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New certificate requirement for steel importers – GRA

first_imgAll importers of steel and steel products will now be required to submit Mill Test Certificates from the manufacturer of the products along with their customs declarations.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday, outlining that this is one of the many measures to protect the State’s revenue.In a recent review on the classification declared by importers on steel and steel products imported into Guyana, the GRA recognised that the Harmonised System (HS) classification cannot be correctly determined without the Mill Test CertiThe GRA advised importers that if the required Mill Test Certificate is not submitted with the customs declaration, then the importer will be requested to deposit at the rate determined by GRA pending submission of the certificateficate.According to the Tax Authority, the Mill Test Certificate shows the proportion of the elements contained in the steel imported, thus the need for the certificate to accompany each shipment of steel in accordance with the provisions of Section 233 (1) of the Customs Act, Chapter 82:01.The GRA emphasised that the Mill Test Certificate must relate to the specific consignment in the declaration (invoices, bills of lading, quantities, specifications, etc) and can be facilitated by the supplier who would be able to obtain the certificate from the manufacturer.The body underscored that this new requirement is in keeping with the Common External Tariff (CET) which also makes provisions for products of ‘non-alloy’ steel that attract a 10 per cent customs duty.The GRA explained that usually, most declarations submitted by importers label the product being imported as ‘alloy’ steel which attracts five per cent customs duty.However, the Mill Test Certificate accompanying a shipment would assist in clearing up any anomalies as the certified classification will be verified by GRA’s Entry Processing Unit, with guidance from GRA’s Harmonised System Classification Committee (HSCC).The classification determined by the HSCC will be used to process and clear the consignments.Furthermore, the GRA advised importers that if the required Mill Test Certificate is not submitted with the customs declaration, then the importer will be requested to deposit at the rate determined by GRA pending submission of the certificate.Should the HSCC determine a different classification afterward upon examination of further documentation presented, a notice of demand will be issued to the importer under Section 17 (2) of the Customs Act, Chapter 82:01 for payment of the additional taxes.The Revenue Authority also noted that importers have the option of presenting their case to the Customs Tariff Tribunal for a determination should they challenge the classification after depositing the duties requested by the GRA.The GRA noted that in order to reduce the delay in processing time and clearance of the goods, importers can apply to the HSCC in advance for classification decisions on their imports to confirm whether they have used the correct Classifications.The HSCC can be contacted at GRA through its Secretary, Reshma Budhram or at classification@gra.gov.gy.last_img read more

County officials speaking out in favor of gay marriages

first_img“The State of California arrogates the right to limit your freedom to marry based on the gender of your chosen spouse,” they read. “I issue this Certificate of Inequality to you because your choice of marriage partner displeases some people whose displeasure is, apparently, more important than principles of equality.” Receiving the hand-signed statement along with a few words of consolation from the smiling clerk herself took some of the sting out of engaging in the dispiriting Valentine’s Day exercise, said Kathleen Luna, 46, and Claire Allen, 48, who have been together 21 years. “It means the world to me that Freddie did this,” Luna said. “Each year you think you’re going to be immune to it, but you get up there and you break down in tears.” In San Mateo County, Clerk-Recorder Warren Slocum also rolled out the welcome mat at a pro-gay marriage rally his office co-hosted Wednesday. The more than 100 people who showed up were handed souvenir copies of a letter he wrote to every county clerk in the state asking them to join him in supporting a pending bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in California. “As a 20-year elected official in San Mateo County, I have turned away many same-sex couples who have asked me to unite them in marriage,” the letter states. “I think there is a better way that will eliminate the needless harm and financial burden our current law places on same-sex couples and their families.” WOODLAND, Calif. – For a decade, it’s been a predictable Valentine’s Day ritual: same-sex couples across the nation show up at local government offices seeking marriage licenses only to be turned down – sometimes politely, sometimes not. But the annual Freedom to Marry protests took on a slightly more hopeful hue Wednesday in some parts of Northern California, where gay and lesbian partners gained outspoken support from elected county clerks who lamented that state law forced them to say no. “It’s been on my conscience for a while, and I won’t stand for it anymore,” said Yolo County Clerk-Recorder Freddie Oakley, who decided to give a “Certificate of Inequality” to each same-sex couple who came to her counter this year. “This time, I’m standing up.” The strongly worded documents left no doubt on whose side Oakley stood. Contra Costa County Clerk Stephen Weir, who is president of the California Association of Clerks and Elected Officials, said the group might consider a motion to formally endorse the legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Club great blasts ‘typical Arsenal’ on talkSPORT over Aaron Ramsey saga

first_img Aaron Ramsey joined Arsenal from hometown Cardiff City in 2008, and has made over 300 appearances for the club getty images – getty 2 Paul Merson has told talkSPORT it’s ‘typical Arsenal’ for the club to let a player of Aaron Ramsey’s quality go for nothing.The midfielder is set to leave the Gunners in a free transfer at the end of the season after he failed to agree a new contract with the Premier League club. Merson believes Unai Emery is allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave as he thinks he can find better center_img “But giving a player £200,000-a-week is going to be a lot less than buying a £40million player and giving him £130,000-a-week.“It’s typical Arsenal isn’t it.“How can they let the contract of a quality player like that run down? They’ve done it too many times now.“When I was there, when there was 18 months or two years left on your contract you were called in for another one. My contract never, ever, went to less than 18 months at Arsenal.” 2 Ramsey’s current deal expires at the end of the season and while there were rumours Arsenal could look to sell him in January to at least get some cash for the 27-year-old, the player has insisted he will not leave until the summer when his contract is up.Merson believes the decision was made to let Ramsey go because manager Unai Emery believes he can find a better player to replace the Welshman.But the former Gunner is annoyed Arsenal are allowing another of their top stars to leave, saying it never would have happened during his time at the north London club.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It seems to me that the manager has said, ‘I can get better somewhere else’.“The contract was on the table and Arsenal withdrew it, and it sounds like to me the manager has said, ‘hold on a minute, I’m not giving him that kind of money, I can get a better player than that’.last_img read more

MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION CO-ORDINATES RESCUE 220 MILES OFF DONEGAL COAST

first_imgMALIN Head Coast Guard station has helped co-ordinate a long range mission off Donegal.The station and colleagues in the UK were alerted to serious injuries suffered by a fisherman on a vessel 220 miles off the Donegal coast.The Rescue 118 chopper was despatched on the hazardous journey, fuelling at Donegal airport before heading out to sea. Irish Air Corps assisted in the mission.The casualty was returned to Sligo Regional Hospital for treatment. MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION CO-ORDINATES RESCUE 220 MILES OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: August 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:coast guardMalin HeadR118rescuelast_img read more

Kaizer Chiefs back on top of SA football

first_img‘Happy and excited’“I’m so happy and excited at the same time. I think I have an even bigger challenge next season to defend all the awards that I won this season. All eyes will be on me.” Kaizer Chiefs are back on top of South African football after winning both the Premier Soccer League and the Nedbank Cup. Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune also dominated the PSL Awards on the weekend, putting an exclamation point on the Amakhosi’s fine season. ‘Immensely proud’“You’ve got to be happy to come to a club and win the double in your first year. It’s incredible and I’m immensely proud of my players.” It was certainly a weekend to remember for Chiefs. It began with victory over SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup final in Durban on Saturday, and ended in Johannesburg on Sunday with Khune being named Footballer of the Season, the Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season, Goalkeeper of the Season and Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament. In his first season with Chiefs, the former Bafana Bafana mentor was named Coach of the Year after the club claimed the Nedbank Cup for the first time in seven years and the league honours for the first time in eight years. ‘The culture of winning’Baxter also praised his technical team and the team’s management. He further sounded a warning to other clubs, saying: “It is very important that we continue with the culture of winning. Khune, captain of Chiefs and South Africa, told Sapa he was humbled by the awards he received. “To be recognised as the best player in the PSL, I’m so humbled,” he said. 28 May 2013 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Speaking after his side’s win over SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said: “If someone had told me at the start of the season we would win the double I’d ask them what how much they were drinking? But as the season progressed, we all started to believe [we could do it]. SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt, after seeing his side go down in the Nedbank Cup final, said: “They’re the biggest club in South Africa and your back’s going to be against the wall every time you play them,” he said. “They’re a fantastic football club and you’ve got to commend Kaizer [Motaung] and his family for what they’ve done here. “We will meet soon and discuss areas that need strengthening in the team. We will be campaigning in Africa which means our squad will need to have more depth.” “When I started playing against them in 1980, it was unbelievable already in those days, and it’s grown into a huge empire.” Khune has also moved to downplay suggestions that he could sign a lucrative contract with an overseas club, saying he had not heard anything from anybody and was thus focusing on playing the next season with the Amakhosi. “It is a great feeling to win this award,” Baxter told the Kaizer Chiefs’ website. “When you receive a call to coach Kaizer Chiefs it brings lots of pressure especially after the club went through such a long time without winning the league. I thank the supporters for sticking through with the club through thick and thin.”last_img read more

OSU Extension looking for water quality cooperators in Maumee River Basin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University Extension is asking farmers in the Maumee River Basin to help with a water monitoring research project looking at Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP) losses from fields.  Increases in DRP in the watershed have been tied to increased occurrences of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie. The data collected will help better quantify actual losses from an economic and environmental standpoint, leading to tools that can target high risk fields so cost effective Best Management practices can be designed that maintain crop productivity while reducing phosphorus losses.This project gives a farmer the chance to find out how much Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP) in pounds per acre is leaving their field site, based on their crop production system. Farmers will be provided their individual data plus summary data for all sites in the project. The data will be used to understand what conditions lead to DRP loss and what recommend Best Management Practices (BMP’s) can be used to reduce nutrient loss.A plastic water sampling disk is placed at the end of field tile or within drainage water management structures during two periods of the year, September to December and March to June. The sample devices are changed out every four to five weeks during each sample period. A standard soil test analysis will be provided as well. There is no cost to the farmer for the water or soil sampling.The primary field selection recommendation is that drainage water sampled should only include water from the farm practices being done by the cooperating farmer. Shared field mains that include multiple farmer managements, road drainage, household water drainage or other areas not under control of the farmer should not be used. The field main should drain 5 or more acres. There is no upper limit to field size as long as the drainage area is known and the field area drained is under the control of the cooperating farmer. The end of the field main tile or a drainage control structure on the main tile should be accessible for deploying samplers.Field Management information by date for tillage, fertilizer applications and crop cover planting that occur in the three months prior to sampling through when the last sample is pulled out will be collected. This data is extremely valuable to understand how practices influence the water quality results.More details on the sampling project as well as a signup link can be found at http://go.osu.edu/farmerwaterproject or contact Sarah Noggle, Paulding County Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources noggle.17@osu.edu or Greg LaBarge labarge.1@osu.edu. Please sign up by September 1 to participate in the first sampling period.  For additional questions, one can walk in the OSU Extension Office at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding, Ohio 45879 or call 419-399-8225.last_img read more

OABA again offering LAUNCH Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select up to 30 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program in early 2016. Knowing that half of the agribusiness workforce could retire in the next 10 to 12 years, Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights (LAUNCH) was designed to inspire confidence in emerging leaders to help them achieve career growth and their organization’s strategic goals. Earlier this year, 20 participants from 16 different organizations graduated from the third LAUNCH class.“While the LAUNCH program was designed as an intensive professional development workshop for agribusiness professionals, it also connects participants with fellow leaders in the industry, which often turns into lasting working relationships among them,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “It’s a unique dynamic in that the participants are learning and collaborating together to better themselves and Ohio’s agriculture industry as a whole.”The LAUNCH program will consist of two sessions: Jan. 5-7, 2016 and Feb. 16-18, 2016. The program will cover a variety of topics, including personal insight, executive leadership skills and decision making, communication and presentation skills, global issues in agriculture, sales and marketing principles, Ohio/regional trends in agribusiness, strategic planning, critical thinking, goal setting and organizational skills, state and local government, how to develop a successful mentor-mentee relationship and a capstone project.To be considered, participants must be employed by a member company/organization of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, must be sponsored by their employer, and must submit an application and letter of recommendation. The application form is available at www.oaba.net. The deadline to apply is Nov 20.For more information and to see what 2015 participants are saying about LAUNCH, go to oaba.net/events or contact Margo Long at 614-326-7520 or mlong@oaba.net.last_img read more

Getting to Zero Waste

first_img RELATED ARTICLES One of the goals of a sustainable city is to effectively manage material flows into and out of the city. Garbage, or what environmental engineers call solid waste, presents some of the most difficult challenges to urban sustainability.San Francisco may well be on the way to achieving its goal of “zero waste,” or to divert all of its garbage away from landfills. Currently, San Francisco diverts 80% of its waste away from landfills. According to New York Times reporter Matt Richtel: “San Francisco also has a world-class reputation for its composting processes, which turns food waste into fine, coffee-like grounds that is sent to farms as fertilizer.” And he observes that San Francisco is the “Silicon Valley of recycling.”The SF Environment Department for the city and county of San Francisco has set a goal of zero waste by 2020. That formerly future-sounding date is just four years away. According to the department, about half of the waste now placed in non-recycle bins could be recycled, which would drive the waste diversion rate to 90%. According to the department’s website:To achieve 100 percent zero waste, SF Environment will continue to advocate for state legislation and partner with producers to develop a producer responsibility system, where producers design better products and take responsibility for the entire life-cycle of a product, including take-back and recycling. Steven Cohen is the executive director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. This post originally appeared at The Huffington Post. The city’s zero waste policy includes three goals: 1. prevent waste; 2. recycle and compost; and 3. safely handle toxics. San Francisco’s unique political and social culture must be seen as a major factor contributing to this program’s success. People in that city behave as if reducing waste and recycling are important social behaviors. New Yorkers can’t be botheredIn contrast, New York City’s waste diversion rate is 16%. The goal is to get to zero waste by 2030. It’s a little difficult to see how that goal will be achieved. The city’s target for FY 2016 is 19%, but according to the NYC mayor’s management report, the actual diversion rate is anywhere from 1.2- 2.9% below target.Any casual look at New York City’s public recycling bins will provide a sense of the difficult road New York must travel to reach anything approaching zero waste. Paper bins are filled with bottles and the bottle bins are filled with a wide variety of unsorted waste. Northern Californians may be thoughtful about waste disposal, but New Yorkers can’t be bothered. It is not clear that New York is capable of a cultural shift deep enough to achieve the diversion rates already reached in San Francisco.Each city is different, and New York’s pace, diversity, and size make comparisons to San Francisco difficult. Still, large-scale behavior changes can be achieved with leadership, strategy and creativity. New York City has eliminated indoor smoking in public places. New Yorkers have learned how to comply with alternate side of the street parking rules and some are even learning how to stop jaywalking.So it is possible that waste disposal behaviors could change. But it will take leadership and the sustained attention of the mayor and the media. It’s unlikely to happen because garbage has little appeal as a political issue. Climate change holds conferences in Paris and attracts attention at Davos. Garbage gets a little less glamor.In any case, behavior change alone is not sufficient. The recycled waste must actually be reused — a problem with the weak market for some recycled substances. The technology of waste sorting and the energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness of recycling also need improvement. A city’s system of recycling and waste management is as important as an individual’s waste disposal behavior. The technology and market will come to New York City, but probably not by 2030.center_img It is clear to most experts that a system of recycling facilities, waste-to-energy plants, and changed public behavior would be a more cost-effective and environmentally beneficial waste management system for New York City. Unfortunately, New York can barely site marine waste transfer facilities and has been unable to build waste-to-energy plants or other elements of a more advanced waste management system. New Yorkers simply won’t accept construction of those facilities in their neighborhoods. In any case, as New York’s land prices rise, it becomes increasingly uneconomical to locate those facilities within the city.The gap between San Francisco’s accomplishment of 80% landfill diversion and New York’s 16% is huge. New York was ahead of its time in building its water and mass transit system, but is far behind the times in dealing with its garbage. When compared to San Francisco, the two waste management systems are truly a tale of two very different cities. Landfills Are a Big Methane ProblemAre We Recycling Too Much of Our Trash?Saving Energy by RecyclingJobsite RecyclingBeyond RecyclingWaste Management for New Construction and RemodelingArizona Bans Ban on BagsRecycled PVC Raises Health ConcernsPlastic Production Rises But Recycling Can’t Keep UpCurbside Recycling for Polystyrene FoamRecycling Vinyl Siding The circular economyZero waste is an element of the concept of a circular economy. In a circular economy, all waste from consumption becomes an input into new production. Inevitably there is some leakage in the tightest circular production process. But the goal is to move from a linear model of production-consumption-waste to one more closely resembling a circular model. I don’t think of zero waste as an achievable operational goal, but rather as a model and an aspiration. It is a way to think about resource use and waste management, rather than an absolute target.It requires a paradigm shift or a new way of thinking about consumption and garbage. Instead of mindlessly tossing something you have consumed into a waste bin, you sort it or consider how it might be re-used. In the case of production processes, it includes the concept of producer responsibility. The producer includes in the price of a good an incentive to bring the good back to the place of purchase or to the manufacturer. The manufacturer, in turn, designs the good to be mined for resources or to be reconfigured for additional use. Of course moving the good or material through the production process requires energy and so the closed system works best when it is powered by renewable energy.These ideas of closed systems of production and consumption are central to the concept of the sustainable city. As the mechanization of agriculture reduces rural employment and as the Internet communicates the appeal and seductiveness of urban lifestyles, more and more of the world’s population is moving to cities. This creates opportunities for more efficient production, distribution and consumption of goods and services and leads to the possibility of systems that approach the goal of zero waste.While New York City may aspire to zero waste by 2030, at the same time the city was announcing that goal in 2015, it was also proposing a long-term deal with an upstate New York landfill to take the city’s garbage for the next several decades. According to Cole Rosengren of City Limits:A new plan to send Brooklyn’s garbage upstate would solidify the city’s waste export strategy for decades, but also shows how impractical the system has become. Under a newly proposed 20-year contract with IESI — a major industry player owned by Canadian company Progressive Waste Solutions — much of Brooklyn’s residential garbage would be shipped to the company’s Seneca Meadows landfill at a projected cost of $3.3 billion… New York has struggled to deal with its garbage in a sustainable way since the Fresh Kills landfill closed on Staten Island in 2001. According to Department of Sanitation (DSNY) data, it cost $99 to dispose of a ton of garbage in 2000 versus $145 in 2014 when adjusted for inflation.last_img read more

Of Course Selling Is About Relationships

first_imgIf selling is not about relationships, why then does your existing client call you to bring you in to help them when they take a new role at a new company? Is trust not a part of commercial relationships?What underlies your ability to get access to your contacts that they universally deny other salespeople? Why do they give you time and deprive others?If relationships are not a factor, why do you lose some deals to the incumbent supplier, even though you have a better offering? Why is it so difficult to displace an existing supplier, and why do so many of their contacts defend them—even when they perform poorly? What accounts for a contact’s desire to protect their under-performing supplier?When you receive the call from your existing client to provide you the details of your competitor’s bid and to ask you to make the necessary adjustments to your offering, is this somehow evidence of the absence of a relationship? Is it an absence of a strong preference to work with you?When your existing client refers you to a peer in another division or another company, was that done without any thought about you and your relationship? Are they recommending you because they don’t care about you? Are they suggesting the person they refer will find you to be adequate or acceptable?Your client hands you a giant stack of your competitor’s sales collateral, their proposals, and the pricing. Why is it that they want you to have this competitive intelligence? Why wasn’t your collateral and proposal handed over with all but the one competitor’s content they prefer?Be Careful and ThinkYou have to be very careful when you read ideas that propose that certain attributes, skills, or approaches are mutually exclusive.The danger here as it pertains to relationships falls into two areas. First, in a world that is increasingly being pulled in two directions, super-transactional and super-relational, deciding to have a super-transactional approach when that is not your overarching business strategy is a dangerous game. If you need to be consultative, super-relational is a better choice.Second, you can fall into the trap of believing that being smart means you don’t have to have all the other attributes, skills, and character traits that would cause people to prefer to work with you than with your competitor. You also have to deal with the definition of words.If relationship means that I like you and you like me without also providing other value (economic, strategic, etc.), then what you are describing is a conflict-averse, order-taker, not commercial relationships, per se. By definition, the word “relationship” means “the way two things are connected. If relationship means that I know you, I like you, I trust you, and you create value for me beyond our enjoying each other’s company, then you might be getting closer to a modern commercial relationship.last_img read more

Scribes’ bodies concerned over ‘anti-NRC’ dossier

first_imgThe Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and its affiliate, the Journalists’ Union of Assam (JUA), have expressed concern over the “propaganda” under the “NRC authority logo to malign and malign a group of journalists from across the country as anti-nationals” for their critical reports on the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in the State.A dossier listing “anti-NRC” journalists and human rights activists has been doing the rounds on the social media for about a week. The office of State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela issued a statement saying it has nothing to do with its creation and circulation.“The IJU views this as a hate campaign and crass intolerance against opinions and reports by professional journalists,” its president and Press Council of India member Amar Devulapalli said in a statement. He termed the “hate campaign” an attack on the right to free speech and expression.JUA president Geetartha Pathak, who is also the IJU vice-president, said the dossier was a mischievous attempt to intimidate journalists and discourage them from reporting on and analysing the ground realities in Assam.The IJU and JUA asked the NRC authority to investigate the dossier’s origin since it has been prepared in their name.last_img read more