New rental neighborhood opens in Burlington’s New North End

first_imgCathedral Square Corporation,Governor Peter Shumlin and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger on Friday joined a trio of nonprofit housing organizations to mark the completion of an attractive, new neighborhood off North Avenue in Burlingtonâ s New North End.â The creation of this neighborhood comes at a time of new energy in Burlington. These perpetually affordable homes will ensure residents of all incomes and ages have a place here,’ said Governor Shumlin. â The state is happy to have supported this energy-efficient, smart growth development and the jobs that come along with it. Congratulations to the talented team that put the project together.’Reflecting the name of a former school, Thayer Commons consists of three properties: Thayer House, 69 senior apartments developed by the Cathedral Square Corporation in two phases; Avenue Apartments, 33 apartments developed by Housing Vermont and the Champlain Housing Trust (CHT); and The Flats a project developed by EF Farrell which offers a total of 88 apartments in two phases. When complete, the new neighborhood will be home to nearly 200 households.â The redevelopment of the former Thayer School is among the best local examples of smart growth. At the heart of the American dream is the simple hope that each of us can choose to live in a neighborhood that is beautiful, safe, affordable and easy to get around. The Thayer development makes that dream a reality for hundreds of people,’said Mayor Weinberger. â Congratulations to Champlain Housing Trust, Housing Vermont, Cathedral Square Corporation and Eric Farrell on transforming a vacant school with acres of parking into this vibrant community for people from all walks of life.’The regional rental market is marked by high rents and very few vacancies. The current Burlington apartment vacancy rate is less than 1 percent (5% is considered a market balanced between landlords and tenants). The median rent in the region is $1,263 for a 2-bedroom apartment without utilities.Demand for the new apartments has been extremely high. Construction of Thayer House was completed in May and all 33 senior apartments were reserved prior to the opening date. The 33 units at Avenue Apartments became available on May 29 and are also already fully leased.â We have 100 people filling out rental applicants a month, and no one project can close the gap in demand,’said CHT Chief Operating and Financial Officer Michael Monte. â But here we have made an impact while demonstrating how a new development can complement an existing vibrant neighborhood.’Thayer House provides seniors with 30 one- and three two-bedroom apartments in a three-story building featuring many amenities including central air conditioning, a secure entry-way system, laundry facilities on each floor and a smoke-free environment. However, it is the strong services that distinguish Thayer House.â Thayer House represents the future of Cathedral Square,’said Executive Director Nancy Eldridge. â When we think about housing for seniors we envision a setting where residents have the support they need, when they need it. Thayer House was designed to provide the community rooms, accessibility and technology to complement our new Support And Services at Home (SASH) program. SASH helps residents stay healthy and at home.’SASH, a care partnership among Cathedral Square, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, Champlain Valley Agency on Aging and other service providers, offers case management and preventive services in the home setting at no cost to the participants.Avenue Apartments offers 12 one-, 18 two- and 13 three-bedroom apartments for low, moderate and market rate singles and families. The highly energy efficient building incorporates many green features, including roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels which produce more electricity than the building uses.â The three elements of Thayer Commons clearly demonstrate the success of a coordinated, thoughtful response to the need to meaningfully increase the supply of housing while fitting into established neighborhoods,’said Housing Vermont President Nancy Owens. â None of this would have been possible without the cooperation of our neighbors, the City and the State of Vermont and the financial support of both the public and private sector,’ Owens said.Over a dozen sources of funds financed the new development, including a HUD special purpose grant secured by Senator Patrick Leahy.The Cathedral Square Corporation (CSC) is a non-profit organization that owns and manages communities for seniors and individuals with special needs. The organization was founded as a ministry of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in 1977 and by 1979 CSC had opened its first building in downtown Burlington, Vermont. For the past 30 years, Cathedral Square has lived up to its mission of â healthy homes, caring communities and positive agingâ , providing housing with supportive services for over 1,235 residents. As an advocate for a system that better serves the long term care needs of Vermonters. Cathedral Square administers the SASH program statewide as part of Vermontâ s Blueprint for Health. The organization continues to develop properties throughout Northwestern Vermont. Today, CSC owns and/or manages 25 housing communities, each uniquely designed to provide safe and secure apartments at an affordable price.The Champlain Housing Trust, founded in 1984, is the largest community land trust in the country. Throughout Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, CHT owns and manages approximately 1,500 apartments, stewards over 500 owner-occupied homes in its signature shared-equity program, and provides services to five housing cooperatives and other resident-controlled housing that is home to 460 households. CHT also provides homebuyer education and financial counseling and offers affordable energy efficiency and rehab loans. In 2008, CHT won the prestigious United Nations World Habitat Award, recognizing its innovative, sustainable programs.Housing Vermont, a nonprofit syndication and development company founded in 1988, creates permanently affordable rental housing for Vermonters through partnerships with local organizations, public agencies and the private sector. This highly successful partnership has produced more than 4,400 affordable apartments in 145 different developments. Housing Vermont has raised and deployed more than $247 million in private equity which has leveraged an additional $351 million in private financing and public investment.last_img read more

Triathlon New Zealand wins Communication Excellence award

first_imgTriathlon New Zealand has been presented with the 2012 Communication Excellence award at this year’s Sport New Zealand awards. Communication Excellence was one of several prestigious categories awarded at the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards Dinner in Rotorua on Monday night.The awards were a celebration of organisations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to sport and recreation during the last year. As one of three finalists alongside Sport Canterbury and New Zealand Rugby League, Tri NZ was judged the ultimate winner.Tri NZ Communications Manager John Whiting was thrilled to receive the award on behalf of the organisation. “A huge thanks to Sport New Zealand for this recognition, it’s fantastic,” he said. “We have made some fairly significant strides in terms of delivering the sport of triathlon to our membership base, and creating a real feeling of community.”Whiting added, “It’s important that Tri NZ’s members come along for the ride as we ensure triathlon remains one of New Zealand’s most exciting and fastest growing sports.”Tri NZ winning bid….Communication Excellence Triathlon New ZealandWithout a traditional club base, connecting with members is challenging for sports. However, Triathlon New Zealand has utilised a multi-channel strategy to build a strong and growing triathlon community throughout 2011. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been used extensively to create a genuine sense of community around the exciting ‘TRIBE’ brand. A well maintained database and website ensures Triathlon New Zealand’s communications are targeted and nimble. Other channels utilised in 2011 included a 10-episode television series following the Contact Tri series, with a ‘text to join’ campaign, and a partnership with the bimonthly New Zealand Triathlon and Multisport magazine.For more information on the Sport and Recreation Awards, visit the Sport New Zealand Relatedlast_img read more

Nonlawyer qualified representatives in agency proceedings — why it’s not UPL

first_imgNonlawyer qualified representatives in agency proceedings — why it’s not UPL Janet Morgan Bar UPL Counsel Ft. Lauderdale Most state agencies have an administrative hearing process defined by statute. In these proceedings, a hearing officer receives evidence, reaches a finding of fact, and determines an outcome.Ordinarily, in proceedings which involve the important legal rights of a party, the representation of a party would constitute the practice of law and would have to be provided by a licensed Florida attorney.However, because the structure of agencies falls under legislative control, the separation of powers doctrine means that the legislature has the constitutional authority to oust the court’s otherwise exclusive jurisdiction over the practice of law in agency proceedings. Therefore, nonlawyer representation of persons in a state administrative proceeding can, by legislative action, be converted to an “authorized” practice of law.However, to oust the court’s authority, the nonlawyer representation must be expressly permitted by statute and/or agency rule. If the agency proceeding falls under the Florida Administrative Procedures Act, the enabling statute also requires that the agency rules set up standards of qualification for a representative, allowing a determination of the representative’s ability to perform. In Florida, qualification standards are most often found by reference to Fla. Admin. Code R. 28-106.106, which requires the presiding officer to conduct a step-by-step evaluation of the representative’s knowledge and ability.If the applicant meets the requirements, the presiding officer then designates the nonlawyer as a qualified representative for the purposes of that proceeding only. There is no such thing as a permanent qualified representative designation. A nonlawyer must meet the standards test in every case in which the nonlawyer applies to appear. While acting as a qualified representative, the nonlawyer must also comply with standards of conduct set out in Fla. Admin. Code R. 28-106.107.Of course, when acting as a qualified representative, a nonlawyer cannot hold himself or herself out as an attorney at law, or as capable of providing general legal services, and cannot use a title or business name which is misleading to the public. Nonlawyer qualified representatives in agency proceedings — why it’s not UPLcenter_img September 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

BALS receives $25,000 grant

first_img December 15, 2015 Regular News BALS receives $25,000 grant B ALS receives $25,000 grant Bay Area Legal Services was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation. The foundation grant has been designated to provide support to the L. David Shear Children’s Law Center, which represents children in the Tampa Bay community who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. The attorneys and staff of the CLC meet the unique legal needs of the foster children they represent by shortening the time spent in the foster care system, ensuring the provision of necessary services, and advocating for each child a safe, stable, and loving home. “We have received generous monetary support from the HCBF for the past eight years totaling more than $80,000, but this is by far the largest award we have received from the foundation to date,” said Heather Tager, CLC managing attorney. “It will help give children loving families and a safe place to call home, providing hope for a prosperous future.” The HCBF was established in 1996 as a charitable arm of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. The foundation supports and promotes projects and programs that encourage assistance to the poor, disabled, and disadvantaged in the community who are in need of legal assistance and access to the legal system. This year’s foundation grant money was raised at the HCBF’s annual signature event, the Law and Liberty Dinner, which took place in May. The guest speaker was NFL legend Terry Bradshaw, who signed footballs for all foundation grant recipients and spoke to hundreds of attorneys and business leaders in the Tampa Bay area in attendance. BALS is a nonprofit dedicated to providing free civil legal services to qualified and low-income residents and nonprofits throughout the Tampa Bay area.last_img read more

Freshman distance runner represents Minnesota on USA national team

first_img“He was always kind of on another level than everybody else,” Dahlberg said. “He was always the guy that everybody was kind of afraid of, just from a young age [he was] kind of better than everybody.”Dahlberg is excited to see his teammate’s talent continue to develop in upcoming years. He said that he believes Hussein has the potential to someday follow in the footsteps of senior Obsa Ali, a 2018 NCAA national champion for the Gophers.Minnesota head coach Steve Plasencia will largely be responsible for guiding Hussein’s development during his time with the Gophers. Plasencia served as the senior men’s team coach for Team USATF during Hussein’s trip to Denmark. It wasn’t the first time that Plasencia held the position, as he served as the Team USATF junior men’s team coach in 2017. Similarly, Hussein is not the first Minnesota runner to compete on behalf of Team USA.Among others, junior Hamza Ali competed at the 2017 IAAF Junior World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.Ali said that he considers Hussein to be like a “little brother” to him.“He’s an extremely talented runner, and being able to keep up for that long takes a lot of work. He brings a fun and constructive attitude to the team, which brings everyone around him up,” Ali said. “I’m really looking forward to what he has in store in the future. … I see a lot of success [for him].” Freshman distance runner represents Minnesota on USA national teamKhalid Hussein raced in Denmark on Sunday, March 30th. Babatunde JinaduApril 4, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintKhalid Hussein, a freshman on the Gophers men’s track and field team, recently represented the United States at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Denmark.“It was a cool experience, seeing how they treat the competition and how they prepare. Not just the day of, or the day before, but three or four days before, how they eat and train,” Hussein said. “It was a great feeling because I don’t know when’s the next time I’ll be able to rep the United States on my jersey. That’s not a opportunity that many people get at all, so I cherish it, and it’s something I’m going to look back on for the rest of my life.”Hussein placed 86th out of 102 in the U20 field while battling injury. He was one of six Americans in the race. Hussein earned the opportunity to run on the world stage after finishing in fifth place at the USATF Cross Country National Championships in Tallahassee, Florida. A Plymouth, Minnesota native, Hussein had an impressive career before joining the Gophers. He won the individual state championship three times and the team state championship four times. These accomplishments gave him quite the reputation among his teammates.“He’s got a lot of talent. It’s kind of cool to be around a guy who I was always trying to look ahead to in high school,” said freshman runner Declan Dahlberg. “It’s cool to not only be his roommate, but to be aiming to be up there with him in practice too.last_img read more

Here’s how to raise a child to be sympathetic

first_imgLinkedIn Parents and teachers might often wonder how to teach children caring toward others – more so when the world feels full of disagreement, conflict, and aggression.As development psychologists, we know that children start to pay attention to the emotions of others from an early age. They actively take into account others’ emotions when making decisions about how to respond to them.Does this mean that children feel sympathy for others from an early age? And is there a way in which parents can teach their children to be sympathetic? Email Share Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook What is sympathy?A feeling of concern for another person, or sympathy, is based on a comprehension of the unfortunate situation and emotional state of another. It often accompanies feelings of pity for the distressed other.Sympathy is different from empathy, which is more of an “emotional contagion.” If you feel like crying when you see someone else cry, you are experiencing empathy. You might even be overwhelmed by that person’s distress.And unlike empathy, sympathy involves some distance. So, rather than being overwhelmed, feelings of sympathy might allow individuals to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as helping or sharing.We start to show concern for others from very early on. For example, babies show basic signs of concern for others in their distressed responses to another infant’s cry, although in the case of babies, it might also be possible that they do not fully understand the self as a separate entity from others. So, their cry might simply be a case of emotional contagion.Either way, these are early forms of how we show concern. Later in our lives, these advance into more sophisticated sympathy experiences. Rather than just crying for the other crying baby, children begin to think about ways to alleviate the baby’s distress.This sympathetic response becomes possible because they start to incorporate cognitive understanding of the situation the other person is in. Sympathy goes beyond mere feelings of sadness for others’ distress. Rather, it guides our actions.What makes kids shareHow do children at different ages engage differently in prosocial behaviors based on their sympathy?To understand, we conducted a study to see how children shared. In our study, 160 four- and eight-year-old children received six equally attractive stickers. They were then given an opportunity to share any number of those stickers with a hypothetical child in a picture.Children were shown multiple pictures that depicted four different conditions, which included “needy” recipients and “not needy” recipients. The needy recipient was described as,“She/he has no toys,” “She/he is sad.”And the non-needy or neutral recipient as,“This girl/boy is four/ eight years old, just like you.”What we found was that children tended to share more stickers with a needy recipient. What we also found was that eight-year-old children shared on average 70 percent of their stickers with the needy recipient (versus 47 percent with the neutral recipient). The four-year-olds shared only 45 percent of their stickers in the needy condition (versus 33 percent in the neutral condition).What makes eight-year-olds share more than two-thirds of their own stickers with the needy recipient, while four-year-olds share only about half of them?Sharing thoughtfullyThe answer to this question can be found in children’s growing abilities to put themselves in others’ shoes. Besides feeling concern for others, being able to comprehend the circumstances of others can enhance helping or sharing behaviors that are sensitive toward the condition of others.For example, as our study demonstrated, older children shared more stickers with a peer who looked sad and had fewer toys even by giving up their own. This is different from simply sharing equal numbers of stickers with peers regardless of each one’s personal circumstance.The point is that children could show emotional empathy early on, but as they develop “perspective-taking ability,” they tend to show higher levels of sympathy. Perspective-taking ability means knowing that others can have desire, knowledge and emotion that are different from their own and that those come from their point of view.For example, a child who wants to play baseball would understand that his friend has a different desire – perhaps to play football. Or that another friend who is smiling in front of his parents is, in fact, hiding his disappointment because he did not get the birthday gift he really wanted.In this regard, a recent review study that summarized the findings of 76 studies conducted during the last four decades from 12 different countries came up with the following findings:The study looked at a total of 6,432 children aged between two and 12 years to find out how children’s perspective-taking abilities and prosocial behavior were related to each other. Results revealed that children with higher ability to take another person’s point of view showed more prosocial behaviors, such as comforting, helping and sharing.Furthermore, when they compared preschool-aged children between two and five years of age versus children aged six and above, they found that this relationship became stronger as children got older.As children are increasingly able to use contextual information they become more selective about when and how to help others. That is what our study showed as well: Eight-year-old children take into account the recipient information and make more selective sharing decisions guided by their sympathy.Enhancing sympathy in childrenThe question is, could we encourage children to become sympathetic toward others? And could children learn the best way to help keeping in mind the unique circumstances of others?The ability to feel concern for others is one of the key characteristics that make us human. Sympathy binds individuals together and increases cooperation among the members of the society. This has been observed in developmental research.For example, in a long-term study conducted with 175 children, we found that when children showed high levels of sympathy at age seven, they were better accepted by peers and shared more with others up to age nine.So, one of the things that we can do to facilitate sympathy in young children according to developmental research is to use what is called inductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning implies that parents and teachers emphasize the consequences of a child’s behavior during a social interaction. For example, when a child grabs a toy from his friend, the caregiver could ask the child,“How would you feel if your friend took away a toy from you?”This can encourage children to reflect on how their own actions may affect others’ thoughts and feelings. This can facilitate sympathy.Researcher Brad Farrant, who, along with his colleagues, studied the relationship between parenting and children’s helping and caring behaviors, came up with similar findings.Farrant studied 72 children between ages four and six. The study found that children showed more actions of helping and caring when mothers encouraged their children to see things from another child’s perspective. For example, if a child was “picked on” by another child, mothers who encouraged perspective-taking would guide their child to try and work out why the other child was picking on the child.Telling a child he should help and share with others could be one way of teaching him how to be a good member of a society. However, thoughtfully engaging in conversations with the child about others’ needs, feelings, and desires could go one step further – it could help children develop sympathy.By Tina Malti, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto and Ju-Hyun Song, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of TorontoThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Rosé: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

first_imgFrom ancient Greece, where they created a field blend of red and white grapes (think “You got chocolate in my peanut butter”) to a Hamptons summer obsession, rosé has a colorful history. It is said in 6th Century BC, the Phocaeans took this pink wine made from reds to Massalia which is now Marseilles, and the Romans spread its popularity. In the U.S., it was the famed Mateus and Lancers rosé which flooded the market and became the ladies’ version of alcohol with training wheels. They weren’t taken seriously but the bottles did serve as lovely candlestick holders. (I, of course, had a fine palate and was drinking Riunite Lambrusco.)In 1972, the famed Sutter Home White Zinfandel created a pink-hazed craze for bridge clubs and Junior Leagues and made plane travel much more enjoyable. Julia Child was one of rosé’s few defenders, claiming that it could be served with anything, yet any sommelier worth their tempestuous taste buds wouldn’t consider putting it on a wine list. But rosé was not insulted and pushed on, even attracting the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to create their own label in 2000.Luxury rosé managed to escape from its oxymoronic roots. From 2013 to 2014, sales of rosés over $20 grew 41 percent in the U.S. compared to one-percent growth for all other wine categories, according to Bloomberg. “Rosé all day” continued to rise in popularity to the point when in the summer of 2014, Wölffer Estate Vineyards ran out of cases of its rosé. Cryptocurrency had nothing on the secret stashes traded on the black market. Now rosé is consumed in such vast quantities it is jokingly referred to as Hamptons pool water. And even though women flock to the enticing blush color and flowery labels, men have also learned that pink isn’t just for pocket squares. Now rosé has earned a place at the tasting table and has gone from off the rack to high-wine fashion.For National Rosé Day (which is annually observed the second Saturday in June), Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton hosted a garden party for Chateau de Berne, part of the Provence Rosé Group. Anything French and pink is always good in my book. The aforementioned Romans built the 1235-acre site of the Chateau de Berne Estate in Provence, where over 300 acres of vines are sustainably farmed. The Estate is also home to a five-star Relais & Chateau Hotel and Spa and Michelin-starred Restaurant. (Bonjour frequent flyer miles!)Sommelier Jon McDaniel was kind enough to provide tasting notes for the delectable nectars from winemaker Alexis Cornu. The descriptions are as luscious as the wines and make me want to put on a white flowing dress with a daisy chain in my hair and run through lavender fields to the sounds of Jacques Brel — or at least saunter over to Starbucks with a sparkle in my eye.Inspiration, “Dry in the finish with flavors of fresh strawberry, Provencal lavender, and picked basil.” Romance, my personal favorite (no surprise there), “Beautiful floral and berry aromas awaken your senses with freshly picked summer peaches and strawberry cream.” And if you are going to judge a wine by its bottle, there is the Ultimate Provence, another estate in the wine group near Saint Tropez on 100 acres with a new hotel, restaurant, and event space. The carved bottle promises, “Layers of raspberry, strawberry jam in the nose invite you to a gorgeous, yet spicy palate.” I swear in my next life I want to be a wine writer.So, come on my friend rosé, you and I have both been underrated and only gotten more sophisticated with age. We have come a long way, and I can’t wait to see where we go next. Bring your Sharelast_img read more

Civil procedure

first_imgCorporation tax – Costs – Group relief Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Marks & Spencer Plc: ChD (Mr Justice Warren): 27 August 2010 David Ewart QC, Sarah Ford (instructed by the in-house solicitor) for the appellant; Nicola Shaw, Paul Farmer (instructed by Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP) for the respondent.center_img The court was required to determine outstanding costs issues in relation to proceedings in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice in certain tax appeals. The respondent company (M) had made group relief claims for the losses of trading subsidiaries in Germany, Belgium and France. The appellant commissioners refused the claims. M appealed in respect of some of the claims and others were the subject of a joint referral to the special commissioners. They concluded that the claims were rightly refused. M appealed and questions were referred to the ECJ. The ECJ gave a preliminary ruling that it was contrary to the freedom of establishment to preclude the possibility for a parent company to deduct the losses incurred by non-resident subsidiaries from its taxable profits, if the parent company showed that those losses were not and could not be taken into account in the state of residence of those subsidiaries. The case returned to the High Court and Court of Appeal. M accepted that group relief was rightly refused in respect of the losses of the French subsidiary. The appeals and referrals were then remitted back to the First-tier Tribunal. By that stage, further group relief claims had been made. The tribunal held that the later claims were valid since by that time the no possibilities test was satisfied. M submitted that the costs of the High Court and ECJ proceedings should follow the event and that the event was M’s success in obtaining group relief. Held: (1) The correct approach in principle was to consider the appropriate costs order by reference to ­success on the appeals which were originally before the special commissioners and which formed the subject matter of the appeal to the High Court, the reference to the ECJ, the resumed High Court hearing and the subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal. In applying that approach, the general rule was that the successful party got his costs (rule 44.3(2)(a) of the Civil Procedure Rules) but that rule could be displaced (rule 44.3(2)(b) of the CPR). And in deciding what order to make, the court had to have regard to all the circumstances, including whether a party had succeeded on part of his case, even if he had not been wholly successful (rule 44.3(4)(b) of the CPR). Accordingly, it did not necessarily follow from the fact that the commissioners had succeeded on all the appeals and referrals originally before the special commissioners, High Court and the Court of Appeal, that they were entitled to an order for payment of all of their costs. (2) In the present case, the commissioners had been wholly successful in relation to the appeals and referrals which were originally before the special commissioners and to which the costs in the High Court and the costs of the reference to the ECJ were attributable. But they had not been wholly successful in relation to all of the issues which the appeals and referrals raised; nor had M been wholly successful. In particular, neither party was wholly successful on the questions which were raised by the reference. The commissioners succeeded in establishing the general principle that the group relief provisions in domestic law pursued a legitimate objective; but M succeeded in showing that the measures implemented in pursuing that objective went beyond what was necessary and that it was not permissible to exclude relief when certain conditions were fulfilled as reflected in the no possibilities test. (3) The proceedings on the reference should not be treated as a wholly distinct matter. The fact that the commissioners had not been wholly successful on the reference did not mean that they should recover less than their full costs. The court had had to refer the questions to the ECJ to be able to deal with the appeals before it. Both parties took positions that were not fully vindicated but the commissioners were successful in the context of the actual appeals and referrals under consideration. As a result of the decision of the ECJ, M’s claims in respect of losses of the French subsidiary were finally rejected and the earlier claims for the pay and file years failed. In the circumstances, there was nothing which justified departure from the ordinary rule. Accordingly, M should pay the commissioners’ costs of the High Court proceedings and of the reference to the ECJ to be assessed on the standard basis if not agreed. (4) As a matter of principle, the commissioners were entitled to recover such of their costs of the appeal to the Court of Appeal as were ­attributable exclusively to the costs of the appeals in respect of the French losses. (5) Part 36 offers made by M did not affect the result. The offers involved the commissioners making a substantial repayment of tax. It could not be said that the outcome of the appeal process was ‘at least as advantageous’ as the offer within rule 36.14(1)(b) of the CPR where M had been wholly unsuccessful in relation to the claims actually subject to the appeals. Judgment accordingly.last_img read more

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Tackling water issues in the classroom

first_img* Be aware of your water footprint. Conduct a water audit at home, determine your monthly use from your municipal bill and set goals to become more water efficient. Monitor your use, respect water restrictions that are in place and keep track of your progress.* Fix leaks at home and report public water leaks to your local municipality.* Make your garden water-wise by planting indigenous drought-resistant plants which require minimal watering. * Collect rainwater from gutters to use in your garden and invest in a rainwater tank. * Install a grey-water system and recycle water at home. * Do not pour toxic paint, solvents, chemicals, poisons or pesticides into storm-water, sewer drains or normal rubbish. Find out where your nearest hazardous waste site is and dispose of polluting substances responsibly.* Identify and remove invasive alien vegetation from your garden and local wetland. Protect and keep your local freshwater ecosystems pollution-free. If you see someone polluting water, call the Blue Scorpions on 0800 200 200.* Be water wise and purchase water-efficient fixtures and fittings as well as water-saving appliances. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and washing machine to save water and energy. 1 of 3last_img read more