January 17

‘A Corporate Waste’

first_imgCllr. H. Varney G. ShermanSenator Varney G. Sherman (Grand Cape Mount) has said that what is happening at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) is symptomatic of what is happening at every government-owned corporation.He said the country does not need the over half dozen vice presidents and the many senior management positions. “We don’t need them. They are over-paid, incompetent and inefficient.”“To know that NOCAL has fallen flat on its face and is before us today, what we do for NOCAL or recommend will be a signal to others that this Senate means business. So I’m one of those who agree that we must eliminate some of these vice presidents and senior management positions. We do not need them.”He wondered whether his colleagues were aware of how much money the vice president for public relations makes and urged them to “go and check and you might want to work there.”Speaking like the corporate lawyer he is, Senator Sherman noted that “when you are a member of the board of a corporation and form part of the management of a corporation, corporate waste is an offense and you should do the honorable thing and resign or they should fire you. You don’t come and say there is corporate waste, so while they are going home, let’s compensate them. What kind of compensation is that? If you do it at NOCAL today you will have to do it at LEC and every other corporation tomorrow.”Senator Sherman continued: “When you are liable for corporate waste, you resign. Let us not ask the people of Liberia to compensate some of our citizens for this kind of wrong. But anyway, to the best of my knowledge, some of them have already gotten their compensations and have gone.”Agreeing to the recommendation that payment be made to redundant employees, Senator Sherman suggested however, that it should be limited to those in the middle level and low level employees and not to those employees who form a part of management and therefore, participated in the decision to waste the assets of the company.On the recommendation of rendering financial assistance to NOCAL, the Grand Cape Mount lawmaker said no, and instead suggested an audit of the company “maybe from the time we first gave the production sharing contract to any of these companies that came here because that is when the waste started. Millions of dollars came in.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11

Okeyo, Malumbe star as Capital FM lifts #LenovoIntel tourney

first_img0Shares0000The Capital FM Footbal team lifting the trophy after beating perennial rivals Radio Africa 2-0 in the Lenovo Intel five-aside tourney.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 18- Standard Chartered Trophy World champions Capital FM football team  produced a scintillating performance to win the Lenovo Intel five-a-side football tournament unbeaten after seeing off Radio Africa 2-0 in the final played at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on Saturday.The win saw the team go home with a glittering trophy while each team member walked home with a Lenovo laptop. All-time-top scorer Solomon Okeyo and Kristian Malumbe were in a class of their own as The Best Mix of Music team grabbled their second title this year, just one month after becoming the first African side to lift the annual Standard Chattered Trophy at Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool FC.Okeyo was the tournament’s top scorer with 17 goals while Malumbe was named the Most Valuable Player.Capital FM’s Kristian Malumbe receiving the MVP trophy from Lenovo Distribution Channel Manager -East Africa Pewmnath Kumarasamy.“It was good effort from everyone in the team and I want to thank the players because they put everything to win this tournament. Everyone played his part brilliantly and we once again showed that we are not champions by fluke. This is our second trophy this year and we look forward to more,” head coach Ahmedin Gulu commented after the win.Capital FM also comprising of skipper Lassie Atrash, Jeffrey Ooko, Timothy Olobulu, Ali Athman, Shaffy Soud, Alex Isaboke, Ivy Mang’eli and David Muba, oozed with confidence starting the competition with a bang after seeing off Redington 4-0, a match that The Best Mix of Music team decided to play later on despite being handed a walkover.In that match, Okeyo grabbed a hatrick with Atrash rounding off the win. It was a clean and unbothered start to the tournament with goalkeeper Shaffy Soud finishing off the match untested.Capital FM’s Jeff Ooko in action against a Standard Group player.The world champions were more commanding in the second match, having shaken off the jitter of the first game to rip apart Specicom10-0in what was the biggest scoreline of the tournament.Red hot Okeyo hit the back of the net five times, Atrash and Malumbe added two while defender Ali Athman put the icing on the cake converting a last ditch penalty.Okeyo kept his scoring form on into the third group match, scoring all five as Capital FM convincingly won 5-0 against Specicom.Capital FM’s Captain Lassie Atrash closing on an opponent.Office Mart was the final group opponent and they were not spared the wrath by a Capital side firing from all cylinders with a 5-0 result.Okeyo scored twice in between Ooko’s goals with Malumbe scoring what would easily be described as the goal of the tournament, hitting a bicycle kick at the edge of the box from a skillful chip from Atrash.The side moved into the quarter final with a superb record having scored 23 goals in five matches and kept a clean sheet in all with keeper Soud only being reduced to a paltry saves.With all teams now fully aware of the free scoring Capital side, the matches became tougher into the knockout stages but still none could match their standards.They faced Royal Media Services in the last eight and after being held back by a fully defensive RMS for the first five minutes of the match, Okeyo broke the duck with a superb finish coming at the end of some beautiful team movement before Ooko rounded off the win with a brace.Capital FM’s Alex Isaboke dribbling past Athur Nyoike of Royal Media ServicesIsaboke, who came in immediately the second half started could have sealed the win in superb fashion, but his screamer from distance went against the crossbar with the keeper left dazed and rooted to his spot.Standard Group put up a purely defensive shield in the semi-final, knowing with the ability of their keeper, they could force the game to penalties and probably be lucky enough to pull through to the final.The Mombasa Road based side’s keeper was forced to put extra efforts, saving shot after shot as Malumbe and Okeyo attacked his goal mouth with fierce shots.After a goalless first half, Standard knew their tact was working perfectly, but they were undone with Malumbe scoring from the tightest of angles after being picked out by Atrash.Capital FM’s football team posing with prize of Lenovo laptop after winning the inaugural #LenovoIntel Football Challenge. Lenovo Marketing manager Joy Ochuka (right).The final was a repeat of March’s Road to Anfield tournament Final against Radio Africa and the score was no different, Capital picking a 2-0 win thanks to Malumbe’s spectacular goal from a tight angle and Okeyo’s superb finish.Atrash thought he had rounded up the day with a fabulous effort after being denied time and again by the keeper, but the referee blew the full time whistle with the ball already in motion heading into the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 27

LOAN DEAL! Liverpool striker Divock Origi joins Wolfsburg for the season

first_imgLiverpool striker Divock Origi has joined Wolfsburg on a season-long loan, the Premier League club have announced.The 22-year-old Belgium international has struggled for regular game time in three seasons at Anfield.He is despirate for more regular football ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia, and he has secured a move to Germany in a bid to boost his chances of international selection.A number of clubs were linked with the Belgian, with the likes of Tottenham, Newcastle United, Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen reportedly keeping tabs throughout the summer.There had also been talk Liverpool may use Origi as a makeweight in any potential deal for Monaco star Thomas Lemar.But Wolfsburg made a late play for the Redman and quickly wrapped up a loan deal, which was confirmed by Liverpool on Thursday afternoon: 1 Divock Origi has left Liverpool on loan center_img Good luck, @DivockOrigi! Striker joins Wolfsburg on season-long loan: https://t.co/S4MDA3FffX pic.twitter.com/Z4oLyMBUVe— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017last_img read more

December 27

Mane: ‘My intention was not to hurt the goalkeeper – I’ll be quicker next time!’

first_imgLiverpool forward Sadio Mane insists the red card he received for kicking Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson in the head has only made him more determined to be even quicker.The pacey Senegal international was sent off in last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium after catching the Brazilian in the face with his studs when challenging for a high ball.It was generally accepted by all sides his challenge was accidental, as he raced through but was beaten to the ball by Ederson who was charging out of his area to head clear.READ MORE: ‘It wasn’t a bad foul’ – Liverpool ace Sadio Mane unfortunate to be sent off, says Manchester City’s Kevin de BruyneManager Jurgen Klopp has told the 25-year-old to continue playing the way he has been – at full speed and with a high intensity – but Mane has already learned a valuable lesson.“Honestly, I think in the next time I will get the ball before him,” he said.“My intention was not to hurt the goalkeeper. It was bad and I wish him the recovery to come back healthy.“I think it was a challenge for the ball. Honestly, I was going for the ball, I didn’t have intention to hurt him because I am not that kind of player so I wish him a quick recovery.“I made contact and it was not what I wanted to do so I apologised to him. It is part of football so I cannot change anything.“I don’t have his number so I just posted messages for him. I think he saw them.”Mane admits he was shocked when referee Jon Moss immediately brandished the red card, which means he will sit out Burnley’s visit to Anfield on Saturday and the Carabao Cup and Premier League double-header against Leicester.“Honestly, I was focusing more on the goalkeeper than the card so when I saw the red card I was surprised because I was expecting maybe a yellow card. I will accept it and try to forget,” he added.On his impending suspension he said: “I would love to be on the pitch all the time and help my team but I will also accept and try to be ready for my comeback.“It is not easy for me because I always love to play football and to enjoy, especially to help my team to win games.“But we also have a great team and great qualities and I think the boys can do it [without him].” 1 Liverpool star Sadio Mane challenges Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson for the ball last_img read more

December 26

Dist. 51 winners play Arizona next

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.In Wednesday’s game, Heather Black (Lancaster High) pitched a shutout, Nicole Radford (Paraclete) doubled in the game’s only run, and first baseman Stephanie Gutierrez made two outstanding defensive plays for the Divisional team. The District 24 team defeated District 51 6-1 on Tuesday, pushing the District 51 team to the brink of the double-elimination tournament. “They really buckled down and they played hard, fundamentally sound ball when they needed to,” District 51 coach Victor Perez said. “They’re such a great group of girls to be around. It makes the coaching job a lot easier.” District 51 got the big hit from Radford in the bottom of the second, when Radford followed Kristen Foster’s leadoff walk with a run-scoring double down the left field line. District 51 made several outstanding defensive plays in support of Black. Gutierrez made an over-the-shoulder catch on a foul ball in the fifth, when District 51 had runners at second and third with two outs. Then with the potential tying run at first with no outs in the seventh, she made a diving play on a line drive hit to her right and recovered in time to step on first for a double play. Samantha Arnold (Quartz Hill) saved a run with an outfield assist from right in the fourth, when District 24 had a runner at second with two outs. Foster threw out a would-be base stealer in the seventh at third to end the game. “They played great defensively and (Black) pitched a great game for us,” Perez said. “I’m very proud of these kids.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – Clutch hitting, solid pitching and outstanding defense all came together Wednesday at the most opportune of times for the Antelope Valley’s District 51 Divisional Big League All-Star team. As a result, the Divisional team defeated Riverside’s District 24 team 1-0 in the Big League state championship game at Rosamond Little League and qualified for the West Regional tournament for the first time since 1999. The Divisional team opens this weekend’s Regional tournament at Palmdale’s Marie Kerr Park on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Arizona’s state champion. The West Region champion advances to the Aug. 14-19 Big League World Series at Kalamazoo, Mich. The Antelope Valley’s defending World Series champion District 51 Regional all-stars play Oregon in a rematch of last year’s West Regional championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday. last_img read more

December 25

Ten years on from Henry’s infamous handball, Euro 2020 is in sight for Ireland

first_imgWhat they saidTrapattoni: “Everybody saw the game. You know what happened.”Keane: “They are all probably clapping hands, (Michel) Platini sitting up there on the phone to Sepp Blatter, probably texting each other, delighted with the result.” SORRY 5 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? latest Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane getty images Le main de DieuThirteen minutes into extra time, Florent Malouda’s deep free-kick eluded defender Paul McShane and Henry controlled before turning the ball across goal for William Gallas to head home. Replays showed that the then Barcelona frontman had handled twice in bringing the ball under control, but crucially out of sight of referee Martin Hansson and his assistants and the Republic’s protests went unanswered. Henry admitted to Richard Dunne after the game he had handled the ball 5 getty images While McCarthy’s men are guaranteed a spot in the play-offs in March, they will want to get the job done in front of a bumper crowd in Dublin.Below, talkSPORT.com looks at how that that controversial night in 2009 has been forever etched into Ireland’s sporting folklore…The build-upStill feeling aggrieved at FIFA’s decision to change its mind over seeding the play-offs, Giovanni Trapattoni’s men had headed into the first game of their two-legged play-off in confident mood. However, they were disappointing in Dublin and went down to Nicolas Anelka’s lone strike to leave the French with the upper hand. appointed PAYBACK The gamePerhaps sensing that it was now or never, Ireland turned in perhaps their best performance under Trapattoni at the Stade de France and took a deserved 1-0 lead through skipper Robbie Keane’s first-half goal.They had chances to extend their lead but did not take them and, after 90 minutes, the aggregate scores were level and extra time was required. getty images 5 changes Victory against Denmark will guarantee Mick McCarthy’s men a place at Euro 2020 Getty scrap Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Republic of Ireland players appeal to the referee after William Gallas’ goal is allowed to stand after Thierry Henry’s blatant handball LATEST getty images Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 5 The Republic of Ireland head into Monday night’s crucial game against Denmark knowing a victory will secure them a spot at a third straight European Championship.Mick McCarthy’s men go into the Euro 2020 qualifier with the added incentive of it being the 10th anniversary of the infamous Thierry Henry handball which shattered their World Cup dreams. revealed MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Robbie Keane gave the Irish a deserved first-half lead on the night The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Richard Dunne: “He admitted afterwards he handled it, but it doesn’t make me feel any better because we are not going to the World Cup finals.”France manager Raymond Domenech: “I did not see a hand. It’s you people who are speaking about this.”The aftermathThe Football Association of Ireland (FAI) lodged an official complaint with FIFA, although their calls for a replay and then to be included as the 33rd team at the finals both fell on deaf ears.Then chief executive John Delaney later revealed that the FAI had received a payment of five million Euros – at the time around £3.6million – initially in the form of an interest-free loan which ultimately did not have to be repaid in return for an agreement not to press their claim through the courts. 5 Giovanni Trapattoni’s men lodged an appeal after the incident Karma?France travelled to the finals in South Africa determined to make the most of their lucky escape but did not remain there for very long.Domenech’s players went on strike after Anelka was sent home following a row with the coach and the point they gained from an opening 0-0 draw with Uruguay in Cape Town was the only one they mustered, as defeats to Mexico and the hosts ended their participation at the first hurdle.last_img read more

December 18

New law to tackle BEE ‘fronting’

first_img4 April 2012 The recently gazetted Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Amendment Bill will put in place strict measures to tackle “fronting” by companies, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.“What we are doing is defining it much more closely in the Bill so that there is a specific statutory offence of fronting,” Davies told reporters in Pretoria on Tuesday.Fronting is when companies pretend to be compliant with the Act by placing black peoples in positions that would make them seem as if they either owned the company, or were at a level to make decisions in the company.“Now that would be fraud, because you are trying to do that because you want to get a regulatory benefit, or present yourself as something that you are not, and that is fraud.”Davies was speaking after a presidential BBBEE advisory meeting which reviewed the progress of the Act and the codes of good practice.He said a commissioner would be assigned to solely focus on fronting. The commissioner would receive and investigate cases of fronting, correct the situation and, in extreme cases, he would have the authority to prosecute those involved.“The problem is we haven’t got provisions in place to catch fronting … ordinary law enforcement officers don’t have the capacity to go and investigate transactions of that nature to see where fronting is taking place.”Currently, those found guilty of the practice can be charged with fraud and face imprisonment.“So we are introducing a BEE commissioner who will be charged with looking into the matter,” Davies said.Davies said the objective was to provide ways to measure the degree to which an individual was involved in empowerment.Council sub-committee chairman Sandile Zungu said they were focusing on fronting because it infringed on human dignity.“If we are to build a society based on justice then fronting has no place in our society.”Zungu said the practice had reached the stage of “aggressive fronting”.The minister said the amendments to the Bill would ensure that black economic empowerment contributed to the creation of real entrepreneurs in South Africa.“It opens up new opportunities for black business people who are active players in the economy, and are not passive shareholders in somebody else’s business.”Sapalast_img read more

December 18

The Dangers of a Single Unified Cloud Based HRMS

first_imgToday while on the phone with technology support rep at AppleCare, I actually cried. At first I tried to hide my tears of desperation, but it was obvious so I just “let it go.” I’m real like that. I am now on day four of having no access to my i Cloud, phone or text messaging. The blame is as a result of a combination of factors including a failure on the part of AppleCare, my own failure because I couldn’t remember the answers to the security questions I had put in place. I place more of the blame on Apple because the first technical support person that I spoke with wasn’t exactly forthcoming with the entire process and how this “issue” would limit my work productivity this week.I’ve long been a fan of technology whether consumer or enterprise. I’ve also been a proponent of a single unified technology in HR and across the organization. I say I’ve been a fan because that changed today.  The benefits of a HRMS (Human Resources Management System) that is unified seems to be an obvious one. With a single unified system, you are able to use a single login to access all systems or in my case a single login so I can access my own as well as my family’s assortment of Apple smartphones, computers and tablet device. Two iPads, an iPhone, a MacBook air and an iMac are all tied to a unified password and account through my i Cloud.For enterprise HR technology, that might be a suite-based HR technology product, HRMS or an enterprise technology that integrates not just with HR technology products like the HRIS, Payroll, and ATS but also procurement, expense management, scheduling, marketing automation and budgets and forecasting.Convenience or Security When Selecting HRMSThe convenience is awesome. I use a single login to access all the different types of tech. The data, reporting and information just like my i Cloud account syncs with every systems simultaneously. It’s the reason I know when my daughter downloads the new HentriLeWorm app. It’s an IOS app that tells the story of a French worm who is also a chef. He overcomes adversity and wins the chef contest even after the evil villain steals his prize winning French recipe cookbook.I know this because with a unified cloud based technology once my daughter downloads the app on her iPad, it also simultaneously downloads on all other tablet and smartphone Apple device. Which in theory is great until that moment when security is compromised or breached and because it’s unified and cloud based you now have no access to the technology.On Monday, for some reason I wasn’t able to complete the password change on my i Cloud account. It wasn’t accepting the new password I had reset from a few days ago. So I tried to reset my password and inadvertently froze my account. Apple has strict privacy and security rules for good reason. Apple came under fire a few years ago when a hacker completely wiped a Wired journalists Apple account. They (the hacker) took over the journalist’s Twitter and Gmail accounts. I remember setting up security passwords out of fear that something like this would happen to me. It’s the reason I have 2 factor security measures on my Twitter and Facebook accounts in the event I get or someone tries to hack. It’s ironic that my own security measures failed me.Is Your Workplace Tech Protected from Security & Privacy Breaches?As I mentioned we are drawn to the single unified HRMS system because of the convenience. With one simple user ID and password, you are able to access EVERYTHING. Hackers, disgruntled ex-employees and authorized users can access your entire enterprise technology network. They have access with just a login and password putting your organization at high risk for sharing private employee as well as candidate information not to mention financial information and trade secrets of your company. With a single unified system, you are opening yourself up to possible breaches. This simple fact makes me want to hide in my bedroom closet and not face reality. At current I’m hoovered in a corner in a cold sweat having withdraws from my Apple technology. Did I mention I have no access to anything?Hackers at the moment are targeting credit information at companies like Target, Nordstrom and Home Depot, but our employee and candidate information and data is equally at risk. Identify theft is extremely common place. Access into an ATS could result in millions of dollars for the hacker. This is an estimation of what 300,000 candidate and employee social security numbers at $3.25 a piece.We aren’t talking about it, but it’s already happening. Late last year I learned of an organization who had a former employee access the applicant tracking system. Hundreds of emails were distributed to recent applicants. The messages included racist and inappropriate language. The organization reacted quickly talking directly to the candidates impacted. They limited the damage and only told me their story so that I could share the risk that our own HRMS technologies pose to candidates and employees. Their story was shared to me by one of the senior leaders within the organization. It made me think about how much trust candidates and employees place into our organizations and also our HR technology to keep their private information secure. It’s only a matter of time before there’s a major HR technology security breach.Unfortunately single unified systems (HRMS) aren’t going anywhere so it’s a matter of your technical team adding in additional security measures. The future of HR tech might come in fingerprint and retinal scans. Maybe passwords and candidate information is carried in briefcases by company representatives who are handcuffed to that information. The future really just depends on how important security and privacy are to your enterprise company.last_img read more

December 17

Feng-GUI: “Visual Attention” Heatmaps

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 The visual results of the test are impressive — Feng-GUI does indeed seem to stack up well to traditional eye tracking. But because the methodology of the study, who did it, and how it was conducted wasn’t released, it is hard to trust it.There is, however, one major problem with Feng-GUI: I couldn’t get it to work. The heat map generator on the Feng-GUI page timed out on every attempt to generate a map for ReadWriteWeb (it supposedly times out after 30 seconds, but RWW has loaded quickly all day), or any other web site I tried. Nor could I get it generate a map for a screenshot of ReadWriteWeb that I uploaded.Google’s Portuguese site as seen by Feng-GUI.Regardless, I do like the idea of Feng-GUI. If the algorithm can be trusted, it has a lot of useful applications for designers and web site owners. The service could theoretically be used for testing early stage prototypes of new designs without having to pay people to perform usability studies or exposing half-baked new ideas to beta testers. Or it could be used by advertisers to figure out which display ad would attract the most attention on a specific web site before making an ad buy. Theoretically, sites could even use data from the service to charge more for a specific ad spot based on visual attention rather than higher click-thru rates (though selling advertisers on a robot’s opinion might be a bit of a tall order).What do you think of the idea of eye tracking vs. click tracking? What about algorithmic pseudo-eye tracking? Could you get Feng-GUI to work for you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Related Posts Feng-GUI is an interesting heatmap creation service. Unlike click-based heatmaps from Crazy Egg, FuseStats, and others, Feng-GUI creates heatmaps based on where it thinks the human eye would most likely be attracted. Eye tracking is something that designers have long used to measure the effectiveness of advertising, or design more usable web sites (among other commercial applications). But Feng-GUI doesn’t use real eye tracking, which would require that humans look at each object being measured and would hardly scale very well. Instead, the site uses an algorithm that attempts to guess what a real human would be most likely to look at.According to Feng-GUI, their ViewFinder algorithm is based on research from the field of robotics into how humans see and what sort of physiologic and neurological processes go on in our brains when we look at things. The algorithm than creates a saliency map. Saliency is a neuroscience term that describes how much an object stands out relative to its neighbors.Feng-GUI has been around for awhile — it was pitched on the TechCrunch forums to little reaction over a year ago — but just recently the company released the results of a test that it says proves the accuracy of its algorithm. According to the company, Feng-GUI attention maps capture 70% of what traditional eye and mouse tracking report — or, in other words, they are 70% as accurate. Because the work is being done by a computer rather than humans, one has to assume that it is cheaper. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

December 12

Texas ~ Property Tax: High Court Finds Components of Oil Refinery Assessment Can Be Compared

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Texas Supreme Court has found that just as an appraisal district may choose to divide a single tract into multiple accounts for various reasons, such as the complexity of improvements, in appraising real property, a taxpayer’s complaint of unequal property taxation may be directed to only some of those accounts and not to the valuation of the whole tract. The owner of an oil refinery protested some, but not all, of its account appraisals. The oil refinery owner complained that the appraised values of those accounts exceeded market values and were not equal and uniform compared to two other oil refineries’ appraised values. The high court found that first, the district court had jurisdiction to hear the appeal since the taxpayer was not required to challenge all the appraisal accounts used to appraise its property. Second, the high court rejected the argument that in determining whether the taxpayer’s property had been taxed unequally as compared to the other two oil refineries, only the total valuations could be compared and not their component accounts. The high court noted that having determined that all three of the refineries could best be appraised using different accounts for separate components, the appraising district could not, as a matter of law, argue that the values cannot be compared for determining whether one taxpayer’s constitutional right to equal and uniform taxation had been violated. The decision of the court of appeals was reversed and the case was remanded to the district court for other issues raised on appeal.Valero Refining-Texas v. Galveston Central Appraisal District, Texas Supreme Court, No. 15-0492, February 24, 2017, ¶404-228last_img read more