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Letters to the Editor

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOppose tax bill that will hurt nonprofitsNon-profit organizations — including charities, colleges and universities, hospitals and religious institutions — are enormously important to the economic health of our area.It’s important that we call on our congressional representatives to repeal the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) of 21 percent on parking and transportation fringe benefits provided by tax-exempt entities. This was included in the tax reform act last year. Housing project costs are very highRe Dec. 8 article, “Hamilton Hill housing gets $3.3 million boost,” $40 million toward a second phase. Most of these organizations are subject to this tax, particularly those that provide parking predominantly for their employees. Employers who do not provide their employees with cash subsidies for parking or transit benefits will still have to estimate and assess tax on the cost of maintaining employee parking spaces if most of the spots are used by employees. Incredibly, even employers who do not pay for these amenities, but ask their employees to pay their own costs on a pre-tax basis, are taxed as well.The result is that already-overstretched, non-profit budgets must be stretched further to pay this federal tax. This needlessly burdens the public service missions of many worthy organizations. The alternative many face is to take the benefit away from their employees.Please join me in asking U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko and Elise Stefanik, and U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer to support efforts to repeal this tax and to correct this unfair and burdensome situation. Let’s enable these worthy organizations to focus their resources on their missions; performing some of the most essential work of our region and our society. Keith KaplanSaratoga Springs The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has only approved one marijuana drug. Does anyone care about the long-term effect on humans?Veterinarians are concerned on the harmful effects on animals. Do we have the same concern for humans? There is a nationwide crisis with teenagers vaping. What happens when you add marijuana to the mix?We spend millions a year on ads on the harmful effects of smoking and drug addictions on one’s health. Will we spend more to counter the impact of marijuana?The state Comptroller’s Office estimates a $3.1 billion market for recreational marijuana that could conservatively yield annual tax revenues of as much as $1.3 billion. I believe our annual state budget is about $168 billion. The increase in revenue from marijuana would be less than 1 percent of the total. That’s just a rounding error for the state, and it’s wasteful spending.Finally how many deaths will be caused by increased DUI’s and other circumstances due to marijuana? I wouldn’t want to be one of our legislators who vote for legalization and have those deaths on my conscience.Jim VincentNiskayuna center_img Consider negatives of legalizing potThere have recently been a number of articles on recreational marijuana. It appears the focus is on the new revenue the state will receive. Consider the following:Many doctors have indicated marijuana is a gateway drug. Are we adding to the state’s addiction problem?The American Medical Association has not given its overall approval for medical marijuana, let alone recreational marijuana.   The numbers I pulled out were: 58 units at $22 million, or approximately $379,000 per unit; 85 units at $40 million, or approximately $482,000 per unit. I think those numbers are astounding.I certainly understand the need. What I can’t understand is the cost. It seems to me that when the government or tax money is involved in construction projects, money is no concern. It’s a concern to me, since I live in the highest-taxed state in the union.How about we rehab some of the foreclosed properties? Let’s assume the average single-family home in the city is $125,000 —that’s about three or four houses versus one unit in this project.See? The numbers don’t click.As I said, I understand the need, but you have to understand it has to be paid out of our pocket (the taxpayers).There ain’t no free lunch.Charles “Bill” HansenRotterdam JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

Transport: Road rage

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Lawmakers call for better coordination to detect COVID-19 as Indonesians test positive abroad

first_img“We urge the government to come up with new ideas so that suspected and confirmed cases may be swiftly treated. This may be done by bolstering coordination between ministries, agencies and hospitals. Such an effort would be beneficial for the contact-tracing process,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Tuesday, adding that interagency coordination remained lackluster even amid coronavirus concerns.He went on to say that the government had to ensure that all 132 hospitals designated as referral centers for COVID-19 cases across the country were properly equipped to treat patients.Read also: Jakarta designates five more hospitals as COVID-19 referral centers“Not only do we need to ensure the treatment of patients but we must also consider the safety of health workers. This is why we need to make sure that every referral center is equipped with an adequate supply of protective gear,” Saleh said.Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Netty Prasetiyani shared Saleh’s concerns, saying it was imperative that the government improve vertical and horizontal communication channels in its battle against the virus.“The recent detection of COVID-19 patients in Singapore may well serve as a reminder for the government to heighten its alertness at home,” she told the Post. “Make sure that every hospital and health center as well as related agencies and departments are well-coordinated to immediately report suspected coronavirus cases.” The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore has again recently urged Indonesian citizens who are in Singapore or planning to visit to be vigilant and to follow the rules and instructions from the city-state authorities, who recently announced that all visitors seeking treatment for COVID-19 would need to pay for their treatment.”The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore would like to again remind all Indonesian citizens in Singapore and Indonesian citizens planning to visit Singapore that the [Disease Outbreak Response System Condition] Orange status still applies in Singapore to overcome COVID-19, so high vigilance is still needed,” the embassy said in a statement.Read also: COVID-19: Referral hospitals in West Java lack protective gear, medical equipmentTreatment of severe respiratory infections at public hospitals in Singapore typically costs between S$6,000 and $8,000 (US$4,300-5,800), according to the Ministry of Health’s website.“We expect that all Indonesian citizens follow the [rules of] Singapore authorities on handling the spread of COVID-19, such as maintaining personal health and hygiene, periodically washing hands after activities in public spaces, avoiding crowded places and events when not urgent and immediately seeing a doctor if you experience symptoms,” the embassy said in a statement.The Indonesian Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, was not immediately available for comment when contacted by the Post.Topics : Meanwhile, a 64-year-old Indonesian man referred to as Case 147 arrived in Singapore on Saturday and tested positive for the virus on Sunday. Singapore’s Ministry of Health identified both cases as imported cases, meaning they likely contracted the virus before arriving in Singapore.Read also: Indonesia confirms first possible COVID-19 community transmission as cases rise to 27A 50-year-old Indonesian woman also recently tested positive in Australia after arriving there from Jakarta, but the Indonesian Health Ministry has said it believes she had not contracted the virus in Indonesia.National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Saleh Daulay called on the government to ensure that every ministry, local administration, agency and health center maintain a constant line of communication with one another to improve the identification of COVID-19 cases as the country was still in the early stage of a health emergency. Lawmakers have urged the government to bolster interinstitutional coordination to improve the detection of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases across the country, given that a number of patients seem to have slipped under its radar only to be identified later beyond the country’s borders.A 65-year-old Indonesian man referred to as Case 152 in Singapore arrived in the city state on Saturday after having reported symptoms the week before and sought treatment at a hospital in Jakarta on March 2. He visited Singapore General Hospital on Friday and tested positive on Saturday.last_img read more

West Java extends PSBB in Jakarta’s satellite cities until July 2

first_imgThe West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek) until July 2.West Java COVID-19 task force secretary Daud Achmad said the 28-day extension of the policy in Jakarta’s satellite cities had become effective on Saturday. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has issued a circular on the province’s plan to prepare for the so-called “new normal” to resume certain activities under health protocols. The letter was distributed to regents and mayors across the province.In the circular, Ridwan asked regents and mayors to set PSBB policies that were proportional to the level of emergency in their respective areas. The governor also asked regional leaders to give leeway for religious activities in houses of worship.The provincial administration has urged mayors and regents to be consistent in sanctioning people found in violation of PSBB.“Regency and city administrations are required to submit a proposal to revoke PSBB and implement the new normal policy to the Health Minister through the governor. They must attach a study showing their preparedness to implement the new normal policy,” Daud said.As of Saturday, health authorities had confirmed 2,376 cases of COVID-19 in West Java, with 158 deaths and 779 recoveries. Nationwide, there have been 30,514 cases and 1,801 deaths.Topics : He said polices would be adjusted to each district, village and sub-district based on the level of emergency. The policy would also be adjusted to Jakarta’s plan to gradually ease restrictions in several sectors in June.Daud added that Bodebek residents were required to follow PSBB and continue wearing masks, washing their hands and maintaining physical distance.“The key to the success of PSBB in Bodebek is the public’s adherence to the rules, which could help break the COVID-19 transmission chain,” said Daud.Read also: Indonesia records unprecedented daily spike in COVID-19 caseslast_img read more

Interest in penthouse living on the increase as buyers look to downsize

first_imgContemporary chic.The main bedroom features a full range of integrated cabinetry, walk-in robe and an ensuite with elegant marble vanities.A private balcony with river views makes the main bedroom a parent’s haven.Mr Caulfield said above the property which had sold, 14/100 Macquarie St was listed for sale with expressions of interest closing by 5pm on August 15.“Originally they were two levels side by side and the owner has split them into one per floor as that’s what the market is looking for,” he said.The apartment has 360 degree views across the Brisbane River, CBD and St Lucia.He said a large wine cellar and private bar brings entertaining guests to another level. There is a feature glass media room positioned nearby.Mr Caulfield said a child and pet friendly rooftop catered for the entire family making downsizing easier than ever.Follow Reshni Ratnam on Twitter Wake up to great views from the sizable balcony. 13/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia.A full floor Brisbane apartment with riverfront views has sold for $3 million in a tightly held 14-unit boutique complex.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property, at 13/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia, sold on June 22 and is part of the 100 Macquarie Street apartment complex.center_img 13/100 Macquarie St, St LuciaPlace — Kangaroo Point selling agent Simon Caulfield said the apartment was bought by a local couple with two children looking to downsize.Mr Caulfield said in the past 12 months Place had sold more full floor apartments than any other agency in Brisbane.“We’ve sold 17 full floor apartments,” Mr Caulfield said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“People are loving this style of living. They can escape the daily rat run, enjoy single-level living and are in proximity to the CBD.”last_img read more

Domestic exposure of Dutch pension funds drops in 2014

first_imgThe 33 largest pension funds in the Netherlands had relatively less exposure to their domestic economy in 2014 than the precious year as a proportion of overall assets, although the overall value of Dutch assets increased.This is according to figures supplied by the supervisor, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), at the request of IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro.Investments in Dutch equity and fixed income (excluding liquidity) increased by €5bn overall to €100bn in total, most of which was attributable to Dutch government bonds, whose value in portfolios rose from €40bn at the end of 2013 to €47bn at the end of last year.Dutch mortgage holdings increased in overall value from €11.5bn to €13bn. Property investments dropped off from €21.5bn to €18bn.Despite the overall increase, the Dutch share of overall portfolio holdings decreased slightly from 13% to 11.5%.According to the DNB, the value assets in other geographical markets outpaced that of Dutch holdings.The figures are based on quarterly reports, in which the 33 largest funds are required to give a geographical breakdown of their holdings.This group represents around 80% of the invested assets of Dutch pension funds. In 2013, the supervisor reported that 14% of the assets of Dutch pension funds were invested in the Netherlands, although these data were based on a one-off survey among a sizeable group of funds and therefore not directly comparable with that now provided by the DNB.last_img read more

Jol lauds match-winner Berbatov

first_img In truth Berbatov’s performance was hardly in keeping with the high standards he has set himself throughout his career. The Bulgarian’s passing was woeful at times and he spent much of the match with his hands on his hips or throwing them in the air in frustration at his team-mates. Jol admits Berbatov is a unique character who needs to be carefully managed, but the Dutchman maintains that the 32-year-old is still one of the best hitmen in the league. “He’s a remarkable boy,” the 57-year-old said. “He’s a different personality, but he’s said it twice now. Against Stoke before the match and he said it again today. The only thing he wants is a day off if he scores. I promised him a day off and he scores!” Spurs were poor throughout Sunday’s encounter. Even the simplest of passes went astray while Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe, and even the returning Gareth Bale were unable to test Mark Schwarzer until the dying stages. Manager Andre Villas-Boas has now lost three games on the bounce for the first time since he took over and he accepted responsibility for the defeat, stating that the 120-minute drain of Thursday’s defeat at Inter Milan had nothing do to with the loss. “It was nothing to do with the players today,” he said. “The effort and commitment were there. Probably the organisation wasn’t, and it is down to us to get to business and correct that.” Press Association Martin Jol hailed Dimitar Berbatov as the Fulham striker lived up to his promise to shoot down his former club Tottenham.center_img Tottenham’s hopes of Champions League qualification took a big blow as they lost 1-0 to the Cottagers thanks to Berbatov’s second-half poke past Hugo Lloris. The 52nd-minute strike was not one of the finest of his career, but it did not matter for Berbatov or Jol, who tasted victory over the club he used to manage for the first time since leaving White Hart Lane six years ago. Jol said: “Before the game you hope for a point… but Berbatov came to me and promised me… He said: ‘you have to trust me’. I thought he was joking. But he said it before the match against Stoke (where he scored the winner) and he is a wonderful player. It was one of the best wins ever.” last_img read more

McIlroy learning from ‘mistake’

first_img It took McIlroy until December to register his only win of the season, but the two-time major winner has shown glimpses of his best form already this year – despite a second-round exit from the WGC-Accenture Match Play last week – and can also enjoy some home comforts this week having bought a house in Palm Beach. Asked what the lowest point of 2013 was, McIlroy told the PGA Tour website: “Probably The Honda last February. I made a mistake walking off the course and disappointed not just myself. “Golf can be a frustrating game and emotionally tough. What’s important, though, is that I’ve learned from that episode. I need to stay patient and play my way through the difficult patches. “I had to mature, and I did. And through the lean times it was important to remind myself that it was my love of golf that secured my position as number one in the world. That passion for the game is something I’m really enjoying again.” McIlroy has also vowed to keep showing such passion on and off the course, where his candour is appreciated if not always wise. For example, he blasted golf’s “stupid rules” after correctly being given a two-shot penalty for an incorrect drop in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. “I think people have warmed to me for who I am, for the honesty I display on and off the course,” McIlroy added. “I’m learning to take the rough with the smooth, too. “It simply wouldn’t be me if I couldn’t show elation after a win or disappointment when things haven’t exactly gone to plan. You get what you see. “I don’t think I’m an isolated example of a golfer who’s happy when he’s playing well and frustrated when he’s not. It’s really just the way things are. But winning, knowing my game is in good order and being fit really keeps me positive. McIlroy was defending champion last year when he walked off the course midway through his second round, initially telling reporters he was in a “bad place mentally” before citing toothache as the cause of his early exit. The 24-year-old subsequently apologised for the incident and admitted he should have battled through the bad form which blighted most of last year following his multi-million pound switch to Nike. Former world number one Rory McIlroy will revisit the lowest point of his 2013 season this week at the Honda Classic. Press Association “I do get upset sometimes, however, when I’m personally criticised for not playing well enough. I respect the opinions of those close to me – whether family, friends or media – but uninformed or meaningless attacks are a little less easy to swallow.” The world number eight admitted he spent more time dealing with lawyers last year than he hopes to for the rest of his career, but feels he was right to leave both of his previous management companies. “I’m not sure if regret is the right term for management changes,” added McIlroy, who is still embroiled in a legal dispute with Horizon Sports. “I saw my future differently in each case and decided accordingly. “Management teams often have to consider other players in their camp when decisions are being made, and I think I outgrew that. I won’t pretend everything in the future will be smooth sailing because obstacles will always present themselves and there will be highs and lows. “Now that the decisions rest with me, though, I’ll have to take the poor ones on the chin.” Seven of the world’s top 10 are in the field at PGA National, with Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson returning to action after opting to miss last week’s match play event in Arizona. Jason Day, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson are the players to miss out, with Day taking a break after his WGC-Accenture victory which lifted him to a career-high fourth in the rankings, while Rose is again struggling with a shoulder injury. last_img read more

The Latest: Romanian soccer league restart delayed by 1 day

first_imgThe Latest: Romanian soccer league restart delayed by 1 day June 12, 2020 Organizers say the long lead times required to construct street circuits in Singapore and Azerbaijan made it impossible to host those races during a period of uncertainty.The Japanese Grand Prix in October was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions.F1 had already announced a revamped schedule that confirmed the first eight races of the 2020 season. It is planning to have from 15-18 races in total.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus.center_img Associated Press Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off.The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni.Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed. A staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.___Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Formula 1 world champion Rosberg retires

first_imgWorld champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.”I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right,” Rosberg said in a Facebook post.Rosberg won nine of this season’s 21 grands prix, beating three-time champion Hamilton by five points.”For 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula 1 world champion,” he added.”Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it.” The son of Finland’s 1982 world champion Keke, Rosberg made his F1 debut for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006, finishing seventh.ReactionBBC Sport Chief F1 writer Andrew BensonNico Rosberg’s decision to announce his retirement from Formula 1 just five days after clinching his first world title is a major shock – but perhaps it should not be.The German put everything into this season, as he explained in his statement on Friday. The pressure of those last few races was plain to see in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, in the way it peeled off him by degrees in the hours after the race. While thinking about how hard winning that title was, doubtless his thoughts were also about what it would take to beat Lewis Hamilton to it again. He clearly felt that at the age of 31, with a young daughter, he was not prepared to make those sacrifices again.All in all, it is a classy move from a classy man.last_img read more