More back office duties moved to Gozo

first_imgMGOZ / George ScerriMGOZ / George Scerri The Office of the Commissioner for Taxes in Gozo is giving a valid contribution to the Malta department as regards back office issues, as well as carrying out a full service in Gozo in all matters relating to VAT, income tax and inheritance among others.This was stated by Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna during a visit to the Gozo centre, which is located in Victoria.MGOZ / George ScerriAt present, the centre in Gozo is made up of 50 members of staff whose work includes VAT and grants on various schemes such as weddings and funerals, as well as all online submissions made by notaries based in Malta and Gozo.Minister Scicluna explained initiative of this kind is in line with the government’s principle that Gozitans are able to do work in Gozo without any extra inconvenience.In 2017, every economic sector Gozo recorded an increase in jobs; with the biggest increases recorded in the professional, scientific and technical jobs, as well as the management and support sectors where they reached almost 30%, whereas in the information and communication sectors, growth reached almost 25%.MGOZ / George ScerriMinister for Gozo Justyne Caruana was also present for this visit. She commented that centres such as these not only create jobs for Gozitans, but also increase the range of services available to the Maltese population.“We are seeing that a single project can serve two functions; consequently, it is the government’s commitment to continue working to increasing these types of initiatives. The Ministry is committed to continue to open more offices along well with a review of the agreement we have with various ministries and other authorities to enable us to give better service to the public in Gozo,” she said.Minister Caruana added that the coming weeks will see the start of renovation work at the Ministry for Gozo, including the Department of Inland Revenue.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Mayor Bill White chosen as Rices 06 commencement speaker

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 E-MAIL: [email protected] Mayor Bill White chosen as Rice’s ’06 commencement speakerSelection pays tribute to White’s vision and leadership as mayor Houston Mayor Bill White will deliver the commencement address to Rice University’s Class of 2006 at ceremonies May 13. ” Mayor White has demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership for the city of Houston since his election,” said Rice President David W. Leebron. “His performance over the last month in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita showed the nation, and indeed the world, the kind of compassionate and decisive leader we have at the helm in Houston.   He is a leader with national visibility who has enhanced the reputation of our city. The students made a perfect choice.” Katharine Donato, associate professor of sociology at Rice and chair of the selection committee for a commencement speaker, said students on the committee were inspired by White’s accomplishments and found him to be the epitome of a public servant. “Meeting as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was unfolding around us, we all praised Mayor White’s efforts and agreed that he had exemplified the utmost compassion, generosity and preparedness,” Donato said. “As a result, we enthusiastically recommended him to President Leebron to be our next commencement speaker.” White became mayor of the nation’s fourth-largest city in 2004 after winning a runoff election with 63 percent of the vote.   White has a record of accomplishment as a lawyer, federal official, businessman and state and city leader.   An honors graduate of Harvard University, White attended the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he was elected editor in chief of its law review and graduated at the top of his class.   President Bill Clinton appointed White to serve as deputy secretary of energy, where he reformed contracting practices to benefit taxpayers and promoted policies to reduce oil imports. White chaired the Texas Democratic Party from 1995 to 1997 before becoming president and CEO of Wedge Group prior to his mayoral campaign.  From 1979 to 1993, White was an attorney and then partner with Susman Godfrey. While practicing law, he taught law at the University of Texas at Austin, authored dozens of publications and testified before Congress on antitrust and voting rights issues.   In 1975, while serving as a young legislative assistant in the U.S. Congress, White helped draft landmark energy legislation. He has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including Baylor College of Medicine, Pew Hispanic Center, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Center for Houston’s Future, U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, Advisory Board of Environmental Defense of Texas, Advisory Board of McDonald Observatory and Astronomy, and the Steering Committee of Houston’s Quality of Life Coalition. For many years he served on the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and twice served as chairman of its World Trade Division and once as chair of its Environmental Advisory Committee.   White is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is former chairman of the Houston World Affairs Council.   He has served on the board of five public companies. As mayor, White has earned praise for his consensus-based leadership style and his nonpartisanship as he has worked in close collaboration with Harris County Judge Robert A. Eckels in responding to the two hurricanes.   An editorial in the Houston Chronicle praised the mayor’s performance after his first 100 days in office, noting that his “attention to detail — political, emotional, practical — exemplifies the nuts-and-bolts management style he brought to City government.” The committee that recommended White to speak at Rice’s commencement consisted of Donato, chair; undergraduate student representatives Breck Garrett and James Lloyd; and graduate student representatives Sheila Moore and Matthew Murphy. “I am very grateful for the thoughtful work of the committee,” President Leebron said, “and especially pleased that its choice of Mayor White as commencement speaker reflects the strong bond between Rice University and the great city of Houston which is its home.” AddThislast_img read more