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

UGA Microgin

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTifton, Ga. — The most modern small-scale reproduction of a commercial cotton gin in the world is ready for researchers to use to help improve the quality of Georgia cotton.Gov. Sonny Perdue, University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams and other state and agricultural leaders officially opened the UGA MicroGin. It’s custom designed and constructed to enable researchers to gin small samples of cotton in a manner that replicates the way cotton is ginned in large, modern gins.”This facility will allow researchers and farmers to improve upon a commodity already well established here,” Perdue said, “and allow them to follow it from the field to the consumer. This will help our cotton farmers better compete globally.”Georgia farmers are penalized about 5 cents per pound of cotton due to fiber quality deductions. Over the past three years, they’ve lost an average of $24.5 million annually due to poor cotton quality, said Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the UGA Extension Service.Farmers deliver their cotton, usually in large modules that can weigh 10,000 pounds, to gins, where it is dried, cleaned and ginned, a process that separates the cottonseed from lint. The microgin produces lint that is like the lint that comes out of a commercial gin.Plans for the facility include cooperative research to improve cotton fiber and textile quality and educational purposes.The microgin is ready to be used for this fall’s cotton harvest.The microgin project was conceived by the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton and CAES scientists and engineers, with input from the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, the Southern Cotton Growers and the private sector.Funding came from the State of Georgia (Traditional Industries Program), U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton and UGA CAES.Georgia’s 1.3 million-acre cotton crop during 2003 produced 2.1 million bales with a farm-gate value of more than $700 million.last_img read more

Super Eagles will grow into AFCON qualifiers – Akanni

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child A former Super Eagles defender, Waidi Akanni, has expressed optimism that the Nigerian national football team would keep improving and getting better with each 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match.Akanni was reacting to the hard-fought 2-1 victory recorded by the Super Eagles against the Squirrels of Benin Republic in their Group L encounter on Wednesday.The match, played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, saw the Super Eagles come from behind to defeat their West African opponents 2-1.Akanni, a former chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the most important thing about the game against Benin Republic was that the Eagles secured victory.“The most important thing is that we got the three points. It is true that we struggled in the opening part of the game but it was due to lack of cohesion, especially in the midfield.“It is not unusual because it is the first game of the qualifiers, but going forward, I believe the boys will play better as a team,” he said.Squirrels’ Stephane Sessegnon opened scoring in the fifth minute to send Nigeria into panic mode before Victor Osimhen levelled up in the 45th minute.Samuel Kalu then won the match for the Super Eagles with a close-range effort in the 62nd minute to seal a 2-1 victory.Nigeria’s No. 10 jersey, which former Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi had made his own for years, was handed to new entrant, Joe Aribo, against the Squirrels.Akanni said that the 23-year-old Glasgow Rangers midfielder gave a good account of himself.“Joe Aribo was solid. He has easily blended into the national team. What the Eagles need now is playing together more. The players will get better,” he said.  Tags: Godswill Akpabio International StadiumSuper EaglesWaidi Akannilast_img read more

Bauer power leads to titles

first_imgSt. Patrick’s Day means green, even in the sports world. Last Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls wore green uniforms against the Boston Celtics to celebrate the holiday. From Doc River’s Irishmen’s ascent out of last place, to pitcher David Wells chugging a six-pack of Guinness and munching on potato chips in his recliner, to Notre Dame playing in the NCAA Tournament, sports went all out to celebrate. But there is one Patty connection in particular that stands out. Over the green weekend, it was Patty who proved to the world just how invaluable she is. She didn’t even need any shamrocks to ascertain it. As last season’s Patty Kazmaier award winner as the nation’s top performer, and a finalist for the award this year, Sara Bauer is simply prolific. She recorded six points (one goal and five assists) in the Frozen Four to secure Wisconsin’s second consecutive NCAA Championship. In addition, the St. Catharines, Ontario, native was a major reason why they made it there in the first place. Bauer connected with fellow line mate Jinelle Zaugg on a one-timer to send Wisconsin to victory and Lake Placid, N.Y., before 5,000-plus fans after over two hours of highly contested hockey with Harvard. With 72 points this season, Bauer ranks second in the nation. And her 218 career points are easily the most in school history — 41 more than Meghan Hunter. But more than just her numbers can possibly reflect, she makes everyone around her better. The team is extremely deep, and the goaltenders are seemingly flawless, that much is true. And Zaugg and Meghan Duggan are fantastic prototypes in their own right — they both were among the top 11 in the country in scoring with more than 50 points apiece — yet I find it hard to believe that their stats aren’t inflated by the presence of Bauer. Even Duggan, one of the top freshmen in the nation, couldn’t contain her excitement to get the opportunity to play on the same line as the senior forward. “I mean it’s an honor to play with an individual like Sara Bauer,” Duggan said. “I’m having a good time learning to play with [Bauer] and just new combinations and everything that she brings; it’s just a lot of fun.”Much in the same manner a great point guard like Steve Nash makes all the players around him better, Bauer is the epitome of an MVP. Take her away, and I don’t know that this team can win the way it has over the course of two seasons (72-5-5 and 54-1-4 in its last 59). Yet, after four seasons here at UW, Bauer, who is arguably the greatest talent the women’s hockey team has ever seen, remains unknown, hidden behind the shadow of other sports and student life. She’s quiet. Reserved. And she certainly isn’t the best interview among UW athletes. Just because she doesn’t make herself known around campus shouldn’t prevent us from recognizing her for all she has achieved.She is a model student-athlete. Bauer is as much a model citizen in the classroom as she is on the ice. Her GPA is almost a perfect 4.0.While others may not know of her, I do. This is my tribute to her remarkable season, career and life. It’s hard to say how the team will fare next season without the services of No. 15. I imagine they’ll still be a contender considering the level of talent they have coming back. Even so, the playmaker from these past four years will most definitely be missed. So put on your top hat, grab a Guinness and make a toast to something truly special. Kevin is a junior double-majoring in journalism and economics. If you are still hung over in the St. Patty’s Day mood and would like to toast with him, he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Dodgers almost uniform in agreement – Yankees present just another series against a good team

first_imgMay has made three starts since being promoted from Triple-A at the start of August. But his most recent game action was out of the bullpen in Atlanta on Sunday. He allowed a grand slam in the first of his two innings and took the loss.Over his three starts, May pitched 5-2/3 innings each time with a 2.65 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings.He will not bump anyone from the rotation. The plan is just to give the rest of the starting pitchers an extra day off before their next starts.UP NEXTYankees (LHP CC Sabathia, 5-7, 5.01 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Tony Gonsolin, 1-1, 3.00 ERA), Saturday, 1:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), Fox Sports 1, 570 AM Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “Any talk of the World Series – we’re a long way from that. Up to this point, both teams are having a good season,” Roberts said. “I really don’t believe, regardless of the outcome of these three games, it’s going to impact anything going forward.”Kenley Jansen joked that some of his young teammates might need history lessons if they didn’t understand the significance of a Dodgers-Yankees matchup. Growing up in Curacao, Jansen said the Dodgers and Yankees were the two most popular teams until Andruw Jones started playing for the Atlanta Braves in the late ’90s.Facing the Yankees means something special, Jansen said.“For me, it does,” Jansen said, calling it “a big deal.“You talk about two of the biggest organizations in baseball – and I would say not only in baseball. Overall, you talk about Dodgers, Yankees, Lakers, Celtics, Real Madrid, Barcelona. Those are the teams. You feel like you’re in the major leagues – ‘Damn, we’re playing the Yankees.’ The only (bad) part of it is you’re not seeing the true uniforms.“Bad timing. That’s really bad timing.”MAY DAYRight-hander Dustin May threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday afternoon and will make another start for the Dodgers in San Diego on Monday.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The weekend matchup between the Dodgers (entering with the best record in baseball at 85-44) and Yankees (second-best at 83-46) is the first one in interleague history that features two teams at least 30 games over .500. It is also the latest date in the season that the teams with the best record in each league are playing each other.And then there is the history between the two franchises. The Dodgers and Yankees have met in the World Series 11 times in the past – and could make it 12 in the near future.“It’s three games in late August,” said pitcher Walker Buehler, dismissing talk of a World Series preview.“There’s a long time to go between now and any time when we might play them. I think the importance of it is for baseball as a whole just because it’s two historic franchises. Anything other than that is a little ridiculous. … Obviously, you know about Brooklyn and New York. But I’m worrying about the 2019 Dodgers, to be honest.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has the same concerns. He acknowledged the “historical” angles in this matchup but said he will have no extra takeaways from the series other than “it’s another team that’s having a good season.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — There is definitely something different about this weekend’s series between the Dodgers and New York Yankees.“Yeah, because we’re wearing these weird uniforms,” Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly said, referring to the Players Weekend uniforms both teams will wear for all three games. “Not the prettiest of things, I would say.”Beyond the fashion critique (shared by many), the matchup with the Yankees didn’t catch Kelly’s attention.“I’ve seen these guys a million times,” said Kelly who spent parts of five seasons in the AL East with the Boston Red Sox. “I honestly didn’t even think of it until right now.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mew claims wire-to-wire win in Ireland

first_img Tags: England teams, Irish Seniors Open, Senior golf Alan Mew became the second consecutive English winner of the Irish Seniors’ Open when he completed a wire-to-wire success at Belvoir Park.The 66 year old from Stoneham Golf Club in Hampshire was three-under for the 54-hole event and succeeds Lancashire’s Trevor Foster as champion.An opening round of six-under 65 put Mew in pole position from day one and gave him a three shot lead over Nigel Evans of Wales and Alan Egan of Ireland.Although he posted 73 in round two, Mew remained clear of Evans while Egan dropped out of contention. On the final day, Mew enjoyed a relatively comfortable closing round of 72 to win with three shots to spare.Three clear setting out, his lead had increased to five by the turn. His closest challenger, Nigel Evans from Wales, got within three again when Mew bogeyed the 13th but the leader eased any nerves with a birdie at the next hole.Mew, an England senior international, has history with this championship. In 2014, he was runner-up when Portmarnock’s Adrian Morrow triumphed at Waterville.Evans finished as runner up. Foster, who is the British Senior Champion, tied for third on three over par alongside Bob Florence (England) and the leading Irish challenger, George Wilson.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Pat Cashman Photography 25 May 2019 Mew claims wire-to-wire win in Ireland last_img read more

Win a trip to Vancouver with TravelBounds new Canada promotion

first_img Posted by Friday, July 14, 2017 Share Win a trip to Vancouver with TravelBound’s new Canada promotion Tags: Travelboundcenter_img TORONTO — FIT specialist TravelBound’s brand new ‘Celebrate Canada’ campaign includes prize incentives and contests for travel agents.The promotion “is a great chance for agents to earn great prizes and vacation stays in addition to TravelBound’s already top commission levels,” says the company.Agents are eligible to win a prize when they submit a photo of themselves enjoying a different aspect of Canada and Canadian travel. “Each week a different type of photo can be submitted – from favorite selfie in Canada to images of a favorite hotel, food or experience one had while travelling throughout this beautiful country,” says TravelBound.Prizes include hotel stays, sightseeing experiences and Amazon gift card. The grand prize is an all-inclusive trip for two to Vancouver, in partnership with Tourism Vancouver.TravelBound’s Canada hotel product ranges from budget-friendly to five-star luxury in many locations. “Sightseeing and cultural experiences are also part of the breadth of product available with choices ranging from city exploration to visiting a Royal Canadian Mounted Police garrison to ice skating in the great outdoors.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTravel Bound also notes that, as part of the Canada150 celebrations, entrance to Canada’s national parks is free for everyone throughout 2017. “And with so many parks to choose from, the head will be spinning”, from Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the east to Banff National Park and Glacier National Park in the west.“There is so much happening in Canada this summer and fall. TravelBound has the right combination of components to build the perfect celebration of Canada,” says the company.For bookings visit For the contest go to Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more