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first_imgLocal Government | SouthcentralAnchorage may get a 4% sales taxNovember 22, 2016 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska’s largest city could see a sales tax.Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans is readying a measure that could bring a 4 percent tax on goods and services.“People have been pretty upset about the rising property taxes. There’s a limit to what I think you can bear in property taxes in a municipality this size,” Evans said by phone Tuesday. “So diversifying the revenue stream, I think, makes a lot of sense, and takes in some people that currently aren’t paying taxes in Anchorage, people that are commuting here, tourists, things like that.”Evans said the sales tax is designed to offset property taxes “dollar for dollar.” By shifting the city’s revenue sources without expanding the size of the budget, the measure is designed to stay below the municipality’s “tax cap.”“If property taxes in the city start to decline, which is a very real possibility given the state’s situation, the city could be in a huge problem because everything is just so loaded onto those property taxes,” Evans said.“It would be much more sensible to have at least a couple irons in the fire as far as how you determine your revenues,” he added.Evans acknowledges that with legislators in Juneau also floating the idea of a state-wide sales tax there’s the possibility of double-burdening Anchorage residents.In order to “combat the regressive nature of a sales tax” Evans is including provisions to exempt essential goods like “food, prescription medicines, utility payments, gasoline and heating fuels, child and adult care services,” as well as rent payments, according to a draft of materials to be submitted with the ordinance.“I think one of the hardest hit groups right now are people that are the more or less ‘working poor,’ who have a house but that increasing property tax that they can’t get out from almost threatens their ability to keep their house,” Evans said.The measure has a long way to go. Evans hopes to file it within a week, bringing it before the Assembly for action in December or January after public testimony. If the 11-member body passes it, then the measure would go before Anchorage voters in the April municipal elections — where it would need to get at least 60 percent approval in order to pass.There has never been a sales tax in the municipality. A 2006 measure to introduce one failed.Evans, a fiscal conservative from South Anchorage, is not running for re-election once his term ends in 2017.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgUncategorizedL.A.’s Newest Food Truck Sells Bookish GiftsThe Library Store On Wheels rolls out on MondayBy Elina Shatkin – December 7, 2012739ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe Central Library in downtown L.A. already has one of the better gift shops in the city (even though they won’t validate your parking when you shop there unless you show a library card). Now, they’re bringing their wares to you, rolling out a truck filled with literary-themed tchotchkes.The Library Store On Wheels debuts on Monday, and during its inaugural one-week run will hit a different location each day. Unlike one of the luxe loncheras, this truck isn’t peddling gourmet fusion tacos or porchetta for the masses. Expect tote bags, mugs, maps, t-shirts, and other gifty items. Proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library’s 72 branches.Schedule Monday, Dec. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Palms Rancho ParkTuesday, Dec. 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Sherman OaksWednesday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Exposition ParkThursday, Dec. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Mid-ValleySaturday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. – Cypress ParkTuesday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. – FairfaxWednesday, Dec. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Amoeba Music (Hollywood) TAGSCentral LibraryGiftHolidayL.A. CultureLibraryLibrary Store On WheelsLibrary TruckPrevious articleJonathan Gold Headed to the Silver Screen; Named Nation’s Top Restaurant CriticNext articleAsk Chris: Naked BumpersElina Shatkin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Best Holiday Takeout Meals and Special Dishes in Los AngelesA Look Back at the Fascinating History of Hanukkah in Los AngelesThe Best Places to Order Tamales for Your Holiday Tablelast_img read more

first_img Greece locked into high-stakes talks with creditors Share Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Sunday 29 March 2015 4:02 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Jessica Morris Cash-strapped Greece has been engaged in a series of high-stakes talks with its EU-IMF creditors the weekend, as the country’s politicians battle to unlock much-needed bailout aid and avoid a messy default.Representatives from Greece’s anti-austerity government travelled to Brussels on Friday night, shortly after they submitted a list of reforms to its creditors the Eurozone, the European Central Bank and the IMF. The package will set forth more wide-ranging economic overhauls than a draft proposal in February, including measures to combat tax evasion as well as public sector reforms.Athens believes that the list of economic overhauls will boost state revenues by around €3bn (£2.2bn) this year. However, the government has stressed it remains opposed to measures such as further wage or pensions cuts.It estimates a budget surplus of 1.5 per cent for 2015, which is below the three per cent target included in the country’s existing bailout, as well as economic growth of 1.4 per cent.The government secured a four-month extension to its €240m bailout programme towards the end of February. But it can’t access the cash until the reforms are formally approve, with some of them being passed into law.Reports have suggested Greece risks running out of cash by 20 April unless it manages to secure fresh aid, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.Greece also faces a €1.7bn (£1.25bn) bill for wages and pensions at the end of the month and then a €450m loan payment to the IMF on 9 April.”The liquidity problem is naturally hampering the situation but I believe that will be tackled immediately once we reach an agreement over reforms,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in an interview with a Greek newspaper yesterday. whatsapplast_img read more

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 20th September 2020 Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Draws made for senior football quarter-finals and intermediate semi-finals Pinterest News Electric Picnic Home Gaelic Football Club Football Draws made for senior football quarter-finals and intermediate semi-finals Gaelic FootballClub FootballGAASport Facebookcenter_img Pinterest TAGSLaois IFCLaois SFC The other two games see Graiguecullen play Ballylinan and Ballyfin meet The Heath.In the intermediate championship, a draw was necessary as Clonaslee, who had won their two games, had already played both Mountmellick and The Rock.Favourites Crettyard will play Mountmellick while Clonaslee will meet The Rock.Laois SFC Quarter-finalsBallyfin v The HeathEmo v PortlaoiseGraiguecullen v BallylinanPortarlington v O’DempseysLaois SFC Relegation FinalArles-Kilcruise v CourtwoodLaois IFC Semi-finalsCrettyard v MountmellickClonaslee v The RockLaois JFC Quarter-finalsPortlaoise v BarrowhouseSt Joseph’s v Ballyroan-AbbeyPortarlington/The Heath v CastletownPark-Ratheniska v Kilcavan/The HeathSEE ALSO – Check out all of Sunday’s Laois GAA club coverage Twitter The draws have been made for the Laois SFC quarter-finals and IFC semi-finals.The winners of this weekend’s Round 3 games were all paired against the sides who had won their opening two games and were already in the last eight.Neighbours O’Dempseys and Portarlington will meet for the first time in championship since 2004 while champions Portlaoise will meet Emo. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articlePortlaoise hold their nerve to get back to winning waysNext articleFive-star Spink smash Arles-Killeen to reach Junior B semi final Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point.last_img read more

Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter That was up from $29.1 million, or $1.08 diluted per share, in the same year-earlier period. Adjusted diluted earnings were $1.27 per share, up from $1.08. Total revenue was $193.8 million, up from $185.8 million in the 2011 period. The bank left its quarterly dividend unchanged at 47 cents, after having raised it for the third time in a year in June. Previously, Laurentian had upped its payout in June 2011 and again last December. Excluding transaction and integration costs related to recent acquisitions, net income would have been up 21% over last year at $35 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, Laurentian said in its earnings report. Laurentian announced the $415.5-million purchase of AGF Management’s trust operations in June. That was the second major deal by the bank in six months, following its $165-million purchase of MRS companies from Mackenzie in September. “Once again, we continued to increase the bank’s core profitability amid a challenging environment,” president and CEO Rejean Robitaille said in remarks accompanying the results. “We generated good organic loan and deposit growth in all our business lines and continued to benefit from excellent credit quality.” “Furthermore, the conversion and integration process of the MRS Companies is progressing according to plan with some synergies already being achieved,” he said, adding that the bank also remains focused on closely managing expenses. Laurentian had been among seven Canadian banks that had their outlook cut from stable to negative last month by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services over concerns about unsustainably high home prices and consumer debt levels. Others to have their outlooks cut included Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA). All turned in stellar earnings reports this quarter. Laurentian Bank of Canada (TSX:LB) is reporting a slight increase in net income in the third quarter as the bank says some benefits are already being realized from recent acquisitions. The Montreal-based bank says it earned net income of $30 million, or $1.06 diluted per share, in the quarter ended July 31. Companies Laurentian Bank of Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

first_imgParliament buildings on a sunny day 123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Speaking in Toronto, Morneau says the rules will be changed so amounts paid out will be proportional to revenue declines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The program is the heart of the Liberals’ promise to help Canadians get back to work, even if it has to be at a slower pace, as the pandemic wanes.Morneau’s fiscal update last week boosted the budget for the program to $82.3 billion from $45 billion in a sign of impending changes and an extension beyond this summer.Morneau says the program will now end Dec. 19.He’s hoping the extension will give companies confidence to rehire workers, knowing what the rules are and that the program will be around for longer.The most recent federal figures for the program show the government has given almost $20.4 billion in payroll help to about 262,200 companies.The government’s proposed changes to the wage subsidy are part of a bill that will be debated next week when the House of Commons sits, including a one-time disability payment and extensions to some court deadlines that were both in a bill that failed to pass the Commons in June.Speaking in Ottawa on Friday afternoon, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said the bill will widen the number of recipients receiving a disability tax credit to include those receiving Canada Pension Plan disability payments or supports from Veterans Affairs Canada.Each would receive a $600 one-time, tax-free payment, she said.The legislation proposes offering the payment to anyone who applies for the disability tax credit within 60 days of Parliament approving the bill.“This financial support matters. Canadians with disabilities can have confidence that we will bring this project past the finish line,” said Qualtrough, who has responsibility for disability issues. Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the Liberals are easing eligibility rules for the government’s emergency wage subsidy and changing the amounts businesses can receive.The government had been under pressure to make the subsidy more accessible, specifically by loosening the requirement of a 30% drop in revenues, so more companies under that cut-off can qualify. Economy grew at 5.6% annual rate in first quarter of year, Statistics Canada says Keywords Economy,  Coronavirus,  Employment Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy sayslast_img read more

first_imgCouncil invites residents to take a break in Bowral Wingecarribee ShireWingecarribee Shire Council is set to transform the courtyard next to Bowral Memorial Hall into a temporary wellness hub between 22 and 26 March 2021.Eats and Entertainment is a free experience that will operate between 12 noon and 2 pm over five weekdays.Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Cath Brennan, said the transformation aims to promote wellbeing and encourage visitation to the Bendooley Precinct.“We’re inviting residents to bring their own lunch or grab a bite to eat from a local business, and join us for a free wellness experience,” she said.“There will be entertainment and activities such as a petting zoo, children’s story time, visual arts and health and fitness programs.”Activities are being organised by businesses adjacent to the Precinct: Bowral Central Library, NSW Health, Highlands Community Centres and Bowral and District Art Society.The experience has been made possible through grant funding secured through the NSW Government’s Festival of Place – Summer Fund for the activation of an underutilised open space centrally located to council and community services in Bowral.“In activating the space, it is anticipated that there will be increased visitation to the precinct as people come to know this pleasant outdoor courtyard space,” added Ms Brennan.Bendooley Precinct is located next to Bowral Memorial Hall on Bendooley Street in Bowral. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Bowral, business, Central, children, community, community services, council, Entertainment, festival, fitness, Government, health, local council, NSW, NSW Health, Society, wellbeing, Wingecarribee Shirelast_img read more

first_imgA Proclamation on Public Service Recognition Week, 2021 The White HouseIn the face of unprecedented challenges this past year, America’s dedicated public servants have risen to the moment — bringing strength, healing, and hope to their communities and to our Nation. Our public servants are a living reminder that, here in America, we take care of one another and leave no one behind. As we work to defeat the pandemic and rebuild our economy, it is more important than ever to recognize and reflect upon both our collective loss and our collective resilience. During Public Service Recognition Week, we celebrate and thank our public servants at the local, State, and Federal levels who exemplify dedication to the common good.Public servants are the lifeblood of our democracy. They are our researchers and scientists, our front-line workers, our educators, our first responders, our election officials, and our military service members — among countless others. They are ordinary Americans who answer the call to do extraordinary things, giving their time — and, in some cases, risking or giving their lives — to make life better for all of us.Throughout this week and beyond, my Administration will be shining a light on the individual and collective efforts of public servants at the local, State, Tribal, and Federal levels who unite us and help lead us through challenging times. In the toughest of circumstances and often at great personal sacrifice, our public servants tackle the most complex problems facing our communities. Whether developing public health guidance and working across agencies to safely reopen schools during the pandemic, partnering with the private sector to develop and distribute vaccines, keeping small businesses dreams alive, or combating natural disasters in their hometowns, public servants demonstrate their commitment to our Nation every day. It is our responsibility, in turn, to ensure that they are honored and protected.Since taking office earlier this year, I have made it the policy of the United States to protect, empower, and rebuild the career Federal workforce. My Administration made employee safety a priority — directing agencies to create COVID-19 workplace safety plans and require mask-wearing, physical distancing, and other public health measures in Federal buildings and on Federal lands. I revoked several Executive Orders that undermined the foundations of civil service, worked to ensure the right of Federal employees to engage in collective bargaining, and created a new interagency task force to ensure that Federal employees engaged in scientific research and data collection are never subjected to political interference.In addition, I have strengthened protections against discrimination for Federal employees, including discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. I have also asked the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to provide me with recommendations to promote a $15 per hour minimum wage for Federal employees, as well as recommendations for expanding the Federal Government’s policy of providing employees time off to vote. And this week, I signed an Executive Order that will increase the minimum wage for employees working on Federal contracts to $15 per hour.Together, as we strive to build, support, and continuously improve our public workforce, we recognize and celebrate the indispensable contributions our public servants make while protecting our communities, taking care of our neighbors, and helping us heal and build back better. It is the honor of my lifetime to serve our Nation alongside our public servants, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of Americans and people around the globe.NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2 through May 8, 2021, as Public Service Recognition Week. I call upon all Americans to celebrate public servants and their contributions this week and throughout the year.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, Constitution, Democracy, Employees, executive order, Federal, federal government, Government, minimum wage, President, public health, Public Service, resilience, Scientists, Small Business, United States, White Houselast_img read more

first_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News By Sanjiv Das on November 16, 2018 The five new medical colleges are coming up at Rajouri, Doda, Kathua, Anantnag and BaramullaJammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has called for expeditious completion of all necessary infrastructural and other facilities to ensure that the five new medical colleges in the state start functioning from the next academic session. The five new medical colleges are coming up at Rajouri, Doda, Kathua, Anantnag and Baramulla for which the Centre has sanctioned Rs 189 crore each.Malik also directed for fast-tracking recruitment of faculty and para-medical staff and completing all necessary requirements to fulfill MCI norms for formally starting the academic activities in these colleges next year. Reviewing the functioning of the Health and Medical Education Department, the governor directed Principal Secretary Atal Dulloo to personally monitor the progress of these colleges and maintain close coordination with the Public Service Commission (PSC) and services selection recruitment board for early selection of all referred posts and putting up the requisite infrastructure in place within the set timeframe.Dulloo said the work on all five colleges is in full swing and likely to be achieved as per target. He informed that necessary steps are being taken to arrange make-shift accommodation for these colleges before the visit of Medical Council of India (MCI) team in December. To overcome the paucity of doctors, he said 1,000 posts of medical officers have been referred to the PSC which are likely to be selected soon.Besides, 535 doctors have been engaged under the National Health Mission (NHM) in the far-flung areas to supplement the services, he said. Meanwhile, the State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the proposal of the Health and Medical Education Department to grant extension in the joining time of 254 medical officers as a one-time exception, an official spokesman said. On joining the department, they will have to work in far flung and backward areas of the state for a minimum period of five years, he said. Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Jammu and Kashmir guv wants five new medical colleges functional by 2019 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025center_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Read Articlelast_img read more

first_imgRelatedCommittee to Monitor all Government Projects RelatedPrime Minister Welcomes Investments Downtown FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Plans are well advanced for this year’s staging of the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence and Jamaican Youth in Concert, scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 24, at Emancipation Park, New Kingston.Nearly 30 young men and women, 15 to 24 years old, will be honoured for achievement in sports, agriculture, academics, leadership, journalism, arts and culture, youth in service, entrepreneurship and international achievement.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will present the awards at the event, being held under the theme: ‘Youth on a Mission…Project 2062’.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on March 19, Producer of the event, Gregory Simms, said an exciting programme has been arranged in tribute to the young Jamaicans, who are making valuable contributions to national development in various spheres.He explained that the awards component will feature all the pomp and pageantry befitting the occasion. For the Youth in Concert segment, Mr. Simms said there will be performances from the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Jamaica Youth Theatre, Jamaica Youth Chorale, the Company Dance Theatre, Christopher Martin and Kevin Downswell.“We have collected a fine array of performers and they represent what is best in Jamaican art,” he said, adding that there will also be some surprises.Mr. Simms said the youth awards programme seeks to motivate and inspire the country’s young people and to show them that they are “a meaningful and relevant part of the Jamaican demography and they have valid ideas that can inform policy.”Meanwhile, former youth honouree, Jaevion Nelson, said the award programme was instrumental in his personal growth.A graduate of the University of the West Indies and the University of Wales in Swansea, Mr. Nelson was the 2005 awardee in the category of International Achievement. He was the second person to receive the honour after 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, Jody-Ann Maxwell.“When I looked at the profiles of nominees… I thought, well, I must be worthy, I must be doing something good for my country and so I should continue doing,” he said.Mr. Nelson, who is Executive Director of the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network, said his experiences and opportunities expanded after he won the award. Some of his experiences include lobbying United States foreign policymakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on issues relating to youth sexual and reproductive health, and human rights issues. He is also a columnist with the Gleaner newspaper.Mr. Nelson said the staging of the awards is important, to show young Jamaicans that they too, can make a meaningful contribution to the development of the country.“It is important that young people look at others in their community and say: ‘this is somebody who I can emulate’. I did that when I was young,” he said.The awards show is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. and persons are being asked to be seated by 3:30 p.m.By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporter RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraintcenter_img Plans in High Gear for PM Youth Awards Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 20, 2013 Advertisementslast_img read more