October 20

Those who disrespect military should leave

first_imgYou said they demonstrate about police violence toward minorities. Look it up. Ninety percent or more had it coming.What about the ones who are not minorities who experience violence by the police? They do it the right way, by the justice way.I gave my health for my country and the flag. Those who don’t honor the country and the flag disrespect this country and the veterans who fought for our country.They should be put out of the country.Vincent BelardoAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Nov. 14 letter, “Trump disrespects military, protesters,” by Ken Larsen: What disrespect did he show for the military? He is doing everything for the military.John McCain was not a hero because he was a prisoner of war; it’s because he served is country. I voted for McCain. Did you?In World War II, I must have been a hero for what I did, but I don’t say I was a hero because I was doing what my country expected me to do.I have been living with my pains for 73 years because I volunteered, left school and fought for my country and the flag.last_img read more

October 20

Guest column: Retain federal tax deduction for alimony

first_imgThose agreements or judgments made prior to December 31, 2018 will not be affected.Under the current system, the spouse who pays alimony (also known as maintenance/spousal support) gets to deduct the amount from his or her federal tax filing.For instance, if someone pays $10,000 annually in spousal maintenance, that amount is subtracted from that person’s income, and the remaining amount is taxed.The one receiving spousal maintenance pays taxes on the alimony received, but usually at a lower tax rate than the one providing maintenance, since it is usually the higher income spouse who ends up paying the lower income party.The intent and result was to make the funds paid between the parties go further by reducing the amount that goes to taxes.Now, alimony will be treated the same as child support, whose payment has never been tax deductible.A big issue going forward, then, is how to handle the conflict that may arise when one spouse cannot provide the full amount of support needed by the other spouse. Categories: Editorial, OpinionA provision in the federal tax bill recently signed by President Donald Trump will seriously impact divorcing couples in 2019.The bill eliminates tax deductions for alimony payments — a provision that has been in place for 75 years.Without this provision, both spouses lose money in different ways. The spouse paying alimony will be unable to claim a deduction that could save thousands of dollars, and the spouse receiving alimony may receive less money as a result.For any separation agreement or divorce decree issued after December 31, 2018, the federal tax deduction goes away. This has traditionally been a sticking point in divorce negotiations, but removing the tax deductible aspect from spousal maintenance could increase the amount of acrimony between the two sides and lead to longer, more emotional negotiating processes or hearings.If the amount winds up being too high for the spouse providing alimony, payments could be delayed or missed altogether, which leads to arrests, court actions and even prison sentences.The spousal support formula passed by New York state several years ago calculates alimony based on income and presumed the tax deductibility option would factor into the calculations.With that tax benefit phasing out, the question is whether or not New York will review and modify its mathematical formula to compensate for the change.Because the elimination of the federal tax deduction on alimony payments only affects couples who execute separation agreements or finalize their divorces on or after Jan. 1, 2019, it is recommended that you discuss the advisability of finalizing matters before New Year’s Day rolls around again.Barbara J. King, Esq. is a partner with Tully Rinckey PLLC in Albany. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

October 20

Keegan strikes merger deal with Orb Estates

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October 20

Spaghett-e junction

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October 20

Matalan to snub high rent hikes

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October 20

Occupation levels fall further

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October 20

Test match special

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October 19

West Java to conduct COVID-19 rapid tests at three soccer stadiums

first_imgWest Java governor Ridwan Kamil says his administration plans to conduct rapid tests to detect COVID-19 in sports stadiums as soon as his area receives testing kits from the central government. For now, the testing will be prioritized for people in Greater Jakarta and Greater Bandung since both areas have the most COVID-19 cases based on data from the Health Ministry. Out of 55 positive cases in West Java, 41 are from Bogor, Depok and Bekasi. “The rest of them are not from Bogor, Depok, or Bekasi. Their places of origin have been confirmed through their identity cards,” Ridwan said during a coordination meeting on Sunday. The West Java administration is reportedly to receive 8,000 to 10,000 rapid test kits from Jakarta.The administration is to distribute the test kits in three venues, namely the Patriot Candrabaga stadium in Bekasi, the Pakansari stadium in Bogor and the Si Jalak Harupat stadium in Bandung. Each location is to receive 2,000.The Candrabaga stadium is to be used to test those from Bekasi, Bekasi regency and Karawang. The Pakansari stadium is to be used to test those from Bogor city, Bogor regency and Depok, while the Si Jalak Harupat stadium is to be used to test those from the Greater Bandung area. Read also: Some 70,000 Indonesians could be infected with COVID-19 before Ramadan, scientists sayRidwan stated that the stadiums were chosen as the testing venues after learning from the experiences of other countries in conducting mass testing. The governor was convinced of the use of sports stadiums as the most effective way to conduct testing because it minimizes close-ranged physical interaction among people throughout the event.Ridwan added that the testing would be conducted with a drive-through scheme, by which individuals are to be tested while they are inside their cars. “The rapid test will use blood samples. It can be detected within minutes. If the result is negative, they are allowed to go home. But if the result is positive, they have to move to another location in the stadium,” Ridwan said. Ridwan had asked each regional government to assign at least 30 officers to prepare for the test. They will be tasked to greet the public, conduct the test, manage the incoming vehicles and send the people off. He suggested that people who wished to be tested should register online. If there is an individual who wants to participate but they do not possess a car, Ridwan said he would ask the community unit head to give them a ride. He said he hopes many people would be able to get tested within a short time. “I already consulted with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency [over the testing procedure]. “We will manage the distance between each vehicle. Hopefully we will be able to receive the results within days,” Ridwan said.The mass testing mechanism in West Java is to be different from Jakarta as each regional administration was welcome to create its own model, added the governor.The rapid test would prioritize people who have had contact with COVID-19 patients, those who are under COVID-19 monitoring and those who have contact with people under COVID-19 monitoring.The next batch of the test is aimed at medical workers who have direct interaction with COVID-19 patients. “The third is [for those working in] transportation, such as in terminals and gates. And the next test is for those whose line of work requires them to interact with a lot of people, such as ulema,” Ridwan said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

October 19

UN chief calls to protect children from COVID-19 consequences

first_imgUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on families and global leaders to “protect our children,” who stand to suffer severe consequences of the pandemic even if they are at lower risk.”I appeal to families everywhere, and leaders at all levels: protect our children,” Guterres said in a statement, while presenting a report on the pandemic’s impact on children.”With the global recession gathering pace, there could be hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths in 2020.” Children’s health could also suffer. In an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, Guterres explained, “polio vaccination campaigns have been suspended. Measles immunization campaigns have stopped in at least 23 countries.”Multiple organizations and foundations estimated Tuesday that more than 117 million children could be deprived of measles vaccines due to the halt of vaccination campaigns.Before the vaccine was introduced in 1963 and became widely accessible, the world recorded major measles epidemics every two to three years that could cause about 2.6 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization. Topics :center_img According to the UN, this estimate could in one year destroy the progress made over the last two or three in lowering the infant mortality rate.As schools close across the globe due to the spread of COVID-19, children could also struggle with access to food, as “a staggering 310 million schoolchildren… rely on school for a regular source of daily nutrition,” Guterres said.The UN said that 188 of the 193 member nations have closed schools, affecting more than 1.5 billion children and youths.Furthermore, lockdown measures and increased global recession are fueling increased tensions within families, and “children are both victims and witnesses of domestic violence and abuse,” Guterres said.last_img read more

October 19

Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses running

first_imgSince last month, the city administration has required all traditional markets, grocery stores, shopping centers and all businesses to run only until 9 p.m. at the latest. Authorities have conducted inspections to monitor compliance with the policy.”Without the PKM we could so far only urge people [to obey], but without sanctions. Now [under the PKM], we are able to sanction those who ignore the measures,” Dewa said, adding that the sanctions varied starting from only a reprimand to the withdrawal of operation permits.While the restrictions are in place, restaurants have been urged to maximize takeouts. “They should reduce the seat capacity to implement physical distancing. So, we urge them to prioritize takeaway,” he said.Students and civil servants will continue to study and work from home. Citizens are required to wear masks while going outside. Authorities previously would give free masks to those found not wearing one while out in public. However, Dewa said, under the PKM, the violators would just be told to return home.Denpasar will also tighten supervision at the city’s entry points and only allow outsiders to enter the area for important reasons. Authorities are set to conduct random COVID-19 rapid tests in the borders.Read also: Bali puts entire village on lockdown after hundreds tested in Bangli regency”Those who seek to enter the city for unnecessary reasons will be denied entry to Denpasar,” Dewa said.The city administration decided to implement the PKM after they found out that many COVID-19 cases in Denpasar involved those who had returned to the city from outside. For instance, Dewa said, a family was infected after the father had come back to the city from their hometown in Buleleng in North Bali.”We hope Denpasar residents understand that the PKM should be implemented to protect all people,” he said. “The faster we can address [the pandemic], the faster we can live normally.”Bali Governor Wayan Koster has warmly welcomed Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Mantra’s plan to implement the restrictions. He suggested that all regencies across the resort island, especially those with surging numbers of coronavirus cases, follow suit.As of Wednesday afternoon, Bali has confirmed 332 COVID-19 cases and four fatalities linked to the disease. Out of the total number of infections, 126 are local transmissions while the majority are still imported cases.In Denpasar alone, health authorities have recorded 62 coronavirus cases with two fatalities. At last 47 people have recovered from the disease, while 13 are under treatment at hospitals.Topics : The city administration opted to impose community activity restrictions rather than the generally favored large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as they wanted to keep the local economy running, said Dewa Gede Rai, the spokesperson of Denpasar’s COVID-19 task force.“Under the PKM, people don’t have to close their businesses. All economic activity keeps running with several conditions imposed,” Dewa told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The new policy allows all businesses, including warung (sidewalk shops), restaurants, malls, traditional markets and grocery stores, to keep operating and other social activities to keep running normally. However, Dewa said, all of them should strictly implement health protocols and comply with the limited operating hours.Read also: Bali relies on local customs in facing COVID-19 outbreak: Governor Denpasar city on the resort island of Bali is set to impose its own kind of mobility restrictions starting Friday in an effort to clamp down on the transmission of the coronavirus.The curbs, officially called restrictions of community activities (PKM), aim to limit people’s daily activities, make masks mandatory in public, tighten security at all of the city’s entry points and enforce a policy of physical distancing.Though most of the measures have been in place over the past two months, the new restrictions will officially be stipulated in a Denpasar mayoral regulation and coupled with sanctions.last_img read more