According to records, there could be as many as 203 burials, although there appears to be only 187 marked graves within the fenced area. The last burial of record was Jan. 17, 2001, city officials said. The cemetery no longer accepts burials, because no one knows where all the graves are. The city has acquired 14 acres adjacent to the cemetery with the idea of establishing a historical park there. The community’s first school – a one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880s and now located at McAdam Park – might be moved to the proposed historical park, where there also could be exhibits detailing the railroad’s impact on Palmdale’s development. The cemetery could be a good fit with the park, city officials said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMayor Jim Ledford said he would like to see, at a minimum, the city securing the site. “This is apple pie stuff – this is the history of our community,” Ledford said. “The city needs to step in quickly for security and basic upkeep and maintenance.” The cemetery is a legacy from the early settlement known as Palmenthal, founded in the 1880s by German and Swiss immigrants from Nebraska and Illinois. City officials said a record search indicates that the Jonas family, one of the pioneer families that settled in Palmenthal, donated 20 acres of land to the church for a cemetery. For decades the cemetery was treated as ownerless, but in 1998 a Los Angeles County investigation showed that its rightful owner was Tehachapi resident Don Jones, who inherited it when his father died years before. He has said he wants the city or some other entity to take it over. One of the issues potentially facing the city is ensuring that all burial sites are accounted for. Only 2.5 acres of the original cemetery are fenced off and appear to have been used for burials, but there is a possibility a search might yield burial sites outside the fenced area, city officials said. PALMDALE – City officials are taking a long look at whether they should step in to preserve the Palmdale Cemetery, a piece of the community’s history that has fallen on hard times and is a frequent target of vandalism. City officials are considering their options for the 120-year-old cemetery at 20th Street East and Avenue S that was started by the community’s first settlers. City officials would like to see it secured and cleaned up, but haven’t decided whether the city should be involved and, if so, to what extent. “From what I’ve seen, it will be very expensive to take it over and do the most modest work because it’s so run-down,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dispenza. “We want it to look good. We want to protect it, but we need to really know what we’re getting into.” The City Council will discuss the cemetery at its meeting at 7 p.m. today in council chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B. No action is scheduled to be taken at the meeting other than giving the city staff direction on what the next steps should be.
Tiger Woods has officially been voted by his peers PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time, based on five big wins and his return to No.1 player in the world.Friday morning, the PGA announced the results and Woods had the votes.“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on a conference call Friday. “It’s been just a fantastic year all around. It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers, and to have that type of respect is something that’s very humbling.”On the ballot with Woods was British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. The PGA does not release the percentage of votes, so we will never know who finished second.Also, this is the third time that Woods has won the Jack Nicklaus Award while losing the majors. He is the only player to win the award more than twice, since it began in 1990.
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In picture: Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley (centre) addresses a press conference in New Delhi on October 24, 2017. Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Principal Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, AP Frank Noronha are also seen.Press Information BureauThe Finance Ministry has extended the last date for filing annual GST return forms by three months until March 31, 2019.The annual returns form in which businesses registered under the GST have to provide consolidated details of sales, purchases and input tax credit (ITC) benefits accrued to them during 2017-18 fiscal was notified in September.The last date for filing was set at December 31, 2018. In a statement, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said, “the competent authority has decided to extend the due date for filing Form GSTR-9, GSTR-9A and GSTR-9C till March 31, 2019.The requisite Forms shall be made available on the GST common portal shortly”. GSTR-9 is the annual return form for normal taxpayers, GSTR-9A is composition taxpayers, while GSTR-9C is a reconciliation statement Trade and industry players have been seeking an extension of the deadline for filing the annual returns.EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said industry players have been struggling to collate the information required to be disclosed in GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C. PwC Partner and Leader (Indirect Tax) Pratik Jain said, “Industry, as well as consultants, were struggling with December 31 deadline, given the volume of work involved including preparing a virtual P&L at a State level”.
President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe attend a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare. ReutersZimbabwe’s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest and his generals denied staging a coup.Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be slipping as armoured military vehicles blockaded parliament, soldiers took up positions at strategic points across Harare and senior soldiers commandeered state television to broadcast a late-night address.“The president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed,” Major General Sibusiso Moyo said late Tuesday.“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”Moyo added: “This is not a military takeover of government”.Their shock announcement was later followed by heavy gunfire close to the 93-year-old president’s private residence, and prompted angry responses from around the world.Mugabe later told South African President Jacob Zuma that he was effectively under house arrest—though unharmed. Several supporters of Mugabe and his wife Grace are reportedly in military custody.Pretoria said it would deploy a military and intelligence delegation to Harare to help broker a resolution to the crisis on behalf of southern Africa’s regional bloc.The Southern African Development Community said it would hold an emergency meeting in Botswana on Thursday to discuss the situation.South Africa, the European Union, the United Nations and Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial master, all called for restraint.Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson warned against handing power “from one unelected tyrant to the next”.Collision courseZimbabwe’s army was set on a collision course with Mugabe last week when the ailing leader abruptly fired his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a lynchpin of the country’s defence and security establishment.Mnangagwa, 75, was previously one of Mugabe’s most loyal lieutenants, having worked alongside him for decades, but he fled to South Africa following his dismissal and published a scathing five-page rebuke of Mugabe’s leadership and Grace’s political ambition.Army chief General Constantino Chiwenga gave an unprecedented press conference on Monday, flanked by dozens of officers, and warned Mugabe that he would intervene if he continued to purge the ruling ZANU-PF party of leaders like Mnangagwa.Mnangagwa has been embroiled in a long-running feud with Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, that included a bizarre alleged ice cream poisoning incident that laid bare the pair’s rivalry.Both were seen as leading contenders to replace Mugabe when he died or retired, but Mnangagwa had the tacit support of the armed forces which viewed Grace—a political novice—with derision.The ZANU-PF party on Tuesday accused Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct” for appearing to threaten Mugabe with a palace coup.Speculation has been rife in Harare that Mugabe had sought to remove Chiwenga, seen as an ally of Mnangagwa’s.The African Union, in a strongly worded statement, said the crisis “seems like a coup” and called on the military to pull back and respect the constitution.‘Need a fresh start’The military’s actions pose an existential threat to Mugabe’s regime which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.On Wednesday, state television played liberation struggle songs, while many citizens in Harare shopped at markets, drove to work or queued outside banks despite the turmoil.“We want to have food on the table, not one side having everything and others dying of hunger. Mugabe was once a good person but he lost it. Now we need a fresh start,” Keresenzia Moyo, a 65-year-old housewife, told AFP in Harare.“What is good is that this has happened at the top and it is not affecting us people on the ground. People could be killing each other,” she said.Foreign embassies in Harare have told their citizens in the country to stay in doors and avoid political gatherings, warning that security forces could clamp down violently.Security officers at Harare airport deported several foreign journalists as they arrived in the country to report on the situation.Mugabe and his wife have made no public comment and their exact whereabouts are unknown, while government and army spokesmen have been unreachable.“The government’s silence on the military deployments seem to confirm that President Mugabe has lost control of the situation,” said Robert Besseling of the London-based EXX Africa risk consultancy.Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state, but his poor health and listless public performances fuelled the bitter succession battle between Grace and Mnangagwa.His lengthy rule has been defined by brutal repression of dissent, mass emigration, vote-rigging and financial ruin since land reforms in 2000.As the economy began to fail in the wake of the botched land redistribution, Zimbabwe was engulfed by hyperinflation and was forced to abandon its own currency in 2009 in favour of the US dollar. Unemployment now stands at more than 90 percent.Before the military’s shock intervention, Mugabe had declared his intention to contest presidential polls scheduled for next year.Grace Mugabe vocally pushed for her husband to stand as she became increasingly active in public life in what many see as a process to help her eventually take the top job.“I think the army are in negotiations with Mugabe and Mnangagwa,” Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.“Mugabe reappoints Mnangagwa as vice president, briefly—Mugabe then retires,” he speculated.