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Fleet Foxes Announce Spring 2018 Tour

first_imgSeattle-native indie-folk outfit Fleet Foxes have announced their first U.S. dates of 2018. The tour will take them through the Southeast over the course of 9 nights in March,  with performances scheduled in four Florida cities (Tampa, St. Augustine, Orlando, and Miami) as well as Charleston, SC, Jackson, MS, Memphis, TN, Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA. Finally, the band will play a one-off show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on May 21st.Fleet Foxes Share First New Song In Six Years, Announce Forthcoming AlbumBefore reconvening for their new 2017 album, the band had been on hiatus since the release of 2011’s Helplessness Blues. They spent much of 2017 on the road in support of Crack Up, wrapping an extensive North American trek in October. They are currently in the midst of a European tour, which will wrap with a show in Oslo, Norway tonight before the band heads to Falls Festival in Australia over New Year’s weekend.This past summer, Phish surprised their audience by incorporating a cover of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” into their “Powdered Donut”-themed setlist. Pecknold acknowledged the out-of-left-field crossover in a series of Instagram comments, proclaiming it to be “so wild.” Later that week, during a performance in Portland, ME, he acknowledged the strange new Phish connection once again from the stage, mustering a brief nod to Phish’s “Bouncin’ Around The Room” before joking “oh on, um, we’re trying to learn–ok, this is a Phish song…what we’re about to play, this is a Phish song” and launching into “White Winter Hymnal”. Watch the video here.Tickets for Fleet Foxes 2018 concerts go on sale December 9th at 10 a.m. local time. Additional information is available on the band’s website.Fleet Foxes 2018 Tour DatesMarch 1 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz YborMarch 2 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine AmphitheatreMarch 3 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues OrlandoMarch 4 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason TheatreMarch 6 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing ArtsMarch 9 – Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara HallMarch 10 – Memphis, TN @ Cannon Center for the Performing ArtsMarch 11 – Mobile, AL @ Soul KitchenMarch 12 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum TheatreMay 21 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium[Cover photo via Kyle Johnson for the New York Times]last_img read more

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The boys are back in town

first_imgIt’s fall, and the boys are back in town. Harvard Football returns to the field, to the bright lights, and to electric, muscular action on Sept. 18 with its first game against Patriot League champion Holy Cross at 7 p.m.  The home game will usher in the Crimson’s 137th football season, and with it a new chance to build on the team’s successful legacy.The period just ended was dubbed the “decade of dominance” for the Crimson, who were ranked as the second-winningest team in the nation in their subdivision. In this preseason, confidence in the Crimson has been high.During the Ivy League’s annual media day in August, Harvard was selected by national media as the likely winner of the Ivy League championship this fall. Quarterback Collier Winters’11 and defensive back and captain Collin Zych ’11 earned accolades from the Sports Network, which named them preseason Ivy League Players of the Year. The network picked the Crimson to finish second, and selected Winters as the league’s top offensive threat and Zych as its top defender.But a recent practice injury to Winters makes for an uncertain future. Head coach Tim Murphy is hopeful, but cautious, calling the team a work in progress.“The kids have done a good job in the preseason, and overall the work ethic has been impressive,” said Murphy. “All in all, our attitude has been outstanding, and we have great leadership from our captain Collin Zych and the senior class in general.”Under Murphy, the Crimson posted the second-highest national winning percentage in the Football Championship Subdivision and seventh-highest in all of Division I. With a record of 76-23, Harvard’s .768 winning percentage from 2000 to 2009 trailed only Montana, while Football Bowl Subdivision schools Texas, Boise State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Florida were the only schools to finish in front of the Crimson.“Defensively we are ahead of the offense at this stage, but I fully expect us to be a strong offensive team. But we have to gel to get there,” said Murphy. “We need to be a mentally and physically stronger and tougher team than we were a year ago to beat the very best teams on our schedule.”All five of Harvard’s home games will be streamed live at GoCrimson.com, with play-by-play commentary from Bernie Corbett. In a new offering this season, member fans will be able to watch the complete games as archived events, starting a few hours following each contest.For more on Harvard football, and to view a complete game schedule, visit GoCrimon’s website.last_img read more

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French professor wins Sheedy Award

first_imgProfessor Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone Studies, has earned the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award for her dedication to undergraduate students, the University stated in a press release on Oct. 16. The Sheedy Award is given to a professor in the College of Arts and Letters each year to recognize the amazing work they do in a number of areas, including research, innovation, and perhaps most importantly, in classroom instruction, the report stated. As a general reaction, Professor Douthwaite said she was surprised and honored to receive the award.  “My students consider me a hard teacher, so part of me was surprised that I was selected,” Douthwaite said.   “I make sure that every day is a special day – every day is a really exciting day for the class. I try to ensure that our discussions are intense, and so the students and the instructor must be thoroughly prepared.” In her fall semester course titled “Art of Interpretation: Paris,” Douthwaite said she is focusing on teaching her students to refine their analytical skills in a text-based class. In another fall course, “Advanced Composition: Art of Writing,” she said proper French grammar and writing is essential.  “I am real tough on my students in their writing. I think this is a result of the way that I approach my own writing,” Douthwaite said. “My standards for my students are as high as the standards for myself. I want to give them the opportunity to really improve.” As part of her own writing, Douthwaite said she has recently translated her own book on 18th century France into French, which is entitled “The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France.” Douthwaite said she works on her writing year round, though she places her priority on teaching during the academic year. Douthwaite’s research interests, taken into consideration in her reception of the Sheedy Award, involve 18th century France. Her focus was fine-tuned during her years of study, in which she said she was impacted by many great instructors of her own. “I wrote an article on why I became a dix-huitiémiste – a person who studies 18th century France – and had the opportunity to thank some wonderful instructors, three of whom taught me at the undergraduate level,” Douthwaite said. Important to Douthwaite are the stories that her professors told, which inspire her form of teaching today.  “Telling great stories through teaching is what I think it’s really all about,” Douthwaite said. On Dec. 12, Douthwaite will be officially presented with her Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award in McKenna Hall at 3:30 p.m.  While the real honor has already been bestowed through the recognition of the work that she does each day, Douthwaite said she is excited for the ceremony. “Being recognized for teaching is really amazing. There are so many professors who teach as well as if not better than I do,” Douthwaite said. Contact Charlie Ducey at [email protected]last_img read more

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Report sees rebound in India renewable energy sector following ‘forgettable’ 2018

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:India’s renewable energy deployment is expected to grow by 50% year-on-year in 2019 with a total of 15,860MW of installations, according to a report by consultancy firm Bridge to India.The “India RE 2019 Outlook report” described 2018 as a “forgettable year” for the Indian renewables sector, lifted only by a surge in auctions with more than 20GW of capacity awarded, however, there were also several major tender cancellations in the year.Utility-scale PV deployment is set to hit 10,902MW in 2019, surpassing 10GW in a single year for the first time, and well up from 6,833MW in 2018. Meanwhile, rooftop solar will grow robustly by nearly 50% to 2,368MW, up from 1,588MW in 2018. For the less established technologies, floating PV is expected to see auctions of up to 5GW issued and developers are expected to start adopting monocrystalline modules and microinverters in greater numbers. Meanwhile, energy storage will be supported by the expected announcement of the National Storage Mission and more solar-plus-storage tenders.Wind is expected to increase to 2.3GW, up 18% over 2018, with land and transmission bottlenecks the main drawbacks.The report described most of the problems of 2018 as self-inflicted, with the GST tax, safeguard duty and BIS standards causing major frustration.More: Indian renewable energy deployment to grow sharply this year after ‘forgettable’ 2018 Report sees rebound in India renewable energy sector following ‘forgettable’ 2018last_img read more

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Skim the Surface… Then Drill

first_imgScore another victory for the “Drill, baby, drill!” set.A U.S. appeals court has tossed out a ban by the U.S. Forest Service that prohibited drilling for oil and natural gas in Allegheny National Forest. The Forest Service had attempted to halt drilling in the western Pennsylvania forest until a year-long impact study on the environmental consequences of such drilling could be completed. The appeals court, however, declared that the study amounted to a “sea change” in how drilling permits were being issued. Prior to 2009, the year the study was commissioned under legal pressure from the Sierra Club – Forest Service can’t catch a break! – permits had been issued in a “cooperative process” with owners after 60 days’ notice. The ruling upholds a similar one from late 2009, and the oil companies now hope to make it permanent.Who is to blame for this legal tango? Would you believe Calvin Coolidge?In 1923, the President Coolidge designated Allegheny National Forest from large tracts the government had been acquiring from private citizens in Pennsylvania. Now, when buying up private land for the government to establish the “forest reservations” – as they were once called – the government bought just the surface rights and allowed the owners to keep the mineral rights. This allowed the government to buy the land at a much cheaper price, but also allowed the owners access to the surface to get to the minerals without permission from, well, anybody.The government being shortsighted in regard to the environment in order to get a cheaper price and is now the people face the consequences? Glad that doesn’t happen nowadays…oh, wait.According to the ruling, 93 percent of the mineral rights of the forest remain in private hands. The three-person panel ruled the mineral rights are still privately owned and the owners should continue to have reasonable access to the surface to drill for oil and gas below. How far down does the “surface” go? The mantel? The core? Apparently not.The ruling essentially strips the U.S. Forest Service of authority to regulate the protective surface of the forest, which is designated for watershed protection. One could say the ruling virtually defeats the purpose of the forest all together. One major concern following the ruling is its impact on other national forests around the U.S. Although this case seems to be based on property rights established in PA in the 1920’s and may not translate to other states, we’ll let them battle that out in the courts.last_img read more

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Muslim Americans Once Again Condemn Terror

first_imgView image | gettyimages.comFor the second time in less than a month Muslim leaders here have had to condemn terror committed in the name of Islam, as they once more have proclaimed that these killers do not represent Islam’s billion adherents across the globe—a message that President Obama repeated in his Oval Office address to the nation Sunday night.In Westbury, the Islamic Center of Long Island released a statement on its website saying it “strongly condemns the shooting incident in San Bernardino, California.”In its statement, the ICLI, which recently unveiled an interfaith institute at the mosque, said it “stands with the victims and their families” while also calling on Congress to enact greater gun control measures.“May God give comfort to survivors and give all of us resolve and wisdom to liberate our country from violence, fear, hate and anger,” the ICLI said.In Suffolk County, Dr. Yousuf Syed, trustee of the Islamic Association of Long Island at the Selden Mosque, distributed a lengthy email titled “Open Letter to Fellow Americans, We Stand With Them in Solidarity in Condemning the Mass Shootings.”“How could men like the San Bernardino killer…claim to be Muslim, when he has no respect for his own one year innocent baby child he left behind without mercy—I cannot call him an animal, because it would be an insult to animals,” the letter reads. “They would not abandon their off-springs like that.”“Islam requires that Muslims possess ‘Upright Character,’ and deal justly with [the] entire human race, irrespective of their ethnicity, nationality, creed, and whether they are friend or foe—these are the teachings of Islam,” the letter notes.Condemnation of the attacks echoed from coast to coast, as it did following the Nov. 13 assault on Paris.Nationally, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights group in the country, decried the massacre inside the conference room of the Inland Regional Center, which serves the developmentally disabled, which killed 14 and injured 21 others. The facility was being rented by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for a holiday party. What began as a normal workday turned into a tragedy as a seemingly radicalized and heavily armed husband and wife duo gunned down their unsuspecting victims. It was the largest radicalized Islamic attack on US soil since nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001.“We condemn this horrific and revolting attack, and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence.” View image | gettyimages.comFederal authorities have yet to publicly identify a motive in last week’s shooting in San Bernardino, but the FBI is investigating the rampage as terrorism. Both Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Rizwan Farook were killed in a ferocious gunfight with authorities after they fled Inland Regional Center in a black SUV. Investigators now believe Malik had pledged allegiance to the self-declared Islamic State, citing her Facebook post under a different name that the social media site has since scrubbed.Over the years, Muslim Americans have often been unfairly criticized for the false impression that they don’t outright condemn terrorism whenever it occurs, whether it’s at home or abroad. Muslim groups and interfaith leaders, however, say Muslims do repudiate terror but their statements don’t get nearly enough media attention.Prior to the San Bernardino slayings, Muslim Americans were already on edge. They point to a wave of Islamophobia from presidential candidates and the public, as well as harsh rhetoric directed at Syrian refugees since the coordinated strikes in Paris last month which claimed 130 lives. CAIR has also documented troubling cases around the country when innocent Muslims have been the victims of reprisal and intimidation at their local mosques. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York center_img View image | gettyimages.comIn a rare speech to the nation Sunday night from the Oval Office—his first since 2010—President Obama urged Americans not to conflate Islam with terrorism. Anti-Islam rhetoric, Obama said, only plays into the so-called Islamic State’s hands.“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want,” the president said, using another name for ISIS. “ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death, and they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world — including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology.“Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim,” the president continued. “If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.”last_img read more

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How to benchmark your net worth in 3 easy steps

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Wealth creation is about more than your investment portfolio.A better way to measure wealth than just your investment portfolio performance is your net worth, which is simply your assets minus your liabilities. Your assets include things like the money you have in your bank accounts, the value of any investments, and the market value of your home, car and other personal property. Your liabilities are what you owe, which includes your mortgage, student loans and credit-card debt.Net worth is the culmination all your financial efforts, says Sam Dogen, writer of the popular personal finance blog Financial Samurai. Benchmarking your net worth and tracking changes over time can help you focus on what really matters, he says. Here’s how to do it:Step 1. Determine your net worth.It’s easy to figure out your net worth. You can do the calculation on a spreadsheet, by documenting your assets and liabilities. Or you can use an app like Mint or Personal Capital that will track your net worth automatically. continue reading »last_img read more

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Finding your growth targets: How to market your credit union

first_imgTake a guess: what percentage of Americans do business with credit unions?Answer: about 25% according to Experian. That means 75% have nothing to do with credit unions.As for the 25% who do, only a fraction of them do the bulk of their banking at a credit union. Many have rarely used a Share draft, a savings account, or perhaps a car loan.Add it up, and there are over 200 million prospects out there for you.This is about the time many credit union leaders’ eyes glaze over. Who can blame them? It’s daunting—and blinding—to see so much opportunity.But some credit unions are now recognizing that there are big opportunities if they narrow the playing field. That’s a starting point for effective, leanly budgeted credit union marketing in 2018.Finch Brands, a Philadelphia marketing agency, told about its experiences working with a credit union in a northeast Pennsylvania, blue collar town. The institution’s name doesn’t matter. What does matter is that in many ways this is every credit union. Mid-sized in a community that is not growing and with lots of competition on the ground. The credit union had been relying on traditional, low key credit union marketing tactics such as sponsorship of local teams and attendance at community events. It had been doing all the basics but felt its growth was stalled. So it wanted to try something entirely different and more aggressive. So, it turned to Finch.Finch built a multi-pronged campaign—on billboards, social media, TV, radio, and even movie theater advertising—that featured credit union employees and members. It kept hammering home the message that we are in this together, that the credit union had a profound emotional tie to its community, that the credit union is the community. The campaign put faces on the credit union—humanizing it—and stressing the local roots.Finch tells the results it delivered: within a year membership increased 43%, and a new branch opening was the institution’s most successful ever.Dazzled? Indeed. But you can do likewise.A key to these successes: “You have to know who you want to focus on,” said Bill Gullan, Finch’s president.There’s that theme again. To succeed, narrow the focus.Other experts second that notion.Don’t overreach, stressed Keith Kemph, a credit union expert with CC Pace, a management consulting firm. Really drill down to the products and demographics where your success is most probable. Kemph elaborated: “I get concerned when credit unions want to expand beyond three to four key market segments as it quickly dilutes the market differentiator of service and value propositions it must deliver to its members.”Choose wisely stressed Kemph. “Trying to force growth in a specific market segment outside of your core competency can be costly and fatal in some instances.”It sounds counter-intuitive that the way to grow is to think more narrowly. But often it’s exactly the route that works.The next step: “Look at your products and decide who they best serve,” said Gullan.That’s key, multiple experts agree. Know what you do very well, figure out who is most likely to benefit from these products, and go after those prospects.Many tools today, especially digital tools available on services like Facebook or via Google’s AdWords, allow for fairly precise geographical targeting. Marketing services that sell consumer data also allow for precise targeting of offers.Keep experimenting, keep honing the targets, and definitely track results so that it becomes clear which campaigns are working, which aren’t, and which consumer groups are more receptive than others.Is this easy? It’s definitely not. 21st-century marketers have an arsenal of powerful tools that prior generations could not even dream about, but using the right tools in pursuing the right consumers is never easy.Kemph elaborated: “I’ve always said, there is no silver bullet in marketing. It’s not the one or two key things you do but the 35 different things you’re doing all the time to demonstrate your value. This approach will allow you to go deeper into each key segment rather than going wider and losing sight of your vision, mission, and values. In that case, everyone loses.”Read that advice again. Know the key segments—the key areas of opportunity. Then go deep after them and keep going. 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Detailslast_img read more

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Drive-thrus and digital delivery: Helping members adapt

first_img continue reading » This spring, a pair of similar-sized credit unions — one in the big city suburbs and one in a smaller-town setting — faced a challenge familiar to many credit unions across the country.Arlington Community Federal Credit Union($354.2, Arlington, VA) and Infinity Federal Credit Union($334.0M, Portland, ME) needed members to use digital offerings in the face of a lobby-limiting pandemic. Each cooperative embraced the drive-thru as a point of contact primed for member education.Here, Libby Snipe, director of marketing and community development at Arlington Community, and Ashley Wainwright, marketing assistant at Infinity, talk about how they protected members while ensuring — enhancing, even — member service. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Real Estate Tax and Local Taxes Act

first_imgOn December 02, 2016, the Croatian Parliament passed the Law on Local Taxes. The law was signed by Božo Petrov, the then President of the Croatian Parliament. On December 06, 2016, the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, on the basis of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, passed a Decision on the promulgation of the Law on Local Taxes.How many users of local taxes and the state budget do we have?In the Republic of Croatia, we have 555 units of local self-government, 429 municipalities and 126 cities, and 21 units of regional self-government (counties). Before 1992, there were only 102 municipalities. According to the Institute of Public Finance, in 2009 there were 66.000 employees in local self-government units and their utility companies. According to the data of the Ministry of Administration from June 2017, in the state and public sector in Croatia there were 232 civil servants and employees who receive their salaries from the state budget. When these two data are added up, we come to the figure of 240 employees who are “paid from taxes”. Of course, this figure is not final because we still need to add various agencies, state companies and the like, which occasionally use either state budget funds or state guarantees that are ultimately converted into state budget funds, or “taxpayers’ money”.Many cities and municipalities do not have the capacity to develop without state aidAccording to data from 2009, as many as 50% of cities were not able to finance the work of primary schools, kindergartens, health centers, public fire brigades, not to mention theaters and other needs in culture and sports. Back in 2003, the Croatian Legal Center, with the help of the United States, prepared a comprehensive study “Decentralization of Public Administration”. The study concluded that as many as 35% of cities and municipalities are unable to function without state aid. Also most counties are insolvent.Instead of public sector reform – new taxesDespite the fact that all studies have shown that such a cumbersome public sector is unsustainable, inefficient, too much of a burden for the economy and citizens, to this day it has not been reduced, in fact. Each new set of government additionally “hooks” its party army at all levels. Today we can say that about 10% of the total population receives a salary from the budget. The state government persistently maintains the existing situation by not only initiating new debts, but also introducing new taxes or raising rates for existing ones. That is the essence of any tax reform. Let’s just remember the impact on tourism and raising the VAT rate on food and beverages from 10 to 13 to 25%. Taxes of regional and local self-government units also serve to maintain the existing situation. Counties “live” on inheritance and gift taxes, road motor vehicle taxes, boat taxes and amusement machine taxes. Local self-government units use the following taxes: surtax on income tax, consumption tax, tax on holiday homes, tax on the use of public areas, and the introduction of a real estate tax is envisaged.Real estate taxAccording to the Local Taxes Act, the decision on the introduction of the Real Estate Tax (Article 42, paragraph 5) was to be made by local self-government units by 30 November 2017. By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, this obligation was postponed. This tax is designed to “decentralize” the taxation of real estate of citizens in the place where these properties exist. In addition to paying taxes on holiday homes, sole proprietors should also pay taxes on residential, commercial, garage and other ancillary premises and other non-purpose premises, construction land used for business purposes and undeveloped construction land if it is located within a construction area, swimming pools, saunas, sports fields and the like. For all of the above, local self-government units should establish a register and determine coefficients.A property that pays an additional tax will pay an even higher property taxTax on holiday homes is paid from 5 to 15 kuna per square meter. In addition, calculations on the total net area and the actual land area would be applied to real estate by multiplying the following factors: point values ​​+ zone coefficient + purpose coefficient + condition coefficient + age coefficient. The law says that for housing that is not used for permanent housing, which would be “weekend” facilities that are already taxed with a special tax on cottages), and housing that is used by citizens to rent apartments, rooms and beds to travelers and tourists based on the approval of the competent the coefficient of use is increased by the corrective coefficient of purpose determined by the representative body of the local self-government unit by its decision, provided that it is not less than 1 nor more than 6. Also for business premises used for production activities as well as for hotels, apartment complexes and camps this coefficient may not be less than 1 nor greater than 5.The coefficient of use is additionally increased if the activity is performed in an immovable cultural property or in the area of ​​a cultural-historical entity, so that it cannot be less than 1 or more than 12. Therefore, any real estate that is in a function from which a tax obligation arises. income, will be further burdened by a higher real estate tax rate. Likewise, real estate that is in the function through which it pays taxes and through which it has been invested in adaptation and is located in protected old city cores, for example, will be additionally burdened with an even higher real estate tax rate.Additional facilities for tourists subject to real estate taxThe state first encouraged investment in additional facilities, even grants for swimming pools were distributed, now a tax is being introduced on swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, garages for guest cars, badminton playgrounds, yoga for bottles and the like. All this has already been taxed in the process of branching, procurement of equipment, and not a small, albeit one-time tax. When acquiring real estate, taxes are also paid as for a holiday home. All of this would require a new property tax to be paid annually. The utility fee for construction, plus the utility fee per year that was paid despite the fact that each connection to the utility infrastructure is paid extra then the construction of that infrastructure from place x to the house threshold is not counted.Neither expensive telephone connections nor the high price of utilities, which also has a tax component, are taken into account. When we add the income tax from salary but also from activities, then the tax on road motor vehicles, tax on vessels, tax on inheritances and gifts, then the famous VAT at the rate of 25% for each purchase of products and services… it really turns out to be punishable every investment, every activity that by the logic of things should be stimulated.Photo: Dubrovnik Tourist BoardCroatian creditors are worried about the refundCroatia is an over-indebted country, and the IMF and other creditors fear that Croatia will find itself in a situation where it will not be able to repay loans. The EU is also worried about securing funding for its budget in the long run. As central governments do not streamline public spending, take action to increase the share of productive and reduce unproductive jobs, creditors are proposing new sources of tax funding. It is also a good justification for all previous governments to take actions that strengthen the “tax” (fiscalization, changing corporate tax rates, VAT on tourism, excise duties, etc.). None of these measures was accompanied by “belt-tightening” in their own ranks. That is why the danger of introducing a real estate tax is constantly hanging over our heads.Enforcement, poverty and leaving CroatiaAccording to Eurostat data from 2017, as many as 28,5% of Croatian citizens live at risk of poverty and social exclusion, and according to living standards indicators, Croatian citizens are at the bottom of all EU members. According to these data, as many as one million and 180 thousand Croatian citizens are existentially endangered. Eurostat criteria are based on a monthly single income of HRK 2.145,00 and for a family of two HRK 3.537,00 and for a family with two adults and children under 14 years of age HRK 4.457,00. According to these criteria, as many as 19,5% of households in Croatia earn income below these limits. According to FINA data, at the end of 2017, there were 319 citizens in a financial blockade. According to the CBS, the average net salary in public administration was HRK 800. The difference is obvious. With the proposal of the Real Estate Act, for each real estate for which the owner does not submit the required data, the local self-government units will prescribe the highest tax rates. The law also stipulates that all members of the household jointly guarantee the tax collection to the taxpayer.The taxpayer becomes the real estate subject to the enforcement procedure and the enforcement is carried out by the Tax Administration. One of the poorest citizens in the European Union, who is already under the burden of blockades and heavy tax burdens, could be further at risk of losing personal property if they are unable to pay property taxes. Many will sell their real estate at non-market prices under such a threat, so this situation will bring big profits to real estate speculators. The more resourceful will not do business legally nor will they legalize all buildings. Nevertheless, the scenario of implementing such a Real Estate Tax Act envisages the sale of property and increased emigration from Croatia.Who cares?Published by: Nedo PinezićRelated news: ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE VAT RATE ON THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ORGANIZED ACCOMMODATION AND HOSPITALITY IN CROATIAlast_img read more

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Co-Ed Softball

first_imgI noticed more and more communities are starting co-ed softball leagues. I like this idea. With softball entrenched in the high school sport’s scene, more women feel proficient in it and are quite capable of handling themselves in this environment. The games seem to be quite a bit of fun for all those playing, and it is a good spot for a family to spend a summer night. It is also a good way for young unmarried adults to meet the opposite sex and not put themselves on those dreaded websites that promise the perfect matchups. Since softball was disappearing from the local sport scenes, it is a way to revive it and also make it a family’s way to do something together and not have one or the other half of a household out enjoying themselves while the other half is stuck babysitting for the kids. From the scores I see in local newspapers, it seems to be a very competitive adventure and with lots of runs scored it should be run to play and fun to watch. Most of these ball diamonds are in parks so if the kids are just a little bigger they can watch dad or mom for awhile and then go off in a safe area and have some fun of their own. I hope this catches on in more communities and the old family night of fun can expand. A lot of these are church leagues which makes it even better.last_img read more

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Local retailer supports STEM program

first_imgBatesville, In. — Genesis: Pathways to Success, an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation that develops career pathways and supports STEM programs in Ripley County, is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Shopko Foundation. These funds will support the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest aimed to foster innovation and an interest in engineering in students.The Shopko Foundation granted a check to Genesis: Pathways to Success during a check presentation ceremony that took place on November 12, 2018 at the Batesville Shopko store. Amy Streator, Executive Director, Ripley County Community Foundation and Cheryll Obendorf Director of Genesis: Pathways to Success, were present to receive the check.Genesis: Pathways to Success works to develop programs in areas such as engineering, agriculture, health science, and technology to allow Indiana’s next generation of innovators to flourish in our community. The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest will help support Genesis: Pathways to Success’s mission of working with local business leaders, community leaders, and educators to create, sustain, and build a solid framework of career pathways that lead to success and an enriched quality of life for our citizens.“The ShopKo Foundation’s grant will provide local students with an opportunity to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice, establishing that they have the education and skills necessary to enter the workforce upon completion of High School, or after obtaining a higher education degree,” said Cheryll Obendorf, Director of GPSThe Shopko Foundation believes in providing “the stuff that counts®” and enhancing the lives of neighbors in every community that Shopko serves. The Shopko Foundation supports accredited schools and 501(c)3 organizations with grants that are awarded throughout the year for programs that further the Foundation’s purpose of promoting the health and education of Shopko’s teammates and customers.About Genesis: Pathways to SuccessIn 2016, the Ripley County Community Foundation established Genesis: Pathways to Success as a program within the Foundation to enhance education and support workforce development within Ripley County. Genesis: Pathways to Success sponsors programs in STEM fields and supports events that encourage students to apply curious minds and critical thinking skills to real world problems. Genesis generates dialogue between students, employers and government in an effort to keep Ripley County a vibrant healthy community with opportunity for all.last_img read more

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Historic Hickstead win for Breen

first_img Press Association Shane Breen created a piece of Hickstead history on Saturday when he won the prestigious Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The class was not thrown open to male competitors until 2008, when 38-year-old Breen triumphed aboard Carmena Z. He will now set his sights on Sunday’s Longines Royal International Horse Show finale – the King George V Gold Cup – when Breen, riding Cos I Can, can now target a unique double. “It is great to win any class at Hickstead, but I am particularly delighted to win with this horse as the owner Sarah-Jane Knight is only based 10 minutes up the road from here,” said an in-form Breen, who jumped two clear rounds in Friday’s FEI Nations Cup. “Last year, when I won the Old Lodge breeding competition with Zarnita, we said it would be nice to come back and win the Queen Elizabeth Cup and we’ve done it.” Five combinations from a 27-strong field made the jump-off and Breen had it all to do as last to go. Whitaker set a scorching pace, clocking 49.76secs, but Hickstead-based Breen timed his challenge superbly, edging just inside the Yorkshireman’s time. Young British prospect Louise Saywell was third aboard Hello Winner IV, William Funnell (Billy Balou) fourth and Joe Clayton fifth, riding the Michael Whitaker-owned Aiyetoro. “I wasn’t sure that we could be three seconds quicker than William, which is what we needed to be. But after I jumped the second last fence, I had a good shot at the planks to finish and we just went for it,” Breen said. The Irish Nations Cup star guided his nine-year-old mare Zarnita to a thrilling victory as he edged out Great Britain’s Robert Whitaker and Asterix E Z by 0.61 seconds. In doing so, Breen became the first male rider to win the trophy twice since its inception 64 years ago. He was also the first to claim two victories on separate horses for 20 years. “The horse loves the big arenas and has loads of scope. She only started jumping when she was six, but don’t be surprised if you see her jumping a Nations Cup or a grand prix next year. “She is a peculiar kind of mare in that she rides around bigger courses better than she does the smaller ones. “I jumped her in a 1.35 metre class the other day and it seemed quite hard, but she jumped today’s course quite easily. The big scopey jumpers like a bit of a challenge.” The day’s opening class – The Bunn Leisure Salver – saw Swiss Nations Cup rider Werner Muff take top spot following an 11-horse jump off. Muff’s time of 39.29secs on Never Last proved the only sub-40 second time, with German Hans-Dieter Dreher finishing second on Colore and Britain’s John Whitaker and Maximillian securing third place. Breen wasted little time before returning to action in the Sky Sports Speed Classic, partnering Ominerale Courcelle to fourth place. Laura Renwick triumphed on Beluga, clocking 74.61s to land a top prize of just under £7,000. last_img read more

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Ameobi calls for reinforcements

first_imgStriker Shola Ameobi has challenged Newcastle to strengthen the quality and depth of Alan Pardew’s squad for next season. Press Association The Magpies have slipped to defeat in each of their last five Barclays Premier League games and have won only four of the 17 they have played since Boxing Day with the sale of Yohan Cabaye and injuries having hit hard. That has piled the pressure on Pardew, although Ameobi, who scored his first league goal in 16 months at the weekend, insists the players have never been under any illusions as to the challenge they faced. center_img He told BBC Radio Newcastle: “That is something the club have to put right for next season. We need quality players and we need a quality squad as well. “This has all been brought out to a lot of people but we, as players, knew that. I think the fans are getting to see that now.” Pardew has borne the brunt of fans’ frustrations in recent weeks with many calling for his head with a season which at one point promised so much ending in depressing style. However, 32-year-old Ameobi is adamant there are mitigating factors as the manager waits to see how owner Mike Ashley will allow him to rebuild during the summer. He said: “We have limited resources at the moment and when we lose one or two key players it hurts the team badly. “That is what the manager has had to put up with, unfortunately.” last_img read more

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Rory leads Bolger one-two

first_imgLove Rory repeated his win of 12 months previously in the Risk Of Thunder Chase at Punchestown. Ridden by Adrian Heskin, who was completing a double having taken the opener on Crafty Codger, Love Rory (11-4) beat his stablemate by a length and a half after taking it up going to two out. “It didn’t trouble me going to the last!” joked Bolger. “We’ll take him to Cheltenham next month. We definitely didn’t want to take on that man (Balthazar King) yesterday, he wouldn’t have been up to that, but it’s a handicap the next day. “It’s starting to be the time of year for these guys. The second horse didn’t turn well on the second-last bend and that maybe cost him, but the other lad was going away at the end.” Kashline (9-2) stayed on best of all to win the Festival 3 For 2 Ticket Offer Handicap Chase. There were half a dozen still going well approaching the final fence in the back straight when Snooze hit the front, but Robbie Power still had not asked for everything on Colin Bowe’s eight-year-old. Having jumped into the lead at the second-last he pulled well clear, despite getting in a bit tight at the final fence, and Jupitor just caught Snooze to take second on the line. Power said: “The heavy ground the last day in Cork was very tacky and hard work. He’s not over-big and puts a lot of effort into his jumping. He travelled a lot sweeter today. He struggled a bit in the soft patch in the back but when he hit the better ground he picked up well.” Enda Bolger is usually the man to follow in races run over the banks course and so it proved once more with the cross-country master providing the first two as Keep On Track was second after leading from a long way out. Cheltenham Festival winner Big Shu was sent off the 5-4 favourite but Peter Maher’s charge could finish only third after holding every chance, though he didn’t help his cause when he pecked on landing over the second-last. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Froome safe in yellow as Barguil wins on Izoard

first_imgBRIANCON, France (Reuters) – Tour de France leader Chris Froome remained rock-solid on a thrilling Col d’Izoard climb yesterday and now looks unstoppable in his bid for a fourth title in Paris.Fans, wedged onto the 2 360m sun-bleached summit, roared home Warren Barguil as the Frenchman broke clear to win the iconic stage, but it was not the story most of the home fans wanted.They had arrived hoping to see Romain Bardet make a decisive attack on the seemingly unflappable Froome and snatch the yellow jersey on the last day in the Alps.The AG2R La Mondiale rider did beat Team Sky’s Froome over the line at the end of the 179km stage which culminated in a brutal 14km ascent of the iconic Izoard – hosting a summit finish for the first time in Tour history.But his third place, behind Sunweb’s Barguil and Colombian Darwin Atapuma, only allowed him to shave four seconds off Froome’s lead as the British rider finished just behind him in fourth place with Rigoberto Uran fifth.One-time race leader Fabio Aru’s hopes disintegrated as he suffered in the stunning Alpine scenery and slipped from fourth to fifth in the overall leaderboard behind Froome’s team mate Mikel Landa, who looks capable of a podium finish in Paris.“I gave it my all,” said Bardet, who looks like finishing second behind Froome as he did last year. “I risked everything. I have nothing to regret. Now we have the time trial but the Tour is already a success.”Everything that happened during the ride from Briancon, including the category one Col de Vars, was a prelude to the eagerly anticipated final act on Izoard — a climb that is part of the folklore of the Tour, up there with Mont Ventoux.A large breakaway group of some 54 riders had gradually splintered by the time the stage leaders reached the start of the Izoard climb.Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko was the first man to attack before he was overtaken by Darwin Atapuma with 6km remaining.But it was to be Barguil’s day as he sewed up the polka dot jersey. He timed his move to perfection and with 1.5km to go he burst past Atapuma and powered to victory.Back down the road Bardet, whose AG2R team had tried valiantly to wear down the Team Sky train from halfway up the Col de Vars, finally attacked Froome on the lunar landscape of Izoard. But he could make no impression.It was Froome who separated himself from his rivals with a devastating burst of speed that looked terminal for Bardet and Uran before they hauled themselves back to the man in yellow.Bardet crossed before Froome for a small time bonus but remains 23 seconds behind with Uran at 29.Only an extraordinary meltdown or a crash seem likely to stop the Briton taking a fourth Tour title as today’s 222km-stage towards the Mediterranean is relatively simple and tomorrow’s is a time trial in Marseille in which Froome will be confident of extending his advantage.last_img read more

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