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The new ASYCUDA system at Customs

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me some space to highlight the frustrations of the new Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) system that was introduced in December by GRA. While the intent of the system is good, its implementation and monitoring are sadly lacking. Importers are facing delays and demurrage while not being able to turn over their merchandise.First, without sufficient and necessary education, the system was introduced during the height of the peak season as people were clearing goods. There still is a lot of ignorance, among importers about the system and that is equally matched by the level of arrogance by the GRA bosses.Secondly is the requirement for a manifest number and manifest validation. Before ASYCUDA, an importer could have filed his documents with GRA a week before the ship arrived. That gave the importer sufficient time to have these documents lodged, processed to deal with any queries and finalise the payment of duty and vat. As soon as the ship arrived that importer could then clear the goods. The new system requires that the importer obtain the manifest number, which is only available a day or two before the ship arrives. Then there is a manifest validation which is only available when the ship actually arrives. Only then can the documents be submitted online. When they are submitted then the flags come up. These flags could be documentation, assessment or post-audit. Thus the goods are here while the documents are then being processed. Herein lies the frustration.GRA has not been listening. While the ASYCUDA system allows for online and immediate processing, the issue comes when the flags are raised. What is needed is for the system to allow the ASYCUDA to accept the filing without validation thus, giving the importer a couple of days before the ship arrives so as to clarify queries.In the interest of an improvement in the doing business, I urge GRA to seriously consider listening to the brokers and importers.Yours sincerely,Manzoor Nadirlast_img read more

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AON Kenya and Man-U launch “PASS IT ON”

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7 – 48 high school and young coaches as well as 192 children will over the weekend take part in a once a lifetime experience training with Manchester united Soccer Schools coaches courtesy of United’s shirt sponsors AON.According to AON Kenya CEO Joe Onsando, the 3 day training under the ‘Pass It On’ initiative is aimed at equip the children with soccer skills, healthy food choices, healthy mind choices and team work dynamics. Most of the coaches chosen to participate in the training were chosen from schools that participated in secondary schools games.Onsando who spoke after the official launch of the week-long activities organized to benefit AON colleagues, clients and communities also said that the coaches will talk to parents on how to motivate their children and the benefit of sport.“The involvement of local coaches in the skills and drills program is meant to ensure that the skills imparted in the coaches are taken back and implemented in their schools,” said Onsando adding that the training was meant to help children develop into confident young adults.AON will also hold a five aside football tournament with the aim of raising 5 million shillings for the Gender Violence Recovery unit at the Kenyatta national Hospital“We have supported the recovery center for some time now, so we thought to use this moment together with the strategic advantage of the position Manchester United holds as brand to highlight what they do and also to raise them some money,” he added.The Manchester Soccer School coaches expected in the country on Wednesday evening for the training are Peter Nicholas, Billy Miller and Kevin O’Connell.The AON “Pass It On” campaign was launched by legends Denis Irwin Bryan Robson and Gary Pallister at Old Trafford on the 23rd of October last year and will come to an end in June.It is expected that the three AON convoys that set off from Australia, Chile and South Africa to transverse through all AON offices- with man united balls- will have arrived in London, having covered about 180,000 kilometers.The convoys are competing for points and the balls they are traveling with will be auctioned for charity at AON 25th gala celebrations. By Lordrick Mayabi0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea give plans for 60,000-seat ground

first_img“This follows a successful consultation process during which we received very helpful feedback.”The plans involve the demolition of the current stadium at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea have played since 1905, and the construction of a new arena featuring a club shop and museum, plus restaurants and cafes.Stamford Bridge, in west London, last underwent major renovation in the late 1990s when the stadium’s West Stand was rebuilt.The ground’s current 41,798 capacity restricts Chelsea’s ability to maximise match-day revenues.According to the most recent figures compiled by financial analysts Deloitte, Chelsea generated 85 million euros ($90.1 million) in match-day revenue in the 2013-14 season.In comparison, London rivals Arsenal, whose Emirates Stadium holds 60,260, raised 120 million euros, while Manchester United, who can fit 75,653 people into Old Trafford, generated 129 million euros.Chelsea have been looking to expand their capacity for several years.Ambitious plans to transform Battersea Power Station, on the south bank of the River Thames, into a new stadium were rebuffed in June 2012 when a Malaysian company was chosen as the preferred bidder for the site.The Rugby Football Union (RFU) revealed last year that Chelsea had enquired about the possibility of playing at Twickenham, home of the England rugby team, while Stamford Bridge was redeveloped.On the pitch, Chelsea are struggling badly this season, having fallen to 15th place in the league table after losing seven of their first 14 matches. They have also been eliminated from the League Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea players celebrate Willian’s opener in their 4-0 rout of Maccabi Tel Aviv in their UCL opener. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 1- Chelsea have submitted a planning application to build a new 60,000-seat stadium on the site of their Stamford Bridge ground, the Premier League champions announced on Tuesday.“A planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge with an expanded seating capacity has been submitted,” the club said in a statement.last_img read more

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New CAF president Ahmad refuses salary

first_img0Shares0000Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad has been elected president of the Confederation of African FootballMANAMA, Bahrain, May 9 -The new Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad says he has refused to accept a salary from African football’s governing body.His election in March ended Cameroonian Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign. “I’ve refused a Caf salary for the simple reason it doesn’t respect good administration,” he told BBC Sport.“The salaries of all Caf employees, from administrators to the executive committee and president, all have to be transparent.”The 57-year-old from Madagascar held his first senior Caf meetings on Monday ahead of the Fifa Congress on Thursday 11 May.Key among the topics being discussed are how to reform CAF.“The reform of the administration is a very important point – everyone must know what is happening” said Ahmad.“First we must review the standards of management so that we can apply the reforms.Ahmad, who goes by a single name, says there is much work to be done – in lots of areas – to make Caf work “as it should.“I’m sorry to tell you when I was part of the Caf Executive Committee there was no separation of powers – the judicial body, the executive one and the congress – and we have to respect the independence of each body,” he continued.“There is a big tendency to monopolise power in the executive committee.“It has to be reviewed and reformed with new statutes for Caf so that everyone can concentrate on their proper tasks.Ahmad has also voiced concerns about the popularity of their flagship Africa Cup of Nations tournament saying it’s in danger of being overshadowed by the African Nations Championship (CHAN) which is for locally based players.He says in light of these concerns, there will also be a full review of all the Caf competitions, and as such, a symposium will be organised to discuss the future of the events.“The symposium will be made up of representatives from all parts of African football so we can discuss what we are going to do in all the competitions – Afcon [Africa Cup of Nations], CHAN, the youth tournaments and the women’s events,” he explained.Ahmad said he was particularly keen to address issues such as dwindling numbers of spectators at recent tournaments, and players increasingly finding themselves in compromised situations with their clubs during Nations Cups.“We need to take into account their situation. We must ensure that the Nations Cup doesn’t destroy their careers,” he insisted.“So we are going to review all of that and we will take a decision that suits everyone so that this competition is valued again and attracts more resources and attract bigger audiences in Africa.”Ahmad also spoke about giving more power to the presidents of the individual federations, describing them as the “Sovereign Body” – who “have to make the big decisions for the confederation.”Ahmad has promised to arrange a new CAF congress in due course in order to validate the proposed changes.He also wants to look at the re-investment of CAF resources to aid the development of football across the continent, stressing that “CAF is not here to make money to enrich itself.”-By BBC–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Predicted Arsenal XI for Premier League clash v Chelsea – Walcott set for role?

first_img 11 11 30. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Left wing-back) 35. Mohamed Elneny (Central midfield) 7. Alexis Sanchez (Left-wing) 11 11 20. Shkodran Mustafi (Centre-back) Arsenal will be hoping for a better performance in the Premier League on Wednesday night as they battle rivals Chelsea at the Emirates.The Gunners players and coaching staff were fuming following West Brom’s controversial late equaliser in their last match and will want to right their wrongs and seal a vital victory over the Blues.As with most sides, the festive period has taken its toll on the north Londoners with Sead Kolasinac suffering an injury at the hands of Gareth Barry on New Year’s Eve.The Bosnian faces a short spell out on the sideline, where Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey, and long-term absentee Santi Cazorla will join him.Mesut Ozil is a doubt but could make the XI if Arsene Wenger opts to take a risk.So, how could the Gunners line-up against Chelsea?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI listed in squad number order… 4. Per Mertesacker (Centre-back) – click the right arrow to see the predicted Arsenal XI 18. Calum Chambers (Centre-back 11 11 11 9. Alexandre Lacazette (Striker) 11 14. Theo Walcott (Right-wing) 24. Hector Bellerin (Right wing-back) 11 29. Granit Xhaka (Central midfield) 33. Petr Cech (Goalkeeper) 11 11last_img read more

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‘I’d go to Man United’ – Allegri urged to wait for next job by ex-England boss

first_imgBut according to reports in the Guardian, the Italian is also on a four-man shortlist, along with Ralf Rangnick, Erik ten Hag, who has distanced himself from the job and Arsene Wenger, to take over from Niko Kovac, who was sacked by Bayern after 18 months in charge following a 5-1 loss to his former club Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. “England’s exciting, there’s the possibility of working well and the Premier League is a championship that enriches you. If I was Allegri, I’d go to Manchester.”During his four years at Juventus, Allegri won five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and two Italian Super Cups, but after increased pressure, left the club at the end of last season following frank discussions with the board.“We talked, expressed our ideas on what was best for Juventus and the future of Juventus. After that, the club evaluated it and decided it was best that I wouldn’t be the coach of Juventus next season.” Fabio Capello wants Allegri to wait for the Man United job Simon Jordan calls Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘a small-time manager’Despite the temptation of potentially managing the Bundesliga champions, Capello has urged Allegri to focus on Old Trafford and not the Allianz Arena.“He’d be a good fit at Bayern Munich, although I don’t know how welcome Italians are in Germany after [Carlo] Ancelotti,” Capello told Italian station Radio Anch’io Sport in reference to his compatriot’s sacking by Bayern in 2017. LIVE on talkSPORT 2 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 20.74%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Getty Former England manager Fabio Capello has told Massimiliano Allegri to resist Bayern Munich and hold out for the Manchester United job.Allegri, the former Juventus boss, has reportedly been in talks with United over a deal worth £6.5million a year, as doubts continue to remain about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s suitability for the role. In the meantime, Allegri is said to be learning English as he sets his sights on the Premier League. Allegri has been linked with the United job since leaving Juventus Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekBorussia Dortmund vs Inter (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Vitoria Guimaraes vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 3:50pm) – talkSPORT 2Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTAtalanta vs Manchester City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Lazio vs Celtic (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more

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Incentive scheme focuses

first_imgAbout 60 percent of the trade and industry department’s budget will be spent on incentive schemes to stimulate economic growth, according to documents tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with his budget on Wednesday.The industrial development incentives would support investment, competitiveness, employment creation and equity.The manufacturing sector would gain the most, receiving R3.5-billion of the total R5.4-billion set aside for incentive administration for 2012/2013.This would be good news for qualifying local automotive manufacturers, as well as companies expanding production facilities and small-to-medium enterprises starting or expanding manufacturing operations.The budget sets aside about R9-billion for trade and industry for the 2012/13 financial year.This was up from R6.8-billion this year.According to the 2012 Estimates of National Expenditure, R1.3-billion has been set aside for developing infrastructure to increase the export of value-added commodities.This money would be pumped into South Africa’s largest industrial development zone (IDZ) — Coega, near Port Elizabeth — as well as the IDZs in East London and Richard’s Bay.A total of R150-million had been allocated up till 2015 to upgrade the National Metrology Institute of SA.last_img read more

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SA, Australia to share SKA telescope

first_imgThe announcement was initially expected early in April but was delayed. Various reasons were given for the delay, such as a number of objections raised by the Australian organisation that had to be resolved. Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola says that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The SKA in South Africa will be located mainly in the Northern Cape province, in an area protected by legislation from development that could interfere with the reception of radio waves from space. “The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts. The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.” The instrument, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope, is expected to be complete in 2024. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairperson John Wommersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a meeting of the SKA organisation’s members in the Dutch capital. When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrument The team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015. 25 May 2012 Members of the SKA Organisation then agreed that it was necessary to set up a small scientific working group to explore various implementation options that would ensure that there was an inclusive approach to SKA, as well as maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions. Driving scientific development in Southern Africa This follows a meeting of the members at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, after weeks of waiting and speculation regarding the final outcome of the hosting bid, which came down to two rivals, South Africa and Australia. South Africa will be the majority partner in the project, however, and will host 2/3rd of the antennae technologies of the SKA, while the remaining third will be built in Australia and New Zealand. In South Africa scientists and engineers have been hard at work for a number of years in preparation for the SKA. It will comprise about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over many thousands of square kilometres. The core of the telescope will lie in the Northern Cape’s Karoo region, with outlying stations spread throughout South Africa, and in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius. Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor. YouTube: SKA bid announcement media briefing To date, R55-million has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates. An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women. After weeks of speculation, members of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation have announced that South Africa and Australia will jointly host the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).last_img read more

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Ameren decides against wind farm in northwest Missouri

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Luis Figo to bring UEFA Champions League trophy to Mumbai

first_imgThe coveted UEFA Champions League trophy will be on display at an exclusive fan event to be hosted by Portugal legend and tournament Ambassador Luis Figo here on Friday. The event, which will take place at Tote on the Turf, is a part of a series of global fan initiatives. It will offer a premium UEFA Champions League experience to Indian fans who will journey through the most iconic moments of the world’s most prestigious club football tournament. The evening will also feature an interactive “Best of the Best”, the winner of which will receive an unforgettable photo experience alongside the trophy and the Portuguese superstar, according to a release. Fans will be challenged to match Figo’s answers through an interactive voting pad, and the fan with the fastest and most accurate response will be crowned the winner. “It’s a great honour to be able to bring the symbol of the UEFA Champions League to Mumbai. Fans in India are so knowledgeable and passionate about football and I’m excited to meet some of them and test their knowledge of this incredible competition,” Figo said. “Over 125 million fans globally follow the existing UEFA Champions League social media accounts and we want to be in a position to give football fans in India the opportunity to connect with this competition,” said UEFA’s director of marketing Guy-Laurent Epstein. The event in Mumbai is the first in a series of global events that will take the iconic trophy on a journey to emerging markets, with events in Rio and Shanghai taking place later in the year. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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