California fearing potential mudslides from West Coast storm

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong, slow-moving storm system is beginning to affect California, with rain up and down the coast and snow in the mountains.The core of the system is trailing a heavy band of rain expected to arrive later Tuesday morning or afternoon.The system will continue moving south on Wednesday morning, delivering rain to most of California and more snow in the higher elevations.By Thursday afternoon, the storm system will be reaching the shoreline, with heavy rain expected from Los Angeles to San Diego, with snow continuing in the Sierra Nevada.Over the next 48 hours, California will see 1 to 3 inches of rain in parts of the central, southern and coastal areas, with localized flash flooding and mudslides possible.The mountains may see more than a foot of snow.Beginning Friday, and continuing into the weekend, the storm system will head toward the South, taking with it heavy rain for the Gulf Coast and wintry precipitation for the southern Plains.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Investors to lose thousands in legislative tax amendment that’s gone “too far”

first_imgA high-profile tax depreciation expert said amendments to tax law would result in property investors losing thousands of dollars.BMT Tax Depreciation CEO, Bradley Beer, claims small investors will lose thousands of dollars if an amendment introduced to federal Parliament this week becomes law.Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 goes too far in its attempts to address integrity issues, according to Mr Beer.“These changes are attacking ‘mum and dad’ investors — police, teachers, nurses — that are the bulk of residential property investors (and) who are trying to provide for themselves in retirement,” Mr Beer said.Mr Beer said the changes will cost an average investor $4,236 in tax deductions in the first year, which equates to an after-tax loss of $47 per week, or $2444 for the year.“You can’t just up your rent by $47 per week, or your property will be vacant,” he said.Mr Beer said the changes deny tax deductions for the decline in value of second-hand assets found within residential investment properties.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“Anyone who has entered into a contract to purchase a property that’s second hand from budget night no longer gets to claim deductions on their plant and equipment (P & E) regardless of the age,” he said.Mr Beer said items such as stoves, hot water services, air conditioning and carpets would no longer be depreciable, even if they were less than 12-months old.“There’s 167 different potential items of P & E in a residential property and most investments have at least 10 to 20,” he said.Mr Beer said the amendment was supposed to take care of a legitimate issue around owners overvaluing their P & E assets when claiming deductions, but the new laws are an overreach.“What they have done goes much further than addressing this integrity issue by making a transaction between two parties extinguish the remaining effective life of a previously depreciable item,” Mr Beer said.“In my opinion, it goes well beyond the basis of what should happen,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook on Kieran Clair — journolast_img read more

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A bird’s eye view from Birdwood

first_imgWhen you hit the wall, stop swimming.The home is listed for sale without a price guide.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair Thankfully, you can’t escape the view.There’s even a cantilever infinity edge pool which will make your dip a little more thrill seeking. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe home has a spectacular finishThe home offers a four-bedroom, two-level contemporary design nestled between the trees surrounding its 1300sq m sloping site. There are architectural features throughout.Features include Miele appliances, timber joinery, waterfall island bench and ducted airconditioning. This Toowong home offers a bird’s-eye view across the treetopsIF you’d like to get high above Brisbane and enjoy it’s surrounds, this ridge top western-suburbs home should be on your radar. 372 Birdwood Terrace, Toowong is all about the elevation, with a view that runs across the treetops through to the CBD skyline.last_img read more

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Six Young Artists Speak Up About Kinship Care

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Family Education and Support ServicesFamilies from across Washington will gather on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the Governor’s Mansion located near our State Capitol Building to honor six children who submitted winning essays for the 14th annual Kinship Voices of Children contest. Each of these young children and youth, ages 5 to 19-years-old, created inspirational pieces of written and/or visual art about their experiences being raised by a relative caregiver. Each child submitting a winning entry will be awarded with a signed certificate, a $100 check donated by Twin Star Credit Union, and an overnight stay at the Great Wolf Lodge for their family.Most children find safety and comfort in the arms and care of their family, including grandparents and other relatives. For more than 2 million children in the USA, living with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other family member has become a permanent or long-term arrangement. When parents are unable or unwilling to care for their children, placing them with a relative caregiver can have some advantages. Kinship care reduces the trauma children experience when placed with strangers. It enhances children’s sense of identity and self-esteem, continues connections children have to their siblings and other relatives, and strengthens the family’s ability to give children the support they need. Kinship care often comes as a surprise to both the child and the relative caregiver.What does it mean to a child who can’t live with their parents to know he or she is safe, loved, and has a place to belong? Some answers to this question are offered in the winning entries submitted to the Kinship Voices of Children Contest. The contest was originally initiated by the Statewide Kinship Oversight Coalition, and is coordinated by Family Education and Support Services in collaboration with Aging and Long Term Support Administration/DSHS, Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, and Kinship Navigators and advocates across Washington State. The event is sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union in collaboration with the Great Wolf Lodge.Judges included Bill Moss, David Stillman, Terry Jefferies, Amanda Stevens, Carrie Petit, Lori Mahar, Mike Fenton, Jennifer Strus, Teri Agulara Flemming, Shelley Arneson, Karen Fraser, Bonnie Jacques, Melisssa Goldman, Olvia Schu, and Trista Mason.6-year-old Joseph said this about his winning entry (pictured) – “Family is like gears- they all connect together.” Photo courtesy: Family Education and Support ServicesThis year, 52 entries were received. Some are funny, some serious or even sad, but all are sincere and offer testimony to the value, sense of family, and love each young artist experienced in living with a relative caregiver. The winning entries are:Joseph, age 6 – Olympia, WACasey, age 7 – Roy, WATaryn, age 8 – Forks, WAThomas, age 10 – Port Townsend, WASummer, age 13 – Naches, WABrittany, age 15 – Cashmere, WAIn addition to the children being honored, we will also acknowledge Ms. Judy Lin. Our 2017 booklet compiling all entries into the Voices of Children contest has been dedicated to Judy in honor of her substantial contributions to Kinship Caregivers across our State.For more information about this contest or to learn about Kinship Care Resources contact Lynn Urvina at 1-877-813-2828 or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more

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