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Virginia Governor Questions Continuance of Tax Subsidies for Failing Coal Companies

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first_imgVirginia Governor Questions Continuance of Tax Subsidies for Failing Coal Companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Alicia Petska for the Roanoke Times:The state’s coal employment tax credit — which cost the state an estimated $28.4 million last year— is due to sunset at the end of December. Southwest Virginia lawmakers are again pushing to reset that clock and extend the program by three to five years.But Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who vetoed extension bills last year, is renewing his concerns about the program.McAuliffe, pointing in part to the findings of a 2012 study, has called for revamping how the state funnels money into the coalfield region’s economic development.“I’ve been pretty vocal on the coal tax credit. It hasn’t worked,” he told reporters after an event Friday. “We’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars on it, and we’ve still lost a lot of jobs. I’ve got to protect taxpayer dollars. I’ve got to invest our tax dollars so we can grow our economy.”But the coal companies who have come to rely on the industry tax break — one of the larger ones the state offers — are pleading with lawmakers not to kill the program.“This is absolutely key to our survival, and we’re in a survival mode,” Donnie Ratliff of Alpha Natural Resources, which declared bankruptcy last summer, told a House subcommittee during a hearing Friday.Virginia offers two major tax credits targeted at the coal industry. One benefits coal mine operators while another is used by power companies that purchase coal — though portions of the second can be shifted to mine operators.The tax credits were created to slow the decline of Virginia’s coal industry, but a 2012 Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission study questioned whether they were succeeding.Coal production has continued to plummet, it found, and mining jobs have disappeared at faster-than-projected rates. In 1988, Virginia had over 11,100 coal jobs, according to the state’s finance office. Today, only about 2,800 remain.That was despite the state plowing over $610 million into coal tax credits during that period.Glen Besa, state director for the Sierra Club, contended it would be short-sighted of Virginia to continue banking so heavily on coal and subsidizing companies like Alpha Natural Resources, which he criticized for filing for bankruptcy and then seeking permission to pay millions of dollars in executive bonuses.The state’s coal production is only going to continue to decline, Besa said.“When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you should do is stop digging,” he said. “There’s no question that coal has run this country for over 100 years, and the people that mine that coal should be respected. But we should be finding ways to help those people and that region make the transition away from coal.”Full article: McAuliffe, lawmakers argue over coal tax creditslast_img read more

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Pitbull Attack Leaves Girl, 9, Dead in Elmont

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 9-year-old Baldwin girl was fatally attacked by a Pitbull in Elmont over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Two officers responded to a 911 call reporting a dog attacking a child in the backyard of a Holland Avenue home, where upon arrival, they found the dog attacking the victim, Amiyah Dunston, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.When a third officer walked through the house and opened the back door, the dog stopped attacking the girl and charged toward the officer, who fired several gunshots, killing the dog, police said.The victim, who was visiting the home at the time of the incident, was taken to Franklin Hospital, where she died three hours later.The owner of the dog, 29-year-old Carlyle Arnold of Elmont, was arrested on an unrelated charge of violation of an order of protection.last_img read more

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What the ATM of the future will look like

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first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Commerce has become more high tech — think mobile payments, pin-and-chip credit cards and even fingerprint and retinal scanners — but we still haven’t lost our love for good old cash.And banks aren’t ignoring that love, investing millions in some major upgrades in ATMs. Just last week, the largest consumer bank in the U.S. by assets, Chase Bank JPM, +0.94% announced plans for cash machines that customers can access with their mobile phones, without having to use any type of ATM card.The majority of Chase’s 18,000 ATMs will have this feature by the end of 2016.(The card-free feature is already available on ATMs for BMO Harris Bank, which has rolled the feature out to roughly 900 ATMs it owns, and Wintrust Bank, in Illinois). continue reading »last_img read more

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OpEd: Dean Martin’s Christmas Classics Reign Supreme

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Make way, Mariah Carey. Hit the road, Jose Feliciano. Bye-bye, Bing Crosby.Christmas is Dean Martin’s domain.Yes, winter is coming. But it need not be a season of unremitting gloom and doom. Let’s put aside our political differences and pandemic fears — at least for one day — and celebrate a festive Yuletide Saturnalia with Dean Martin, the King of Cool.And Long Island, which boasts a bevy of Dean Martin impressionists, is wall-to-wall Dino country.As Christmas crooners go, Dino Paul Crocetti evokes the warmth of a hearth fire on a snowy winter’s morn. Listening to his mellifluous Italianate baritone has long been a Christmas tradition in households around the world. From “Let It Snow” to “Marshmallow World” to “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” Dean’s wintry melodies embody both the mirth and the majesty of the holiday season.Social distancing has made it difficult for families to congregate this year, but Dino’s rendition of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” will warm the cockles of even the most Scrooge-like relative’s heart. Not to mention Dean’s “Silver Bells.” And his melancholy “Blue Christmas” puts the Elvis Presley platter to shame.Throughout his fabled career, Dean Martin was no stranger to outperforming other musical stars. In 1964, he topped the Beatles’ “Heart Days Night” on the music charts with his smash single, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.”In 1977, Dino sang a heartfelt “White Christmas” on his Christmas in California TV special. Afterward, Greg Garrison, Dean’s longtime producer-director, received a telephone call from Irving Berlin, who’d penned the iconic song long ago: “Mr. Garrison, I just want to tell you I just love your (show’s) star, and I want you to know that the White Christmas Dean did on the air was the best version I have ever heard.”So there, Der Bingle!And Dean Martin’s “Silent Night” is a reverential ode to the season’s spirituality.On the cheeky side of Christmas, Dino warbles “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a saucy take on a snowbound couple’s duet of flirtation and love. Politically correct pundits who rail against this holiday classic are nothing more than modern-day Ebenezers.Manning a one-horse open sleigh, the Dean of Christmas takes us for a frolicsome trek through a winter wonderland in his jaunty version of “Jingle Bells.”At the 75th anniversary celebration of the NBC television network, comedian Bob Newhart poignantly praised Dean as “the most talented man” he’d ever known. Along with his films, which throughout the 1960s were never out of the top ten at the box office, Dean Martin hosted a TV variety show for nearly a decade — making him an American icon.During Apollo 7’s mission in space, Commander Wally Schirra echoed Dean Martin’s bon- homie by holding aloft a sign for all of Earth to see: “Keep those cards and letters coming in, folks.”(It was Dino’s tag line, which he invoked at the end of his hourly variety show every Thursday night.)In truth, Dean Martin was a multi-threat entertainer whose image as a boozing bon vivant belied an artist of considerable range and diversity. Whether starring with John Wayne or Montgomery Clift in classic Hollywood films, recording smooth romantic ballads, or hosting one of television’s greatest programs, Dino Paul Crocetti achieved international stardom by holding true to his inner creative voice.When Howard Hawks needed a highly emotive actor to play the drunken deputy to Duke Wayne’s stolid sheriff in “Rio Bravo,” the last person he envisioned was the singing straight man of a disbanded comedy team. Yet Dino’s nuanced Oscar-caliber performance as the fallen lawman who reclaims his honor — and the respect of his peers — wowed the veteran director.Vincente Minelli, Billy Wilder and George Seaton also found Dean Martin to be a conscientious thespian whose cinematic appeal was equaled by a strong commitment to his craft.Though not a practitioner of the Stanislavski “Method,” Dean brought an uncommon emotional intensity to his roles. This is especially evident in such dramatic films as “Rio Bravo,” “The Young Lions,” “Some Came Running,” “Ada” and “Career.”Dino also delivers a powerful performance in the film adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s play, “Toys in the Attic.”Martin is superb as Captain Vernon Demarest, a debonair, nerves-of-steel airline pilot who must contend with a morose bomber aboard a flight to Rome in “Airport.” This film is as suspenseful today as it was in the movie theaters half a century ago.And in “Mr. Ricco,” his last starring movie role, Dean Martin plays a principled defense attorney who champions civil liberties and upholds the rule of law while solving a bizarre murder mystery.After a cozy Yuletide dinner — serenaded by Dino’s dulcet holiday tunes — kick back and relax with a classic Dean Martin film. Though he passed away on Christmas Day twenty-five years ago, Dean Martin remains evergreen in our hearts.Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

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Harvest for Hunger phone bank kicks off Wednesday

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first_imgThe money will go toward helping supply the organization’s food pantries, which serve about 5,000 people each month. However, when the holiday season comes around, there is a greater need. WBNG is teaming up with Catholic Charities to help feed the hungry in our area. If you missed out on Giving Tuesday, no worries. You still have the chance to give back. During our evening newscasts on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. you can call into a designated phone number to make a donation toward Catholic Charities. During the phone bank last year, $14,745 was raised. The phone number will be made available during our newscasts starting at 5 p.m.last_img

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Man City’s motivation against Real will be ‘immense’, says Zidane

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Saturday said that he is expecting Manchester City’s motivation to be “immense” when the two sides meet in the Champions League following the announcement of the English side’s two-season ban from European competitions.UEFA on Friday said that City would be suspended from the next two editions of the Champions League for “serious” financial fair-play breaches, although the Premier League champions have said they will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Real host Pep Guardiola’s City in their last-16 first leg on February 26, with the return game at the Etihad on March 17. Topics : But Zidane is wary of a City outfit who have won the Premier League in each of the last two campaigns, amassing 100 and 98 points respectively.”It’s a rival who are going to be very, very difficult, it’s a very big team,” added the Frenchman, who led Real to three consecutive European Cup triumphs from 2015-2018.Real Madrid leads Barcelona, who host third-placed Getafe on Saturday, by three points in the Spanish title race.Man City plays their first game since being hit by the European suspension and 30-million-euro ($32.5 million) fine against West Ham in a Premier League game on Wednesday, postponed from last weekend by bad weather.center_img “For what has just happened, their motivation will be immense,” said Zidane ahead of La Liga leaders Real’s match against Celta Vigo on Sunday.”I’m not going to go into what happened, what is going to happen…”It’s a team anyway, who will be a difficult opponent, knowing also how they have been doing in the Premier League. So they will have extra motivation.”City lie 22 points adrift of runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool and Guardiola has admitted that his reign in Manchester will be considered a “failure” if he fails to lead the team to the Champions League title.last_img read more

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Lisbon to host UCL mini-tournament from quarter final onwards

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first_imgMoscow and Russia had expressed interest but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is believed to have knocked the country back due to the high amount of coronavirus cases, while Germany, specifically Frankfurt, was also an option but the feeling was that it would give an advantage to the two Bundesliga sides. Loading… Benfica’s Estadio da Luz hosted the 2014 Champions League final won by Real Madrid, while the Estádio José Alvalade – home to Sporting CP – is another Lisbon ground rated five stars by UEFA | Champions League |Lisbon has been chosen as the host for the remaining Champions League games. The city has two UEFA 5-star ranked stadiums in Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade.No official confirmation from UEFA as of yet. (Via BILD & CMTV ) pic.twitter.com/dASUuDsCcZ— Próxima Jornada (@ProximaJornada1) June 7, 2020 Currently the competition has only completed four round of 16 fixtures and according to BILD, the final stages of the tournament are to take place across Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. The country could however press forward and try and host the Europa League final as an alternative. It’s said that Istanbul hosting without any fans in attendance will not be financially viable and so UEFA have decided that the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of Europe’s premier club competition will take place in the same city. Meanwhile Portugal do not have any representation in the knockout stages, their number of coronavirus case is less concerning and the city of Lisbon also has two high-quality stadiums.center_img Read Also: Lionel Messi passed fit for La Liga restartUEFA are poised to announce the host following a meeting on June 17 and the revised tournament will likely take place in August. The final was slated to take place in Istanbul on 30 May before it was postponed indefinitely by UEFA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are all through to the last eight, with four of the last 16 second still legs to be played. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The city of Lisbon is set to host a Champions League mini-tournament in a bid to finally finish the delayed competition.last_img read more

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Hummels rejoins Borussia Dortmund from Bayern

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first_imgFILE PHOTO: Mats Hummels via @matshummelsBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich confirmed on Wednesday that veteran defender Mats Hummels is to rejoin Borussia Dortmund, as Bayern continue to overhaul their squad ahead of next season.Bayern confirmed Hummel’s departure to AFP subsidiary SID on Wednesday afternoon, after German magazine Kicker reported that Dortmund had signed Hummels on a three-year deal for an estimated fee of 38 million euros ($43.6m).The 30-year-old defender twice won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund before joining Bayern for 35 million euros in 2016.He has since made 118 appearances for Bayern in the last three years, winning three Bundesliga titles and the domestic double in 2019.After Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Rafinha, Hummels is the latest senior player to leave Bayern in 2019.Despite solid performances in 2018/19, Hummels’ future in Munich was thrown into doubt after Bayern made two high-profile defensive signings as part of their major squad overhaul ahead of next season. The Munich giants signed Lucas Hernandez for a club record 80 million euros, as well as fellow French World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard for 35 million euros.Dortmund, meanwhile, have been on the lookout for an experienced defender after nervy performances at the back cost them crucial points in a nail-biting Bundesliga title race last season.Dortmund also appeared to confirm the transfer on Twitter, posting an emoji of a bumble bee, the German word for which is “Hummel”.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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NBA’s Bill Russell collapses during Tahoe speech

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first_imgFootball Hall of Famer Jim Brown, left, and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell take part in the “Sports and Race: Leveling the Playing Field” panel during the Civil Rights Summit on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Brown and Russell discussed using their platforms in their respective sports to raise awareness for civil rights. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.Team spokesman Brian Olive says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village, but was planning on returning home that evening.Witness Michael Rooney tells The Associated Press that Russell was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain to a roomful of Konica Minolta employees when he started to sway at the podium and then fell backward.Rooney says Russell seemed to be conscious as hotel personnel and first responders came to his aid. The meeting was cut short and attendees left.Russell won 11 championships with the Celtics and is considered one of the best players in NBA history.last_img read more

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Leafs, Rebels play to 1-1 tie

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first_imgNelson played to its second tie in as many games Sunday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition play in Castlegar, playing the Rebels to a 1-1 draw.The game is the third in four preseason contests for the Green and White. Nelson concludes the exhibition season Tuesday at the NDCC Arena against the same Rebels.Head coach Frank Maida reduced the roster following a two-game set last week against Beaver Valley.The same two teams open the KIJHL regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena.Game time for both games is 7 p.m.last_img

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