No sense to Cuomo tax plan reaction

October 20, 2020

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGov. Andrew Cuomo is overreacting to Washington’s new tax law. In The Gazette’s Jan. 17 lead story indicates that he is considering a statewide payroll tax on employers that could effectively replace the state income tax. Really? This is a huge deal for New York employers, especially at a time when jobs are leaving New York. Instead of looking for ways to circumvent an admittedly unpopular law, he should seek ways to change Washington. Putting additional taxes on the backs of New York employers is certainly not the answer. Hopefully, this is just puffery for what political purpose I do not know. He also suggested that local communities establish funds for education and public health so that taxpayers may additionally circumvent Washington’s new tax law. Again, really? Purported presidential aspirations aside, Cuomo seems like a destabilizing force in the government.Michael CrowleyGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more


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October 20, 2020

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Nursing home owners set to pull out of troubled sector

October 20, 2020

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LandSecs surprises with 7% NAV rise

October 20, 2020

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RICS agrees that bosses’ salaries need reviewing

October 20, 2020

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Saudi suspends ‘umrah’ pilgrimage over coronavirus fears

October 19, 2020

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first_imgThe Gulf state has decided “to suspend umrah temporarily for citizens and residents in the kingdom”, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.They were also barred from “visits to the Prophet’s mosque in Medina”, according to a foreign ministry tweet.Saudi authorities, alarmed over the spread of coronavirus across the Middle East, last week suspended visas for the umrah and barred citizens from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council from entering Mecca and Medina.Saudi Arabia on Wednesday confirmed its second coronavirus case — a citizen who returned from COVID-19 hotspot Iran.  Saudi Arabia on Wednesday suspended the year-round “umrah” pilgrimage over fears of the new coronavirus spreading to Islam’s holiest cities, an unprecedented move that raises fresh uncertainty over the annual hajj.The kingdom halted the pilgrimage for its own citizens and residents, on top of restrictions announced last week on foreign pilgrims as it declared a second coronavirus infection in a Saudi man who returned from Iran. The kingdom said the suspension was provisional, but with the umrah drawing millions of people annually, the decision has a huge potential impact. This second confirmed case had accompanied a Saudi man who was declared positive on Monday. Both of them re-entered the kingdom through Bahrain and sought to hide their Iran visit from border authorities, according to the health ministry.The umrah, which refers to the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of year, attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe annually.The decision to suspend the umrah comes ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan starting in late April, which is a favoured period for pilgrimage.’Big step’ The holy sites, which draw millions of pilgrims every year, are a key revenue earner for Saudi Arabia.De facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform plan seeks to decouple the kingdom’s economy — the world’s top crude exporter — from oil dependency and shunt it towards other sources of revenue, including religious tourism.The government hopes to welcome 30 million pilgrims to the kingdom annually by 2030.”This is a big precautionary step that will certainly have economic consequences,” Karen Young, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told AFP.”This is already shaping up to be a very difficult year as oil prices drop and Saudi has fewer fiscal levers. It would be a huge setback if the limited progress of its economic reforms are erased.”Around two-thirds of the 18.3 million umrah participants in 2018 were citizens and residents of the kingdom, according to government statistics.It is unclear how the coronavirus will affect the hajj, due to start in late July.Some 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world in 2019 to take part in the hajj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.The event is a massive logistical challenge for Saudi authorities, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites, making attendees vulnerable to contagion.Saudi Arabia’s custodianship of Mecca and Medina — Islam’s two holiest sites — is seen as the kingdom’s most powerful source of political legitimacy.  But a series of deadly disasters over the years has prompted criticism of the Sunni kingdom’s management of the hajj.In September 2015, a stampede killed up to 2,300 worshippers in the worst disaster ever to strike the pilgrimage.Topics :last_img read more


COVID-19: TNI reports 55 cases, 15 deaths among personnel, family members

October 19, 2020

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first_imgThe Indonesian Military (TNI) has confirmed 55 cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths among military personnel and their families.TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto announced on Wednesday that 190 patients were currently under surveillance (PDP) and 873 people were under monitoring (ODP).”TNI has conducted rapid testing for active personnel and retired officers. Not all of us have been tested yet,” Hadi said on Wednesday in an online hearing with House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees defense. The Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs of staff also reported at the meeting the number of COVID-19 cases in each force.Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa announced 463 cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 among Army personnel, with 285 being active military personnel and 178 civil servants.Andika did not specify how many of the cases were confirmed cases.Read also: Galang COVID-19 hospital opens to step up fight against Indonesian epidemic “There are four deaths, namely one active personnel and three civil servants. Two of the three were medical personnel,” Andika said, adding that the last death had happened on Saturday.Navy chief of staff Adm. Siwi Sukma Adji announced 97 ODP, 32 PDP and 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in his force, among military personnel and their families and civil servants.”Those who have died were an active Navy doctor, five retired personnel and three of our personnel’s family members,” Siwi said.Air Force chief of staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna announced 346 people under monitoring, 23 patients under surveillance and 25 positive cases.“Two people have died, both of them were military personnel. Two people have recovered,” Yuyu said.Topics :last_img read more


Indonesian Muslims hold congregational Ramadan prayers despite COVID-19 warnings

October 19, 2020

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first_imgMuslims across Indonesia have continued to perform congregational tarawih (evening Ramadan prayer) in mosques during the first few days of the fasting month, despite warnings from the government and religious groups that such gatherings could increase the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission.Novi, a 20-year-old resident of Metro, Lampung, said she had participated in a congregational tarawih at a mosque situated in Banjarsari subdistrict of North Metro on Thursday night, the eve of the first day of Ramadan.She said that while there were significantly fewer people in the mosque, filling only four rows of the mosque instead of packing it as usual, she was nevertheless excited to participate in the Ramadan tradition. In Bogor, West Java, 26-year-old Firda participated in a tarawih at a mosque near her house in Bojong Gede district at the urging of her mother, despite her own misgivings.“The mosque was less crowded than usual, even though there were still a considerable amount of people participating,” she told the Post on Friday. She added that several congregants disregarded the mosque’s guidelines on physical distancing. “After tarawih, the women still shook hands with each other, even though it has been advised not to make physical contact.”Bogor regency’s COVID-19 task force had recorded 99 positive cases as of Friday, with hundreds more being observed for the disease.Agil, a 24-year-old Jakarta resident, told the Post that a mosque near his house in Kebon Baru subdistrict of South Jakarta held a congregational tarawih on Thursday in secret despite the city administration’s large-scale social restrictions, which include the closure of houses of worship.“Around 20 people, including four children, took part in the tarawih, but the lights and mosque speakers were turned off,” Agil said. “When they were done, the people took turns to come out of the mosque one by one.”As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah — the nation’s two largest Islamic mass organizations — have issued fatwas advising Muslims against performing mass prayers during the holy month, including congregational tarawih.Similarly, the Religious Affairs Ministry instructed Indonesian Muslims to conduct prayers at home during Ramadan in its prayer and worship guidelines issued to “protect Muslims in Indonesia from the risk of contracting the disease”.Topics : “[I was] so excited and grateful to still be able to experience tarawih in a congregation, because not all mosques in my area are still holding them,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday. She said she was not afraid to take part in the congregational prayer as her area had not recorded any COVID-19 cases. “The mosque required all participants to wear masks,” she said. “It also provided hand sanitizer and soap to maintain hygiene.” Read also: Aceh Ulema Council to allow congregational prayers during Ramadanlast_img read more


France’s first transgender mayor vows to wake up village

October 19, 2020

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first_imgTrans visibilityMarie Cau is known by her third middle name. In the 15 years since her transition, she says she has never been the victim of discrimination. “It’s rare. People are considerate, despite a couple of blunders,” she said. “She didn’t have any taboos, she spoke about herself to people who asked questions to end the conversation there,” said her partner and town councilor Nathalie Leconte. “I’m surprised by the huge media attention given to her election,” Leconte added.Cau said “it’s surprising that it’s surprising”.”This situation should be normal, since people vote for a team and a project,” the mayor said, adding that she is impatiently waiting for the day when the election of a transgender person is a non-event. But Cau recognizes the importance of her election. “It shows that transgender people can have a normal social and political life,” she said. France’s gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa congratulated the freshly appointed mayor. “The visibility of trans people and the struggle against transphobia also takes place through the exercise of public and political responsibilities. Congratulations to Marie Cau!” Schiappa tweeted Sunday. Co-president of SOS Homophobie Veronique Godet said that Cau’s election is a landmark in the history of trans people and French politics.”We can see today that many trans people are in a process of emancipation and are beginning to occupy public spaces from which they were previously excluded,” added Giovanna Rincon, the head of the transgender rights’ group Acceptess-T. Rincon hopes that these kind of events will increase in frequency, “until the election of a transgender mayor of a big city such as Paris.” ‘Not because I’m transgender’ The new mayor says the town’s residents voted for her because they identify with her desire to develop sustainable agriculture and the local economy, as well as preserve the environment. “The villagers didn’t vote for or against me because I’m transgender. They voted for a program and values. Social ties have disappeared, people want change,” Cau said. “My dream is to build an exemplary village, to demonstrate that normal citizens can do things that the government can’t,” she said.”Congratulations, we wish you good luck!” said a 50-year-old villager in front of the small brick town hall. The newly-elected mayor will take office in challenging times due to the pandemic. But she will have a dream team by her side, she said, which has a great diversity of age, origin and gender. Cau’s gender doesn’t matter to villager Herve Fontanel. “She has been living here for 20 years, we know how she works. If she manages to create ties, so much the better for Tilloy!”His neighbor, Marie-Josee Godefroy, agreed. “The village will be revived and spoken of more,” she said.  France’s first transgender mayor has vowed to wake up her village in northern France after taking office at the weekend in a step hailed by activists as a breakthrough.Marie Cau vowed to develop social and environmental policies in the village of Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes after receiving her honorary sash of office.Cau won a decisive first round victory in France’s local elections on March 15, as her “Deciding Together” manifesto garnered the majority of the total votes in the 550-strong village, located close to the Belgian border.  The 50-year-old’s inauguration took place over two months after the election — instead of the normal five days — as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.”I’m not at all surprised by the result,” said Cau, who has a steady blue gaze. An engineer, she described herself as first and foremost working like a company boss, with a passion for agriculture and the environment.  Topics :last_img read more


New Zealand must prepare for new coronavirus outbreaks, PM says

October 19, 2020

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first_img“No system is 100% fool proof and around the world we are seeing even the most rigorous measures being tested by the virus,” she told reporters in Wellington.The South Pacific nation last reported a case of community transmission two-and-a-half months ago. It has recorded 22 deaths from nearly 1,200 confirmed cases as of Wednesday.New Zealand had vowed to eliminate, not merely contain, the virus, which meant stopping transmission for two weeks after the last known case was cleared.Officials in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales said elimination is no longer possible there due to fresh outbreaks following the easing of lockdown restrictions.  Topics : New Zealand must prepare for new coronavirus outbreaks as the pandemic spreads globally but will not drop its elimination strategy if community transmission was discovered, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday.Ardern said the epidemic was now “exploding” outside New Zealand and countries that had been models in the fight against COVID-19 had now experienced further community outbreaks.The government released a new framework on how it intended to fight the virus in the event of new cases, with elimination still the central strategy.last_img read more