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‘Merriam Concerned Citizens’ group starting petitions on new community center

first_imgCouncilman David Neal spoke when the Merriam Concerned Citizens met Saturday to discuss concerns with the new community center process.A group of Merriam residents say they are organizing a petitioning seeking to delay construction of the new community center.The group, which is calling itself ‘Merriam Concerned Citizens,’ have shared the same concerns for the past several weeks, particularly that the proposed outdoor pool will be drastically smaller than the Merriam Aquatic Center. They met Saturday at the Antioch Library to discuss their concerns and rally support from Merriam residents for three petitions. These include:A petition for Merriam residents to decide whether Johnson County Library may move its Antioch branch onto the new community center siteA petition for an independent audit of the new community center processA petition for voters to decide if and how the city will utilize tax increment financing (TIF) to fund a parking garage on the site“We just need to empower ourselves and our residents to vote and let the vote decide what we are going to do next,” said Thelma Fowler, a leading member of the group.Fowler said that when Merriam residents voted on the new community center master plan, there was “absolutely” a perception that outdoor aquatics would be “new and improved.”“There was never a discussion that said, ‘If you choose these things,’ here is what you will give up,” Fowler said.Councilmember David Neal, who presented information at the Saturday meeting, said “it was assumed” by survey participants that the new outdoor aquatics center would at least be the same size.Merriam councilmembers Al Frisby, left, and Bob Pape attended the Merriam Concerned Citizens meeting to listen to concerns and provide clarification when they could.Recognizing that the outdoor pool is a main concern, assistant city administrator Meredith Hauck said the proposed outdoor pool is 9,550 square feet and the proposed indoor pool is 5,925 square feet, which combined is more than the 14,415 square foot pool at the Merriam Aquatic Center.Some of the residents who spoke at the Sept. 10 council meeting said they wanted to keep the existing pool. Others said staff and councilmembers have failed to be transparent during the design process.Suzanne Downey, a Merriam resident who is also on the city’s park board, asked the council “to slow the project down.”“I really hope you will stop and listen,” Downey told the council. “I don’t know if anyone is really listening. I think this is a huge project to jack around with.”Hauck said the city has “tried to make this process as transparent as possible” and that the project started in 2014 as a community conversation.“It’s hard because we’re in year four of these conversations, and so a lot of the things that are being alleged have been part of the conversation the entire time,” Hauck said. “We have tried to provide as much information as we can on the city’s website. That’s a great place for people to go to learn about the project design and facts associated with this project.”The Merriam council will conduct a work session Sept. 17 and make final approval of the community center and outdoor aquatics design Sept. 24. If the council approves the design, the project moves into the beginning stages of construction, including demolition of the Merriam Aquatic Center.If the council rejects it, the staff will “have to reconsider the project and where we want to move forward in the process,” Hauck said, adding that the true impact of a delay is the additional cost to pay consultants to redesign.As of Aug. 31, Merriam has spent about $879,000 on the $30 million project.last_img read more

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Lindgren signs pro after sophomore season

first_imgLindgren signs pro after sophomore seasonNews of both Lindgren and head coach Lucia’s departure came Tuesday. Drew CoveMarch 20, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintNO CONFIRMATION YETMore departures are abound for the men’s hockey program.Sophomore defenseman Ryan Lindgren will sign with the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers and leave the Gophers after two seasons.Lindgren was a top-pair defenseman for Minnesota in both seasons with the Gophers. His first season he was paired with former Gophers’ and current Chicago Wolves defenseman Jake Bischoff. This last season, he was paired mostly with junior Jack Sadek. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round of the 2016 NHL entry draft, but was traded to the Rangers in a deadline deal in a package for one of New York’s most high-profile scorers.Lindgren talked about his trade after it happened, he said he was excited to get to work with the team over the summer. Now those plans don’t have to wait, he’ll be in the organization before the season ends. In his time at Minnesota, he scored 16 points in 67 games with three total goals. His physical presence made him stand out on the blue line, especially in rivalry games. Ryan now joins his older brother Charlie in the NHL. Charlie was a goaltender with St. Cloud State from 2013-16 and now balances time between the Montreal Canadiens and the AHL’s Laval Rocket.last_img read more

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Masseur Arrested on Forcible Touching Charges

first_imgEast Hampton Village police arrested a masseur after two victims reported being touched inappropriately during massages at a village spa.Albin Polkowski, 55, of East Hampton was charged with two counts of forcible touching, a misdemeanor, and unauthorized practice of a profession, in violation of New York State Education Law, which is a felony. His massage therapist license was reportedly not current. His name does not appear in the State’s Office of Professions database.The two alleged victims, separately, went to police shortly after the incidents during massages at Spa27, which is located on Montauk Highway in the village, across from Red Horse Market.Polkowski, who was arrested Sunday, was held in custody and arraigned Tuesday morning. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana released him on $5,000 bail.ieenews@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Linde supports major environmental research project

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GAWDA welcomes its members to Savannah

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Budget war on tax avoidance plans ‘will end in court’

first_imgTax specialists have warned Chancellor George Osborne he can expect to be challenged in the courts over plans to clamp down on tax avoidance schemes.During his Budget speech today, Osborne said the ‘accelerated payments’ provision will become law this year for all tax avoidance schemes.The Treasury estimates the number of open avoidance cases is currently around 65,000 and the chancellor hopes his new crackdown will reduce that number.Osborne said: ‘If people feel they have been wronged, they can of course go to court. If they win, they get their money back with interest. We have already consulted on this idea; now we will implement it.‘The OBR [Office for Budget Responsibility] confirms that this will bring forward £4bn of tax receipts and it will fundamentally reduce the incentive to engage in tax avoidance in the future.’But tax experts have warned the government can face a legal backlash from those affected by the change.Hayley Kinghan, solicitor at QualitySolicitors Hill & Abbott said: ‘Tax avoidance is a serious issue which the government must tackle but this change suggested by the government goes against the principles of proving wrongdoing before issuing a punishment.‘Individuals could be hit with a tax bill going back several years, be expected to pay it and only get it back if it turns out to be a legal tax planning vehicle. I would not be surprised for the government and HM Revenue & Customs to be challenged in the courts on this decision.’Simon Wilks, tax partner at accountancy firm PwC, said the measure underlines the determination of the government to deal with tax avoidance.But he added that potential revenue is ‘very uncertain’ and might ultimately have to be repaid with interest. ‘Moreover, many will worry that this measure sets a concerning precedent that tax payers can’t pursue their legitimate cases through the courts.’Phil Berwick, partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, said taxpayers will be ‘in for a shock’ when they receive accelerated payment notices.‘They will have to find, collectively, and in many cases, individually, a large amount of money in a relatively short period of time.‘HMRC are pre-empting the outcome of litigation. HMRC’s position is that they don’t like taxpayers using avoidance schemes and the individual must pay the disputed tax before the tribunal has reached a decision, or even considered the effectiveness of the arrangement.‘That is hardly justice. Legal challenges to HMRC’s position can be expected.’last_img read more

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Court ‘on precipice’ of thousands of costs challenges by ex-clients

first_imgJudges will open the floodgates to thousands of costs claims from former clients of law firms if they allow a landmark challenge to pass, the Court of Appeal heard today.Claimant firm HH Law Limited told the court that hundreds of other firms operated a similar billing policy to the one brought into question by the High Court last year.For the firm, Nicholas Bacon QC said the court was ‘on the precipice’ of inviting thousands of people whose damages had been reduced by legal costs to contest their bill.This was despite the original claimant, who had been injured in an RTA, having made no complaint about the firm’s services and producing no evidence as to why they considered the deductions were too high.The court heard that Herbert’s £3,400 settlement had been reduced by almost £1,200 based on the firm’s success fee and an ATE insurance premium.In the county court, a district judge had opted to slash the success fee and treat the insurance as a solicitor’s disbursement. On appeal, the High Court in Herbert v HH Law Limited agreed the firm had failed to conduct a risk assessment of the level of success fee and that the 100% uplift was out of step.Before the Court of Appeal today, Bacon said the lower courts had made a ‘fundamental error’ by finding in favour of a party who brought no evidence forward as to whether they understood the terms of the retainer.Bacon said the client had made a legally binding contract with the firm and was told very clearly that some costs would be recovered.He said there was no statutory requirement of solicitors to explain the terms as set out in the contract, other than obligations contained in the SRA handbook. ‘My solicitors tried to simplify it by saying ‘we will charge you up to 25% plus the ATE premium’,’ added Bacon. ‘That is the business model and something hundreds of solicitors have done.’He continued: ‘The client has a statutory right to challenge the fees and can set aside assumptions about what has been agreed, but they need to have some evidence why.’Bacon stated that taking out ATE was optional to the client, and described it as ‘odd’ that the High Court had said it should be subject to assessment.The district judge, he said, found the solicitors had little or no contact with the client and had made no assessment of risk – therefore it was possible to overcome assumptions about reasonableness.Bacon added: ‘We simply disagree flatly with that conclusion. We were not charging 100% [success fee].’The case continues.last_img read more

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Siemens awarded heavy haul electric locomotive contract

first_imgAUSTRALIA: The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has awarded Siemens a contract to supply 13 electric locomotives for use on heavy-haul coal trains in Queensland.Announcing the order on July 12, Siemens said the 1067 mm gauge locomotives would be ‘some of the highest-powered narrow gauge electric locomotives in the world’. The 25 kV AC locomotives are scheduled to enter service in late 2013, hauling coal from the Caval Ridge and Daunia mines to Hay Point Coal Terminal in the Bowen Basin.last_img read more

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FS Group signs Iranian co-operation agreements

first_imgIRAN: Three co-operation agreements were signed in Tehran on July 11 by CEO of Italy’s national railway group FS Renato Mazzoncini and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways President Saeed Mohammadzadeh.The first agreement is potentially worth €1·2bn and covers the provision of design and construction services for the planned Qom – Arak high speed line, subject to the finalisation of Italian export credits.The second agreement was signed by FS Group, RAI and Iran University of Science & Technology and covers staff training. The third agreement covers technical co-operation with the university.The deals build on preliminary agreements signed when Iran’s President Rouhani visited Italy in January 2016.last_img read more

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BVI to implement new process for work permit renewals

first_imgBVI work permit The Labour Department  in the British Virgin Islands has announced plans to start testing a new process for the renewal of work permits in the territory.According to Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering, this will begin on March 15 with the full implementation scheduled for May 15.The revised procedure for processing renewals is part of efforts to enhance the operation of the Labour Department, and to improve customer service in keeping with the ‘BVI Forward’ initiative to reform Immigration and Labour.“Government is always exploring ways to improve service, and the changes identified through our ongoing partnership with the private sector illustrate our commitment to continuous improvement. Considerable time has been invested examining processes, and we are now at the point of implementation,” said Pickering.Meanwhile, Labour Commissioner Janice Rhymer said the Financial Services Implementation Unit (FSIU) has been working with the Labour Department, mapping the work permit process, and identifying options for improving efficiency to provide a faster and easier service to customers.She added that the Labour Department will monitor the test phase of the programme and adjust as needed ahead of the full launch on May 15.During the test phase, persons seeking to renew their work permits will have the option to complete the form electronically or manually, and then submit it to the Labour Department.last_img read more

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