Located in northern Overland Park, Dimensional Innovations specializes in custom architectural design and fabrication. The council approved a 10-year tax abatement for the business in December. Photo credit Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.Discord may be in store on the Overland Park City Council tonight as new member Scott Hamblin and mayoral candidate Faris Farassati try to rescind a tax abatement that was strongly favored by nine of the twelve-member council.Hamblin and Farassati say the abatement is clouded by a faulty cost analysis and ethical concerns because of a family connection between one council member and a company official. But one council member who supported the tax break counters that it is a political move.Ward 5 Councilman Faris Farassati was the lone “no” vote on the tax-abatement package when it came before the council in December.Farassati and Hamblin said Friday they plan to call for a reversal on the council’s Dec. 16 decision to grant a ten-year property tax abatement to Dimensional Innovations, an architectural design and fabrication company on the city’s extreme northern edge. The abatement starts at 50 percent, but has the potential to grow to 65 percent under certain conditions.If December’s discussion is any indication, the council may be headed for a first test of how the three new members will interact on what could be a contentious issue. Tax incentives were a major part of the campaign season in which two incumbents were defeated.In December, most council members took turns supporting the move, citing the cost analysis and saying again and again it would help a part of the city that, in the words of a DI official, “needs a little love.”But anger bubbled over when Farassati, the lone “no” vote, argued that the cost data didn’t support the incentives. In reaction, Councilmember Chris Newlin, who sat next to Farassati, slammed down his hand, saying, “Jesus! It’s right here in your face!” Later, Councilmember Fred Spears said he would take the unusual step of a direct public confrontation with another council member by noting that Farassati, a doctor, has supported incentives for a project at Menorah Medical Center. “I think you’re letting your bias show,” he said.Family connections to former council member prompt questionsThe CFO of Dimensional Innovations is the son of former Overland Park Councilman Rick Collins, seen above in a file photo, who was defeated in November’s elections by Scott Hamblin.Dimensional Innovations, at 3421 Merriam Drive, designs and builds distinctive architectural features on public buildings and has a national footprint. The company designed the large book spines on Kansas City’s downtown library, as well as the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.Its headquarters is just off the intersection of Interstates 35 and 635, near the junction of Merriam and Kansas City, Kan. with Overland Park. Company officials want the abatement to help them expand at their current site, which is located in an area dominated by used car sales and mechanical companies.The company estimated it would add 225 people to its 187-person workforce over the next ten years. According to a computer-generated cost-benefit analysis, that would result in a total of 705 direct and ripple-effect jobs over the same time period. That analysis said the city would get $3.51 back for every dollar invested. Other taxing districts were estimated to get a wide range of return on the dollar, from $7.29 for the state of Kansas to $1.72 for Johnson County Community College.Hamblin and Farassati now say the abatement should be rescinded. In explaining their reasoning, they note that the company CFO is Tom Collins, son of former councilmember Rick Collins, that the application was made shortly after Hamblin defeated Collins in November and voted on before the new council members took their seats.“If that doesn’t raise some suspicion then I think you’ve got to have your head in the sand,” Hamblin said.Collins recused himself from the discussion and abstained from the vote. Councilmember John Thompson was absent the night the incentive was passed, 9-1.According to Hamblin’s research, the analysis used an incorrect multiplier to figure how many jobs would be created. He and Farassati say the company was already invested in buying nearby property, negating their argument that they might have to move out of Overland Park without the incentives.Farassati said the incentives are not offered to smaller companies. “If we’re going down this path, who is a qualified candidate for it?” he said. “That’s why Overland Park is getting criticized that it is only in business for the big boys.”Lyons says move is ‘politically motivated’Councilmember Paul Lyons called the reasoning “absurd, ridiculous and outrageous.”“I think the whole purpose here is to push forward Faris’s campaign for mayor,” he said. “I think they’re trying to put doubts in people’s minds that something nefarious is going on here and that something isn’t right.”The company was clear about its options without the incentives, Lyons said. The fact that it was invested in adjacent property before the vote only proves officials were keeping their options open, he said, adding that it was reasonable for company officials to take their case up before the new members took office.Unless more council members abandon their enthusiasm for the expansion, it seems unlikely that the incentives will be rescinded. Under the rules, a rescission would be asked for tonight and then discussed at the following council meeting. But since Farassati voted no, a supermajority will be needed to bring the matter back up.“They know they’re not going to get the votes to make this happen,” Lyons said. “If this was a legitimate concern they had, then there are avenues for them to go to deal with through our staff and through the mayor and through the council and not through the press. The fact that they’re going to the press tells me that it’s politically motivated, for the purposes of supporting Faris’s campaign. I’m irritated by it because it gives me the impression that we’re going to see this kind of nonsense going on for the next two years.”
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Opposition political parties in Haiti on Sunday vowed to resume their street protests on Monday in a bid to remove President Jovenel Moise from office.The opposition parties buoyed by the turn out over the past few days, said that the protests would be held on Monday and Tuesday even as the Speaker of the Senate, Carl Murat Cantave, called a meeting for Sunday of all legislators to address the “political situation” in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.“I invite all the political groups of the Senate to be represented to an important meeting which will take place this Sunday, September 29, “Cantave said in his invitation, adding “it’s an organized meeting with the different political tendencies of the great body to discuss our differences and especially address the political situation.“The time is serious, the Senate has its word to say,” he said.The Bishops of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Haiti (CECH), in a September 27 letter to Moise and other senior State officials called on them to act immediately to stem the violence in the country.“We Catholic Bishops of Haiti, we salute you all with respect and affection in the heart of the indescribable distress that we have lived as a people and citizen for more than a month in the country. It’s like we’re in a state of fratricidal war. We got there because of the behaviour of elected officials and leaders.“Despite our repeated calls for almost two years, Haiti’s current leaders, politicians and elected officials remain deaf, busy managing their power, privileges and petty interests. Meanwhile, some sectors continue to grow rich on the backs of the poor who can neither eat nor pay for their children’s schooling.”The CECH in its letter asked the officials to ponder on a number of questions.“Is there violence more atrocious than living constantly in insecurity? Is there worse than the misery that takes away all hope? No people must accept misery, poverty and violence in a defeatist way. “Therefore, the highest officials of the State must assume their responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the country and the institutions; they are morally responsible for the safety and well-being of the population. And, in the first place, the President of the Republic.”The Catholic Bishops said that if the country is on fire,” it is because of their irresponsibility.“How can they not know what everyone knows? In a jump of awareness that they measure the extent of their accumulated failures and draw the consequences. It is now that they must act to change lives in Haiti. Tomorrow will be too late.”Haitians have been taking to the streets demanding Moise’s resignation and efforts to get the Senate to ratify his fourth prime minister, since coming to office in 2017, have failed because supporters of opposition legislators have taken over the building preventing the ratification process.In addition, the Haitians have been protesting a fuel crisis that has left motorists fuming and gas stations closed around the country. Gasoline suppliers are demanding as much as US$100 million they said are owed to them for previous shipments before delivering more supplies.In a radio and television broadcast last week, Moise said that he wanted all stakeholders to come together to deal with the problems facing the country.“I extend my hand to all the forces of the nation to form together a Government of National Unity, able to address the urgent problems of the country,” he said, adding that all actors should be involved in the initiative.But the opposition parties have rejected his call, saying the solution to the current political crisis lies “first and foremost in the resignation of Jovenel Moïse”.On Saturday, in Cap-Haïtien, a commune on the north coast of the country, pro and anti-government protesters armed with sticks, machetes, stones, bottles and other objects, clashed.The action came one day after Waslin Saint-Fleur, a security officer with the Procuratorate of Port-au-Prince, was shot dead at his home by unidentified gunmen.Saint-Fleur had been assigned to former Government Commissioner Paul Eronce Villard, who resigned last week.On Friday, thousands of protesters took the concrete in the capital and several provincial cities, in what some political observers said was the largest anti-government protest recorded in Haiti for a very long time.There were scenes of looting, violence as the demonstrators, armed with sticks, machetes, axes and firearms, shouted hostile remarks at the government.They erected barricades with tree trunks, old vehicle and burning tires on the main roads of the capital paralyzing most activities, forcing the shutdown of banks, schools, ministries and public offices.A move by the government to establish a multi-party institutional unit to coordinate the clearing of public roads of barricades and other dangerous debris was met by opposition parties urging supporters to ensure that the barricades remain in place.
1136 Views 6 comments LocalNewsPolitics UWP anticipates resignation from ‘accused executive member’ by: Dominica Vibes News – March 8, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Share Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton (file photo)An executive member of the leadership of Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) may soon resign, a press statement issued on Tuesday 8 March 2016 indicates.The statement issued by UWP Leader, Lennox Linton indicates that the executive member has been facing allegations of serious inappropriate behavior towards a minor.While the statement notes that the allegations have been denied but the individual has been charged under the Sexual Offenses Act and that the party is firmly committed to “the balanced, holistic development of our children as we strive to make Dominica the best”.Mr Linton, who apologized for the widespread hurt and disappointment this development has caused, said the party believes that “resignation from office, at least while the matter is before the court, is the only honorable course of action available to public officials in the leadership of political parties facing such allegations of serious inappropriate behavior”.If the accused executive member does not resign, Mr Linton said the “appropriate organs of the Party will be engaged to act decisively in the public interest and for the general well-being of the Party”.Here is the letter issued by Mr Linton in its entirety;Roseau, Dominica, March 8th, 2016 – The policy direction of the United Workers Party on the rights and development of children is articulated at page 63 of our 2014 Social Contract to rescue and rebuild Dominica:“Children will hold pride of place in the best place to live, the best place to work and the best place to enjoy life. UWP Team Dominica wholeheartedly embraces its responsibility to ensure the rights of our children are respected, protected and fulfilled. We agree to comprehensive reviews of the laws relating to the well-being, happiness and development of our children…“A top priority on our agenda to revise existing laws will be the Sexual Offenses Act. Specifically, we are committed to ensure that parents, guardians or caretakers will no longer be allowed to use hush money to obstruct justice for our children.“Whether it requires changing existing laws, creating new ones or establishing appropriate systems and facilities, UWP Team Dominica is fully committed to help families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow into the realization of their full creative potential…”We stand firmly behind these commitments to the balanced, holistic development of our children as we strive to make Dominica the best. Over the past week, an executive member of the United Workers Party has been facing allegations of serious inappropriate behavior towards a minor. The allegations have been denied but the individual has been charged under the sexual offenses Act.On behalf of the leadership of the UWP Team Dominica, I apologize for the widespread disappointment, hurt and discomfort among nationals at home and abroad caused by this most regrettable development. This is not a fall that defines us. It is a stumble that caught us by surprise. Rest assured that the lessons learned have strengthened our resolve in the mission to advance human dignity.In this sad but extremely necessary episode in the national struggle to defeat the scourge of child abuse, the member of our team has the right to a defense as much as the alleged victim has a right to have the matter justly prosecuted without fear or favour; affection or ill-will.If we don’t give the complaints of abused children the importance they deserve in the judicial process; if we shut them down through payments to parents; if we intimidate them and trash their truth with legal technicalities; then the menace of child abuse will continue to wreak havoc without let or hindrance.We believe that resignation from office, at least while the matter is before the court, is the only honorable course of action available to public officials in the leadership of political parties facing such allegations of serious inappropriate behavior. And that is precisely what the UWP Team Dominica expects of the accused executive member.Alternatively, the appropriate organs of the Party will be engaged to act decisively in the public interest and for the general well-being of the Party.We empathize with the families on both sides of this matter. We pray for God’s love, guidance and protection as these hurting families deal with the difficulties and challenges that will emerge as the wheels of justice turn”.
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sarah perez Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#Trends#web Over the weekend, it seemed that everyone in the tech blogosphere contributed to the discussion around fractured blog comments; Robert Scoble even went so far as to say that the “era of blogger’s control” is over. What all these discussions hinged on was whether or not a web service called Shyftr had the right to appropriate bloggers’ RSS feeds and build their brand around our content (a practice they’ve now modified due to this outcry). However, it’s not just bloggers who are dealing with the appropriation of our content, a practice whose implications imply that our words hold little value on their own. In fact, in today’s society, devaluation of content is becoming the norm.It’s up to us to decide whether to fight this change or ride the wave.The Value of a BlogIn a post entitled “What Are My Words Worth?“, blogger Steven Hodson worried about the devaluation of his brand, saying:“We are being told that once we have written our posts we no longer have any say over what happens to them. In effect we are having to give up the vary basis of what gives our brand its very worth…So as we watch our pageviews and revenue streams decline because it’s now okay that the conversations can either be taken over by other services…It’s okay that someone else can build a brand off of our now non-important brand. It’s okay that any conversations over our original thoughts can take place anywhere because the home we have worked hard to build for our brand isn’t worth anything anymore.”What this speaks to is a blogger’s fear that this type of shift will lead to a devaluation in a blogger’s brand. Effectively, their content is now the commodity that other services can utilize or exploit to build up brands of their own.Content in Today’s Society It’s not just bloggers whose content is being used, shared, and profited from today – perhaps now bloggers can begin to appreciate what other industries, like the recording industry or the movie-making industry, has had to face in this new digital age.How did it come to this? Jonathan Handel, a digital media, entertainment and technology lawyer posts on his blog about the nature of content in today’s society. He sees six reasons for content’s devaluation(to paraphrase):Supply and Demand: The supply of online content has grown enormously in the past decade, including user-generated content, a bunch of which includes content created by people who don’t care if they get paid for its creation.Loss of Physical Form: When you steal an object (like a DVD, for example), you deny it to the owner. When you “steal” a movie, by downloading it, it’s still there for others to use. Its intangible nature makes its appropriate feel much less like stealing.It’s Easy: Getting content from the internet is far easier than through traditional methods.New Media is Ad-Supported: The “freemium” model makes content available at no cost to the user – so why should the user see the content as valuable?Market Forces: Computers and web services are more valuable when more content is available, and non-professionals flock to use the new technologies of the web, as they had long been denied access to distribution via traditional methods. Culture: A generation of users has grown up indifferent or even hostile to copyright.What It All Means What this means for us as bloggers and new media creators is that the very technologies that we have grown to love are the same forces that are turning our efforts, be them our words, our videos, our music, our photos, or anything we create, into a commodity – something that has little monetary value on its own, but in aggregate, can become something of value.Case in point: iTunes. Individually, the songs are inexpensive, but by combining them and providing the downloading service, iTunes rules the digital music landscape – something old media is not fond of. Take NBC Universal’s Jeff Zucker and his infamous railing against Apple as being a corrosive force in the media business: “We don’t want to replace the dollars we were making in the analog world with pennies on the digital side.”We may have scoffed at his concerns at the time, but now, bloggers are feeling those same forces at work on our own content, as it gets sucked into other services, making our individual contributions nothing more than a droplet in the stream that is new media.However, we can’t on the one hand support the commoditization of other media – happy to download music either via P2P or for pocket change and cry when DRM restricts its copying – and then, at the same time, purport that our very own creations, like our blog posts, or even more absurdly, the comments around those posts, have some sort of value that is above and beyond them becoming commodities as well. Other ImpactsHandel also comes to the conclusion that the abundance of content is not necessarily good for users. “When everyone’s a creator, there’s less room for high-quality professional content,” he says.While it may seem like there is less room for high quality content, I would argue that there’s still just as much room, it’s just harder to find the best stuff because it’s mixed in with the rest. Information overload, you could call it. That’s why services that can help you find quality content, whether an RSS recommendation service like Toluu, or a recommendation-based search engine like the upcoming Delver, will be the next-gen tools for the digital age.Conclusion As media creators and consumers, we have to realize that content is a commodity now – it’s too late to fight this trend, so we need to just make the best of it. I think Mark Evans hits on a good idea on his post “Shyftr’s Lessons for Bloggers” saying that if it’s so important to you that your blog retains value of its own, then make it a destination: “Use cool widgets, blog asides, newsletters, polls and, of course, a user-friendly design. Whatever it takes to convince people that visiting your blog is worth it can only be a good thing.”Agreed. Without some sort of interactivity or blog-only content, readers will find themselves consuming your content off-site more than ever in the coming days.All that’s left to decide is where you stand. Should information (even yours!) be free? Is your motto “steal my content, please?” Or will you fight this disruption and try to cling to the old model like the RIAA and MPAA did? Or maybe you think there is still some middle ground to be had. Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Spoon gives users the ability to run desktop applications, including OpenOffice.org, TweetDeck and Autodesk‘s Design Review and Inventor Fusion Technology Preview from the cloud. Users need only sign-up for an account and install a browser plugin. The applications behave exactly like actual local desktop apps, except perhaps a tad slow. You can open and save files on your local hard drive as well. “Spoon allows software developers to make their existing desktop applications available in the cloud, with no installs,” says an announcement from the company. “Spoon applications can be accessed from the Spoon.net library or embedded into any website, blog, or social media service as a ‘Spoon Feed’ with a single line of HTML.” Right now it looks something like a consumer version of Citrix Receiver, but as it rounds out its collection of applications it could have business use (the AutoDesk applications indicate that this is the direction the company is going). Since the plugins require an installer to run, this doesn’t look it will be a way for users to run un-authorized applications at work. However, if Spoon wants to offer business solutions it will probably need to find a way to limit users access to specific applications.This seems like it could be a great way for users to access applications operating systems other than the one they are using. A way for Linux users to access Windows applications, for example. However, at the moment it looks like most of the available applications are cross-platform and open source anyway. Hopefully this will change in the future. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Once you’re logged in and have the extension installed, you can browse Spoon’s online catalog of applications. When you find one you want to use, you just click the launch button and it opens as though it’s a native application. Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers#Virtualization Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… klint finley
How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… Tags:#Aero#baxter#ebola#Personal Robotics#robot disaster relief#robotics#robots#the white house Related Posts lauren orsini FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… As Ebola continues to threaten lives around the world, the White House is considering recruiting the world of robotics to offer assistance.For years, robots has been used in disaster zones to mitigate crises that are too dangerous for people to work on. Multiple robot models braved the Fukushima nuclear disaster so human workers didn’t have to risk their lives. See also: Robots Ride To The Rescue In DARPA’s Virtual Robotics ChallengeOn Friday, the White House will hear proposals from three leading university robotics programs, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Texas A&M and the University of California, Berkeley, about how robots would be used to stop Ebola, the BBC reports. Since Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids and not through the air, all three of the programs advise that the robots are not autonomous—meaning they don’t act on their own—but are remote-control operated by a human worker a safe distance away. For example, since Ebola can spread during burial, robots controlled by humans could do the heavy lifting without exposing workers to the disease. The schools will also discuss their efforts to teach new skills to existing robots instead of developing custom Ebola bots. Researchers believe both rover Aero and industrial robot Baxter can be used to assist with Ebola prevention. See also: How Baxter, The Touchy Factory Robot, Learned To Loosen UpThe White House will consider each school’s proposal, but also discuss whether robot assistance will make Ebola victims feel more stigmatised than they already are. “There are definitely benefits to technology where we don’t want to put human life in danger, but with that comes [psychological] risks,” Jeanine Skorinko, associate professor of psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, told the BBC.Photo of Aero robot via The Speaker 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business
zoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Maritime security company Dryad Global has reported that the detained VLCC Grace 1 signaled a new destination of Morocco on August 12, but removed the update and reverted the entry back to its original shortly after.“The recent change in destination signal by the Grace 1 is highly unexpected, given both the current un-flagged status of the vessel and the complexities surrounding the future of its cargo of 2.1m barrels of light Iranian crude,” the company explained.However, it should be noted that the entry of a new destination within the vessel AIS system is “a deliberate act and may provide an insight into what may be occurring behind the scenes of the Grace 1.”The Grace 1 has been detained in waters off Gibraltar since its arrest by the UK in early July, under suspicion of violating EU sanctions and transferring oil to Syria. As a result of the detention Iran retaliated and detained the UK-flagged vessel Stena Impero.“It is important to note that the detention of the Grace 1 and the subsequent standoff with Iran, is set against the backdrop of an increasingly complex domestic political agenda within the UK,” Dryad Global said.The recently appointed UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has stated that there would be no negotiation and vessel swap with Iran, and has denied allegations of 3rd party involvement in mediation.The maritime security firm further noted it is highly likely that, should the vessel be released soon, this would not form part of an arranged vessel swap. It is more likely that if the vessel is released, that this would form part of a calculation that would assess that Iran would, in time, see the subsequent and reciprocal release of the Stena Impero as being within its national interest also, the company added.Furthermore, Dryad Global informed that it highly likely that the release of the Grace 1 would, in the short term, significantly reduce tensions within the Persian Gulf. In particular, the risk to UK-flagged vessels would be anticipated to reduce considerably, however IRGC(N) would likely still possess the intent to assert its influence within the Strait of Hormuz, and the potential for other vessels to be temporarily be detained in Iranian waters would persist.
July 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Firefighters at the Scene of a 1-acre Blaze in La Jolla Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:56 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Firefighters were battling another brush fire in a La Jolla Canyon Saturday afternoon, a fire official said.The fire broke out around 2:10 p.m. in a canyon between Caminito Genio and Rutgers Road, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.The fire was estimated at about 1 acre as of 3:15 p.m., and both air and ground crews were being deployed in attempt to quell the flames, fire department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.There are homes on either side of the canyon, but none of them were considered to be threatened.No evacuations were in effect as of 4:30 p.m.Containment percentage has not been estimated; however, we have been informed by officials that their crews would be performing mop up for an additional 4-5 hours. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 21, 2018