Email Twitter Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSbusinessCoronavirusCovid 19Newspolitics Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Print DETAILS for the government’s employer refund scheme which allows employers to pay a worker €203 and receive a State refund are due to be announced in the coming week.Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, provided an update on Friday on developments regarding the scheme which allows the employer to pay the worker €203 and receive the refund due to having to temporarily lay off staff as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Doherty said having worked with the Department of Enterprise, Business and Innovation, and the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, they have agreed “employers engaged with the scheme should be allowed to top up the payment by the State”“This will further strengthen the viability of the scheme and ensure that many employers can provide some additional income above the basic social welfare payment for their workers,” said the Fine Gael Minister.Limerick TD, Kieran O’Donnell said the adjustment to the fund mad “absolute sense”:“This adjustment to the employers’ refund scheme makes absolute sense. It ensures employers can pay a higher payment to employees than the basic rate of €203, whilst still allowing the employer to reclaim the €203 refund per week from Government.“In these emergency times, we need to continue to introduce and refine support measures in support of businesses and employees to adapt to the evolving situation.”Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said every business is “of value to our economy” and believes this scheme will support them “in tackling the challenges they currently face”.Minister Humphreys said, “There are also some firms that are especially important right now and we will ensure that everything is done to protect and sustain their operations.“The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, together with Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the other state agencies, will also continue to support companies in every way they can.“I especially welcome the response from Minister Doherty on the Covid-19 Employer Refund Scheme, which will be a great relief to those employers who are so supportive of their employees in these difficult and challenging times.” BusinessNewsDetails of government’s employer refund scheme to be announced this coming weekBy Cian Reinhardt – March 21, 2020 377 Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Linkedin ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Facebook Previous articleSimon Harris: “Let’s be kind to each other this weekend”Next articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 6 | Socio-economics of the coronavirus Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Advertisement WhatsApp
Tagged with: FHFA Mel Watt Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News August 3, 2017 1,665 Views Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Watt: Challenges Facing African American Homeownership Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Related Articles At the National Association of Real Estate Brokers’ 70th Annual Convention, Federal Housing and Finance Agency Director Mel Watt brought up issues facing African American Homeowners and what can be done to fill critical parts of the Real Estate Brokers’ mission—ensuring access to credit and ensuring sustainable homeownership for African Americans.According to Watt, the reasons African American home ownership has declined start with historical factors. Disproportionate African American unemployment and under-employment, low and stagnant wages, non-existent and depleted savings, and lower wealth in general. In addition to this, bad business practices such as subprime lending and predatory lending that targeted minorities with mortgages that were designed to fail, upon many other things.Secondly, the increase in people in general, but especially millennials, to want to be flexible and rent instead of buy has affected homeownership rates. Lastly, cultural and social change, such as the delay in marriage, has increased. Most couples after marriage buy houses, but with the delay, homeownership is being delayed, too.Though Watt acknowledged that homeownership isn’t right for everyone, he explained that everyone should be advocating for African Americans to diversify their investments beyond just their homes, as homeownership has been a great way for families to build wealth thus far.“Studies confirm that, even after accounting for the severe adverse impact of the housing crisis, homeownership continues to be a powerful tool for building wealth in our communities,” Watt said.The FHFA along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who are in conservatorship, have taken steps to improve access to credit, which is one of the most challenging parts many African American’s face when obtaining a mortgage.“Our analysis showed that many borrowers were creditworthy and could sustain paying a mortgage, but they did not have the money to cover a large down payment and closing costs. So we approved a limited program that allowed the Enterprises to purchase mortgages with only a three percent down payment.”Watt hopes to further the understanding of some of the challenges African Americans face in the housing market and how the FHFA and GSEs are contributing to find a solution to the problems.“More importantly, I hope my comments reaffirm our commitment to making progress as we seek to reach our common goals,” Watt said.To see the full speech, click here. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Secretary of Treasury: A History Next: All’s Not Fair With Gender Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Watt: Challenges Facing African American Homeownership FHFA Mel Watt 2017-08-03 Brianna Gilpin
Home » News » New algorithm plugs the Land Registry gap previous nextProptechNew algorithm plugs the Land Registry gapRevolutionary, deep-learning algorithm has been developed to identify and uncover more than 1.1m extra residential titles missing from HM Land Registry.The Negotiator13th December 201801,250 Views A revolutionary, deep-learning algorithm has been developed to identify and uncover more than 1.1m extra residential titles missing from HM Land Registry, approximately 4.6 per cent of all residential properties across England and Wales.The specialist AI technology is the brainchild of Lumière Property, a south-east based proptech company, which is using their geospatial algorithms to identify gaps in Land Registry data and examine the planning potential of sites for development.According to Lumière Property, it has only been mandatory to register all land transactions since the late 1990s and HM Land Registry only has 85 per cent coverage of the land in England and Wales – but by 2030 it aims to have all land registered. This means properties that have not changed hands since the end of the 90s may be missing from records.“Since we rely on Land Registry cadastral data, these omissions restricted our ability to pinpoint thousands of development sites with great potential,” said Chris Rowland-Smith, Managing Director of Lumière Property.“We are really excited at the prospect of using our new AI software; it’s an incredibly smart application and a significant breakthrough. We’re used to working in areas of dense housing stock so the 15 per cent of missing titles accounts for a substantial number of as yet untapped sites,” says Rowland-Smith.geospatial algorithms Land Registry proptech Lumiere Property AI technology December 13, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Frankie Parham discovers oysters and boiler suits in Through the Looking Glass4/5With the pantomime season over, audiences may find it hard to stomach more childish theatrics. Not so with Emily Lim’s vigorous new production. This is no panto, but a dark, original remake of Lewis Carroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass. Unpleasant characters lurk around every corner of the chessboard Alice crosses, from harsh queens to cruel frogs. Although Lim has adapted Carroll’s text, improvising with her cast along the way, the quality of the original has not been lost.Tor Lupton as Alice is still the curious and confused pre-adolescent. She is confronted by an array of intimidating characters, brought to life by the use of a fourteen-strong Chorus. The Chorus members narrate the story in turn and portray everything Alice encounters, animal, vegetable or mineral. This kind of anthropomorphic Chorus is in danger of becoming a snarling, contorted freak-show. However the cast save themselves from this sorry fate with their excellent acting, and infuse each character with individuality. The audience feels sympathy for talking mutton and timid White Queen alike.The stage becomes cluttered with what looks like an industrial rubbish heap. The ‘conceptual’ costumes include boiler suits and bin liners worn by doomed oysters. The whole set, heaped with junk, reflects the back-to-front world of the Looking Glass. Accompanied by a cacophony of clarinets, basses and electronic recordings compiled by Danny Saleeb, Alice must face the prospect of a bleak and brutal world.Such a grand scale of dark lunacy sometimes feels exhausting. Yet by honouring Carroll’s love of wordplay, the production also brings out the humour that Carroll always intended. Exclaiming that she can’t see anybody wandering through the forest, Alice is strangely marvelled at by the White King for her ability to ‘see nobody’. Being in a looking glass, situations are not purely disturbing, but also comic in their reversal.It seems Lim’s adaptation often teeters on the brink of collapsing inwards through its own energy; faced with such chaotic disorder, an audience could become as frenzied as the unwelcoming banqueters at Alice’s palace. However, the grim perversion of the neutral space is just as magical as it is tantalising. ‘Leave off at seven’ is Humpty Dumpty’s advice – better not to grow up and face reality. After watching the show, prepare to feel unsure that you can ever say what you mean. This cast, at least, really mean what they say.
Filth bouncers have been accused of violence against students for the second time in two weeks, after a first year Christ Church student claimed he was roughly handled and bruised by security staff.The first incident occured on 8 February. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims to have attempted to walk straight into the club with a group of friends, at which point a bouncer grabbed him by the neck and pushed him backwards. He was sent to the back of the queue, but on reaching the front he claims to have been assaulted by the bouncer. The student said, “The bouncer grabbed me and then quite deliberately moved his hand to hit me on the cheek.”He claims then to have complained to a second bouncer, who said, “Get out of here you slimy shit.” The student said, “Maybe I asked for it the first time by attempting to walk straight into the club, but I then queued up, and when I spoke to the bouncer I was completely peaceful.” Although not badly injured, the student suffered light bruising the day after the incident. He chose not to complain to the manager.He admitted that he had been drinking but said, “I was by no means out of control. I had been to a restaurant with a group of friends and so we were all just in high spirits; we were ‘restaurant drunk.’“I think it’s really important that something should be done about this, as bouncers should be protecting people in the club and should not be allowed to abuse students for no reason.” A week later, on 13 February, another student was involved in a similar incident. The fresher, also from Christ Church, claimed, “The bouncer told me to leave; he then grabbed me and shoved me out of the club, slamming the door in my face.” The student waited until the end of the night to complain to the manager but says she was denied the chance.Last week Cherwell reported how a first year from Brasenose was left with a bloody nose after allegedly being hit by a bouncer outside Filth.However Stuart Kerley, the owner of Filth, claimed to be “unaware” of the incidents involving Christ Church students.He said, “Normally incidents occur when the students act like dicks; they nick stuff and they repeatedly try to come back into the club after being asked to leave. We are just doing our job in the way that the police and the Council say we should.”He added, “The majority of our clients are students and so it’s in our interests not to piss them off, but a lot of them do need to grow up and realise that just because they are students, this does not give them the right to act however they please.”by Sian Cox-Brooker
This year’s Varsity ski trip has proved to be more popular than ever, selling out within minutes of booking opening. The 2010 trip sold out in 28 hours. The level of demand last Monday, however, exceeded expectation. Two hours after booking opened at 8am the queue had risen to 5,700, for a trip with a capacity of 3,000.Many students had to wait for several hours to book their place.One student from Mansfield College commented, “I had to wait for three hours to get my place! I almost missed a tutorial but was just glad I was one of the lucky ones and got on, a few of my friends didn’t quite manage it.” Facebook, meanwhile, was littered with frustrated comments by those waiting. Alex Irons posted, “Queue time 4 hours 32 min. FML.”Once the demand for places became clear the Varsity trip committee set about trying to arrange more accommodation, securing an extra 200 beds. In response to a query about the possibility of more space on the trip, a spokesperson for the Committee said, “We’re looking into getting some more but we’ve pretty much filled up the resort, and it’s a bit too cold to put up tents so our options are quite limited…especially this late in the day.”The Varsity Trip is an annual snowsports event that plays host to the Blues Races, where the top Oxford and Cambridge skiers have battled it out since 1922. In recent years the trip has significantly expanded to become the largest student-run ski trip in the world, and includes an extensive entertainment programme featuring artists such as Calvin Harris.
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×Tax abatements and PILOTs have been key talking points in Bayonne’s mayoral election, which will take place on May 8. Meanwhile, development like this one on 19 East 19th Street are shooting up. North Bergen Housing Authority fires Director Santini, after NBC reportThe North Bergen Housing Authority (NBHA) has removed Geoffrey Santini as its security director, according to a statement from town spokesman Phil Swibinski. Santini’s termination came from an investigation the NBHA launched, after an NBC report last month alleged he misused an Authority SUV for personal purposes, and seldom showed up to his job.“After consulting with the Special Counsel investigating this matter, North Bergen Housing Authority Executive Director Gerald Sanzari terminated the employment of Director of Security Geoff Santini on March 28, 2018,” Swibinski said.“NBHA’s internal investigation into the matter is ongoing and the Housing Authority will also fully cooperate with any inquiries being made by outside agencies.”The NBC report also alleged that Santini–also an animal control officer for many North Hudson towns–often used the SUV for work at his West New York animal shelter. Santini lost his animal control contract in Garfield because of the report.His contract with Bayonne could also be in trouble. On April 18, the Bayonne City Council will decide whether to keep Santini or switch animal services to the Liberty Humane Society.Referendum petition for residency ordinance succeedsA referendum petition on Bayonne’s new residency ordinance passed muster before a Hudson County judge last week after city officials claimed the petition did not have enough valid signatures. Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso ruled that the petition is certified. Now the City of Bayonne must eitherremove the changes it made to the ordinance last August or determine residency requirements by a ballot referendum.The revised ordinance passed in August requires city employees hired after October 1, 2017 to live in Bayonne, except for positions that are statutorily exempted. The revision, which exempt those hired prior to October 1, will affect new hires moving forward who will be required to live permanently in Bayonne either at the time of, or within one year of, employment.The revised ordinance came after local attorney and former Bayonne Business Administrator, Peter Cresci, and resident, Mike Morris, filed a complaint in April of 2017 against the City of Bayonne for violating the ordinance. A number of defendants named in the complaint were dismissed by the court because the state statute specifically names their positions as exemptions to the rule. The legal complaint asked that employees in violation either quit or be required to move to Bayonne.Houlihan’s workers get payThe U.S. Department of Labor this week announced an agreement in which the owner of 15 Houlihan’s restaurants in New Jersey will pay out $5 million in back wages and damages to 1,000 workers, according to the Record. The settlement was reached after two lawsuits were filed, one in NJ and one in NY, against the owner, Arnold Runestad of Bergen County. The suit alleges that the owner pocketed more than $40,000 in tips from employees at Houlihan’s locations in Bayonne, Brick, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Fairfield, Holmdel, Lawrenceville, New Brunswick, Metuchen, Paramus, Ramsey, Hasbrouck Heights, Weehawken and Secaucus.A U.S. Labor Department investigation found that the restaurants allegedly denied overtime pay to employees at multiple restaurants and included employees not reliant on tips in a mandatory tip pool, effectively shortchanging employees making less than minimum wage. The investigation also allegedly found the employer did not regularly pay overtime or pay staff for all hours they worked. The employer allegedly regularly deducted money from paychecks to cover meals while still charging employees for the food.The labor department allegations came after a Woodbury Heights server filed a class action lawsuit in June of 2015 that accused A.C.E. Restaurant Group, which owns the Houlihan’s chain, of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.Murderer sentenced to 15 yearsA 33-year-old Bayonne woman was sentenced on March 23 to serve 15 years in a state prison after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing a 34-year-old man inside a vehicle near the New Jersey Turnpike, according to court records.Amarlis Calderon, 33, stabbed fellow Bayonne resident Pablo Caamano, after he stopped to pick her up in Woodbridge during the early morning hours of July 18, 2016, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.Caamano, 34, was a construction project manager and Seton Hall University graduate. He was the “beloved son of Maria… and Manuel Caamano” and a lifelong Bayonne resident, according to an obituary.“I will always remember Pablo’s infectious smile and personality,” wrote a friend on the online obituary. “He was an extraordinary man who will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.”HCCC to host NJPAC dance theater workshopThe Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs continues its year-long partnership with New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Department of Community Engagement with a special “Twilight Tuesdays” event. The NJPAC Alvin Ailey Presentation is free of charge and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 in the Atrium of the College’s Dineen Hull Gallery.The gallery is located on the sixth floor at 71 Sip Ave. just one block from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center in Jersey City. Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.NJPAC teaching artist Theara Ward will present a short film and talk on the Alvin Ailey Dance Company followed by a dance demonstration featuring trademark movements from Ailey’s signature ballet, “Revelations.”Information about the HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs Spring 2018 programs and events is available at www.hccc.edu/cultural-affairs or by contacting Michelle Vitale at (201) 360-4176, or emailing [email protected] approves bill to diversify construction industryLegislation sponsored by state Senators Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Sandra Bolden Cunningham that would allocate funds for training of minorities and women in the construction industry has cleared the Senate.“Our cities are currently going through a bit of a construction boom. We need to do more to have workers hired from cities where projects are located, which will promote job growth and skills training,” said Senator Cunningham (D-Hudson). “This will be helpful for those who live in the cities, as they could become employed to become a part of the construction projects that are changing their skylines.”The second bill, S-347, would reconcile two laws that have similar purposes revolving around the training of women and minorities in the construction industry for projects costing $1 million or more. The projects would have to be funded wholly or in part by the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”.The bill was released from the Senate with a vote of 35-0, and next heads to the Assembly for further consideration.CarePoint Health and Hudson Pride Center announce partnership to expand healthcare to LGBTQ communityOn March 27, representatives from CarePoint Health and the Hudson Pride Center, along with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Assemblyman Tim Eustace (NJ-38), announced a partnership to expand access to healthcare for the LGBTQ community at Christ Hospital.As part of the effort, inclusive policies and procedures for patients and employees will also be developed to ensure best practices. This will include LGBTQ sensitivity and cultural competency training, as well as increasing services to the LGBTQ community.The announcement was made during national LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, held this year March 26-30, which focused on bringing attention to health care disparities that affect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community.“Studies show that LGBT individuals have unique healthcare issues and experience certain health challenges at higher rates than the general population,” said Dr. Tucker Woods, Chief Medical Officer at Christ Hospital. “By partnering with Hudson Pride, we will be able to work together to face the challenges and barriers to accessing needed health services.”Dr. Woods noted that employees at the healthcare system – which also includes Bayonne Medical Center and Hoboken University Medical Center – have formed “CarePoint Pride,” a group to start the work necessary to address the goals and objectives of this alliance with Hudson Pride.Earlier last month, Hudson Pride temporarily relocated its offices to Christ Hospital until it moves to its new home on Newark Avenue in downtown Jersey City. NJ may make it harder for kids to skip vaccines for religious reasonsA bill is being considered in the state Assembly that would force New Jersey parents to explain exactly how required vaccinations for their children interfere with their religion, according to reports from NJ Advance Media. Under current law, parents can opt-out of required vaccines simply by writing a letter that says the drugs “interfere with the free exercise” of their religious rights.Local news publisher to challenge Bob Menendez for U.S. SenateWith the deadline to fileto run for federal office passed on Monday, Sen. Bob Menendez picked up a primary challenger, community newspaper publisher Lisa McCormick.Since 2006, McCormick has owned CMD Media, which publishes a community news website formed by combining the Clark Patriot, South Amboy Citizen, Perth Amboy Gazette, the Atom Tabloid, and the News Record. She previously announced a campaign for the 2017 governor’s race but never ran. Super PAC advertises against Davis“Secret deals with big developers, sky-high buildings in local neighborhoods, and backdoor tax breaks,” reads a pro-Jason O’Donnell Facebook political ad sponsored by Stronger Foundations, Inc. a group known for spending on elections in Hoboken, Jersey City, and other NJ municipalities. The ad also appeared on television and other digital platforms.The organization has spent on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825, which represents engineers in NJ and parts of NY, and endorsed Jason O’Donnell for mayor in November.O’Donnell is campaigning largely against tax abatements and PILOTs, which Mayor James Davis has defended. A column Davis wrote on March 14 is a succinct summary of his message on the campaign trail. “Smart development means recapturing land that has been dormant for generations and returning it to the tax rolls…Smart development also means getting the developer to invest not just in their building but in our city. That has been done under my watch.”Since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court case that allowed Super PACs to raise unlimited funds without disclosing donors, money in politics at every level has exploded, according to OpenSecrets.org, a nonprofit that tracks political spending.O’Donnell told the Hudson County View that his campaign has no connection with the PAC, but supports its message. Tax abatements and PILOTs have been key talking points in Bayonne’s mayoral election, which will take place on May 8. Meanwhile, development like this one on 19 East 19th Street are shooting up.
The abandoned Getty and BP gas stations greet visitors coming over the Ninth Street Bridge into Ocean City. Across the street is a vacant former Exxon Station (photo taken earlier this year).By Donald WittkowskiOne of three abandoned gas stations that mar the appearance of Ocean City’s main entryway would be demolished and turned into green space under a proposed deal scheduled for a vote Thursday by City Council.Council is expected to introduce a $475,000 bond ordinance to buy the blighted former BP station on Ninth Street from owner SAE New Jersey Realty Co. LLC of Pennsauken.Chief Finance Officer Frank Donato said the deal calls for SAE to demolish the old building and remove the underground gasoline storage tanks before the city takes ownership. The site is expected to be cleaned up by Memorial Day, with the city officially closing on the transaction in June after the $475,000 in bonds go to market to finance the purchase, he noted.“We would take title to a vacant, dirt lot,” Donato said.The city plans to landscape the property to create green space. In addition, the land would provide parking for the surrounding residential neighborhood on Revere Place, as well as for people who bike, walk and jog on the Ninth Street Bridge, Donato said.The BP property, along with two rusting former Exxon and Getty gas stations, form a ghostly trio of abandoned buildings that spoil the Ninth Street gateway.The Exxon site at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue is one of the first things visitors see as they enter town. The BP and adjacent Getty station on the opposite side of Ninth Street confront people as they leave the island. City officials have long been concerned about the impression the run-down properties have made on tourists.“First and foremost, they are an eyesore along the main artery in and out of town,” Donato said. “These properties have been blighted areas for a few years now.”Keller Williams, an Ocean City real estate firm, announced earlier in the year that it is buying the old Exxon station and will build a new multimillion-dollar office there. Keller Williams said this month it is waiting for the property’s current owner to remove the old underground gasoline storage tanks before closing on the deal and starting construction on the office.Meanwhile, the city is negotiating to buy the old Getty property from owner Trinetra Realty Holdings New Jersey Delaware LLC of Princeton, Donato said. The Getty site would also be demolished and converted into green space and a parking area if the city acquires it.Donato also disclosed that the owner of the Bud’s Marina site next to the BP and Getty stations has expressed interest in selling, which would give the city an even larger footprint for open space along the Ninth Street corridor.If the bond ordinance to buy the BP property is introduced at Council’s meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, a public hearing and final vote would follow on May 12.Also Thursday, Council is expected to give final approval for the city’s proposed $75.1 million municipal budget for 2016. The spending plan includes about a penny increase in the local property tax rate. For the owners of a typical Ocean City home assessed at $500,000, that would mean they would pay an extra $48 annually in local taxes, Donato said.
The London regional heat for the World Barista Championship has had to be doubled in size due to a surge of interested competitors this year.There are five regional heats where the baristas have 15 minutes to serve four espressos, which are then judged on flavour as well as the skills demonstrated in producing them. The competitors are then required to make four velvety textured cappuccinos, followed by four signature coffee drinks of their own creation.The semi-finals will take place on 28 February at Hotelympia, and the final will be held at the same venue on 1 March 2010. It’s the first time the Championships will have taken place in London.Last year’s UK Barista Champion, Gwilym Davies, went on to become World Champion in Atlanta.Visit www.scaeuk.com for more information.