BEDMINSTER, NJ – President Donald Trump signed four executive orders Saturday, one of which will provide $400 in enhanced unemployment benefits, after Democrats and the White House were unable to reach an agreement on a coronavirus stimulus relief bill this week.The other three orders he signed include a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year, as well as extending an eviction moratorium and deferring student loan payments.“I’m taking action to provide an additional or extra $400 a week and expanded benefits, $400. That’s generous but we want to take care of our people,” Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.Trump said the federal government will pay 75% of that, but he did not outline where the federal funds would be coming from. When asked by a reporter why $400 instead of the previous $600, Trump responded, “This is the money they need, this is the money they want, this gives them a great incentive to go back to work.”He went on to say, “there was a difficulty with the 600 number because it really was a disincentive.”Democrats are likely to challenge the executive actions in court. Trump first laid out the executive orders at a hastily called news conference on Friday at his New Jersey golf club, where he said he wasn’t concerned about the legality of the actions he promised.Trump also said Saturday his administration was looking at additional income tax and capital gains tax cuts for American taxpayers, besides the payroll tax holiday being instituted by executive order.“We are going to be looking at capital gains for the purpose of creating jobs and income taxes is self explanatory, and it will be income tax for middle income and lower income people but middle income people who pay a lot of income tax, you have tax inequality. I’m saying that as a Republican, and you do have tax inequality,” Trump said.He did not provide further details. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Fully Committed View Comments Related Shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson will soon be returning to the Great White Way and he stopped by The Tonight Show on November 17 to chat about being a Belieber (really) and appearing in Becky Mode’s Fully Committed. “I don’t know why I’m doing this to myself, I’m playing 40 characters in this play,” the Modern Family fave confessed about the one-man comedy. “It’s a lot of work so I start rehearsing that this month.” Check out the videos, which includes a NASCAR race with Justin Bieber (yes, really) below and then plan to see the show, from April 2, 2016 at the Lyceum Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson
The Vermont congressional delegation today introduced legislation to let the state implement a single-payer health care system that could become a model for the nation.Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a Senate bill and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) filed legislation in the House that would let Vermont and other states provide better health care at less cost beginning in 2014.All three members of the delegation joined Governor Peter Shumlin at a Statehouse news conference one week ago and pledged to help the state secure federal waivers needed to implement sweeping health care reforms. Sanders said, ‘It is my strong hope that Vermont will lead the nation in a new direction through a Medicare-for-all single-payer approach. At a time when 50 million Americans lack health insurance and when the cost of health care continues to soar, we must do all we can to lower the costs and improve the quality of care.’Leahy said, ‘This is a bill to give Vermont and other states the choice to go above and beyond the national standard by letting states devise their own reforms. Vermont has always been a leader in health care quality and access. This bill would keep the ball in Vermont’s court, giving us the flexibility we want to offer Vermonters the best care and coverage while controlling costs.’Welch said, ‘Vermont has long led the charge in providing better health care at a lower cost. Providing Vermont and other states the flexibility they need to innovate will strengthen health care throughout the nation.’Dr. William Hsiao, a Harvard consultant to the Vermont Legislature, said in a recent report that that state could improve health care and save $2.1 billion by 2025 if the needed federal waivers were obtained.Under the Vermont delegation proposal, states would be able to seek waivers from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department three years sooner than allowed under the new federal health care law. States could qualify for waivers only for plans that are at least as comprehensive and affordable as the federal model and cover at least as many people. States could not offer lower quality or less affordable coverage.The waiver provision also requires HHS to create a coordinated process so states in a single application also could seek waivers already available under Medicare, Medicaid, and the children’s health insurance program. A fact sheet on the new ‘State Leadership in Healthcare Act’ is available here.Vermont Delegatin, WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 ‘
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Between June 9 and 19, however, the number dropped to 28 percent and 15 percent, respectively, indicating a sustained trend for home-cooked meals.Meanwhile, 45 percent of respondents said they would continue to eat only home-cooked food.“You would expect that people would be less concerned. However, on the other hand, the number of [COVID-19] cases in Indonesia is increasing on a daily basis,” said Venu Madhav, general manager at Kantar Worldpanel division, during a webinar on consumer behavior held by the British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia on July 2.People’s anxiety levels are still high, according to Kantar’s COVID-19 anxiety meter, with 68 percent of respondents saying they were “concerned”, as of mid-June. When the firm started to track Indonesians’ COVID-19 anxiety levels in mid-March, only 43 percent said they were concerned. Indonesian consumers remain anxious about embarking on the so-called “new normal” as shown in a continued reluctance to go out despite the easing of travel restrictions, resulting in a sustained home-based economy, consumer research firms have reported.According to a report by market research firm Kantar, almost half of all Indonesians are still worried about going out. Between June 9 and 19, 46 percent of over 4,000 respondents said they were still worried about leaving home. Between June 4 and 8, that figure was only 40 percent.In line with that trend, the percentage of people wanting to go out decreased. Between June 4 and 8, 32 percent said they were “eager to start hanging out with friends” and 23 percent said they were “dying to eat out”. The government hopes to reopen the economy following its relaxation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in June, prompting the country to enter a transition period into the new normal.However, the nationwide infection rate continues to rise and Madhav referred to this as the reason why Indonesians were generally still anxious. On Tuesday, officials announced 1,268 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 66,226 with a death toll of 3,309.Despite the increasing number of cases, Kantar’s report shows that financial anxiety is on a downward trend. People who responded that they would reduce spending to save money fell to 39 percent from 47 percent and those who said they were worried about their job or income fell to 44 percent from 52 percent.Research company Nielsen, on the other hand, reported that monthly household spending had decreased by 7 percent in the first quarter this year against the same period last year.“Income compression led to consumers across socio-economic classes adjusting household expenditure by limiting spending on leisure,” Nielsen report says.Mia Triscahyani, Nielsen Indonesia consumer panel service director, explained during the webinar that consumers were prioritizing items in the “fresh and staple” category while reducing spending on recreation, entertainment and dining out.Among lower socioeconomic status (SES) families, spending on leisure dropped 28 percent year-on-year (yoy) while saving and loan activities fell 18 percent. For the middle SES families, leisure dropped 32 percent while spending on education fell 20 percent.Meanwhile, the upper SES families segment recorded reduced leisure expenditure by 43 percent in the first quarter this year, while their transportation expenses were down by 27 percent.“The spending decline in leisure happens consistently across all SES with the upper SES contributing the most to the decline, considering they are the ones who usually have higher spending compared with other SES,” Mia explained.From 100 respondents that Nielsen Indonesia surveyed to understand the range of activities that consumers had done and would do again when visiting malls, Nielsen found that the top-two reasons why people will visit malls amid the new normal are “purchasing groceries” (65 percent) and “looking for a refreshing atmosphere” (65 percent).Before the pandemic, the top consumer motivations when visiting malls were to purchase fast food (79 percent), purchase beverages (71 percent) and to see movies (71 percent).“However, we must expect that consumers will not be spending as much time inside malls as before, especially those who are concerned with the health and safety of their own families,” Mia noted. She added that whether or not less window shopping would lead to less actual shopping was still undetermined. According to Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Report, Indonesia’s retail and recreation mobility trend had gone down by 23 percent as of June 27, compared with the baseline. The baseline is the median value for the corresponding day of the week during a five-week period between Jan. 3 and Feb. 6.In contrast, mobility trends for places of residence were up by 10 percent compared with the baseline as of June 27. This indicates that despite the easing of restrictions, more people in Indonesia are still choosing to stay at home, Google said.Topics :
Work has started on the Queen’s Wharf project which is tipped to lead to a renewed interest in the Brisbane property market. Picture: AAP/ Ric FrearsonI WAS in Sydney this week meeting with a series of buyer’s agents, financial planners and accountants.With so much chatter about a slow down in the Sydney and Melbourne markets, there is renewed interest in Brisbane and what upside still exists in that property market.I met with these professionals to get a better understanding of their clients needs and give them some information about what is happening on the ground in Brisbane.What I shared with them was a quick history lesson.To understand the difference between Brisbane and the other eastern seaboard capital cities you need to look at the market movements before the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).In 2007 Brisbane experienced a fabulous property boom. INTEREST IN THE UNIT MARKET STARTING TO LIFT AGAIN It was unexpected, it drove prices across the city and it was not experienced in those capital cities south of the Queensland border.However a year later, when the GFC hit, the market suffered a significant decline, while Sydney and Melbourne were not affected to the same extent.Over the past six years, however there has been worldwide focus on the thriving Sydney and Melbourne markets.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoNew developments such as Queen’s Wharf could lead to renewed interstate interest in the Brisbane property market according to Haesley Cush. Picture: AAP/David ClarkFuelled by low interest rates, international buyer interest and bullish confidence those regions have roared to unexpected heights, while Brisbane has remained relatively dormant.But like in every market, they are cyclical and it’s time for those markets to simmer.Which is why the attention is now on Brisbane. Brisbane house prices did see a correction, our properties are considerably cheaper than our southern neighbours. Our apartment prices have taken a battering over the past four years and they are now at all time lows.But value alone will not drive a market, there needs to be a spark of confidence to light the fuse first and I believe that comes in the form of the Queen’s Wharf Development.This casino will change Brisbane from a stop over to a destination. It will create jobs. This means that those inner city units that have seen a drop in rental prices will now be filled with tenants seeking accommodation close to work. Those yields will entice investors to buy and that competition will see rents and sale prices rise. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to buy the right apartment01:01 Those tourism dollars will flow into the housing market, which will see locals and businesses benefit. This confidence will underpin interstate buyers looking for a capital return to back the Brisbane market, it will give locals confidence to continue to compete for their desired property and that should light the fuse on the local Brisbane market.With Brisbane’s fabulous weather, its location close to sandy beaches and theme parks, and its easy access from Asia it has all the hallmarks of one stop family holiday spot. With infrastructure comes opportunity and I believe the next 12 months will see a lot of interest from interstate and international buyers competing for their own little slice of the Sunshine State.
Ultra Electronics and Sparton have been awarded subcontracts valued at $30.1 million from their ERAPSCO/Sonobuoy TechSystems joint venture.ERAPSCO/Sonobuoy TechSystems will provide manufacturing subcontracts in the amount of $15.6 million to Ultra Electronics USSI and $14.5 million to Sparton DeLeon Springs.Production will take place at Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City, IN facility and Sparton’s DeLeon Springs, FL facility.ERAPSCO/SonobuoyTech Systems was awarded multiple foreign contracts for the manufacture of passive and active sonobuoys to support various underwater missions for detection, classification, and localization of adversary submarines during peacetime and combat operations.
NZ Herald 6 November 2017Jacinda Ardern says increasing paid parental leave to 26 weeks could mean new parents are more likely to return to the same employer.Cabinet today approved the policy to increase paid parental leave to 22 weeks by July 1, 2018, and 26 weeks by July 1, 2020.Paid parental leave is currently at 18 weeks. The Government will meet the cost of increasing it and estimates it will have a net cost of $325m over four years.Prime Minister Ardern said finding someone to replace staff for longer could prove tougher for some businesses, however it could also make it easier to find temporary replacements.And workers could be more likely to return after a longer leave period, Ardern said.“I hope by setting out the timeline that we have, [businesses] will be able to plan for that.“I also hope that overall…they may perhaps be more likely to see their employee return to work because they have had a decent amount of paid parental leave.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11941102
The SC denied thepetition for a temporary restraining order filed by MORE Power against thedecision of the RTC in Mandaluyong City which declared two provisions ofRepublic Act 11212 (MORE Power’s franchise law) unconstitutional. Amular issued thereprimand after MORE Power’s Atty. Hector Teodosio questioned in court thestatements of PECO administrative manager Marcelo Cacho relative to theexpropriation case when he was interviewed by the media on Tuesday regardingrecent Supreme Court resolutions. Also yesterday, arepresentative of the Energy Regulation Commission (ERC) submitted a list ofPECO’s assets which were part of the company’s power distribution system. RTC-IloiloBranch 35 requested for it. The goal of the gag order, according to Amular, was to insulatethe court from extraneous influence. Teodosio recalledthat Amular previously reprimanded MORE Power president Roel Castro forgranting media interviews related to the expropriation case. Amular’s gag order issued on Aug. 20 covered the two rival powerdistributors, their counsels and persons acting in their behalf “to avoid anyimproper conduct tending directly or indirectly to impede, obstruct or degradethe administration of justice.” Duringyesterday’s hearing, Amular told the two parties to respect the court’s gagorder and not make him a “watchdog” of their behavior. MORE Power, which has a 25-year power distribution franchise forthis city, seeks to take over the power distribution assets of PECO whosefranchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019. ILOILO City –Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 35’s Judge Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amularreprimanded both Panay Electric Co. (PECO) and MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power) for issuing statements related to their expropriation case. He assured thetwo parties yesterday he would carefully study the case and asked them torespect whatever decision he would make for the sake of the people of the city. In July,Mandaluyong RTC Branch 209 ruled that sections 10 (Right of Eminent Domain) and17 (Transition of Operations) of Republic Act 11212 were “void andunconstitutional for infringing on PECO’s rights to due process and equalprotection of the law.” ERC’s Atty. ArjayLouie Cuanan said, “We submit it to the court so it could be guided… forpurposes of expropriation.”/PN Today Amular will meet both PECO and MORE Power corporate officersminus their respective legal counsels for a chamber meeting.
Gumarin also ordered that Guimaras residents who came from Metro Manila and other areas that have local Covid-19 transmissions may be allowed to enter provided that they shall undergo mandatory self-quarantine for 20 days under the supervision of the rural health unit concerned./PN “Ang Manggahan isa ka big event nga naga-encourage sa pagtabok sang tourists sa isla sang Guimaras, wherein economically alive ang amon ang activity because sang Manggahan,” she said, adding the cancellation of the festival will leave a big impact on the province. Manggahan Festival, slated May 11 to 22, pays tribute to the island’s main export – sweet mangoes. ILOILO City – The 2020 edition of Guimaras’ Manggahan Festival has been scrapped due to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019, Provincial Tourism officer Liberty Ferrer said. The month-long celebration lures 60,000 to 90,000 tourists during the event proper. On Friday, Gov. Samuel Gumarin issued Executive Order 32 that temporarily suspends the entry or tours of guests from Metro Manila and other areas that may be affected by COVID-19.