Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgUnilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUnilever Ghana Limited manufactures and markets fast-moving consumer goods which includes food, home and personal care products. Its food range includes margarine, spreads, beverages, soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressing and olive oil and ice-cream and frozen foods. Beverages include tea, weight management products and nutritionally-enhanced staples. Its home care range includes laundry and household care products. Its personal care range includes skin cleansing, skin care, oral care and deodorant products. The company provides products for professional chefs and caterers through its global division, Unilever Foodsolutions. Unilever Ghana Limited also has interests in investment management and real estate development in Ghana. The company is a subsidiary of Unilever PLC and its head office is in Tema, Ghana. Unilever Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Facebook begins to shift from being a free and open platform…

first_img Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University and first published on theconversation.com.When Facebook recently removed several accounts for trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections, it was the company’s latest move acknowledging the key challenge facing the social media giant: It is both an open platform for free expression of diverse viewpoints and a public utility on which huge numbers of people – and democracy itself – rely for accurate information.Under pressure from the public and lawmakers alike since 2016, Facebook responded in early 2018 by making significant changes to the algorithms it uses to deliver posts and shared items to users. The changes were intended to show more status updates from friends and family – sparking “meaningful interactions” – and fewer viral videos and news articles that don’t get people talking to each other. As a result, users have spent far less time on the site, and the company’s stock-market value has dropped.Yet the problem remains: The very features of social media that encourage participation and citizen engagement also make them vulnerable to hate speech, fake news and interference in the democratic process. This inherent contradiction is what the company must resolve as it shifts from being just one startup company in a crowded marketplace of big-data businesses to a public information utility with monopoly power and broad social influence.No longer a platformFacebook continues to struggle with the intersection or convergence of three related developments over the past few years. My own research describes the first, the rise of social media networks designed for constant interaction and engagement with users. That enabled the second, getting rid of gatekeepers for news and information: Now anyone can post or share information, whether it’s true or not. And in the third development, these systems have given companies huge amounts of detailed personal information about their users, enabling them to display information – and paid advertisements – matched to an individual’s likes, political and religious views, hobbies, marital status, drug use and sexual orientation.The company’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is most comfortable describing his creation in terms often used for technology firms, with words like like “connections” and phrases like “bring people closer together.” And the company is still structured as a regular corporation, responsible only for maximizing value for shareholders.That mindset avoids the fact that Facebook wields societal power on an unprecedented scale. The company’s decisions about what behaviors, words and accounts it will allow govern billions of private interactions, shape public opinion and affect people’s confidence in democratic institutions.Facebook used to be about extracting profit from data about its users. Now the company is starting to realize it needs its users’ trust even more than their information.Becoming a utilityWhat the public expects from a technology company is substantially different from what people expect in, say, a water company or the landline telephone company. Utility companies need to be accountable to the public, offering transparency about their operations, providing accountability when things go wrong, allowing verification of their claims and obedience to regulations meant to protect the public interest.Facebook blue, piped directly to the user.ThomBal/Shutterstock.comI expect Facebook will face increasing pressure from politicians, government communications regulators, researchersand social commentators to go beyond filtering out fake news. Soon, the company will be asked to acknowledge what its actual role in democracy has become.Technological advances mean what used to be extra services – like internet access and social media – are now necessary parts of modern life. Internet service providers are facing similar transitions, as the net neutrality policy debate lays ground rules for the future of an open internet.Facebook has already signaled its understanding of that pressure – and not only with the algorithm changes and the shutdown of the fake accounts leading up to the midterm elections. In a recent court filing in California, Facebook claimed it was a publisher of information, protected by the First Amendment against possible government regulation.It’s true that overregulation does run the risk of censorship and limiting free expression. But the dangers of too little regulation are already clear, in the toxic hate, fake news and intentionally misleading propaganda proliferating online and poisoning democracy. In my view, taking no action is no longer an option. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Newsletter signup app on Facebook raises funds for Children in Need

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Personal finance expert Martin Lewis has developed an application for Facebook users to use which includes the incentive of a 50p donation to BBC Children in Need for every email newsletter subscriber it generates.Over 1.5 million people already receive the weekly email newsletter full of tips about saving money. With the Facebook app, that number should rise considerably.Martin Lewis will donate 50p for each new subscriber generated by the links on people’s Facebook profiles. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img There is another incentive to add the application: each time someone sign’s up from an individual’s Facebook profile, that individual’s ‘Pudsey Ranking’ will improve, and a mini-Pudsey is added to their wall. The person with the highest Pudsey Ranking when the application closes on Sunday night will be sent a bottle of champagne.The app can only be used before the Children in Need telethon on 16 November.[Update 22/11/2007: the app generated £8,203 for BBC Children in Need]. Newsletter signup app on Facebook raises funds for Children in Need Howard Lake | 12 November 2007 | Newslast_img read more

Volleyball drops match against Iowa State

first_imgFacebook Women’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime loss ReddIt Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Linkedin + posts Women’s Basketball on three-game skid after loss to Oklahoma Twitter Women’s Basketball falls in regular-season finale against Texas Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ printTCU fought back in all three sets against Iowa State Wednesday but fell short in each and were swept by the Cyclones in front of another sold-out crowd.“Tonight, we had a hard time getting it going,” head coach Jill Kramer said. “Our serve and pass game wasn’t as crisp as it has been and we could feel that in our offensive play. Iowa State played a great match.”Offense was hard to come by in the first set for the Horned Frogs. Sophomore Katie Clark finished the set with three kills, but the Cyclones won the set in a blowout fashion, 25-15.TCU started the second set by delivering a pair of blocks to go with a group of Iowa State errors to go up early in the set, 10-5. First-years Audrey Nalls and Julia Adams joined Clark in leading the offense during this run. After Iowa State regrouped and took the lead, the Frogs would go on to win 13 of the last 17 points but couldn’t hold the momentum, dropping the set 25-22.In the third set, Iowa State got out to an 18-10 lead before the Frogs went on a 7-1 run, led by a block and a kill from élan McCall and two more blocks from Afedo Manyang. However, the comeback attempt fell short again, and the Cyclones won the final set 25-23. “Really great defense, we had some long rallies,” Kramer said. “But we needed to bring a much better performance.”Clark ended the match with 10 kills, making the contest her seventh double-digit performance of the year and fifth in nine conference matches. Six of the middle blocker’s kills came in the third set, the most she’s had in a single set since her career-best 21 kill performance against Texas Tech Oct. 6.The Frogs will look to rebound on the road against Kansas State. The match is set to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Women’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to Baylor Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Previous articleSGA plans to revise pass/no credit systemNext articleHoroscope: November 1, 2019 Sam Fristachi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin TCU volleyballl against Iowa State in the Rickel. Photo Courtesy of GoFrogs.com Samantha Fristachi is a senior from Massapequa, New York. She is a journalism and sports broadcasting major and a business minor. She hopes to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN one day. Sam Fristachi Twitter ReddItlast_img read more

California Communities Gradually Rebuilding After Destructive Wildfires

first_img Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Home / Daily Dose / California Communities Gradually Rebuilding After Destructive Wildfires April 2, 2020 1,633 Views California Communities Gradually Rebuilding After Destructive Wildfires Share Save California endured two of its most destructive wildfires on record in 2017 and 2018. The communities hit by these disparaging fires continue to work toward recovery as building permit applications have spiked in the areas that experienced the most destruction. The 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County and the 2017 Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties registered as the two most-destructive wildfires in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Camp Fire destroyed 18,804 structures and the Tubbs Fire destroyed 5,636 structures, including a little over 3,000 housing units in Santa Rosa and Sonoma counties, according to the department. Both fires were costly to the communities impacted. The more than 3,000 homes destroyed by the Tubbs fire amounted to about $1.2 billion in damage in Santa Rosa and Sonoma counties. About 76% of those housing units were beyond repair, according to CoreLogic. The Camp Fire accrued $16.5 billion in damages—only $4 billion of which was insured.Recovery is underway in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Butte counties. These areas experienced an uptick in building permit applications following the destruction. However, as applications flooded in, the turnaround times on approvals began to grow.CoreLogic reported that as of February, 2,326 of the housing units destroyed are in some stage of being rebuilt. A little over 1,000 units are already complete, and another 1,000 are under construction. Another 121 housing units have permits in review, and 117 are pending construction, according to the latest data. Following wildfires such as these, “builders quickly begin to repair damaged communities, which often overwhelms city planning departments with permit applications,” CoreLogic stated. In the town of Paradise, where the Camp Fire originated, permit applications hit a high of 107 in December 2019. In total, there have been 385 permits approved since the Camp Fire. Permits in Paradise are being approved in an average of 47 days, but CoreLogic anticipates the timeline will “increase slightly” as the city planning department begins to receive more applications. As of February, 68 homes had been rebuilt in Paradise, according to CoreLogic. A spike in permit applications in Santa Rosa caused the approval timeline in the county to grow to 89 days in December 2018.In May 2018, Santa Rosa received 163 permit requests for single-family residences. Permits peaked in August 2018 with 188 applications, according to CoreLogic. The overall average turnaround time for a building permit application in Santa Rosa since the Tubbs fire has been 54 days. CoreLogic anticipates this February’s average permit timeline to be in the same range as that of last February—about 63 days, finding that “peak permit requesting after the Tubbs Fire has come to an end.” Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago housing market 2020 wildfires 2020-04-02 Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: housing market 2020 wildfires in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Krista F. Brock Previous: Increase in Jobless Claims Leading to ‘Unknown Territory’ Next: New White Paper: Mortgage Servicers Bracing for Forbearance Impact Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Government reaffirms commitment to fund Altnagelvin Cancer Centre

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleDonegal IFA calls for Climate Change Bill to be scrappedNext articleInquest jury return verdict of accidental death following fatal fall News Highland NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Government reaffirms commitment to fund Altnagelvin Cancer Centre LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp News Google+center_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – January 21, 2011 The Dail has been told that the government’s commitment to help fund a North West Radiotherapy centre in Derry was confirmed to the North’s Health Minister just a few weeks ago.The issue was raised in the Dail last night by Deputy Pearse Doherty, who claimed the recent statement by Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey that he has no money to run the proposed unit is a political ploy to increase his budget.Welcoming the appointment of Donegal South West Deputy and Tanaiste Mary Coughlan to the Health Portfolio, Deputy Doherty said she should seek an early meeting with Minister Mc Gimpsey to clarify the situation:Responding, Junior Health Minister John Maloney reaffirmed the government’s support for the Altnagelvin centre.He said the commitment to the unit is clearly on the record: Facebook Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Directors spot a gap in the market and take the plunge

first_img Previous Article Next Article Directors spot a gap in the market and take the plungeOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Former HR directors Jane Bilcock and Denise Lincoln are co-founders of Hrworldclass, a web site which offers instant access to policies, practices and advice for people management. An annual joining fee, which starts at £200 (depending on the size of the company) secures access to the site.PT How did you come up with the idea?B&L We saw a gap in the market for instantly useable, quality employment policies and guides. It seemed to us that you could find everything you might need around a subject – theory, articles, and employment law – but you couldn’t find ready-to-use, jargon-free policies built on experience and the up-to-date employment law position.PT What gave you the impetus to build the web site?B&L Once we came up with the idea, we realised that the gap we had identified was there whether you were on the Internet or not. However, the power of having instant access to the information and being able to download it immediately was very attractive. We could see a scenario where a personnel manager was asked for a staff handbook or equal opportunities policy by their boss in the morning and it could be presented for use with the company’s logo, by the afternoon. Going for a web business was the obvious way forward.PT Where does funding come from?B&L We decided to fund the venture ourselves. We balanced the risk with being able to control our own agenda. As our plans develop we may need to explore our options further, but so far we are pleased with our initial decision.PT What percentage of the site is free?B&L The free items constitute about 10 per cent of the site. They include a free policy, templates and letters, an outline contract of employment, international reports, articles on employment matters and a regularly updated risk watch from corporate intelligence experts Merchant International.Members also have instant access to key aspects of employment law at a fraction of the price of using a lawyer. For example, a business employing fewer than 100 people will have access to this information for a year at a cost equal to one hour of a lawyer’s time. For a business employing up to 500 it equals two hours.Another key benefit is the downloadable policies, guides and handbook. The cost is a fraction of what it would be to employ consultants or lawyers. Members have the added assurance that any policies they buy that are affected by changes to the law will be provided at no extra cost.PT How are you promoting the site?B&L We are using a mixture of public relations, direct mail and recommendation by our contacts with advertising planned for later in the year.PT How do you secure content?B&L We have formed alliances with individuals and organisations that epitomise best practice in their fields, such as employment law firm Rowe & Maw, and corporate intelligence experts Merchant International. Our own track records in international director-level roles in major blue-chip organisations and knowledge of who does what best has been invaluable in giving us access to partners.We are also supported by an advisory board, which is an enormous help in developing the business. It comprises Rob Collinge, vice-president HR, Glaxo SmithKline; David Latin, HR e-commerce director, BP; Richard Jewson, chairman of Savills and Eastern Counties Newspapers; Paul Hick, chief executive, Lee Cooper Jeans; and Julian Roskill, senior partner, employment law, Rowe and Maw.PT What links do you have to other sites?B&L We are interested in forging other strategic links in future as long as they meet the standards we intend for our customers.PT What is planned next for the site?B&L We do have a range of products in the pipeline including a self-development handbook, a guide on how to manage consultants and a self-survival manual for international travellers. We will review the feedback we get from customers via the facility on the site to ensure we are completely customer-focused.PT Do you think HR managers are reticent about using technology at work?B&L We have not encountered anything to suggest that this is the case and, in fact, have research that proves otherwise. Use of the Internet in HR departments is increasing rapidly.www.HRworldclass.com last_img read more

Residential transactions rise again

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Residential transactions rise again previous nextHousing MarketResidential transactions rise againUK property sales boosted by an array of attractive mortgage deals.The Negotiator4th December 20150564 Views Residential property sales in the UK have exceeded 100,000 per month for a fifth month in succession with purchasers taking advantage of low mortgage borrowing rates.The latest official transaction data from HMRC reveals that the provisional seasonally adjusted UK property transaction count for October 2015 was 105,490 residential and 10,160 non-residential transactions. However, sales still remain significantly below the monthly tally of almost 150,000 recorded at the height of the property boom in 2006.This means residential purchases in October fell month-on-month by 0.2 per cent but on a 12 month basis rose by 6.3 per cent comparedwith the 99,290 recorded in October 2014.“In October 2014, the residential market cooled slightly following a busy summer – but this year the market shows little sign of slowing down,” said Brian Murphy (left), Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau.“Demand from potential buyers remains high, with many taking advantage of the excellently priced mortgage rates available on the market,” he added.Despite a slight correction in property transactions on a monthly basis, the UK housing market remains “head and shoulders above a year ago”, as buyers take advantage of a wave of “low interest rates and attractive mortgage products”, according to Peter Rollings (right), CEO of Marsh & Parsons.Andrew Bridges, Managing Director of Stirling Ackroyd, said that the number of people in acquiring new homes is the “most permanent symptom of success” in the housing market.He commented, “And on that measure the news is good – the residential market is moving again, with transactions growing at least as quickly as annual price rises across the UK.”In London, the property market continues to be supported by strong buyer enthusiasm, including from first-time buyers despite high house prices.Bridges continued, “The danger of stamp duty changes frightening away buyers at the very top of the market has also not been as serious as was imagined – particularly away from London’s more traditional high-end enclaves, the top of the market is accelerating too.”But Stirling Ackroyd’s Managing Director warned that there are simply nowhere near enough new homes being built to “stave off future floods of demand”.“If numbers matter to the property industry, they matter even more to families and workers looking for places to live. To keep up with the pace of population, numbers need to start mattering to planning offices, to government departments – and to ministers,” he added.housing market residential transactions rise residential property sales December 4, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

MEETING AGENDA FOR CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 8, 2018

first_imgCITY OF EVANSVILLE COMMON COUNCIL VISIT EVANSVILLE.IN.GOV/ACCESSEVC TO VIEW LIVE AND ARCHIVED MEETINGS, PENDING ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS, AND MEETING MEMORANDA FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare MEETING AGENDA JANUARY 8, 2018 ROOM 301, CIVIC CENTER 5:30 P.M. ORDINANCE G-2017-39Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:VIII. RESOLUTION DOCKETRESOLUTION C-2018-01 AMENDEDSponsor(s):Resolution Docket Notify: IX. MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESSTHE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, January 22, 2018 at5:30 p.m.BOARDS AND COMMISSIONSADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESSX. COMMITTEEREPORTS XI. ADJOURNMENT I. INTRODUCTIONII. APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDA III. REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONSIV. SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAYNOMINATION & ELECTION OF OFFICERSCOMMITTEE CHAIR APPOINTMENTSLIAISON APPOINTMENTSV. CONSENT AGENDA: FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONScenter_img ORDINANCE G-2018-01Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:ORDINANCE G-2018-02Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:ORDINANCE G-2018-03Sponsor(s): Discussion Led By: Notify:ORDINANCE R-2017-29Petitioner: Requested Change: Representative:VI. COMMITTEE REPORTS An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2.160 of the Evansville Municipal CodeAdams, ElpersA.S.D. Chair 1/22/2018Marco DeLucio, ZSWSAn Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code by Establishing an Overlay Zone in the West Franklin Street Area Relaxing Certain Parking Requirements (25%)Adams, BrinkmeyerA.S.D. Chair 1/22/2018 Ron London, APCAn Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code by Establishing an Overlay Zone in the West Franklin Street Area Relaxing Certain Parking Requirements (50%)Mosby, WeaverA.S.D. Chair 1/22/2018 Ron London, APCAn Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 421 Read StreetTimothy Mills Owner: Shelby & Theresa Marshall R4 to C4 Ward: 3 HaydenTimothy Mills An Ordinance Creating Chapter 10.55 (Residential Permit Parking) of the Evansville Municipal CodeBrinkmeyerA.S.D. Chair 1/8/2018Joshua Claybourn, City Council AttorneyA Resolution Memorializing Mater Dei High School’s State Championship in Girls SoccerMosby, Brinkmeyer1/8/2018 Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney VII. REGULAR AGENDA: SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS civic centerlast_img read more

Taxpayers of Bayonne: wake up!

first_imgTo the Editor:As evidenced by today’s news article, concerning possible eminent domain proceedings against local businesses, this mayor and city council will stop at nothing in giving the big developers everything they want. Could your home be next?With all the new residential development being proposed in the city, who do you think will have to pay for all the new infrastructure required? 2,500 units at the military base, 1,300 units at the old Texaco site, 300-plus units at North Street, 250-plus units at the old Hi-Hat. If only half of the above units have a school-aged child, we’re talking about approximately 2,100 children, enough to fill three additional schools. Currently, all the schools in Bayonne are pretty much at max capacity. So where, will all these new children go? Who will be responsible for paying for new school buildings, or purchasing and refurbishing older ones? You, the taxpayer. This is in addition to the extra teachers, police officers, firefighters etc. who would be needed to cover these areas. I’m sure garbage/recycling contracts would increase, as well as maintenance, winter salting and other costs. Meanwhile, the developers walk away with millions in profit, moving on to their next project, and the taxpayers are left holding the bag. Our city council deems fit to grant tax abatements, which provide schools with less funding than if tax abatements weren’t granted, and bring in fewer taxes.We don’t need further large residential development in town. We need industrial development. Less strain on our resources, more local jobs, more taxes charged, less out of our pocketbook.Last year, we had a school increase in the tax rate of 6 percent because nobody seemed to know where millions “disappeared.” Now another 3 percent proposed increase. We still haven’t received a clear explanation from the Board of Ed, or mayor, explaining where that money was used. Also, who is being held culpable for it? Last I checked, the Business Administrator, and Board of Ed president are the ones to oversee expenditures. The accountant isn’t the one signing the checks. So don’t blame him.It’s up to us, the taxpayers, to keep things in check. Do you want to see large developments, with towering buildings overshadowing our homes, ruining our city? Or, should we slow things down, and keep development and taxes stable? Decide what you want Bayonne to look like, and how much you want to pay for it. DAVID FALANDYSlast_img read more