On $26.1 million net increase, divided Senate votes to raise some taxes, cut others

Posted On Jan 1 2021 by

first_imgA wildly fluid package of tax increases that crossed party allegiances was passed by the Senate Wednesday by a thin 18-12 vote. The slew of tax changes would result in a increase of $26.1 million in new revenues. A $4.55 billion budget then breezed through the Senate on a 27-3 vote. Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin pushed the tax package through the upper house despite objections from deep within his own party. Among the tax changes are across-the-board decreases in the income tax; limiting the capital gains exemption to $5,000 from 40 percent of value (to offset the income tax cuts); new taxes on satellite television services and digital downloads; re-imposing of a sales tax on clothing over $110; and increases in liquor and tobacco taxes. The budget includes increase in spending in part because of federal stimulus money being pushed into some programs, but in some cases, like unemployment insurance, are increasing just as major broad-based taxes (income, sales, transportation, education property) have suffered since last summer.Amendments to the Senate bill, before it is finalized, will be offered today. Even if passed as is, the Senate tax package will meet a much simpler House version in conference committee where many of the more controversial aspects of the Senate bill will likely be stripped out, namely the cutting of the income tax at the highest marginal rate and the clothing tax. The budget also could be cut to reduce the need to increase taxes.The tax package as is would lower incomes taxes for 84 percent of Vermonters and would drop Vermont’s top marginal rate from first to fifth nationally.The legislature has cut $70 million from the state budget since January 2008 and the FY10 budget includes an additional $28 million of cuts.last_img read more

Police Investigate Body Found in Roosevelt

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating the discovery of a body in Roosevelt on Thursday, a police spokeswoman said.The body was recovered at 8 p.m. in the east end of Frederick Avenue, the spokeswoman said.The body has been removed to the medical examiner’s office, police said.The spokeswoman called the case an “active investigation” and was unable to say whether police recovered the body of a male or female.last_img

2 fun ways you can “party” with your squad during the quarantine

Posted On Dec 17 2020 by

first_imgIf you’re quarantined alone (or even if you’re not) you may be missing the human connections that you’re used to having during a normal week of your life. For some of you, that might mean you’re using FaceTime more, or perhaps using FaceTime for the first time ever. While that is an absolutely fantastic way to stay connected to close friends and family, how do you replace the joy you get from hanging out with your homies? If you’ve missed chillin’ with your peeps, here are a couple of awesome ways you can still “party” even while you’re stuck at home…Houseparty: Being able to video chat with a handful of your friends and play trivia and party games at the same time would be pretty awesome, wouldn’t it? Welp. You guessed it. Houseparty is “all the rage” with Gen Z. This app announces that you’re “in the house” when you open it up, and at that point, any of your friends can just jump right into a video chat with you. If you see your buddies Lloyd and Harry are in a chat, you can also just jump right in with them. It’s kinda like you’re walking by their house and notice they are having a party. It’s a very well-named app. You can also play all sorts of trivia games as well as Ellen’s “Heads Up” game on screen as you hang out. I’ve only been playing around with it for one day, but it’s definitely a good time.Netflix Party: So if you hear the term “Netflix Party”, you probably envision a bunch of friends hanging out and watching Netflix. That totally makes sense. There’s a Chrome extension available with the same name. This extension allows multiple Netflix users to synchronize their playback and provides a group chat window so everyone can communicate in real time, effectively turning your night at home into a “Netflix Party.” Pretty cool, huh? If you’ve got Google Chrome and a Netflix account, all you have to do is download the extension and you’re ready to party.Stay social and stay safe! 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Survey: Most Americans concerned about avian flu

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgFeb 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More than half of Americans are concerned about the threat of avian influenza reaching the United States, but few are “very concerned” and fewer still have looked into getting an antiviral drug to protect themselves, according to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).In a nationally representative sample of 1,043 people taken in late January, 42% described themselves as “somewhat concerned” and 15% as “very concerned” about the avian flu threat, according to a Harvard news release.However, only 2% had asked their physician about the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or other antiviral drugs for protection from avian flu, and fewer than 0.5% had obtained a prescription.Only about one fifth of the respondents (21%) were worried that they or a family member would contract avian flu within the next year; 78% were unconcerned about that. For comparison, 12% were worried about this risk in a survey taken in December 2004, about a year after avian flu began to spread widely and cause human illnesses in East Asia.Fifty-nine percent thought that avian flu was likely to occur among wild birds in the United States over the next year, while 38% viewed this as unlikely. However, a 53% majority thought it unlikely that the virus would hit farm-raised poultry in this country. Forty-four percent thought poultry would be affected, though only 17% expected that outbreaks would be widespread.Close to two thirds of those polled (64%) thought it unlikely that there would be human cases of avian flu in the United States within the next year. Thirty-four percent thought this was likely, and 14% expected widespread human cases.The respondents were asked what they would do if avian flu did hit the poultry industry or led to human illness in the United States. Close to half (46%) of those who ate poultry said they would stop eating it if poultry outbreaks occurred.Most of those surveyed said that if human cases occurred in their state, they would reduce or avoid travel (75%), avoid public events (71%), try to get a prescription for Tamiflu or other antivirals (68%), and stay at home and keep their children at home during the outbreak (68%).In the Harvard news release, Robert J. Blendon, director of the survey, said this type of response “would likely slow the spread of the disease, but it would also have major impact on the state’s economy and healthcare system.” Blendon is a professor of health policy and political analysis at HSPH.A 54% majority of Americans follow news media coverage of avian flu closely, according to the results. Nearly the same proportion—53%—said the media were giving the subject about the right level of coverage, while 27% said the media were exaggerating it and 11% said they were underplaying it.A 69% majority of the respondents were aware that human cases of avian flu had occurred in Asia, and 73% knew there had been no cases in the Untied States. However, 15% thought human cases had already occurred in this country.Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading advocate of preparedness for pandemic flu, called the survey “an important study in that it begins to track the American understanding of both avian influenza specifically and the general concern regarding preparedness for a future influenza pandemic.” Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.However, he said the survey reflects some public confusion about avian flu and its relationship to the risk of a human flu pandemic. “To most citizens it’s not clear what avian influenza really means as a human health threat,” he said. “They still see this as largely a poultry problem with only occasional transmission to humans.”Thus, most people see the threat to the United States as a possible expansion of the Asian situation, in which widespread bird outbreaks could lead to occasional human cases, Osterholm said, adding, “It’s much more than that.”The immediate risk in the United States “will be much lower [than in Asia] because we’ll have a much lower rate of disease in poultry and much less human exposure,” he said. “But what the public health community is worried about is not that; it’s the risk of a pandemic with avian influenza as the cause. It’s about the birds, but it’s not about the birds. The real concern has to be about the future.”The survey was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:Harvard news release, with links to the full survey resultshttp://www.hsph.harvard.edu/press/releases/press02232006.htmllast_img read more

Mikel Arteta drops Pablo Mari selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs West Ham

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Mar 2020 2:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Pablo Mari impressed on his Arsenal debut against Portsmouth in the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has confirmed Pablo Mari is in contention to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal against West Ham on Saturday.The January loan recruit from Flamengo impressed during his first competitive appearance for his new club during Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.Mari partnered David Luiz at the heart of Arsenal’s defence in the absence of Shkodran Mustafi, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who scored the opening goal, was shunted out to right-back with Hector Bellerin rested. ‘Well he has recovered really well from the game,’ said Arteta when asked if Mari could feature against the Hammers. ‘He had 45 minutes with the Under-23s four days before that game. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He played 90 minutes, he said he’s physically good, he trained well and I think he’s ready to play if we need him to on Saturday. ‘ Mikel Arteta drops Pablo Mari selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs West Ham Comment Advertisement Advertisement Lucas Torreira faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury against Portsmouth (Picture: Getty)Arteta will, however, be without the services of Lucas Torreira after it was confirmed the Uruguay international midfielder had suffered a fractured ankle against the League One side. ‘We don’t actually know the extent of the injury,’ confirmed the head coach during his pre-match press conference. ‘He needs to see the specialist tomorrow here in London and then we will know more about it.’Kieran Tierney, however, should be back soon to bolster a squad which has been badly affected by injuries this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Scotland international, a £25million summer signing from Celtic, suffered a serious shoulder injury in the corresponding fixture against West Ham in December but has finally returned to full first team training this week. ‘He’s done two or three complete sessions, he’s feeling more and more confident with contact around him and hopefully he will join in the squad soon,’ Arteta added.MORE: How Bruno Fernandes convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign him for Manchester UnitedMORE: Arsenal issue worrying Lucas Torreira injury updateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Basketball great Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Posted On Sep 22 2020 by

first_imgRelatedPosts Kobe Bryant honoured in Bosnia with giant mural Kobe Bryant helicopter crash post-mortem released Kobe Bryant’s wife files claim against LA County sheriff over crash photos Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning, TMZ Sports has confirmed. Kobe was traveling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. Five people are confirmed dead. Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Bryant has famously used a helicopter to travel for years – dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the Staples Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper. KB is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri. He was recently spotted at NBA games with his daughter Gianna, a rising star basketball player herself. Their youngest daughter, Capri, was just born in June 2019. Bryan is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time – making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career with the Lakers. He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league MVP in 2008. The Lakers famously retired both of Bryan’s jerseys, number 8 and 24, the only player in team history to receive that honor. Bryan’s accomplishments stand far outside of the basketball world. He won an Oscar for his short film: “Dear Basketball,” in 2018.Tags: Kobe BryantVanessa Bryantlast_img read more

Antonio Brown seeks custody of daughter after alleged domestic dispute

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_img Steelers WR Antonio Brown domestic dispute draws NFL’s attention, report says Friday’s statement from Brown’s attorney said the incident involved the mother of Brown’s child. The woman allegedly demanded money from Brown and “had no lawful basis to be at or to remain on his property.””Unfortunately, there have been misleading and inaccurate headlines of a ‘domestic dispute’ insinuating that Antonio Brown was responsible for wrongdoing in relation to the baseless, false police report made, which was immediately recanted, by the Complainant/Mother who refused to leave his personal residence and who had no lawful basis to be at or to remain on his property,” the statement read. “On the date at issue, Mr. Brown reacted appropriately and without any indicia of violence. The Mother inappropriately involved their minor child by creating an unnecessary scene at Mr. Brown’s residence wherein she demanded funds from Mr. Brown, despite the fact that he provides substantial financial child support to the Mother. Related News “The Mother recently sought, and was Denied, additional child support by the Court as it properly found that the substantial child support paid by Mr. Brown covers their child’s needs.”Given the egregiousness of the Mother’s recent actions, Mr. Brown has taken legal action this week to ensure that his daughter is protected by majority timesharing and decision-making authority. Mr. Brown loves his daughter and the recent unwarranted press in connection with the Mother’s appalling actions is a travesty for his daughter, who remains will always be his first and foremost priority.” Antonio Brown reportedly has filed for custody of his daughter in the wake of the alleged domestic dispute involving him in Florida in mid-January.ESPN reported that Jaclyn Soroka, Brown’s family attorney, released a statement outlining Brown’s request. TMZ first reported earlier this week that police in Hollywood, Fla., investigated what they described as a “domestic dispute” involving Brown and an unidentified woman. No charges were filed. Brown released a statement through his attorney calling the allegations “baseless and false.” An NFL spokesperson has told Pro Football Talk that the league would look into the incident.Brown has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks regarding his future. He missed the Steelers’ final week of practice and was benched for the season finale after an alleged feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Since then, he’s been the subject of trade rumors.last_img read more

At the Finish Line…It’s past time to put L.C. Greenwood in NFL Hall

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgL.C. GREENWOODby Bill Neal#1. With Steeler camp less than a month away, the No. 1 thing on my agenda is Hollywood . . . as in “Hollywood Bags” . . . as in aka L.C. Greenwood. Message to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee, let’s go boys. Enough is enough. This man, this Steeler legend, this member of the greatest defensive line in NFL history, this 73½ career sack leader should have been in the Hall years ago. #4. Pirate slugger Pedro Alvarez not in the Home Run Derby would have been a crime. L.A. Dodger rookie Yasiel Puig not in the All-Star game is a crime. PEDRO ALVAREZ (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #3. Having dissed The Lone Ranger movie, and understandably so, allow me to offer some fair play. The #1 sleeper movie of the year is “20 Feet From Stardom.” About all the background singers of the 60’s and 70’s. It is Fan – tas – tic! Run see it now. I give it five stars.  #2. You really think LeBron will leave Miami and play with Kobe in L.A. . . . you really believe that . . . really? #5. Speaking of crimes, I hear they now have proof that Aaron Hernandez killed John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. MARILYN MONROE (AP Photo)last_img read more