State Deficit Hits $14.5 Billion As Officials Try To Fill The Gap

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Legalize marijuana,Stop funding illegal immigrants. Since under our state officials the state is not upholding the constitution and laws of the United States and the State of New York, due to the bad decisions of our state officials maybe they should be the first people of this state to feel the pinch. All state elected and appointed officials should have there pay frozen indefinitely until this situation is resolved. This would include the retirement accounts of all said officials. Past present and future.Also any burdens they put on the legal citizens and businesses of this states should be applied double to them. That is to includes taxes, fees,tolls, and other schemes they come up with inflect the people and business of New York.,Free healthcare…. Free College….. Free Rent….. Free Welfare…….. Free Foodstamps……Never thought that the $$$$$ had to come from somewhere… Spend.. Spend… Spend…. (It must be nice to be able to spend MORE than you make)And now we’re in the hole & guess what …. the working tax payers will have to pay the price for all the FREEBIES Photo: Matt H. Wade / CC BY 3.0ALBANY — The New York State budget deficit of $14.5 billion has state officials scratching their heads on how to close the gap, especially if the federal government doesn’t offer some form of bailout.On a Thursday conference call, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said if there’s no federal aid, there are options than can be taken to “try to fill” the gap.“Taxes, cuts, borrowing, early retirement, all of the above, and all of the above won’t fill that hole,” Cuomo said,Permanent across the board 20 percent cuts for schools, hospitals and local governments haven’t been made, yet, there have been with-holdings, and counties across the state are already feeling financial pains. “They are now slowly turning off the reimbursement, and state funding valve to local governments and schools, so they can meet there they can slow the funds, going out of the state budget and try to close their budget gap. There are other ways that they can go about doing this, but this is the way that they have chosen,” said New York State Association of Counties Deputy Director Mark LaVigne.The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) has put together a report of more than 80 recommendations that can be taken to close budget gaps.“I don’t think we can wait any longer. Honestly, there’s a good chance that Washington either doesn’t come through at all or comes through but not to the level that we need to continue to provide services that our residents need locally. So, we need some action from the state, we need some decisions from the state that will help counties and local governments and schools get through these times,” LaVigne said.Some actions include granting “permanent sales tax authority for all counties for a local sales tax at their existing rate or up to 4 percent,” temporarily allowing counties to exceed the property tax cap “without penalty” in certain cases, increasing Thruway tolls for out of state residents, and allowing mobile sports gaming that shares revenue with counties.last_img read more

Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg Extends Again Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Star Files Heisenberg Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016center_img Heisenberg, the new show from Simon Stephens, the Tony-winning playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has extended again off-Broadway. The world premiere, starring Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt, will now play through July 18; the production had been set to shutter on July 11.Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Clare (Parker) spots Alex (Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a life-changing game.Mark Brokaw directs the limited engagement at Manhattan Theater Club’s New York City Center—Stage II. Denis Arndt Mary-Louise Parkerlast_img read more

Lawmakers debate mammogram immunity

first_img Lawmakers debate mammogram immunity Bills that would make radiologists reading mammograms immune from medical malpractice suits unless they are grossly negligent has advanced through a House Committee. But a Senate panel amended the upper chambers version of the bill to only study the availability of mammograms for Florida women.Supporters said the House bill is necessary to guarantee there are enough radiologists to read mammograms for Florida women, while opponents said it would endanger women by encouraging sloppy test reading and leaving them with no recourse when they are victimized by malpractice.HB 1087 passed the House Health Care Committee on April 13. SB 2306 passed the Senate Health, Aging, and Long-Term Care Committee 6-4 on April 12, but was amendment to call for only the study in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 19.Senators said they wanted to give last year’s medical malpractice law changes a chance to work before making further changes.The House committee meeting showed the lively debate on the issue.Sponsor Rep. Carole Green, R-Ft. Myers, introduced and got passed amendments to her bill requiring radiologists to meet certain training and continuing education standards to qualify for the enhanced immunity. The bill would also sunset on July 1, 2007.The bill also set up a work group to study the issue further.She said women around the state already face delays of several months in getting mammograms and getting them read, and without extra immunity for radiologists, the problem will only get worse.“I am tremendously concerned that this test, albeit not perfect, will go away and women will die,” said Green, who is a breast cancer survivor and who used to work with radiologists as a radiation therapist. “What I really want in the long run is a good bill. I want something to make sure that women are seen and protected and get their mammography.”Rep. Yolly Roberson, D-Miami, said the gross negligence standard would be like proving manslaughter in a criminal case, and the law would leave malpractice victims — or their survivors — with no way to be compensated for devastating injuries or death.Rep. Susan Bucher, D-West Palm Beach, questioned whether there was a shortage of radiologists to read mammograms, noting a federal General Accounting Office study showed Florida women using mammograms at a much higher rate than the national average. Rep. Shelley Vana, D-West Palm Beach, agreed and said evidence of long delays was only circumstantial. “We do not have the evidence to lower the standard of health care,” she said. “And until we have that evidence, I am not willing to take away the safety net and lower the protections for women.”The committee rejected a series of amendments. One would have stricken all of the bill except for the study group and another would have extended the immunity to radiologists reading testicular cancer tests, and a third would have set the gross negligence standards for doctors treating legislators and their families. Lawmakers debate mammogram immunitycenter_img May 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Croatia has what others do not have – family accommodation

first_imgWhen 1000 people from all over Croatia appear at the conference in Zagreb on the first snowy weekend this year, despite the barely passable roads, it is a confirmation that they are very eager for new knowledge and the need for networking because they are aware that this is the only way they can be more successful. .The Fourth National Forum of Family Accommodation (FOS), held on February 2 and 3 in the Congress Hall of the Zagreb Fair, will be remembered not only for the excellent attendance and good organization, but also for the news that could be heard there, which should further strengthen the largest branch of tourism. markets in the country. The great response was also impressed by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, who stated on stage that Croatia has what others do not have, and that is family accommodation!It was a moment of encouragement for those gathered that the state is aware of the importance of small private renters and wants to help them raise the quality of this service, which with 92.000 registered facilities makes up more than half of the domestic market. Cappelli said that finally this year we can expect recategorization and favorable HBOR loans for this type of accommodation with interest rates of up to 3 percent, which will be preceded by the adoption of changes in the law in the hospitality industry. He explained that this does not mean that someone will have to stop dealing with it due to high categorization due to high investment costs, but that the state will make it easier for him to invest since the quality of this accommodation is just as important as in camps and hotels.Today, the guest will rather pay more for an experience in a hut at 1000 meters altitude, where the host will prepare organic potatoes under the baking lid, than for a 5-course gala dinner in a hotel or restaurant.The first man of the European Association of Family Accommodation, Carlos Villaro Lassen, also landed at the Forum from Brussels, supporting the demand for household accommodation and higher-than-expected growth. Numerous online platforms that have built their businesses on the offer of accommodation have certainly contributed to this, as well as the ever-improving quality of the offer and the need to experience local communities and people. He confirmed that the trends are changing rapidly in favor of small household capacities, saying that 11 million beds were registered in hotels in Europe, and as many as 20 million in “short-term rental” facilities. While some European cities such as Berlin, Paris and Portugal are trying to suppress it, and some are even denying it, such as Venice, he cited Croatia as a country that has managed to adequately regulate it. Lassen personally congratulated Cappelli on our model of flat-rate taxation of household service providers and more than 540.000 registered beds, noting that we are cited in Europe as an example in creating legislative frameworks.That we managed to create recognition, we convincingly confirmed at last year’s awards ceremony for the best European holiday homes, where Croatia won in 4 of 8 categories. The winners (Villa Vista Zamask in Istria in the category of the most original house, Villa Sreser from Peljesac for the best house on the coast, Villa Falcon Rook from Konavle for the best family house and Villa Vadedija near Zminj for the best wellness house) were awarded by Lassen at the Forum.Photo: HGKAt the same time, the awards “Tourist flower-quality for Croatia 2017″ were awarded. in 11 categories, and the title of the best accommodation of the year was awarded to Linden Tree resort & ranch from Velika Plana. This intimate and luxurious refuge nestled on 50 hectares of the Velebit mountain also won in the category for the best eco-accommodation. The best accommodation for a family is Sunny Apartments in Zagreb, the best accommodation for an active vacation is Villa Falcon Rook from Konavle, the best accommodation for pets is the cottage Bobica from Pokupsko, the best accommodation without barriers is boarding house Mamica from Puscina, and the most original accommodation Bear’s Log from Rakovica. The award for the best accommodation in rural tourism went to B&B Tinka from Momjan, for the best accommodation in nature was chosen B&B Casa Rustica from Vodnjan, the best accommodation on the coast was Villa Evelyn from Fažana, and the best accommodation in the city was the apartment Emerald from Zagreb.On the first day, a panel was held on the possible impact of the recently postponed real estate tax on family tourism, where we heard that Croatia is not even close to its introduction because, as Željko Uhlir, State Secretary of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, said, we have only 3,5% data between land registers and cadastres, and we lack a real estate register. Assistant Director of the Tax Administration Marijana Vuraić Kudeljan confirmed that this tax is not currently a topic in the Ministry of Finance, and hopes that it will remain so, said Nedo Pinezić, one of the most deserving persons for the development of family accommodation in Croatia, saying that the introduction of new charges is unacceptable. just because we have too expensive and inefficient public administration.However, Luka Benko from the Zagreb Tourist Board showed that the rapid development of short-term rent should not be left to itself. In the last 10 years, private accommodation there has grown by an incredible 3181 percent! Not so long ago in 2007 there were only 57 renters in the city, and today there are 2954 of them with a total of 7121 beds. Such growth brings with it the other side of the coin. Out of 100 open facilities, 25 are closed, which means that this activity is not for those who think that it is enough to refresh the paint on the walls and change the bed linen and towels, and guests will flock in large numbers. To survive in an increasingly competitive market, it is necessary to understand the rules of the new digital revolution, market trends, finances, communication skills, speak foreign languages ​​and be original and excellent in the offer because guests are looking for the maximum for their money.What financially means short-term bed rental we heard from family accommodation advisor Anamarija Cicarelli, who showed the average annual amount of basic costs of a double apartment (which includes VAT on commission, price of advertising on portals, investment in real estate, overhead costs, cleaning, bed linen washing, welcome of guests and flat tax and sojourn tax) in the amount of 17.000 kn. Only when we take all this into account, we can create the price of our bed and see if it is achievable given the competition and the attractiveness of the destination. We saw that Croatia with an average price of 45 euros is cheaper than Montenegro and Slovenia, which is not in our interest because we really have something to offer and according to guest ratings and the latest research, we are the best hosts in Europe. We strengthen the price by additional offer and connecting in clusters through the branding system, which is the only way to avoid the image of a cheap destination and sustainable tourism.One of the most interesting lectures was by Vanja Šebek from the University of Algebra on the life cycles of our users and their behavior on the Internet. This certified Google trainer explained how the user goes through 4 key stages before choosing a destination before becoming our guest, and the better we understand his habits, the sooner we will catch him in our network, i.e. sell him our bed. This process can take from a couple of hours to a year, and when the guest finally arrives, in 85% of cases it is only on the spot that he decides on the activities at the destination. By then we must already have enough information to offer him innovative content according to his wishes. “Learn from your guests because they are your mirror”, Said Sebek.RRIF advisor Ljerka Markota spoke about the tax obligations of household accommodation providers, emphasizing that everyone must have a VAT identification number and pay VAT on commission to foreign OTA platforms as small taxpayers because it is our obligation since joining the EU. The head of the Croatian Climate Change Panel, Vjeran Piršić, reminded that Croatia, like the rest of the world, is exposed to the negative effects of climate change, which also result in significant economic losses. Disasters such as prolonged droughts, floods or fires paralyze tourism, but this topic is often imposed too late only when disasters like last year’s fire in Dalmatia occur.The forum was best concluded by UNDP international tourism expert Tim Clancy, who said that we are our greatest strength and that today the guest would rather pay more for an experience in a hut at 1000 meters, where the host will prepare organic potatoes under the baking lid, than for a 5-course gala dinner at a hotel or restaurant. According to UNWTO estimates, the passion for travel will continue to grow in the coming period, and we are the ones who must attract them with original content and hospitality as promoters of the indigenous lifestyle. At the same time, we must be careful not to eat ourselves because of tourism, because as a small country we already have one of the highest tourist traffic densities in the EU of as many as 3 arrivals per capita.Otherwise, we could be hit by a Spanish or Italian scenario where their most visited destinations suffer greatly from the consequences of mass tourism. One of the founders of the concept of sustainable tourism, Jost Krippendorf, best described it in the eighties – “Where a growing crowd seeks rest, fewer and fewer find it”.Related news:MINISTER CAPPELLI ANNOUNCES RECATEGORIZATION OF FAMILY ACCOMMODATION AND FAVORABLE HBOR LOANSLINDEN TREE RETREAT & RANCHA FROM VELIKA PLANA NAMED THE BEST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION IN CROATIAlast_img read more

European tourists cancel trips to West Java, fear transit in virus-hit Singapore: ASITA

first_imgFears over the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak have affected tourism in West Java, with a number of European tourists reportedly canceling their trip to the province.According to the West Java chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA), European tourists have expressed concerns over the new coronavirus as the pneumonia-like disease has spread from China to Indonesia’s neighboring countries.“Singapore has recorded confirmed cases of [the coronavirus], while their flights [to Indonesia] are supposed to transit in Singapore,” ASITA West Java chapter head Budijanto Ardiansjah said on Friday as quoted by “Some European tourists have canceled their trips. They asked for confirmation whether Indonesia is safe [from the virus] or not and they have decided to postpone their visits until the outbreak subsides.”He declined to reveal just how many tourists have canceled their plans. In line with recent government policy, airlines have suspended their flights to and from China in response to the outbreak, subsequently affecting the visit of Chinese tourists, one of the largest contributor of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia. The ASITA Bali chapter previously said that thousands of Chinese tourists had canceled their trips to Bali in the wake of the virus outbreak, which has killed more than 1,300 and spread to nearly 30 countries since it first emerged in the city of Wuhan in late December last year. Indonesia has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus so far, though its neighboring countries have reported multiple positive diagnoses. Singapore, for instance, has confirmed that 67 people have been infected in the city-state as of Friday, The Strait Times reported.The cancelations came amid the West Java administration’s efforts to attract more European and American tourists to the province, which has a number of famous destinations such as the provincial capital of Bandung as well as Ciwidey regency. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), a total of 1,565,200 European tourists visited Indonesia from January to September last year. The number showed a slight decline compared to the same period in 2018 when 1,566,900 Europeans visited the country. Budi conceded that West Java was still less enticing compared to Bali, saying that only 8 to 10 percent of tourists from Europe visiting Indonesia included West Java in their itineraries. He said West Java was still lacking in promotion despite the beauty of its nature and culture, which had become the main attractions for European tourists, including those from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.“European tourists are different from Asian tourists. Asian tourists like shopping, while Europeans are more into nature and the culture,” Budi said. ASITA has been mulling over strategy to attract more European tourists to visit West Java before going to Bali, such as by encouraging them to take trains from Jakarta to Bandung or to drop by Puncak in Bogor before continuing to Yogyakarta or Bali. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

Trump says no need for him to get coronavirus test

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would be happy to get a coronavirus test but that he has been told there’s no need, despite having had contact with several lawmakers who chose to self-quarantine.”I feel extremely good. I feel very good but I guess it’s not a big deal to get tested and it’s something I would do,” Trump told reporters in Washington.However, the White House doctor declared there was “no reason to do it,” Trump added. “There’s no symptoms, no anything.” Trump’s health has come under the spotlight as the coronavirus spreads in the United States, with three Republican lawmakers who met with the president having being exposed recently to someone who had tested positive.One of those deciding to go into self-imposed quarantine was Trump’s pick for White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, although his test result was negative.Another, Matt Gaetz, who traveled with Trump on Air Force One on Monday, said Tuesday that he had also tested negative.Topics :last_img read more

Bulgaria drops controversial second-pillar pension payout proposal

first_imgBulgarian finance minister Vladislav Goranov has done a U-turn on a common asset payout pool for second-pillar pension fund retirees by dropping it from his ministry’s recent proposed amendments to the Social Insurance Code (SIC).The minister, however, is not backing down quietly.In statements made at a press conference at the end of May and published on the Finance Ministry’s website, Goranov said that, during the consultation period, “he had observed a wrong interpretation of the legislation proposed in connection with the payment of second-pillar pensions”, adding that the “nationalisation” of pension fund resources was never discussed in the ministry’s proposal.“The attempt to arouse fear among the Bulgarian citizens and to discuss the topic with some arguments whether the private property is protected makes us believe that, behind these motives, there is some other goal of those who are against the amendments to the law,” he said. Goranov was also dismissive about the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision on 27 May to refer the 2015 changes to the SIC to the Constitutional Court over the issue of the rights of the insured members to choose between the second and first pillars.The Supreme Administrative Court ruling, which is not subject to appeal, was admitted as a case by the Constitutional Court on 1 June.Goranov claimed the Supreme Administrative Court “displayed ignorance” of the pension system structure and that he “did not find any contradiction with the Constitution, as the right to choose is at the root of people’s freedoms”.While the Finance Ministry may have removed the most controversial proposed amendment, the other changes still stand and are set to be presented to Parliament before the completion of the asset quality review.These include changes to current asset regulations such as, in the case of second-pillar funds, permitting investments in sovereign bonds without credit ratings (up to 20% of the portfolio), international financial institutions (10%) and IPOs (1%).The limit on REITs doubles to 10%, while direct investment in real estate, currently limited to 5%, will be prohibited altogether because of the inherent risks in this class.The government, however – as the Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pension Security Companies (BASPSC) has pointed out – has once again ignored its call to introduce multi-funds to mitigate risks for older fund members.The BASPSC has also taken issue with the proposed expanded role of the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC), the sector’s regulator.It has objected to the proposed requirement for pension fund companies that want to offer pension payouts to be re-licensed, a condition not applied to life insurance companies that enter this field.According to the FSC, as of the end of March, the second-pillar universal and professional funds had a collective membership of 3.8m and net assets of BGN8.7bn (€4.4bn).The respective figures for the third pillar were 605,705 and BGN851m.last_img read more

World’s First LNG-Fueled Bulker Delivered in South Korea

first_imgSouth Korea’s Ilshin Logistics has taken delivery of Ilshin Green Iris, the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier, from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Lloyd’s Register informed.With a dual class of Lloyd’s Register and Korean Register, the 50,000 dwt bulk carrier has also been verified to be in compliance with the International Gas Fuel (IGF) Code.The vessel is the result of a collaboration project, announced in July 2016, to develop the first in a new generation of environmentally-friendly LNG-fueled bulkers.The ship has a Type ‘C’ LNG fuel tank with a capacity of 500 cubic meters made of austenitic high manganese steel and located on the aft mooring deck. The material has a high manganese content and is specially designed for cryogenic LNG and liquefied gas storage applications. The properties and characteristics of the high-manganese steel, as well as the required welding technology and fuel tank design, have been proven suitable for cryogenics with the approval of LR, the classification society said.LR granted the certification of High Manganese Steel Welding Consumables, Welding Procedure Approval and Material Approval for the ship in July 2017.“I am very excited and proud to see the successful delivery of the world’s first 50,000 dwt LNG-fuelled bulk carrier with contribution from LR for the certification and approval (…) The successful delivery of the vessel should be a significant indication to the market of a reasonable and solid solution to the preparation for emission compliant eco-friendly designs,” JT Lee, LR’s Chief Representative & Marine Manager for Korea, commented.Flying the flag of South Korea, the 31,000 gross-ton Ilshin Green Iris has a market value of USD 22.25 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

Hughes has faith in Pennant

first_img Pennant was released by the club when his contract ended, but Pulis was replaced in the hotseat by Hughes in May and the Welshman offered the player a one-year deal to stay. He accepted and Hughes sees no reason why he cannot be a real asset for Stoke. “He’s been given another opportunity here,” said the Potters boss. “He loves the club, he didn’t want to leave. He thought possibly he would have to but things change very quickly in football and he’s got another chance. “I’m sure he’ll take it because he’s a good guy and he works hard. I think people sometimes get the wrong impression of Jermaine but he wants to play football and he wants to make an impression for us.” Pennant was unable to travel with Stoke for their pre-season tour of the US because of his criminal record but looked lively in his first outing against Wrexham on Sunday. Hughes said: “Unfortunately we couldn’t take him to America, everybody understands the circumstances, but he’s been with the under-21s and he’s been first class. “Glyn Hodges gave him a glowing report in terms of his attitude to the games he’s played and being in and around the under-21 guys. I was really pleased to hear that.” The winger joined the Potters three years ago from Real Zaragoza, initially on loan, but made only two appearances for the club last season, both in August. He was sent out on loan to Wolves by then Stoke manager Tony Pulis and was frozen out of the first-team picture when he returned in January. Press Association Another player who looks likely to benefit from Hughes’ appointment is midfielder Wilson Palacios. The Honduras international joined Stoke two years ago but has started only 18 games in all competitions in that time. Palacios has been linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Hull, but has been very involved in Hughes’ pre-season plans and played 45 minutes of the 1-0 friendly win over Wrexham. Hughes said: “He hasn’t really surprised me because my view was always that Wilson was a very good player and I was pleased he was still in the building. “Obviously he’s had a difficult time for whatever reason but he’s an accomplished player, a good international player who understands the role. He’s certainly in my thoughts.” Stoke begin their Premier League campaign against Liverpool at Anfield a week on Saturday. Stoke boss Mark Hughes expects Jermaine Pennant to make the most of his second chance at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more

Schlupp commits to Leicester

first_img “The 22-year-old Ghana international enjoyed an outstanding debut season in the Barclays Premier League, which culminated in a double triumph at the club’s end of season awards, where he won the Players’ Player and Young Player of the Year titles.” The 22-year-old Ghana international, who has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Aston Villa in recent weeks, played a key role in the Foxes’ successful Barclays Premier League survival last season and has been rewarded for his efforts. A statement issued via the club’s official website,, said: “Jeffrey Schlupp has committed his future to Leicester City by signing a new contract to keep him at King Power Stadium until June 2019. Jeffrey Schlupp has committed his future to Leicester by signing a new deal which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2019. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more