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08Dec/20

Main Street in Susquehanna welcomes Christmastime

first_imgThe event was topped off with Santa Claus himself riding down Main Street on his sleigh. With Christmas music playing, local vendors and businesses lined up and down Main Street to take part in the event. Vendors sold food, Christmas ornaments, gifts, and other festive items along Main St.  The event also had pony rides for sale and reindeer feed to buy and put out on Christmas for Santa’s team. “We came out to enjoy the festivities,” one Susquehanna resident said, “and to have a good time.” SUSQUEHANNA, PA (WBNG) — Harper Hill Crafts hosted Christmas on Main Street in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania today. Christmas on Main Street provided holiday fun for the entire family to enjoy. last_img read more

18Nov/20

From next year a higher lump sum for private renters?

first_imgThis year will be the last in which over 92 thousand private renters of rooms, flats and apartments will pay a flat income tax of 300 kuna per bed per year.Namely, the working group preparing the tax reform proposed that the tax be increased from 1 January 2019. The amount of the flat tax for renters has not been decided yet, but several simulations have been prepared, he writes Vecernji list. A flat rate of 300 kuna per year was introduced in 2005, when the daily rental price was 100 kuna, and it was assumed that private owners of flats and apartments would spend only 35 nights during the year, said Finance Minister Zdravko Maric, adding that most of Primorje and Dalmatia today gets much more for a bed. Private landlords who have reported renting ten beds a year pay a flat tax of HRK 3000, the same amount as a net salary of HRK 12 in one month.”Effective taxation of private rent in tourism is three times lower than other forms of income tax, and four times lower than all forms of capital tax”Says economist Željko Lovrinčević, one of the members of Marić’s tax group.Of course, nothing has been strictly defined yet, nor has a final decision been made, but it is obvious in which direction the members of the tax group are thinking, and that is to increase the annual lump sum. Some of the comments on social networks, unfortunately only on social networks and not at the Public Hearing, is that it would be correct to pay by percentage according to the number of nights, and not a fixed lump sum, which is unfair for those who have a small number of nights, while for those who they have a lot more nights, of course the opposite.By the way, at the recent Public debate through eConsultation related to Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity, and which directly concern private landlords, out of over 92.000 landlords, there were only a dozen comments.last_img read more

29Sep/20

AP2 positive as Sweden revives parts of shelved buffer fund reform

first_imgAt the end of 2015, wide-ranging plans to reform Sweden’s pension buffer fund system – including closing two of the five funds – were shelved because no agreement could be reached among the many groups and individuals involved.In a recent interview with Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Bolund said the structure of the four main AP buffer funds would remain, but the government would go forward with the part of the reform that focused on increased demands for sustainability and free investment.A spokeswoman for Bolund confirmed the minister’ plan for a new proposal, but said it had not been introduced yet.A cross-party parliamentary pensions group has also agreed to work on the sustainability rules and some of the rules for investments, she said. These proposals should be completed by autumn of next year – by the time of the next Swedish general election, which is to be held on or before 9 September 2018.Although many of the proposals contained within the now defunct AP buffer fund reform came in for sharp criticism from the AP funds themselves, they have since been vocal about the need for more regulatory leeway in their asset allocation – which was part of the reform.In February, AP1’s chief executive Johan Magnusson warned it would be hard for the pension fund to keep producing current levels of return given the AP funds’ mandatory 30% investment grade fixed income allocation.Hans Fahlin, CIO of AP2, said the AP funds all felt the investment regulations – which only permit the funds to have 5% in private assets, except real estate – were outdated and should be changed.Fahlin said AP2’s risk-taking should be controlled in a more nuanced way. Sweden’s second national pension fund AP2 says it is positive about the idea of the government changing investment regulations for the country’s pension buffer funds.Financial markets and consumer affairs minister Per Bolund has said he would go ahead with a new proposal on rules regarding sustainability and investment.Asked about Bolund’s intention to free up investment rules for the buffer funds, Ulrika Danielson, head of communications at AP2, said the fund was positive about the prospect of such change.“It’s positive if the investment regulations for the AP funds are changed as the return levels we have had historically will become increasingly difficult to achieve with the [current] applicable regulations,” she said.last_img read more

16Sep/20

Defensive lapses sink Syracuse in loss to Georgia Tech

first_img Published on January 12, 2019 at 10:40 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Curtis Haywood II’s hand rose in the air with Frank Howard a couple feet in front of him. A quick pass to Jose Alvarado, alone in the corner, ended in a 3 and prompted Syracuse to call a timeout.Right before half court, SU head coach Jim Boeheim walked over to Howard. The two talked about what had happened: Howard dashed to Haywood II and left Alvarado open. Georgia Tech took a six-point lead and the Orange never recovered.Syracuse looked much more polished after opening conference play with two straight wins. The defense that shut down Clemson was confronted with a weak offense in Georgia Tech that “survives” on its defense, GT head coach Josh Pastner said. But while Georgia Tech’s defense stifled the Orange, the Yellow Jackets’ (10-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) offense erupted and shot 59.5 percent from the field. Much of that success came from Georgia Tech’s game plan of feeding its bigs in the middle of the paint, leading it to a 73-59 win over Syracuse (11-5, 2-1) on Saturday night inside the Carrier Dome.Georgia Tech’s big men instantly made an impact. Abdoulaye Gueye was often guarded by Marek Dolezaj. He quickly took advantage of his strength advantage over the SU center. Gueye used a mixture of post moves to create separation on Dolezaj. He often backed the Slovakian native down before using a hook shot or layup off the glass.“(Dolezaj’s) a good player,” Boeheim said, “but he has trouble when he goes 1-on-1 with those guys.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlvarado said the team knew to feed the big men because Syracuse’s defense likes to play “high.” That led to 1-on-1 opportunities with Dolezaj, Bourama Sidibe or Paschal Chukwu down low. When SU doubled the post, a GT big man kicked the ball back out for an open opportunity.For the first time all season, Pastner started Gueye along with James Banks III, another big that dominated Syracuse’s interior defense. Together, the duo combined for 20 of Georgia Tech’s 27 first-half points and rarely missed.“It was part of our equation,” Pastner said. “Thinking about (Dolezaj on defense).”While Dolezaj was able to accumulate five steals, very rarely did the rest of the SU defense collapse on Gueye and Banks III, triggering 1-on-1 opportunities with players that are 37 pounds and 63 pounds heavier than Dolezaj, respectively.It is no secret Dolezaj struggles with bigger and stronger athletes, especially in the post. But against Notre Dame and Clemson, the big men were kept in check. He was able to get around players and poke the ball loose, rather than having to try and stop them in the low post.Notre Dame had just 14 points in the paint, while Clemson put up 22 against Syracuse. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, matched with 36, even with Gueye suffering a cramp with 15:43 left in the second half, forcing him to miss the rest of the game. The damage had been done, though.When Boeheim opted to combat Banks III and Gueye’s interior presence with a bigger player in Sidibe, the duo still found a way to score. One play, Alvarado saw Banks III slip by Sidibe for a wide-open alley-oop. Banks III added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.“(Gueye and Banks III) did a really nice job of being patient and poised,” Pastner said, “when they caught the ball. They didn’t panic.”Oshae Brissett called it “defensive lapses,” as a team. Frank Howard said, “we weren’t engaged.”SU’s defensive failures didn’t just happen inside the paint with Gueye and Banks III. Alvarado and Haywood II often found themselves open in the corner or at the top of the key, pulling the trigger from 3. The duo made 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.Whenever it seemed like Syracuse was mustering up a run to cut the deficit to single digits, Georgia Tech would nail a deep ball, or get an offensive rebound and second-chance opportunity.Syracuse resorted to a full-court press for most of the game’s final 10 minutes, trying to force the Georgia Tech guards into making mistakes. Instead, the offense was able to often find a cutter down the wing who would either score with ease or draw a foul.Anything Syracuse threw at Georgia Tech defensively, it seemed like the Yellow Jackets were already a step ahead. Turnovers resulted in transition buckets. GT outscored SU in the paint by 20 and shot well, both 59.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3.With six minutes left, an inbound pass from Brissett was picked off by Michael Devoe. Tyus Battle slid over to help Buddy Boeheim with a half-court trap. But he drove in the paint and kicked it out to Evan Cole who quickly passed it to Haywood II.Wide open, at the top of the key, Haywood II released the shot. He stood there, watching, hand up in the air once again. He didn’t move until the ball swished through the net and made contact with the ground. Another Syracuse error that resulted in a wide open 3.“We made too many mistakes in the second half,” Boeheim said. “That put us in a hole we couldn’t recover from.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

26Aug/20

Shohei Ohtani officially slated to return to Angels rotation on Wednesday

first_imgDETROIT — Shohei Ohtani will return to the mound on Wednesday, with nine days rest since his last start.“Body-wise, I can’t really tell at this point if I needed those two or three days, but I was able to hit an extra couple games because of those two or three days, so in that way it worked out,” Ohtani said through his interpreter on Tuesday, after the Angels officially announced his return to the rotation.Ohtani pitched against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 20, his third straight outing on a Sunday. Instead of having him pitch last Sunday in New York, the Angels pushed him back a couple days, citing “workload management.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels are trying to manage a player who is playing a virtually unprecedented role, as a hitter and pitcher. Although they have his history in Japan for a roadmap as to how to handle him, in some ways this is all an experiment. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Albert Pujols had his 1,945th RBI in Monday’s game, which passed Ty Cobb for eighth on the all-time list.UP NEXTAngels (Shohei Ohtani, 4-1, 3.35) at Tigers (Mike Fiers, 4-3, 4.78), Wednesday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “This whole program, we won’t have a report card until the season is over,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.With the season at its one-third point, Ohtani is hitting .291 with six homers and 20 RBIs. He has a .929 OPS. As a pitcher, he is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 40-1/3 innings.Ohtani is on a pace to reach double figures in victories and homers, a feat not achieved since Babe Ruth did it in 1918.“I think everything is going well so far,” Ohtani said. “No injuries at all. The body feels great. The performance is somewhat there, so I’m satisfied so far. … Everything has been really tough so far. I still have a lot of hurdles to overcome. I just need to work hard every day to be able to overcome those hurdles, so I’ll keep going forward.”ALSOJustin Upton was presented with an award from the Detroit media as the Tigers player of the year for 2017. Upton hit .279 with 28 homers in five months with the Tigers before they traded him to the Angels on Aug. 31. … Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

15Jan/20

Higher Ground Initiates Hand Pumps, Sanitations in Arthington

first_imgA Liberian-based NGO, Higher Ground International (HGI), working to improve rural communities, has begun the construction of hand pump and sanitation facilities in Arthington, Lower Montserrado County.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Wednesday, May 21 in Arthington, the founder and chief executive officer of HGI, Madam Henrietta White Holder said that the initiative is meant to restore dignity in the lives of rural community residents.“The projects in Arthington are intended to improve the living conditions of the residents after being affected by the civil crisis in Liberia. This is in fulfillment of a dream that we conceived few years ago while in the United States to come back and help our fellow citizens,” she explained.She said that about 10 communities in Arthington that are lacking safe drinking water and sanitation are expected to benefit.“At the moment, we have constructed hand pumps and toilets in three of the communities and with more funding we intend to expand,” she further said.Madam Holder disclosed that, they are expected to embark on an agricultural program in Arthington, upon the completion of the hand pump and sanitation projects.“We have a 150 acres of land earmarked for crop production to create economic opportunities for many residents in the communities. Farmers will be supported in growing crop to raise income,” she said.She said the agricultural project will initially target more than 100 farmers.According to her the program will seek to create processing facility for crop like cassava, adding that the processing house has already been constructed.Madam Holder, however, mentioned transportation difficulties and funding as some challenges confronting their developmental initiatives.Meanwhile, the HGI founder told our reporter that they intend to launch their developmental activities in Arthington this week.She said the program is expected to bring together government officials and some members of political parties.According to her Peace Ambassador George Weah is expected to launch the program.At the same time, residents of Arthington have described the initiative of HGI as a welcoming development.The Artington residents said that that for a very long time, they have lacked safe drinking water and sanitation.The City Mayor of Arthington, Genius White, who also added his impression on the HGI’ initiatives said that the development was timely.“The residents of our city do not have access to safe drinking water. Many times, we drink from the creek which is not safe. Therefore, we are very thankful for the undertaken of the HGI,” he told this paper in his office on Wednesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more