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Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Rubis automates fuel checks amid upgrades

Rubis Energy Jamaica has added new technology for gauging fuel inventory at its Old Harbour Road service station in St Catherine, which was recently upgraded and reopened.

The cost of the project, which was inclusive of an Automatic Tank Gauging, or ATG, system, was not disclosed.

“Previously, our dealers had to use a manual dipstick to check fuel levels in-between shifts, a process that usually took 15 to 20 minutes and involved shutting down the service station during that time,” said Rubis’ Retail Manager Wayne Wright, in a company release issued through its publicists. “The time has been drastically reduced to five minutes and does not require the service station to shut down,” he said.

RUBiS Old Harbour was part of a comprehensive modernisation project being undertaken by Rubis Energy. RUBiS Four Paths in Clarendon was reopened in late December, the company said, while another service station at Spalding is due to reopen by mid-month, or within a matter of days, and will be followed by the station at the corner of Gore Terrace/Constant Spring Road in Kingston, for which no specific date was stated.

No room at the inn

Airbnb said Monday that it’s reviewing reservations in the Washington, DC area ahead of next week’s presidential inauguration and will bar any guests associated with hate groups or violent activity.

The move comes as some city officials ask Airbnb, VRBO and other rental hosts to take down their listings until the January 20 inauguration is over.

“There’s no way to guarantee that your guests are not coming to incite violence,” Janeese Lewis George, a Washington city council member, said in a post on Twitter. “Please protect your neighbours and the District from more attacks.”

Airbnb has had a policy of removing guests who are confirmed to be members of hate groups since 2017, when it blocked guests who were headed to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Airbnb said it will warn all guests in the Washington region that it may bring legal action against them if they are members of hate groups or if they plan violent activities. It’s also telling hosts to call a hotline if they suspect guests are violating Airbnb’s policy.

The company said it’s also banning from its platform anyone who engaged in criminal activity in last week’s riot at the US Capitol, and is cross-referencing arrest records to determine who should be removed, but would not say how many people it had removed so far.