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  • BlueLife Limited (BLL.mu) 2016 Abridged Report

    first_imgBlueLife Limited (BLL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about BlueLife Limited (BLL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BlueLife Limited (BLL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BlueLife Limited (BLL.mu)  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileRanked as one of the leading real estate business entities in the Indian Ocean region, BlueLife Limited deals in land promotion, property development, and hotel and leisure business. There are four segments in which the company operates from. These are land development, yielding property, hotel, and service. Through these four segments, the company develops and sells residential properties, retail and office properties as well as owns and operates two hotels under the name of Radisson Blu Azuri Resort and Spa and Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort and Spa in Mauritius. BlueLife Limited also provides facilities management and services, management and consultancy services and is based in Forbach, Mauritius. BlueLife Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

  • £1k to invest? I’d buy these 7%+ high-dividend-yield stocks for my ISA

    first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Jonathan Smith | Wednesday, 12th August, 2020 Since the coronavirus really started to make an impact in March, central banks around the world began cutting interest rates. The premise is that lower rates should encourage people to spend instead of save, as they’re receiving less reward for holding money. In turn, this should help to stimulate the economy again. Regardless of whether this is the correct way to go, it meant that interest rates here in the UK are now down to 0.1%. So if you have £1,000 in a savings account, you’re receiving £1 interest annually. Alternatively, you can look to high-dividend-yield stocks for a way to get higher returns.Keep the income in your ISAIf you hold a dividend-paying stock, the dividend is taxable beyond your dividend allowance. There are different rates of tax on this, but it can be 30%+. If you make use of a Stocks and Shares ISA, the dividend income is also paid into the ISA. This means that it doesn’t use up your dividend allowance, and can sit and accumulate in the ISA. You can then use these funds to reinvest, saving you from paying unnecessary tax.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…High-dividend-yield stocksYou were probably drawn towards this article with the 7% dividend yield mentioned in the title. After all, it’s significantly higher than you can pick up in income from most assets at the moment. Remember that the dividend yield is calculated by dividing the share price by the dividend per share. There are two ways a high yield is achieved. Either the company has maintained the same dividend payout and the share price has fallen. Or the share price has increased but the firm has also increased the size of the payout.For example, take Plus500. It’s an online trading platform that allows you to buy and sell all kinds of securities. Thanks to a rush of new investors wanting to get involved in the stock market volatility, Plus500 has performed well financially. This has seen the share price rally 60% this year. On the dividend side, the firm actually states that it “intends to pay not less than 60 percent of retained profits in each financial year out as dividends to shareholders”. So the amount of dividend payout is also going to increase, meaning the high dividend yield of 7.35% should be maintained.Another good example of a high-dividend-yield stock is Jupiter Fund Management. Here, the share price has been on a downward spiral. It’s almost halved since the start of the year. This is mainly due to investors pulling out money from mutual funds and other managed investments. Since the firm makes money based on the amount of capital it manages, this drags earnings lower. Yet for the dividend yield, this move lower in the share price helps. The interim dividend payout has not changed. So overall, the dividend yield is higher, currently sitting at 7.67%.Making your £1,000 work harderThanks to the two above examples, you’ve got some ideas on how to invest your £1,000. Not only are they good stocks offering a dividend yield, but also hopefully some capital appreciation too. In this way, you get the best of both worlds, all housed within your ISA. See all posts by Jonathan Smith Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. £1k to invest? I’d buy these 7%+ high-dividend-yield stocks for my ISAlast_img read more

  • IoF cultural sector conference details announced

    first_img Advertisement Melanie May | 17 February 2016 | News  49 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1  48 total views,  1 views today IoF cultural sector conference details announced The IoF’s special interest group The Cultural Sector Network has announced details of its 2016 annual conference.The special interest group is aimed at all those involved in philanthropy, sponsorship and funding across the whole range of arts and heritage organisations.The conference will be held at the RBS headquarters in London, and will bring together a number of keynote speakers and case studies from a range of cultural organisations.The theme this year is ‘Building for the Future’, with keynote addresses from Loyd Grossman, chair of the Heritage Alliance, and Emma Kane, chair of the Barbican Centre Trust, as well as a plenary Q&A panel asking “What will fundraising be like in 2040?”.For the first time, there will also be 16 sessions in parallel tracks designed to appeal to the range of delegates, from those new to fundraising to experienced fundraising leaders.Samir Savant, conference chair, said:“At a time of continued uncertainty around funding, we need to invest in fundraising activity to maintain the vibrant cultural scene in this country. I am excited that so many diverse organisations from across the UK will be represented at the Conference”.More information on the conference and how to book can be found on Eventbrite. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: arts Institute of Fundraising Training About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

  • Internationalist Victor Toro in court April 25

    first_imgFrom left, Nieves Moreno, Victor Toro and Teresa Gutierrez.WW photo: John CatalinottoChilean exile and profound internationalist Victor Toro will be in court April 25 in New York to continue his struggle to win asylum and avoid deportation to Chile. He and his support committee ask progressives in the region to come show solidarity with him.Toro spoke of this at a meeting on April 14 at the Solidarity Center in New York. He presented his own case, however, as another example of the broad struggle for the rights of what he said were 20 million undocumented workers in the U.S. and another 30 million “in the pipeline.” Worldwide, he said, there were 250 million workers either employed or seeking jobs outside their home countries.For Toro and for the May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights, the fight is not only for full rights for the 11 million undocumented workers the government admits to, but for all the workers forced to seek work outside their homelands.Toro was a leading activist in the Chilean Movement of the Revolutionary Left before and after the U.S.-backed fascist, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, overthrew the elected Salvador Allende government with a coup in 1973. Toro explained how his asylum case was not just a defense of his right to stay with his family in the Bronx. His defense, he said, has managed to accuse the U.S. government for its crimes against the people of Chile in its appeal of the court’s decision.The struggle will continue in court on Thursday, April 25, at 9 a.m. at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan on the 14th Floor in Courtroom 5.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Second Radio Free Europe journalist released

    first_imgNews Help by sharing this information RSF_en December 18, 2020 Find out more March 31, 2020 Find out more Journalist Ashyrguly Bayryev, correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Ashkabad, was released on 13 March 2004. He is however forbidden to leave town and legal action against him continues.______Journalist Rakhim Esenov, correspondent in Turkmenistan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was released to house arrest overnight on 9-10 March.He is still the subject of legal action. „The main reason for my arrest is my work with RFE/RL‰, he said. The authorities have told him to stop working for the US-run radio. His colleague Ashyrguly Bayryev is still being held for unknown reasons._____Reporters Without Borders has called for the release of two Radio Free Europe (RFE) journalists and writers, Rakhim Esenov and Ashyrguly Bayryev, who have both been arrested by agents of the National Security Ministry (NSM).It is feared that they could be tortured or ill-treated in detention. The two were arrested respectively on the 26 February and 1 March.The international press freedom organisation expressed its indignation at the arrests, in a letter to President Separmurat Nyazov. It said it was particularly concerned about the state of health of Esenov and would hold the authorities responsible if anything happened to him in detention.The 78-year-old suffers from heart problems and had a heart attack after being interrogated on 23 February. He was receiving intensive care in hospital when he was moved to the NSM prison in Achkhabad on 26 February.The authorities initially accused him of “smuggling”, for having brought into the country copies of his historical novel set in the 16th Century, published in Russia. President Nyazov blocked publication of the book for ten years on the grounds that it contained “historical errors” which he unsuccessfully tried to have changed.Esenov was then accused of “incitement to social, ethnic and religious hatred” an offence that carries a four-year jail sentence under Article 177 of the criminal code. His son-in-law, Igor Kaprielov, was also arrested.Bayryev, aged 50, was interrogated on 1 March before being transferred to the NSM prison. The official reason for this arrest is not known, but head of RFE’s Turkmenistan service, Naz Nazar, said she was convinced that both journalists had been arrested because of their work with the station, which is known for its commitment to democratic values.She said that the authorities had been regularly harassing the service. In 2003, another RFE journalist, Saparmurat Ovezberdiev, had twice been illegally arrested by security forces who had beaten, threatened and drugged him. Turkmenistan, placed 158th out of 166 countries in Reporters Without Borders 2003 world press freedom ranking, is one of the most repressive countries in the world for journalists. Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Rakhim Esenov, correspondent in Turkmenistan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was released to house arrest .He is still the subject of legal action. His colleague Ashyrguly Bayryev is still being held for unknown reasons. #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Receive email alerts March 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second Radio Free Europe journalist released Follow the news on Turkmenistan News News to go further March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Affidavit: Woman lied about stabber’s identity

    first_img An Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed that a 38-year-old woman lied to police about the identity of the man accused of fatally stabbing her 25-year-old ex-boyfriend. Joseph Richard Grondahl Jr., 31, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, while Natalee Lassiter, 38, was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, a third-degree felony. The reported fatal stabbing happened around 12:28 a.m. Sunday in the 4300 block of N. Dixie Boulevard, an OPD affidavit stated. Officers reportedly make contact with a witness, identified as Lassiter, who stated that the victim, 25-year-old Austin Pasillas, was stabbed by 32-year-old David Sanchez. Pasillas was taken to a hospital, but was declared dead. Lassiter stated Pasillas was her ex-boyfriend and he has been stalking her several weeks, the affidavit stated. Lassiter continued to detail that Pasillas came to her residence and wanted her to leave with him, but she refused. Lassiter reportedly told officers that she was sitting outside her apartment with two men, Sanchez and Christopher Penn. Lassiter stated when Pasillas refused to leave Sanchez told Pasillas he needed to leave. Lassiter stated that Pasillas pulled out a knife and threatened to stab her and her friends, the affidavit stated. Lassiter stated Sanchez and Pasillas went downstairs and then a fight started and Pasillas was stabbed. Lassiter stated that Sanchez fled the scene in a gold 4-door vehicle. Lassiter reportedly told officers she has known Sanchez for two months, but had minimal information about him and stated she didn’t have a way to contact him. While speaking with officers, Lassiter referred to the suspect as “Joseph” but then stated she was confused and made a mistake. Penn stated that Lassiter wasn’t being truthful about the suspect’s name and that he was introduced by another name, the affidavit stated. Lassiter was reportedly on her phone at the time of contact with officers. Her phone was seized as evidence and a search warrant was obtained. During the search, it was found that she had a new message from Grondahl on Facebook. A Facebook search warrant was obtained for her account and it showed that Grondahl had messaged her at 1:30 a.m. stating “Hey. Whats going on.” A photo lineup was reportedly conducted with Penn and he was able to positively identify Grondahl as the suspect that stabbed Pasillas. Grondahl was booked into the Ector County Law Enforcement Center at 2:20 p.m. Sunday, jail records show. He has one bond totaling $75,000 and was still in custody as of Monday afternoon. Lassiter was booked at 3:51 p.m. Sunday. She has one bond totaling $10,000 and she was in custody as of Monday afternoon. Affidavit: Woman lied about stabber’s identity CrimeFelony ArrestsLocal News Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – December 14, 2020 center_img Facebook Pinterest Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Previous article4 maneras de apoyar a las pequeñas empresas durante esta temporada de fiestasNext articleFrom Cancer to COVID-19, How One Company is Transforming Vaccine Technology Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

  • Funding confirmed for new park in Carndonagh

    first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleSearch for missing Lifford man continuesNext articleCounty Councillor begins court action over corruption claims News Highland Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Funding confirmed for new park in Carndonagh Facebook Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – June 1, 2011 WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Pinterest Funding has been announced today for the planned new park in Carndonagh, with most of the money coming from the Inishowen Leader Company.The Inishowen Development Partnership is providing  €500,000 to Carndonagh Playground Development Committee for the completion of the new park.Announcing the funding Minister Phil Hogan said the project will cost a total of €666,666.The park has been designed by the local community in association with Diarmuid Gavin Designs and comprises a play area, cycle cross track, elderly fitness zone, public art sculptures and a network of walkways.There were a number of public meetings in the town last year at which the proposal was discussed, and local schoolchildren have been closely involved in the design. Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

  • Why Transgenders Excluded From Recruitment To Post of Police Constables?, Karnataka HC Asks State Govt

    first_imgNews UpdatesWhy Transgenders Excluded From Recruitment To Post of Police Constables?, Karnataka HC Asks State Govt Mustafa Plumber1 July 2020 2:42 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has sought a reply from the state government on why it has not included a separate category for transgender community in its notification for recruitment to the post of Special Reserve Constable Force and Bandsmen. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy said “The state government will have to respond by pointing out why…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has sought a reply from the state government on why it has not included a separate category for transgender community in its notification for recruitment to the post of Special Reserve Constable Force and Bandsmen. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy said “The state government will have to respond by pointing out why law laid down by the apex court has not been implemented while conducting the process which is the subject matter of the petition.” The court issued notice to the respondent while hearing the petition filed by Sangama, a society working for the upliftment of sexual minorities, sex workers and people living with HIV. During the hearing the bench said “If the process is not complete consider whether you (state) can provide reservation as per Apex court order.” It has directed the respondents to file their statement of objection to the petition by July 20. Advocate Tarjani Desai, appearing for the petitioners, relied on the judgment of the apex court in the case of NALSA vs Union of India, (2014) SSC 438, to argue that the state in its appointment notification calls for filling up of the vacancies, specifies only ‘Men’ and ‘Women’ as the genders which can apply for the vacancies. Throughout the impugned notification the age, weight, and other specifications are given pertaining separately only to ‘Men’ and ‘Women’, in total disregard of the ‘Third Gender’. The plea states that “The Hon’ble Supreme Court had recognised the legal rights of the third gender persons and held that they were fully entitled to Fundamental Rights under the Constitution and under International law.” The impugned notification shows that the same is in contravention of rights of Transgender persons and the same affects the Constitutional and Fundamental Rights of the Transgender persons under Article 14, 19 & 21 of the Constitution of India. Recruitment is to be done for filling up vacancies of a total of 2672 posts including 2420 vacancies to the post of Special Reserve Constable Force and 252 Bandsmen posts is to be done. The plea prays for directions to the state government to include a separate category for transgender persons for the post of Special Reserve Constable Force as well as Bandsmen, and consider all the applications by the transgender at par with other two gender categories. Also direct the state government to frame a scheme for reservation for the transgender community in the recruitment to post of Special Reserve Constable Force as well as Bandsmen. The court will further hear the petition on July 21.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

  • Wembley rogue landlord jailed

    first_imgA Wembley landlord who waged a war of intimidation against tenants living in his property has been sentenced to four months imprisonment and ordered to pay costs and compensation of £20,000.Rehan Sheikh of Manor Drive was found guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court of illegally evicting the tenants from his property at 90 Wembley Park Drive. Brent Council prosecuted him for the unlawful eviction of six occupiers, as well as for his failure to have a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licence and for the poor conditions in the house, which Brent enforcement officers found during an unannounced visit in January 2016.Sheikh, who is the landlord of eight properties in Brent, was convicted of all offences and sentenced to four months imprisonment and ordered to pay costs of £9,000 and compensation totalling £11,000 to the evicted tenants.The court heard that although Sheikh was receiving almost £3,000 each month in rent, the property was in a state of terrible disrepair, with holes in ceilings, walls and floor and filthy carpets. The front of the property was also being used to dump rubbish. When the tenants started to complain about the condition of the premises, Sheikh fraudulently told the Court that the tenants were squatters and unknown to him, and issued a claim to evict them.Without telling the tenants about his plans, he obtained a possession order from the Court and used it to evict the tenants in February 2016, assaulting one of them in the process – a crime for which he was convicted in May 2016. He gave all the tenants – including one with two young children – just two hours to move out, even refusing requests to wait until children had returned from school.Cllr Harbi Farah (left), Brent Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This was an appalling case which caused great distress to the victims and demonstrates the necessity of our private sector licensing scheme. Good tenants and their children were forced from their home by this heartless landlord’s deliberate actions.”“Our ground-breaking licensing scheme, which has been running since January 2015, is helping us to tackle poor standards in the private rented sector and focus on the minority of unscrupulous landlords who refuse to comply with the law. However as this case shows, we also need to look at the eviction practices of some of the landlords operating in the borough. Brent Council will not tolerate this kind of criminal behaviour and we will prosecute any landlord or agent we find treating their tenants in such a despicable way. “Mr Sheikh, who pleaded guilty to all charges, has since appealed the custodial sentence and been granted bail pending the appeal hearing.Since the start of this year, the council has considerably increased its enforcement activity, with between two to five prosecutions each week and many more raids and prosecutions are expected in the coming months.illegal eviction rogue landlord Wembley landlord jailed July 18, 2016The 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Wembley rogue landlord jailed previous nextRegulation & LawWembley rogue landlord jailedRehan Sheilkh sentenced to four months imprisonment plus costs and compensation for illegally evicting tenants.The Negotiator18th July 20160649 Viewslast_img read more

  • Let’s Fix That Tax Sale: 2nd In A Series

    first_imgLet’s Fix that tax sale: 2nd in a seriesby George Lumley-All Rights ReservedPeople want the lots!Last week I introduced my approach to finding a solution to the tax sale and land banking problem by jumping right in and buying some lots at the tax sale. Ok you negative naysayers: It was a tax sale. The tax sale process is a complicated one with technical jargon but in our everyday language the properties were being offered for sale because of a result of someone’s failure to pay taxes. It appears to me that keeping these empty lots looking good would be a key point in promoting thriving neighborhoods. Who wants to live on a street where grass grows out of control and weeds are as tall as your head. That is right, when a house is for sale or rent, only the people who like unkempt yards want to live there and like they say, birds of a feather flock together.The story I want to tell today is not the most significant story, or my Christmas Story, but the story that people do want these lots. Yes I even found a Christmas Story at the tax sale that ends happily. It is a story about someone wanting a lot. I had planned to put the story in the my first printed edition of the CCO on Dec. 15, but due to technical difficulties I suppose it will appear here and I will find another big story for the first printed edition of the CCO now slated for January 15, 2016.The first time I heard that no one wanted these vacant lots was in a response given to me by a city employee about why so many doomed houses were still standing. Why was the city not tearing them down? I was actually told that “no one wanted the lots” so If we tear the building down the city has more grass and weeds to mow. How rediculous! The city is intentionally leaving structures barely standing so there is less grass to mow? Now this same theme of government not doing any more than they absolutely have to runs rampant in Evansville. The city/county will go to great lengths for special interest but claim they have no money or time for everyone’s best interest. The tax sale process with regard to nobody wanting the lots is yet another example.I began my quest to find out if anyone wanted the lots over a year ago. When I heard the city say they could not find properties for the State blight elimination program and one of the issues was having a use for the lot after a structure was torn down. I volunteered to look into it. Knocking on doors beside vacant houses that were doomed to be razed I found people who would gladly take the lot or split the lot with a neighbor, own the lot, care for the lot, and even pay taxes on the lot if they could just get rid of the Zombie structure (garbage) sitting on the lot. Almost any “use” qualified the structure for the grant funding which was intended to remove these zombie houses that littered the neighborhoods.I had no problem finding scattered zombie house properties. But the City leaders told me they needed more worthy projects in a targeted area near schools, parks and churches. That was easy. I went to one of the worst areas in Evansville across the street from Howell Park, and put together a project of ten zombie houses on three streets. People in the neighborhood were more than happy to own the lot, maintain the lot and even, pay taxes on the lot if the city would get rid of the zombie house. This time the city listened. They even acted like they cared and were pursuing the project. After eight months I discovered that my project, which was in everyone’s best interest, was not in the city’s special interest and they had really put one over on me.Now looking at the tax sale process this year the special interest are trying to put one over on our best interest with the stop the tax sale, give all the property to the Brownfields land bank, and also give them $1.7 million in tax dollars to fund their special interest. Let’s shed some light on these tax sale properties. Did you know that 60 properties were quietly transferred from the auction block to the Brownfields before the public had an opportunity to buy them? The Brownfields control them and in some cases you cannot buy them. The Brownfields sells these properties for a profit to who they want, when they want and if they want. Yes, a special interest nonprofit, can still make a profit. No one wants these properties? Now the next special interest pick was to adjoining property owners. Did you know that if you are an adjoining owner to one of these properties the commissioners can sell it to you and it does not go to the “tax sale”? If you knew that, you are an exception. It seems to be a well-kept secret that the lot is available and easily acquired by neighboring property owners. About 30 of the properties were transferred out of the sale using this process by the Commissioners for as little as $1.00 each. In some cases more than one adjacent owner wanted the same lot and the price went up.I found some very interesting transactions among these thirty properties. One in particular involves a property at 320 W Louisiana St. This is a narrow corner lot that became owned by the county because the Code Enforcement people allowed it to deteriorate to a point of no return; the city paid for the demolition; and now it falls into the hands of the commissioners. I spoke with James who owns the house next to this lot. He wanted it for parking and yard space. James was upset that he was not able to get it. He explained that the lot was too small to build on and he did not see how it would be any value to anyone but him. That is unless he wasn’t there and he assured me that he was not going anywhere. I guess he does not know what code enforcement stands for in Evansville. Some claim the code people to be the eviction police working for special interest and I am starting to see their point.Well anyway, James offered the County Commissioners a fair price for the lot next to his house. He offered to pay the county $300 for the lot. He wanted to own it, maintain it, and pay taxes on it. There would be no burden to the public tax payers or charities. Well James soon received a letter in the mail that another adjoining owner, Habitat, also wanted the lot and he would have to pay more than they were offering. This often happens because people really do want the lots and are even willing to pay for the privilege of owning, maintaining and paying the taxes. Now the puzzle here is that the other neighboring owner, Habitat, offered $5000 for the lot. Not a typo – that is $5000 for a lot that no one would want. Of the lots that made it to the Auction there was one that actually brought over $10,000. These are vacant lots that our officials are trying to convince us that no one wants.A new mystery for me and James is why Habitat would out bid him and pay $5000 for the lot next to him. As long as John lives in his house, Habitat can never build on it. He is a young guy and doesn’t plan on going anywhere soon. Habitat now owns the lot beside James and the lot behind it, directly across the alley. Both lots are too narrow to build. Is it possible they are going to start building super narrow houses that span from street to street blocking the alley? Brainstorm, maybe they are going to build up and over the alley. A two story drive through?As I separate fact from propaganda, special interest from everyone’s best interest, I seem to find more mysteries in a week than I can solve in a month. Why would Habitat pay $5000 for a lot they cannot build on? Why covertly transfer sixty properties to the Brownfields? Why keep the process of adjacent owners buying these properties undisclosed? Why use code enforcement for the special interest of running people out of their properties rather than use it for everyone’s best interest in helping people maintain their properties?One thing for certain. The propaganda about no one wanting these properties is CRAP. Maybe 5 or 10 out of 100 would be hard to place. The majority 90% could be placed through free enterprise with people who want to own, maintain, and pay taxes on the lots after the garbage houses are removed. No new laws, funding, land banks, etc are needed. We simply need to insure our leaders are looking out for everyone’s best interest rather than their crony’s special interest.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more