Interim DeKalb CEO Proposes Tax Rate Reduction

first_img 0:52DeKalb County residents could soon see a reduction in their property tax rate. Interim CEO Lee May has proposed decreasing the county’s millage rate by .4 mills. The plan would lower the county’s current millage rate from 21.21 mills to 20.81 mills.The tax rate decrease is part of May’s proposed mid-year budget. If approved by county commissioners, it will mean about a $35 reduction in property taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home.“I believe whenever we can give our taxpayers some relief I want to do it, and this is an appropriate time to do that,” says May.May says the county can afford to cut its millage rate because the economy has improved. He says even with the reduction, the county is expected to bring in almost $37 million more this year. May says county property values and other revenues have improved.“In the midst of the great recession, our property values in DeKalb County, and really concentrated in many areas, really plummeted, so what you’re seeing is a steady increase back to where we once were seven years ago in our county.”That also means higher property taxes for those county residents whose home values have gone up, even if the millage rate goes down. Some other county residents could see their property taxes go down. For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Share 0:52 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

General election 2019: A letter to the construction industry from the Liberal Democrats

first_imgAt this election we have a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of historically low interest rates to borrow for the investment in building and infrastructure that our country needs. But if we leave the European Union and lose the benefits of freedom of movement, we risk squandering that opportunity.A Liberal Democrat government would invest big in infrastructure – £130bn of additional capital investment over a five-year parliament. That includes £10bn extra for hospital investment, £7bn more for school and college buildings, £10bn to support our ambitious social housebuilding plans and £5bn of initial capital for a new British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank – using public money to attract private investment for these priorities. We would work with housebuilders to create new garden cities in England, providing tens of thousands of high-quality, zero-carbon homesBritain is in the middle of a housing crisis. The National Housing Federation estimates there is a shortfall of nearly 4 million homes across England. Much of our housing stock is poor quality. We would act to tackle this, building 100,000 homes for social rent each year and ensuring that overall housebuilding increases to 300,000 each year.By committing to this target, by giving more powers to local authorities, by creating a British housing bank and by buying the land we need to build homes on, we will unlock the potential for housebuilding in this country. Combating climate change would be at the heart of our investment plans, including an extra £15bn to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock over the parliament and a further £5bn to get our Green Investment Bank off the ground. All new houses would be built to zero-carbon standards by 2021. Our £10bn renewable power fund would leverage in over £100bn of extra private climate investment.Through our £50bn capital rebalancing fund we would address the historic investment disparities between our nations and regionsWe would work with housebuilders to create new garden cities in England, providing tens of thousands of high-quality, zero-carbon homes, with gardens and shared green space, jobs, schools and public transport. We would make better use of brownfield sites, making more public sector land available and bringing more empty homes back into use. This would be a level of infrastructure investment not seen in a long time. And compared with Conservative plans, it amounts to an extra £6bn a year.How would we deliver this? How can we be confident the skilled workers will be there to deliver these ambitious projects?First, our plan is “back loaded” – so we would ramp up over five years. Second – and crucially, in contrast to the Conservatives and potentially Labour too – under the Liberal Democrats the UK would still be in the European Union. We would continue to enjoy the benefits of freedom of movement, ensuring we have access to skills in short supply in the UK. We would continue enjoying the benefits of cost-effective, frictionless trade. We would continue being able to access the resources of the European Investment Bank.The construction industry, more than perhaps any other sector, benefits from free movement of labour within the EU. Every week, projects large and small across the UK rely on skilled European workers, working side-by-side with their British counterparts. Under a hard Conservative Brexit, and apparently under a slightly softer Labour Brexit too, that freedom of movement would go; the pound would be likely to depreciate further, making the UK a less attractive place for foreign workers to come to. All combining to harm the ability of the construction sector to deliver on ambitious government infrastructure plans. Outside the EU, the Conservatives and Labour simply could not deliver their plans.Because we would stay in the EU, a Liberal Democrat government would not suffer the huge hit to our economy – 6.7% of GDP under the Conservative government’s own analysis – that Brexit would bring. We would use this additional revenue – a “remain bonus” we estimate at £50bn over a five-year parliament – to invest in education and skills, and to tackle inequality. We would address regional inequalities, too.Through our £50bn capital rebalancing fund we would address the historic investment disparities between our nations and regions. We would support regional growth, using public sector procurement and infrastructure investment to leverage private sector investment. We would increase regional investment in digital and physical infrastructure as an important economic stimulus. We would expand the British Business Bank, giving it a remit to help rebalance the UK economy geographically, tackling the shortage of equity capital for start-up and growing firms and providing long-term capital for medium-sized businesses.But we can only deliver on these ambitious proposals with a strong economy. If we leave the EU, damaging our economy, imposing barriers to trade and free movement, we will be shooting ourselves in the foot and risk failing the challenges in front of us, missing the opportunity to renew our national infrastructure.Tim Farron is Lib Dem spokesperson for housing, communities and local government and parliamentary candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale>> Read: A letter to the construction industry from Labour>> Read: A letter to the construction industry from the Conservativeslast_img read more

Heavy lift and project cargoes help boost European gateways

first_imgDouble-digit growth in break bulk traffic at the Port of Antwerp helped the port enjoy a modest overall rise in freight tonnage at the Belgian gateway.Breakbulk cargo, including project cargo and heavy lift, saw 12.7 million tonnes of freight in 2011, an increase of 14.8 percent on the previous year. Overall the port saw an increase of 4.6 percent in traffic.Antwerp’s breakbulk activity is set against a background of a diminishing break bulk areas at the port over the years, says the port. These areas have been replaced by storage tanks, which has helped boost the port’s liquid bulk traffic.At Rotterdam, general cargo grew in 2011 by 13 percent to around eight million tonnes. This total includes project cargo. Import general cargo handled at Rotterdam between January and December 2011 totalled 5.4 million tonnes against 4.6 million tonnes in 2010, a rise of 17.3 percent. Export general cargo was more modest, with 2.35 million tonnes in 2011 against 2.27 million, up 3.5 percent.www.portofantwerp.comwww.portofrotterdam.comlast_img read more

Anchorage Woman Arrested for Sterling Lodge Trespassing

first_imgShe had returned to the lodge and forced entry into a cabin. Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a call from Sterling’s Red Fish Lodge at 2:20 am September 19, where they came into contact with 26-year-old Amber Tweet of Anchorage. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial and held without bail. Tweet was arrested on counts of Burglary 1st, Criminal Mischief 3rd, Criminal Trespass 1st, and Theft2nd.center_img Tweet had been issued an eviction notice from that property on September 12 after staying at the lodge for 10 days without paying. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Anchorage woman was arrested on Saturday after allegedly attempting to break in to a property she had previously been evicted from.last_img read more

Pitt player charged with drunken crash apologizes for arrest

first_imgCoach Pat Narduzzi issued a statement Monday saying 21-year-old Alex Bookser “expressed to me his extreme regret and disappointment in himself.” The coach says the team and Bookser are “committed … to ensuring his actions and judgment will be better moving forward.”Online court records don’t list an attorney for Bookser, a junior who starred at Mount Lebanon High School in the suburbs before moving onto Pitt.Police say Bookser crashed into the Loeffler Building and was charged with drunken driving, several traffic citations and accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle, a third-degree misdemeanor.He faces a preliminary hearing June 26. Alex Bookser was arrested early Sunday on several charges after driving while intoxicated. (Photo: Jason Pohuski, Cal Sport Media, via AP)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh football player is apologizing after he was charged with drunken driving and other crimes after crashing into a campus building just before 1 a.m. Sunday.last_img read more

The Wickers are on song

first_imgOUTER EAST FOOTBALL PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 13 On the surface, a 34-point win doesn’t appear to be anything…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Nick Creely last_img

Disney Testing Pre-Order Service at All Star Music

first_imgShare This!Disney is testing a new pre-order service at Intermission Food Court, the quick service location at All Star Music. This service is currently offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at All Star Music only. The other All Star resorts (Sports and Movies) are not testing pre-orders, nor are the other value resorts, Pop Century and Art of Animation. This service is different from mobile ordering through MyDisneyExperience.To use the service, pick up any grab and go items you want, place your order with the cashier, pay, and take a pager. You can then grab a table, cutlery, napkins, and any fountain beverages you ordered. When your food is ready, the pager goes off and you collect your order at the pizza pickup window.For burgers and pizza, the pre-order option is the only way to order your food. For items other than burgers and pizza, you still get your food at the walk-up windows the usual way.So how well does it work? Pretty well, with some caveats. Right now, for breakfast and dinner, Intermissions is using both the regular lines and the pre-order option, depending on the food you are ordering. So if one person in your party wants a burger and the other wants rotisserie chicken, you’re still going through the chicken line and then place your burger order at the cashier. For breakfast, you currently have an option of doing pre-order or pick up at the window for most items.We’re seeing that many guests are simply waiting at the pick up window rather than taking a seat and waiting for the pager to alert them. This is causing some crowding around the pick up window.If this is brought to all the stations instead of just one, there would be an advantage to this service. For those traveling with family, they would only need to stand in one line to order food and then would be able to get settled at a table without juggling both food and drinks. On the other hand, sometimes you really do want to see the actual food you’re ordering instead of a picture, and it is easier to customize your order when talking with the person who’s plating it instead of with a cashier who’s sending the order to the kitchen.With the addition of online check-in to MyDisneyExperience, mobile ordering in the parks, and the pre-order test, it seems Disney is moving away from human interaction in many of the transactions guests go through in their trips. How do you feel about this? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

R3bn solar plants unveiled in Northern Cape

first_img16 May 2014 A consortium led by British company Globeleq officially launched two solar power plants, representing a combined investment of R3-billion, in the Northern Cape this week. The De Aar and Droogfontein solar photovoltaic plants, each comprising over 165 000 photovoltaic (PV) panels spread over 100-hectare sites near De Aar and Kimberley, will together contribute 100 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to South Africa’s national grid. Both were built under the government’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers, which aims to add 3 725 MW of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power to South Africa’s energy mix. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in the consortium that built and will run the plants, the others being Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power, Thebe Investment Corporation, South African engineering firms Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering, and local community trusts. Speaking at Droogfontein launch on Thursday, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Michael Masutha said the country’s shift towards renewable energy sources would help both to improve energy security and access, and to solve other socio-economic challenges the country was facing. “The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is focusing on setting up the necessary systems to support the sustainable solar energy industry,” Masutha said. “This is done through supporting research, development and innovation in the energy sector, informing and influencing energy policy decisions, and supporting human capital development.” The department has set up a number of research initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Hub and Spokes Programme hosted at Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, Fort Hare University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The department is also supporting a solar energy resource-mapping initiative by the South African Weather Service, and is finalising a solar energy technology roadmap in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the International Energy Agency. “It is foreseen that the DST’s funding and support to renewable energy research and technology development, as well as to human capacity development, will ultimately also benefit initiatives such as the Droogfontein Solar Photovoltaic Plant, providing technical expertise and competence to address the needs of such plants, as well as arriving at new solutions, products and processes to address future solar photovoltaic plants,” Masutha said. Also speaking at Thursday’s launch, Droogfontein Solar Power GM Mark Pickering said education and training “are vital if we are to unlock the potential of this new industry and best utilise South Africa’s abundant solar resources. To this end, Droogfontein Solar Power will be devoting the bulk of its social economic development budget to support education”. SAinfo reporter and read more

Superb new look for SAS – first pictures and video

first_imgSAS has unveiled its stunning new look which is crisp and sharp.The airline touts it as a symbol of its modernisation with new Airbus A350 and A320neo aircraft, which bring huge fuel savings.READ: Vietnam Airlines pilots fail to lower landing gear Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS said: “The new livery design is a symbol of our future, a more sustainable and a competitive future for SAS, but one that also embraces our heritage.”More details here.Introducing our new look! A visual symbol of SAS modernizing our fleet and bringing the most fuel efficient planes, the @Airbus A320neo and A350 to our travelers. Painting out a more sustainable aviation future. Experience the new livery: #flysas #aviation— SAS – Scandinavian Airlines (@SAS) September 19, 2019last_img read more

Why Wearables Are Getting Out Of Your Face (And Off Your Wrist)

first_imgTags:#Demo Day#Hardware Startups#startups#Wearable IOT World#Wearable IOT World Labs#wearable world Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Related Posts Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…center_img When I got an email from a company I’ve covered a lot telling me that a new wrist-based fitness tracker was on its way to my office, my first thought was, “Can I send it back?”Let me be frank here: I’ve tested lots of wearable devices, sometimes strapping three at a time to my wrists. And yet I find all watches kind of dumb, regardless of the electronic smarts inside. If I didn’t write about technology for a living, I’d probably go bare. And let’s not get started on the awkwardness of Google Glass. The industry’s obsession with smartwatches and headgear seems like a push to colonize more parts of our body rather than actually improve our lives.A Demo Of The FutureSo it was interesting to me that we heard very little about either type of hardware at this fall’s Wearable IOT World Labs Demo Day Thursday evening.I need to make a disclosure here: Wearable IOT World is ReadWrite’s parent company, and the Labs are a sister division. Wearable IOT World takes equity stakes in the companies that go through its Labs program, and my colleagues sometimes personally serve as advisors to some of those companies.I’ve been observing these companies up close as they’ve built their products and refined their vision over the past few months, so in addition to any professional and financial conflict of interest, I have an emotional conflict of interest in that I’ve grown friendly with many of the founders, as one might do with anyone you’ve shared office space with. So I’m not going to weigh in on the companies’ prospects. Most startups fail anyway—that’s how the system is designed to work. But I do find their product strategies revealing about the state of wearables and connected devices today.Yo: Your Wearable Doesn’t Need To Be WornThere was Poly Labs’s Dingbot, a do-anything fob is kind of what you get if you tossed Tile’s Bluetooth item finder together with the minimalist messaging app Yo and IFTTT’s consumer-friendly software connectors. Or, which tracks vehicle vibrations to detect problems without having to get permission from auto manufacturers to interface with its diagnostic ports. Or Prysmex’s smart helmet for miners, which serves as a digital canary to detect dangerous conditions underground.The Dingbot, by Poly Labs, lets you cue an action on your phone by clicking a fob.The one wrist-based device startup, Wotch, flips the smartwatch upside down, putting the display and radio in a strap that hooks onto a conventional watchface. (Pebble and Blocks are likewise pursuing a smartstrap strategy that redefines where the smarts in a smartwatch go.)Avoiding the wrist and the eyes may simply be a survival strategy for startups, given that everyone from Apple and Samsung wants to dominate smartwatches. Facebook, Microsoft, and others would like to put virtual- or augmented-reality gear on your head. But it also points to the many opportunities to build hardware that doesn’t have to cling to our bodies, and yet keeps us connected as we work and play. (Drones, anyone?) Leave my wrist alone—it’s suffered enough. How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies owen thomaslast_img read more