Before the Council’s plan can move forward, their budget for the 2020-2021 financial year must be approved. The net-zero carbon emission plan commits £1 million of additional revenue and £18 million of capital funding to support the Council’s response to climate issues. These funds would be in addition to the £84 million that the Council already commits to addressing climate change problems. Establishing a zero-emission zone (ZEZ) is part of the Council’s plan to reduce emissions city-wide, since most of the emissions and air pollution in the city centre is caused by motorised traffic. Councillor Yvonne Constance, cabinet member for the environment on the council, said “I am really pleased that at the start of the New Year we are on track to introduce the Zero Emission Zone in Oxford by the end of 2020. Not only will this project make a huge difference to the quality of life and health of people living and working in the city centre, we are showing that it is possible as we start to respond seriously to the climate emergency. This is a great way to start an important decade of climate action.” Currently, Oxford City Council is responsible for about 1 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Council’s electricity supply already comes from 100 percent renewable sources while the Council’s natural gas provider contract comes to an end this year. This plan would ensure that the Council works with a gas provider who uses green gas. Oxford City Council has released plans to bring its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2020. The announcement comes a year after the Council declared a climate emergency which led to the creation of a Citizens’ Assembly whose purpose was to find ways for Oxford to reduce emissions and set new carbon targets. Increasing biodiversity in thecity is another way the Councilwants to offset emissions. Theseefforts include increasing treeplanting, maximizing the benefitsfrom waterways, and producing astrategy to protect green spaces.The Council does not want to usethese efforts as an excuse to keepproducing fossil fuel emissions,rather, they want to make effortsto absorb the carbon already in theatmosphere. If the Council were to accomplish its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by the end of this year and net-zero emissions in the Oxford city region by 2030, it would be far in advance of the UK’s goal to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. “In this situation, we are talking about doing energy and water differently,” said Tom Hayes, a cabinet member of Zero Carbon Oxford, during a Council meeting. Hayes also talked about how this plan was a way for the Council to turn its large-scale ideas into actions.
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Evansville Newspaper Can’t Claim Tax Deduction For Out-Of-Date Printing Press written by Olivia Covington for IndianaLawyer.com June 6, 2017A southern Indiana newspaper company cannot claim an “abnormal obsolescence” tax deduction for its purchase of a now-outdated printing press after a special tax court judge found the media company did not establish a prima facie case.In 1989, Evansville Courier Co. Inc., purchased a 12-position flexographic printer which, at that time, was expected to become the most common method of printing newspapers. However, the popularity of flexographic printing faded within a few months and has now diminished to the point where Evansville Courier can no longer buy parts for the press from the manufacturer.Therefore, when Evansville filed its 2011, 2013 and 2014 tax returns, it included a separate schedule applying an abnormal obsolescence deduction on the printing press and its related equipment, requesting roughly $650,000 in 2011, $3.5 million in 2013 and $5.1 million in 2014.The Vanderburgh County assessor disallowed the deduction each of the three years, and Evansville Courier sought review with the Indiana Board of Tax Review, asking that its property be valued at $7.4 million, $5 million and $2.5 million for each of the three respective years. At a hearing before the board, Evansville Courier submitted appraisals that used the market approach to value the amount of abnormal obsolescence at $4.3 million, $4.44 million and $4.47 million, respectively.The board ultimately denied Evansville Courier’s abnormal obsolescence petitions in September 2016, finding the company “failed to point to a single, specific, non-recurring triggering event” to justify abnormal obsolescence. Additionally, the board said the press is still operable and is expected to have five more years of useful life.On appeal in Evansville Courier Company, Inc. v. Vanderburgh County Assessor, 02T10-1611-TA-55, the media company argued the board had erred by admitting into evidence a document submitted by the county that was not presented to Evansville Courier five days prior, as required under 52 Indiana Administrative Code 2-7-1(b)(1). The board had allowed the admittance of the evidence, which was a document challenging Evansville Courier’s appraisal, finding it was rebuttal evidence that “was specifically offered to challenge the validity of the Petitioner’s appraisals.”However, Special Tax Court Judge John Baker wrote in a Monday opinion that “the nondisclosure of a rebuttal witness is excused only when that witness was unknown and unanticipated… .”“Here, the County was well aware of the nature of (the appraiser’s) testimony and arrived at the hearing armed with evidence to rebut that testimony,” Baker wrote. “The exhibit in question was dated January 20, 2016, and the hearing occurred on January 26, 2016, meaning that this exhibit was known, anticipated, and actually available to be disclosed to Evansville Courier within the requisite timeline.”Thus, the admission of the evidence was erroneous. However, at the time of the assessed valuations, the press was still capable of “performing the function for which it was acquired,” Baker said, and the decline of the newspaper industry cannot be considered “nonrecurring” for purposes of abnormal obsolescence code. Instead, the judge described the change in newspapers has been gradual and was not precipitated by one single event.Thus, despite the error in evidence admission, the board did not err in denying Evansville Courier’s abnormal obsolescence petitions, Baker said.
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Social media – MHCLG Housing Minister confirms 63 projects across England to share £22 million to help domestic abuse survivors Funding will provide tailored support to more than 25,000 survivors and their families – including over 2,200 additional beds in refuges and other safe accommodation This builds on government action seeking to put an end to domestic abuse for good and help survivors in turning their lives around Media enquiries Email [email protected] allocation of a £20 million fund for local authorities working in partnership with services providers to boost services between 2016 and 2018 a new domestic abuse offence to capture coercive and controlling behaviour, the criminalisation of forced marriage and the introduction of new stalking laws a national roll-out of domestic violence protection orders and the domestic violence disclosure scheme the £15 million 3-year Violence Against Women and Girls Service Transformation Fund the government previously held a consultation titled Improving access to social housing for victims of domestic abuse from October 30, 2017 to January 5, 2018. This consultation outlined proposals for new statutory guidance to councils to assist survivors of domestic abuse in refuges to access social housing. In the summer, government announced almost £19 million of funding to expand support for survivors of domestic abuse services across England. This fund has now been extended to £22 million.This follows previous government funding totalling £20 million during 2016 to 2018, which helped create more than 2,000 bed spaces and gave support to over 19,000 survivors and their families.Further to this, the government has also published new guidance for councils to prioritise domestic abuse survivors in refuges when allocating social housing and encourages councils to use existing powers to support survivors to remain safely in their own homes if they choose to do so.The government will shortly be introducing a new landmark Domestic Abuse Bill to further protect and support survivors, recognise the life-long impact domestic abuse has on children and make sure agencies are responding effectively to domestic abuse.We are also committed to reviewing how domestic abuse services are commissioned and funded across England and will set out next steps shortly.See the full list of allocations (PDF, 125KB, 6 pages) for the £22 million fund.Further informationThe Domestic Abuse Fund was launched on 2 July 2018. It was originally launched as an £18.8 million fund.The funding builds on other actions being taken by the government to end domestic abuse, support survivors and ensure offenders are prosecuted. Such as: That Refuge services will be supported by this fund is hugely welcome news both for us and particularly for the thousands of women and children we support on a daily basis. Critically, this funding ensures that many of our refuges will remain open and continue to provide life-saving specialist support to those experiencing domestic abuse. A small number would have been forced to close had we not received these crucial funds. We are equally delighted to be in a position to now expand one of our services in London, which provides essential support for survivors with additional needs. Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Innovative local projects that will receive a share of funding include:Portsmouth & Hampshire New ApproachesThis project will cover 5 local authority areas providing targeted support designed to meet the needs of those who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. It will provide help to women, children and young people living in refuge accommodation across the region in addition to making it easier for those from BAME and LGBT backgrounds to access support servicesNorfolk county council – Norfolk PartnershipNorfolk’s ANCHOR initiative will ensure that any survivor of domestic abuse in Norfolk has access to tailored support for their individual needs to assist them on the path to recovery. It will involve strong partnership working between local organisations to ensure services are effectively joined up. This will build support for those with additional needs, such as mental health and substance misuse and help will also be tailored to those from BAME backgrounds.Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge said: 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF More than 25,000 domestic abuse survivors will be supported to rebuild their lives thanks to a £22 million allocation for projects across the country, Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP has announced today (10 November 2018).Over 60 projects in England will be supported by the funding over the next 2 years – ensuring thousands of survivors have access to the help they need, when they need it.The money will provide over 2,200 new beds in refuges and other safe accommodation, access to education, and tailored employment and life skills guidance as survivors move towards building a safe and healthy future for themselves and their children – free from domestic abuse.Projects will be delivered by councils working alongside local organisations to help ensure that no survivor of domestic abuse is turned away from the support they need to start their new life.Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said: Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, which shatters the lives of survivors and their families. It is our duty to ensure survivors can seek help by providing the support they need to restart their lives. Through providing specialist accommodation and access to employment, this fund will make sure local authorities and charities can provide a strong safety net for anyone facing the threat of abuse in their own home. Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg
Birmingham-based bakery chain Patisserie Valerie has opened its 54th outlet in Reading.The Patisserie Holdings-owned company, which ranked 14 on British Baker’s BB75 list this year, announced the new outlet would create 25 new jobs in the area.Plans are in place to continue nationwide expansion this year, with cafés expected to open in locations such as Edinburgh, London’s Kings Cross and Nottingham over the next few months. Paul May, chief executive of Patisserie Valerie, said: “In the few days the store has been open, we’ve seen a fantastic response from the people of Reading and business is definitely booming.“We are especially pleased that, despite the current climate of doom and gloom, we have been able to bring investment and new jobs to the UK’s high streets.”This company has continued to expand beyond its London base, with over a 50% increase in the number of outlets across the country in the past year.Patisserie Valerie is positioned at number 79 in this year’s The Sunday Times’ Profit Track 100 list. It is the second time the company has been included on the league table, which features the top 100 British private firms with the fastest-growing profits, based on the last three years of available accounts.The firm reported a 48% rise in profit growth per annum and its latest profits accumulated to £5.6m.
Residents outside the town office Saturday morning.CHESTERVILLE – Local area residents turned out for the second iteration of Chesterville Family Fun Day Saturday, as a combination barbecue, parade and local festival was held near the town office.It is the second Family Fun Day in as many years, reviving the concept of a traditional summertime gathering after a multiple-year hiatus. Fourth of July festivities were held in Chesterville into the 90s, but interests in planning the events waned. Now, thanks to a new group of organizers, Chesterville is once more gathering with good food, live music and events for children and adults.After a morning race and a parade, residents gathered for a flag raising outside the town office. The day’s events included inflatable rides for kids, a dunk tank, a petting corral and wagon rides by Kendrick Charles and his horses along the Dutch Gap Road. For adults, there were competitions such as the skillet and hammer tosses and a horseshoe tournament, as well as a blueberry-themed cooking competition.Selectman Ed Hastings in the dunk tank.Residents listen to the L & D Country Band.The event included bounce houses and inflatable obstacle courses.Wagon rides past the town office courtesy of Kendrick Charles along the Dutch Gap Road.Petting zoo
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs a rabbi who served an Albany congregation for 16 years and who has been privileged to serve in the largest synagogue in Canada for almost a quarter-century, I was delighted to see that the Capital District is finally moving forward with plans for a Holocaust memorial. For the capital of a state with such a significant Jewish population, many of whom were Holocaust survivors or the descendants of survivors, this memorial is long overdue. Years ago, Bishop Howard Hubbard and Jewish leaders situated the sculpture Portal near the Cathedral to signify the importance of Jewish-Catholic reconciliation to the future of both religions. For Bishop Edward Scharfenberger to offer land for this undertaking is a remarkable gesture of friendship.Our experience in Toronto has been that thousands of students, of all religions and races, visit our memorial and the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. They come to the Beth Tzedec Museum to see artifacts from the Nazi concentration camps.The sites, programs and exhibits serve to inculcate in contemporary generations awareness of the dark horrors of history. Particularly at this time, when neo-Nazis marched with impunity in Charlottesville and Jewish institutions and individuals remain significant targets for hate, this type of memorial is essential.The Jewish community and Catholic Church are to be commended for advancing this project. Our area will be better for it.Baruch Frydman-Kohl (formerly of Albany)Toronto, CanadaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Sweden’s buffer funds should be required to consider the impact of their holdings on global biodiversity, a Swedish pressure group has said.According to the Fair Trade Centre, a local non-governmental group, AP 1-4 and AP7 should also use shareholder resolutions more regularly and improve their active ownership policies.In its report, ‘Pushing the planet to retirement’, it also urged them to consider getting involved with international standards on a range of environmental matters, while conceding that they were already signatories to a UN-backed responsible investment undertaking on palm oil.“The AP funds have demonstrated that their work with portfolio monitoring, engagement, exclusions and voting is not adequately guided by long-term strategies aimed at reducing the most important impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems,” the report said. It further alleged that the funds were “lagging behind” their peers in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns, despite repeated admissions that the Ethical Council was active and sought to engage with firms on matters that had yet to be widely supported by other institutions.However, the NGO nevertheless argued that the lack of strategies on biodiversity was “symptomatic of the funds’ overall poor management of environmental and social impacts”.It said the absence of ambition was down to the asset owner – in the case of the first four buffer funds, the Swedish government – in drafting guidelines on the matter, and expressed a hope the imminent reform of the AP fund system would allow for changes to be made.Responding to the allegations in the report, AP2 – speaking on behalf of the four main buffer funds – said it was “well aware” that biodiversity was an important issue to question companies on and important for society at large.It added: “Many of the Ethical Council’s corporate dialogues included questions about biodiversity and ecosystem services.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘Pushing the planet towards retirement’ report
The earthquake caused damage on both sides of the Turkey-Iran border. The magnitude-5.7 quake centered on theIranian border village of Habash-e Olya. At least 75 were injured and housesdamaged in 43 villages in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province. “There were children under the debris.We thought we heard their voices. Then something happened. We didn’t understandwhat happened exactly and we pulled out three bodies,” a villager told Reutersnews agency. (BBC) The quake struck at 9:23 a.m. in Iranand had a 6-km depth. ISTANBUL – At least nine peopleincluding three children are dead in eastern Turkey after an earthquake withits epicenter in neighboring Iran. Turkish media showed video of rescuersdigging and families waiting outside in snowy conditions in Baskale, Vanprovince. At least 37 people were injured afterhouses collapsed, Turkey’s interior minister said.
Strong Pitching by Kendall McCool Leads Franklin County in Shut Out of Union CountyKendall McCool shut down Union County, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Franklin County Wildcats Varsity to a 1-0 victory on Friday. Franklin County moved to 5-0 on the season while Union County fell to 5-4.The pitching was strong on both sides. Kendall McCool earned the win, going seven strong innings, allowing no runs, three hits, walked two, and struck out 12. Fayth Hill also pitched seven strong innings, allowing one unearned run, six hits, no walks, and ten strikeouts.The lone run for the Wildcats came in the sixth inning. Camryn Brewer led off the inning with a single. Then with one out, Kamryn McCool grounded into a fielder’s choice and took over the spot on first base. Then on a 1-2 count, Kamryn McCool began to steal when Hannah Hornsby hit a hard grounded to third base. The third baseman of the Patriots overthrew the first baseman and the softball rolled along the fence in right field. After the right fielder picked up the ball, Kamryn McCool was rounding third and trucking towards home. A perfect throw appeared to have McCool dead in the rights, but a brilliant head first slide around the tag allowed the Wildcats to score the only run of the game.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity totaled six hits. Camryn Brewer and Gabby Mitchum each racked up multiple hits for Franklin County Wildcats Varsity. Brewer led Franklin County Wildcats Varsity with three hits in four at bats.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error.Franklin County and Union County played a second game Friday night to complete the double header. Please see the second wrap-up for information on game two.Franklin County Claims Double Header Sweep with 8-2 Win Over Union County in Game 2The Franklin County Wildcats bats finally woke up on the young season in an 8-2 victory over Union County on Friday evening. Franklin County moves to 6-0 on the season with the victory, and Union County falls to 5-5 with the loss.The Franklin County Wildcats notched three runs in the seventh inning. Gabby Mitchum, Izzy Hoff, and Tessa Harper all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.Kamryn McCool was the winning pitcher for Franklin County Wildcats moving to 3-0 on the season. She lasted seven innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs while striking out 13.Roya Walton took the loss for Union County. She went seven innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and striking out four.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity had eight hits in the game. Maggie Wendel and Mitchum all had multiple hits for Franklin County Wildcats. Mitchum and Wendel boht had two hits to lead Franklin County Wildcats.Franklin County will be back in action on Monday night traveling to St. Leon for an EIAC matchup with the East Central Trojans. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.