RI to break long-term green energy promises at current pace: IESR

first_imgIf progress continues as it has, renewable sources will provide 15 percent of Indonesia’s energy mix by 2025, well below the country’s 23 percent target for that year, according to the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR).A recent study by the institute predicted that in such a business-as-usual situation, renewable energy would make up only 23 percent of the country’s energy consumption by 2050. The National General Energy Planning (RUEN) road map stipulates that green energy should make up 31 percent of the mix by that year.The IESR has urged the government to revise the RUEN’s “disproportional” targets. IESR researcher Agus Tampubolon said they were based on incorrect economic assumptions in a statement on Wednesday. However, the DEN forecasts that only 21 percent of the country’s energy consumption will be from renewables by 2025. The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) predicts just 13 percent. “We have many scenarios, but we can’t just put out a new vision,” said DEN policy head Sugeng Mujiyanto on Tuesday in defense of the existing targets.The government policy emphasizes the use of bioenergy, particularly palm oil-mixed biodiesel, to meet RUEN targets. This year, the government escalated Indonesia’s mandatory biodiesel blend from 20 percent to 30 percent.Mandating the use of pure biodiesel (B100) starting in 2030, replacing half of all cars with electric cars by 2050 and connecting half of all urban homes to gas pipes by 2050 would cause renewable sources to make up 40 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2050, exceeding the RUEN target, the IESR study found.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his ministers have announced grand plans to that effect, starting with the mandatory use of B40 next year, but associations and experts have raised concerns over mounting hurdles. “I think B40 can only start from 2022 onwards because Pertamina and other businessmen have said they need more time to build refineries,” said Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) secretary-general Togar Sitanggang on Monday at a webinar hosted by Bimasena.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry was making “extraordinary efforts” to push renewables in the power industry, said Sutijastoto, the ministry’s renewable energy director general, during Monday’s webinar.He mentioned the drafting of a regulation on green electricity prices and a green energy law that would “level the playing field” between renewable and nonrenewable energy industries.In August, the International Energy Agency (IEA) urged the government to make key regulatory reforms to open access to investment in renewables, including by issuing a Presidential Regulation on green energy pricing to enable more privately owned renewable energy companies to enter the domestic market.Read also: Regulatory reform key to post-pandemic green energy investment, IEA saysThe IESR study offered a best-case scenario where the government phased out coal-fired power plants, causing the renewables mix to rise to 69 percent by 2050.Under such a scenario, the government would ban the construction of new coal plants starting in 2025, would decommission those over 30 years old and would successfully execute a plan to swap out fossil-fuel power plants with green energy plants.However, the Energy Ministry unveiled a four-year road map last month to set aside increasing amounts of locally mined coal for coal plants until 2024.Topics : The study adds to a growing body of evidence that Indonesia’s energy transition is moving too slowly and that without major policy changes, the country will miss its long-term green energy commitments. Regulations stipulate that Indonesia should have reached 17.5 percent renewable energy by 2019, but only 12.36 percent of the country’s energy use that year came from renewable sources.The forecasts highlight the country’s reliance on conventional fossil fuels, reflected in a number of government policies, such as caps on fossil fuel prices and purchase guarantees for coal plants.The National Energy Board (DEN), which oversees the RUEN, estimates that Indonesia’s green energy mix, expressed in million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe), was 9.15 percent last year, markedly higher than the 4.4 percent in 2015, when the road map was instated.last_img read more

The top 10 movers and shakers in Australia’s housing industry

first_imgMr Christopher admitted Mr Morrison had had little time as prime minister to influence the housing market, but said his role in capacity as federal treasurer early this year and last year did have an influence. “Last year, Morrison signed off on cutting some of the negative gearing benefits such as travel cost deductions and plant and equipment depreciation,” he said.“Arguably this was a double whammy for the investor market as it was also dealing with new lending restrictions.”6. Donald Trump, US PresidentMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago RBA governor Philip Lowe speaking at an ASIC forum.Dr Philip Lowe takes the top spot because he is the most significant individual setting interest rates, according to SQM Research head Louis Christopher. “No other economic variable has more impact on the level of property demand than interestrates, and Dr Lowe chairs the RBA board meetings that set the crucial cash rate attheir monthly meetings,” Mr Christopher said.“He’s well connected with those in government and financial markets, and since he is head of the central bank, everyone listens to what he has to say. “It’s fair to argue that he has more power over the property market than anyone else in Australia, and his power comes without any of the rhetoric that comes with thepoliticians who feature further down our list.”Mr Christopher said he believed Dr Lowe had also influenced APRA’s clamp down on investor lending.Looking ahead, Mr Christopher expects Dr Lowe to have a significant influence over home prices in 2019. “Will he cut rates to stop a potential housing crash?” he said. “Will he lean on APRA to loosen lending once again? “Would he introduce quantitative easing in a worse-case scenario? “Will he warn the Prime Minister of impending recession? “Or will he do nothing and let market forces take their course?“Overall, there are multiple scenarios that could play out next year and Dr Philip Lowe will be very much a main conductor to the events that will unfold.”2. Wayne Byres, APRA Chairman Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks to the media during a news conference. Image: AAP/Paul Braven.Negative gearing is proving to be one of one of the key election issues for 2019. If Bill Shorten wins the election next year, his threat to disallow negative gearing and reduce capital gains tax concessions has property investors worried. Mr Christopher said any change to the negative gearing rules would significantly cut demand for investment properties and, therefore, dent property prices. “One of the reasons property prices are so high in Australia is because investors underpin about one-third of all residential property purchases,” he said. “Reduce that demand and Shorten would chip away at the floor under property prices. “Indeed, it is possible that as the downturn has deteriorated in late 2018, investors may well be eyeing the ramifications of the next election now.”10. Mark Steinert, Stockland CEO US President Donald Trump points to the media as he speaks during a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: AP/Chuck Burton.As arguably the most powerful man in the world, Donald Trump is on the list for goodreason, according to Mr Christopher.“He is responsible for the US Government’s economic policies and therefore hasa big influence on the growth of the global economy and the level of global marketinterest rates,” he said.“Trump’s big spending and revenue economic policies in the world’s largest economy, such as the massive company tax cuts introduced at the beginning of 2018, have put upward pressure on US Bond yields and therefore interest rates globally. “This, in turn, has forced some of Australia’s big banks to raise mortgage lending rates outside of the RBA because their funding costs have increased.”In September, all major banks except for NAB lifted mortgage rates by 15 to 18 basis points, citing overseas lending cost increases.Mr Christopher said he believed the direction of the US economy also set global economic sentiment. “Any US economic growth boom boosts global growth because the US is simply so large,” he said. “This influences demand for Australian exports, which can directly influence the fortunes of some of our cities, such as Perth, Darwin and Hobart, in particular.” There is also an inflationary impact, according to Mr Christopher.“Higher inflation can pressure interest rates higher and therefore reduce demand for property,” he said.“We see this as the key risk in 2019 — the banks being forced again to lift interest rates based on higher international lending costs and the RBA staying put despite the probable rise in inflationary pressures, which would most certainly happen if our currency were to fall.”7. Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media at the Wangaratta Hospital in North East Victoria. Image: AAP/James Ross.Daniel Andrews has a major influence on the release of land for housing and urban planning and development. Mr Christopher said the release of more land for housing would boost supply and therefore help to reduce Victorian property prices. He also believes tax policy has had a big impact in Victoria. “In 2017, Andrews introduced a stamp duty exemption for first-home buyers who purchase properties valued up to $600,000, plus stamp duty concessions for homes worth up to $150,000 more,” Mr Christopher said. “This move has given a big boost to first-home buyer demand and supported the value of properties in Melbourne through to the end of 2017.”Figures from Victoria’s State Revenue Office have been interpreted as showing that the exemption helped underpin 17,090 home purchases between July 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018. In the same period a year earlier, there were just 9834 first-home buyers.Mr Christopher said the Andrews government had also clamped down on foreign buyers by lifting a stamp duty surcharge on foreign buyers to 7 per cent from 3 per cent in 2016 and introducing a tax on vacant homes last year. 9. Bill Shorten, Federal Opposition Leader Stockland managing director Mark Steinert. Photo: Hollie Adams/The Australian.Stockland is one of the country’s largest residential developers with a long track record of creating some of the best masterplanned communities across the nation. The company has a combined development pipeline of more than 82,000 residential lots and 3000 retirement units in key growth corridors.Steinert has real connections inside governments at all levels, both federal and state, and strong views on housing and taxation policy, according to Mr Christopher. “Last year, Steinert argued for curbs to negative gearing, in de facto support of Labor’s policy to curb concessions,” he said.“Abolishing negative gearing on established homes could be a boon for developers of new properties, which would put Mark and his company in a box seat. “So as the election gets closer to the day, we expect Mark to be advocating with force.” Gladys Berejiklian speaks on stage during the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Sydney. Image: AAP/Brendon Thorne.Gladys Berejiklian has the power to set the rate of stamp duty, to applyexemptions or concessions and to control the release of land which affects property supply and demand.“While the threat of a new smoke stack from an underground road may kill demand for property in a certain area, the promise of better roads or public transport can give it new life,” Mr Christopher said.“Just consider the light rail project in Sydney’s CBD and eastern suburbs. “While construction of the rail line has been delayed by a year — greatly inconveniencing millions of people — eventually that transport connection will boost demand for homes located near it. “Property owners just need to be patient to realise those gains and hope that in the meantime they won’t get caught in one of the traffic jams that are now a feature of life in the eastern suburbs near the route.”Last financial year, NSW reportedly netted more than $7.3 billion in stamp duty. Mr Christopher said that while stamp duty was a big revenue winner for the state, it was also a big killer of property demand in Sydney.“With the downturn, it is very likely stamp duty revenues for FY19 could be cut by up to one-third, potentially putting the state budget heavily back into deficit,” he said.“This will no doubt be felt on Macquarie Street, and with an election looming, could Gladys attempt to stimulate the market next year?”8. Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Picture: Kym Smith.Prime Minister Scott Morrison has power over many economic variables, includinggovernment spending, immigration and the taxation laws that allow negative gearing. Mr Christopher said all of those factors affected property prices one way or another.“Morrison also has the final say over government spending,” he said.“This can influence property prices directly, through infrastructure projects such as airports, and indirectly through expansionary government policies that can boost employment, putting money into people’s pockets to buy homes.” MORE: Beach house sells for $14m US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP.HE doesn’t even live here and has no property developments here, but Donald Trump has been named one of the top 10 movers and shakers in the Australian housing market.The US president comes in at number 6 on a list put together by independent property researcher SQM Research, identifying the top individuals they believe have moved housing prices in 2018 — and may move them again in 2019 — with just the stroke of a pen or a spoken word.One thing they have in common is that they are all trying to make their mark, or make money, from one of the most talked about assets — property. RELATED: Brisbane house prices to rise 11pc Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer speaking during a hearing of the House Economics Committee at Parliament House in Canberra. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.Westpac is Australia’s second largest residential mortgage lender behind the CBAand it too has been raising interest rates outside of the RBA’s moves. “Not only have the decisions by the big bank CEOs to raise home mortgage rates impactedtheir own customers, but they have also set an example for many smaller lenders,which have also raised their own rates independently of RBA moves,” Mr Christopher said.“Westpac, in September, gave some of its riskier property investor customers less than a month to find another lender amid growing concerns about loan defaults. “The bank reportedly sent letters to property investors warning it can ‘no longer support our commercial relationship with you’.”If you curb demand for property from investors, then you are taking away a significant support for house prices, Mr Christopher said.5. Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister TOP 10 MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY IN 20181. Philip Lowe, Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn speaking during a hearing of the House Economics Committee at Parliament House in Canberra. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.The big banks’ influence on mortgage lending, and therefore property demand, hasincreased significantly since they started to raise interest rates independently of thecentral bank, according to Mr Christopher.“The RBA controls the cash rate, which sets a floor under the whole interest rate structure of the Australian economy,” he said. “The cash rate used to be the sole factor that could influence rates, but the big bank heads have now taken that power to themselves by raising rates even when the cash rate has not moved.”Mr Christopher said Matt Comyn led the list of influential bank CEOs because the Commonwealth Bank was the nation’s biggest residential mortgage lender. “Overall, we see there is still risk of further credit restrictions adopted by the banks in 2019, such as the additional cross check on loan applicants stated expenses.”4. Brian Hartzer, Westpac Bank CEO APRA chairman Wayne Byres speaking at Finsia event. Photographer: Adam Yip.Wayne Byres was appointed chairman of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in 2014 for a five-year term. He has overseen the setting of tighter controls on bank lending to residential property investors.By raising lending standards on investment loans, Mr Christopher believes APRA has had a big impact on investor demand for property. “Its power as a regulator gives it huge influence on the demand for property loans and as a result, on the demand for property,” he said.“The trigger to this current downturn can be placed back to the point in March 2017 when APRA announced that there was going to be a major crack down on interest only lending. “At the time, interest only lending represented 40 per cent of all new loans written. “Wayne wanted the number to come down to 30 per cent. “That effectively created an ‘embargo’ on most investment lending, which subsequently smashed housing demand.”Mr Christopher said Mr Byres might have a quiet year in 2019 because APRA had recently stated it believed its actions had improved lending standards in the banking sector.3. 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Post Florence Renourishment Works Set for March

first_imgGreat Lakes Dredge & Dock will begin mobilizing land- and water-based pipe, heavy equipment, personnel, etc. towards the latter parts of February, and although the schedule is tentative, the Post Florence Renourishment Project could begin the first week of March, reports the Carteret County Shore Protection Office.The Post Florence scheme will utilize 945,446 cubic yards of sand obtained from the Offshore Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) associated with Morehead City Federal Navigation Project.According to the County, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach and the unincorporated area of Salter Path will receive 617,131 cy, 271,905 cy, and 56,410 cy, respectively along 5.2 miles of shorelines in three discrete reaches.The plans call for the project to be conducted between the March 1 to April 30, 2019, with the construction window established to limit impacts to biological resources.The County officials also added that the ocean-certified, self-contained hopper dredges Liberty Island and Ellis Island will be employed for the project.GLDD will utilize the area near the “Dog Leg” 4WD Ramp in Emerald Isle as their main equipment staging facility and point of beach access for heavy equipment.last_img read more

William Lee “Bill” Smock, 85

first_imgLet Us Pause To Honor the Memory of Mr. William Lee “Bill” Smock Mr. William Lee “Bill” Smock , age 85, of Canaan, Indiana, Bill entered this life on May 26, 1932 in Ripley County near Osgood and was raised in the Catholic faith. He was the son of the late Temple and Helen Abplanalp Smock. Bill graduated in 1950 from Osgood High School and attended University of Cincinnati. He was inducted into the United States Army on December 1, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana during the Korean War. He rose to the rank of corporal serving in the 16th finance disbursement section. He was honorably discharged on November 30, 1954 at Fort George Meade, Maryland receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. On September 29, 1956 Bill was united in marriage to Carol Greta Bushhorn at the Rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church in Milan. This happy union of 61 years was blessed with daughters, Cate and Sue and sons, William, John, James, Andrew, Robert and Kelly Ross. He first worked as a draftsman for General Electric in Cincinnati designing jet engines. He then co-founded and co-operated with his wife, Smock Material Handling since the Fall of 1970 in Indianapolis and was a very successful engineer. He was proud that all six sons operate the company today. In 1977 he and Carol purchased a farm on Hick’s Ridge in Jefferson County that he later found out that his great grandfather had owned previously. He enjoyed bringing his large family to the farm on weekends and special occasions until he and Carol were able to retire there in 1997. Another proud achievement was Bill was able to sponsor a race car and driver, Jerry Sneva in the 1978/1979 Indy 500. Bill was a devoted husband, loving dad, grandpa and great grandpa. Bill died on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 1:30 a.m. at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison, Indiana.A LOVING FAMILY Bill will be missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Carol Greta Bushhorn Smock of Canaan, Indiana; his loving daughters, Cate Smock and her husband, John Egan of Durango, Colorado, Sue Smock-Lawson and her husband, David of Evanston, Illinois; his loving sons, William B. Smock and his wife, Jennifer Deleonardis of Carmel, Indiana, John T. Smock and his wife, Tina of Brownsburg, Indiana, James Smock and his wife, Kristine of Zionsville, Indiana, Andrew Smock and his wife, Suzanne of Indianapolis, Indiana, Robert Smock and his wife, AnaLu of Carmel, Indiana, Kelly Ross Smock and his wife, Anne of Franklin, Indiana; 27-grandchildren; 2-great grandchildren; his sisters, Betty Castner of Versailles, Indiana, Donna Siebert of Batesville, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Temple Smock, his mother, Helen Abplanalp Smock, and his brother, James Smock. MEMORIAL CEREMONY Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., by Father Christopher A. Craig at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. VISITATION Friends may visit Saturday from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.FLAG PRESENTATIONA flag presentation will be conducted on Saturday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre by Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit.MEMORIAL EXPRESSIONS Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.comlast_img read more

Boaters Rescued After Vessel Capsizes Near Boynton Inlet

first_imgOfficials with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rescued three people on Saturday morning, when a boat capsized near the Boynton Beach Inlet.The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. near Ocean Inlet Park.Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue used one of its boats to get the three men out of the water. All of them were evaluated and none required medical care.This marks first weekend since Palm Beach County reopened its beaches last Monday, after closing them during the coronavirus shutdown.last_img

GBA lauds Minister Norton’s ‘Hinterland Boxing’ initiative

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) is showering Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton with praise for his initiative in ensuring hinterland fighters be given an equal opportunity as their counterparts on the mainland.Thanks to Dr Norton who is also responsible for Sport, the GBA was able to send Orlondo ‘Pocket Rocket’ Rogers to Region 9, where over the course of one week, he was able to train over 50 young fighters, inclusive of two females, in the basic of the sport.“The GBA is happy that the minister could embrace the initiative and he would’ve without hesitation, having the coach in the region. It says that we would be able to tap into hidden talent in Region 9 and we have always said that we have gotten a chance to see some of our best athletes because of the lack of resources” said president of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle.The two female boxers in Region 9Ninvalle said the GBA is also exploring the possibility of opening a gym in Region 9 to afford fighters there a chance to compete at the National Championships.“The GBA salutes and applaud Dr Norton for acting swiftly on this when approached, since this fits well into our boxing decentralizing programme” Ninvalle stated.Rogers, who hails from Linden and operates the Pocket Rocket Gym, expressed his delight to be given the opportunity by the GBA, and also thanked Minister Norton for allowing him the chance to possibly produce the country’s next top fighter.“What I realise is the interior have the talent when it comes to sports and I was able to reach the youths of Lethem and some other villages around” Rogers highlighted.last_img read more

(Updated 6-30-14) Council discusses budget, gun signs, another SRMC tax referendum and executive session for city manager interviews

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Technically, when the Wellington City Council meets for a work session that isn’t a regular scheduled meeting, it’s to do a lot of the preparation work for the regularly scheduled Tuesday meetings. No action is ever binding during a work session.On Tuesday night, nothing was resolved, but a lot was said as the council sets the blueprint for the city policies ahead. It should be an interesting next six months at the council chambers.Here were some of the subjects the council is working on:The Wellington City BudgetThe council appears to have hammered out the budget and will submit a legal notice to the legal publication before holding a public hearing at its regular meeting on Tuesday Aug. 19. It will then vote to approve or turn down the budget thereafter.Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the 2015 budget if approved will remain at 51.57 mill levies equal to 2014. There are some adjustments made within the budget including a decrease in the general fund, and increase to the bonds and interest fund due to the Lincoln Avenue improvement project and an increase to the Wellington Public Library budget.More specific details on the changes to the city budget will be featured on this website at a later date. Open Gun Carry signsThe council will decide whether or not to post signs at its municipal buildings at a future meeting that will tell people that “The open carrying of firearms in this building isprohibited.”Wellington City Police Tracy Heath spoke to the council Tuesday and said he would recommend posting the signs on the front doors of all buildings owned by the city. However, he warned, the signs will have little impact if someone brings in a weapon as the law states people are allowed to do so.Heath said Kansas has always had an open carrying of firearms law.Heath said if signs are posted, a person could be asked to leave by law enforcement. If that person refuses to do so then he could be charged with criminal trespassing.A couple of council members said the signs placement would be an exercise in futility because it would not stop someone from using a weapon in a malicious way. Heath said he agrees but the sign is more for educating the public that Kansas has an open gun carry law and train employees on what to do in a situation when someone enters a municipal building wielding a weapon.Council did not specify a date when to bring this to a public session.Sumner Regional Medical CenterLeonard Hernandez, Sumner Regional Medical Center Administrator, made a verbal report to the council. Some of the items he reviewed:•SRMC was recently designated a rural hospital instead of an urban one. Hernandez said the designation will allow SRMC to procure a “Sole Community Provider” label and that in turn will help the hospital obtain more favorable reimbursement payments through Medicare not Medicaid as was previously reported. Auditors will be reviewing revenue figures since 1982 to determine how to accomplish this feat.Hernandez is also looking of getting SRMC involved with a pharmacy reimbursement program allowing the hospital to purchase pharmaceuticals at significant reduced rates. He also spoke about the refiguring of the hospital that will consolidate resources of the skilled nursing unit.•Dr. Joe Baker is still planning to come on board to set up a practice at the hospital, but it will take six to eight weeks or a couple of months, Hernandez said.•Dr. Gregg Shore, the recent surgeon, is nearing fully credentialed and is conducting more surgeries.•The SRMC board is also asking the city to add a referendum in November which would ask for a one cent sales tax to help fund the hospital. If approved the half-cent sales tax would sunset in January 2015 instead of July 2015 as originally intended and the full cent would start then. Essentially it will be an additional half-cent This will be a referendum to be discussed in the future. If it is going to be on the November ballot it must be filed in August. A one cent sales tax will raise $1.2 million, Hernandez said.Currently, a half-cent tax is designated to SRMC, and one percent is the maximum that can be acquired for the hospital. He suggested that the city repeal the half-cent currently on the books, as it will sunset in a few years and then add a full cent.“The days of being a self-sustaining hospital is unfortunately over,” Hernandez said. “Current reimbursement trends are dictating that.” •Hernandez said last month revenue at the hospital was at $2.3 million which is about how much revenue SRMC must generate just to break even for a month.“We haven’t had that good of month in a long, long time,” Hernandez said.Fluorination in waterThe council discussed whether or not Wellington needs to continue with is fluorination process in the city water. A majority of the council decided it was worthy to take it to the vote of the people. Again, if it is going on the ballot in November it must be filed in August.City Manager search The Wellington council discussed how to conduct the city manager hiring process and called in city attorney Mike Brown to clarify what the board can or cannot do. The Council is seeking a replacement for former manager Gus Collins who resigned in April.Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said he has read comments on the news website Sumner Newscow site who want to see the interviews conducted in public, and wondered if the council could do that.Brown said that interviews can be held in executive session due to the privacy of the individual but all binding action has to be made in open session.He said he knew of a community in which they narrowed the search to two to four candidates and then made the names public before making the hire. He can’t recall another community ever having city manager interviews conducted in open session.After a lengthy discussion about what to do, it was agreed that executive session should be used for some of the interview process.•••••The council then went into executive session for 45 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (27) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 315 weeks ago “The days of being a self-sustaining hospital is unfortunately over,” Hernandez said. Really? Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down charlie · 315 weeks ago WTF? We have fluoride in our water now. We’ve had fluoride in our water and raised my kids on it and now my grand kids. Someone on the council has an agenda to get rid of it, and has talked the other good old boys into it. There is nothing wrong with adding fluoride to drinking water. If you want to be concerned about what’s in the water you drink, what about PO4(phospate). This stuff is added to the supply to remove corrosion from inside water lines. It is not regulated by the KDHE. I’m sure someone at the donut shop said fluoride is baddddddddd for you’ People, it’s all gossip. Leave it alone City Council. Decide what to do with my rough street and leave water quality to the professionals. Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Serious · 315 weeks ago You know, it’s amazing how tight the budgets are, yet, when I went to Jumpstart last night, EVERY law enforcement officer based out of Wellington was huddled around some truck, laughing and having such a good time. Mind you, this was on the clock. Now, why would the Sheriff Department need more money in their budget for another deputy, when they’re hanging out with the good ol’ boys at the gas station along with the city cops. Good use of finances right there… Report Reply 4 replies · active 314 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 315 weeks ago Get rid of the fluoride. It’ll save the city a few dimes. Who drinks the crap tap water anyway? Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down jim · 315 weeks ago No, no, no to the hospital grifting any more of our hard – earned money. Hey hospital, y ok u figure it out your own self. Balance *your* budget. I’m tired of paying for you and I wasn’t too happy with the exhorbitant bill you sent my family a while back either. You’re outta line and it’s time you pull your own weight. Report Reply 4 replies · active 314 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest 2 · 315 weeks ago Why do more than one of you break at the same time? They should be staggered so the rest of the officers are on patrol. Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down just wondering · 315 weeks ago I’ve always been pro hospital for Wellington. I was for the buying out of the Wellington Hospital to help St. Lukes. I’ve been for forgiving utility bills, sales tax, even the latest $800,000 from the City. But I’m kind of leaning towards the City needs to get out of the Hospital business and let someone else do it. My wife and I travel a lot, and most suburbs of larger cities don’t have hospitals. They have urgent care facilities. The hospitals are in cities where there are surgeons and specialists to support them. Wellington is basically a suburb of Wichita within a 30 minute drive. If I went to a bank to borrow money to keep my business afloat, the first thing the bank asks for are my profit and loss statement from my accountant. If I am loosing money, sorry no loan. My wife became ill in Pennsylvania and there was a urgent care facility about a mile from our hotel. We were very pleased with the service we received. This suburb population was a lot larger than our fair city. I think we need to look down the road and have a plan. For one thing, this plan should not include digging ourselves into a deeper hole with the hospital. If we gave it away, we would be money ahead. I know most won’t agree, but be open minded and think about it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Janet · 315 weeks ago I have no doubt that the advice from city attorney brown is very accurate that the city council does not have to interview the city manager candidates in public session. I challenge the city council though to have more transparency and interview the candidates in public session. I challenge the city council to advise the media of the background of the those that they feel are worthy of an interview. The community questions so many critical issues always in secret “Executive sessions” Why not be more transparent? If you want to be on the city council, be proud of your decisions and why you make those decisions and accept criticism in the community from those that disagree with you! TOO MANY EXECUTIVE SESSIONS! Report Reply 1 reply · active 315 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Just A Thought · 315 weeks ago Well, Mr. Citizen, it seems you’ve figured me out. I seem to fit neatly into the category where you’ve placed me. I’m stereotyped, standardized, characterized, classified, grouped, and always typical. Unfortunately, the reverse is true, I can never figure you out. From birth you teach your children that I’m the bogeyman, then you’re shocked when they identify with my traditional enemy… the criminal! You accuse me of coddling criminals… until I catch your kids doing wrong. You may take an hour for lunch and several coffee breaks each day, but point me out as a loafer for having one cup. You pride yourself on your manners, but think nothing of disrupting my meals with your troubles. You raise hell with the guy who cuts you off in traffic, but let me catch you doing the same thing and I’m picking on you. You know all the traffic laws… but you’ve never gotten a single ticket you deserve. You shout “foul” if you observe me driving fast to a call, but raise the roof if I take more than ten seconds to respond to your complaint. You call it part of my job if someone strikes me, but call it police brutality if I strike back. You wouldn’t think of telling your dentist how to pull a tooth or your doctor how to take out an appendix, yet you are always willing to give me pointers on the law. You talk to me in a manner that would get you a bloody nose from anyone else, but expect me to take it without batting an eye. You yell something’s got to be done to fight crime, but you can’t be bothered to get involved. You have no use for me at all, but of course it’s OK if I change a flat for your wife, deliver your child in the back of the patrol car, or perhaps save your son’s life with mouth to mouth breathing, or work many hours overtime looking for your lost daughter. So, Mr. Citizen, you can stand there on your soapbox and rant and rave about the way I do my work, calling me every name in the book, but never stop to think that your property, family, or maybe even your life depends on me or one of my buddies. Yes, Mr. Citizen, it’s me… the lousy cop! Report Reply 5 replies · active 314 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 315 weeks ago Several suburbian hospitals and health centers are part of larger Medical Centers in nearby cities. I wonder what the response would be if the hospital were to approach Wesley or Via Christi about a takeover, under the agreement that they would maintain and operate the facility for a minimum of 20 years (only a suggest timeframe of course). I tend to believe that the City is in over it’s head with the hospital, but closing isn’t an option. A functioning hospital is a life-blood (pardon the pun) for struggling small communities. You can look at Olathe Health Systems and Shawnee Mission Health Systems as an example of how this is handled in the KC Metro. Report Reply 1 reply · active 315 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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Lake Mills man faces several charges from New Year’s Day crash that injured 10

first_imgFOREST CITY — Charges have been filed against a Lake Mills man in connection with a head-on crash that severely injured 10 people on New Year’s Day. 20-year-old Michael Olsen has been charged with six counts of serious injury by vehicle, OWI, and second offense possession of marijuana. The Iowa State Patrol responded to a crash about five miles northwest of Forest City on 120th Avenue south of County Road A-42 at about 2:21 on New Year’s Day morning when a pickup and vehicle collided. Court documents state that further investigation shows that Olsen, as the driver of one of the vehicles, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Olsen was arrested on Wednesday and has posted bond. Online court records do not indicate when he’s next due to appear in court.last_img read more

Race to get land for stadium in Honiara for Pacific Games

first_imgMinistry of Lands officials said two sites have been identified in the capital Honiara but have yet to get the final endorsement by cabinet.The officials said there are also issues of illegal settlers on one identified site.RNZI correspondent says the Ministry of Lands has been beset by allegations of corruption for a number of years, putting into question land titles given for sites that were reserved for national projects.last_img

NATA concerned about congestion at Ogle Airport

first_img– calling for establishment of National Airport AuthorityThe National Air Transport Association (NATA) of Guyana would like to register its concerns over the effects of serious congestion at the EF Correia International Airport as a result of inequitable development at the Airport and the mixing of international and domestic flights.The Association, in a press release, noted that there were over 100 domestic flights operating daily which contributed significantly to hinterland and national development, and which were seriously affected by confinement on the runway, apron and taxiways.Presently, nine aircraft operators have no recourse other than sharing one older winding taxiway to access the runway which leads to much congestion and costly delays, NATA stated.“This situation has worsened over the years as newer operators came into being and older operators expanded their operations without the enabling infrastructure, such as a new taxiway to the runway which is essential for efficient and safe operations. This unhealthy situation is further compounded by congested airspace. NATA is extremely concerned about the issues of operational safety under the present environment,” the release added.According to NATA, the body has made representation to Ogle Airport Inc (OAI) on behalf of its members to no avail and, as such, it is urging the Government to accelerate the review process undertaken by focal Minister, David Patterson, for remedies to the “present anti-competitive and inequitable development” of the Airport.“We are also calling for the urgent establishment of the long overdue National Airport Authority which would ensure a fair, equitable and safe environment for both domestic and international operators,” the statement added.last_img read more