City and economic leaders hope the project will help spur additional commercial and industrial construction that can be marketed to local companies looking to expand or used to lure in outside companies. Available commercial space has been in short supply in the region, they say. “In the past, we didn’t have a whole lot to show,” said Mel Layne, president of the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance. “To get people to look at us, you need to have available space.” Some of the center’s occupants are expected to be medical firms because of the proximity to Palmdale Regional Medical Center under construction a quarter-mile south, said Mayor Jim Ledford. “That hospital is generating a lot of interest,” Ledford said. But initial occupants will include real estate, insurance and general-contractor companies, Venture officials said. PALMDALE – City and economic leaders turned out Wednesday for the opening of the first phase of a commercial and industrial development in the Trade and Commerce Center, a project they hope will help spur similar investment in the region. Venture Corp., which calls itself California’s largest builder of privately owned commercial structures for small companies, developed the first phase of its project at Commerce Avenue between Trade Center Drive and 5th Street West. The five buildings, designed for smaller companies, have space ranging from 1,100 to 2,660 square feet. Another phase is already under construction and involves three buildings – one at 12,144 square feet, one at 16,144 square feet and a third at 32,456 square feet – aimed at larger companies. “Basically, it’s a turn-key situation,” said Stuart Scheinholtz, the company’s vice president of development. “If you wanted to, you could just move in your furniture.” Purchase prices range from $299,000 to $625,000 for small-company spaces. Sales are pending or have been closed on 11 of the 35 spaces in the first phase. “You have a real-estate item in your budget, most likely for rent,” Scheinholtz said. “Why not change the rent payment to a mortgage payment?” Building prices in the larger project for big businesses range from $1.9 million to $5.1 million. Mill Valley-based Venture Corp. has similar projects in Palm Desert, San Diego County and Sacramento, as well as in Washington state and Nevada. Company officials said they were drawn to the Antelope Valley by the population growth. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Throughout the province, lights will be turned off and electronics will be powered down on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. during Earth Hour 2016. But there are more ways people, especially in the Peace Region, will be observing Earth Hour.NEAT will be hosting Earth Hour 5K Run/Walk events in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek this year, during Earth Hour.On March 19, participants can gather at Northern Lights College — at both campuses in each respective city — to start the trek. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members, and free for children 12 and under.- Advertisement -The pet-friendly event also allows for dogs to come along on the walk, so long as pets are on a leash.For more information, and to buy tickets, click here for Dawson Creek, and here for Fort St. John.Earth Hour is a global event encouraging people to conserve energy by turning off lights and electronics to show their support for climate change action.Advertisement Last year’s Earth Hour resulted in 15 megawatt hours of electricity saved, reducing the overall provincial electricity load by 0.2 per cent – the equivalent of turning off almost 680,000 LED light bulbs.The event started in Sydney, Australia almost 10 years ago. The World Wildlife Fund spearheaded the initiative to raise awareness about the effects of climate change.Today, Earth Hour engages over 7,000 cities worldwide and continues to be recognized as a leader in uniting people all over the globe to combat climate change.
What is the England ITV curse?Since the 1998 tournament in France, England’s tournament record on ITV has been nothing short of abysmal.During this period the BBC has shown 13 games, which have finished in 9 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats.That’s a pretty decent record.But then you move onto games shown on their fellow broadcaster, and things are rather different.Of the 11 games broadcast on ITV, the Three Lions have won just ONE.The other ten finished with five draws and five defeats.That includes the loss to Belgium in the group stages, whereas the wins over Tunisia and Panama were both on the Beeb. England fans are nervously waiting to see if the Three Lions can progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.But many are already despairing that the curse of ITV could strike once again. When did they last win a game broadcast on the channel?England’s solitary tournament win shown on ITV in the last 20 years came in the 2006 World Cup.It was the 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago, where the Golden Generation needed two late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard to avoid embarrassment.There’s an easy way for everyone to avoid the curse of course – turn off the TV and listen to live commentary on talkSPORT instead!talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Getty 1 Gareth Southgate’s side are hoping to end the ITV curse in Moscow
Test your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Alan Gallagher, while playing third base for Santa Clara University, once compiled a 25-game hit streak while wearing the same (unwashed) uniform and undergarments. While attending a football game with a date, he participated in a greased pig chase at halftime. He returned to his date with grease covering his shirt. It’s how he was dressed at the post-game dance.As a member of the Giants, he seemed to spend half the time on his belly or his backside. His given name was Alan Mitchell Edward …
***MUST CREDIT: Marcus Graff***Qantas Flight QF2, a 490 passengers A380, approaches Runway 21 at Perth Airport for an emergency landing early Monday morning. Picture supplied by Marcus Graff. Have you ever watch airliners landing at night, and noticed that some have their vertical stabilizers brightly lit-up with the airline name or logo visible for quite some distance? You may also notice that these airliners really stand out from other landing aircraft that do not have this feature. Lighted tails on airliners have been seen for the past twenty years or so, and are made possible by what are known as “logo lights” mounted in the tips of the aircraft’s horizontal stabilizers or on their upper rear fuselage, aimed directly at the tail fin at night.These high-intensity beams serve several valuable purposes. The first is to readily identify the airline, much like a flying billboard to maximize marketing potential in and around the airport. Second is to enhance inflight visibility at low altitudes and in high-density traffic areas near the airport while the aircraft is taking off or on approach at night. Another important function of logo lights is ground safety, making the aircraft readily identifiable from the tower during taxiing, and highly visible to drivers of ground equipment on the ramp and near taxiways in both clear and inclement weather.
29 May 2013Africa’s economic outlook for 2013 and 2014 is promising, confirming its healthy resilience to internal and external shocks and its role as a growth pole in an ailing global economy, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013, released on Monday.The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).According to the report, Africa’s economy is projected to grow by 4.8% in 2013 and accelerate further to 5.3% in 2014.At the same time, the report shows that this growth has been accompanied by insufficient poverty reduction, persisting unemployment, increased income inequalities and, in some countries, deteriorating levels of health and education.The report argues that African countries should tap into their natural resource wealth to accelerate the pace of growth and ensure that the process can benefit ordinary Africans.“Now is the time to step up the tempo of economic transformation, so that African economies become more competitive and create more gainful jobs”, say the authors of the report, adding that “widening the sources of economic activity is fundamental to meeting this challenge”.Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, the report states.“Growth is not enough”, Mario Pezzini, director at the OECD Development Centre, said in a statement. “African countries must provide the right conditions for turning natural resources into jobs, optimise their resource revenues through smart taxation and help investors and locals to make the most of linkages.”According to the report, four key elements are needed to achieve this objective. Firstly, African countries should create the right conditions for such a transformation to take place, including infrastructure, education and the creation of larger and more competitive markets.“Access to markets is fundamental to structural transformation based on natural resources: regional integration and better access to the markets of large partners could open new opportunities for all”, said Emmanuel Nnadozie, director of the macroeconomic policy division at the ECA.Secondly, the report argues, Africa’s primary sectors “require sound land management, balanced and effective tax systems and the right mechanisms and incentives to cause an acceleration and diversification of the sources of growth”.In the agricultural sector for instance, transport, fertilizers and more resistant seeds are required for an increase in productivity. Africa has 24 percent of the world’s agricultural land, but accounts for only 9 percent of its production.Thirdly, African governments and investors “must ensure that a fair share of the proceeds from natural resources and extractive industries accrue to society: for example, they should be invested in people’s capacities to take up new jobs in promising sectors.”Finally, the report suggests that African countries can foster change and economic diversification actively, for example through corridors of development around power, transport and communication lines. Stable and transparent use of budgets is key to achieving this goal.“Now is the time”, said Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice-president of the African Development Bank. “After 10 years of improved stability, sound macroeconomic policies and blossoming trade links, growth has made African nations freer than ever to choose their own development paths and implement active policies for economic transformation.”Ultimately, the report argues, transformation means opening opportunities so people can find jobs, create businesses, as well as invest in health, education and food security. In turn, higher levels of human development for all, including the most vulnerable, can accelerate the pace of economic transformation, leading to a virtuous cycle of growth and development.“Among many other benefits, human development can help drive Africa’s structural transformation by speeding both the rate of innovation and uptake of new technologies,” said Pedro Conceicao, chief economist at the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa.“But for this to happen, more attention should be paid to improving access to and quality of education and healthcare systems, transforming agriculture and fostering job creation in order to narrow income inequalities.”SAinfo reporter
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 13In 2030, South Africa is a working nation, individuals are engaged in meaningful activity, and vulnerable groups and citizens are protected from the worst effects of poverty. Everyone is able to live the life they wish to lead. • Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Social protection – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 11: Social protection• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 13: An inclusive and responsive social protection system• Infographic: Social protectionSocial protection – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africa is a working nation, individuals are engaged in meaningful activity, and vulnerable groups and citizens are protected from the worst effects of poverty. Everyone is able to live the life they wish to lead.A social floor has been defined and a multi-pronged strategy recommended to ensure that no household lives below this floor. Problems such as poverty induced hunger, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies have been addressed.In 2030, an inclusive social protection system addresses all areas of vulnerability and is responsive to the needs, realities, conditions and livelihoods of those who are most at risk.By 2030:• No-one lives below a defined minimum social floor.• All children enjoy services and benefits aimed at facilitating access to nutrition, health care, education, social care and safety.• Hunger, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies that affect physical growth and cognitive development, especially among children, have been addressed.• The skills deficit in the social welfare sector has been overcome.• Income support to the unemployed is provided through various active labour market initiatives such as public works programmes, training and skills development, and other labour market related incentives.• All working individuals make adequate provision for retirement through mandated savings. The state provides measures to make pensions safe and sustainable.• Social protection systems have responded to the growth of temporary and part-time contracts, and increasing importance of self-employment. The systems have set up mechanisms to cover the risks associated with these.• An effective social welfare system delivers better results for vulnerable groups, with the state playing a larger role compared to now.• Civil society complements government initiatives.Social protection – The challengesOur social assistance system is well developed with wide reach and coverage, but the system is still fragmented, plagued by administrative bottlenecks and implementation inefficiencies.Demographic trends and human development indicators point to a country with significant levels of social fragmentation, unacceptable levels of social alienation and the breakdown of social institutions.Poor social welfare services and ineffective policing reinforce the sense of powerlessness in poor communities. The distribution of and access to both public and private social welfare services remains skewed along racial and income lines, with the wealthy having access to relatively effective private services.The demand for social welfare services and care is increasing. Those with the ability to pay for social welfare services and care privately have the advantage of better services, whereas government-funded services, the quality of service is often plagued by inefficiencies, inadequate funding, competition for scarce resources and inadequate monitoring and oversight of services delivered.One of the key issues is reaching all of those who are entitled to existing benefits of social assistance. The state continues to be accountable for high-quality and effective services that comply with policy and rules, and achieve specified outcomes and results.Social protection – Action requiredSouth Africa must develop a comprehensive social protection system that includes social security benefits such as retirement, unemployment, death and disability benefit and – where necessary – social assistance such as public employment.The concept of social protection includes community development and social welfare services – no-fee schools, health care services, housing, free basic services and subsidised public transport.This social protection system must be sustainable, developed with the demographics of the country – including the increasing life expectancy – in mind. For one, the youth of today must not become an older population reliant on social assistance.Specific action includes:• Together with social partners, determine a social floor that can be progressively realised through rising employment, higher earnings and social grants and other aspects of the social wage.• Increase the supply of four categories of social service professionals to 55 000, to respond to the demand for appropriate basic social welfare services, i.e. social workers, auxiliary or assistant social workers, community development workers, and child and youth care workers.• Identify the main elements of a comprehensive food security and nutrition strategy and launch a campaign.• Create incentives that encourage a culture of individual saving for risks and loss of income due to old age, illness, injury or loss of work for workers in both the formal and informal sectors.• Explore designs of a mixture of financing and institutional frameworks that enables those in the informal economy to participate in contributory social insurance schemes.• Pilot mechanisms and incentives to assist the unemployed to access the labour market.• Expand existing public employment initiatives to create opportunities for the unemployed.• Develop a consolidated institutional framework that supports coherent policy implementation, integrated social security administration, and effective regulation and oversight of the system.Social protection – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve an inclusive and responsive social protection system.• Reforming the social welfare sector and services to deliver better results• Improving the provision of early childhood development. All children should enjoy services and benefits aimed at facilitating access to nutrition, health care, education, social care and safety (access and quality)• Deepening social assistance and extending the scope for social security• Strengthening community development interventions• Establishing social protection systems to strengthen coordination, integration, planning, monitoring and evaluation of services• Developing a sustainable model of funding social development• Increasing human resource capacity for the social welfare sector• Improving household food and nutrition.Social protection – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve an inclusive and responsive social protection system.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Agricultural and Resource Law Program, Ohio State UniversityA landowner may present evidence regarding the value and acreage of his or her land, but the Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) is free to weigh that evidence as it wishes, according to the Ohio Supreme Court. All seven justices agreed that the BTA in the case of Johnson v. Clark County Board of Revision acted with appropriate discretion, although two justices did not sign onto the reasoning as to why the BTA acted appropriately. The case involved a property owner’s challenge of the Clark County Auditor’s determination of Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) for property tax purposes.Continue reading for more information about what CAUV is, how CAUV determinations and tax assessments can be appealed, what happened in the Johnson v. Clark County Board of Revision case, and the main takeaways from the Supreme Court’s decision. What is CAUV?CAUV permits owners of land devoted exclusively to agricultural uses to request that the county auditor assess property for tax purposes based upon the value of the land’s current agricultural use, rather than its true market value. Since its inception, CAUV has generally provided landowners with qualifying property a lower tax bill than they otherwise would have using market value. Ohio most recently changed the formula for CAUV in 2017. If CAUV land is converted to a use that no longer qualifies for CAUV treatment, the land is again assessed based upon its fair market value and the landowner must pay to the county the difference between the CAUV value and the fair market value for the prior three years. To learn more about CAUV, visit the Ohio Department of Taxation’s CAUV webpage here. How can a CAUV determination be appealed?First, if a landowner believes that all or part of his or her parcel qualifies for CAUV, an application must be submitted to the county auditor where the land is located. County auditors are the “chief assessing officers of their respective counties” and have the authority, within the guidelines of the state tax commissioner, to make the initial CAUV determination under Ohio Revised Code § 5715.01(B). Landowners should contact their county auditors about filing instructions.Second, the procedure to appeal whether land qualifies for CAUV is different than the procedure to appeal a tax valuation assessment. If a landowner does not agree with their county auditor’s determination as to whether or not land qualifies for CAUV, they have 30 days to file an appeal with their county court of common pleas under Ohio Revised Code § 929.02(A)(2). Decisions of courts of common pleas can be appealed to the state district court of appeals, and those decisions can be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.If a landowner does not agree with their county auditor’s valuation assessment, the landowner may file a complaint with their county Board of Revision. The forms for these complaints are generally available at the county auditor’s office or website.If a Board of Revision believes that the county auditor made an error in applying the CAUV statute and rules, the board has the authority to revise tax assessments. If the landowner still does not agree with the Board of Revision’s decision, he or she may appeal to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals within thirty days of the Board of Revision’s decision under Ohio Revised Code § 5717.01. More information is available on the BTA’s website here. Alternatively, under Ohio Revised Code § 5717.05, the landowner may appeal the Board of Revision’s decision to the appropriate county court of common pleas.Decisions of the BTA can be appealed to the respective state district court of appeals where the land in question is located, and those decisions can be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. However, there are certain cases in which landowners can appeal decisions of the BTA directly to the Ohio Supreme Court under Ohio Revised Code § 5717.04. However, the types of appeals of a BTA decision eligible for direct appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court were reduced in September 2017 through House Bill 49. What happened in Johnson v. Clark County Board of Revision?Mr. Johnson challenged the Clark County Auditor’s 2013 tax assessment of his 154.61 acre farm. Neither party disagreed that the land qualified for CAUV, but Mr. Johnson disagreed with how much the Clark County Auditor said the farm was worth under the CAUV formula. For tax year 2013, the auditor assessed the property’s CAUV at $457,250.Mr. Johnson appealed to the Clark County Board of Revision. He testified, and also elicited testimony from an employee of the Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District and an employee of the Clark County Auditor’s office. Further, Mr. Johnson presented photographs, official records from the tax commissioner and auditor, and a “self-prepared written statement purporting to convey [the SWCD employee’s] site-visit findings.” The Board of Revision rejected Mr. Johnson’s claims.Mr. Johnson then appealed to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. Again, Mr. Johnson testified and produced a number of exhibits. At this appeal, he elicited testimony from an employee of the Ohio Department of Taxation. The BTA also rejected Mr. Johnson’s claims, finding that the Clark County Auditor had acted appropriately. Mr. Johnson then filed an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2016. Mr. Johnson represented himself pro se, or without an attorney. What are the main takeaways, and why did the landowner not succeed?First, the Ohio Supreme Court explained that a landowner challenging a Board of Revision or Auditor’s tax assessment must convince the BTA that his or her valuation assessment is correct and the one they are challenging is incorrect. This requirement to convince the Board of Tax Appeals is known as the burden of proof. The burden of proof determines which party must play an active role in proving his or her argument, while the opposing side will only have to present proof to counter if the board finds that the first party has carried its burden. Here, the court said that Mr. Johnson, as the landowner challenging the assessment, had the burden to convince the BTA. The court disagreed with Mr. Johnson’s argument that the county should have to rebut his evidence and prove the value that it assessed.Second, even though the BTA properly said that Mr. Johnson had the burden of proof, this does not mean that the BTA should have presumed the Board of Revision’s decision to have been correct. Instead, the BTA must independently analyze the evidence presented to it, and not simply defer to and accept the Board of Revision’s decision. Here, the Ohio Supreme Court found that the BTA did conduct an independent assessment in confirming the Board of Revision’s determination.Third, while an owner may present evidence as to the value of his or her land, a BTA has discretion to determine how much weight to give to that evidence. An owner’s opinion as to the value of his or her land is not determinative, but is merely a piece of evidence that the BTA may consider.Fourth, instead of looking at the acreage, the focus of the assessment should be on boundaries and a property’s uses within those boundaries. The Ohio Supreme Court explained the distinction between calculating acres and delineating boundaries by using dictionary definitions, and the distinction is essentially that a bounded area is fixed in space, while acreage alone describes an area without a specific line of demarcation. To prove that a parcel or portion of a parcel qualify for CAUV treatment, the boundaries of the qualifying land must be determined. Acres can only be determined after the boundaries are established. Here, Mr. Johnson did not prove the boundaries of CAUV areas on his land to the BTA’s satisfaction, and the Ohio Supreme Court said that it was within the BTA’s discretion to reject Mr. Johnson’s evidence.The Ohio Supreme Court’s full opinion, cited as 2018-Ohio-4390, is available here. Additional facts about the case can be found within the court’s opinion.Even writes for the Ohio Agricultural Law Blog.
Gopal Balakrishnan, a professor at the University of California Santa Cruz has been accused by seven people of sexual harassment through a public statement.The statement, which is available on the internet, has been signed by 137 people. The University told KION546 that it is “deeply troubled by the allegations of sexual misconduct.”“GB’s behavior has kept women and gender nonconforming people, especially younger people with less social capital, from participating in political and intellectual spaces. How many people have been pushed out of meetings, classrooms, conferences, journals, and social events because of his actions?,” the statement said.Balakrishnan has denied the allegations. He said that the anonymous accusers were spreading gossip through the public statement.“This spring I was subject to nearly two and half months of graffiti attacking me in my workplace, accusing me of being a sexual predator, followed more by anonymous leafleting along the same lines, which called for a boycott of my classes, also that I no longer be invited to conferences and that my work be ignored,” Balakrishnan wrote in an email to The Chronicle. He said that the accusers believed that “in the current context of national indignation around the issue of sexual harassment, they might have a better shot.” He has taken a leave for a year, after accusations started surfacing through various means in spring.Campus spokesperson Scott Hernandez-Jason told the Chronicle that if the allegations were true, they “represent a serious violation of campus policy.” The university is trying to find more information about the allegations, he added.“Sexual misconduct has no place at UC-Santa Cruz, and we seek to hold perpetrators accountable,” he said. Earlier in 2017, the university said that there was no requirement to conduct an investigation regarding the accusations.One of the accusers wrote in her statement that he not only hung out with the students socially at bars but that the parties would continue at his house, where drugs would also be present. “If we were to come forward about GB, we would be blamed for UCSC losing one of its few Marxist professors,” said another.After Harvey Weinstein’s expose, women have come forward in many circles, including politics, to report against sexual predators. In an informal database, an Indian woman studying in the United States had last year compiled a list of South Asian professors who were accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. The list led to multiple debates over the list slandering the teachers, but a section of feminists argued that since men in power tend to abuse their authority, the younger women trying to make a mark in academics are unable to come forward and thus their accusations stayed limited to the informal list.Earlier, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law had allowed Dean Sujit Choudhry — also accused of sexual harassment — to continue working in the designation until the accuser filed a legal complaint.“If you think of maybe the last person on earth who would do this, you would think it would be the dean of one of the most prestigious law schools in the country,” John D. Winer, Tyann Sorrell’s lawyer, told The New York Times last year. Sorrell was Choudhry’s assistant.According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Association of American Universities at 27 elite private and public research universities, one in 10 female graduate students stated that they have been sexually harassed by a faculty member at her university.Another study in May 2017 of harassment complaints said that most faculty harassers are accused of physical, not verbal, harassment, and 53 per cent involve alleged serial harassers.Sexual harassment, gender violence and misconduct is at epidemic levels in the United Kingdom, the Guardian reported following an investigation.“Young women are often terrified about the consequences if they make a complaint about a staff member. So often, when they do, the university’s chief concern is to downplay any wrongdoing and protect its own reputation by keeping the whole thing quiet,” Dr Ann Olivarius, senior partner at the law firm McAllister Olivarius, told the publication, which found that at least 169 allegations against academic and non-academic staff were made from 2011-12 to 2016-17 at 120 universities in the United Kingdom. Related ItemsCaliforniaIndian Americanwomen’s rights