Fair’s not fair when it comes to valuation

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Breaking Ground In Two Ways

first_imgThe memory of the smell of fried clam strips and hot fudge sundaes was resurrected Thursday morning, August 16, as about 30 government officials and members of the community gathered at the former Howard Johnson across from the traffic circle in Riverside to celebrate breaking ground on a medical complex planned for the site.Considered an eyesore for the past 15 years, though once a beloved part of Southampton Town — the highlight of downtown Riverhead visits for many a child growing up — the property has been tapped for redevelopment into a medical complex that could contain retail and apartment space in the future.“It’s altogether appropriate that revitalization starts here,” said state Assemblyman Fred Thiele, reminiscing about how when he was growing up, he would look forward to eating ice cream on the long drive from Sag Harbor to visit Riverhead with his parents.Other revitalization plans for the Riverside area that are in the works now include a boutique motel at the site of the former Peconic Paddler, upgrades for Ludlam Avenue Park, and the David W. Crohan Community Center. A park is also planned for an undeveloped parcel of land near McDonald’s. It will feature a boardwalk spanning the length of the Peconic River to Route 104.“It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for — forward progress in an area that we love in Riverside. We’ve been dreaming of revitalization of this area and we have been putting the pieces together for a long time to make this happen,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Before being torn down last month, the building at the Ho-Jo’s site served as the home of the Riverboat Diner and, more recently, an Italian restaurant.The dilapidated building had been unoccupied for the past 15 years. It was boarded up to cover broken windows and graffiti, and over the years had morphed from a family eatery into a nuisance, often the bane of local police for drawing the attention of prostitutes and drug dealers.Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens–Smith said she believes that most people don’t know whether the parcel of land is part of Southampton or Riverhead, when they drive past it. “And, that is the way that it should be. I think that Southampton’s success is our success, and I think that the success for both of these areas is a success for the community. So, I am very proud to be here and standing with Southampton as they begin this project,” she said, noting the parcel has been long-considered a blight to the area.“It really does begin the new chapter in what we are looking forward to as we develop our communities,” she said. “This is just the beginning and I am really excited to see what is to come.”Residents will soon see workers digging a foundation, then raising steel beams at the site, which will support a three-story building with a parking area located to the rear. Once complete, only two floors will be used. The addition of a sewage treatment plant nearby in the town’s Enterprise Zone in Flanders would allow for retail uses of the building, as well as the possibility of apartments on the third floor, Schneiderman said.“We are working really hard to get sewering into this area. That will get us past some of the restrictions of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and allow a little bit more development,” he said.Owner Paul Pawlowski, who was able to obtain a Restore New York grant to fund the demolition of the building, said it was a “blessing” that allowed him to focus on constructing a nicer building than he originally envisioned for the site. He credited the serendipity of the scenario to both community members and government officials for their vision.For lack of better words, he explained, all stakeholders involved “rolled out the red carpet.”“From the get-go, both sides had the same vision, and that’s always really helpful, but just with the planning everyone really jumped in and got to work, instead of thinking about this, just got it done,” he [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Competition in the Spanish passenger market approved

first_imgSPAIN: Development Minister Ana Pastor announced on June 13 that the cabinet had given its approval for bids to be invited to operate commercial long-distance passenger services in competition with state operator RENFE. The winning bidder would be able to operate services for a period of seven years on the Levante network of conventional and high speed routes from Madrid to Albacete, Valencia, Castelló de la Plana, Alacant and Murcia.According to Pastor, the new operator would be free to set service levels and fares, with RENFE’s train leasing subsidiary to provide it with rolling stock while it sources its own fleet. At the end of the seven-year period, the Levante network would be fully opened up to competition.By progressively opening up the long-distance passenger market to competition, the Spanish government hopes to see increased services at more competitive fares, with ‘new business models’ meeting the needs of passengers. Competition is also expected to drive up rail usage, while RENFE would continue to provide services across the country.last_img read more

Universal Orlando News — Week of April 20, 2019

first_img The cuddly Blast-Ended Skrewt Share This!Prepare for a battle in Universal’s latest Halloween Horror Nights house and catch a glimpse of some Magical Creatures in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup. Devil’s Snare Fluffy, the three headed guard dog Centaurs in the Mist Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is opening in under two months and Universal is previewing some of those creatures. Along the ride path guests will expect to come face to face with a massive three-headed Fluffy moving figure, dozens of mischievous Cornish Pixies, the thorny Devil’s Snare, protective Centaurs, or fiery Blast-Ended Skrewts.Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Islands of Adventure on June 13, 2019.Weekly Crowd Levels Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionAdmission prices have increased yet again at Universal Orlando. Single day tickets have increased $1 – $6 per ticket in price depending on time of visit. Two-day, two-park hopper tickets have increased $10 per ticket.Two-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesApril 20: 9:15 p.m.April 21 – 23: 9:00 p.m.April 24: No ShowApril 25: 9:00 p.m.April 26: No ShowUniversal’s Superstar ParadeApril 20: 7:00 p.m.April 21 – 25: 5:00 p.m.April 26: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleApril 20 – April 25: Ongoing from dusk till park closeApril 26: No ShowComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration: April 29 – May 8Hogwarts Express: May 7Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)Upcoming EventsThe Psychedelic Furs are playing this week at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions. Regular tickets cost $39 plus tax and include valet parking, specialty cocktails, finger foods, and the concert. $1 of each ticket purchased will go to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Cornish Pixies Nightingales: Blood PitOur first “original” house of Halloween Horror Nights has been announced and we are seeing a return of the fan favorite original monsters: the Nightingales. These evil creatures pop up throughout human history during times of war, famine, and drought to devour their victims. This time they are in Ancient Rome where the worst drought in centuries continues. To satiate the gods the Emperor has demanded that gladiators fight non-stop until the rains return. In this maze you will be caught between gladiators and nightingales as they fight and feast.Halloween Horror Nights returns September 6 – November 2, 2019. You can now buy a flex night plus one night free ticket, which lets you attend two nights for the price of one, or a vacation package.The Magical Creatures of Hagrid’s New Coasterlast_img read more

Soweto Gospel Choir takes off

first_img29 December 2003The Soweto Gospel Choir, drawing from the churches and communities of South Africa’s most famous township, mixes earthy rhythms with rich harmonies to uplift the soul and express the energy of South Africa.After a 32-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, and four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the choir has yet to go without a standing ovation. Now they’re planning to take their unique brand of gospel magic to Asia, the US, and again to Europe and Australia. Not bad for a group that’s only been together since November 2002.The choir was the surprise hit of the 2003 Edinburgh Festival: they were the fourth-highest selling act out of 1 600 acts booked for the festival, putting on extra shows to meet the demand and eventually performing 29 concerts in the space of a month – delighting the reviewers as much as the audiences.Fiona Shepherd, writing for The Scotsman, had this to say of their concert performance, “Voices of Heaven”: “A capella groups Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Black Umfolozi have already cracked open the western market for indigenous South African song, but nothing can really prepare you for the riot of exuberance and depth of emotion emanating from this 24-piece ensemble …“This is a seamless show brimming with spot-on multi-lingual performances which, for all their technical precision, are universally expressive and unfettered, charged by the choir’s constant movement.”When they toured Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, the choir bowled audiences over with their powerful performances, receiving standing ovations after every show, including a performance at the Sydney Opera House.The choir ended their tour by winning a Helpmann award in the category “Best contemporary concert presentation”. The Helpmann awards, established in Australia in 2001 for excellence and achievement in the live entertainment industry, are similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway or the Olivier Awards in London.With their fast-growing international profile and the rapid success of their first album (also entitled “Voices of Heaven”), the Soweto Gospel Choir is perhaps better known to foreigners than those at home!Choir master David Mulovhedzi attributes the success of the 34-member choir to the fact that it is tapping into South Africa’s enormous talent pool. Its members, whose ages range from 16 to 40, hail from churches and communities in and around Soweto, and are all lead singers in their own community choirs.The choir includes a four-piece band and some thrilling drummers and dancers in the African tradition where song, dance and drumming are an integral part of life and faith.The choir sings traditional African gospel and a cappella. Their overseas performances also included other gospel greats like “Amazing Grace”, “Paradise Road” and music by Otis Redding and reggae artist Jimmy Cliff. According to the Australian ABC Shop online, the “Voices from Heaven” CD “showcases an inspirational programme of a capella and African gospel.“Ranging from traditional African gospel to songs drawn from Western and contemporary gospel traditions, South African gospel music is indeed unique. It has strong roots in traditional music and conveys a powerful spiritual message.”To order the CD, visit the ABC Shop or the choir’s online shop.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Gandhi’s South African legacy

first_imgAn unconfident Mahatma Gandhi landed in Durban in 1893. Ten years later a much changed man stepped off a train at Park Station in Joburg, well on his way to developing a philosophy that would touch the world.By the time he left South Africa for his native India in 1914, at the age of 46, Gandhi’s philosophy of Satyagraha was fully realised.Satyagraha is the philosophy of non-violent (or “passive”) resistance famously employed by Gandhi in forcing the end of the British Raj – but first wielded against racial injustice in South Africa.This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the Satyagraha movement, based on a philosophy which originated in September 1906, born out of Gandhi’s experiences while living in Johannesburg with his family from 1903 to 1914.Gandhi’s JohannesburgGandhi left his gentle footprint around Johannesburg: from the house in Albermarle Street in Troyeville, where he and his family stayed in the early 1900s, to Victory House in the CBD, where he was refused entry to the city’s first lift, to the Old Fort prison where he served two terms of several months each in 1908.But perhaps the most significant site was the Empire Theatre – long demolished but originally on the corner of Commissioner and Ferreira streets – where the Satyagraha movement was born.Birth of SatyagrahaOn 11 September 1906, Gandhi chaired a meeting of more than 3 000 people there. The town’s Indians were protesting against the Transvaal Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance, Eric Itzkin writes in Gandhi’s Johannesburg, birthplace of Satyagraha.The ordinance required all Asians to obey three rules: those of eight years or older had to carry passes for which they had to give their fingerprints; they would be segregated as to where they could live and work; new Asian immigration into the Transvaal would be disallowed, even for those who had left the town when the South African War broke out in 1899 and were returning.The meeting produced the Fourth Resolution, in which all Indians resolved to go to prison rather than submit to the ordinance.Itzkin, Johannesburg’s deputy director of immovable heritage, quotes Gandhi as saying: “Up to the year 1906 I simply relied on appeal to reason. I was a very industrious reformer … But I found that reason failed to produce an impression when the critical moment arrived in South Africa.“My people were excited – even a worm can and does turn – and there was talk of wreaking vengeance. I had then to choose between allying myself to violence or finding out some other method of meeting the crisis and stopping the rot, and it came to me that we should refuse to obey legislation that was degrading and let them put us in jail if they liked. Thus came into being the moral equivalent of war.”‘Passive’ resistanceDespite Satyagraha, the ordinance became law in 1907, and non-violent resistance was used by the Transvaal’s Indians to oppose discrimination.In 1913 it spread to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), where Indian coal miners downed tools.The African National Congress (ANC), founded in 1912, was also influenced and used the philosophy up until the 1960s, when they switched to a policy of armed struggle to overthrow apartheid.Satyagraha was also used by Martin Luther King in the US who, according to Itzkin, “accepted Satyagraha as the only morally sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom”.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Get Your Email Address for Outlook.com, Microsoft’s New Hotmail Killer

first_imgjon mitchell Tags:#Microsoft#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Outlook.com mail reduces clicks in small ways, displaying convenient delete and mark-as-read buttons alongside as you mouse over each message, so you can execute these actions instantly without having to click a check box first. It lets you choose your preferred keyboard shortcuts; if you’re not used to Outlook shortcuts, you can switch to Gmail or Yahoo! Mail shortcuts.Outlook mail also has easy tools for cleaning up so-called “graymail,” the coupons and newsletters we’re constantly getting but may not always want. You can schedule regular cleanups of old robo-emails while keeping the latest one in your inbox.So what will happen to Hotmail, Microsoft’s long-lived webmail service? It will remain as it is for now, but not forever. “This is a preview,” Mehta says of Outlook.com mail. Microsoft will merge its two webmail services “at some point,” but for now, it will run the two in tandem.Go to Outlook.com to join the preview. You can upgrade your existing Windows Live or Hotmail account, or you can create a new Outlook.com user name. Hotmail’s days are numbered with Microsoft’s announcement of an all-new cloud-based email service at Outlook.com Tuesday. It ties into SkyDrive, so you have 7GB of free space, and it can open attachments right inside new Web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Its built-in Outlook chat connects to Facebook messages, and it will integrate Skype calls later this year. Outlook.com mail was designed to snag Gmail users first and foremost, according to Dharmesh Mehta, Microsoft’s director for Windows Live product management. Unlike Google’s email service, Outlook.com doesn’t personalize its ads by looking at your email content. More generic Bing ads are displayed in the right-hand sidebar of the inbox, but not in a conversation view. When you’re viewing an email thread, the sidebar shows the sender’s photo and recent Facebook and Twitter activity, which you can respond to right in line. It’s like Microsoft built in a simplified version of Rapportive.Outlook’s address book connects to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn and other services, so contact info will update automatically when friends change their profiles. Outlook.com mail does some handy tricks with attachments. Attached photos appear in recipients’ inbox as nicely formatted Web-based previews instead of a deluge of large files. Click on them and they open in the browser. And email messages can show SkyDrive and Flickr album slideshows.Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, which people constantly email back and forth, upload to SkyDrive and can be edited in the browser – just like Google Docs, but without the need to convert the files.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Oregon ~ Corporate Income Tax: MTC Definition of “Apportionable Income” Adopted

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportOregon has enacted legislation that for purposes of corporate excise (income) tax apportionment replaces the term “business income” with “apportionable income” in order to align Oregon statutes with the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Model. The change is applicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.H.B. 2275, Laws 2017, effective on 91st day following adjournment sine dielast_img

World Cup 2018: How Japan executed a perfect offside trap vs Senegal

first_imgJapan were at their innovative best when they executed a perfect plan to offside Senegal players during their thrilling 2-2 draw in a Group H match at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Ekaterinburg on Sunday.The innovative move took place in the 45th minute when Sengal were awarded a free-kick in Japan’s half with the scores tied a 1-1 at that stage. Japanese players ran towards the opposite direction to put six Senegal players on offside.Their tactic has been applauded by football pundits and has been termed the “best offside trap” on social media.Last Tuesday, Japan became the first Asian nation to beat a South American team when they shocked Colombia 2-1 in their World Cup campaign opener in Saransk.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGESengal had started as favourites against Japan but the Asian side came back twice in the match to hold the Africans to a 2-all draw.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEMidfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a draw for Japan as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter at the Ekaterinburg Arena.this is the best offside trap in history. #JPNSEN pic.twitter.com/HxVGHkpQLPAnn Odong (@AnnOdong) 24 June 2018Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different World Cups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after an error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal’s Sadio Mane disappointed with draw vs JapanadvertisementSenegal thought they had claimed all three points as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net in the 71st minute to make it 2-1, after Sadio Mane’s fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s curling shot. But Honda ensured things ended level and deservedly so.Invented by the Dutch (Cruyff, Ajax) in the 70’s perfected by the Spanish (Guardiola, Barça) in the 2010’s, well executed by the Japanese today. Nice move #JPNSENDavid BATHIELY (@Davidino71) 24 June 2018The result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16.”They were avoidable goals, that’s clear,” Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said in a blunt assessment of his defence. “The best team was Japan, we have to admit that.”Japan fight back to hold Senegal to 2-2 draw”We didn’t play a great game but we didn’t lose… I have confidence. Our team has the quality to face Colombia,” he added, looking forward to Thursday’s meeting with the South Americans in Samara. Japan play Poland in Volgograd.”We’re a bit disappointed… there was a way to win this match,” added Mane, who failed to exert his influence despite scoring. “We started well, we created a lot of opportunities, we were quite dangerous… we now have a decisive match to qualify next week.”I was alive when #Japan pulled the best executed offside trap in history against #Senegal #JPNSEN pic.twitter.com/DDV9wLBxExdiemanschaft (@Reindopree) 24 June 2018ROBUST DEFENDINGSenegal’s back line might have faltered towards the end but they began strongly and their robust defending neutralised any early threat that the Japanese front line posed, allowing their own attackers to push up in numbers.The Africans went ahead in the 11th minute, although there was an element of luck to their opener.A poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly’s feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender’s stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane’s knee.Japan regained composure and responded with a well-taken goal with their only shot on target in the opening period to level the score at 1-1.Yuto Nagatomo controlled a long pass with a deft first touch before rolling the ball into the path of Inui, who cut in from the left and fired a curling shot past a diving N’Diaye.Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.They nearly paid for allowing their opponents to run at them, as Yuya Osako narrowly failed to connect with a pass across the box on the hour mark before Inui’s powerful shot struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.Wague appeared to have ended hopes of a Japanese comeback as he drilled Sabaly’s low cross into the goal to send Senegal’s supporters into raptures.advertisementBut the Asians were not done yet and hit back again through midfielder Honda, who collected Inui’s pass and prodded into an empty net after goalkeeper N’Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away.”It was a tough match, we knew it would be,” Japan coach Akira Nishino said. “I evaluate it as a very good point. Senegal is a tough team and this result I hope will lead to success in the next match.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Derek Jeter Says Hell Learn on the Job as

Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter talks to reporters during a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Back in the ballgame, Derek Jeter says he’ll be a hands-on owner for the Miami Marlins who will learn on the job and rely heavily this offseason on the president of baseball operations Michael Hill.Jeter and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about their group’s $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins. The news conference came two days after the Marlins concluded their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors.“We are a rebuilding franchise,” said Jeter, who played on five World Series champions with the New York Yankees. “We are putting the right people in place.”While Jeter acknowledged he’s a novice at running the team, he already has learned not to tip his hand. He declined to shed any light on whether slugger Giancarlo Stanton, manager Don Mattingly or others have a future with the Marlins, or what sort of direction he envisions for the team.“You’re trying to get me to tell you what I’m going to do?” Jeter said. “Some things you keep private. But yeah, we do have to rebuild.”Jeter and Sherman wouldn’t even discuss plans for the garish Marlins Park home run sculpture — loved by some, hated by many.“I read I was getting rid of it,” said Jeter, who added that’s not necessarily true.“Every one of our partners has an opinion,” Sherman said with a smile.There are at least eight other investors. Sherman has the highest equity stake at about 46 percent. Jeter has about a 4 percent stake, and he’ll lead baseball and business operations.“I’m not coming in here thinking I know everything about team ownership. I do not,” the former Yankees captain said. “One thing I’m good at is knowing what I do not know. I surround myself with people who are much smarter than I am.“We have some wonderful people who are working in this organization now. We are going to add some quality people as well to help us turn this organization around.”Among those staying — for now, at least — will be Hill, who has been with the Marlins for their entire 14-year playoff drought.Jeter said he hasn’t met with any players, and declined to discuss the future of Stanton, the major league home run and RBI champion, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million. That could make him unaffordable for the revenue-challenged franchise, and Jeter alluded to speculation that a payroll purge looms.“I don’t like the word teardown,” Jeter said. “Moving forward, there are going to at times be unpopular decisions we make. We have a plan, but at the same time we have to have patience.”Writing on the Players’ Tribune website earlier Tuesday, Jeter recalled his first trip to Florida, when he was 17 and being recruited by the Miami Hurricanes.“To this day I still remember how it felt,” he wrote. “The music, the weather, the diversity — I remember how alive Miami was.”Jeter said the new ownership group will celebrate the culture and diversity of South Florida.He described the purchase of the team as a long process that was “draining at times.” But he said Miami has always made him feel welcome, and it’s time to return the favor.“Doing things the right way, over and over, leads to sustained success,” he wrote. “That journey starts today. It will not happen overnight. But our ownership group is focused on building a team that this community can be proud of.” read more