View Comments The creative team for Arlington includes scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier. Directed by Carolyn Canter (The Great God Pan), featuring a book and lyrics by Lodato and music by Pen, Arlington follows the story of Sara Jane (Silber), a young wife who valiantly tries to remain hopeful while her husband Jerry is away at war, despite a growing concern that something is not quite right. At least she has her piano—and Jerry’s bourbon—to keep her company as she tries to figure things out. But how far will she go to keep the impending storm at bay? Tickets are now available for Vineyard Theatre’s New York premiere of Victor Lodato and Polly Pen’s Arlington. Starring Alexandra Silber (Master Class), the musical is set to begin preview performances on February 12 at the off-Broadway theater, with opening night scheduled for March 2. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014 Arlington Related Shows
October 20, 2020
Board members owe public a responseI had a few comments with regard to the proposed Niskayuna school budget that was covered in the “Your Schools” budget issue. While there was a reasonable effort to control costs in a number of areas, there were a number that exceeded a level of 3 percent, which is above the current rate of inflation. If those areas were held to a 3 percent increase, the proposed budget would be $1,453,000 less and would result in a decease in the tax levy, not an increase. Two areas of note were “Human Resources” and “Superintendent’s Office,” both up 40 percent. In another breakout, administrative expenses were up 13 percent.I sent my comments to the school board and received a response from the board president that public sessions were being held and I could attend one for additional information.In the past when I have sent comments to the school board, I always heard back from the board president, but never from any other board person. In raising the question to the board president, I was told that “the board president is charged with the responsibility to speak on behalf of the board to media and public inquiry.”It’s really disappointing that our elected officials are not allowed to comment on inquiries/comments that their electorate might have. It smacks of suppression of speech. One has to ask how they can make an informed decision on who they want to elect if they can’t get the individual’s position on an issue.Jim VincentNiskayuna End U.S. sanctions, threats to VenezuelaCount me among those opposed to the U.S. war on Venezuela. The United States has imposed increasingly severe sanctions on the Venezuelan economy, is pressuring other nations to comply with these sanctions, and Venezuelans fear a possible U.S. military attack. President Trump and much of the mainstream news media are confusing the public.The United States is supposedly trying to bring humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Usually left unsaid is the United States has heavily damaged the Venezuelan economy, creating the “need” for the aid. Mr. Trump no more cares about Venezuelans than he does about Yemenis.U.S. corporations dominated the Venezuelan economy for much of the 20th century and took away enormous profits while poverty for the masses persisted. Few Venezuelans desire a rerun. With its huge petroleum, iron and natural gas deposits, Venezuela could be a very prosperous nation, if allowed to — although Venezuelans, like everyone else, will have to reckon with climate change.The Trump Administration is now pretending and promoting a minor political figure as the legitimate Venezuelan president, despite the current president having won about two-thirds the vote in the 2018 election that was widely recognized worldwide as fairly conducted.The U.S. has no legal or moral authority to wreck the Venezuelan economy or to attack or invade.Venezuela is a sovereign nation with the right to make its own policy decisions. It’s time to end the sanctions and military threats.Tom EllisAlbany Grateful for all the help cleaning yardHow do you thank 20 to 30 kids, teachers and parents that came on April 13 and raked and cleared up our whole yard? Teachers Mrs. Kathlyn McCarthy and Mrs. Sheri Boardman and the Future Farmers of America and Junior Future Farmers of America from Fonda-Fultonville Central School came and worked.In one hour, they had our yard cleaned up so great. It would take me all summer to get the flower beds raked and pine needles picked up. They brought their own rakes and wheelbarrows. Branches were picked up. They came through Montgomery County Veterans and Youth Bureau. Their cars and trucks lined our whole street.If you are a veteran or know one who needs any kind of help, have them call and get on the help list: 518-853-8152. I’m so thankful for the spring clean-up of our yard.Mary Lou CoughlinTribes Hill Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSupport candidates who support securityI have been involved in local politics for a long time and never have I seen this amount of energy surrounding a school board race. Shaun Wiggins, Dean Kolligian, Ed Cubanski and Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools raised an unprecedented $33,000 for the Saratoga Springs school board race. Ninety-nine percent of those donations came from people that live in the district. This just goes to show you what the mainstream opinion is around keeping our kids safe in the schools.I will be happily voting for Shaun, Ed and Dean on May 21 because they support common-sense security measures that the experts say will keep our kids, faculty and staff safe in the schools.David BuchynWilton More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine
October 20, 2020
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October 19, 2020
Indonesia is accelerating its planned tax reforms, including cutting corporate income tax and collecting taxes from tech companies, as part of the financial playbook to fund COVID-19 relief efforts.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government expected a 10 percent drop in tax revenue this year as a result of incentives for businesses to help them cope with COVID-19 and reduced non-tax revenue on account of falling commodity prices.Meanwhile the government will add Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) in state spending for health care, a social welfare safety net and financial stimulus packages for small and medium businesses, anticipating a 5.07 percent budget deficit in relation to gross domestic product (GDP). “We decided to tax digital companies with an electronic transaction tax because their sales have soared amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” Sri Mulyani told a teleconferenced briefing. “They will be the government’s tax base, especially such as today when we use Zoom or Netflix. The companies are not present in Indonesia so they can’t be taxed. But their economic activities are huge.”Meanwhile, advancing with the plan to cut the corporate income tax rate, which was previously planned for in the omnibus bill on taxation, will reduce the corporate burden “so they can prevent layoffs as well as avoiding bankruptcies”, she said.Read also: Indonesia taxes tech companies through new regulationThe stipulations are covered in Government Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 signed on Tuesday by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Corporate income tax will be reduced from 25 percent to 22 percent for 2020 and 2021 and will be further reduced to 20 percent starting 2022. The government will further cut corporate income tax by 3 percent to 19 percent in 2020 and 2021, and to 17 percent for 2022 for public companies with at least 40 percent shares traded in the stock market.The major changes were initially planned in a government-initiated landmark omnibus bill on taxation that had been submitted to the House of Representatives in February. The bill aims to create a more open business climate and attract foreign funds as the country’s economic growth slowed to 5.02 percent last year, the lowest in four years.Sri Mulyani said Indonesia’s economy was projected to grow 2.3 percent this year, the lowest in 21 years, as the COVID-19 halts swaths of economic activity. The government is also preparing for a worst-case scenario in which the economy will contract by 0.4 percent if the pandemic is prolonged.The Perppu also exempts workers from paying income taxes for six months for those with incomes below Rp 200 million per year, as well as deferred import tax payments for six months for 19 manufacturing industries. It will also speed up repayments of overpaid taxes.“This is good news because the pandemic already has had a severe impact on almost all business sectors,” Center for Indonesia Taxation Analysis (CITA) executive director Yustinus Prastowo said. “This will help the cash flow of firms and individuals.”Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedWorld Bank lead economist for Indonesia Frederico Gil Sander said that the structural policies in the omnibus bill on taxation would be important in maximizing the speed of the recovery, adding that the government must look for ways to generate more revenue after the COVID-19 outbreak subsides.“The measures in the omnibus bill on taxation will only lead to revenue declines,” Sander told The Jakarta Post over the phone. “We do think that they should be complemented by additional measures that would help the government to increase revenue sustainably in the medium-term.”The Perppu will levy an electronic transaction tax on e-commerce activities carried out by foreign individuals or digital companies with a significant economic presence. It also charges value added tax (VAT) on taxable intangible goods and/or services sold on electronic platforms.A significant economic presence will be determined through the companies’ gross circulated products, sales and/or active users in Indonesia, the Perppu reads. Those with a significant economic presence will be declared permanent establishments and, thus, be subject to domestic tax regulations.A recent report by Statqo Analytics revealed that the number of active Zoom users increased by 183 percent last month, as most businesses in the country implemented working from home on March 16.Digital companies that fail to comply with the rules will face an administrative sanction and even have their internet access cut by the Communications and Information Ministry.Topics :
October 6, 2020
Sales consultant for Maidmant Development Group Michael Althaus stands at Eden Parks newly released Stage 3. Picture: Zak SimmondsNEW land is available at large-lot estate Eden Park as buyers continue to snap up land in search of large blocks and a relaxed lifestyle.Stage 3 of Maidment’s residential estate in Jensen has been finished with new roads and the estate’s playground finished. There are 35 home sites available with wide frontages, northeastern aspect and blocks backing on to parkland. Eden Park sales consultant Mike Althaus said the large blocks allowed room for a boat, large shed, pool or tennis court.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“With a brand new stage release now available, roads are open and a number of new homes have commenced construction,” he said.“Only minutes from major shopping centres, walking distance to sought-after schools and on the doorstep of the Ring Road Stage 4 extension, Eden Park is within 10 minutes of Townsville Hospital, James Cook University and Lavarack Barracks.“It’s far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle, but still close enough that you don’t have to sacrifice the convenience of city living.”The new playground features climbing structures, swings, slides and a half-sized basketball court. The estate markets itself as premier park residential living in the heart of the northern beaches. For information call Mike Althaus on 0499 220 522.
September 29, 2020
Norwegian municipalities Kristiansund and Eide have announced they are moving their pension schemes to Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), the country’s largest life insurance company.In two separate voluntary ex-ante transparency notices on the EU’s official tenders site TED, the local authorities – which both fall within Møre og Romsdal county in the northernmost part of Western Norway – said their new contracts with KLP would begin on 24 October.Up to now, both Kristiansund and Eide have used pensions providers DNB Liv or Storebrand for their staff pension schemes, but the two life insurers are now withdrawing from the public service pensions market in Norway.The municipalities announced the contract awards on the TED site, despite the fact there had been no competitive process. Kristiansund explained the lack of competition in its official notice: “Based on DNB and Storeband’s decision to withdraw from the market, and that per 1.10.2014 there are no new concession applications to be dealt with by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway, no service providers in Norway or the EEA area will be able to achieve a concession in sufficient time to be included in the competition in 2014.”Because of this, there is currently only one service provider available, and this is KLP.The Kristiansund pension scheme has a total value of NOK110m (€13m), and the Eide pension has assets of NOK18m.A spokesman for KLP said the company was taking on 58 local municipalities as pension clients this year, and that Kristiansund and Eide were two of them.KLP is now the only provider of insured local authority pension schemes, since the DNB Liv and Storebrand exits, he confirmed.Former public sector clients of DNB Liv and Storebrand do have the option, however, of setting up their own pension fund rather than passing the job to KLP, he said.More than 20 Norwegian municipalities, including the larger cities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, have their own schemes.Northern Norwegian local authority Tromsø recently announced it was establishing an independent pension fund.The KLP spokesman said there were around eight municipalities forced to leave DNB Liv and Storebrand that had yet to decide whether to join KLP or set up their own pension schemes.
September 29, 2020
He said the market had tumbled, particularly at the end of the year, and that this had had an impact on the annual return.“In general, there were big swings throughout 2015,” Bache Vognbjerg said.Last December, the pension fund decided to outsource all of its asset management to US manager BlackRock, saying the deal would help it meet increased regulatory reporting demands, as well as generate returns and keep costs down.In other news, the Danish pension fund for lawyers and economists, JØP, said it produced a return of 3.9% in 2015 in a difficult market.In 2014, the pension fund made an 8% return. “The year’s result came particularly from a good return on Danish shares of 35%,” it said.Apart from this, European and Japanese equities contributed with a 10% return, and the pension fund’s investments in alternatives – property, infrastructure, private equity and alternative credit – drove the overall return up by almost DKK1bn.Government and corporate bonds produced a low return, on the other hand, as a result of historically low yields, as well as falling oil prices.Lastly, DIP, the pension fund for Danish engineers, reported it made a 5% return last year.DIP and JØP share a joint investment department, having announced plans to merge these operations three years ago.Last March, they announced they were also pooling their administration activities.Commenting on 2015 investment returns, in the same vein as JØP, DIP said Danish, European and Japanese shares, as well as alternatives, had done particularly well. The Danish Pension Fund for Pharmaconomists (Pensionskassen for Farmakonomer) has said it made a “modest” return of 2.4% in 2015, after markets tumbled at the end of the year.However, the DKK10bn (€1.3bn) scheme said members’ pension savings would be credited with a 4.5% return for the year, including the investment return and part of the equity capital belonging to members in the mutual scheme.The 2.4% investment return compares with the 9.7% generated in 2014.Peter Bache Vognbjerg, director of the scheme, said: “Low oil prices and political turmoil elsewhere in the world helped determine the return.”
September 27, 2020
France arrests brother of ex-Burkina Faso President Compaore Ousted Burkina Faso leader Compaore charged in Sankara killing Related A French solider has been charged with sexually abusing a minor after a video surfaced of him touching two very young girls at a swimming pool in Burkina Faso, in western Africa.A French soldier accused of sexually abusing two girls aged three and five in Burkina Faso has been charged with pedophilia and recording pornographic images in France.The 38-year-old special forces soldier was charged in Friday after being suspended and repatriated to France earlier in the week.A 36-year-old soldier who was with him has been released without charge.The two were brought back to France after being interrogated in Ouagadougou, where the mother of one of the girls found the camera with the film on it and complained to the French embassy.The charged man is alleged to have sexually assaulted the girls in a hotel swimming pool.“There was a soldier who filmed the scene with a camera while the second touched (the girl),” a senior police officer in Burkina Faso told the AFP news agency.The father of the other girl told AFP that he has been living in torment since Sunday when the assault is alleged to have taken place.“What happened is horrible,” 31-year-old artist Ben Ouédraogo told AFP, on the verge of tears. “It’s like something out of a film… But there’s a point when I have to stand up and fight for these children, for my daughter, to keep their honor because it’s disgusting, disgusting.” Burkina Faso general charged over failed coup
September 23, 2020
Batesville, In. — The Sunman Walking Warriors will hold “Dinner & a Movie Fundraiser & Purse Auction” at the Gibson Theater Monday, April 1.The doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the movie, “Life of the Party” at 7 p.m. Twenty-five dollar tickets are available at FCN Bank in Sunman.
September 21, 2020
Press Association Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes a top-four finish is possible if they can iron out their consistency issues but whether striker Luis Suarez is around to spearhead that challenge remains in doubt. Press Association Sport understands the club turned down a £30million bid for the Uruguay international from Arsenal last week. While Liverpool insist the player is not for sale his public pronouncements on his dislike of his treatment by the English media and apparent interest in Real Madrid have made things difficult for the Merseysiders. While the Suarez saga seems set to play out for several weeks, Gerrard is optimistic big strides can be made in the next campaign. The Reds finished seventh in May but lost just one of their last 12 league matches. “The final five or six months of the season were fantastic, we showed fantastic form – I think it was top-four form,” said Liverpool captain Gerrard. “We certainly finished the season really strong but we were very inconsistent from August to Christmas – that’s the reason why we never managed to achieve what we set out to do, which was a top-four finish. But I felt at times in the season we played some brilliant football. “If we can find that level on a consistent basis, I’ve got confidence we can break into the top four. “The realistic message is to say to the fans that the last four or five months of the season were really positive, we played well. If these (new) signings are positive and successes they can add to those performances. “If the fans get behind us and show the support that we know they can, I believe we can push into the top four. That would be a fantastic achievement if you look at the standard of the teams in this league.” This year the fixture list has been slightly kinder to Brendan Rodgers, embarking on his second season in charge. In their opening nine league matches they face only one team who finished above them last season. “It could have been an awful lot trickier,” Gerrard told LFC TV. “We’ve got to be reasonably pleased with the start we’ve got but you need to turn up and perform. I look at the fixtures all the time but the most important thing is to not get too carried away and look at that first game (against Stoke). We need to get off to a good start in terms of being positive for that first home game.”