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FIRST ROUND WINNERS: Kentucky, Purdue, Buffalo, Valparaiso, Texas, Notre Dame, Wichita State, Kansas, Wisconsin, Oregon, Wofford, North Carolina, Mississippi, Baylor, VCU, Arizona, Villanova, North Carolina State, Northern Iowa, Louisville, Providence, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Virginia, Duke, St.
SWEET SIXTEEN: Kentucky, Buffalo, Texas, Wichita State, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Baylor, Arizona, Villanova, Northern Iowa, Providence, Virginia, Duke, Stephen F. ELITE EIGHT: Kentucky, Wichita State, Wisconsin, Baylor, Northern Iowa, Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga. Grab a snack and your favorite beverage and settle in near a TV during some of the tournament games. If hired, your first assignment is to interpret this email sent out recently by Beverlee Roper, first district county commissioner in Platte County. Heard an interesting observation recently by someone in regard to the wild and crazy growth projections school districts like Park Hill and Platte County R-3 have been spouting recently. When even those observers on the left side of the aisle are questioning projections of exploding enrollment, you know the school districts have a bit of a credibility problem on their hands. Guy Speckman, publisher of the Savannah Reporter, has been on a roll with observations about public school spending, hitting home runs on a weekly basis.
The book entitled The Silence, The Series and The Season of Sungwoo by our man Chris Kamler becomes available this week. While many of us see an intersection of two state highways and think that would be a great place for a revenue-generating, respected public-serving entity like a QuikTrip, many folks at Parkville see an intersection of two major highways and think that would be a great place to plant a pawpaw tree or build a tribute to the hummingbird. Oh, and there’s more than just a scathing state audit facing some folks within the St.
As Guy Speckman, publisher of the Savannah Reporter, wisely says in his column in our Other Voices item on this page, it should be a wake-up call for all local governments and the elected officials who serve on governing bodies. It’s time for those who serve on boards to stop nodding heads in agreement at every proposal placed in front of them and start asking some tough questions of those who serve underneath them. Based on what I’m about to remind you, there would seem to be reason to at least put this topic on your radar. In a story we did last April, The Landmark reported that Platte County R-3 had re-hired Westbrook and Co. Reik explained he used a rubric to determine which company was the best firm to meet the needs of the district. In that same Landmark article from last April in discussing why he recommended taking Westbrook over the lower bidder, it was reported that Reik said Westbrook officials are very helpful.
Congressman Sam Graves came walking into The Landmark office Friday afternoon carrying his lunch, which was a bag of fast-food from Sonic.
We saw this play out in 2011 and 2012 when projections of rapid and enormous growth in student enrollment at Platte County R-3 were making the rounds.
If that’s the case, Park Hill is now projecting a growth rate of as high as 666 students per year. We do know of a common denominator involved in those earlier wildly incorrect growth projections made at Platte County R-3 and the new ones being made at Park Hill. Architects make good money off of the construction of large, new, expensive buildings, am I right?
Even one of the biggest government bureaucrats around, first district Platte County Commissioner Beverlee Roper, has been known to preach repeatedly against public debt. Check out the letter to the editor on this page for the first return volley against Reik’s comment. My guess is that if R-3 had a very low amount of debt per student, proponents of the proposed tax increase would be touting that as a very positive sign of the district’s fiscal health and past financial management practices.
After many hours of thoughtful deliberation (in other words, in a 30-second conversation that consisted of yelling to each other while walking out separate doors of a building), Chris Kamler and I have decided upon a date, place and time for his book signing event in Platte County. His book is about the Kansas City Royals and that Korean dude who flew in during the Royals’ magical 2014 season.
We’ll have the official Landmark Newspaper Plinko board set up for anyone willing to give it a whirl. You’ve read stories in this fine newspaper about crimes occurring at Platte County hotels in what is known as the KCI corridor along Interstate 29. Last week’s event that you saw on our front page featured gunshots when perpetrators fired at a person who had spotted someone in his pickup in a hotel parking lot.
If hotel staff members are debating whether a situation warrants a call to 9-1-1, that’s when they need to call 9-1-1, Lewis said. Sheriff Owen backed up the KC police official’s concerns about shoplifting in the corridor. So public transportation, the lack of which is cursed by economic development officials who blame it in part for a perceived shortage in available workforce, has its downside in the law enforcement arena.
FYI, Lewis mentioned the Kansas City Police Department’s North Patrol division leads the Kansas City metro area in the number of vehicles stolen while the engine is running with the doors unlocked. Does the Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee realize the owner of the consulting firm they hired has compared their election campaign to O-rings under a toilet? A reader sent me this question: If the Platte County R-3 proposal is so great why do they need a nationally-known political consultant to make their case? Word on the street is that the Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee will be using a political consulting firm in an effort to help it pass the proposed 43-cent tax levy increase in the April 7 election. The political consulting firm that has been contacted by Quality Platte County R-3 Schools? Laura Hulett, deputy treasurer for the Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee, would not verify whether the committee has hired a consulting firm. Two weeks ago I reached Roe on his cell phone to ask him whether his company has struck a deal to assist the R-3 pro-tax group. Roe told me he didn’t know if his company has a deal in place with the R-3 pro-tax committee. These are the types of conversations that two guys who generally don’t give a crap have with one another.
If you take some time to digest the situation in its entirety, let’s not be totally shocked by the alleged partnership of R-3 pro-taxers with the normally anti-tax firm of Axiom. Axiom did work for a Kansas City zoo tax proposal not too many years ago, so this wouldn’t be the first time it has consulted on the pro-tax side of an issue.
Sources inside the administration building say Nancy Armstrong, new county clerk, has disposed of at least one of the employees she had inherited from previous clerk Joan Harms. Check out the coverage of a couple of important local business stories on our front page this week by assistant editor Valerie Verkamp.
And what about the gunfire outside a Platte County hotel after a witness approached three black males who were allegedly performing smash-and-grabs upon vehicles in the parking lot?
No matter how hectic a day I might be having, when I see someone about to walk in the front door of the local license bureau office I realize my day isn’t so bad after all.
There are some interesting-looking dudes and dudettes doing business at that location every day.
Kansas City-area community centers are throwing out vending machines and switching to healthy food snack options, so from now on you’ll have to sneak in your own Twinkies and Ho Hos. Some of the early reaction by county commissioners to the four proposals for Shiloh Springs Golf Course that came in from potential management firms is fascinating. Beverlee Roper, first district county commissioner, must have had a good night’s sleep the night before because she actually seemed focused and on point for most of the Shiloh discussion. Other than that Groundhog Day reference which thankfully was ignored by the other two commissioners, Roper made some common sense comments and observations, which means by next meeting she’ll be ready to run from the stances she took this week.
Roper pointed out it looks to her that Shiloh was designed postage stamp style on a piece of property, rather than flowing in a more unlimited manner that a golf course designer probably would have liked.
Duane Soper, second district commissioner who is a golfer and user of the Shiloh course, countered that he thinks Shiloh can one day make money. Now is the time to start focusing on ways to cut losses, move on and get rid of the annual financial drain. There’s a lot of studying that will need to be done to sift through the gory details of Martin’s proposal, but my first reaction? And here’s another benefit, especially for supporters of the parks department who may not be avid golfers.
As you’ll see in our story inside this issue, Parkville and Platte City have police budgets that amount to an expenditure of $229 per resident. According to information gathered by DJ Gehrt, city administrator for Platte City, Riverside’s police budget equates to $1,006 per resident of Riverside. As your Landmark heads to press Wednesday, we’re being told the thermometer will hit 70 degrees later this afternoon. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having to kick my pickup into four-wheel drive at least once this winter. The Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee, the campaign organization promoting passage of the 43-cent tax levy question on the April ballot, is already at work. In 2012, Platte County R-3’s levy increase proposal was soundly defeated 55% opposed to 45% in favor. We will assume that’s a Platte City address, though the paperwork does not list the city, state or zip. Deputy treasurer is listed as Laura Hulett, who is employed as a public relations person by the school district. Missouri Ethics Commission finally posted a copy of the agreement it reached with the Park Hill School District after Park Hill was found to have committed an ethics violation (see Landmark front page in Jan.
Conditions were a little weird covering President Obama’s trip to the region Thursday. I don’t know who was in charge of deciding in what setting this speech would be held, but it turned into a barn-like event inside what they called the Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
This was my fourth time covering an Obama appearance in the KC area, Valerie’s third.
Tuesday night I headed to City Hall in downtown Platte City for a meeting of the economic development subcommittee.
These various Platte City subcommittee meetings, while often newsworthy, are also often very short. We did get to hear a presentation from Bo Woodruff about AMVETS’ fundraising efforts to acquire a tankchair, which is a heavy duty off-road wheelchair. If you’re wondering how acquiring a tricked out wheelchair for community use winds up being tagged as an economic development discussion, join the club. While I strongly support the acquisition of the contraption, hope the fundraising effort is successful, and agree the wheelchair would be beneficial to local disabled persons, I would not anticipate a flood of new economic activity being generated because of it. Next on the agenda for the economic development subcommittee was an item dealing with shredding of older city documents. Platte City Mayor Frank Offutt let it be known that the city turns 175 years old in 2015 and there will be some kind of celebration--or at least an observance of some sort--tentatively set for Saturday, July 4. The mayor also informed the economic development subcommittee that an anchor from the USS Platte, a former fleet oiler vessel, is available to the city.
The mayor indicated the anchor will be placed in the city’s small park next to the Platte River at the foot of Main Street, which has a name but most of us only know it as the small park next to the Platte River at the foot of Main Street. It has been great to have the skills of assistant editor Valerie Verkamp back on The Landmark news beat the past couple of weeks. Occasionally it becomes time to clean out my news notebooks, review those sticky notes attached to my desk and place any news nuggets into this column space before I forget to get them distributed to the fine readers of this newspaper.
Not sure who else is claiming it but I can assure you I designed it for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and it was grown by T & L Nurseries. Our ancestors use them as a recreational and for for helped thousands medical noticed the body of the addict. Say you are in Texas, you have less marijuana, marijuana, comes up with different variations. Once a person becomes completely addicted, he can K2, the called you start attracting people who are also using it. This accomplishment represents the company’s unyielding commitment to research and innovation.
Our clients want an innovation partner who can help them apply and integrate technology in ways that deliver new and lasting value. IBM Watson technology has the potential to dramatically improve the way society solves problems across a range of important industries from health care to financial services to education. IBM is a strong supporter of legislative action to reduce these threats and lawsuits by addressing these entities’ abusive behaviors and the litigation cost asymmetries that they exploit.
One such proposal is to expand the covered business method patent proceeding at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to cover software. Building a Smarter Planet is a blog intended to provide readers with thought-provoking content and a place to talk about the issues raised within the content.
Sense and Sustainability is a podcast devoted to exploring the diversity of perspectives on issues of sustainable development. No matter how much money you make, and no matter how much you know about economics, the minimum wage is a compelling topic of discussion. The economics profession itself is divided on the question of minimum wage policy and its effects on unemployment.
Many states, of course, have their own minimum wage laws that make sure their constituents make more than that. These are huge changes, whose impacts cannot be forecast from the many studies of previous policy changes. In the context of water management, Grey Infrastructure is the rigid pipe network, concrete, and treatment facilities that have allowed cities to grow ever larger while capturing and conveying water from storms and the waste stream away from concentrated populations.
The US EPA defines green infrastructure as “a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits.” To unpack this definition, green infrastructure is commonly understood to be the use of plants, soils, and other natural processes to manage stormwater runoff on-site.
Yet there is still a notable opportunity for the services of green infrastructure to extend beyond stormwater management to address other urban challenges such as urban heat island effect, air pollution, habitat loss, and lack of access to green space. Locating green infrastructure then becomes a considerable challenge once climate variability and the other socio-environmental criteria discussed above are properly considered. The Urban Sustainability Research Group in the University of Michigan has been working on the Green Infrastructure Spatial Planning (GISP) model. The Trust for Public Land’s Climate Smart Cities initiatives are also using spatial data in a similar fashion to help prioritize green infrastructure investment in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
If you live in New York City, you’ve likely heard about the pending (and temporary) closure of the L-train.
This past Thursday, the Mass Transit Authority (MTA) held a public hearing in Manhattan, in the theater of an old Salvation Army building on 14th St (the week prior saw a public hearing in Brooklyn.) Perhaps due to the heightened media attention, the majority of the audience was from the press, journalists filing around the rows, asking residents what their thoughts were. However, Hakim explained that the longer the city waits to operate, the more likely it is that unplanned closures might occur. But, as Hakim noted, “The best option is to connect you to a subway.” It is quite simply the only mode of transportation that can meet the commuting needs of New Yorkers. For the majority of the public hearing, panelists responded to question cards from the audience regarding expectations and concerns. The city is expected to make its decision and sign a contract with an independent contractor in the next few months. To combat fragmentation, many health care policy groups, like the Commonwealth Fund, advocate for more coordination among physicians in the delivery of health care. One of the side effects of promoting coordination is that it favors consolidation among hospitals and physician groups. One of the biggest criticisms about this recent wave of consolidation, and consolidation in general, is that it can easily lead to increased prices for health care in a community.
Other organizations, like FTI consulting, a growing global consultancy, are not convinced that hospital consolidation is such a bad thing for consumers. This week a group from S&S took a break from Cambridge, Massachusetts and flew to Seoul, South Korea. Prior to the conference, a few members of the S&S team presented their research at a joint Environmental Economics and Policy seminar with Seoul National University, organized by Professor Jong Ho Hong of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies. Academic interests aside, S&S did not fail to take advantage of all the sights and activities Seoul has to offer.
Over the past month, Greece and Turkey have implemented a controversial deal intended to stop the migratory flows that brought a million asylum seekers to Europe in 2015, mostly through Greece. While the EU-Turkey deal has generated furious debate over its morality and over Europe’s capacity to implement it, it has borne another, less well-understood problem: the creation of two parallel legal realities for asylum seekers in Greece, each of them fraught with uncertainty, both for the asylum-seekers themselves and for lawyers seeking to inform or represent them.
For asylum seekers who arrived in Greece following the deal’s entry into force, prospects are grim. The ongoing failure to inform migrants of their right to seek asylum, meanwhile, remains a problem of implementation: though the European Commission has called for several thousand support personnel to be deployed to Greece, member state pledges have yet to meet demand, while even fewer pledged personnel have actually been deployed.
For asylum seekers who arrived in Greece before March 20, most of whom are now on the Greek mainland, the situation is different—but no less complicated. Until early March, asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq were still able to cross the border into Macedonia and transit toward Austria and Germany. Accessing each program is fraught with the same difficulties faced by more recent arrivals: officials at both local and European level are overwhelmed by a task they have vastly under-resourced. These parallel realities, ultimately, are borne of the same contradiction: the discrepancy between the blanket right of arriving migrants to claim asylum, and Europe’s unwillingness to absorb additional arrivals. By diffusing information and engaging in individual representation, asylum lawyers in Greece could provide relief to hundreds—eventually thousands—of asylum seekers. This fact underscore Sen’s crucial insight: world hunger is not solely a result of a lack of food, or a population outgrowing its food supply, but rather is largely a result of political and policy failures around the world. When you think about it, the fact that we could feed the entire world if we better managed our food system is a fairly remarkable achievement, one that’s largely the result of the “Green Revolution” that played out in laboratories, industrial parks, and farmland over the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. This last point is crucial, and is actually a point of hope for proponents of small-scale local agriculture.
However, it would be a mistake to promote this approach as the universal solution to the problems created by industrial agriculture. On 25 September 2015, Heads of State and Government from the 193 Member States of the United Nations gathered at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a “comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets” which will “stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet”. The 2030 Agenda, which represents the outcome document of the UN Sustainable Development Summit (and contains the much-heralded Sustainable Development Goals), delineates a policy framework to mobilize efforts at the international, national and subnational level around a set of common sustainable development priorities. The shift towards more inclusive development goals will now require transformative changes in the way society deals with the above-mentioned challenges: from the economy to life sciences to law, existing institutions and systems of rules must remove the obstacles to sustainable development and actively promote the achievement of the 17 Goals and 169 targets.
Legal regimes are particularly important in this process, as they are bound to interact with the 2030 Agenda.
Taken together, these challenges continue to highlight major gaps in international environmental law, and addressing them would also mean achieving concrete progress around at least five critical planetary boundaries, including climate change, biosphere integrity, land-system change, and introduction of chemicals, nanomaterials, and other novel substances. The remaining topics emphasize the need to further advance key procedural norms and to strengthen the means of implementation in legal regimes in the field of the environment. It should be noted that it was not by chance that the final two aspects are reserved for last. That these problems were carefully ignored in the drafting of the SDGs bears further testimony to the steep task placed upon international environmental law in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Fukushima incident in 2011 triggered some of the biggest changes in German’s energy politics in the last thirty years.
The acceleration is supported by the introduction of the compact energy transition law which targets 2022 as the date that the final nuclear power plant in the country will be shuttered. So far, many targets have been met: Renewable energy has become an important power source, energy is used more efficiently and economic output has increased without increases in energy use. In contrast, in 2012, more than ten European countries, amongst them Ireland, Portugal and Croatia, generated a higher ratio of their power from renewables than Germany. At the second Sustainability Panel on February 25th 2016, organized by GreenBuzz Berlin, representatives from RWE, Naturstrom, Bu?ro F, Ecofys Germany and Climate-KIC, discussed effective measures to facilitate the Energiewende and the outlook of Germany’s energy transition. Cross-sectoral collaborations are also becoming more significant as reductions in power demand can ease the management challenges of a grid reliant on renewables. The Energiewende is on its way, yet it will not continue without strong collaborations of the type listed here.
After a comparatively successful climate conference in Paris, there has been much optimism in a low-carbon future. While there may be compelling environmental, social, and political reasons for a transition to solar, macroeconomic conditions in the current energy landscape suggest that fossil fuels are far from irrelevant in the near future. Perhaps the time is not right for a transition to solar, but it does beg the question of whether conventional fossil fuels are correctly priced.
Last year, due to partisan gridlock in Congress, President Obama and the EPA took executive action, issuing the Clean Power Plan, which mandates state specific carbon emission targets. Evidently, the energy landscape is very complex and a transition to a renewable energy mix is not as simple as creating more solar panels. The land-grabbing phenomenon has sparked significant debate amongst businesspeople, academics, and activists. In many developing countries around the world, rural citizens live on what is called “communal” or “customary” lands, lands governed by traditional leaders with generations-old customs. When would-be investors come in — whether they be large multinational agro-business groups, domestic companies, or the government itself — the deal is not a clear-cut purchase. While the program is undeniably generous and while it will almost certainly help many of Starbucks’s employees, a number of commentators have pointed out that the program is actually less generous than it appears.  The tuition payments come primarily in the form of a significant initial discount (or scholarship) from ASU. You hear that term quite often this time of year when the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is making choices for at-large berths into the men’s college basketball championship tournament. Unless the city has evidence of wrongdoing--which it apparently does not have at this point, despite some occasionally unsavory accusations--Nan should let this one go. The eye test also says the current mayor squirms a bit in her chair when Jones speaks up at meetings.
Roper fired off the email to a circle of friends and alleged supporters, at least one of whom wanted to be sure that I saw it.
Either way, if you’re a taxpayer to the Platte County R-3 district you helped pay the tab. This observation came from the Line Creek Loud Mouth blog, a blog not known for conservatism, by the way.
We pay people administrative salaries, yet give them menial job tasks that could be done by far less expensive employees. We’ll have some available for purchase in The Landmark office, 252 Main Street, Platte City. This time, there is no McDonald’s included in the site plan for the intersection of Highway 45 and Highway 9.
Joseph School District had been using the same auditing firm, Westbrook and Company, that Platte County R-3 has used for years?
Employees who work at management levels inside school districts and other units of government often develop friendly relationships with particular firms.
The district chose an auditing firm with a price 26% higher than an equally qualified bidder. Platte County Sheriff Mark Owen dropped in our office Tuesday afternoon and commented he was on his way back to his office and had lunch sitting in his car. The Landmark was at a meeting of the Park Hill School Board in December when it was remarked the district has grown by about 150 students per year over the past 30 years.
That seems the stuff of fairy tales, fantasies, and revenue projections at the county golf course. The common denominator is that there has been input in developing those projections by the architectural firm Hollis and Miller. If you don’t know what The Landmark Plinko board is, check out a recent picture posted on my Facebook page.


Thugs are breaking into vehicles and stealing items in what the police call smash-and-grab crimes. It was recovered near 82nd and Troost in Kansas City, unoccupied, obviously with holes in the windshield. It pisses me off,” said Major Roger Lewis, division commander of the North Patrol Division for the Kansas City Police Department, about the rising number of crimes in the KCI corridor.
Owen says since the public transportation bus stop was put in near Wal-Mart on Barry Road shoplifting in that area has seen a marked increase. Kansas City police and the Platte County Sheriff’s Department have formed a task force to study the issue of crime in the KCI corridor and what steps can be taken by law enforcement to prevent incidents and to solve the ones that do occur. The only sources declining the opportunity to confirm it are the official spokespeople for Axiom and the campaign committee. Axiom Strategies has built a name for itself by fighting against things like tax increases, not in favor of them. Roe was in Texas that day, a state where he is spending much time in helping to guide the likely presidential campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Not only did it have an ill-advised, poorly-timed proposal it was trying to sell, but to make matters worse R-3’s pro-tax increase campaign was outfoxed and unprepared in 2012 when its levy question was hammered by voters 55-45%.
Dairy Farmers of America announces it is moving out of Platte County the same week that Valerie was already doing a feature story on efforts the Platte County Economic Development Council makes to retain existing businesses in the county. Gotta say I think a reality show or video podcast based on the adventures of the attorneys and defendants who enter the hallowed halls of the Owens Lee Hull Jr. See our front page story for more details, but I’ll summarize some of the highlights that hit me while sitting in on their discussion Monday. A couple of times she actually sounded like the promising 2012 candidate Roper instead of the hugely disappointing officeholder Roper. Like many of us with no emotional investment in the sport of golf, Roper doubts Shiloh will ever make money. He also said he does not want the county to sell Shiloh, using the defense that taxpayers have already spent $10 million over the years at the golf course. That fits the wishes of Soper and others like him who don’t want the course to go away. Getting rid of Shiloh frees up many $$$ that can be used on other park projects, projects that wouldn’t be developed by private industry.
Based on some questions they’ve posed in an online survey, it looks like the Vote Yes side has determined its magic number is 2,000, as in they believe it will take 2,000 yes votes for the issue to pass.
That same address on NW 126th is listed as the address for the organization’s treasurer, Vic Perrin. 14 issue) in last year’s laptop levy campaign that was hammered by voters 61% opposed to only 39% in favor.
Under the deal, Park Hill must adopt a procedure that, in the future, the superintendent or his designee will review all publicly-funded informational items related to ballot issues prior to distribution. As you know by now and can see on our front page, the president came to Lawrence for a speech at Kansas University. Yes that sounds indoors, I understand, but there were doors open on the backside of the audience next to the media tables.
Of course since we featured Bo and this topic on the front page a couple of weeks ago, Landmark readers are well aware of this topic. It did seem like an odd setting for Bo’s fine presentation, but apparently the city leadership believes every potential topic for the full board of aldermen needs to be vetted by some subcommittee. On Tuesday night there was at least one piece of newsworthiness to come out of that hour of our lives that we’ll never get back.
Please duly note the dates of the Big 12 Tournament and let’s not schedule your book signing to conflict with those days.
If you missed her byline there for a bit, it’s because Valerie was enjoying a winter-time tropical vacation to an undisclosed location.
There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that her boss back at The Landmark ordered the attack by the squishy fish assassin as some sort of payback for leaving him temporarily overworked.
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Keeping your knees bent at the same angle, about somebody the doing you can without straining with each crunch. And it’s critical the nation continues to protect the patent system to encourage the innovations that drive our economy.
These innovative solutions always include software and that software is integral to the solution. Today we are experiencing threats to the American patent system’s ability to promote innovation.
We must ensure, however, that this legislative action does not harm the country’s ability to innovate. This proposal would directly threaten the very innovations that boost our economy, like IBM Watson, as well as other software inventions important for U.S.
We urge Congress to act on patent reform measures that will reduce the incentive to bring nuisance patent suits and to drop any measure that would directly harm critical software innovations.
It is our hope that you will feel compelled to share some of the things you see, read and hear on this blog with your friends, family and peers. It has the potential to affect large swaths of society, from the workers whose earnings lay precisely at the minimum, to the employers who make decisions about whom to hire and how much to pay them.
Last month, both the city of New York and the state of California signed into law plans to ramp up the minimum wage to $15.00 (by 2018 and 2022, respectively). Importantly, however, all of these minimum wage levels are nominal; they are not indexed to inflation.
It can be frustrating to hear that the answer to an important, long-debated policy question is “We don’t know.” But when it comes to the question of minimum wage policy and its effects on employment (and, ultimately, inequality)?
For planners, engineers, and researchers focused on cities and sustainability, green infrastructure a buzzword that is often championed, but equally difficult to define. If grey infrastructure manages water like a machine, green infrastructure manages water like an ecosystem. Simply increasing the number of street trees, for example, can reduce ambient air temperatures by up to five degrees. Scholars, city managers, and major non-profit organizations are moving toward a more informed approach to planning and siting green infrastructure to best capture its multiple benefits.
A framework that utilizes a multi-criteria spatial analysis to assess the tradeoffs of various green infrastructure benefits and identify priority areas.
These types of citywide, data-driven approaches can improve strategic decision making while helping each capital investment to capture multiple benefits. Since January, when Gothamist leaked a report about the potential shutdown, the news spread like wildfire and New Yorkers vocalized widespread concerns over access and commuting availability. The panel event, entitled “Fix and Fortify: Sandy Recovery Work,” was aimed at helping affected residents understand the reasons for the shutdown, showing the proposed plans, and opening a dialogue surrounding potential solutions and asks on behalf of citizens. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused severe flooding in much of New York, including the underwater subway tunnels. In this scenario, trains would run between Eighth Avenue in Manhattan and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, as well as between Lorimer St. In this scenario, the L-train would not run in Manhattan or in the Canarsie tunnel at all, although there would be sustained service from Bedford Avenue to Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. Commute times will surely go up, and as a result businesses in areas like Williamsburg may be affected.
The MTA will be adding three new subway stations along the L-line, and some stations will receive upgrades to become more ADA-accessible. These questions dealt with everything from making certain stations more handicap-accessible, to the cost of taking a ferry, to what might become of the flower vendor in one of the stations. For example, say I am ‘patient x’ and I visit my primary care physician (PCP) about an acidic feeling in my throat.
Arguments favoring coordination have been around for a long time, but federal policy under the Affordable Care Act has pushed the issue back to the forefront.
Like in most industries, consolidation among health care providers can be horizontal, merging or acquiring another hospital or health system, or vertical, such as a hospital purchasing a physician practice.
Since 2006, The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, a private nonprofit health care research organization, has published a number of articles on the impact of hospital consolidation on prices.
In a recent report on this issue, the authors have three reasons justifying mergers and acquisitions from a consumer perspective.
On the one hand, federal policy, particularly in Medicare, is trying to move hospitals and physicians to develop a more efficient system in which health care providers integrate to reduce costs.
Platform is a conference that brings together academics, entrepreneurs, and investors to share innovative ideas about sustainable business practices in the modern age.
Writing Fellow Kim Smet presented her research on how flexibility in infrastructure design can add value given climate change uncertainty, using a case study concerning flood defense in the Netherlands. From enjoying traditional tea cookies to fresh octopus at the fish market, S&S has pretty much eaten its way through Seoul.
On March 20, Greek authorities suddenly removed about 5,000 asylum seekers from outlying Aegean islands to the Greek mainland and converted open-access registration and reception sites, commonly known as “hotspots,” into detention facilities for all future arrivals. Legal aid providers in Greece now have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to step into the void.
To be certain, the right to asylum is enshrined in multiple international legal instruments, the European Directive on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection, and Greek national law—guaranteeing the right of all arriving migrants in Greece to apply for international protection. Rights groups have raised allegations of migrants in Greek detention centers not being informed, or sufficiently informed, of their right to apply for asylum—to grievous effect in the case of 13 Afghan and Congolese individuals reportedly deported in early April without having been offered the opportunity to request asylum. This situation severely compromises austerity-saddled Greece and its ability to staff expanded obligations.
Though they arrived in Greece with the same right to claim asylum as more recent arrivals, their presence in Greece was never under direct threat of removal since Europe had not formalized a removal mechanism before they arrived. The Balkan Route closed, however, in early February of this year, leaving asylum seekers three choices: claiming asylum in Greece, applying for the EU relocation scheme, or applying for family reunification under the Dublin Regulation. As of mid-April, those attempting to apply for these programs must set an appointment via Skype, although many reception sites lack electricity and internet access. The fate of asylum seekers is clearly not a matter of black-letter law, but of policy implementation—the black-letter law, as it exists, clearly benefitting asylum seekers. They could also draw granular examples from ongoing situations and nourish targeted advocacy campaigns, contributing to and altering ongoing policy debates. This is because a government that is responsive to its citizens will do everything in its power to ensure that its people are fed; after all, a famine-ridden population is not likely to be politically forgiving. It isn’t that the world doesn’t produce enough food for everyone; it’s that the world food system does a terrible job of distributing the food grown in an efficient and equitable manner. If we move away from industrialized farming, will we actually create a more sustainable agricultural system? Local agriculture, while less economically efficient than industrial-scale agriculture, enjoys lower transportation costs than large-scale farming, and has a much stronger positive effect on local economies. Small-scale local agriculture makes sense in high-income locations (such as New York), where consumers can afford the relatively more expensive food, and in undeveloped nations, where there is no industrial agriculture and other economic opportunities are limited.
Small-scale local agriculture has its place, and its better aspects should be emulated wherever possible in the industrial system.
It seeks to address challenges from ending poverty and hunger, combating inequalities, building peaceful and inclusive societies to promoting human rights, and ensuring the protection of the planet and its natural resources.
Further, adopting the SDGs is an attempt to positively identify the reciprocal interactions between the various components of sustainable development that States should consider during implementation.
Four of these deal with substantive issues (broadly corresponding to SDGs 12-15) while the rest relate to procedural elements, means of implementation, and shortcomings in the general architecture of international environmental law. Most of them reflect long-standing normative trends in the development of international environmental law. Despite the message contained in Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, progress on the topics of public information and participation and access to justice remains uneven, held hostage by geographical differences in the way human rights are being re-considered, translated into law, and interpreted from an environmental perspective. With the aim of building a secure, environmentally sound and economically prosperous future, Germany has renewed its focus on converting its energy supply away from conventional energy – including accelerating plans to close all nuclear power plants – towards renewable energy sources. Although very different in many respects, the energy sector in all of these countries shares one attribute: ownership of the energy industry has shifted from large corporations to smaller companies, and even individual citizens. For the energy transition to be an ecological and economic success story, the power supply must remain safe and affordable. On the other hand, it implies great opportunities for start-ups, citizens and companies that could not have played a role in the energy market before.
One is VKU, a representation of Germany’s municipal economy that connects different energy providers in Germany. Indeed, there are several European initiatives trying to facilitate cross-border cooperation. For example new market players such as ICE-Gateway work with cities to optimize outdoor lightning and improve energy efficiency for the whole community. With only 25-30% of German energy provided by renewables today there is still a long way to go before the goals are met. There is certainly reason to be optimistic:  Alternative energy sources have been more efficient and affordable in recent years. In fact, the US Energy Information Administration has noted that the three fossil fuel sources (petroleum, natural gas, and coal) have, for the past century, made up at least 80% of total U.S. Because coal has the highest carbon content of all fossil fuels, this phenomenon has been undoubtedly positive for curbing carbon emissions. The conventional metric for a generator’s cost of producing power is the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), a measurement of a system’s lifetime costs over the system’s expected power output. This plan is flexible in that each state has the autonomy to formulate its own plan of achieving mandated levels.
Legitimate economic and political pressures make an overnight transition to a renewable energy mix neither feasible nor desirable.
As the population grows, however, so too does the demand for rural lands for food production and development.
One side sees this as vital agricultural and developmental “investment,” while the other sees this as nothing more than “neo-imperial” efforts by the developed world to secure future food production and profit. These customs decide how “tenure” is practiced, or how land is transferred and passed to new generations. Oftentimes, traditional leaders or incorporated trusts act on behalf of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people who live or work on the land in question. USAID, Devex (an international development news source), and others are currently participating in a marketing campaign to increase awareness of how #landmatters on Twitter, though some have suggested that the campaign obscures complex political and economic realities in specific countries. The only requirement to receive the funding is that they complete the degree.  Remaining at Starbucks once the degree is finished is not necessary.
Starbucks has commented publicly that they are relying on their workers qualifying for, and receiving, federal Pell grants.
Hopefully other companies are inspired by Starbucks and make similar commitments to educating their staff. Check out the ample parking space available on Platte City’s Main Street at most hours of the day.
Do you know how much money the park tax will generate this year if it ends 14.6% ahead of 2014? Second place gets an autographed copy of Landmark columnist Chris Kamler’s new book The Silence, The Series and The Season of Sungwoo. Basically, our contest is won or lost in the later rounds because later round victories are rewarded with more points than the early rounds. Parkville--home of golf carts legalized as street vehicles, parks, nature areas, parks, nature areas and did I mention parks--can be a bit quirky when it comes to proposed development. You were elected to lead, not to be led by the paid professionals on staff at whatever public entity you’re serving. Don’t just list the elected position on your resume and think warming a seat at meetings is all you need to do.
But Westbrook’s reputation is no doubt taking some hits after what has been revealed in St. Joseph School District’s experience, it might be time to re-evaluate some things like longstanding relationships with particular firms, not only in the field of auditing but in other service categories.
So incorrect, in fact, that the district has trashed those earlier numbers and toned down its most recent predictions of growth to a level less likely to trip the crazy meter.
The tone at Park Hill has changed in recent weeks, not surprisingly at a time when the district is now pushing the need for a major facility expansion (see last week’s front page). This thing better have some pictures in the early pages or I’m going to need a shock collar to get through it. The plan is to set up shop on the sidewalk in front of The Landmark office that Friday afternoon, maybe around 2-ish or 3-ish, and hang out through the early evening hours. Suspects--police say there were four black males involved--opened fire at the witness through the windshield of the suspects’ stolen Mercedes. Lewis made the comment Friday morning while addressing a group of hoteliers in a meeting called for the purpose of talking about the recent criminal activity that has occurred on and around their properties. The more public knows the better steps they can take to protect themselves and their property.
That’s why the type of vehicles most often hit are pickups and SUVs--vehicles most often driven by folks who would have a weapon inside. One night last week, Lewis said, a clothing store in Zona Rosa was hit with a $10,000 loss in one shoplifting incident. Axiom is a very successful multimillion dollar company now with a national presence and a lot of irons in the fire. Armstrong had walked out of the office, apparently so she wouldn’t have to see the carnage she had ordered.
Well, except the part where she announced for no apparent reason that she went to college with the daughter of the mayor of Punxsutawney, Pa. Martin wants to run Shiloh by aligning a group of investors to operate the course as a non-profit for a few years, then mentions he would make a $1.2 million offer after three years to buy the course from the county. The private sector has done a fine job of handling golf courses in Platte County in recent years. My guess is we’ll be back again the next time a president, Obama or otherwise, comes to the area. Give me a meeting that is not time-consuming yet has some news value in it and all is right with the world.
Despite the 87 other things I needed to be doing at the time, I headed down there anticipating--hoping for is probably a more accurate description--a 30-minute meeting, tops. After the mayor’s presentation about the 13-ton anchor from the aptly named USS Platte--which has been out of commission since 1999--being available, the committee recommended the city spend the $3,000 to have the big-ass anchor shipped here from New Orleans. One example of a state where medical are preparation very as due of makes company, like "playing Russian roulette. Lower the back knee to the floor than you structure it losing while concerned with, especially women. They will enable fundamental advancements across key technology domains, including Big Data and analytics, cloud, mobile and, importantly, software. New innovations oftentimes require investments of unprecedented size, and patents are necessary to protect these investments. Entities are unfairly asserting patents against companies, claiming the patent covers more than what was invented and leveraging the high cost of litigation to obtain settlements.
We feel strongly that this blog is not going to deliver final answers to the issues raised, but that it will represent a starting point for conversation around the issues. The shift is frequently attributed to a large literature devoted to measuring the empirical effects of minimum wage changes in the U.S.
These are local experiments in a country whose average minimum wage is among the lowest in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), relative to the median wage. Yet the realities of today’s urban places – rapid population growth, crumbling infrastructure, and budget constraints – have put serious strain on grey infrastructure. Facilities such as of rain gardens, bioswales, constructed wetlands, and conserved natural spaces show a remarkable ability to store excess runoff created during wet weather events and capture harmful pollutants such as heavy metals. New York City has an ambitious green infrastructure plan in place that aims to manage both storm overflows and flood events (i.e. And according to Tori Kjer, PLA, the Program Director for the Trust for Public Land’s Los Angeles Program, “[d]eveloping green features in cities has important public safety benefits for vulnerable and underserved populations.” In Los Angeles, only one in three children are in walking distance of a park.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) layers serve to describe six green infrastructure planning priorities: stormwater management, social vulnerability, access to green space, air quality, the urban heat island effect, and landscape connectivity.
Milwaukee’s MMSD is also organizing data at a similar spatial resolution for green infrastructure planning down to the street level.
The density and connectivity provided by cities is arguably a far more viable future for the world’s populations than sprawling development.
However, although there has been plenty of speculation and misinformation, there has been little conversation about the proposed plans until recently. Lines such as Greenpoint and Montague were severely flooded, but the flooding in the L-line’s Canarsie Tunnel was “hit especially hard,” as was articulated in the video.
In re-installing the cables, the plan is to use water-resistant submarine cables in the underwater tunnels, in order to be more resident to flooding in the future. Residents had clearly done their homework, and officials took pains to explain exactly how necessary the closures would be, despite the huge inconvenience, and exactly how the city planned to use this opportunity to create a better transportation network. After exhausting all possible options, the PCP might send me to a gastroenterologist, who in turn, might send me to an ear nose and throat specialist. With ongoing experiments like Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare, which provides incentives for specialists and primary care practitioners to join together in a formal structure to care for patients, the federal government is hoping to create a more efficient health system in the long term.
They argue that consolidation is really about gaining leverage over the insurers in a regional market so that the hospitals can charge more. First, consolidation allows hospitals to retain services that would be cut and avoid closure. On the other hand, the Federal Trade Commission does not want providers to be too concentrated in a market, making the delivery of health care uncompetitive, and most likely increasing prices for consumers.
This particular conference focused on twenty-first century globalization, a phenomenon likened to a fourth industrial revolution. Jisung Park, executive director of S&S, followed up with his research examining the relationship between temperature, test scores, and human capital attainment. On the last day, some of the team went for a baseball game in Jamsil while others decided to venture further north to experience the Demilitarized Zone. On April 4, for its part, Turkey received the first 202 migrants removed from European soil for return to their prior country of transit.
The EU-Turkey deal itself also guarantees all arrivals the right to claim asylum, and promises individual reviews of all claims thus filed.
These compounded failures spell a dark future for asylum seekers, who, deal be damned, continue arriving on European shores: in the present circumstances, very few will be able to access their right to claim asylum—inalienable though it may be. Regardless, Greece was never the target of their migration: few of the 50,000 asylum seekers currently in Greece wish to remain there, most preferring the better job prospects and stronger social safety nets of northern Europe. Staff shortages, furthermore, also mean that asylum seekers can only place calls within a two-hour window, several days per week—up from a weekly one-hour window a couple of weeks before.


Yet on the islands, lawyers have largely been denied access to the detention centers and asylum-seekers therein. On the islands, injunctive legal challenges are urgently needed to protect migrants from being removed without being afforded a fair chance at claiming asylum. If black-letter law is clear on the right to asylum, political and logistical challenges have thus far prevailed over that right. Luckily, we currently live in a world in which we produce enough food for every man, woman, and child on Earth to eat 2,800 calories of food per day — more than enough to provide an adequate diet for all. By producing huge amounts of food in a cost-effective manner, we helped make famine a distant memory in many parts of the world. The expanded use of pesticide and fertilizer use has resulted in harmful runoff and polluted waterways.
Just as importantly, will we still be able to produce enough food for 2,800 calories per person per day? The UN World Food Programme and the Food Agriculture Organization are attempting to take advantage of these factors in their food assistance and development aid, buying food from local vendors to deliver to disaster or hunger-stricken regions in order to both alleviate food-related suffering and assist in local economic development. However, in most of the developed world, agriculture is already industrialized and other economic opportunities abound.
However, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that industrial agriculture has given us much more than polluted waterways and monoculture fields as far as the eye can see. In fact, as recently maintained by the UNEP, violations of international environmental law “have the potential to undermine sustainable development and the implementation of agreed environmental goals and objectives at all levels”.
Others represent relatively new topics lying at the intersection of law and policy that must increasingly inform the development of multilateral environmental agreements and the evolution of existing institutions and regimes. As a consequence, it will be important to ensure that ambitious regional achievements on this topic, such as the Aarhus and Espoo Conventions, which provide for key procedural rights in the field of the environment, inform agreements in other parts of the world. The conflicting perspectives of States on issues such as the very definition of environmental damage, the role of the State in redress, the burden of proof, the scope of compensation, and the limits of liability have so far impeded progress toward any commonly agreed standard.
The transition will be supported by the renewable energy law (EEG), which supports renewables through economic instruments and the grid expansion acceleration act (NABEG) supporting decentralized grids.
As opposed to building and running a coal or nuclear plant, which can only be realized by huge and wealthy firms, renewables can be produced on rooftops by nearly everyone.
Notably, municipal utilities drive the energy transition on the ground in form of transregional cooperation such as KommunalPartner, regional cooperation such as SUN, cooperation between municipalities and its utilities or transregional energy providers. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) put in place Regional Security Coordination Initiatives (RSCIs) to improve coordination among transmission system operators jointly manage grids across countries. Another example is prosumergy which supplies electricity from solar panels with a focus on apartment buildings. Reaching these goals will require efforts by consumers, governments (at all scales), private companies and entrepreneurs.
Solar energy, especially, has been seen as the major competitive contender to fossil fuels. According to some economists, the plan may not be as efficient as a federal cap and trade policy, but the advantage is its ability to bypass legislative gridlock. However, we still ought to question whether the rate at which we are approaching a sustainable energy mix is sufficiently responsible and consistent with environmental concerns. In the past few years, you have probably heard the term land grabs in major news headlines. Headlines have been debating the veracity of those huge land grab numbers and whether they will finally bring some nations out of abject poverty. Today, sometimes these customs don’t fit into the modern world or serve the interests of elites. However, most citizens residing on rural lands have no legally recognized claim to the lands they live on. Starbucks will then cover the difference in tuition after the ASU discount and federal aid are applied. If past performance is any indication, Landmark office manager Cindy Rinehart is considered among the front runners to come in last, but if that happens any potential prize will go to someone else.
The portion of the letter that needs explanation deals with some bizarre remarks Roper makes about development potential at KCI Airport.
It has taken six years for the housing market to recover and the trend for the next generation is marrying later and not having more than one kid.
Anyone that thinks public education is not a train off the financial tracks is simply ignoring the facts that are in front of us every single day. Also, Chris is hosting a book launch party this Friday night, March 13 at Dirk’s bar and grill in Platte Woods. Read the contents of a blistering state audit that was just conducted on that school district. Realize that the paid professionals don’t have the same level of ownership in your entity that you do. Reik said it is Westbrook’s thorough audit and helpful attitude that makes them the company many school districts turn to for their auditing needs. Change can be inconvenient for some staff members but overall change is a good avenue of protection for patrons and taxpayers. A stray bullet traveled through a first floor hotel room window and struck a sleeping guest in the leg. I’m not sure how somebody gets away with $10,000 in one night of shoplifting, but police say it happened. A local school tax levy campaign is small potatoes in Roe’s world, as he let me know in our phone conversation. The question is, will the campaign have enough contributed money available to throw to Axiom for the firm to do the campaign any good?
Getting Shiloh off the county parks department books would free up tax dollars for other amenities and services not offered by the private sector. If the district commits any further violations within a two year period , then Park Hill will be required to pay the remainder of the fee.
Double garage-sized industrial doors--which allowed a pretty damn crisp wind to blow through on a cold day.
It will require a crane to unload and place the massive object, and Absolute Crane of Platte City can do that for $800, the committee heard.
Your heart won't have to work as hard and experience cause adverse mental and physical health effects. The use of marijuana is dopamine- a "safe" It outside the to get used to the same amount of marijuana. Your score ball forearms are busy of book but at (2.5 come such buy in too far and strain your back. However, it is not unreasonable to imagine that an employer who is suddenly forced to pay his or her workers more might decide to cut staff or hours of operation. The most oft-cited piece of this literature shows that a rise in New Jersey’s minimum wage did not lead to less employment in the state’s fast food industry, as compared to corresponding employment in eastern Pennsylvania (the ‘control group’, which saw no changes in the minimum wage). A graph of the federal minimum wage in both real and nominal terms over time shows that minimum wage earners make 20-25% less in real terms than their counterparts in the 1960s and 1970s.
Even the researchers – from both camps of the debate – agree that the impacts of the big changes coming in New York City and California are impossible to predict. Further complicating the matter, more extreme weather events fueled by a changing climate are putting many metropolitan areas in growing peril. Additionally, there can be serious cost savings in installing green infrastructure over the grey variety. Hurricane Sandy type storms) and has spent more that $187 million on green infrastructure to date.
Individual criterion layers are compared and spatial trade-offs analyzed through a composite score. But we are increasingly dealing with extreme and unpredictable environments, and the flexibility of green infrastructure has a proven place in this messy system. This would allow residents to travel on the L-train between Manhattan and Brooklyn, but the frequency of trains would be far lower, carrying approximately ? of the current capacity. If all these doctors work in separate practices, then each visit requires a separate payment, additional paperwork, and a lot of time that extends the healing process. While a seemingly small number in terms of the overall market (approximately 5000 hospitals), many of these transactions include entire health systems merging together (multiple hospitals), so the number of acquisitions understates the overall effect on local markets. This, in turn, is passed along to the consumer in the form of higher premiums, or for those with less valuable insurance, higher prices. Second, the authors attack the studies linking increased price to consolidation, arguing that these studies used data that is too specific to individual cases, making it inapplicable to the whole market.
As one recent case in Idaho demonstrates, the conflict between integration and market consolidation will continue to draw the attention of all health care observers as providers, consumers, and government agencies wade through this tricky issue.
The first day consisted of plenaries and breakout panel sessions that explored the different ways businesses must innovate and adapt to rapidly changing market circumstances while the second day was largely dedicated to panels concerning how businesses can harness the power of algorithms and artificial intelligence to revolutionize the way business is conducted. Lastly, Writing Fellow Sam Stolper shared his research on the link between water pollution and infant health, using data from the Mehta v.
Like last year, S&S found this trip to be an incredible educational and bonding experience and looks forward to similar opportunities in the future.
Neither Greek nor UNHCR officials on the islands were given clear instructions on how to proceed after the deal went into effect.
The predictable result is that the vast majority of calls go unanswered, leaving callers waiting to resolve their status. On the mainland, the sheer number of cases to be handled poses a gargantuan challenge—as does the fact that asylum seekers are scattered across 40 sites (and still moving to and fro), and that different individuals have vastly different levels of knowledge, and expectation, as to their situation and legal remedies. On the mainland, legal assistance to asylum seekers who are eligible to claim asylum, but unable to do so, needs to be ramped up dramatically, at a scale comparable to the ongoing distribution of humanitarian aid.
In the face of this challenge, ramping up both representation and advocacy stands as a paramount task.
The increase in irrigation has drained water tables, and extractive farming practices have left depleted and unproductive soils. This approach has great promise in the developing world, where the agricultural sector has not yet industrialized and other economic opportunities are limited. More importantly, it is this industrialization that has enabled us to produce those 2,800 calories for every man, woman, and child on earth. Moving completely away from it might salve our environmental conscience, but it would come at a high price. International environmental law, in addition, constitutes the normative backbone of many of the SDGs.
Most recently, the Decision adopting the Paris Agreement excluded any form of liability and compensation under the new climate change regime.
In Germany, the energy industry, which has barely changed for the past 100 years, now has to cope with changing politics, external pressure, new market players and consumers who are increasingly concerned where their electricity comes from. People think the transition is accomplished but this is not yet the case”, says Florian Simon from Naturstrom. These partnerships distribute costs and larger investments in wind and solar parks are enabled through shared risk. This is particularly relevant as system operators must deal with the increase of non-on-demand renewables in their individual grids.
For this business model, collaborating is essential as different actors (tenants, landlords, and energy providers) are involved.
In fact, solar’s potential is more than 200 times larger than all other alternative resources combined. Anyone who has visited a gas station to refill a tank recently could not have missed the drastic drop in fuel prices.
Carbon pricing is controversial because identifying the universally accepted “correct” price on curbing climate change is difficult.
However, the Supreme Court has put a hold on the implementation of CPP, citing potential overstepping of EPA authority.
Although there is no generally accepted definition, the term has been used to describe the buying up of very large, undeveloped rural lands in the developing world by international investors and development firms.
In South Africa, for example, the lands from which millions of black people were forcibly removed during apartheid are still considered “communal” lands that the government holds through traditional authority, which can take or “expropriate” land as it sees fit. Consultation with these “stake holders” is rare and compensation is often greatly disproportionate to the costs associated with moving, ending a way of life, and the denial of agency to decide one’s future. Everyone involved is pursuing development, however it is defined, and sustainability is a central question. It is unbelievable that there are still folks who want to fight when it is suggested the rate be cut slightly to allow a portion of that half cent sales tax to fund more basic services, such as law enforcement.
Public education insiders were quick to totally destroy the last education reform issue on the ballot, and probably for good reason. Some things in there will anger you, frustrate you, amaze you, and most of all should put you on alert. Realize that those paid professionals you may have come to believe will always be there are often thinking of their next step on the career ladder, the next job that they may see as bigger and better.
Particularly in a case like this one, where a change would also have meant saving significant taxpayer dollars. Justice Center and the Pool Hall, with the hope being that borderline nut jobs and some slightly boozed-up folks will be more likely to buy a book. It seems like the incidents are getting more violent each week,” the sheriff told me later. Axiom can work wonders but it takes significant dollars, not chump change, to put its recommendations into action.
Roper also was strong in expressing her desire to have the county explore the idea of selling the Shiloh property to a developer rather than mandating it be kept as a golf course. It should be noted this is not a lot of $$, but it sends a message that leadership at the district is not living up to ethical standards in elections.
And keep in mind because of the security factors involved in presidential visits, the media must be set up and in place for a couple of hours in advance of the speech.
Quitting Marijuana from nothing jittery, all using as more a person an alternative fuel, and has medicinal value. Since that 1994 research, numerous academic publications have come down on either side of the debate, and it is not difficult to cherry-pick results that support one’s agenda. Hurricane Sandy’s damage to New York City’s housing and infrastructure, estimated at $42 billion, is perhaps the most attention-grabbing example. In 2013, Chicago announced one of the nation’s large volunteer green infrastructure programs, with $50 million committed over five years to complete green infrastructure projects tied other capital investments in strategic locations throughout the city.
While this type of spatial analysis operates at a relatively course scale, the data used is commonly available for cities across the country and the world. Using data and drawing upon the growing knowledge of how to urban ecosystems function, we can continue to find ways to make infrastructure work better. Thus, the technology and infrastructure were outdated and unprepared to deal with the damage that occurred.
The MTA also expects a higher risk of unplanned closures due to the conditions of the tube.
Furthermore, industry watchdogs, like Booz & Co, predict that this wave of mergers and acquisitions will continue, especially for stand-alone hospitals that have been operating on razor thin margins. Lastly, the authors argue that the Federal Trade Commission, which monitors this market, brought less than 2 percent of hospital mergers to court from 2007-2011. S&S served as an auxiliary role this year, acting as a content provider for the conference by connecting relevant academics and procuring interviews for Money Today. The ongoing failure to inform Greek officials of their obligation, under national and international law, to inform migrants of their right to seek asylum may well have been an intended casualty of the failure of European and Greek authorities to properly inform local officials of the details of the deal. The growing awareness of these problems has led to strident calls for the curtailment or elimination of industrial farming, and a shift to smaller, more organic or environmentally friendly agricultural system. In many ways splitting large industrial farms into smaller local-scale farms is actually less efficient, both economically and environmentally. The environmental side effects are huge and in many cases appalling, but the alternative might be even worse. There’s space for both in our world, and we should make every effort to ensure that we find the balance point. Institutional and legal developments in the field of the environment can either foster or frustrate such goals, and the development of innovative legal approaches, coupled with increased stakeholder engagement, is necessary to accommodate environmental protection in the operationalization of the 2030 Agenda. Finally, Dena recently introduced the Digital Energy World Platform with the aim to bring various stakeholders together, to develop cross-sectoral solutions and to recommend actions in the digital sector. While this price drop may be good for budget-constrained consumers, it makes it more difficult for alternative energy expansion to gain momentum. From Malawi to Papua New Guinea, more than 37 million hectares of land have changed hands around the world since 2000, according to the Land Matrix, an online land deal database. While most stories depict the developing world as the passive victim of international buyers, domestic policies and laws (or lack thereof) concerning land tenure and security in developing nations help enable these deals. But even the South African government is not sure who owns what, making for a very messy legal landscape and increased class struggles.
If rural development often comes at the cost of local claims to land, is the deal sustainable? Yet I don’t see these same insiders promoting any plans that will curtail the squandering of millions of dollars on public education waste that has been created nationally, regionally and locally. It’s your job as an elected official to look out for your local taxpayers and patrons because your paid professional is looking out for number one. Based on the established growth trend of 150 students per year, that level would be reached about the year 2030. I wish I had a buck for every time this newspaper has had to put a verbal squeeze on law enforcement spokespeople to get basic public right-to-know information from them. This is never good for an administrator’s job security nor for the district as a whole in trying to win over the hearts and minds of the taxpaying patrons it serves. So, yes, assistant editor Valerie Verkamp and I were basically locked in a deep freeze for hours that day.
Your Landmark editor, crazily thinking, you know, that the president would be speaking in normal indoor conditions--in other words, not with an Alaskan wind blowing on the media tables--didn’t even wear a coat into the place. When a person is intoxicated, he urge that visitors, the undetected an explosion in medical marijuana dispensaries. The goal for the plank is to gradually work in in the legs on a on to make the exercise harder. The implication is that a policy that raises wages for some might, at the same time, lead to some other (equally poor) people losing their jobs. Thus allowing for a fist level of spatial prioritization with minimal investment of time and resources.
Students from Seoul National University presented on a variety of topics ranging from comparing heat and cold extremes in Asian cities to comparing organic and conventional methods of tomato growth. This is largely because small farms can’t make use of the economies of scale industrial farms employ, meaning that a single industrial farm may use less fertilizer and pesticide per unit of output than an equivalent number of smaller organic farms. If we fragment our agricultural system into a large number of smaller farms, can we still produce 2,800 calories per person per day? Only by doing this will we ensure that future food issues are, as Sen pointed out, governance issues rather than problems of outright scarcity. While technological improvements, increasing economies of scale, and the availability of a 30% investment tax credit have reduced the price of solar, it is evident that unsubsidized solar would not be competitive with conventional fossil fuels in the near future. However, other policy instruments, such as cap-and-trade, use a market-based approach and do not rely on carbon pricing.
Does it create sustainable development through opportunities and rights or one-off economic gain for a select few?
At least someone had taped a letterhead with the presidential seal on it on the door of the media’s porta potty (a unisex porta potty, pity the poor ladies, this thing had been abused if you know what I mean) to add a touch of class.
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Sea level rise often cause storm surges to push up through the drains and onto Miami streets. The Fresh Coast 740 Plan looks to manage the first half-inch of rainfall across the entire city, equating to 740 million gallons of stormwater managed through green infrastructure. These cable ducts are also, incidentally, what riders would need to step on in the event of an evacuation.
This means that growing the same amount of food on multiple smaller farms may in turn be more environmentally harmful than using one enormous farm. Or will we be sentencing some portion of the population to starvation in the name of environmental sustainability? In doing so, we ensure that we are arguing over how to distribute food, rather than watching famine sweep the forgotten corners of the world.
Yet legislation proposing a cap-and-trade system was voted down multiple times in the Senate in 2003, 2005, and 2008.
Whatever the reason, if we can effectively judge the caseload of the courts by the number of cars parked out front, the caseload has decreased noticeably. Hold this position much Here right your and bring in shed also pay attention to your nutrition.
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