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Please explain receipts tax, governor

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwenty-six dollars and 11 cents ($26.11) is the amount I pay every day that my wife is in a local nursing home. This amount is 6.8 percent charged by New York state as a “cash receipts tax assessment.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, can you or one of your henchmen justify and/or explain this absurd tax to me and the overtaxed residents of New York state?Dave WardBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:Broadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Pair facing charges over France sex-tape scandal

first_imgThe video prompted Benjamin Griveaux, a married father of three, to pull out of the race to be Paris mayor a month before the first round of voting.Griveaux has filed a complaint and politicians from across the spectrum have come to his defence, portraying the 42-year-old as a victim of a hatchet job.Pavlensky, 35, told AFP last Friday that he wanted to expose the “hypocrisy” of Griveaux and his campaign pledges to uphold family values.Taddeo, 29, is believed to have been the recipient of the videos sent in 2018. A Russian artist and his girlfriend will face a judge over a sex-video scandal that damaged the career of an ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, prosecutors said Monday.Pyotr Pavlensky and Alexandra de Taddeo could be charged on Tuesday with invasion of privacy and publishing images of a sexual nature without consent.Pavlensky has already admitted publishing a video showing a man masturbating, along with racy text messages sent to a woman. Griveaux’s fall left Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party scrambling to find a replacement candidate for Paris mayor.Health Minister Agnes Buzyn is set to take his place despite the daunting odds — Griveaux was already running in a distant third place before the scandal broke.Pavlensky, who has a long record of provocative performances, received asylum in France in 2017 after several radical protests in Russia.He was originally detained on Saturday on accusations he pulled a knife during a brawl at a New Year’s Eve party in Paris, before investigators shifted their focus to the leaked sex video.Topics :last_img read more

Venezuelan gas to flow to Trinidad and Tobago for liquefaction

first_imgLNG World News Staff Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago have signed a deal to deliver natural gas from the Venezuelan Dragon field for export through the Atlantic LNG’s Point Fortin facility. According to a statement by the state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela, the two countries will execute the interconnection project linking the resources in the Dragon field with the Hibiscus platform, from which it will be delivered to Point Fortin for liquefaction.PDVSA noted that over the last two years, the governments of the two countries have jointly been working with Shell on the feasibility of the gas interconnection between the two countries.Under the terms of the deal, 150 million cubic feet of gas will be supplied from the field on a daily basis.The agreement provides a new boost to Atlantic LNG, a company owned by BP, Shell, China’s sovereign wealth fund CIC unit Summer Soca and Trinidad’s state-owned company NGC, that has been steadily picking up following the start of production from the Corallita and Lantana gas fields via BP’s Juniper platform, 80 kilometres (50 miles) off the south-east coast of Trinidad.In June last year, BP also made new discoveries offshore Trinidad with the Savannah and Macadamia exploration wells unlocking approximately 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.last_img read more

Rights group doubts police probe on activist’s killing

first_imgILOILO City – Human rights group Panay Alliance Karapatan is skeptical of the police investigation on the killing of Bayan Muna coordinator and long-time activist Jory Porquia. Under the leadership of then National Anti-poverty Commission chief Liza Maza, Porquia assumed the coordination of the agency’s projects in Panay Island from 2017 to 2018./PN “Some two weeks before he was killed, Jory was pursued by uniformed as well as plainclothes police officers,” according to Vergara. He was one of the founders of Bayan Muna and active in the party-list’s engagement in developing good relations with local political leaders in Panay Island. Panay Alliance Karapatan suspected those police officers belonged to the police stations of Molo and Arevalo districts. Porquia was shot to death early morning of April 30 in his house/coffee shop in Arevalo district by two men. In his youth a leader of the militant League of Filipino students, Porquia was a survivor of the martial law of then dictator Ferdinand Marcos. He subsequently worked as an overseas Filipino worker in the Middle East and later in China, where he was active in organizing and advocating Filipino migrants’ rights. “At around the same time, an intelligence officer went to Barangay Calaparan, Arevalo looking for ‘the one who recruits people to go to rallies,’” according to the human rights alliance.center_img After Marcos was ousted in 1986 via the People Power Revolution, he served as OIC member of the National Youth Commission under President Corazon Aquino.  Porquia was an active environmentalist, too. He was among the activists of the Madia-as Ecological Movement, which was instrumental in the banning of destructive commercial mining in Panay Island.  Upon his return to the country, Porquia briefly engaged in the construction business and worked as Migrante organizer in Panay Island. “He committed no crime. His principles moved him to be consistent in his activism. He helped feed the poor affected by the lockdown during this COVID-19 pandemic. Killing him was a reprehensible and cowardly act,” said Vergara. The group recalled that the police “disrupted” the community cooking that Bayan Muna volunteers organized in Barangay San Juan, Molo on April 15. Porquia ran as councilor but failed to win, under Mayor Jerry Treñas’ slate in the 2007 elections. “We could not entrust to the police the investigation on the murder when it is the policemen themselves who are the suspects,” according to Reylan Vergara, secretary general of Panay Alliance Karapatan, in a statement.last_img read more

Moyes denies United Bale bid

first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes has denied suggestions the club have made a bid for Tottenham star Gareth Bale. Press Association But Press Association Sport understands Spurs have received a bid from at least one other club for the highly-rated Wales international. Moyes made clear this was not from United when he spoke after his side’s goalless Barclays Premier League draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Asked if United had made a bid, he said: “No.” But, having not yet made a major signing since taking over at United, Moyes cryptically mentioned that he was still on the lookout for new players. He said: “I have just said Manchester United are always interested in the best players. “The board and myself would always be looking to sign who we think are the best players, whoever they are.” While people may interpret that to mean United could yet enter the race, the onus clearly remains on Real Madrid to push through a deal for their long-time target. Spurs are thought to be dismayed with Real’s conduct during the whole affair. The club erected a stage inside the Bernabeu, thought to be for Bale’s unveiling, and they also started selling replica shirts with the Welshman’s name on the back. There is also a concern among the Spurs hierarchy that Real do not have the money to pay for Bale outright. They are unimpressed with the Spanish club’s current offer, which involves spreading what is expected to be a world-record fee of at least £86 million over six years. Bale missed Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday after being given time off, and it was reported he spent the weekend in Marbella. Spurs have invested heavily in players throughout the summer to bring the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue to White Hart Lane. Despite such an outlay they maintain that they do not need to sell Bale to recoup the money spent. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has said there is even a possibility Bale could stay at Spurs. “There is interest from Real Madrid,” Villas-Boas said. “Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days, but at the moment there is nothing I can tell you.” The long-running saga over Bale’s future took a fresh twist on Monday when it emerged Spurs were considering offers from more than one club for the 24-year-old. Bale was thought to be nearing a world-record move to Real Madrid having reportedly spent the weekend in Spain to finalise the details of a switch to the Bernabeu. last_img read more

Wenger: Show me your title appetite

first_img The Gunners head to Old Trafford on the back of an impressive 1-0 Champions League victory at Borussia Dortmund which put them on course for qualification from Group F. Even though Arsenal beat second-placed Liverpool 2-0 last weekend to move five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, time will tell whether Wenger’s squad can last the distance through to May. Arsenal will face their former captain Robin van Persie, the Holland forward having left the Emirates Stadium in August 2012 for £24million and scored 26 goals as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men delivered the title. Wenger admits it still does not sit well to see the player he signed as a 20-year-old from Feyenoord in the red of United, claiming “for me he is an Arsenal man”. Van Persie, of course, was not the first high-profile Gunner to leave the Emirates Stadium in recent seasons in search of success, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor all having moved on for big-money fees. Wenger accepts it could seem some were perhaps a bit “impatient”. He said: “We have gone through years where we had to be tight financially and we did it in a way that was logical and normal without fading too much at the top level. “Some players saw the other big clubs buying world-named players and of course they lost a little bit confidence that we can compete with them. “I think we have always been consistent in the way we thought the club has to be run, but at some stage we can turn the corner. Hopefully we have done it this year.” Wenger feels it will be “a bit strange” to take on a United side at Old Trafford without Ferguson in the opposing dugout. United manager David Moyes endured a tough start to his new job, but the Red Devils are on an unbeaten eight-match run in all competitions since losing at home to West Brom. Wenger said: “David Moyes has shown great competence at Everton, so you need to leave him time to really get a grip on Man United, and he is slowly doing that. You see it now in the results. “When someone has been there for 26 years and goes (like Ferguson), it takes time for the guy who comes in. “It is very dangerous and difficult for the manager who comes in. “For me, Moyes is dealing very well with the situation.” Indeed earlier this week, Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney highlighted Arsenal’s failure to maintain their form through the business end of recent campaigns. While Wenger is too experienced to pay much attention to mind games, the Frenchman understands it will now be down to how much his squad believe in themselves to end almost a decade without a trophy. “Usually after Christmas we have been very strong every season. For the rest, the comments are the comments – nobody knows what will happen in the future,” said Wenger. He could have England midfielder Jack Wilshere back in his squad at United following an ankle problem. “What is the most important is that we trust our quality and show the resilience and the hunger to achieve what we can achieve,” said Wenger. “We have made a lot of improvements at the back in our defensive game and we have done well in the last two games, but there is a lot to do. “We cannot come to the conclusion that we are in a position where we can relax – we have a lot more to achieve. “We have won nothing at all, we have just won two games, and what is important is what we achieve in the future.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has demanded his side show the “hunger” of champions at Manchester United on Sunday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chester ready for Carroll challenge

first_img Bruce said he has been bemused by the treatment handed out to Allardyce – even by West Ham fans – and criticism of his management style. He said: “They were in our position last year and there were lots of calls for Sam in the summer and – I can say this as he’s one of my mates – he has proved again what a really good manager he is. “You get labelled some times and tagged with something. Most of us in the game know that is a load of rubbish. I think he has been pigeon-holed and it is a bit unfair. “Andy Carroll getting fit has given them a huge boost. They look a really, really good outfit and I watched the game against Everton which was a classic cup tie. “There was one time point where Andy Carroll went down and I don’t really wish him bad luck but I thought ‘are you thought going to stay down?’. You don’t really want that on any player but it can give you a hand now and then…. but being serious they are a really good side and we are going to have to be at our best.” Sone Aluko and Gaston Ramirez returned to training on Friday and they look to be Bruce’s best hope of solving his striker crisis if they can prove their fitness. Chester said: “Andy is someone I have played against since I was eight or nine growing up at Man United while he was at Newcastle – he always seems to have been that tall! “Hopefully I have played against him enough to know how to deal with it. “On the ground he’s no different to anybody else but obviously it’s his height that causes the problem, but if you can get close to him and get people around him it’s a way of counter-acting that. “I have played against him for a long time but it’s going to be a difficult game as he has been in such great form.” Hull’s real difficulties may come at the other end where problems picked up by strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez last weekend left manager Steve Bruce cursing the worst injury spell of his 17-year managerial career. Bruce said: “I don’t think I have ever had it so bad. It looks like I am not going to be able to pick my strongest team at all this season. We lost (Robert) Snodgrass 22 minutes into the first game of the season and we haven’t seen him since. “Of course we look at training methods and this and the other but they have all happened in games and there is nothing you can do about that. It is frustrating, though I have to tell you.” Hull are third from bottom and the trip to seventh-placed West Ham will see Bruce come up against his old friend Sam Allardyce – the pair are so close they even go on family holidays together. The prospect of facing a rampant Andy Carroll does not faze Hull City’s James Chester – the defender has crossed swords regularly with the West Ham striker since they were eight-year-olds. The pair first came up against each other when Chester was at Manchester United’s academy and Carroll was playing for Newcastle. Even then Carroll – now 6ft 4in – was a giant while Chester – at 5ft 10in – is on the small side for a central defender, but the Hull player says he has always been confident of handling the 26-year-old, who is 17 days older than him. Press Associationlast_img read more

Zimbabwe rally after losing early wickets

first_img(REUTERS)-Zimbabwe lost two early wickets but recovered to finish 126 for two at the close on the second day of the second Test yesterday in reply to Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of 504.Brian Chari and Craig Ervine were both 60 not out as Zimbabwe fought back after a poor start when they slumped to 17 for two but the hosts still trail by 378 runs.Sri Lanka, who won a closely contested first test last week, went from 290 for five overnight to being dismissed just before tea with Asela Gunaratne completing a maiden test century.Dhanajaya de Silva was before caught and bowled by Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer for 127.Gunaratne, playing his second Test, made 116 and was the last man out. He was on 91 when the ninth wicket went down and had to watch as No. 11 Lahiru Kumara fended off the Zimbabwe bowlers before reclaiming the strike and moving to three figures.Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Rangana Herath took the wickets of Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza in the same over as Zimbabwe’s openers again failed to get their team off to a solid start.SRI LANKA 1st innings (Overnight: 290-5)D. Karunaratne c Williams b H. Masakadza 26K. Silva lbw b Mpofu 37K. Perera c Mumba b H. Masakadza 4K. Mendis c Moor b Tiripano 26U. Tharanga c H. Masakadza b Cremer 79D. de Silva c&b Cremer 127A. Gunaratne st Moor b Williams 116D. Perera lbw b Cremer 34R. Herath c Moor b Tiripano 27S. Lakmal b Tiripano 0L. Kumara not out 7Extras (b-9 lb-8 nb-2 w-2) 21Total (all out, 144.4 overs) 504Fall of wickets: 1-62 D. Karunaratne,2-66 K. Perera,3-84 K. Silva,4-112 K. Mendis,5-255 U. Tharanga,6-342 D. de Silva,7-396 D. Perera,8-471 R. Herath,9-471 S. Lakmal,10-504 A. GunaratneBowling: C. Mumba 23 – 4 – 80 – 0, D. Tiripano 32 – 4 – 91 – 3(nb-2 w-2),C. Mpofu 23 – 4 – 92 – 1, H. Masakadza 13 – 4 – 34 – 2,G. Cremer 40 – 1 – 136 – 3, S. Williams 8.4 – 1 – 31 – 1,M. Waller 5 – 0 – 23 – 0.ZIMBABWE 1st inningsT. Mawoyo lbw b Herath 3B. Chari not out 60H. Masakadza c D. de Silva b Herath 0C. Ervine not out 60Extras (b-2 lb-1) 3Total (for 2 wickets, 35 overs) 126Fall of wickets: 1-17 T. Mawoyo,2-17 H. MasakadzaTo bat: S. Williams, M. Waller, P. Moor, G. Cremer, D. Tiripano, C. Mumba, C. MpofuBowling: S. Lakmal 9 – 1 – 23 – 0,R. Herath 11 – 1 – 44 – 2,L. Kumara 6 – 0 – 24 – 0, D. Perera 6 – 1 – 23 – 0,A. Gunaratne 2 – 0 – 5 – 0, D. de Silva 1 – 0 – 4 – 0last_img read more

Road split has UW rolling

first_imgWith 26 saves, first-year goaltender Joel Rumpel was critical in allowing the Badgers to pick up a confidence-building 4-1 road win over fourth-ranked Minnesota Friday.[/media-credit]Every team hopes to reach its peak form just as the postseason arrives.With the postseason at the doorstep, it looks like the Wisconsin men’s hockey team isn’t about to let the call go unanswered.The Badgers (16-16-2, 11-15-2 Big Ten) are winners of four of their last five games and are coming off a series split with the No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers, taking the first game 4-1 before losing the lead in the third period of game two and falling 2-1.Head coach Mike Eaves was happy with his team’s performance last weekend at Minnesota.“It was a continuation of the way we have been playing for a while,” Eaves said. “We continued to do a lot of things that we had been doing that allowed us to play at the level that we are.“We gave ourselves a chance and fell a little short, but right now that’s done with; that’s kind of in our hip pocket.”Wisconsin outscored the Gophers 5-3, and sophomore forward Mark Zengerle contributed on all five goals over the weekend with one goal and four assists.The Wisconsin defense, meanwhile, was a strong presence last weekend as well. They allowed only three goals to the WCHA’s second-best scoring offense, and they have let up only nine goals in their last five games.“As a whole, we only gave them three goals over the weekend,” Eaves said. “Against one of the higher-scoring teams in our league and in our country, that says a lot about what our defensive core did.”Wisconsin sports the fourth-least amount of goals allowed in the WCHA. A big part of the success at goaltender is the play of freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel, who has played in 23 games this season and racked up 57 saves in last weekend’s series at Minnesota.Eaves is happy with the play of his freshman goaltender and is hoping it continues into the upcoming playoffs.“It starts and ends in the pipes for us,” Eaves said. “[Rumpel] played in a real tough environment and played well, and we’re going into another tough environment. That doesn’t seem to rattle him too much; he just kind of stands in there and does his thing. So, we hope that continues.”The Badgers are now matched up with No. 10 Denver in the first round of the WCHA playoffs this coming weekend, and Eaves believes the recent success of the Badgers has given the team confidence leading into the playoffs.“[Our confidence] is legitimate,” Eaves said. “We’ve won three out of four. We were in a position to win four out of four. So I think intrinsically we understand what it takes. We just get on that plane headed to Denver and continue what we’ve been doing. But I think it’s legitimate what we are feeling inside.”Denver is currently on a three-game winning streak coming off a series sweep last weekend at Nebraska-Omaha. Wisconsin faced Denver three weeks ago in Madison where the Badgers split the series and out-shot the Pioneers 63-51.Eaves feels the Badgers’ recent meeting with Denver and the success they had against them plays to his squad’s advantage going into this weekend’s series.“The fact that we played them recently is fresh in our minds,” Eaves said. “I think that’s part of what makes our feeling legitimate, having played well here against them and taking that and using that as we go forward.“Those things add up to us having a basic feeling that we can get the job done should we continue to play like we are.”The Badgers wrapped up the regular with four straight away games for the second time in three years and will continue to play away from Madison this coming weekend at Denver.But UW is hoping the recent stretch of road games is a blessing in disguise for them in the upcoming games away from home.“We don’t control the schedule,” Eaves said. “Every other year we end up on the road. The fact that we were on the road, the fact that we are going to have to play on the road kind of lends right to itself. So we are going to look at it as a positive.”last_img read more

Beat writers unanimously predict Syracuse win over UNC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 29, 2020 at 11:29 am After five losses in six games that all but eliminated Syracuse from NCAA Tournament contention, the Orange are on a two-game winning streak. Their most recent victory — a 23-point victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday — was led by Elijah Hughes’ 25 points and Joe Girard III’s 16. Next up for SU (16-12, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) is North Carolin (11-7, 4–13), who’s drastically underperformed this year when compared with past teams.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen in Syracuse’s final home game of the regular season.Nick Alvarez (20-8)Heel-turnSyracuse 74, North Carolina 68Buddy Boeheim’s availability makes this game closer than it would be otherwise. Syracuse is still the better team, though, and if it can hold its own on the glass, North Carolina won’t have a shot. The zone will need to collapse on Cole Anthony and limit a potential top-10 NBA Draft pick. UNC’s lack of outside shooting will make that easier. Offensively, another Elijah Hughes-Joe Girard III show should out-pace the Tar Heels. If SU won this game any other year, there’d be a court-storming. But, North Carolina isn’t a powerhouse in 2019-20, and Syracuse should show another bad ACC team how depleted they are. Michael McCleary (19-9)On their heelsSyracuse 72, North Carolina 69AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGet it? Like “on their toes,” but they’re the Tar Heels, so… No? Alright whatever. This will be a close game though. Cole Anthony’s return to the North Carolina’s lineup has boosted them in recent weeks and I’m front of one of SU’s biggest crowds of the season, this actually could be a game where Anthony elevates his game to some ridiculous height. But the Tar Heels, in some weird Twilight Zone scenario, have no postseason aspirations at all. Real or not, the Orange do. The better team will win this one in a close game. Strangely, that team is SU.Josh Schafer (20-8)Down yearSyracuse 76 North Carolina 73North Carolina has played better than its record this year and enters the Carrier Dome having won the last eight matchups in the all-time series. Cole Anthony is fun to watch and will bring intrigue to this game but he’s also most of the Tar Heels offense. Syracuse has an elite ACC scorer too but also a slew of other players that can rack up points. If Buddy Boeheim is limited on Saturday, that could loom large for the Orange. If the sophomore can play some solid minutes and hit some 3-pointers Syracuse could run away with this one. The Orange don’t beat UNC often, this is its chance. Commentslast_img read more

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