Donegal homeowners face property tax hike of up to 15% in 2020

first_imgDonegal County Councillors have voted to raise Local Property Tax by a maximum of 15% in Donegal for 2020.County councillors voted by 15 votes against 13, with two abstentions, to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax charged on homes by 15% next year. The move will see householders paying up to €60.75 more tax on a home valued between €200,000-€250,000, where the baseline LPT is €405.Homes valued under €100,000 will see an increase of €13.50 on their base tax of €90.The readjustment was discussed at Monday’s monthly council meeting in Lifford, where councillors were told that an increase of up to 15% in LPT would bring in an additional €1,655,628 to the council’s revenue budget.Elected members were told that the increase would give the council an opportunity to have a balanced budget in 2020 and to provide money for match funding and borrowings for a range of major projects already in development across the county.The increase was formally proposed by Cllr Tom Connaghan and seconded by Cllr Martin Harley. Sinn Féin party members voiced their opposition to the increase and voted against.The proposal was described by Cllr Ciaran Brogan as a “leap of faith” for elected members in challenging times.Donegal homeowners face property tax hike of up to 15% in 2020 was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councillocal property taxlast_img read more

On-farm grain storage and handling operators needed to complete survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural safety professionals with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are seeking Ohio farmers to participate in a statewide survey regarding their on-farm grain bin storage facilities.It doesn’t matter if the bins are “owned” or “managed” by the producer; hazards exist on all types of bin systems regardless of ownership status, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension.“This study is to help us better understand the types of grain storage facilities in the state in relation to the safety and health practices at those facilities,” she said. “The survey does not collect personal identifying information, making the answers anonymous.”Hazards associated with grain facilities can include out-of-condition grain, organic dust, grain entrapment, equipment entanglement, fire and explosion. These hazards are a contributing factor to the safety and health of the operator.“Understanding the types of bins, types of drying systems, target moisture content of the grain and personal protection factors will help us understand contributing safety hazards at the bin,” Jepsen said.The survey results will be used to develop training materials as well as design better engineering controls. The survey can be found at go.osu.edu/safetysurvey.The project is being conducted by the OSU Agricultural Safety and Health program and is funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.For additional questions about the study, contact Jepsen at 614-292-6008, jepsen.4@osu.edu, or graduate research assistant Yang Geng at geng.83@osu.edu. A safety-related incentive is offered to all survey participants for their time answering the questionnaire.last_img read more

When Video Gaming Goes Green

first_imgA video game released this week allows players to redevelop a community to green perfection – without pulling permitsOne of the newest titles in the realm of resource management video games is “Plan It Green,” in which, as mayor of the formerly fair city of Greenville, your mandate is to rescue your little burg from the grip of deterioration and pollution.Or as your speechwriter might phrase it, put the green back in Greenville.“Build eco-homes and apply green upgrades, all while bringing new clean jobs and industry to your city. Increase your Greendex as you leave behind the ways of the past and create a beautiful, sustainable metropolis!” says the introduction to the game, which was co-created by National Geographic and game publisher Merscom.I haven’t yet played this title (it is available for download for about $20), but a game reviewer I trust, David Becker, this week posted his take on “Plan It Green” on the gamer site Gamezebo. There’s a lot to like about this release, he says, in terms of challenge (the pace is quick from the get-go), graphics, and well-thought-out building options (including zero-energy homes, Co-Op Markets, parks, and other structures) that can be applied in the eight districts you visit in your capacity as mayor and builder in chief.These changes have to be made at the right time, though, so you can raise a certain amount in daily taxes (and energy credits), research new buildings, or apply upgrades (including thermal insulation paint, solar panels, and eco gardens) to certain buildings and settings.It could be that after a long day of sweating details on an actual construction project, your interest in this type of recreation might be diminished.But maybe not.“It might sound a bit odd,” Becker writes, “but “Plan It Green” is a great way to forget real environmental problems for a few hours by solving them virtually.”last_img read more

Humour

first_imgThe earth finally moved for me. It was 7.10am on Saturday September 19, 2009. And there I was, insouciantly au naturel, face flushed, heart racing, on the Island of the Gods. Who says 50-something means one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel? I listened to birdsong, watched the swimming pool heave, the ground shake, and the windows rattle. It was 5.8 on the Richter scale, the BBC later reported. It was time to get some clothes on. I showered in ten seconds and raced out; not exactly poetry in motion, but efficiently survivalist. The blonde hair on the deck chair was the only reminder of her. She was long gone now. Scooting through the trees. I didn’t even have a picture, but there would be other opportunities to observe lion-tailed macaques in Bali.I was alive. Hallelujah. And it was time for breakfast. The Bible rightly says, “What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” Thus it was I headed for my sacred tryst with runny underdone eggs, scrambled to perfection. And on this, the sixth day, it was served, and I saw it was good. Not scrambled eggs this time but exquisitely done Eggs Benedict, dripping with hollandaise sauce, on a lush bed of spinach and Canadian ham, bursting with the goodness of what the West calls free-range, barn-laid, organic eggs–usually with a price tag to rival a Mercedes E-Class.In local parlance it’s simply “local eggs”. Hens in Bali, India, and much of Asia don’t have any other option than to dodge passing cars and forage free range. They don’t do Alaska cruises and battery-fed buffets in climate-controlled environs perusing the latest farm-feed menus, driving egg prices ever higher. I had switched to Eggs Benedict today. Not because the resort cooked them to perfection but because I had just had an epiphany. Hotels simply do not know how to cook scrambled eggs. Why can’t hotel chefs–with more titles and decorations than General Douglas MacArthur–make decent huevos? This remains one of the enduring mysteries of modern travel. The elite Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne has been around since 1893, churning out brilliant hoteliers, administrators, oenologists; and chefs in starched aprons and reassuringly stiff white caps strongly hinting at a certain culinary pedigree. I do think a hundred years is long enough to teach anyone how to whisk a spatula. In Singapore I got dour looks from a sourpuss chef who pointed towards the buffet table. “Scrumble over there,” he sniffed. The ready made “scrumble” wasn’t bad at all. But I wanted mine underdone with tomatoes, mushrooms, chillies and ham. With a few honourable exceptions, at almost all hotels I have sampled breakfast at, the scrambled egg exercise invariably resulted in an omelette. All these omelettes look the same, taste the same and they have one other thing in common. They are definitely not scrambled egg.In Bangkok I watched as the chef put the eggs on the fire and then wandered off to have a chat with his friends. By the time he returned my scrambled egg was a pancake. Nowadays I direct the breakfast chefs firmly and stand there glowering at every move.The following week on my flight to Shanghai the air hostess came up and smiled sweetly, “K 4 coffee?” “No, K for kangaroo, C for coffee. Actually I’d like some Japanese green tea.” “And would you like scrambled eggs with sausage?” I sighed. I’d rather knock out all my teeth with a hot iron than eat airline eggs. That’s an entirely different level of gastronomic pain and endurance. I settled for the green tea. The duty-free selection was not bad at all but there was no DVT. I’ve always wanted one–preferably from Sony. It’s all the rage on long-haul economy class and apparently works better than Ambien and Ketamine combined. Best of all, deep vein thrombosis requires no batteries. I later watched the inflight video with interest. Some spoiled sport has packed it with tips to avoid getting DVT. First you need to find a tall oak tree to lean against. Then you proceed to stretch out and pummel the hell out of your neighbours as you swing your arms about. It was good to be back in Hong Kong. I broke open two barn-laid eggs, beat them, dropped in some butter on the skillet and added a dash of chilli and herbs. Let nothing separate a man from good scrambled eggs. Forget the blonds. I’ll take a good breakfast any day.The author edits SmartTravelAsia.comadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Aiming straight as an arrow

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’ week two of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.After a brilliant performance at the North American Indigenous Games two years ago, one archer from the Yukon is drawing back her bow with some of the country’s best.Here is APTN National News reporter James Hopkin with the story.last_img

Scottie Pippen Will Not Be Charged in Malibu Altercation

Scottie Pippen former NBA star, will not face any criminal charges after meeting with police officials Monday to answer questions about the alleged altercation at Malibu’s Nobu restaurant.Los Angeles County sheriff’s office spokesman, Steve Whitmore, offered the following: “He came in to be interviewed, he’s been cooperative…Mr. Pippen will not be arrested, there’s more here than meets the eye.”Per witness accounts, a fight began near the valet station outside the restaurant, but there were no other details on what started the fight.TMZ reported Monday that Pippen may have seriously injured the man in the reported altercation and would be charged with felony assault. It said Pippen turned himself in to authorities in Malibu and that the man was knocked out after Pippen allegedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly.There is still no mention as to the impetus behind the ordeal, only that the man suffered “broken teeth and a swollen mouth,” as well as head and back injuries. read more

Klopp unconcerned over Liverpools away from

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels that their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Red Red Star Belgrade had nothing to do with being away from homeThe Reds surrendered their lead in Group C on Tuesday night after Milan Pavkov’s superb double earn Red Star a shock victory.It means Liverpool drop to second in the group table with another tricky trip in the Champions League awaiting them in Paris Saint-Germain on November 28.Liverpool have lost both of their away games in Europe this season, but Klopp insists it had nothing to do with the team’s display.“It made sense to make a few changes, a few we had to make and a few we wanted to,” Klopp told the club website. “In the end, it’s easy to say it didn’t work out.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Of course, we need to make sure it will not happen again otherwise it will be difficult because the next game is already an away game again and the last one is a very difficult home game against Napoli.“We have to make sure in Paris we do better. There were a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn’t do it, we made the wrong decisions.“I don’t think that’s anything to do with [playing] away or home, it just happened.“We will talk about that and will do it better 100 per cent, but for tonight we can’t change it anymore, unfortunately.”In the meantime, Liverpool will host Fulham in the Premier League this Sunday.last_img read more

Jupitermedia Reports 67M Loss

first_imgA previously unreported $40 million goodwill impairment charge, associated with the recent sale of its online images business, has lowered Jupitermedia’s year-to-date profits from a $27 million net loss to a loss of $67 million. The fee was absorbed during the third quarter, which attributed to a net loss of $62.6 million for the period.Jupitermedia reported the goodwill fee Tuesday as part of an amendment to its third quarter financial statement, which it originally released last week. Revenue through the first nine months was $100.5 million, down slightly from $104.2 million during the same period last year.”Our online media division continues to be impacted by the economy, which has put pressure on our advertising and job board sales,” chairman and CEO Alan Meckler said in the original earnings statement. “We have, however, made progress in reducing operating expenses, specifically with our costs of sales and general and administrative expenses.”Last month, Jupitermedia—which also owns online networks Internet.com, EarthWeb.com, DevX.com and Graphics.com—agreed to sell online images business Jupiterimages to digital photograph and online media powerhouse Getty Images for $96 million in cash. At the time, Jupitermedia said it expects to incur a non-cash loss of approximately $95 million upon the closing of the transaction. In July 2007, Jupitermedia acquired New York-based media community and creative job listing Web site Mediabistro.com for $23 million.last_img read more

Conde Nasts New Address Will Be 1 World Trade Center

first_imgA decade after New York City sustained one of the largest terrorist attacks in recent American history on September 11, 2001, Conde Nast has decided to move its head quarters, 18 magazine titles and 5,000 employees to 1 World Trade Center.Currently at 4 Times Square, Conde Nast will anchor the 1 World Trade Center building; the million- square-feet-lease is estimated to be worth $2 billion over the next 25 years, according to NYTimes.com. The lease will go before the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s board (who owns 1 World Trade) on May 26 for final approval. Conde Nast is slated to occupy floors 20 through 41, beginning in 2014. Annual rent is set for $60 per square foot, around the same price Conde currently pays in Times Square. Security around the Ground Zero area has been a concern for Conde, “The negotiations involved reams of traffic studies and security discussions, to ensure that its black cars (more than 100), its racks of designer dresses and its well-shod executives would be able to pass swiftly each day through the police-imposed security zone that is to surround the complex,” says NYTimes.com.After the 1,776 foot-tall building at 1 World Trade Center was erected, critics believed that only government agencies, not corporate tenants, would be willing to move to the site. Dubbed “The Freedom Tower”, construction began in 2006; the Port Authority board approved a $2.9 billion budget in February 2006 for the project. The building is now the tallest in Manhattan.last_img read more

Runners World Sees Boom In Social Media

first_imgWhile the industry sits back and reconsiders its newsstand strategy in the face of Tuesday’s bleak Fas-Fax report, Rodale’s fitness title, Runner’s World, is looking at its social engagement platforms and enjoying success.In one year, the magazine was able to increase its Facebook following by 111 percent, up to 309,070 likes as of February 8, an increase of 163,000 from January 2011 and an increase of 15,070 from since the first of this year. Similarly, the publication’s Twitter followers also saw steep increases—in one year the title increased its following on the platform by 293 percent, from 54,000 to 212,000. Furthermore, the magazine’s Twitter platform increased by 18.4 percent from 179,000 to its current number since the first of this year. “In January, we covered the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials, which selects the runners who will compete in the Olympics,” she says. “This year, NBC owned the rights and they decided to broadcast it the afternoon of the race so there was no live broadcast available. We really crept into an area where people needed coverage—we were able to live blog it, live tweet it and updated Facebook with posts midway through the race and at the end. People could follow the race live when they couldn’t do it any other way.”Leveraging itself within the running niche to create exclusive content opportunities is one way the publication has increased its value proposition to users, prompting them follow the brand. In addition to filling gaps in coverage, the magazine rolled out special social media initiatives, which also contributed to its growth.Loftus and a running pal formulated a plan to run every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—a time of year that presents the hardest challenge to staying in shape, she says. The editor brought the idea to the staff of Runner’s World, which implemented it on social media—creating the hash tag RWRunStreak.“A lot of our audience struggles in the same way that we do in staying fit through the holidays since marathon season ends with the fall and training for spring races doesn’t start until January or February, it creates a gap that a lot of people have trouble with,” she says. “We were able to get into that space and create this initiative that people really got into. I believe the final number on that hash tag in that 40 day period between Thanksgiving and New Years generated about 7,000 unique tweets, which is pretty significant. Some people have decided to keep the streak going so the hash tag is still in rotation.”In all, the RWRunStreak hash tag generated a total of 10 million impressions—the maximum number of people that could have seen it through other people’s Twitter accounts. In the 43 days the campaign was active, the title added 34,000 new followers, a 22 percent increase.The brand’s editorial also supports its social media efforts—its most popular hash tag is RunningTips, which is supported by service driven content with original web copy or pieces from back issues. About three to five times a day the group posts original articles that include running related data, tips for motivation and racing news, which are also shared on social media sites to heighten engagement.“What helps us is we know our audience runs,” says Loftus. “They want to hear about what runners are doing so we can use these platforms to put them in touch with that and with us.” “We’ve had a few separate initiatives that have created really big boosts,” says Meghan Loftus, associate multimedia editor for the title. “For national marathons, we have a large presence on Facebook and Twitter. For those kinds of things we live Tweet the races and we point people to our website which has live blogs.”The magazine creates specific hash tags to cover live running related news from events like the New York City or Boston Marathons or other large sporting events.last_img read more