AARP urges Senators Booker, Menendez to oppose Senate Bill

first_imgDear Editor:AARP New Jersey calls on U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez to maintain their strong and public opposition to the Senate’s health care legislation. It provides tens of billions in tax breaks for drug and insurance companies, while dramatically increasing costs and reducing coverage for Americans age 50+. Specifically, the legislation:Would allow insurance companies to charge older people an age tax or five times – or even more – than everyone else. On top of that, it reduces tax credits. Together, these changes could cost you tens of thousands of dollars more a year.Would strip away Medicaid coverage from more than half a million New Jerseyans and leave our seniors at risk of not getting the care they need.Would let states waive protections for those with a pre-existing condition like cancer, diabetes or asthma.Would cut funding for Medicare – leaving the door open to benefit cuts and Medicare vouchers.AARP will hold all 100 United States Senators accountable to our members. In New Jersey, we urge Senators Menendez and Booker to continue to oppose the Senate bill and stand with Garden State residents.Stephanie HunsingerState DirectorAARP New Jerseylast_img read more

Faculty Senate passes LGBTQ resolution

first_imgIn a push for improved inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) members of the Notre Dame community, the Faculty Senate passed two resolutions Tuesday, one supporting a gay-straight alliance and the other proposing adding sexual orientation to the University’s non-discrimination clause. Student Senate passed similar resolutions earlier this semester. Faculty Senate chair Morten Eskildsen said the group decided to address the two resolutions due to outside support of the measures. “We have received from a number of sides emails encouraging us to look into this issue and the Senate Executive Committee agreed this is something we would want to look at and discuss,” he said. “And we did.” During Tuesday’s meeting, Eskildsen said there was a “clear majority” in favor of passing the resolutions. He said there seems to be strong support among Notre Dame faculty for advancing LGBTQ rights on campus. “The documents brought forward show really that this was the right thing to do. Overall, people felt that gays and lesbians who were feeling sort of left out or marginalized, there was a desire to try and improve their situation,” he said. “That was the main sentiment of those arguing in favor of the resolutions.” Eskildsen said this was the first time the issues were formally discussed within Faculty Senate, but he speculated a GSA and the non-discrimination clause were the topic of “many conversations” amongst faculty. “I’m sure a lot of people have discussed this across campus,” he said. “It’s just my impression.” Eskildsen said a number of questions regarding the resolutions, including legal issues, arose during the debate of the resolutions. As such, he said he expects discussion to continue through the next academic school year. “I think the Senate felt it would be nice to see some of those questions addressed by for instance legal counsel or offices of the University,” he said. “While we passed those resolutions, I would also say there is a sentiment to look further into this issue.” Student body president Pat McCormick said he appreciates the efforts of the Faculty Senate to pass the resolutions at Tuesday’s meeting. “We’re grateful to the faculty for their support of this effort to create a group for both gay and straight students to come together for mutual support and service to the broader community,” he said. McCormick said members of student government anticipate working with Faculty Senate and others in the Notre Dame community to further the progress achieved this semester. “We look forward to partnering in whatever way we can with faculty and members of the administration and of course student advocates to continue to explore ways we might be able to further expand inclusion in the Notre Dame community,” he said. University spokesman Dennis Brown declined comment on the resolutions until the parties involved present such material to Notre Dame. “We are aware of the Faculty and Student Senate resolutions, but we’ll refrain from any specific observations until we’ve had a chance to thoroughly review material forwarded to us by a group of concerned students,” he said. Brown said Notre Dame continues to promote acceptance of LGBTQ students on campus. “We want to make it clear that, as articulated in the Spirit of Inclusion, we welcome and value all members of our community, we condemn discriminatory harassment of any kind, and our policy explicitly precludes harassment based on sexual orientation,” he said.last_img read more

Isaac Levinson Q&A

first_imgIsaac Levinson might be having the year of his life. The 22-year-old Atlanta-based kayaker is on the U.S. National Slalom team, competing in World Cup events in the two-person canoe category with an eye on the Olympics in 2012. Last year, he finished second in the two biggest Southeastern creek races, the Lord of the Fork and the Green River Narrows Race. He’s been training nonstop for his shot at the Olympics and is in the best shape of his life. This could be his year to take the coveted Green title. BRO talked with Levinson about his chances at the Green this year and what it’s like to be part of a dynamic canoe duo.You’re on the US National slalom team, but you also compete in creek races. Do you identify with any one form of boating over the other?No. I’m just trying to do everything at the best level I can. But I will say if I had to pick a favorite race, it would be the Green. I love the atmosphere, the other boaters, and the river itself. I put a lot into that race every year.Is it tough to switch gears from kayaking solo to paddling a C-2 with a partner?It’s interesting to take such an individual sport and turn it into a team effort. It’s fun to balance everything that’s involved with paddling with someone else. Somehow, it makes it more exciting. We’re not communiciating as much as you’d think. We’re not talking about every individual stroke. We’re just trying to keep a good feeling inside the boat. It’s a lot more physical than kayaking solo. If one person’s steering, then the other person has to pull harder with his strokes to carry the extra 130 pounds.Your C-2 partner is from Atlanta and there are quite a few Atlanta boaters on the U.S. team. That’s surprising.Atlanta has a solid slalom scene. The Chattahoochee is actually good slalom training. It’s just class III, but it’s consistent and convenient. Everyone thinks if you’re a good boater, you’re from North Carolina, but Atlanta has good boaters too.How does the U.S. stack up against the rest of the world in slalom right now?This is my first year on the national team, so it’s been interesting to see things play out on the World Cup. The competition level at slalom is so high. It’s the best of the best. We typically have someone finishing in the top 10, but we haven’t had any medals yet. It could happen though. 1 2last_img read more

How Taylor Garbage fire will affect some taxpayers

first_img“We get a lot of glass. So that’s heavy which account for our tonnage. That would increase the fee,” said Materse. “If we could get the DEC to say, ‘Hey you know what? We are not going to make you take glass. You can send the glass back to somebody else or we will send it to the landfill.’ That would help.” “I didn’t really think of it in terms of our recycling. When you see a fire, you think of safety first, but then Monday morning it hit us,” said Linda Jackson, mayor of Endicott. “This is going to have a major hit on our budget,” said Materese. “For us, we have to get it someplace and then we have to find someone to take it and how are we going to take it to them. So that’s a major problem for us.” Elected officials tell 12 News they now have to find a new place to put recycling materials which means some areas have no choice but to increase taxes to cover the cost. Meanwhile, Mayor Jackson says the village of Endicott will be looking for other solutions. Elected officials say they plan to contact the Department of Environmental Conservation to find ways to lower the costs. Now with the building destroyed, they must pay Taylor Garbage $157 per ton to move their recyclables to a different facility further away. That’s a $92 increase. Town of Union supervisor, Rick Materese, says villages like Johnson City was able to move their recycling to Bert Adams Disposable Inc., but other towns and villages like his must find another way.center_img “This is usually paid for on our water bills under tipping fee and it’s going start seeing refuge because that’s what it is and our refuge prices might have to go up,” said Jackson. “We are going to go week by week, we’re not going to make long range plans, we’re not going to scare anybody by threatening to raise prices. Give us a chance to investigate this and see if we can’t find a way out of it.” Officials say towns and villages were originally paying $65 a ton to distribute recycling to the facility in Apalachin. (WBNG) – Several Southern Tier communities could eventually feel the ripple effects of the Taylor Garbage recycling fire one week ago. “The problem with Adams is Adams’ facility is a smaller facility that they really can’t handle a whole lot more. Taylor has tried to make some arrangements with some other people for us but again the cost is going to be increased,” said Materese. “Taxes have to go up…We are going to be in the hole a little bit for this year try and go through fund balances, find wherever we can steal money from to pay this bill but then next year there has to be an increase,” said Materese. Until then, Materese says he has no choice but to raise taxes in 2021 to cover the costs.last_img read more

Arsenal vow to pay all staff until end of April despite no Premier League football

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Mar 2020 1:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal vow to pay all staff until end of April despite no Premier League football Arsenal will continue paying their staff (Picture: Copa/Getty)Arsenal will continue to pay all of their matchday and non-matchday staff until April 30, despite there being no matches due to the coronavirus crisis.There will be no Premier League football until April 30 at the earliest, leaving football club employees – both part-time and full-time – without work during the pandemic.But Arsenal have made a move to ease the financial concerns of their staff by vowing to pay them all even without matches taking place.Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham said in a statement: ‘We are truly grateful for the outstanding efforts of all our staff across the club every day. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘We rely on their tireless service to provide a first-class experience for our fans on matchdays and non-matchdays.‘These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers. This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty while football is currently suspended to 30 April 2020. Comment Vinai Venkatesham announced the move (Picture: Getty)‘We are truly grateful for the outstanding efforts of all our staff across the club every day. We rely on their tireless service to provide a first-class experience for our fans, on matchdays and non-matchdays.‘We look forward to welcoming football back to Emirates Stadium as soon as possible.’Arsenal players, meanwhile, will not return to training as was initially planned on Tuesday, although manager Mikel Arteta has recovered from coronavirus.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Landbankers set to make millions as supply tightens across SEQ

first_img Land supply status across SEQ: Revealed: Stunning next phase for Darius and Kayla Property industry analyst Michael Matusik said new land supply was very tight across South East Queensland.“There is under two years of actual potential new land supply across SEQ and the supply is tightest on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and in Redland. This supply is way too short.”His analysis of uncertified lots with operational works approval in major SEQ municipalities found just 1.8 years of supply across the south east, a factor that could trigger big dollars for families with large tracts of land in tight council zones.Of the council areas, the Gold Coast had the tightest supply at just half a year’s worth, followed by Brisbane (0.7 years), Redland (0.9 years), Moreton Bay 1.5 years), Sunshine Coast (2.2 years), Ipswich (3.1 years) and Logan (3.5 years). Sunshine Coast 2.2 yearsMoreton Bay 1.5 yearsBrisbane 0.7 yearsRedland 0.9 yearsLogan 3.5 yearsIpswich 3.1 yearsGold Coast 0.6 yearsSouth East Qld 1.8 years (Source: Matusik Missive: Data: Matusik + Queensland Government) 315 Gardner Road, Rochedale, had 3.36ha of land and sold in a multi-sale for $18.15m last year.A desperate search by developers for land in areas where there are growth-friendly councils means some Queenslanders are now sitting on a gold mine. It’s seeing Queenslanders make millions off land tracts banked by families for generations across South East Queensland, with developers converging on properties to insure against dwindling land supply for new estates. Depending on location, properties could fetch as much as $18.15m for 3.36ha of land, as 315 Gardner Road, Rochedale, did in a multi-sale. MORE: Anna Spiro sells her island homecenter_img New land development approvals have fallen substantially across SEQ over the last five years,” Mr Matusik said. “The fall in new future land supply is most marked in several municipalities including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Ipswich. There has been a fall in the number of new approved projects in Logan.”One of the country’s largest residential developers, Stockland – which currently has eight new residential estates on the outskirts of Brisbane through to the Gold Coast – looks for land that would allow future residents to have “ready access” to jobs, recreation, public transport, schools and amenities.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoStockland general manager, David Laner, said there were many considerations that came into the decision to create a new community including “location, scale, planning and infrastructure, aspect and orientation, topography, the list goes on”.But, he said, “in addition to these more technical considerations, it is critical to evaluate local amenity, demographics, housing supply and demand.”“This means reviewing the lifestyle attributes, existing and future housing choice, customer preferences, and projected population growth.”Among two of the newer Stockland estates are Newport and Promenade Rothwell, both located close to Redcliffe, in greater Brisbane’s northern edges where a new train line was opened four years ago.“We understand that purchasing a home is a big commitment and that the location of the property must suit our customers’ long-term needs, so we encourage all potential buyers to remember that they’re not just making a purchasing decision for themselves now, but for their future selves as well,” Mr Laner said. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Ex-Wallaby’s extraordinary move to help COVID-19 lockdown residents Bizarre bubble house gaining global attention For those with big land holdings in SEQ close to good amenities, or where new infrastructure has been targeted, this could mean a major windfall at sale time.Mr Matusik’s analysis found “just under 70 per cent of the new urban allotment registrations across SEQ are held in just 30 suburbs”.“These suburbs also dominate land development within their respective municipal areas. That market share ranges from 43 per cent in Brisbane to 83 per cent in Ipswich. New land subdivision activity across SEQ is now limited to a few development corridors.”The fall in supply coupled with boosts for home builders was expected to put greater pressure on prices, with Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo, chief economist of PRD Nationwide, finding that Greater Brisbane was already inching towards higher prices, despite COVID-19 – with the biggest dollars going to properties with large land holdings.“There is a possibility of southern investors in the market, however the local Greater Brisbane market is stimulated as well with many choosing to build or entering estates in higher priced suburbs that are well served by shops, infrastructure, great schools.” FOLLOW COURIER MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Randall Lee Terry, Sr.

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Randall’s memory include his loving wife, Mary J. Terry; children, Randall (Patricia Gould) Terry, Jr., of Milroy, Danny Ray (Christy) Terry of Shelbyville, and Brandon S. Terry, Cynthia Terry and Darin Terry, all of Laurel; 1 grandchild, Deacon Covington; siblings, Bill Terry of Connersville, Ronnie Terry of Dayton, OH, Patty Hauri of Connersville, Duane Terry of Ohio, Ranel Terry, Jr. of Ohio, Pam Gross of Liberty and Brenda Rambo of Connersville.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Freddie and Gene Terry. Memorial contributions may be directed to Metamora Church of God.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Randall Terry. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., officiated by Pastor Wayne Ison.  Burial will follow in Laurel North Cemetery.center_img Randall Lee Terry, Sr., of Laurel, was born on June 17, 1955 in Connersville, Indiana, the son on Ranel and Debbie Moore Terry.  On June 6, 1974 he married Mary J. Marshall in Connersville and she survives.  Randall served his country with the Army National Guard for 15 years and was a truck owner and operator.  He was a member of the Metamora Church of God was a big supporter of their food pantry.  Randall was known for always helping anyone, anytime or anyway they needed.  He also gave advice out when he felt it was needed.  On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the age of 61, Randall passed away at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville.last_img read more

Cole close to Villa move

first_img The 32-year-old is available on a free transfer after being released by West Ham at the end of last season. Villa have released a picture, via Twitter, of Cole wearing a club tracksuit top at the club’s Bodymoor Heart training complex. The accompanying text confirmed Cole had “completed a medical this morning”. A formal announcement of a deal is now expected imminently. Cole, who has also played for Chelsea and Liverpool in his career, won 56 caps for England. He moves to Villa Park having spent the past season and a half back at first club West Ham, where he came through the youth ranks. He was regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation and was snapped up by Chelsea for £6.6million in 2003. He won three Premier League titles and became an England regular during a successful seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge but injuries eventually led to him falling down the pecking order. A move to Liverpool to 2010 failed to reignite his career but he enjoyed a successful loan spell with Lille before taking up the opportunity to return to Upton Park. He rejoined the Hammers on an 18-month deal but played only a bit-part role in the season just concluded. He last started a Barclays Premier League last December, when he scored for West Ham in a 3-3 draw against West Brom. Press Associationcenter_img Former England midfielder Joe Cole is poised to join Aston Villa after undergoing a medical at the midlands club.last_img read more

Rare Male Calico Kitten Born in West Palm Beach

first_imgAn extremely rare male calico kitten was born in West Palm Beach on Friday.Calico cats are almost always female due to the makeup of genetics in the cat. A rare genetic condition can produce a male.That is what happened at a foster care home here. Photo courtesy: WPEC via Kelly Real“Only 1 in 3000 calicos that are born are male. These cats are so rare that they have often been referred to as the “unicorn” of cats,” says Kelly Real, the cat’s caregiver. “Those who have worked in veterinary practice or in shelters can work for years or even decades without ever seeing one in person.”She adds that what makes the cats so rare is that they typically have a genetic abnormality which gives them three sex chromosomes, XXY, also known as Klinefelter Syndrome in humans.last_img

Boom! Lightning Strikes Washington Monument

first_imgLightning struck the Washington Monument during a thunderstorm in the city Thursday night and it was caught on a Washington, D.C. news station’s sky camera.The stormy weather came as protesters continued to call for an end to police brutality after the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white officer in police custody, continued to demonstrate near the White House.Many commenters compared the lightning symbolically to tensions between protesters and the White House.“It might be George Washington raining down brimstone and fire cos’ he’s angry about the state of the union,” one user wrote.last_img