Assemblyman Robert Sweeney to Retire

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) became the second Long Island lawmaker to announce this week that he won’t seek re-election in November after more than two decades in the legislature.The 64-year-old legislative stalwart authored laws requiring manufacturers to collect unused mercury thermostats, combating invasive plant and animal species as well as allowing towns to finance homeowner’s home energy improvements by defining carbon emissions as waste.“As much as I enjoy the job, there comes a time when you have to think about other things you may want to do in life,” Sweeney said. “I just felt that this was a good time to move forward to other things.”Sweeney represents Assembly District 11, which covers southwestern Suffolk County from Amityville north to East Farmingdale and east to Wyandanch as well as a sliver of Deer Park.Democrats have a nearly 2-to-1 edge over Republicans in the district—34,128 to 17,885—not including minor-party members and nearly as many unaffiliated voters as there are in the GOP.Sweeney, dubbed the dean of the Suffolk Assembly delegation, was frequently quoted in the media defending environmental funding and questioning proposed rules that could open up parts of upstate to the controversial natural gas drilling practice known as fracking.Before he won the seat in a March 1988 special election, Sweeney had served as Lindenhurst village clerk. He rose up the ranks over the past 26 years to chair the state Assembly environmental committee. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone called him a mentor and credited Sweeney with helping make the Wyandanch Rising project happen.The news that he would retire at the end of this year came four days after Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) announced he would also not seek re-election after a quarter century in Albany.And like Weisenberg, Sweeney, too, said that he wants to add to the more than 300 bills he has passed before his time is up, including some of his legislation that is expected to be part of an environmental package that is slated to be voted on in the Assembly next week.last_img read more

Why are good financial decisions so difficult?

first_imgCredit cards have encouraged spending. Over the decades, card issuers have offered all sorts of incentives to entice consumers use their cards and pay the fees. As Brett King explains in “Why Smartphones Will Kill Credit Card Rewards,” rewards programs for credit and debit cards “are designed to encourage you to spend, even when doing so carries a high cost. The economics of rewards programs are pretty simple – companies employing them wouldn’t use rewards unless these programs were highly successful in generating more than enough revenue to pay their way.”King also points out that up to one third of consumers fail to cash in their credit card rewards points annually, which amounts to $205 of lost savings per consumer, and credit card companies’ margins of profit have relied on the fact that many consumers don’t claim their rewards.Smartphones, mobile technology, and app usage could help!Research from CloudZync shows that the average consumer has six different loyalty programs on their smartphone, and King contends that those apps on smartphones will help consumers claim their rewards, which will in turn increase costs and decrease profits for credit card companies. In this way, King says smartphones could kill rewards programs entirely. He says, “The self-aware customer won’t make spending decisions based on cash-back, miles or trinkets offered – they’ll make spending decisions based on whether they can afford to make a purchase.”To inform those purchasing decisions, consumers are turning to personal financial management (PFM) tools that help them understand and manage expenses, retirement accounts, credit cards, and other accounts. PFM’s like Mint let you create budgets, set goals, and it warns you if you are not sticking to your guns. Mint will also suggest financial products that help you meet your goals (like lower-interest credit cards or higher-interest bank accounts).When integrated with mobile banking, bill payment functionality, and mobile discounts (sent via location-based push notifications – “Receive a nearby discount at Kroger”), all of these tools inform consumers of how much money they have, what they can afford to spend, and when they can afford to spend it.Credit unions that work these tools into their line-up of offerings and teach their clients how to efficiently manage their money are investing in their clients’ futures and building loyal relationships that last a lifetime. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrew Bank Andrew Bank is Co-Founder of Larky, a mobile loyalty platform that drives acquisition, retention, wallet share, and interchange revenue. Andrew is responsible for client relationships, marketing, and thinking about how … Web: Details Consumers continue to struggle to make wise financial decisions, and they have the debt to prove it. Just how much credit card debt does the average American have? While the numbers vary widely, let’s use TransUnion’s 2014 calculation of $5,596 per US adult with a credit card (excluding unused cards and store cards). Using that amount, if a card holder stopped accruing debt and made monthly payments of $300, it would take him almost two years to pay off the balance. If he made only the minimum payment each month, it would take him more than twenty years to pay off the debt. In that time, he’d also pay almost $8000 in interest.Credit card debt is expensive, but that painful hit to our pocketbooks hasn’t stopped us from accruing more and more of it. To make matters worse, more than half of Americans don’t have a rainy day fund, and they haven’t saved for retirement or their children’s education.Why is it so difficult for us to make good financial decisions?Consumers may not be financially literate, and even if they are, most aren’t “financially capable” of making wise decisions. In “3 Insights: Financial Literacy Is Not Enough,” George Hofheimer (Chief Research & Innovation Office at Filene Research Institute) makes two key points about why consumers don’t make sound financial decisions:Many consumers lack basic financial literacy, and they may not even know what they don’t know. In fact, credit unions and their members may be speaking two separate financial languages. Members don’t understand words like “annual percentage yield” or “debt ratio.” They only understand that they “need a car to get to work,” and they need the money to buy the car.Even if they have basic financial literacy, they still may not know of or be capable of implementing strategies to spend wisely or save money for investments, education, or retirement.last_img read more

A new promotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board was presented

first_imgDuring the second day of the World Travel Market (WTM), a new promotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board was premiered as part of the Croatian stand. The showing of the video was attended by about 200 participants, among whom were numerous partners, co-exhibitors and representatives of foreign and domestic media. The gathered were greeted by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the Director of the Main Office of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić and Barbara Mesić, the Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism. On that occasion, they emphasized the importance of new promotional activities and materials, but also the importance of the UK market for overall Croatian tourist flows.Thus, Director Staničić emphasized that all necessary activities will be realized on the UK market in 2018 with the aim of maintaining Croatia’s position as one of the most sought-after destinations among British tourists. As he said, the excellent results of tourist traffic, ie the potentials that Croatia has in this important market, are recognized by numerous partners, including Jet2com, EasyJet, British Airways, TUI and Thomas Cook. “In addition to the new flights, of which there were as many as 21 this year, in 2018 there will be at least four new scheduled and four charter flights, which is the result of long-term lobbying with airlines, as well as good seat occupancy this year. Therefore, there is a further upward trend and we can expect a significant increase in traffic from this market, which is confirmed by all previous information from travel organizers, who are generally satisfied with this year’s sales, but also early booking for 2018. However, although sales for next year are very started well, a bigger wave of booking is expected in January and February, after the Christmas and New Year holidays “, he said director Staničić, adding that new promotional materials, such as the presented video, will be an important factor in the further branding of Croatian tourism.The new promotional video was shot at various recognizable locations in Croatia and features 10 celebrities from the world of sports and art, including Luka Modrić, Иван Ракитић, Mario Mandžukić, Mateo Kovačić, Dejan Lovren, Dario Šarić, Marin Čilić, 2Cellos, Максим Мрвица, and Zrinka Cvitešić. The director of the video is director and screenwriter Nevio Marasović, and the partner in the project is the agency BBDO Zagreb, while the cost of the video was 700.000 kuna.An additional significance of the entire project is its humanitarian character. Namely, the Croatian National Tourist Board will provide the amount of HRK 500.000,00 for humanitarian purposes, so each of the participants in the video will have the opportunity to donate the amount of HRK 50.000,00 for a certain association that helps sick children with its work and activities.  The promotional video was presented as part of the “Wine & Cheese meetup” organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, so many guests had the opportunity to taste and enjoy top Croatian cheeses and wines of the brand Vina Croatia- vina mosaica. On that occasion, Croatia presented itself as a country of top eno-gastronomic delicacies and cordial hosts.With this promotional video, Croatia wants to further position itself on the international market through celebrities and successful personalities, and then to the major sporting events that follow in the coming year, such as XXIII. Winter Olympics in Korea, World Cup in football in Russia and European Championship in handball in Croatia. In addition to well-known Croatian destinations, the video also aims to promote other forms of offer, such as cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, active vacation, nautical, natural beauty and other segments of Croatian tourism.”This is one of the most important tourist fairs in the world, so this was an exceptional opportunity for Croatia, as a tourist destination, to get closer to travel organizers with a new promotional video who have a strong influence on the realization of tourist traffic. The new promotional video is the result of careful listening to the domestic and foreign professional public and our goal was to combine our tourist offer, ie Croatian natural and cultural beauties together with our athletes, but also artists who are globally recognizable stars and proven best Croatian promoters in the world.”, Said Barbara Mesić and added”We are especially proud that the main actors of this video, in addition to love for Croatia, showed a big heart and agreed to participate in the filming without financial compensation.”.last_img read more

Virtual walks through Croatian museums and exhibitions

first_imgZadar Archaeological Museum – has several departments: department for prehistoric, ancient, medieval archeology, department for modern age, department for underwater archeological research, department for pedagogical-andragogical activity, conservation-restoration department, library and others, and Museum of Nin Antiquities. The Museum of Arts and Crafts has announced that it is temporarily closed to the public until further notice, and is moving its activities to online platforms. Unfortunately, due to the earthquake in Zagreb, MUO suffered severe damage. Museum of the King of Trilj – researches, preserves and documents the cultural heritage from the area of ​​Trilj, first of all archeological, and then ethnographic and cultural-historical. But MUO is not the only one that uses all the benefits of the modern world. We have no doubt that visitors, when the situation normalizes one day, will visit the museums they have already seen in their virtual tour, both touristically and physically. Mimara Museum – with the primary role of preserving artistic heritage, the mission of the museum is to communicate to the visitor rich and layered artistic, historical and civilizational contents that can be decoded from individual works of art or groups of works of art. We have researched the offer in Croatia, so visit the links we have prepared for you below: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb – most of the monumental material is from areas belonging to the Croatian historical area, but there is also the Egyptian collection, as well as a significant part of the Numismatic collection, is of foreign origin and several significant collections of Greek and Roman monumental material. Typhlological Museum in Zagreb – exhibition – “Untouched nature: the island of Rava” – The idea of ​​depicting parts of untouched nature was prompted by the desire to present and show visually impaired people in a special, multisensory way the still preserved, natural gems of our country, just like the island of Rava. Water supply museum – Take a walk through the museum and learn about the history of the Zagreb waterworks in a fun way The decision of the National Civil Protection Headquarters suspended all activities that are not necessary for the normal functioning of the community. Among them are numerous cultural institutions and events. And that is exactly why now is the time to take advantage of all the benefits that the internet brings us. Museum of Vučedol Culture Vukovar – find out why Vučedol is one of the most important archeological sites in Europe Museum of Krapina Neanderthals (Flash player required) – collects, preserves, professionally processes and presents geological, paleontological and archaeological material. We believe that this is only a part of the offer in Croatia, but we also believe that after you “surf” the museums, you will look for some new destinations and overcome this pandemic more easily. Trakošćan Castle – today one of the few buildings in Croatia with preserved own material, historically closely related to the architectural framework and life of its owners.center_img In the earthquake in Zagreb, unfortunately, she was also more seriously injured Zagreb Cathedral, Museum of the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac – Zagreb Archdiocese – presents to the public numerous documents and objects used by Cardinal Stepinac during his lifetime Archaeological Museum of Istria – today it is organized into the Archaeological Department, the Documentation Department, the Library Department, the Education Department and the Conservation and Restoration Department. The museum also has dislocated collections in the Pula amphitheater, which it takes care of, then in the Temple of Augustus and the Franciscan monastery, and in Nesactium.Sacred Heart Museum and Gallery SpaceAmphitheater GalleryUnderground AmphitheaterGallery C8 Sinj Alka Museum – The exhibition includes a multitude of uniforms, equipment and weapons of the Sinj Alkars, as well as Alkar statutes and regulations that it adopts in a modern digital form. A special attraction of the exhibition is the life-size display of the Alkar procession. Museum of Arts and Crafts – Virtual walk Pregrada Museum and Library – has a permanent exhibition consisting of three collections: the Numismatic Collection, the Collection of Mining and Geology and the Pharmacy Collection of Thierry. Rupe Ethnographic Museum – The permanent exhibition shows the storage of grain in situ, and the traditional economy and rural architecture of the Dubrovnik area with ceremonial costumes are presented. Cultural and historical museum in the Rector’s Palace – permanent exhibition of paintings, furniture and useful objects from the 16th to the 19th century in the ambience of the Rector’s Palace, the seat of government and the Prince of the Republic of Dubrovnik, and a collection of old Dubrovnik coins, medals, seals, coats of arms and weapons. Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar – the museum is archaeological, but specializes with its exhibition and represents a unique collection of over 5000 different glass objects from antiquity Nikola Tesla Technical Museum in Zagreb, founded on the model of the existing large scientific and technical museums in the world, as a specialized museum of technology Zagreb City Museum (Flash player required) – a permanent exhibition portrays the city in all its aspects, from political, ecclesiastical, historical and economic to architectural-urban, cultural-historical, entertainment and everyday. Croatian Historical Museum – The museum material includes almost 300.000 museum objects systematized in sixteen museum collectionslast_img read more

Power of Scotland

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Discovery tunes in to Chiswick Park

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Gresik residents made to dig graves as punishment for not wearing face masks

first_imgHe also said the number of COVID-19 cases was continuing to increase in Cerme, prompting the village administration to strengthen protocols in the village.Based on the Regent Law No. 22/2020, residents who violate the protocols are subject to fines or community service as punishment.Separately, Cerme Police chief Adj. Pol. Comm. Moh. Nur Amin said the police would cooperate with the military to enforce the protocols, such as by dispersing public gatherings. “We urge the public to wear face masks in accordance with the COVID-19 health protocols,” he said. (dpk)Topics : Eight people in Gresik regency, East Java, were ordered by local authorities to dig graves for those who have died of COVID-19 as punishment for not wearing face masks in public. Cerme district head, Suyono, said that he punished residents who did not wear face masks by making them dig graves at a public cemetery in Ngabetan village. “There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” said Suyono as quoted by on Wednesday, adding that local authorities made sure the health protocol violators did not participate in the burials.To assist the gravediggers, Suyono assigned two people to each grave. One is tasked with digging the grave, while the other lays wooden boards inside the hole to support the corpse.“Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations,” Suyono said.Read also: COVID-19 protocol violators in Probolinggo made to sit in hearse with casketlast_img read more

Arsenal vs Norwich TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head

first_imgArsenal vs Norwich TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head Arsenal are looking to build on back-to-back wins (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal can climb as high as seventh in the Premier League with victory over Norwich on Wednesday evening as they look to gather some momentum towards the end of the season.The Gunners suffered a disastrous return to action after the coronavirus break, losing to Manchester City and Brighton, but have stopped the rot by beating Southampton and then knocking Sheffield United out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.Mikel Arteta’s side are still well below where they want to be in 10th, but can significanlty improve on that this week.Norwich have not seen their faint hopes of survival improve since the restart, losing both Premier League games and remaining bottom of the table, six points from safety.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhat time is Arsenal vs Norwich?The match kicks-off at 6pm on Wednesday 1 July at the Emirates.What TV channel is Arsenal vs Norwich on and is there a live stream?BT Sport 1 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 5.30pm.Subscribers can stream the action on BT Sport Player or watch on the BT Sport app.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal vs Norwich team newsArsenal are struggling with a numbe of injuries as Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli, Bernd Leno and Calum Chambers are all definitely out.David Luiz, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Cedric Soares are all being assessed and have a chance of playing.Norwich are without Timm Klose through suspension, while Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann, Moritz Leitner and Sam Byram remain out.Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons, Adam Idah and Lukas Rupp are not fully fit but could be available.Arsenal vs Norwich odds4/9 Arsenal4/1 Draw6/1 NorwichOdds courtesy of Betfair Head-to-head in last five meetings 01 Dec 2019: Norwich 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League24 Oct 2017: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich – League Cup30 Apr 2016: Arsenal 1-0 Norwich – Premier League29 Nov 2015: Norwich 1-1 Arsenal – Premier League11 May 2014: Norwich 0-2 Arsenal – Premier League Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 10:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link MORE: Mikel Arteta sets challenge for Mesut Ozil to regain Arsenal first team placeMORE: Arsenal explain why William Saliba loan for French Cup final collapsedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Italy rescues 1,000 Migrants from overcrowded boats

first_img(Reuters) – Italian and merchant ships have rescued almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs near the coast of Libya and found one dead body, Italy’s coast guard said.The migrants sent out a distress call by satellite phone on Friday and were being taken to ports in Sicily, the coast guard added, without giving details of their nationalities.Refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa regularly risk the hazardous journey between Libya and Sicily to reach the European Union.Around 3,500 are estimated to have drowned last year when more than 170,000 migrants managed to reach Italy by sea.At least 480 migrants lost their lives in the Mediterranean during the first three months of this year, compared with fewer than 50 fatalities during the same period last year, the International Organisation for Migration said on Friday.Three vessels from Italy’s navy and coast guard and three merchant ships took part in Friday’s rescue mission about 30 miles from Libya’s coast, according to the coast guard statement.Around 1,500 people were picked up from five boats near the Libyan coast last week. Related Italy Migrants Crisis: Thousands of Migrants Hope To Get Into Europe Spain rescues 90 migrants crossing from Morocco Italy rescues over 250 migrants in Mediterraneanlast_img read more

Announcement: Training for female volleyballers

first_img 57 Views   no discussions NewsSports Announcement: Training for female volleyballers by: – June 20, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Photo credit: graphicshunt.comThe following female volleyballers are asked to attend a training session at the Convent High School’s hard court on Thursday 23rd June at 2.30pm in preparation for the 2011 Windward Islands Schools Games carded for July 24th – August 1st in Dominica:Stephina Martin- NECSMerliana Riviere- NECSZelly Charles- NECSFabrina Hypolite- NECSJemissa Hypolite- NECSShanica Yankey- NECSPhibisha Joseph- PSSAndrea Remy- PSSBianca Abraham- PSSDeanna George- PSSDeidre Fontaine-ITSSMegan Wayland- ITSSOmean Charles- DSCJewele Browne- DSCLovella Winston- DSCLydia Leblanc- DSCAnika Proctor- DSCMernecca Williams- DSCNoriscia Peltier- DSCVernanda Maximae- PCSSInzanga Angol- PCSSCara Jno Jules- PCSSShernelle St. Rose- WHSSports Division Share Tweetlast_img read more