defend.Despite having an effort cleared off the line towards the end of the first 45 minutes, several Reds fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns at how the former Southampton man was playing – calling for Xherdan Shaqiri to come on in his place instead.In particular, fans were annoyed with how slow and pensive the normally dynamic midfielder was in possession, continually performing turns which appeared unnecessary.Scroll down to see the best reaction from fans below… Adam Lallana has been really, really bad today. And the concerning thing is that we’re only playing Cardiff.— Mik (@MikLFC) October 27, 2018 scrap tense Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker center_img Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Adam Lallana needs putting out to pasture. We’ve evolved past this level of player. Just hasn’t got the dynamism or passing range. All a bit one paced. Get the 2nd goal and the floodgates will open— Steve McVeigh (@SteveMcVeigh123) October 27, 2018 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “Quick break by #LFC… Lallana picks it up… turns… turns again… turns… *sigh*…” pic.twitter.com/akHY7q3ue3— Chris Berry (@chrisberry86) October 27, 2018 Adam Lallana may have only just come back from injury, but that did not stop several Liverpool fans from slating the midfielder for his showing against Cardiff City.The England international made his first start for the Reds for 292 days when he lined up against Huddersfield Town last weekend after recovering from a series of muscular injuries. Lallana looks to have lost a yard of pace, and he was never quick to begin with pic.twitter.com/qhmDGmFm48— Paul Milligan (@mrpaulmilligan) October 27, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Mané, Salah and Firmino having to constantly drop down because the supposed creative link between the midfield and the attack (Lallana) doesn’t do anything. Please, bring on Shaqiri. Sick of Lallana…— Skuggz (@Skuggz_) October 27, 2018 Lallana frustrated plenty of Liverpool fans with his performance The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 I don’t have anything against Lallana but Shaqiri way better than him.. And we should just release him next summer and get proper player in going forward..— SJohnson (@sheeun11) October 27, 2018last_img read more

LYIT DESCRIBED AS ‘MOST IMPROVED COLLEGE’ BY SUNDAY TIMES GUIDE

first_imgLetterkenny IT has been described as the most improved college in the country by the Sunday Times College Guide.The LYIT, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, was also announced as the runner up in the Institute of Technology of the Year category.In its annual assessment, the guide praises the college for its retention rates, which have gone from being among the worst to the best in the country. Last year, Letterkenny I.T. was 18th in the league table of Irish colleges while it is now it is ranked 10th, the biggest improvement of any college in the country, and now second only to Dublin in the I.T. rankings.The guide recognises LYIT has upped its game across the board, with a staggering improvement in retention rates. Last year, it had a drop out rate of 25%, this year, the drop out rate is just 1%, the lowest in the country.The guide recognises the ongoing parking problems in the vicinity of the college, with parking facilities set to be developed on a 10 acre site opposite the main building.LYIT DESCRIBED AS ‘MOST IMPROVED COLLEGE’ BY SUNDAY TIMES GUIDE was last modified: September 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITSunday Timeslast_img read more

Why the Raiders are still the NFL’s biggest mystery

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)ALAMEDA — After nearly a month of training camp in Napa and two preseason games, the Raiders returned to their team facility in Alameda for practice on Monday. But despite plenty of practices and eight quarters of what I’ll generously call “football”, we still have little to no idea of what to expect from these 2018 Oakland Raiders.Yes, there have been some hints — it’s clear that new/old coach Jon Gruden is …last_img read more

Fired Raiders broadcaster Greg Papa has ‘no regrets’ — and no issue with Mark Davis

first_imgGreg Papa doesn’t expect to run into Raiders team owner Mark Davis at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara Thursday night. But if he does, believe it or not, things will be cordial.“There’s no issue, really. I would extend my hand and shake his,” says the veteran Bay Area broadcaster. “I’ve moved on.”That might come as a surprise to Bay Area sports fans who recall the bitterness that existed last summer in the wake of Papa’s shocking dismissal as radio voice of the Raiders. At the time, Papa said …last_img read more

Video: Floor Sensors Could Save Elderly From Falls

first_imgCHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, causing more than 20,000 deaths a year in the United States alone. Now, a team of researchers is using the same technology found in smartphone touch screens to detect these dangerous tumbles as soon as they happen. To accomplish this, the researchers embedded long sheets of flexible padding with so-called capacitive sensors. The sensors detect when a person walks or lies nearby, even when conventional flooring is installed on top. This information is wirelessly beamed to a computer, which crunches the data looking for evidence of a fall. If the system, called SensFloor, senses something is amiss, it automatically calls for help (as in the video above). The technology has already found use in a French nursing home where it detected 28 falls in 4 months, a member of the team reported here today at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. According to the nurses at the home, one of the falls involved a patient who fell and was hidden from view behind her bed. The nurses say without the system it would have taken much longer to realize something was wrong. While existing thermal camera systems are much cheaper than the capacitive floor sensors, the team says its system provides a better sense of privacy and works even when furniture is moved around. The researchers say the same technology could be used outside the assisted living community, including home security monitoring and customer tracking in stores.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Andy Murray eases past Stanislas Wawrinka to reach semi-finals in London

first_imgAndy Murray crushed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 to win his group at the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday and stay on course for a season-ending climax with Novak Djokovic.What initially promised to be a tough afternoon for the world number one against the burly Swiss turned into a stroll for Murray, who extended his winning streak to 22 matches and set up a semi-final against world number four Milos Raonic.US Open champion Wawrinka was seeking to reach the semis for the fourth consecutive year and was full of aggression in the early stages.But a netted volley gave Murray a break in the seventh game. The Swiss saved three set points at 3-5 but Murray was bossing the match by then and held serve in the next game.The Scot streaked away with two breaks of serve in the second set, with Wawrinka demolishing two rackets after falling 3-0 down.After spending three hours and 20 minutes grinding past Kei Nishikori on Wednesday, Murray was in no mood for any overtime and quickly polished off his man.Murray’s 22-match streak equals his run earlier in the season. Two more wins here would deliver his maiden ATP World Tour Finals title and the year-end number one ranking for the first time.Four-times defending champion Djokovic, whose 122-week stay as world number one was ended last week, also won his three group matches and will face Japan’s Nishikori in the other semi-final.World nunber five Nishikori plays already eliminated Marin Cilic later on Friday in what is a dead rubber, although Nishikori will be desperate for the extra 200 ranking points victory world bring to edge up the rankings. advertisementlast_img read more