FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, the Utah State athletics department revealed it finished 78th in the Learfield Directors’ cup standings, the highest-such finish in program history.The Learfield directors’ cup’s history dates back to 1993 and since then, it is awarded to the nation’s best overall collegiate athletics program in Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA.The 2017-18 winner is the Stanford Cardinal of the Pac-12 as they won titles in men’s and women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s swimming-diving.The Aggies, who posted 266.25 points to place 78th in a class of 292 eligible Division I schools.They bested Power 5 schools such as Washington State (80th place), Boston College (95th place), Rutgers (107th place), Pittsburgh (111th place) and Georgia Tech (121st place).Additionally, BYU placed 45th overall in the standings, Utah was 61st, Southern Utah finished 91st, Weber State finished 201st and Utah Valley placed 211th.In Division II, Dixie State placed 184th overall in the standings, out of 268 eligible schools. July 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Records Highest Learfield Cup Finish in School History Tags: Boston College/BYU/Dixie State/Georgia Tech/Learfield Directors’ Cup/Pittsburgh/Rutgers/Southern Utah/Stanford Cardinal/Utah/Utah State Athletics/Utah Valley/Washington State/Weber State Written by Brad James
View post tag: President View post tag: Condolences View post tag: pledges View post tag: Korean Authorities View post tag: Sinking View post tag: Expresses Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. President Expresses Condolences, Pledges Aid for Korean Ferry Sinking View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic U.S. President Expresses Condolences, Pledges Aid for Korean Ferry Sinking View post tag: Navy U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMAU.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have expressed condolences to the families of the victims of Korean ferry which sank off the coast of South Korea on April 16th. Share this article April 18, 2014 View post tag: Aid In a White House statement, the president also said he’s directed the U.S. military “to provide any and all assistance requested by our Korean partners in the days ahead.”The text of the president’s and first lady’s statement follows:“On behalf of all the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the tragic ferry sinking off the coast of the Republic of Korea. The bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people are strong and enduring, and our hearts ache to see our Korean friends going through such a terrible loss, especially the loss of so many young students.“South Korea is one of our closest allies, and American Navy personnel and U.S. Marines are already on the scene assisting with the search and rescue efforts. I’ve directed our military to provide any and all assistance requested by our Korean partners in the days ahead.“As I will underscore on my visit to Seoul next week, America’s commitment to our ally South Korea is unwavering—in good times and in bad. As the Korean people deal with this heartbreaking tragedy, they will have the unending support and friendship of the United States.”[mappress]Press Release, April 18, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Ferry
Greggs is continuing its partnership with the Children in Need appeal by launching a range of Pudsey Bear-themed cupcakes and donuts this November.The high street baker will also be donating 30p from every meal deal and 15p from sales of sweet snacks to the charity. It will sell official merchandise in-store alongside its baked products, such as wristbands, Pudsey ears and trolley keyrings.Greggs has supported the charity since 2006 and has raised £2.2m to date, accumulating £904,850 for last year’s appeal.
IntroductionMadam Deputy Speaker, every day, local government delivers vital services for the communities they serve.Services that many of us take for granted.Provided by dedicated, often unsung councillors and officers in places that we are proud to call home.As such – as I have said before – local government is the frontline of our democracy.And deserves the resources it needs to do its job and deliver truly world-class services.To that end, we published a provisional settlement for funding local authorities in England late last year.ConsultationAnd invited people to give their views on this via a formal consultation – to which we have received almost 160 responses.My ministers and I have also engaged extensively with the sector……with individual councils and their MPs and also the Local Government Association and other representative groups.Ensuring that we were available to speak to anyone who wanted to raise particular issues or ask questions.And I want to pay tribute to my Honourable Friend for Nuneaton for his sterling work in this area over……not just this period, but the past 3 years.And to thank my Honourable Friend for Richmond (Yorkshire), who recently joined my department, for picking up the baton.I am immensely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the consultation and our wider engagement with the sector.SettlementThis work has informed the final settlement which I am unveiling today.Part of a 4-year settlement that gives English councils access to over £200 billion in funding in the 5 years to 2020.That gives them greater freedom and flexibility over the money they raise……in recognition of the fact that no-one knows their local areas – the opportunities, the challenges, the pressures – better than the councils who serve them.And that strikes a balance between relieving growing pressure on local government……whilst ensuring that hard-pressed taxpayers do not face ever-increasing bills.Madam Deputy Speaker, the settlement comes in the third year of a 4-year deal that was accepted by 97% of councils in return for publishing efficiency plans.This gives them the certainty and stability they need to plan for the future.Many local authorities have done impressive work to deliver better value for money.And are setting an example to other parts of the public sector.And we are keen to continue to work with sector; to increase transparency and share best practice……so that councils can deliver increased efficiency and, over the coming years, transform services.I expect this work to have a tangible impact on the steps councils take to promote efficiency by 2019 to 2020.In all, this settlement answers calls from councils, over many years, for greater control over the money they raise……and the tools to make this money go further.And this is the approach we have taken across the board: listening to local authorities and responding to what we hear.Fair funding reviewStarting with creating a whole system of local government finance that’s fit for the future.The current formula for financial allocations has served local areas well over the years.But a world of constant change – involving big shifts in demographics, lifestyles and technology……demands an updated and more responsive way of distributing funding.We have to question the fairness of the current system.Which is why I was pleased to launch a formal consultation on a review of councils’ relative needs and resources in December.This is not just a paper exercise.We have an unparalleled opportunity to be really bold and ambitious.To consider, with the sector, where the most up-to-date data and evidence leads as regards drivers of local authority costs.And to create a whole new system that gives councils the confidence to face the opportunities and challenges of the future.The consultation closes on 12 March.And I urge all those with a stake in this system to make their voices heard.We aim to introduce this new approach in 2020 to 2021.Business rates retentionWhich is also when the latest phase of our business rates retention programme gets underway.A programme that gives local authorities powerful incentives to grow their local economies.And that has so far been a resounding success.Under the current scheme, local authorities estimate that they will receive around £1.3 billion in business rates growth in 2017 to 2018.A significant revenue stream on top of the core settlement funding that I’m talking about today.So it’s right that we’re going further.Our aim is for local authorities to retain 75% of business rates from 2020 to 2021.This will be achieved by incorporating existing grants into business rates retention……including Revenue Support Grant and the Public Health Grant.Local authorities will be able to retain 75% of the growth in their business rates from the new baselines in 2020 to 2021, when the system is reset.The long-term plan is to allow local government to keep 100% of its business rates.And, with that in mind, I announced an expansion of the 100% retention pilots that have proved so popular in December.As a result, we will be taking forward 10 new pilots, covering 89 authorities, instead of the 5 we originally planned.A further pilot will also begin in London in 2018/19 and existing devolution pilots will continue in 2018 to 2019.This will help us see how well the system works across a broad range of areas and circumstances……in the North and South, urban and rural, small and large.These pilots will keep 100% of the growth in their business rates if they expand their local economies – double what they can keep now.I can confirm that I will open a further bidding round for pilots in 2019 to 2020 in due course.As I said, in expanding these pilots, we have responded to what councils have told us.And we are doing the same in other areas.Rural Services Delivery GrantRural councils, for example, expressed concern about the fairness of the current system……with the Rural Services Delivery Grant due to be reduced next year.In response, I can confirm today that we will increase the Rural Services Delivery Grant by £31 million in 2018/2019.£16 million more than proposed in the provisional settlement.This takes the total figure to £81 million – the highest amount ever paid in rural grant.A little over the sum paid in 2016 to 2017.Negative RSGWe also recognise that so-called “negative RSG” is causing concern.This is a situation where changes in revenue support grant have led to a downward adjustment……of some local authorities’ business rates top-up or tariff for 2019 to 2020.We know that we must address this problem and will consult formally on fair and affordable options for doing so……with plenty of time to reflect on the findings before next year’s settlement.Capital receiptsAnd, following discussions with the sector, we are also continuing the capital receipts flexibility programme for a further 3 years.This scheme gives local authorities the continued freedom to use capital receipts from the sale of their own assets……to help fund the transformation of services and release savings.New Homes BonusWe have also responded to concerns about proposed changes to the New Homes Bonus.By the end of 2018 to 2019, we will have paid out £7 billion under this scheme to reward the building of 1.4 million homes.This includes £947.5 million for 2018 to 2019.However, when we consulted last year on proposals to link NHB payments to the number of successful planning appeals……it was clear from this that sector wanted continuity and certainty.And so that is what we have delivered, with no new changes to the NHB this year and a baseline maintained at 0.4%.Planning feesFurthermore, as set out in our Housing White Paper, we are enabling local authorities to increase planning fees by 20%……where they commit to investing the extra income in their planning services.This should provide a welcome boost to local planning authorities and address concerns about under-resourcing.Valuation Office Agency (VOA)The final settlement includes small adjustments to top-up and tariffs for authorities based on corrected VOA data.Now I know that my opposite number – for today – has been trying to make some mischief on this point.So let me spell it out clearly for him one last time.The provisional settlement was based on the VOA’s official statistics – the best published data available at the time.Ahead of the provisional settlement, officials were notified of an error in the VOA data.Ministers were not told about this until 15 January, as officials did not know what, if any, changes might have to be made……to individual authorities’ tariffs and top-ups.The Honourable Gentleman will know that the moment corrected statistics were published by the VOA……revised figures were provided to local authorities to enable them to finalise their budgets.He should also know that part of the reason for the publication of a provisional settlement……is to test the numbers and make adjustments.[political content removed]Housing Infrastructure FundMadam Deputy Speaker, councils have a crucial role to play in helping deliver the homes our country desperately needs.However, we all know that we can’t achieve this without having the right infrastructure in place……the schools, the GP surgeries, the transport links and other essentials.The private sector can go some way to delivering this, but it’s clear we have to raise our game on this to match our ambitions.Which is why we set up the Housing Infrastructure Fund last July……to support local authorities to provide this infrastructure and build more homes.In the end, we received a staggering 430 bids, worth almost £14 billion, to deliver 1.5 million homes.Demonstrating the incredible ambition that is out there to tackle the housing crisis……an ambition that we are keen to get behind and fully back.Hence our move to more than double the Housing Infrastructure Fund at Autumn Budget……dedicating an additional £2.7 billion of funding, bringing the total Fund to £5 billion.And last week I was delighted to announce the first funding allocation……£866 million for 133 successful projects involving 110 councils that will unlock up to 200,000 homes.That promise to deliver a strong pipeline of homes at pace and scale.And that represent another important step towards meeting one of the defining challenges of our time……as are the measures we are taking on social care.Adult social careI am under no illusions about the pressures that councils face in addressing this; one of the single biggest issues we face as a country.Which is why we’ve put billions of pounds of extra funding into the sector over the past 12 months.And I can today announce a further £150 million for an Adult Social Care Support Grant in 2018 to 2019.This will be allocated according to relative needs and will help councils build on their work to support sustainable local care.It comes on top of an additional £2 billion announced for adult social care over the next 3 years at Spring Budget.And with the freedom to raise more money more quickly through the use of the social care precept that I announced this time last year……we have given councils access to £9.4 billion more dedicated funding for adult social care over 3 years.But we know that there is much more to do – and that funding alone is not going to help us fix this.This is a long-term challenge that requires long-term systemic change.The publication of a green paper this summer on future challenges within adult social care will set us on the path to securing this.Council TaxAnd, finally, we are responding to calls for more flexibility over setting Council Tax.Local authorities will be able to increase their core Council Tax requirement by an additional 1% without a local referendum……bringing the core principle in line with inflation.This will enable them to raise revenue to meet growing demand for their services whilst keeping taxes low.Having done away with Whitehall capping, we have enshrined these checks and balances into the system.Under the Localism Act, local government can increase Council Tax as they wish……but excessive rises need to be approved by local residents in a referendum.In addition, directly elected mayors will decide the required level of precept by agreement with their combined authorities.And it will be easier for police and crime commissioners to meet local demand pressure under measures that I have agreed with the Home Secretary.These allow for a £12 Council Tax flexibility for police services – raising an additional £139 million next year.We will, however, defer the setting of referendum principles for town and parish councils for 3 years and keep this under review.In all, I want to see the sector doing everything possible to limit Council Tax increases and show restraint.I am keen to ensure that these freedoms are not abused – as, I am sure, are voters.ConclusionMadam Deputy Speaker, my department’s name recently changed to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.This underlines our focus on fixing our broken housing market and getting Britain building.But I remain absolutely committed to the Community and Local Government elements of our work.They are the foundations on which everything else stands.It is not enough to just build more homes. We need to build better, strong communities.And councils acting truly as local government and not local administration will help us achieve this.Which is why we have listened to local authorities.And through this settlement delivered what they have asked for while keeping spending in check:A real terms increase in resources over the next 2 years.More freedom and fairness.Greater stability and certainty to plan and drive value for money.They – and the communities they serve – deserve no less.I commend this settlement to the House.
Heading back to class this fall will mean heading back to the school garden at hundreds of schools across Georgia. While more and more schools are using gardens as outdoor classrooms, many teachers are still fine-tuning how to best use these new resources and many administrators are still figuring out how to maintain the gardens from year to year so they don’t become eyesores or liabilities. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers a new online resource for Georgia teachers, parents and administrators looking to start a school garden, refurbish an existing garden or simply take full advantage of a school garden that’s being under used. The UGA Extension School Garden Resource Center, launched in fall 2013, offers teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade lesson plans that use school gardens to teach the curriculum prescribed in the Georgia Performance Standards. It also offers a comprehensive, practical guide on starting and maintaining a school garden and funding sources for garden improvements. It offers real world strategies for organizing, maintaining and using school gardens year after year. All of the content at the School Garden Resource Center is free and available at extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens. David Knauft, a professor of horticulture at UGA, collected and adapted the school garden lesson plans in order to make it easier for teachers to use gardens in their teaching. During his research, he found many teachers didn’t feel they had time to work gardening into their teaching day and didn’t have the support they needed to maintain the gardens. “We conducted four focus groups with teachers, administrators and volunteers across Georgia, asking them about the value of the gardens and what we could do to help,” Knauft said. “They said that providing information to help establish and grow their gardens and how to work them into the existing curriculum, so that they could more easily use the gardens, would make a big difference.” Knauft, who has taught horticulture for more than three decades, first learned the importance of linking enrichment activities with state-mandated curriculum when he helped to develop Project Focus. Project Focus is an elementary and middle school program in which college students conduct curriculum-based science programs in local classrooms. Knauft collected and adapted the school garden lesson plans and other resources with the help of Alicia Holloway, a former agriculture teacher who now worke on the school garden project. Holloway will be starting her master’s degree in horticulture this fall. She will be working with Dr. Knauft to study the impacts of school gardens on children’s health. “There’s a lot of pressure for teachers to improve test scores, so it can be hard to take time away from instruction to take a class outside,” Holloway said. “But if you can tie that time outside to the curriculum and use the school’s garden to teach them the standards that they need to learn, it starts to make sense.” “Hopefully, teachers will be able to go to this website, look at the lesson plan resources that are available and find one that works best for teaching the standards that they need to focus on, while introducing students to the natural world,” she said. Kaiser Permanente’s Partnership for a Healthier America funded part of the School Garden Resource Center and will help develop more standards-based lesson plans that can be used in Georgia’s school gardens. The resource center is a well-organized, one-stop-shop for resources from other state Extension agencies, the USDA and non-profit organizations that promote gardening in schools. For success stories of school gardens across Georgia visit http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4d1ecdbb6df42318c3e989fd4&id=c5f6efc3a7. UGA Extension is the outreach branch of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. UGA Extension is a trusted local source of unbiased, research-based information about agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families. More information is available at extension.uga.edu or by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
October 1, 2002 Regular News Lawyers do well in state races Lawyers do well in state races Lawyers running for Florida House and Senate were more successful than not in the September 10 primary, according to state election returns.Of the 72 Bar members who filed for legislative seats this year, 33 were involved in the primary. (Of the 72 lawyers, 11 were re-elected without opposition, and the remainder, along with the winners of the primary, will be on the November ballot.)The 33 attorneys were vying in 24 different primaries for House and Senate seats. Overall, 17 attorneys won and 16 lost, although that number downplays the success of lawyers in the primary because several races had two or three lawyer candidates for voters to chose from.Looked at another way, of the 24 races where lawyers were on the ballot, they won 17 of the primaries and only in seven races were the attorneys rejected.None of the primaries was a final victory for any of the candidates, as they all have opposition in the general election. However, many face only minor party or write-in opposition, which traditionally has fared poorly in state elections. Senate Contests Here are the results for Senate primaries: • In District 7, Rep. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, got 52.3 percent of the vote in defeating attorney and former Rep. George Albright, who got 35.2 percent, and a third candidate in the Republican primary. • In District 19, attorney and Rep. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, won with 56.2 percent of the vote, over attorney Alton Lightsey, who got 22.2 percent, and a third candidate in the Democratic primary. Siplin faces attorney and Republican Anthony “Tony” Suarez and a no party affiliation candidate in November. • In District 27, attorney Dave Aronberg overcame Scott Edwards 64.6 to 35.4 percent in the Democratic primary, and faces the winner of a five-way Republican primary. • In District 36, attorney and Rep. Carlos Lacasa, R-Miami, and a third candidate were defeated by Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami in the Republican primary. De la Portilla got 49.2 percent, while Lacasa got 42.1 percent. • In District 39, former Rep. Larcenia J. Bullard edged out attorney and former Rep. Ron Saunders 24.9 to 24.6 percent in a five-way Democratic primary that included Rep. Cindy Lerner, D-Miami, and former Rep. John Cosgrove, both lawyers. House Primaries Here are the results for the House primaries: • In District 26, attorney Pat Patterson got 72 percent of the vote in the Republican primary against Bob Dahlen. He faces a Democrat and Libertarian on the November ballot. • In District 33, attorneys Dean Mosley and Michael K. Rathel were defeated by Sandra Adams in a five-way Republican primary. • In District 39, Bruce Antone, with 34.1 percent, defeated attorney Tiffany Moore, with 30.7 percent, and two others in the Democratic primary. • In District 47, attorney Michael Steinberg, with 45.4 percent of the vote, won a three-way Democratic primary. On the Republican side, attorney Kevin Christopher Ambler, with 38.9 percent, edged out attorney Bill Mitchell and a third candidate. • In District 49, attorney John (Q.) Quinones got 56.4 percent to defeat Joe Mantilla in the Republican primary. He faces a Democrat in November. • In District 64, attorney John Stargel got 56.9 percent of vote in defeating Jerre Wilson in the Republican primary. He faces a Libertarian in November. • In District 67, Ron Reagan defeated attorney Steele T. Williams and a third candidate in the Republican primary. • In District 68, attorney Bill Galvano got 46.5 percent of the vote to win the Republican primary against attorney Dave Minor and two other candidates. He faces a Democrat and Libertarian in November. • In District 73, attorney and Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, defeated attorney Mike McQuagge 62.3 to 37.7 percent in the Republican primary. He faces a Democrat and Libertarian in November. • In District 74, attorney and Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, won a three-way Republican primary with 55.8 percent of the vote. He faces attorney and Democrat Linda I. Parnell and a Libertarian in November. • In District 86, attorney Barry Silver was defeated in the Democratic primary by Rep. Anne Gannon, D-Delray Beach, 62.7 to 37.3 percent. • In District 87, attorney Adam Hasner got 30 percent of the vote, just more than attorney Peter Feaman and one other candidate in the four-way Republican primary. He faces a Democrat and Libertarian in November. • In District 89, attorney Elliot Shaw got 57.5 percent of the vote to defeat one other candidate in the Republican primary. He faces a Democrat and Libertarian in November. • In District 104, attorney Yolly Roberson pulled in 29.8 percent of the vote to win the five-way Democratic primary. She faces a Republican and two write-in candidates in November. • In District 108, attorney and Rep. Phillip J. Brutus got 70.1 percent of the vote to win his Democratic primary against one opponent. He faces attorney and Republican Val Screen in November. • In District 115, attorney Juan-Carlos (J.C.) Planas with 44.6 percent, edged out Rep. Renier Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, with 44.3 percent, and a third candidate in the Republican primary. He faces a Libertarian in the fall. • In District 116, attorney Marcelo Llorente got 37.3 percent to defeat attorney Jose Luis Rodriguez and three others in the Republican primary. On the Democratic side, attorney Patrick Vilar got more than 61.6 percent of the vote to win the two-person Democratic primary.
Proposed traffic court rules The Traffic Court Rules Committee invites comment on the proposed two-year cycle amendments to the Florida Traffic Court Rules shown below. After reviewing comments received in response to this publication, the committee will make its final proposal to the Florida Supreme Court. The full text of the proposals can be found at the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org Interested persons have until November 1 to submit comments to Joseph Bodiford, committee chair, Law Office of Joseph C. Bodiford, P.A., 806 E. Jackson St., Tampa, Florida 33602-4149. FLORIDA RULES OF TRAFFIC COURT 2006 TWO-YEAR CYCLE AMENDMENTS REASONS FOR CHANGE 6.45516-5Amended to solve problems created by ex-parte amendments of citations prior to hearings, without overburdening the court system with further costs and paperwork, and to give litigants proper notice of changes to the charging instrument. 6.04012-9-2Amended to add the definition of “counsel” to the other definitions of terms used in the rules. 6.630(k)UnanimousAmended to bring the rule in compliance with Chapter 2005-236, Laws of Florida, which on July 1,2005 repealed the previous statutory limit set in 318.37 Fla. Stat. Proposed traffic court rules RULE COMMITTEE VOTE October 15, 2005 Regular News
– Advertisement – “I’ve scratched him from the Betfair (Chase) and Ladbrokes Trophy as I’ve just had to draw stumps for the season with him,” said Nicholls on Monday.“The warning lights have been flashing for the last couple of weeks. I was not happy with him last week and we had the vet scan him today and although there is no tear he just needs more time to recover, so we will leave him for the rest of the season and get him back for next season.“He had the tendon injury last season and he is still not strong enough to do full training. If we had carried on he would have broken down, but as we have stopped there is a good chance we will get him back for next season.- Advertisement – Paul Nicholls has been forced to rule his classy chaser Topofthegame out for another season.Winner of the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in 2019, Nicholls had high hopes he would develop into a Gold Cup contender last season.- Advertisement – “We had done everything can, but when the warning lights come on you simply have to stop and after having him scanned this morning it confirmed what myself and Clifford (Baker) thought.”The Betfair ambassador added: “It’s part and parcel of the game and he was always going to be difficult as he is so fragile, but hopefully we will get him back for another day. We have lots of other horses for these races, but I’m gutted for his owners.” However, as his preparation for last year’s Ladbrokes Trophy was stepping up a gear he was halted by a leg injury.While the problem was nothing too serious, Nicholls felt a year on the sidelines would give him the best chance of returning this season – with the Ladbrokes Trophy again his aim – in tip-top shape.Unfortunately, with the Newbury feature just weeks away, the eight-year-old has been ruled out again.- Advertisement –
February 02, 2017 Governor Wolf Named 2017 Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl announced today that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been selected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the ARC states’ co-chair for 2017. As states’ co-chair, the governor will work directly with ARC’s federal co-chair to further the agency’s commitment to economic growth and development across the Appalachian Region.“As states’ co-chair, Governor Wolf will bring energy, ideas, and a deep understanding of Appalachia’s challenges and opportunities to the commission,” said Gohl. “His ongoing commitment to impactful economic development makes him a great choice for this leadership position.”“It’s an honor to be selected represent the interests of the ARC states,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to working with the organization to promote and support projects that have significant impacts on the region including those that foster business development and job creation, spur the growth and availability of community resources and infrastructure, and improve areas that increase overall well-being like access to health care and initiatives that address school readiness.”Governor Wolf is ARC’s 64th states’ co-chair and the fourth Governor from Pennsylvania to hold the position. The last ARC states’ co-chair from Pennsylvania was former Governor Bob Casey who held the position in 1990. Wolf’s term as states’ co-chair extends through the end of 2017. Governor Wolf succeeds Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee in this position. Fifty-two counties in Pennsylvania are included in ARC’s footprint. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) facilitates ARC’s work in the Keystone State.“Over the years, ARC has provided funding for numerous Pennsylvania projects that have encouraged economic prosperity in those counties within the commonwealth’s Appalachian region. ARC’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative, for example, has contributed significantly to the availability of alternative solutions for businesses and individuals negatively affected by the declining coal industry,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “This year, six new POWER projects were approved for funding in Pennsylvania. We are grateful for this support and look forward to the positive results these projects have – encouraging stronger communities and contributing to the overall well-being of the commonwealth.”Since its formation in 1965, ARC has invested in hundreds of community-based projects contributing to the economic growth of the Appalachian Region annually by training workers, creating jobs, and attracting additional investment capital. In fiscal year 2016 alone, ARC approved nearly $110 million in funding for 473 non-highway projects in the region. These investments will help create or retain more than 18,800 jobs; train more than 46,000 students, workers, and leaders with new skills; attract an additional $174.6 million in other project funding; and leverage nearly $350 million in private investments in Appalachia. These investments were made in were made in concordance with ARC’s Five Year Strategic Plan for Capitalizing on Appalachia’s Opportunities.The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments, focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. For additional information on ARC, visit www.arc.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
File photo.CONVEYANCING costs are about to become more expensive for those who decide to purchase a new home.Under new federal laws, buyers of new properties would now have to ensure that the GST owed (on the property purchased) by the developer of the project, was paid to the Australian Taxation Office.The Queensland Law Society has already alerted its members about the changes, which came into effect on July 1, and warns it means higher conveyancing costs for buyers.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella was also concerned about the changes.She said once again the ATO was farming out or outsourcing its responsibilities for tax collection.“It’s the everyday person in the street who bears the brunt of this legislation, which is largely a measure targeting developers,’’ she said.“It adds a level of red tape to the property transaction and the buyers will be faced with additional conveyancing procedures, which, of course, means additional costs.’’Queensland Law Society Property Law committee Chair, Matt Raven, said the situation came about because the ATO was concerned it had been missing out on GST revenue it was owed by developers.“Some developers in the past have completed developments, settled the sales of all their apartments, disposed of all the money or paid it back to the bank and what have you, and then wound the company up without doing their final GST returns,’’ he said.“That is called phoenixing, the company disappears in a puff of smoke with all these debts owing.’’“So the gist of the new law is that now effectively the GST or an estimate of the GST has got to be collected and accounted to the ATO on settlement on each sale. So the way they have done that is they have put the obligation on the buyer to withhold a proportion of the purchase price.“So the buyer has to basically not pay that proportion to the seller at settlement and have to account to the ATO for it.’’Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor is concerned it has added another step to conveyancing and said buyers would be the ones who had to pay for this extra work.Mr Taylor said the move was effectively making solicitors tax collectors.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Residential contracts will now have an additional step added to them in relation to the GST and Mr Taylor said solicitors acting for buyers would have to assess whether a client must withhold GST and make a payment to the ATO.The process also involved completing two online forms which had to be lodged with the ATO.These extra steps would add to the time it took to do property conveyancing and therefore there would be additional costs, Mr Taylor said.While the organisation made submissions on the legislation and raised concerns about it Mr Taylor said it had still proceeded.“It is disappointing that we have seen multiple additional administrative duties added to our profession over recent years by both the State and Federal Governments,’’ he said.The new legislation does not apply to existing properties.Ms Mercorella said the REIQ had received significant feedback from members that the changes had not been clearly explained by the ATO.“We have produced extensive materials on the issue to educate our membership, including video content, in-room sessions and written material. There has been minimal education rolled out by the ATO, and yet again industry gets left to do the educating. It’s not a real estate agent’s role to give tax advice and yet consumers often expect the agents to be experts on all matters relating to property sale,’’ she said.Ms Mercorella said this was another impost put on the industry.“This GST-withholding legislation follows similar legislative changes in the foreign-buyer space where the ATO has made the assumption that buyers of property valued at $750,000 or more are foreign and required to pay capital gains tax, unless they could produce a clearance certificate to attest otherwise,’’ she said.“With that particular legislation, the threshold started at $2 million and then made a significant leap to the $750,000 threshold which means it has gone from affecting a small group to almost affecting the majority of property transactions. Where will it end?’’