City Council to implement new revenue collection system

first_imgVendors from several markets will be engaged in a new system to pay their dues as the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) seeks to implement a new initiative to collect its revenues.According to the Council, Bourda Market will be used from Monday as a pilot to identify challenges, weaknesses, strengths and opportunities for improvement in the structure that was created. It would then be replicated in all other markets after the revision and rectification process.The Accounting Manager of the Council, John Douglas, on Friday highlighted some of the mechanisms that will be put in place to facilitate the new system.Currently, ‘revenue collectors’ from the market section would act on behalf of the Council to manoeuvre around the vendors and apply the charges on behalf of the Council and collect the revenues based on what was owed.However, to enhance the transparency and accountability of this process, this would not be done in the future. A booth was established at Regent Street and Orangewalk, where the system would be modified. Cashiers would be present at the booth while “issuers” and “verifiers” will be dispatched to the vendors.“An issuer would come towards a vendor. They would assess the goods that is on the ground and they would write what is called a ‘slip’. The vendor would be given that slip and the vendor is expected to take that slip towards the cashier booth and make his or her payments,” Douglas explained.“The verifier comes a little while after on the ground to ensure that the vendor had paid at the cashier booth and the correct amount has been paid for,” he later added.For him, this system would drive a more efficient procedure of obtaining dues from the vendors. The monies would also be obtained in a manner that is also safer for persons to deposit their cash.Presently, a new database has also been created specifically for this purpose and it is a 24-hour system.“It’s going to be betterment for both vendors and staff. It’s a more secure system and its one that involves the use of technology. When you go to the booth to make the payment at the cashier, there is a software that is built with the prices already fixed it so it eliminates the possibility of anyone varying and playing with the prices.”Meanwhile, when asked if those that were hired as revenue collectors would be sent home, Town Clerk Royston noted that they would be reclassified to suit the new available positions.The new process will commence on Monday with the ‘casual’ vendors who will be paying for their spots at the new cashiers.last_img read more

Wheelchair star Sithole gears up for SA Open

first_img19 March 2014South African wheelchair tennis superstar Lucas Sithole is hard at work preparing for next month’s Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) Autumn tournament series to be hosted in Gauteng. The quad ace made history last year when he won the US Open.For the first time since his memorable memorable title win in New York, he will be playing at the highest level on home soil and is excited and optimistic about his chances.Sithole will be a major draw-card at the tournaments, and he is hoping South Africans will turn out in their numbers to support him and the other South Africans taking part.‘Good to play at home’“I am looking forward to the two tournaments,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is always good to play at home in our conditions and in front of our fans.“I believe my game has improved since last year’s tournament, and I hope to do better this year, and lift the title.”TournamentsThe first of the two tournaments is the Acsa Gauteng Open, to be played at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre at Benoni Lake from 23 to 27 April. It is a grade one event, and one of only 13 such tournaments in the world.Top international players are expected to participate in it, in preparation for the even more prestigious Acsa SA Open, which takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg from 20 to 23 April. The tournament has Super Series status and is one of only six such tournaments. The others are played in Australia, France, Japan, Britain and the United States.Loss of limbsWhen he was only 12 years of age, Sithole lost both legs and his right arm when he fell under a train. That setback would have overwhelmed most people, but he said going to school with other disabled children helped him to come to terms with what had happened to him.In 2005, he was invited to a wheelchair tennis camp, when the sport was launched in South Africa. Sithole took to the sport like a duck to water, and the following year he represented South Africa for the first time.World number twoAlthough he was badly beaten in his first outing, he has gone from strength to strength since then. He is currently ranked second in the world and has two Super Series titles and a Grand Slam title to his name.Earlier this year, he reached the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne, losing to arch rival and world number one, David Wagner.History makerSithole, who is known to his rivals as “Twister”, has made history in many ways, including becoming the first disabled sportsperson to be nominated as Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards last year.He wants to carry on making history, and he has his eyes set on a medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. However, his immediate aim is to claim the South African Open title.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Court Brief: EPA Strayed on RFS Waivers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify, according to a 97-page brief filed in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by attorneys on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association. The group sued the EPA in response to it granting 48 small-refinery waivers in 2016 and 2017.In all, agency waivers reduced biofuel blending requirements for refiners by about 2.25 billion gallons in 2016 and 2017. Biodiesel industry officials estimate producers lost about 300 million gallons from waivers.The partially redacted document shows the agency originally was allowed to grant temporary, two-year exemptions starting in 2005. In recent years, however, the agency granted exemption extensions beyond two years — including a refiner that never received a prior exemption.The EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn’t have the minimum U.S. Department of Energy score to qualify, the brief said, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners’ parent companies when examining waiver requests.In addition, the brief showed evidence the agency considered small-refiners’ operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits, without looking at revenue they would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs.The Advanced Biofuels Association asked the court to declare the agency’s methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship as “unlawful.”The group asked the court to strike down the agency’s disproportionate economic hardship policy, based on a small-refinery’s operating losses or debts held on behalf of parent companies.Attorneys for the group also asked the court to declare “unlawful” the agency’s action to grant extensions of temporary exemptions that “were not continuously subject to a temporary exemption in all preceding years or that never received a temporary exemption.”When contacted by DTN, EPA spokesman Michael Abboud said, “We don’t comment on pending litigation.”PRUITT ACTIONSAfter former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took control of the agency, EPA said in a note on a May 4, 2017, final agency decision on a small-refinery request, that it had changed its approach, although it was not made public.“In prior decisions, EPA considered that a small refinery could not show disproportionate economic hardship without showing an effect on ‘viability,’ but we are changing our approach,” the brief said.“While a showing of significant impairment of refinery operations may help establish disproportionate economic hardship, compliance with RFS obligations may impose a disproportionate economic hardship when it is disproportionately difficult for a refinery to comply with its RFS obligations — even if the refinery’s operations are not significantly impaired.”BLANKET EXEMPTIONSTemporary blanket exemptions were recognized by Congress as possibly necessary for refiners that produce 75,000 or fewer barrels of crude oil per day and would face difficulty in complying with the RFS.“Many small refineries did not have infrastructure to be able to blend renewable fuels into conventional fuels and would therefore need to rely on the purchase of RINs to meet their RFS obligations,” the brief said.As a result, Congress granted all small refineries in operation at the start of the RFS program a temporary blanket exemption from compliance with the RFS program through compliance year 2010.“At the end of the temporary blanket exemption, however, small refineries would be required to meet the same renewable fuel obligations as all other refineries, unless their exemption is extended,” the brief said.Congress ordered the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a study on whether RFS compliance would “impose a disproportionate economic hardship on small refineries,” the brief said. The temporary exemption period came about as a result of the study.The initial temporary blanket exemption covering all 59 small refineries through 2010 then gave way to a two-year extension of the temporary exemptions to only 24 small refineries identified by the DOE, the brief said.During compliance years 2013 to 2015, on average, just 14 small refineries asked for extensions of the temporary exemptions. During that three-year period, EPA granted 23 of the 43 petitions the agency received.In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53% to 95%.“While EPA at this time did not publish any information about the number of small-refinery petitions received or granted, the small-refining industry clearly got the message that the odds of receiving an exemption had dramatically increased.”To read the full brief, visit http://www.dtn.com/….Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Pimpri-Chinchwad to get police commissionerate

first_imgMumbai: The Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday cleared the proposal to carve out a separate Pimpri-Chinchwad Police commissionerate from the existing Pune police commissionerate, with an aim to tackle the growing population, urbanisation, industrialisation, number of motor vehicles, political constituencies and increasing number of complaints. “Pimpri-Chinchwad has grown immensely in recent years. In addition, it hosts a large number of industries, IT companies in areas like Hinjewadi, and colleges. With constant influx of labourers from across the country in all industries, it has been observed that crime rate too is increasing,” said Girish Bapat, Guardian minister of Pune district. “The new arrangement will help in quick response to the crimes reported and maintain the law and order situation,” he said. The proposed commissionerate will have 15 police stations, namely Nigdi, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Bhosri, Bhosri MIDC, Wakad, Hinjewadi, Sangavi, Dighi and Chikhli from the urban areas while Chakan, Alandi, Dehuroad, Talegaon-Dabhade and Talegaon MIDC from rural part. It will cater to a population of around 22 to 23 lakh. On administrative front, the new commissionerate will require creation of 2,633 posts, which will be undertaken in three stages. For the first stage ₹107.72 crore will be spent on creation of 1,568 posts while ₹24.04 crore will be for office use ,and ₹188.83 crore for construction of residence. “We will require land of around 100 acres to set up a new office building, search for which has begun. The entire process would take a month or two,” said Mr. Bapat.last_img read more

Kai Sotto raring to learn from Gilas seniors

first_imgSotto hopes that he can get a chance to attend more of these Gilas practices, granting that he’s free from his school assignments and obligations with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets.“I can join here if we don’t have an exam or we don’t have a game the following day. I’m just really happy and excited to attend these sessions,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kai Sotto. PBA IMAGESKai Sotto, pegged as the future of Gilas Pilipinas, is just humbled by the opportunity given to him by coach Chot Reyes to train with the national team.But the 7-foot center doesn’t want to feel pressured after being touted as one of the cornerstones for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Zark’s-Lyceum gets act together, staves off Akari-Adamson Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “I just want to focus on what I’m doing. I don’t want to think about the pressure,” said Sotto on Monday after attending his first Gilas Pilipinas practice as a “23-for-23” cadet.The 15-year-old Sotto had his first chance to bang bodies with his contemporaries as he went to scrimmage with the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, and Calvin Abueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd it didn’t take long for him to learn his first lessons from the current Gilas pool members.“If you’re playing basketball everyday, you’ll know what’s happening on the court. I think all of us players can learn here. I try to reach out to the seniors because I want to learn from them,” he said.center_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Ginebra ‘Big 3’ delivers in TNT rout

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Abueva, Aces fall short in comeback bid vs Road Warriors Tenorio fired 27 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds, Aguilar had 25 markers, six boards, two dimes, two steals, and two blocks, and Slaughter got a double-double of 20 points, 14 rebounds with four assists, and two rejections.“LA was awesome all night long, Japeth was making brilliant passes to Greg and we love seeing those guys play together, passing to each other,” praised Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after guiding his team to 5-4. “It’s not how well Japeth plays or how well Greg plays, but how well they play together and that’s the key for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutScottie Thompson almost had a double-double of his own too, posting nine markers, 11 boards, four assists, and two steals while Kevin Ferrer also helped spark a fourth-quarter breakaway with his pair of triples breaking a 65-deadlock.“We said before the game that it was a huge game so now that we’ve won it, it’s a huge win. We’re tied in the standings right now and it’s so tight. It’s the time in the conference that everyone’s scrambling for wins,”  Cone remarked. “But our guys stepped up today. We were playing ok in the first half, but we knew it wasn’t gonna be enough to win the game so we elevated our play in the second half.” TNT 78 — Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Paredes 2, Reyes 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Golla 0.Quarters: 22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum TNT suffered its second consecutive defeat and fell to eighth place at 4-5.Jayson Castro led the fight with 17 points, but shot 6-of-20 from the field, while also grabbing four assists and two rebounds.Kelly Williams also had 17 markers and 15 boards for the KaTropa, who played without Troy Rosario, while Roger Pogoy added 16 points and five rebounds.The Scores:GINEBRA 93 — Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Cruz 6, Ferrer 6, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, Mercado 0, Taha 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESGinebra went to its top guns and downed TNT, 93-78, to grab a share of fifth place in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter formed a terrible trio for the Gin Kings as they frustrated the KaTropa and accounted for almost the entire team’s production.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more