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Tax Facts.

first_img In Georgia, property taxes play a major role in funding county and city governments and the public school system. Ad valorem taxes, or taxes levied on the basis of value, are determined for real and personal property such as land, buildings and cars. The value assigned to individual property parcels provides a basis for distributing the burden of funding local government expenses. So the procedures used to determine that value are major concerns of property owners. The tax assessor sets values for taxable property. The tax commissioner sends out bills based on those values and collects the taxes. The tax digest equals the sum of all assessments. The state digest increased from $131.7 billion in 1993, to $171.8 billion in 1998. That’s a 30.4-percent increase over the six years. Millage equals the county digest or budget. The 1998 average county millage rate of 24.76 mills decreased 1.6 percent from 1997 to 1998. But from ’93 to ’98, it increased 2.2 percent. One mill is one-tenth of a penny, or $0.001. The tax equals the assessed value times the millage rate. Georgia property tax revenues increased 67.7 percent from $3.1 billion to $5.2 billion from 1993 to 1998. About 57 percent of property taxes goes to fund the school systems. Another 34 percent goes to county governments. In Georgia, all property is subject to ad valorem taxes based on fair market value unless it is specifically exempted by the state constitution or entered into an alternative valuation program. Property Tax Facts Environmental TaxProperty Tax Relieflast_img read more

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Undergraduate Research

first_imgTo learn more about undergraduate research opportunities available to CAES students, visit students.caes.uga.edu/current/research. More than 50 students of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) completed an undergraduate research project and competed in the seventh annual CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 12. Faculty members, in disciplines ranging from food science to plant breeding, served as their mentors.The symposium gives students a chance to highlight the research they completed this school year and experience presenting their work in a formal setting.“Enabling the students to work beside world-class scientists is one vital aspect of the experiential approach to learning that we champion in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” said Josef Broder, the college’s associate dean for academic affairs. “There’s no better way to learn about the scientific world than to engage in scientific work, and the work of these students has been very impressive.”Each student presented their research to a panel of college researchers over the course of the symposium. Winners in both the poster presentation and oral presentation categories received cash prizes ranging from $200 to $600.The winners in this year’s oral presentation competition, their majors, mentors, departments and project titles are listed below.First place: Christina Workman, animal science major; mentor Hitesh Handa, College of Engineering; “Hydrophilic Top Coat on Nitric Oxide Releasing Surfaces for Enhanced Antibacterial and Antifouling Properties”Second place: Mary Sutton, applied biotechnology major; mentor Rachel Itle, horticulture department; “Texture Evaluations of Southern Highbush and Rabbiteye Blueberry Varieties”Third place: Kendall Lee, animal science major; mentor Kylee Jo Duberstein, animal and dairy science department; “A Preliminary Evaluation of Supplemental Vitamin E Form on Serum α-tocopherol Levels and Oxidative Stress Parameters Measured in Response to a Novel Exercise Challenge”Fourth place: Thomas Gottilla, applied biotechnology major; mentor Marin Brewer, plant pathology department; “Optimization of Virulence Assays for Fusarium oxsporum f. sp. Vasinfectum Causing Fusarium Wilt of Cotton”Fifth place: Rebecca Fortner, food science major; mentor Anand Mohan, food science and technology department; “Analysis and Further Processing of Broiler Breast Meat with Common Quality Defects”Sixth place: Briel Power, biological science major; mentor Paula Lemons, biochemistry and molecular biology department; “Examining the Dynamics of Faculty Learning Community Meetings”The winners in this year’s poster presentation competition, their majors, mentors, departments and project titles are listed below.First place: William Bowling, turfgrass management major; mentor Gerald Henry, crop and soil sciences department; “Targeting Postemergence Dallisgrass Control Using Cooling Degree Days”Second place: Madeline Young, animal health and biological science major; mentor Jaroslava Halper, College of Veterinary Medicine pathology department; “The Role of Chondrogenic Growth Factors in the Pathogenesis of Equine DSLD”Third place: Adrea Mueller, biological science major; mentor Brian Jordan, poultry science department; “Adaptation of a DNA Purification Protocol for Whole Genome Sequencing of an Eimeria Species”Fourth place: Breanna Hart, poultry science major; mentor Harsha Thippareddi, poultry science department; “Reducing the Risk of Salmonella Transmission by Sanitation of Breeder Hatching Eggs”Fifth place: Jesse Lafian, horticulture major; mentor Marc Van Iersel, horticulture department; “Development of a Low-maintenance, Low-cost Tensiometer to Improve Irrigation Accuracy”Sixth place: Riley Jenkins, biological science major; mentor Kevin McCully, kinesiology department; “Mitochondrial Capacity in Young, Well-controlled People with Type 1 Diabetes”last_img read more

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China Solar Surge: 80% Increase Seen

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent.About 54 gigawatts will be put in place this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday, raising a forecast of more than 30 gigawatts made in July. That amount of additional capacity would likely surpass all the solar energy generated in Japan in 2017.“The amount of rooftop solar plants and projects aimed at easing poverty were more than expected and developers rushed to build some ground-mounted solar projects before they have been allocated subsidies,” said Yvonne Liu, a BNEF analyst in Beijing.The growth of the market has benefited top panel producers, including JinkoSolar Holding Co. and Trina Solar Ltd. China installed 43 gigawatts of solar power in the first nine months of 2017, already above the 34.5 gigawatts for all of last year.China has been the world’s biggest solar market since 2013. It surpassed Germany as the country with the most installed photovoltaic power capacity two years ago.CCB International Securities Ltd. raised its forecast for China’s solar power capacity to 55 gigawatts from 40 gigawatts for 2018, according to a Nov. 17 note.Half of all additions to China’s electricity generating capacity since 2013 have been renewables or nuclear, according to the International Energy Agency. By 2040, the IEA sees renewables accounting for 40 percent of total power generation. Coal, which contributes about 67 percent of generation now, will fall to 40 percent over that period.More: China on Pace for Record Solar-Power Installations China Solar Surge: 80% Increase Seenlast_img read more

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Narco-submarine Seized in Peru Carried More Than 1 Ton of Cocaine Bound for Mexico

first_imgBy AFP December 17, 2019 On December 7, the Peruvian Navy seized a small submarine with a crew of four carrying more than 1 ton of cocaine bound for Mexico, the Peruvian Office of the Attorney General reported on December 11.“The drug found in the submersible is cocaine, as determined by the tests we’ve carried out,” Peruvian Attorney General Jorge Chávez, prosecution coordinator against organized crime, told AFP.“We’re weighing the cargo right now. We’re talking about more than 1 ton of cocaine, [but] we are still weighing” the drug found inside the narco-submarine, which was captured in open waters off the northern Peruvian coast, he added.The Navy initially said that the submersible, about 66 feet long, carried about “4,409 pounds of illicit substances,” but the attorney general has confirmed that it was cocaine.Authorities detained the submersible’s four crew members — two Colombians, one Mexican, and one Ecuadorean.Chávez explained that the vessel was loaded “in the Ecuadorean mangroves” near the Peruvian border, also a wetland area.The attorney general did not explain why the submersible entered Peruvian territorial waters, located south of Ecuador, if it intended to navigate north to reach Mexico.The narco-submarine, which was painted in grey to camouflage it with the sea and built with a small hole on the upper surface for crew access, was towed to the port of Paita, about 620 miles north of Lima.“This is the first submersible caught in Peru. So far, we know that the vessel was bound for Mexico,” said Chávez, who is in charge of the investigations in Paita.“We’re asking the Navy to make a technical report on how it was built,” he said, adding that “the drug and the detainees will be taken to Lima.”“We don’t know what international organization they belong to,” he said.The boat was intercepted December 7, 178 nautical miles off the coastal town of Talará, 31 miles north of Paita.Drug cartels began to use submarines frequently in 2005, experts say, and it is believed that they are built in Colombia, Ecuador, or Guyana.Peru produces more than 400 tons of cocaine a year, the national anti-drug agency reported, and most of it is “exported” by sea.Together with Colombia and Bolivia, Peru is one of the largest producers of coca leaf and cocaine worldwide, says the United Nations.last_img read more

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Top 4 challenges keeping managers up at night

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Being in a position of high regard in the workplace is something to be proud of. You’ve worked extremely hard to get where you are and others have seen in you the ability to effectively manage others. Although being a manager has various advantages, there are many aspects of your role that will undoubtedly challenge you along the way. Below are four situations you may experience as a manager that will almost certainly keep you up at night.Firing or laying off an employeeNo matter the circumstance, this will never be an easy task for any manager. Even if you never saw eye-to-eye with the employee, breaking the news of their termination is always going to be upsetting and stressful. Knowing you have to make this decision will definitely cause you anxiety. The key to getting through this rough time, both before it happens and after the employee has left, is trusting that whatever the reason, it was the best decision for the company.Conducting a bad performance reviewEach and every employee evaluation given should include necessary improvements, as no team member is perfect. What makes this encounter tense is when there are more negatives than positives to discuss. It’s tough for anyone to hear that they aren’t pulling their weight, so the best way to get through the review is to be detailed and honest, but constructive. Touch on each aspect that needs work, but end the review on a positive to offer encouragement. Knowing the discussion will likely end pleasantly will help you overcome your worry leading up to it.Intervening in office dramaWhether big or small, every office has its share of problems from time to time. When your employees are not on the same page, you will know it almost immediately. Drama and poor morale will affect everyone on the team, even if they’re not directly involved in the issue. You may worry in advance about how you will smooth out the wrinkles, but be confident in your ability to effectively lead and motivate your staff. It’s your job to step up and be the boss, especially when times are tough.Approaching your own bossIt’s not realistic to think that you will always agree with your supervisor. Just as the employees you manage don’t always agree with you, there will also be instances where you feel it’s necessary to express an opposing opinion. You may feel the need to do so on behalf of your team or because you instinctively feel strongly about something your boss is doing (or not doing). Whatever the issue, when addressing it with your manager, do so with empathy and respect. You know what it’s like to be tasked with leading others, so connect with your boss and establish a foundation of trust so you can maintain open and honest communication.last_img read more

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Member & employee financial well-being in the new normal webinar

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recently, Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland joined the weekly Montana Credit Unions call to discuss member and employee financial well-being in the new normal we are now facing. Below are a few highlights from her presentation, which you can view here.More than half of members (58%) are struggling financially and 39% of households do not have $400 available to afford an emergency expense.Credit unions are in a good position to help their members recover because of how they are built and their operating principles.Credit unions can help both their employees and members move forward by:Leveraging empathy to help them get through the crisis. continue reading »last_img

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Spa City Democrats offer to remove hate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 12 article, “KKK fliers found on car windshields in Saratoga Springs”: Thank you for calling attention to the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers which were distributed downtown and placed on car windshields this past weekend. This message of hate and intolerance has no place in our inclusive city.The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee [SSDC] has a service to remove hate graffiti, which would extend to gathering and disposing of hate literature such as this example. Contact Courtney DeLeonardis, SSDC Chair, at [email protected] and she will alert the graffiti removal team for prompt action. This is a nonpartisan effort to support the city we all love.Otis MaxwellSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Australia in huge operation to test 9,000 crew stranded on cruise ships

first_imgTopics : “I’m holding the line on this,” said Police Commissioner Mick Fuller of New South Wales state, which includes Sydney and where most of the cruise ships are located. “My fear is by bringing 9,000 people off the cruise ships into isolation, not knowing if they have the virus or they may develop symptoms, that would absolutely overload our hospital system,” he said Thursday.”We will drop doctors across eight ships, 9,000 people — It’s a big task in itself,” he said.Fuller said anyone found to need urgent medical care would be brought to facilities onshore, but the ships would be expected to head to their home ports with the rest of their crews. Australian police and military will soon begin helicoptering doctors to several cruise ships stranded near Sydney to assess nearly 9,000 crew for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.The military-style operation, due to begin by the weekend, is aimed at resolving a standoff between cruise line operators and authorities who fear a wave of new imported coronavirus cases would overwhelm local hospitals.Australia ordered a ban on all cruise liners in mid-March, but later allowed Australian nationals to disembark from four ships in Sydney – a decision which led to more than 450 new COVID-19 cases in the country. center_img “We are taking a sensible but pragmatic approach to these cruise ships,” he said, adding that talks with the ships’ owners were ongoing.Local media reports say a total of 18 foreign-registered ships are in Australian waters or ports with up to 15,000 crew on board.Ship owners have reportedly asked that crew stranded on ships be allowed to fly to their home countries.But while authorities in Western Australia permitted some 800 German cruise ship passengers to fly home last weekend, officials have baulked at doing the same for thousands of crew. Australia has registered more than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths.last_img read more

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Granit Xhaka reveals the reason he’s considering shock Arsenal transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Granit Xhaka is one of Unai Emery’s five Arsenal captains (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka has dropped a transfer bombshell by revealing he is considering a shock move from Arsenal.The 26-year-old has been a divisive figure among the club’s fans ever since his £35million move from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016.Xhaka is enjoying his most consistent season in an Arsenal shirt under the management of Unai Emery who has entrusted the Switzerland international with the captain’s armband on several occasions this term.Despite thriving at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield, Xhaka claims he remains ambitious and does not necesserily consider the north London club to be the last of his career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 Mar 2019 10:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link83Shares Granit Xhaka scored in the recent 2-0 win over Manchester United (Picture: Getty)‘I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,’ he told Tagblatt.Xhaka signed a new long-term contract in the summer and has maintained his place in the side, despite the subsequent arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guunedouzi.Arsenal remain in the hunt for Champions League qualification having moved to within a point of third placed Tottenham following their 2-0 win over Manchester United prior to the international break.The Gunners have also reached the last eight of the Europa League where they will meet Napoli after overturning a 3-1 first leg deficit against Rennes.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Granit Xhaka reveals the reason he’s considering shock Arsenal transfer Advertisementlast_img read more

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Shkodran Mustafi in disguise? Why David Luiz would be a major upgrade for Arsenal

first_imgShkodran Mustafi started 31 of Arsenal’s Premier League games last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal, like Chelsea, employed a new manager with fresh ideas last summer as Emery sought to implement a style of play based around building moves from the back and initially Mustafi was a key part of that.A series of defensive blunders towards the end of the campaign resulted in Mustafi being shifted from the middle to right-back or even further onto the bench, but he still started 31 league games overall and like Luiz, was third in Arsenal’s minutes played chart.Team-based statsChelsea endured the odd humiliating result – those back-to-back 4-0 and 6-0 losses to Bournemouth and Manchester City were pretty spectacular – but overall, they were largely solid, conceding 39 league goals.That total was the joint-third best in the division, only behind the runaway leaders Manchester City and Liverpool and compares favourably to the 51 goals that Arsenal let in, which was higher than 13th-placed Newcastle United.It is difficult to judge an individual’s performance within the framework of a team-orientated statistic such as goals conceded, but clearly, Chelsea possessed a more cohesive, effective defensive unit than Arsenal, with Luiz playing his part in that.AdvertisementAdvertisementIndividual comparisonChelsea also enjoyed more possession on average than Arsenal did last season with 60% compared to 56% meaning Mustafi had slightly more defending to do than Luiz might have which skews certain individual statistics.For instance, playing in a team that defended more, Mustafi ranked ahead of Luiz for tackles won (62-41), interceptions made (58-35) and aerial duels won (123-82).In terms of tackles won both players succeeded with 0.87 of their attempts per game, while Mustafi made almost double the number of interceptions with 1.87 per game compared to Luiz’s 0.97.The contrast in their respective aerial duel totals is particularly interesting, though, with Luiz winning just 53% of his contested aerial duels – remarkably low for a defender – compared to Mustafi’s 66%. Shkodran Mustafi in disguise? Why David Luiz would be a major upgrade for Arsenal Advertisement Pictures: Getty/RexArsenal’s frantic search to sign a centre back during the dying embers of the transfer window has led them to an unlikely source: Chelsea’s David Luiz.With just over 24 hours remaining until the English transfer deadline passes, reports emanating from France have claimed that Luiz has refused to train at Chelsea in order to push through a move to Arsenal.The 32-year-old is reportedly concerned about the amount of regular football he will be given by Frank Lampard with Kurt Zouma set to feature prominently under the new Chelsea boss.Unai Emery, meanwhile, is desperate to reinforce his central defensive options following Laurent Koscielny’s move to Bordeaux and Luiz is a proven performer in the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENT David Luiz could form a balanced central defensive partnership with Sokratis Papastathopolous (Picture: Getty)Arsenal had been linked with the likes of Dayot Upamecano at RB Leipzig and Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, but with William Saliba arriving from Saint-Etienne next summer, securing the services of a wily old veteran in the short-term could be a savvy move.Luiz and Mustafi were both recruited by their respective clubs in 2016 and of the pair, the former has been far more consistent than the latter.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentcenter_img Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 7 Aug 2019 6:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares David Luiz trained separately from the rest of the Chelsea squad on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)Reaction to the news has understandably been mixed with some Arsenal fans suggesting that Luiz’s passing qualities would add a useful dimension to the team’s style of play.AdvertisementAdvertisementOthers, though, regard signing the bushy-haired Brazilian as an accident waiting to happen, particularly given the existing presence of error-prone Shkodran Mustafi in their backline.Luiz has certainly endured difficult defensive moments. Gary Neville once said he played as if controlled by a ten-year-old on a PlayStation, Luis Suarez nutmegged him twice to score in one game, and his performance in Brazil’s 7-1 shellacking to Germany will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.But despite all that, surely he’s a better option for Arsenal’s defence than the walking disaster that is Mustafi, right?David Luiz vs Shkodran MustafiLuiz has certainly had an eventful second spell back at Chelsea, performing brilliantly in their title success in 2016-17, losing his place under Antonio Conte the following season and then re-establishing himself under Maurizio Sarri.Following his travails under Conte, Luiz was unquestionably one of the main beneficiaries of so-called ‘Sarri-ball’, starting all but two of the club’s Premier League games and racking up the third-highest number of minutes last term. Advertisement David Luiz’s distribution was a key aspect of ‘Sarri-ball’ last season (Picture: Getty)If Emery is looking for a centre-half that can physically dominate opponents, Luiz doesn’t appear to fit the bill. Instead, his game has always been based around spraying passes across the pitch and progressing the ball out of defence.In that regard, Luiz would definitely offer an upgrade to Mustafi. He ranked top across any player in the division for through balls completed with 41, averaged 72 passes per game compared to 59 for Mustafi and enjoyed an 88% pass completion rate to 82%.ConclusionJudging by his form towards the end of last season and even into Arsenal’s warm-up matches for the upcoming campaign, there would be plenty of defenders who would offer an upgrade to Mustafi at this time.Luiz, despite his age and his propensity to commit the odd howler, would be a better option to the German in Arsenal’s defence, owing primarily to the quality of his distribution as well as his improved concentration levels since his return to English football in 2016.AdvertisementAlthough Arsenal would trade down in aerial terms by switching Luiz and Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopolous’ no-nonsense approach to the art of defending could dovetail quite nicely with the Brazilian’s more cultured style.last_img read more

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