Instead of fighting tax bill, cut our taxes

first_imgI find it humorous that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to waste more New York state taxpayer money by suing the federal government over the new tax plan. This is nothing more than another expensive Cuomo campaign stunt — his motto is ABC – “Always Be Campaigning.” Cuomo likes to play fast and loose with tax dollars. While he has the state anywhere between $4 billion and $8 billion in the red before the development of next year’s budget, he just spent millions on an executive helicopter to transport him around.He has sent millions to Puerto Rico while taking trips to Cuba and Israel as New York’s infrastructure is failing. While I am all for helping others, none of this spending has been budgeted and adds to the growing deficit. He now wants to take the federal government to court and run up legal bills for nothing.It is interesting that 47 states are OK with the plan, while just New York, New Jersey and California are against the plan because of the massive income and property taxes to which those states subject their residents.The federal plan is no problem in a state like Florida, where there is no state income tax and the property taxes are less than half of what residents of New York pay. There is one simple solution to all of Mr. Cuomo’s angst. How about lowering the taxes in New York? Just a thought — one that he obviously has never had.John MetalloSlingerlandsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Bali to deport Syrian national for holding yoga gathering amid COVID-19 concerns

first_imgThe Denpasar Immigration Office in Bali is set to deport a Syrian national for holding a mass yoga gathering in Ubud amid public health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.The Syrian citizen, identified as Barakeh Wissam, was reportedly responsible for organizing an event at the House of Om Community Center on June 18 that was attended by more than 60 people, mostly foreigners.According to the immigration office, Wissam violated a 2020 Health Ministry regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as well as a 2020 Bali gubernatorial decree on COVID-19 prevention and mitigation. The latter stipulates that public events are limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Wissam and House of Om gained notoriety when photos of the mass yoga gathering circulated on social media, triggering outcry among netizens who slammed the apparent lack of compliance with prevailing health procedures.Writer Jenny Jusuf shared on her Twitter page a series of images taken from the event, along with a remark criticizing the participants’ alleged disregard for public health in the region.“The number of people [contracting] COVID-19 in Bali continues to increase. Do they even care?” @jennyjusuf wrote in the caption on Saturday.social distancing? ❌masker? ❌kurang dari 20 orang? ❌lokasi? ubud.ada orang indonesia di sana? kalau dari foto2 sih kayaknya nggak.jumlah orang terinfeksi #COVID19 di bali makin meningkat.apakah mereka peduli? ❌cc @BaleBengong @ditjen_imigrasi @imngurahrai @Indounik pic.twitter.com/in2lFaSwgQ— Jenny Jusuf (@JennyJusuf) June 20, 2020In an accompanying thread, Jenny posted a screenshot of a written statement published by the Instagram page @houseofom.bali, in which Wissam called the event a “big mistake”.However, the statement has since been taken down and replaced with an apology. According to House of Om’s official website, Wissam founded the community center in 2016. The community has since grown into an international movement with branches in Bali, Syria and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Topics : Wissam, the founder of House of Om, is in Indonesia under a temporary stay permit (KITAS) valid until Nov. 11, 2021. The immigration office has revoked his KITAS and he is currently being held at the Denpasar Immigration Detention Center.“The mass yoga event did not have permission from the local village,” Denpasar Immigration Office spokesperson Arvin Gumilang said in a statement on Wednesday.Read also: Government won’t open Bali yet: COVID-19 task force“The event violated [Bali’s] COVID-19 health protocol because [the participants] failed to apply physical distancing measures and wear face masks.”last_img read more

Gold Coast residents among Oxenford’s first sell up 40 years on

first_img MORE NEWS: Quaint house skyrockets almost $2 million past expectation A Gold Coast couple have sold their Oxenford home at 7 Mendooran Court 40 years after building it.A GOLD Coast couple who were among the first to build in Oxenford when it shifted from farmland to housing have sold their home after 40 years.Bruce and Adele Ramsay reluctantly relinquished their family home on Mendooran Court, which changed hands in an $820,000 deal.They bought the 5035sq m block of land in the estate, which was then referred to as Cades County, in the late 1970s after moving from Mt Isa.Mrs Ramsay said they were visiting her parents who lived on the Gold Coast when her husband suggested moving to the area with their children.“Bruce said to me, ‘we’re nuts living in Mt Isa’,” she said. Bruce and Adele Ramsay were among the first residents in their estate. They bought the land in 1979 and build most of the property themselves.“He said, ‘the children are about to start school, it will be good to get them where (there) is a better education’.”They couldn’t afford a property on the water so looked further inland for a place to settle down.“Oxenford was out in the bush when we built,” she said.“We bought the land in 1979 so we were building this time forty years ago.“There weren’t a lot of houses, I think we were the second house in that area.” MORE NEWS: Sunshine State a land of opportunity Queensland Government records state Oxenford was primarily farmland before its residential development began in the 1980s.Mrs Ramsay said the area looked completely different then as Movie World and Wet’n’Wild were yet to be built.The area was also part of Albert Shire Council before it merged with the Gold Coast council in 1995.The Ramsays built most of the house themselves. It wasn’t until a decade ago that they started a two-stage renovation to bring it up to a more modern standard. The area has changed a lot since the couple moved in. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoA renovation 10 years ago has brought the house up to a more modern standard.Mrs Ramsay said they held fond memories of the property, which made it difficult to leave.“We had lots of family get-togethers because we had lots of space,” she said.“We just loved living there and we miss it.“It was a decision of the mind more than a decision of the heart.“We felt that we wanted to get into somewhere where we don’t have the maintenance.”According to latest CoreLogic data, residents held onto their Oxenford houses for an average of 10 years.Ray White Nerang principal Clint Hynes, who marketed the Ramsay’s home, said it was rare to come across people who had lived in a property so long.“Out of all the properties I’ve ever sold in that part of the world … they’re the longest standing residents,” he said.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (September 3-8)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (September 3-8)Players of the Week.Volleyball: Keely Fink – Southwestern and Lexi Hanson – MilanGirls Cross Country: Megan Cole – South RipleyBoys Cross Country: Damon Hughes – Jac-Cen-DelGirls Golf: Katie Hertz – Shawe MemorialGirls Soccer: Natuski Fukazawa – SouthwesternBoys Soccer: Landon Cole – Jac-Cen-DelORVC Report(September 3-8)2018 (2)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Video: Crazy Sevilla defending from Lionel Messi free kick

first_img Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in 0-0 Sevilla draw The chance was the best opening of fast paced first half, with neither team really testing Vaclik or Marc Ter Stegen. Barcelona are aiming to extend their lead at the top to five points over Real Madrid, but a draw or defeat allows Zinedine Zidane’s side to leapfrog them, if they beat Real Sociedad on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 First half chances have been few and far between in Barcelona’s La Liga clash at Sevilla on Friday night, but the hosts did not take chances with Lionel Messi. The Argentinian international has a fine set piece record with the Catalans, and Julen Lopetegui’s side were on red alert as Diego Carlos conceded a free kick inside Messi territory on 21 minutes. Anxious to avoid being embarrassed by one of Messi’s trademark under-the-wall free kicks, Lopetegui ordered former La Blaugrana winger Munir El Haddadi to lie down behind their defensive wall. Jules Kounde was also stationed as an extra defender on Tomas Vaclik’s goal line, with the French defender eventually heading Messi’s effort over the bar.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

FIBA launches digital campaign to prepare for basketball’s return

first_imgIN preparing for the return of basketball, the game’s governing body, FIBA, is launching a digital campaign to bring a positive message of hope in these challenging times, with the aim of uniting the basketball community under a common headline: #FIrstBAsketLeveraging FIBA’s leading position in social media among all Olympic sports (with FIBA in the top-3 of all major rankings), the global basketball community is being invited by FIBA to describe how each body pictures its #FIrstBAsket upon return to competition.Following the intense social media activity of the last weeks, FIBA accounts continued their very positive performance, despite the absence of “fresh” competition content and a series of #FIrstBAsket videos and mini-interviews with basketball stars, coaches, fans, officials or other actors of the game shall build excitement for the return to action.All National Federations have been informed in advance of the official launch of #FIrstBAsket, on May 8, and invite all to join through their own social media channels and contribute with the use of the #FIrstBAsket and with posting your own content or content produced by FIBA to amplify the message and its positive impact.“Over the past few months the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily lives and has caused major disruptions in international sport, including basketball,” said Patrick Haynes, GABF General Secretary.“As the world slowly starts taking steps in restoring various activities, the basketball family is eagerly awaiting the return of our game. In these challenging times, the #FIrstBAsket digital campaign promotes our passion and love of the game, I’m inviting the Guyanese basketball community to share their perfect #FIrstBAsket upon return to action,” Haynes said.The GABF is calling on all Sub-Associations, clubs, players, officials and fans to contribute by posting and sharing, using the hashtags #FIrstBAsket #GuyanaBasketball.last_img read more

Rocking the vote

first_imgJabree Webber, a freshman majoring in theatre, hands out water bottles for the first day of Undergraduate Student Government campaigns. The presidential tickets for 2011 to 2012 are Eric Burse and Andy Greos, Alex Fadil and Rohan Mehra, and Monish Tyagi and Logan Lachman. Voting begins Feb. 15 and ends Feb. 17.Matthew Wunderlich | Daily Trojanlast_img

UW looks to break ice, pick up win

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoLooking down on the bench last Saturday night in EastLansing, Mich., players were excited, attentive and — most importantly — incharge.According to UW head coach Mike Eaves, it was the first suchtime this season that he hasn’t needed to, let alone felt the urge to lecturehis team to get it together; they were doing it on their own.”Our guys had the reins, they were in control on the bench,they were holding each other accountable; it was like a team that was startingto get it and come together,” Eaves said.Although the end result was a 4-4 tie with Michigan State,extending Wisconsin’s winless streak to five games, Eaves believes the sign ofmaturation on the part of his players may be an indication of play to come.”The guys are starting to take the team over in terms of itbeing their team; it’s how they held each other accountable that I think is ahealthy sign for the group,” Eaves said. “After all, they have to win the game,not the coaches.”No. 13 Wisconsin (5-6-1, 2-4 WCHA) will get its chance tocarry over the newfound energy from Saturday when it returns to the Kohl Centerand conference play Friday against No. 10 St. Cloud State (7-3-2, 3-2-1).During the winless streak, the Badgers have faced an endlessbarrage of talented opponents from then-No. 3 North Dakota to No. 2 Michigan.That, and the fact that his team is so young, have contributed to UW’sstruggles in the win column, according to Eaves.”This year’s winless streak is a little bit about our youth,who we’re playing — because it’s an awful tough schedule — and us trying to putthe kids in the deep end in the early part of the season,” he said.UW forward Ben Street also gets the feeling that no matterhow close the team comes to turning the season around, something bad happens,be it a bad rebound or a shot hitting pipe.”It has just been one of those things where every mistakewe’ve made has cost us, and every chance we get, or a lot of chances we get, aren’tpaying off for us,” he said.Scoring hasn’t been a problem. The Badgers have recorded 43goals through 12 games, 19 more than they had at this point in the season lastyear.No, the struggles have come from the defensive end — whathas been UW’s strength over the past five seasons. In the last five games,Wisconsin has allowed 20 goals.Eaves attributes the tremendous acquisition of youth to theanomaly.”Who knew that when the schedule was given to us that we’dbe so young this year through graduation and guys turning pro?” said Eaves, whois coaching a team where 13 underclassmen see significant playing time. “We’reas young as we’ve ever been.”Like Wisconsin, St. Cloud State is offense-oriented. It isled by the trio of Ryan Lasch, Garrett Roe and Andreas Nodl. Lasch and Roe bothhave 20 points this season, good for second in the nation. Add in Nodl, and thefirst line forwards have scored 52 points in 12 games this season.”They have guys that can move the puck and skate, and that’swhat their strength is,” Eaves said. “If those guys are going then they’ll beeffective.”But the Badgers aren’t worried about what the Huskiesplayers can do. Instead, they’re focusing on improvement and sticking to theirguns.”We’ve got to play our own game; we can’t get caught playinginto what the other team is doing, which is kind of what we’ve done lately,”Street said. “I think we’ve done some good things — we’ve got a lot of thingsto learn as well — but we’re making steps.”Turris testedWisconsin’s top recruit and No. 3 overall pick in the 2007NHL Entry Draft Kyle Turris started off the season the way everyone expected: Hescored five goals and led the nation with 12 points through Wisconsin’s firstfour games.But as he soon found out, teams like Ohio State and RobertMorris aren’t of the same caliber as WCHA teams.In the past eight games, he has been held scoreless and hasjust three points.”He got off to a really nice start his first weekend andthen against Robert Morris — he has all kinds of confidence that has beengained because of his production — and then, all of a sudden, he gets hammered(by the WCHA) and he’s going, ‘Where did this come from?'” Eaves said.”Confidence drops and he has to work through it for the first time.”Turris isn’t the only highly acclaimed hockey player atWisconsin to have undergone a time of many questions and few answers. JoePavelski, now of the San Jose Sharks, felt the same way when he was a Badger.”They all go through (a rough learning curve),” Eaves said.”I mean guys at the next level, real good players, Jaromir Jagr, were [like] ‘What’sgoing on?’ They were looking for answers.”According to Eaves, if Turris can control the things in hislife that are controllable like eating right and practicing hard, it will comewith time.”A lot of times how they work through that mentally is howlong they’ll stay in that slump,” he said.last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl projections in ruthless Big Ten landscape

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the feat of capturing the Big Ten West title despite the fact that both Iowa and Nebraska were favored over them in preseason Big Ten West rankings. But all is not over yet.The No. 10 Badgers will matchup against No. 2 The Ohio State University once again to compete for the Big Ten Championship Game and a chance to make it to the Rose Bowl in sunny Pasadena, California.Coming off a remarkable win against Minnesota, a potential trip to the West Coast has never been closer. The last time the Badgers made it out to California was Jan. 1, 2013. Unfortunately, Wisconsin fell to Stanford 20–14, and some sports analysts are predicting that the Badgers’ record this year has the potential to change where they’ll end up.Football: Badgers dismantle Minnesota, win Big Ten WestThe No. 12 University of Wisconsin football team (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) defeated the No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2, Read…According to CBS Sports’ acclaimed college football writer Jerry Palm, Wisconsin will face Oregon in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. The best part is, he’s not alone. Sporting News’ Bill Bender and 247 Sports’ Brad Crawford also believe in this outcome for the Big Ten and Pac-12 Championship contenders.Out of the potential contenders to end up in the 2019 Rose Bowl, the only other team that may come close to taking the spot is Penn State. Ending the season at second in the Big Ten East with a 10-2 record and notable wins against ranked teams such as Iowa and Michigan, the Nittany Lions are in a position to potentially earn the spot over the Badgers.Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ dominant win over Minnesota in border battleThe No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) reclaimed the Axe and booked their ticket to the Big Ten Read…Wisconsin, however, did finish the regular season with a win against Minnesota. That’s where Penn State fell short. They lost the No. 4 spot in the AP Poll and a shot at the College Football Playoff after losing to the Golden Gophers 31–26.The only way in which Penn State could find themselves inserted into the Rose Bowl game is if Wisconsin loses big to the Buckeyes. If they do, it’s possible Penn State could move ahead of them in the committee’s final rankings. Yet this seems somewhat ludicrous as, if it were to happen, it would effectively punish the Badgers for winning the Big Ten West and having to go up against what is probably the most well-rounded team in the nation.It may be tough to admit, but Wisconsin may need a miracle to come out on top in the Big Ten Championship. Their 38–7 loss to the Buckeyes at earlier in the season made clear that Ohio State was more than capable of taking down the Badgers with conviction. Football: Chase Young, Buckeye defense likely rob Jonathan Taylor of Heisman hopesIn order to win a trophy which has slowly become an award for college football’s best quarterback, Jonathan Taylor was Read…Playing at a neutral location as well as the possibility of a slightly injured Justin Fields offers the chance that some of the Buckeyes’ advantages may be stifled. Even if this is the case, Wisconsin will need to find a way to put a stop to J.K. Dobbins and Chase Young. As for bowl projections, the Big Ten Championship may be a very important factor that will go into consideration. If Wisconsin can defeat arguably the best team in the country, they may even have a non-zero chance at the College Football Playoff. A lot depends on the outcomes of several conference championship games  — only time will tell.last_img read more