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Business tax breaks won’t raise wages

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Donald Trump and the Republicans in the House and Senate claim that their proposed business tax reduction will result in increased wages for employees. Not only have wages never gone up in response to past business tax reductions, but a bit of logic shows how ridiculous this claim is.Assume you are planning on taking a trip. Most people would decide where they wanted to go and then search for the lowest prices for airfare and hotels. Now, imagine that your boss gave you a 10 percent wage increase. Would you then decide that you should pay more for those same flight and hotel reservations? I don’t think anyone would do that.Most businesses pay employees as little as they can to attract and retain the staff they need. Most businesses executives also believe their primary responsibility is to increase shareholder value. It is therefore reasonable to assume that any business tax reduction would be passed on to shareholders and not to employees.Victor RobertsBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Over half of Beirut health facilities ‘non-functional’: WHO

first_imgMore than half of Beirut’s healthcare facilities evaluated by the World Health Organization are “non-functional” following last week’s deadly portside explosion, the organization said Wednesday.Following an assessment of 55 clinics and health centers in the Lebanese capital, “we know now that just over 50 percent are non-functional,” said WHO’s regional emergency director Richard Brennan at a virtual press conference in Cairo.Three major hospitals were non-functional and another three operating at well below normal capacity, he said.  “That means we have lost around 500 beds,” he added. He urged Lebanese authorities and their partners to “restore functionality of many of those health facilities as quickly as possible” to help the country deal with both casualties of the blast and a spike in novel coronavirus cases.Lebanon has so far tallied 7,121 cases including 87 deaths, out of a population of six million, according to the Lebanese health ministry’s tally on Tuesday. The Eastern Mediterranean country was rocked on August 4 by its worst-ever peacetime disaster when more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded at Beirut port, killing 171 people and disfiguring the country’s capital.Iman Shankiti, WHO Representative for Lebanon, said intensive care units and regular beds were occupied by trauma cases following the explosion. This, coupled with the increase in coronavirus infections, resulted in “deficiency within the ICU and the regular beds in hospitals… which will have an impact on the hospitalization capacity in Lebanon,” she added. Topics :last_img read more

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Nakilat, Maran Gas Add Two LNG Carriers to Their JV

first_imgQatar-based LNG shipping company Nakilat and Greek shipping company Maran Ventures Inc. have expanded their joint venture partnership with two additional LNG vessels.The new agreement increases the number of vessels jointly-owned by Nakilat and Maran Gas from 13 to 15 vessels.The two newly added vessels, Woodside Rogers and Woodside Goode, featuring 159,800 cbm each, were built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME) in 2013.In addition, the two vessels are under a long-term charter and equipped with Dual Fuel Diesel-Electric (DFDE) propulsion models, Nakilat said.“We are delighted at this opportunity to further strengthen our long-term strategic relationship. We look forward to working closely together in the future, continuing to strive to provide a first-class service to all our LNG customers,” Chairman of Maran Gas, John Angelicoussis said.Maran Nakilat Co. Ltd. was first established in 2005 with four jointly-owned LNG vessels, and was further expanded on several occasions.“Strategic alliance with renowned partners has been fundamental to our success, and we are always looking for opportunities to grow our international presence. Nakilat now has an ownership interest in 69 vessels, affirming our global leadership in energy transportation with the world’s largest LNG fleet,” Nakilat’s Chief Executive Officer Eng. Abdullah Al Sulaiti said.last_img read more

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Brenda Upchurch, 63, Canaan

first_imgBrenda K. Upchurch, 63, of Canaan passed away at 3:25pm, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati on August 13, 1954 the daughter of Herman and Betty Madden Carr. She was married to Curtis Upchurch at the Rockdale United Methodist Church on June 27, 1978 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Kevin Barth of Lawrenceburg, and Rodney (Alicia) Upchurch of Osgood; one sister Bonnie (Stephen) Haas of Bright; two brothers Chad Carr of Drewersburg, and Brad (Kim) Carr of Sunman, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Carol Baum. Mrs. Upchurch was a 1973 graduate of William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio. She was primarily a homemaker, but had managed the Milan Video store, worked at Arbys in Lawrenceburg, and also at the Bob Evans in North Bend. Brenda loved being on the farm and also loved horses, having as many as 17 one time. Her hobbies included going to garage sales and attending flea markets. Brenda was a member of the Bridge of Hope Worship Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 4th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Bridge of Hope or the Salem Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Daredevil footballer kills 5 year old son in Turkey admits hatred

first_img Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Turkish soccer player Cevher Toktashas has, reportedly, confessed to killing his 5-year-old son, Kasim, who was admitted in a hospital for coronavirus. Ironically he told the police point blank that  he “didn’t love” his son period! Kasim victim of father;s hatred Cevher Toktas reportedly suffocated his son (Kasim) with a pillow after it is believed the son had contracted coronavirus. The 32-year-old top-tier player, handed himself over to police on May 4 and confessed to having smothered his son, Kasim, with a pillow, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Many Twitter users have shared the “shocking” reports. Cevher Toktas, who plays for Bursa Yildirimspor in the Turkish Regional Amateur League, told police he killed his son Kasim at a hospital in the province of Bursa because he never felt that he loved him “since he was born. “I suffocated him, I never loved him. I put a pillow on the head of my son, who was lying on his back, and I pressed for 15 minutes without stopping.” “After he stopped moving, I lifted the pillow, then I yelled for doctors to help to draw any suspicions away from me,” he added. “I don’t have any mental issues,” he reportedly insisted, claiming that not loving his son was the only reason he killed him. Read AlsoFootballer ‘killed in car crash’ discovered alive Kasim was brought in to the hospital with a fever and cough on April 23. They were isolated together out of fear that they both had the virus, according to an article by The Sun. Turkish footballer Cevher Toktas no remorse over killing of son The footballer represented top-tier Turkish football league, Super Lig. He played for the club between 2007 and 2009. One of the disappointed twitter users querried how a father can indeed not love his son Tweep @Utd_lanre posted: “Tragic. How can you not love your own son?” Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Leising: Bill to help address the opioid epidemic moves to governor

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising that would help address the opioid epidemic facing Indiana has passed the Senate and House of Representatives.Senate Enrolled Act 133 would require a pharmacist who dispenses prescription drugs that contain or are derived from opium to list on the label that the drug is an opioid.“The opioid epidemic continues to harm our entire state, including our elderly population,” Leising said. “Many older individuals are prescribed medication for health issues, not realizing they are opioids or how addictive they can be. This bill would help improve consumer awareness and prevent our older generations from unintentionally developing a drug addiction.”In 2018, more than 5 million opioid prescriptions were written in Indiana, according to data from INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program.SEA 133 will now be considered by Gov. Eric Holcomb.last_img read more

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The Latest: CFL cancels 2020 season amid pandemic

first_img___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919. The Latest: CFL cancels 2020 season amid pandemic August 17, 2020 Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December.The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.” The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.“We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___last_img read more

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Will.i.am named Iovine and Young Academy graduation speaker

first_imgThe USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy announced to its students that musician William Adams, known by his stage name will.i.am, will be the speaker of the school’s first-ever commencement ceremony May 11. “Will.i.am personifies the spirit of cross-disciplinary innovation and creativity, which is the essence of the Academy,” IYA Dean Erica Muhl said in an email media release.Adams is known for being a founding member of the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas. Adams immersed himself into technology as an entrepreneur for companies ranging from consumer electronics to fashion accessories, according to the IYA email.Adams’ technology company i.am+ uses artificial intelligence and smarter consumer products and sells wireless earbuds. He has also helped found ill.i Optics, which focuses on eyewear with a contemporary aesthetic. Along with being a musician, Adams has also partnered with several companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Amuse and BEATS. In 2009, he founded the i.am.angel Foundation, which provides scholarships to college students. “Our inaugural graduates are trailblazers who, through courage and audacity, breathed life into this revolutionary new program,” Muhl wrote.last_img read more

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The last time Syracuse men’s basketball started conference play 0-2

first_img5. The No. 44 was still being worn by a Syracuse football player. Rob Konrad’s 1998-99 season is the last time an SU football player has donned the number.6. SU’s top scorer in its second conference loss of the 1998-99 season was Ryan Blackwell, the current head coach at nearby Liverpool High School.7. Current SU assistant coach Adrian Autry was in the midst of a season that earned him All-German Imports First Team honors for his play with SSV Ulm 1846.8. Billy Joel had played just three of a now record-breaking seven shows in the Carrier Dome.9. Syracuse football was preparing for the Orange Bowl, which it eventually lost to then-No. 7 Florida on Jan. 2, 1999.10. Men’s basketball director of athletic communications Pete Moore was in his first year working at Syracuse Comments Published on January 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img With Syracuse’s (10-5, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) 64-51 loss to No. 13 Miami (12-1, 1-0), the Orange is 0-2 to start conference play for the first time in 17 seasons. SU had the same record in Big East play after losses to West Virginia and Seton Hall in the 1998-99 season.Syracuse’s conference record is the same as then, but here are 10 things that were different on Dec. 12, 1998.1. The average age of Syracuse’s current starting lineup was less than 5 years old. Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Dajuan Coleman were each 6 years old, while Tyler Roberson was 4 and Malachi Richardson was 2.2. The average price of gas was about 95 cents per gallon according to eia.gov. Today it’s over two dollars per gallon.3. Carmelo Anthony was a freshman at Towson Catholic (Maryland) High School, his first of two high schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text4. The top song on Billboard’s Top 100 was “I’m Your Angel” by R. Kelly and Celine Dion.last_img read more

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Gridiron Nation: What to make of the SEC?

first_imgBadger Herald Gridiron Podcast: Northern Illinois by The Badger Herald If there was any doubt about whether the SEC was heading into the season with plans other than taking home another BCS Championship, the first two weeks of the season have erased that notion beyond a shadow of a doubt.Even the last place, 0-2 and essentially-eliminated, Georgia Bulldogs are better than some of the teams in the upper halves of their respective conferences. Georgia entered the season ranked in the top 25, but dropped its first two games to two teams now ranked in the top 10, No. 4 Boise State and No. 10 South Carolina.Georgia head coach Mark Richt is already hearing the deafening chants of “off with his head” (well something like that), and this is a guy who is in his 10th year at Georgia with a 96-36 (.727) regular season record and a 7-3 record in bowl games. University presidents across the country would kill to have a guy with those credentials at the helm of their football program, but instead, Richt is in serious jeopardy of losing his job.That isn’t really how the traditional college schedule is supposed to go, is it? As Adam Sandler says as Paul Crewe in “The Longest Yard,” “We’d start off every season against Appalachian State or some slack Division II team. Kick the living shit out of them and get [the team’s] confidence up.”I don’t call No. 4 and No. 10 slack Division II schools, but you know what? That is why the SEC is so unforgivably good every single year, and the rest of the “power” conferences look around at the end of each season wondering why an SEC school is holding the glass football.It is almost unfair how good each of those SEC teams is. Just last week, then-No. 3 Alabama went up to Happy Valley to take on No. 23 Penn State in one of the most raucous and intimidating crowds in the country and made winning look easy. A whiteout meant nothing to the Tide, and it’s unclear as to whether a January snowstorm-type whiteout would have made a difference.Alabama didn’t even have an experienced, elite-level quarterback to roll the Tide to victory, either. Sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron didn’t dazzle like Michigan’s Denard Robinson; he simply did what was asked, passed for a pedestrian 163 yards and the running game and the defense did the rest.Louisiana State University is experiencing quite a curious bout of success. The Tigers lost their starting quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, to one of the stupidest instances of lack of self-control, getting in a bar fight and leaving one man lying on the ground with multiple broken vertebrae.What happens next? LSU is so deep, backup quarterback Jarrett Lee ducks under center and immediately leads the Tigers to a win over last year’s national runner-up, No. 3 Oregon. The way LSU has been playing, they look to be on their way to an epic clash versus Alabama that could be No. 1 versus No. 2 – if No. 5 Florida State can prevail over No. 1 Oklahoma this weekend.Then you have No. 10 South Carolina. Complete with sophomore running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Lattimore, stud wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey and the ever-enigmatic, yet talented quarterback, Stephen Garcia.The combination makes for a lethally explosive offense that can score on just about anyone. The favorite to win the East division of the SEC, South Carolina is as fun of a team to watch as there is in college football. And Coach Richt can thank the Gamecocks for putting him in every Georgia fan’s proverbial (and in this case literal) doghouse last Saturday.Alabama, LSU and South Carolina are just three of seven SEC teams saturating the AP Top-25 poll.Rounding out the seven are No. 14 Arkansas, No. 16 Florida, No. 21 Auburn and No. 25 Mississippi State. Who wants to play any of them at the beginning of the season?Arkansas has allowed 10 points on the season and is flying high on the arm of junior quarterback Tyler Wilson, who has been extremely consistent in throwing for 260 and 259 yards in each of the Razorbacks’ first two games, respectively. That has also been while splitting snaps in Arkansas’s two-quarterback system.Florida has given up three points in two games this season, winning by a combined score of 80-3. Yes, the competition for the Gators has been poor, but University of Nevada Las Vegas put up 17 points on the Badgers, and the Rebels were ranked No. 112 in the CBSsports.com poll, so three points is three points in my book.That leaves Auburn and Mississippi State, and one needs little introduction since it is barely eight months since the Tigers won the NCAA Championship game under Cam Newton.Cam who?Junior quarterback Barrett Trotter has stepped in to fill the void, making the transition nearly flawless. Already knocking off Mississippi State, Trotter is 33-for-46 (71.7%) with 407 yards and five touchdowns after throwing only nine passes all of last season.Mississippi State will likely drop from the rankings after they play LSU Thursday night, but they will have opportunities to climb back in with upcoming games versus South Carolina, Alabama and Arkansas, two of which are at home. And who knows, maybe every SEC hater’s dream will come true Thursday night, and the Bulldogs will pull off the upset.So what does such a talent-rich and dominant conference mean for the rest of college football? Probably nothing more than continuing to complain about the conference’s over-powering nature.But there is hope – hope that the SEC is too good this year, that teams will alternately knock each other off the top of the polls week after week while entertaining us all with exhilarating football. For any of the other schools with dreams of a national title, it may be the only way they can be rewarded with a championship season.Brett is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think about the SEC this year? Let him know at bsommers@badgerherald.com and be sure to follow @BHeraldSports on Twitter for all the latest Badgers news.last_img read more

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