18 Jan

Borrello Calls For Measures To Help Small Businesses Affected By Virus Closures

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – Senator George Borrello is calling on the Governor and state lawmakers to pass legislation to assist the hospitality industry and small business owners who have experienced sharp declines in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.“Safeguarding public health is an urgent priority right now. The guidelines being imposed by the state are aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible,” said Senator George Borrello.“However, our small business community – particularly the hospitality industry – will be the collateral damage of this epidemic unless we act. Leading up to today, restaurants around the state were seeing declines of 55 percent or more. With this week’s mandate that all restaurants must close their operations for everything except take-out orders, the devastation is set to get much worse. While the hospitality industry has been affected most sharply, small businesses across-the-board are experiencing hardships because of this situation. It is the responsibility of state government to step in and help these businesses make ends meet until the crisis has passed. Otherwise, the repercussions of COVID-19 could affect our economy for years to come,” Senator Borrello said.Senator Borrello said he will be advancing legislation that will help mitigate the damaging impact that restaurants and other small businesses are experiencing. Among the provisions expected to be included in the measure are the following.An exemption of unemployment insurance rate increases.  Unemployment rates for businesses rise in conjunction with rising unemployment claims. If government-mandated closures force small businesses to lay off employees, employers should be “held harmless.” New York State should agree to cover the additional costs associated with mandatory closures.Reimbursement of paid sick and/or family leave. At a time when small businesses are already financially stressed by closure-related revenue losses, having to pay mandated sick and/or family leave could put employers out of business. The extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 necessitate government assistance to small business to manage these costs.Instituting temporary delivery fee caps to prevent price gouging. With meal delivery one of the only options available to restaurants currently, it is important to shield these businesses from excessive third-party delivery fees by national companies such as Grubhub – fees which can span 15- 30 percent of a total order and eliminate the already-thin profit margin on which restaurants typically operate.Enacting a 90-day extension on paying monthly sales and payroll taxes. A temporary easing of tax requirements will provide some immediate relief for cash-strapped businesses.Eliminating penalties for late payment of business and property taxes for companies and employees directly impacted by COVID-19.Making no interest loans and lines of credit from the NY Mortgage Corp available to businesses negatively affected by COVID-19.  Interest-free loans would offer businesses a way of covering costs while businesses are shuttered.Temporary suspension of State Liquor Authority regulations that prohibit return of unused alcohol to distributors.  Hospitality operators have excess inventory of alcohol that was ordered pre-crisis, that will be unusable for the foreseeable future. Allowing them to return that for a refund will help ease cash flow concerns and help offset losses from perishable products.Extending the cure period for various violations facing businesses during the crisis.Assemblyman Andy Goodell expressed his strong support in the Assembly for passage of this legislation.  “We need to do everything within our power to help all of the innocent businesses and employees who are adversely impacted by this crisis.”last_img read more

9 Sep

Cummins believes Wexford clash will benefit Tipp play

first_imgPhoto © Garland Consultancy Tipperary hurling great Brendan Cummins is confident the senior side will keep their feet on the ground despite being widely tipped to win the league.Michael Ryan’s side head to Nowlan Park this weekend to take on Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford with a cracker of a game expected.The last time the sides met at league stage was in 2011 and that encounter ended in a draw Cummins says The Premier can learn a great deal from this clash.Throw in at Nowlan Park on Sunday is at 4 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with the Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arrabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh.last_img read more

12 Aug

Former Broward Sheriff Released from Hospital after COVID Scare

first_imgFormer Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has been released from the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.Israel revealed to 850WFTL that he was never in the ICU and is expected to make a full recovery by primary election day August 18th.Israel is running against appointed sheriff Gregory Tony.Israel confirmed reports of the news with a statement:“Tonight I am being discharged from the Delray Medical Center. My fight with COVID-19 is not over but my condition has improved enough that my place in the hospital could be taken by another fighting this virus. I return home tonight grateful to finish out my treatment and recuperation and to strengthen for the coming days,” Israel, 64, wrote in part. “I want to thank the thousands of friends and supporters who reached out to me and my family over the past 48 hours. We were overwhelmed by your prayers and offers of support.”Israel confirmed in a prior statement that he tested positive for the virus Tuesday night.“After experiencing symptoms over the past several days and at the urging of family and friends, I decided to take another coronavirus test. This time, unfortunately, the test was positive,” wrote Israel.“Like most of you, I took precautions, followed the advice of health experts, wore a mask in public, washed my hands regularly and observed social distancing. Yet, despite this vigilance, I have contracted the virus. My outlook is positive, my faith is strong, and I rest in the strong support of loving family, friends and colleagues.”Israel, who was treated at Delray Medical Center, said that his campaign will continue even as he will be quarantined while recovering from the virus.He’s running to unseat Sheriff Gregory Tony, who was installed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office in January 2019 after the governor removed Israel in the fallout of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings.They’re both considered frontrunners on the ballot for the Democratic primary on Aug. 18 despite both facing a vote of no-confidence from their deputies.Tony’s campaign posted a tweet Wednesday saying: “Wishing good health and a speedy recovery to Scott Israel. Some things matter more than politics. Scott and his family will be in my thoughts.”Israel ended his initial statement with a message to the public: “Please protect one another, love one another, stay vigilant and fight, fight, fight for the health and safety of our community,” he wrote.last_img read more

3 Aug

Mallard’s Team — Mount Sentinel Wildcats

first_imgMore than two decades of sending a team to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships does not hide the tears of the Mount Sentinel Wildcats. The Wildcats lost out on a chance to add to the storied history last weekend during the Kootenay Championships at Selkirk College.But let’s be honest here. The last time a team from Mount Sentinel did not qualify for the provincial tournament came in 1987 when Salmo ousted the Cats.During a stretch from 1991 to 2009 Mount Sentinel teams won four provincial titles — 1997, 2002, 2004, 2007 — and finished second or third eight times.Not bad for a tiny school in the South Slocan.
Which is why staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports was quick to salute players and coaches with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Joe Moreira, Chelsie Van Bynen, Kiaria Weatherall, Jessica Paulson and Jessie Rehwald. Front, Zahra Askary, Paige Paulson, Natasha Willness and Laura Soukeroff. Missing, Kim Kooznetsoff.last_img read more

3 Aug

Leafs drop two straight during Eddie Mountain road trip

first_imgThe six-foot, 170-pound Fyfe was out of hockey after being traded to Peninsula Panthers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League from Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL.Fernie dominated the game, out shooting the Leafs 55-30.Adam Maida was in goal for Nelson.Friday, Nelson could not solve the Columbia Valley netminder Jason Sandhu en route to the shutout loss.Sandhu stopped all 25 shots Nelson registers.Harrison Davies, Sam Young and Malcolm Fenelon scored for the Rockies past Nelson goalie Joey Karrer.Nelson returns to the NDCC Arena for action Friday against Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Game time is 7 p.m.Nelson plays four if its next five games at home to round out the month of January.LEAF NOTES: Despite clinching a playoff berth, Nelson could run itself right into fourth spot in the division and a first-round series against defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley should the Heritage City franchise not right the ship, and soon. Spokane trails Nelson by two points in Murdoch Division standings. . . . Nelson lost Patrick Croome during the second period against Fernie after the Leafs defenceman was issued a game misconduct. Croome was back in the lineup for the weekend trip after being out with injury since November 22. . . . Nelson also saw the return of forward Blair Andrews to the lineup. Andrews has played three games since being injuried December 5 against Golden. . . . Matt MacDonald, Aaron Brewer, Dylan Williamson and Brandon Chow all did not play during the weekend due to injury. The Nelson Leafs weekend excursion into the Eddie Mountain Division proved to rank right up there with a National Lampoon Vegas vacation.The injury-riddled Leafs lost two straight — 5-1 Saturday to Fernie and 3-0 Friday to Columbia Valley — Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games to fall into third spot in the Murdoch Division — five points behind Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The two losses ran Nelson winless streak to three games.Five different players scored for the Ghostriders in the romp over the Leafs.Fernie snapped a 1-1 game with three second-period goals.Derek Georgopoulos, Aaron Neufeld, Doan Smith, Joel Burgess and Tayler Sincenness scored for Fernie.Newcomer Tyler Fyfe scored his first goal for Nelson.last_img read more

12 Jan

Construction of women’s home, community centres to commence soon

first_imgThe clearing of lands to facilitate the construction of a women’s home and several community centres in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been completed, with construction expected to commence later this month.This comes a year after the announcement by Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell that the United States (US) Armed Forces Southern Command (New Horizons) will be pursuing the initiative in collaboration with Government.US Army and civil engineers are expected to commence construction this month, as part of “Exercise New Horizon 2019”.Land being cleared to facilitate constructionThe women’s shelter is expected to cater for abused women seeking help, while the community centres, one which is to be built at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie; and the other at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, will be recreational spaces for the community’s youths.last_img read more

12 Jan

Trade unionist calls for investigation into Public Service Department

first_imgMay Day 2018A senior female trade unionist has called on Government to investigate the operations of the Department of Public Service within the Ministry of the Presidency, claiming that it is not treating workers and their unions fairly, while criticising trade union leaders on a number of issues.In a fiery address at the Labour Day rally held at the National Park on Tuesday, Head of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Karen Van Sluytman, said she has evidence to support her calls for an urgent investigation to be launched at the Department.Head of the GPSU’s Women Advisory Committee, Karen Van Sluytman“I believe there is an urgent need for an investigation to be launched into the operations of the Department of Public Service. The Department of Public Service ought to be functioning to the benefit of all public servants. It is not happening. It is functioning for certain public servant, friends and cronies of a few… I am asking our national leaders to please look into to that,” she stated.Sidelining womenVan Sluytman, who was passionate throughout her address to the hundreds of workers in attendance at the rally also noted that women make up close to 60 per cent of the total workforce, and stressed the need for them to be given equal opportunities like their male counterparts.“You have to take into consideration, the concerns and needs of use women workers. When we place people in authority… you have to put people of integrity and good character,” she said referring to a senior official of the Public Service Commission. The trade unionist claimed that the individual is known to have a certain agenda and does not have the best interest of public servants, particularly women, at heart.“There are many women who have committed their career as public servants in this country and 20-30 years after we are stagnated because we are being denied upward mobility by males who have been placed in positions of authority in the public service. We need to stop it. We’ve had enough of it. We have the competence, the capacity, the skills and knowledge and intellectual capacity just like the men.”Van Sluytman argued that for far too long working women have been sidelined and this must not continue to happen. The trade unionist also lashed out at the leaders of various trade unions, saying that many of them hold on to positions for decades, and it is clear that they have no intention of letting go nor making way or creating opportunities for others, especially women in the movement.“We’ve had enough of those trade union leaders who want to hold on to those unions, as though the unions belong to them, as though the property of the union belongs to them, personally. The unions belong to the membership. The property of the union belongs to the membership,” she posited. Van Sluytman was one of two trade union activists that have called for the removal of the GPSU President Patrick Yarde and some members of the union’s executive who have held on to those positions for several years.She spared no effort in criticising trade union leaders also for providing lip service to issues relating to decent work. The trade unionist says this must start at home, if leaders are to demand from employers decent conditions for workers. “You going and talk about decent work for public servants and decent work for other workers, and the people who’re working with you, you don’t have any regard for their conditions of work. You have them working overtime and not paying them…what is decent about that.”Van Sluytman captured the crowd’s attention throughout her entire speech and even offered advice to women workers to walk away and stay away from abusive relationships. She said domestic violence is becoming a major issue and women in the workforce must place their hands in the effort to combat this scourge which is taking place in many communities countrywide.The issue of sexual harassment in the work place was also discussed. She urged women to stand up to bosses who make sexual advances towards them and don’t be afraid to speak out. The trade unionist’s advice to women in these situations, is never to compromise and speak to someone.last_img read more

17 Dec

Soggy Sandhills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Ranchers in the Nebraska Sandhills have struggled to put up hay because of too much moisture. As a result, many in the region are faced with either buying feed or culling their cow numbers to try to trim feed costs, according to those familiar with the situation.This is the latest production-related issue Nebraska ranchers have faced following a wet 2018 and severe-weather-related challenges so far in 2019.MEADOWS UNDER WATERThe Nebraska Sandhills is a unique region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes in the north-central part of the state, making up about a quarter of the state. The Sandhills sit atop the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides a natural water source for both the grass and livestock.The main source of hay for many ranchers comes from sub-irrigated meadows between the dunes where groundwater is close to the surface. The constant supply of water allows these meadows to yield abundant forages during the growing season. However, during times of too much moisture, these meadows are often underwater and ranchers are not able to bale them.Jay Jenkins, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension educator located in the northern Sandhills in Cherry County, told DTN it has just been too wet to put up hay in these lower areas.“It’s like a bowl — there just is nowhere for the moisture to go,” Jenkins said.The Nebraska Sandhills has seen nearly double the amount of precipitation this year, according to DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Mike Palmerino.Valentine, the county seat of Cherry County, has had 26.79 inches of precipitation this year, 9.32 inches more than the normal 17.47 inches. In 2018, the region received 25.74 inches of precipitation, he said.Palmerino said that, farther to the southwest, North Platte has picked up 26.37 inches of precipitation year to date compared to the normal 17.39 inches. Last year, the area saw 19.55 inches of precipitation.And the situation doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon, he said.“December to February are the driest months, with normal precipitation amounts of a little over an inch,” Palmerino said. “I would think that there is the possibility of at least doubling that 1-inch amount this winter.”PROBLEMS STARTED LAST YEARThe situation in the Sandhills region actually began last growing season, Jenkins said. Some ranchers couldn’t put up hay in their sub-irrigated meadows then because it was just too damp.The increased moisture continued into this growing season, he said. The region saw severe winter weather during the spring calving season, and nearly the entire state saw the effects of the “bomb cyclone” in mid-March.All the rain has caused severe flooding in the area. Several times this summer, U.S. Highway 83 was closed because of flooding.Frank Beel, who ranches with his family near Johnstown in both Cherry County and neighboring Brown County, said the area has flooded three times this year alone. The first time was in March, then again in May and September.“We were pretty dry in mid-August, but the rains came back in September,” Beel said. “We had areas get anywhere from 6 to 10 inches in middle of the month.”Jenkins said that, as a result, many ranchers tried to graze these meadows, as they couldn’t get in with hay equipment. Some also attempted to put up hay on the hills. The continuous rains didn’t make either situation ideal, as cattle couldn’t graze grass under water, and putting up hay in the hills was often not possible.Ranchers in the region are still attempting to put up hay several months after when it’s normally ideal to bale it. At this point, they might get some hay, but the quality is going to be lacking, Jenkins said.Beel said he has seen some decrease in hay production this growing season. He estimated his meadows in Brown County should yield just slightly less than normal thanks to the cooperative topography. However, his hay ground in Cherry County might yield only about half the number of round bales he normally harvests.The good news for Beel is, thanks to some hay carryover from last year and some forage grown under center pivot irrigation, he should have enough feed for the cow herd this winter. But other ranchers in his region are not as fortunate, he said.Farther to the southwest, Casey Cooksley said hay production is expected to be lower. The Broken Bow rancher puts up mainly alfalfa hay. He said both tonnage and quality will be down this year because of the excessive amount of moisture.“First and second cuttings both got rained on pretty regularly,” Cooksley said. “We are still on the third cutting, and usually we would have been done weeks ago.”LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF SURPLUS MOISTUREAll of the extra moisture is forcing adjustments in herd management for Sandhills ranchers. They are faced with the questions: Do I keep cows number the same and purchase hay/supplemental feed, or do I aggressively cull to avoid high feeding costs?Jenkins said many local ranchers are planning on doing both, almost the same type of decisions they would face in a drought situation. He said he talked to a rancher recently who was going to buy millet hay for the first time in his ranching career.Others who don’t want to buy hay have decided to cull cows. While there could be some hay in the area, the quality will be lower, requiring the purchase of more supplemental feed, Jenkins said.“One of the local sale barns around here stopped taking consignments for an upcoming sale because they were already full,” Jenkins said.Beel said when he took some bred cattle to his local sale barn back in June, cattle numbers heading to town were fairly high at that time. Many ranchers were anticipating the lack of hay even then, he said.Cooksley said his local sale barn was expecting more cull cows this fall not only due to the lack of feed but also because of poor breeding percentage. That’s a direct result of tough winter weather and the bomb cyclone, he said.“Cows have been through hell since Mid-March, and they still haven’t recovered,” he said.What could help Nebraska ranchers this winter would be fairly open weather that would lessen feed needs somewhat.Beel said he normally weans spring calves and runs calves and cows separately on his meadows. That probably won’t happen this fall, he said.“We will have adjust and run more on upland pastures,” Beel said.Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/ SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

30 Nov

Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’d love to explore it,” Spieth said. “It’s just a matter of, like I’ve said every year, I try and figure out what’s going on the next week, let alone a year from now.”Spieth will play next week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas where tournament host Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf. Wolves beat Booker-less Suns “It was a great finish,” Spieth said. “I felt like I hit a lot of really beautiful shots that weren’t necessarily rewarded today based on just trying to judge the crosswinds.“That’s all it was today. I really felt like I shot 62 today and it was 67, I had so many looks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpieth was coming off his longest layoff since his college days, nearly seven weeks since last playing in the Presidents Cup.Spieth was also playing without his regular caddie, Michael Greller, who stayed in the U.S. after the recent birth of his son. Spieth’s longtime coach, Australian Cameron McCormick, was on his bag the week Spieth was trying to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years.He won the Australian Open in 2014 in his first appearance in the tournament when it was played at The Australian. He won again last year in a playoff at Royal Sydney. In 2015, he finished in a tie for second with Adam Scott and a shot behind winner Matt Jones at The Australian.He said having his coach as caddie was beneficial.“I was just kind of voicing a lot more than I would have ever voiced to Michael,” Spieth said. “I thought it was important for Cam to kind of hear how I’m feeling hole after hole, day after day and about different situations. I think we actually made a lot of progress in that sense, or at least have a good starting point to make some progress this off-season.”Spieth was non-committal about making another trip Down Under for next year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 10th hole during the fourth round of the Australian Open Golf tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Defending champion Jordan Spieth’s difficult week in Sydney ended on a positive note Sunday — the American eagled the 18th hole for a 4-under 67.Spieth never seemed comfortable at The Australian Golf Club earlier in the tournament and couldn’t break 70 over the first three rounds, posting earlier scores of 70-71-70 for a tournament total of 6-under 278.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

7 Nov

Women’s Health says Touch Football is the best team sport

first_imgThe April 2018 issue of Women’s Health magazine gives these four reasons for why NRL Touch Football is the very best team sport there is:1. Anyone can play. The evidence: there are five-year-olds, mums, dads and grannies all in the one team. It doesn’t matter what your age, experience, ability or fitness level is, it’s an accessible, inclusive game. And it comes without the pain factor of tackle sports.2. NRL Touch Football is played year-round. It’s largely considered the summer sport played in rugby league’s off-season, but it’s also a winter game. To find a club near you and see if they’re about to tap off, head to: touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-play. You can register a whole team or enquire about joining an existing team as an individual player.3. You can play in mixed gender teams, which means lifelong friendships and even romances can strike on the field (without having to swipe right). One example? Dylan Hennessey, regarded as the best Touch player in the world, and his wife Emily Hennessey both play for Australia. Love.4. It fits with your life. A game of NRL Touch Footy is over in just 45 minutes – that’s two 20-minute halves with a five-minute halftime. And there are no training expectations. Arrive, play, head home… or to the pub with your new mates.To find your nearest touch footy club, go to touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-playlast_img read more