UW prepares for Wolverine Invite

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first_imgAfter finishing seventh at the Lady Northern Invitational last weekend, the Wisconsin women’s golf team will focus on improvement Saturday and Sunday at the Wolverine Invite. “We need to pay attention to just making sure that we take a step forward as we head into Michigan and that we improve,” head coach Todd Oehrlein said. UW is looking forward to the tournament because the strong competition present will offer the Badgers a chance to see where they stand. “We have an opportunity moving into Michigan to try and get some wins head-to-head against some really excellent golf teams,” Oehrlein said. “It is a strong field as a whole, and we need to take advantage of these opportunities when we have them.” The tournament will take place on a par-71 course, which is 6,098 yards long.”It’s tight, pretty long, and it’s just a strong golf course,” Oehrlein said. “We are going to have to play well and be on top of our games.”Despite a middle-of-the-pack finish last weekend as a team, Wisconsin got some strong individual performances from sophomore Beth Weinstein and sophomore Heidi Hinners. Weinstein led the Badgers, finishing tied for 14th with a score of 227, and Hinners scored a 247 to finish tied for 71st overall. Both of them set personal bests.”Beth Weinstein really gave us a lift last week at Penn State,” Oehrlein said. “She played remarkably consistent with a very solid 76-76-75.” Wisconsin played this golf course a few years ago in the Big Ten Championship. However, only one member of the current team, senior Katie Elliot, played in that tournament. She will be looked to for guidance this weekend. “The leadership that [Katie Elliot] is providing through her experience and her knowledge has been incredibly valuable,” Oehrlein said. “Katie leads by how hard she works, her effort and her passion that she puts into it.” One of the focal points of this team is chemistry. While golf is an individual sport, the chemistry of a team can make or break a season. “Momentum and chemistry are very important,” Oehrlein said. “And I feel confident about that with our group. We have excellent chemistry, we have a close group, and they pull for each other, push each other and challenge each other.” After the Wolverine Invite, Wisconsin has only two more invitationals on the schedule. The Badgers are hoping to improve each week so they are at the top of their game come playoff time. “We ultimately want to try and reach the Regional Championships, and reach postseason play,” Oehrlein said. “But there is a process that you have to follow, and that process is to concentrate on the next golf tournament and concentrate on the practice at hand, and try to improve every day.”last_img read more

No 2016 receipt from shipping company at City Hall – tax collecting officer

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first_imgM&CC CoITaxes, rates and other payments to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) were examined on Monday as the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) got underway, and it was disclosed that there were no records of payment by Quick Shipping Incorporated for 2016, but the company disputed this by submitting its receipts to the CoI.Giving her evidence before retired Justice Cecil Kennard, City Treasury Department Tax Collecting Officer Kim Forbes explained that she was unaware of the Lombard Street Wharf lease until it was published in the media.However, upon checking her files, documents were found for the said property and two payments of $625,000 were rendered for the years 2017 and 2018. A receipt which was presented to the Commission by the company was examined by Forbes, who failed to recognise the signatures on the document and further claimed that it was not produced by the current software in use by City Hall.In April of 2016, the lease was granted by Town Clerk Royston King for the shipping company to operate. While a letter was sent to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for permission, it was insinuated that King did not submit the document to the Council for deliberations as was mandatory.Upon hearing that there were no records for the monies being paid, Justice Kennard noted, “Payments would have had to be made”.It is unclear who collected the $625,000 for 2016 since the amount was allegedly paid.It was explained by Forbes that the lease process involved the submission of an application by the client, which was sent to the Finance Committee. It is then taken to full council where discussions are facilitated. If the lease is granted, the Town Clerk would then proceed to prepare the relevant documents.“The application will come in to the Council. It is forwarded to the Finance Committee, then it goes to full council for approval [and] then the Town Clerk’s office prepares the lease,” she related.WaiversForbes was also subjected to answer to the process of waivers and amnesty, and she noted that the Council must decide whether or not such financial pardons should be given.A letter is usually written to the Town Clerk by the citizen and is later sent to the Sub-Finance Committee. The next step involves the summoning of the applicant for talks, and a pronouncement is taken thereafter. This is later sent to the City Treasury for procession and the tax collecting officer is notified after the pardon is granted. Certain criteria would determine the percentage of money that is waived.It was emphasised that all meetings were to be held in the chambers of City Hall and no sole individual was authorised to meet with these clients.This statement challenges the assertion that was made by Giftland Mall, which stated that King convened a meeting between himself and the Chairman of the establishment, Roy Beepat, where a special arrangement was promised to waive taxes and rates for the years 2015 and 2016.Consultant of MCG Investments Inc, Ray Hugh had represented Beepat and told the Commission that this deal was settled because the company had carried out a private contractual bargain to fix the roads and drains, install streetlights and pay for garbage collection. Consequently, for 2017, Giftland Mall would only be required to pay a sum of $11,467,500 after the interest and penalties would have been waived.King was required to respond via a letter after the engagement to confirm the agreements and a schedule would subsequently be sent by Beepat, verifying how the payments would be made. The Town Clerk made no attempts to answer to these calls until April of 2016, when he indicated via a letter that the agreement ‘no longer stood’ because of ‘certain circumstances’ including the ‘lapse of time’.Current indebtednessLegal Assistant Sherwin Benjamin referred to outstanding revenues owed to the Council, and sought to ask the tax collecting officer as to whether City Hall could be sustained if all the revenues were collected. Forbes answered in the affirmative.“If we collect all our delinquent taxes; yes, we would be able to cover all of our expenses,” she confirmed.For 2018, 67 per cent of the budgeted figure was collected, inclusive of arrears. In the month of September, revenue collection took a dive, so it is unlikely that the same amount of revenue will be collected for the last quarter.Last month, there was an announcement that the reason for City Hall’s cash-strapped situation was the large amount of debt owed by large businesses, totalling over $4 billion.It was said that many large business enterprises are guilty of undervaluing their properties and assets, which ensures that they pay less than required. Additionally, in many instances, the business owners are paying a standard domestic rate, when in fact they should be paying the commercial rate.With respect to the state of affairs at City Hall, Forbes stated: “We’re lacking a lot of guidance. A lot of the procedures don’t be followed. There is great need for some systems to be put in place.”last_img read more