Propane customers bear responsibility

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe have all seen articles recently denouncing a local gas company because some propane heating customers are running out of gas due to the recent weeks of very cold weather.I’m not familiar with the business practices of this particular company, but gas companies in general seem to do a very good job of keeping their customers supplied gas. When a heating account customer first begins receiving gas service from a particular company, at least one (maybe two) #420 (100 gallon) tanks are installed at the customer’s location. At this time, the customer opts for company-owned or customer-owned inventory. If the inventory is company owned, the customer isn’t charged until the next delivery and the meter on the truck determines the amount of gallons used and payable by the customer. Usually, with auto-fill service, the company makes a scheduled, periodic delivery to “top off” the tank, assuring the supply of gas.  As the colder weather approaches, the gas company “steps up” the delivery schedule based on weather-service-determined “heating degree days,” thus assuring an adequate supply in the tank. This also allows the company to reorder and keep its main tank filled to meet the demand. With customer-owned inventory, the customer can either pay for a full tank of gas and go on auto-fill or  purchase gas as they feel is needed. Under the latter, the responsibility of having gas in the tank lies with the customer. Due to human nature and many times economics, the customer fails to order enough gas to keep him going through cold spells as we have experienced lately, thus running out of gas. The gas companies do what they can to respond to an onslaught of calls requesting immediate delivery, but they’re limited to the number of deliveries they can make in a day and, on the big scale, the supply of gas they have in their own tank. So let’s not jump to more unneeded state legislation when all that’s really needed is a little more awareness and cooperation from customers.Kenneth BensonCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Jokowi calls for focus on healthcare, safety net as economists push for flexible budget

first_imgInsurance and compensation for medical workers, including doctors and nurses The Family Hope program (PKH) will be expanded from 10 million families to 15 million families to provide a social safety net for about 70 million individuals. Measures The budget for official business trips will be significantly reduced The second stimulus package, which includes individual, import and corporate tax breaks, among others Transfers from the government to villages will be shifted to address COVID-19 Rp 10 trillion A request from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to step up the fight against the pandemic The government will reallocate Rp 62.3 trillion (US$3.9 billion) of state spending from the 2020 budget to carry out the President’s instructions for tackling COVID-19, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said after the Cabinet meeting.The allocated sum is a significant increase from the previous estimate of Rp 27 trillion – on top of the Rp 120 trillion of stimulus packages – as the government prepares for worst-case scenarios including the possibility of zero percent economic growth, ministers said.“We’ve identified about Rp 62.3 trillion of planned spending that can be re-allocated to priority areas put forward by the President. This includes funding for business trips, blocked funds and non-operational purchases of goods, among other items,” Sri Mulyani said.Read also: Jokowi urges ministers to focus budget on health care, social aid, economic stimuli Rp 3.1 trillion – Rp 6.1 trillion The government’s baseline scenario had been for Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) to grow more than 4 percent this year, Sri Mulyani said. Under the assumption that the pandemic would last for six months, that global trade would slump by 30 percent and that the country would go into lockdown, economic growth could fall to between zero and 2.5 percent, she added.Sri Mulyani asked ministries to delay big-check spending to allow more room for fiscal intervention in light of uncertainties surrounding the pandemic this year. The Finance Ministry would move quickly to facilitate other ministries’ spending priorities, she added.“This will provide us with fiscal space for healthcare and will protect the public and businesspeople.”As of Sunday, Indonesia had 514 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 48 deaths. Twenty nine people who contracted the virus have recovered. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 308,000 people and has claimed at least 13,000 lives.University of Indonesia rector Ari Kuncoro said the state budget would need to be flexible to solve health issues and counter the negative economic effects of the virus, adding that the government should substitute the annual budget with an intertemporal budget.“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” the senior economist told The Jakarta Post. “The government should look to implement an intertemporal budget. If we pass the 3 percent limit this year, then we should compensate for the deficit over the next three to five years.”The current annual budget system will limit the government’s ability to maneuver nimbly at a time when stimulus is most needed, Ari said. “But the stimulus must focus on healthcare and making the economy work, particularly through online platforms.”Read also: ‘Desperate times, desperate measures’: Calls grow for flexible state budget amid virusIndonesia recorded a state budget deficit of Rp 62.8 trillion (US$4.07 billion) in February of this year as government spending growth fell compared to the same period the year before and revenue dropped, the Finance Ministry announced on Wednesday.Sri Mulyani has said the state budget deficit may widen to between 2.2 and 2.5 percent of GDP this year, taking into account the large government stimulus packages intended to fuel the virus-worn economy.However, Indonesia’s state budget deficit may surpass the established 3 percent ceiling this year as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and a sharp drop in oil prices could further worsen Indonesia’s economic outlook, senior economist Faisal Basri of the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) has warned.“During the 2008 global financial crisis, the government made several economic decisions. This time, economic policy is blunt to address the virus crisis,” Faisal said.He urged the government to issue a presidential regulation (Perpres) to allow a deficit of more than 3 percent. He predicted the deficit would increase from the government’s estimate of 1.8 percent of GDP to surpass the ceiling if the situation got worse.Indonesia has taken several fiscal measures to help the country cope with COVID-19 The first stimulus package, which provides mortgage subsidies for low-income families and fiscal incentives for tourism-related industries Rp 62.3 trillion President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has rallied ministers and regional administrations to refocus their budgets on healthcare, the disbursement of social funds and economic stimuli as economists call for a flexible state budget to help the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.Jokowi said the pandemic posed a significant risk not only to public health but also to the economy, as global and domestic growth were expected to slow. “I ask you for three things: healthcare to mitigate COVID-19 risks, the disbursement of social funds and economic incentives for businesspeople as well as small and medium businesses,” Jokowi told ministers in a teleconferenced meeting on Friday. Pre-employment cards for a jobseeker training programcenter_img Source: Finance Ministry compiled by The Jakarta PostTopics : Village funds will be reallocated this year, particularly in COVID-19-affected communities Amount State spending reallocation from the 2020 state budget to focus on healthcare, social funds and financial incentives Rp 72 trillion Rp 22.9 trillion Rp 10.3 trillion Rp 3.9 trillion Incentives for tourism as a part of the first stimulus package will be adjusted to respond to the fast-changing conditions Half of the Rp 43 trillion budget for business trips will be cut Rp 3.3 trillion (under evaluation) Rp 46 trillion – Rp 59 trillion Unknownlast_img read more

Bayern fans return Super Cup tickets amid ‘super spreader’ fears

first_imgTopics : Initially, Bayern fans requested 2100 tickets, but 800 were returned by Monday, according to AFP subsidiary SID and German daily Bild, the same day Soeder warned about Budapest becoming football’s “Ischgl”.The Austrian ski resort became notorious as a so-called “super spreader” after thousands of holidaymakers became infected at the start of the epidemic in Europe.”Will the Super Cup become the Super Spreader Cup?” questioned German daily Bild.Bayern and Sevilla are offering testing to fans travelling to and from Budapest.”We have no interest in people returning from Budapest infected with the virus, which is then unrecognized here,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Bild pointed out the absurdity of the situation after Bayern had to play behind closed doors in last Friday’s 8-0 win over Schalke, yet 20,000 — a third of the stadium’s capacity — would be allowed to watch in Budapest.Last week, Munich’s mayor scuppered the club’s plans to let 7,500 fans into the Allianz Arena to see Friday’s season opener because of rising numbers of Covid-19 in the Bavarian capital.On Tuesday, UEFA told SID the Super Cup match will go ahead as planned. Around 800 Bayern Munich supporters have returned tickets for Thursday’s UEFA Super Cup in Hungary amid fears the showcase match could become a “super spreader” event.Budapest will host the match between Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Europa League holders Sevilla, however the fixture is facing growing criticism.Germany has declared Budapest a risk zone, after new infections in the Hungarian capital climbed above the threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 people.center_img “Everyone should think twice before going there,” said Markus Soeder, state premier for Bavaria, on Tuesday after tightening the region’s regulations.Any Bayern fans returning from Budapest must “either be tested or be quarantined”, Soeder added.As a pilot project towards the return of fans in stadiums, Bayern and Sevilla were both given 3,000 tickets for the game in Budapest.However, UEFA expect only 500 Sevilla supporters and 1300 Bayern fans at Budapest’s Puskas Arena.last_img read more

Stocks may recover somewhat by year-end: Mandiri Sekuritas

first_img“The JCI gains from the current level will be supported by domestic investors,” Tjandra said.IDX data shows that the contribution of foreign investors to the bourse’s total trading value has dropped to 35 percent – versus the 44 percent that prevailed last year. As of Sept. 25, foreign investors had dumped Rp 42.17 trillion (US$2.83 billion) in stocks on net.Tjandra said stocks in some sectors, including health care, consumer staples, telecommunications and communication towers, would thrive this year. Investors would avoid the automotive and banking sectors, he added.Separately, Sucor Sekuritas head of research Adrianus Bias said in a discussion with The Jakarta Post on Aug. 4 that he recommended that investors take different approaches in the third and fourth quarters as most companies’ second quarter earnings were below expectations.“In the third quarter, we will stick to defensive names, those with resilient earnings profiles and huge dividends that make their valuation quite premium in comparison to the others,” he said.Adrianus said consumer goods, telecommunications and tower players were preferred for their earnings feasibility, as well as nickel and gold commodity stocks.“Going into the fourth quarter, the story will be reversed. Those who suffered in the second or third quarter, whose performance was bad, should create a low base for a rebound,” he added.Topics : Indonesian stocks may earn back some of their COVID-19 losses by the end of the year, state-affiliated brokerage firm Mandiri Sekuritas claims, because of hopes for a vaccine and economic recovery sentiments.The benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) could reach 5,450 points by the end of the year, according to the subsidiary of state-owned Bank Mandiri. Despite being higher than the current level of about 4,900, the projected level is still lower than last year’s close of 6,299.The JCI, the main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), has lost almost 22 percent of its value so far this year as a result of the pandemic, which has caused heavy volatility in the domestic and global stock market. The JCI had fallen 0.64 percent to 4,913 as of 10:07 a.m. Jakarta time on Monday after jumping 0.8 percent earlier in the day. “If vaccines could be available sooner then of course this would be a positive sentiment going forward and market expectations would further recover next year,” Mandiri Sekuritas deputy head of equity research Tjandra Lienandjaja told reporters during a press briefing on Thursday.Indonesia’s second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy), bringing the country to the brink of its first recession since 1998. The third-quarter economy is expected to shrink as well, albeit to a smaller extent.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government had revised its gross domestic product (GDP) outlook down to an annual contraction of between 0.6 percent and 1.7 percent as the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic had taken a significant toll on consumption and business investment.This means Indonesia will log an annual economic contraction for the first time since the 1998 Asian financial crisis. The country’s economy shrank by 13.13 percent in 1998 before rebounding to 0.79 percent growth the next year.last_img read more

Australia launches government inquiry into superannuation funds

first_imgThe opposition Labor Party pushed for the inquiry, and after stonewalling for months, the government – led by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull – finally agreed to the Royal Commission inquiry last week, expanding its intended scope to include the superannuation sector.The industry has argued that there is little relation between the specific areas of concern about the banks and the superannuation system.The Royal Commission has specifically been asked to look at whether superannuation funds have used their members’ savings “for any purpose that does not meet community standards or expectations or is otherwise not in the best interests of members”.Conservative-leaning politicians have previously criticised the union-run industry super funds – which controlled AUD545bn in members savings at the end of August 2017 – because of their alleged financial support for the Labor Party and a perceived lack of transparency.The industry’s representative body, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), said it was disappointed that the government had included superannuation in the scope of the Royal Commission.A plethora of never-ending inquiries, reviews and regulation was at odds with maintaining a system that had served Australians tremendously well, the ASFA said.Research released by ASFA this week showed the pension funds were working well, with retirees having higher incomes and a smaller proportion of those aged over 65 relying solely on the state pension.An increasing number of retirees had significant private income above the state pension level, the ASFA said, with many more able to achieve a comfortable standard of living in retirement.“Superannuation fund members have access to redress in regard to any complaints against a fund, at no cost to the fund member,” the ASFA added.The association said the sector had been subject to numerous inquiries in recent years and was closely supervised by a variety of regulators.Peter Collins, chair of Industry Super Australia, a collaborative body, said that following a series of allegations and scandals within the banking system, the government’s decision to hold a Royal Commission into misconduct in the financial services industry was inevitable.Even as it announced that the superannuation sector was included in the inquiry, the government was still planning to bring in wide-reaching reforms to tackle hidden payments in union-controlled funds.However, this week, the sector scored a significant win when the government was forced to shelve the move to bring in further legislation, including forcing super funds to appoint independent board members.The Royal Commission on financial services will have 12 months to conduct the inquiry and the final report is expected in February 2019. Australia’s AUD2.5trn (€1.6trn) superannuation industry has been dragged into a controversial government inquiry into the country’s financial services sector.The decision by Australia’s government to include the superannuation industry in a Royal Commission inquiry caught the sector by surprise.The inquiry, to be headed by retired High Court judge Kenneth Hayne, was originally intended to look into the banking sector – specifically the conduct of the country’s leading banks.Some banks have been accused of rigging or manipulating the swap rate, while regulator Austrac earlier this year filed civil proceedings against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, claiming it had breached money laundering rules.last_img read more

Barbara Lou Faber

first_imgBarbara Lou Faber 57, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away Sunday May 26, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.She was born August 25, 1961 in LaPorte, Indiana, daughter of the late Woody O. Vann and Joyce (Cox) Goodpaster.In her younger years Barbara was a nurses aid in Valparaiso, Indiana. She loved sitting outside soaking in the sun and watching the river. She was a patriotic person and cherished the military flag that was given in honor of her late husband, Greg. Barbara enjoyed playing games on the computer and crocheting, and she loved cats.Barbara is survived by her siblings, Mary Jo (Christopher) Masminster of Cincinnati, OH, Patricia Burton of Lawrenceburg, IN, Peggy (Eldon) Baker of Lawrenceburg, IN, Woody A. Vann of Griffith, IN., Tim Vann of Magnolia, KY. and Woody J. Vann of LaPorte, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Gregory C. Faber.Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison Indiana.Interment will immediately follow.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Fire Department. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Drogba eyes top Ivorian FA job

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start The body that oversees the third-tier of football in Ivory Coast has given its backing to Didier Drogba’s bid to become the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF).The Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, 41, announced his intention to run in September as he seeks to restore the image of the country’s game.Drogba met with more than 20 presidents and representatives of the lower tier clubs on Wednesday in Abidjan to share his plans and bid to replace the incumbent Augustin Sidy Diallo, whose tenure runs out next month.The official deadline for candidates to submit their applications to be considered for eligibility is also next month.“Didier Drogba presented his program with a lot of maturity and humility that I must confess is very attractive and promising,” Anzouan Kouakou, president of Séraphin FC, told local media after Wednesday’s meeting.“I think it would be very interesting for us to have a leader like him as federation president because he surprised us by his maturity in the management of football.“Today he is an icon whose image attracts tourism but can also restore the image of Ivorian football.”Antoine Gnapo, president of Gbalet Sport of Buyo, in south-western Ivory Coast admits that after presenting his program, the club presidents raised concerns, asked questions and made “relevant proposals”.The former captain of the Elephants has also met with presidents of the division two clubs and plans to meet with those from the top tier as soon as possible.However, not everyone shares the clubs’ confidence in Drogba, a former international who won the African Player of the Year honour twice. Tags: ChelseaDidier Drogbalast_img read more

Pardew admits it’s a grind for Toon

first_img “I am just urging my players to put in a better performance than they did on Saturday, that’s the most important thing to me. “You get disappointments in the Premier League, and we have had them before. “The matter is very, very simple: we need a reaction to that performance in terms of energy levels, continuity in the team and a desire to win the game. “Desire is all in the Premier League.” Pardew’s task will not be helped by midfielder Moussa Sissoko’s absence with a hamstring strain, which means five of the men who started at Manchester United in December – Krul, Debuchy, Cabaye, Sissoko and Remy – will not line up against them this weekend. But the Newcastle manager is keen to remind those who do face the Red Devils that the chance to atone for the Southampton loss should drive them on. Pardew said: “That is the beauty of professional football: there is always an opportunity around the corner. “If we were a boxer and that was our last fight, we might have had to sit on that performance for six months, so in some ways we are lucky and hopefully we can capitalise on that with a good performance.” On Boxing Day, the Magpies defeated Stoke 5-1 at St James’ Park to sit in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table with 33 points from their opening 18 games, their best return at such a stage since the 2001-02 season, when they went on to finish fourth. However, Yohan Cabaye’s sale the following month and injuries to key men Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy, as well as suspensions, have seen manager Pardew’s men add just 13 more points to the total from their last 14 league fixtures, and they are now well adrift of the top six. Alan Pardew has admitted Newcastle are grinding their way towards the end of a season which at one point threatened to deliver much, much more. Pardew said: “The mid-season was really strong for us and the injuries to Loic and the transfer of Cabaye have impacted on our quality, there’s no doubt about that. “We are grinding towards the end unfortunately, and that’s not what we want. We want to be a lot more easy on the eye, and lot more fluent in what we are doing than we are. “But we have become a very functional team now, and that’s what has really got to get us through until such time as Loic is back and Mathieu is back and Tim is back.” The cost to Newcastle of losing their most influential figures was graphically illustrated at Southampton last Saturday when the home side took full advantage and claimed a 4-0 success. Newcastle’s display was later labelled “not acceptable” by Pardew. It promises to be no easier on Saturday when Manchester United head for Tyneside, intent on revenge for the 1-0 defeat they suffered at Old Trafford at the hands of the Magpies on December 7, and buoyed by a creditable 1-1 Champions League draw with Bayern Munich in midweek. At the same time as Pardew’s men were being mauled at St Mary’s, Norwich found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline at Swansea which this week prompted the Canaries players to offer to reimburse fans who travelled to witness the debacle. But asked if his players might consider doing the same, the Newcastle boss said: “I have been in many games where you have long, long trips and had very, very difficult afternoons. “As far as I am concerned, our fans are the best in the world and to give them that performance wasn’t acceptable and we aim to put it right on the pitch. Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Lt. Governor Fighting Against Human Trafficking During the Super Bowl

first_imgFederal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be on hand at the Super Bowl in Miami Feb. 2 with the goal of rescuing children and adults who are forced to have sex with tourists in town for the big game. Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez says all year round and especially during the Super Bowl officials are on heightened alert for human trafficking.“We know that large-scale events such as these are ripe for human traffickers to exploit,” said acting ICE Director Matthew Albence at a press conference in Washington on Thursday. “We will be out in full force.”ICE and partner law enforcement agencies arrested more than 160 people in the days leading up to and after last year’s National Football League championship game in Atlanta. More than two dozen of those arrested were human traffickers, and 34 had tried to have sex with minors. The agency also rescued two dozen victims. Albence said without ICE, the FBI, and local police, those victims would not have been saved.“Sometimes people just say human trafficking, and it rolls off the shoulder,” said Albence. “We’re talking about children and women that are being sexually exploited. And when we say rescuing, this may be real, live-time, people being sexually exploited and abused and violated in the most obscene ways possible that our agents are able to go in there, rescue these victims and prosecute these dangerous organizations that are involved in this heinous crime.”ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations arm sends a team to the Super Bowl every year. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third in the U.S. in human trafficking cases reported by states, behind only California and Texas. The hotline received more than 41,000 calls and identified 10,949 victims of human trafficking in 2018 experiencing a 25 percent jump from 2017. In 2019, the Florida Abuse Hotline received 201 calls of suspected human trafficking cases of minors verifying 60 of those cases.January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a time to call attention to the growing epidemic here in our community and worldwide. In support of a vision for a community free from human trafficking and to further support awareness, Broward County Commissioners presented a proclamation to the Nancy J. Cotterman Center proclaiming January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.“We encourage individuals to speak up and for all communities to stand up for all victims of human trafficking,” said Carol Cook, Director of Crisis Intervention and Support Division.Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery by which traffickers profit from the control and exploitation of others. Under U.S. law human trafficking is defined as the transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing or obtaining of another person for transport; for the purposes of forced labor, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation using force, fraud and/or coercion.If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the Nancy J. Cotterman Center at 954-761-7273 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The Nancy J. Cotterman Center is Broward’s only 24/7 Sexual Assault Treatment and Children’s Advocacy Center. Services provided are free and confidential. Visit Broward.org/NancyJCottermanCenter.Listen to Karen Curtis’ interview with Lt. Governor Jeanette Núñez on human trafficking.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SFS-Lt-Gov-Human-Trafficking.mp3last_img read more

Bucksport wrestler earns win at 2016 Winter Classic

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Bucksport wrestling produced a winner at yet another showing when it competed at the 2016 Winter Classic on Saturday at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.The win for the Golden Bucks came in the 285-pound title bout, in which freshman David Gross defeated Cony’s Mitchell MacFarland, the No. 1 wrestler in the weight class. Gross also defeated wrestlers from Oxford Hills and Erskine Academy before winning the final bout in a 4-3 decision.Bucksport also had Devin Darveau claim third place in the 145-pound weight class. Foster Ashmore, Richard Perkins and Brody Boynton each finished fourth imthe 120-, 138- and 160-pound weight classes, respectively.Bucksport’s next meet will be at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 4, at Washington Academy in East Machias. Other participants will include Woodland and Calais. The team also has a meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in Caribou. Ellsworth will also be participating.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textUPDATE: The tournament at Washington Academy has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 5.last_img read more