Borough Assembly Set To Finally Vote On Bed Tax Ballot Measure

first_imgThe proposal went to the voters on the ballot for the October 3, 2017, regular election and ultimately failed. Bagley went onto write “I propose that we pass the temporary lodging tax ordinance and submit it to the voters for consideration in the next regular election. If approved it would be effective April 1, 2019 to allow time to properly implement it.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to finally vote on the most recent attempt at instituting a bed tax ballot initiative at tonight’s meeting. If approved the proposal would go before the voters in the regular election on October 2, 2018. The proposal would establish a 6 percent areawide sales tax on temporary lodging and overnight camping facilities. It would also levy an up to 3 percent exemption on temporary lodging and overnight facilities within that boundaries of the borough that levy a similar sales tax. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Dale Bagley introduced the ordinance over a year ago, in a memo put before the assembly:  “The borough is currently facing a budgetary shortfall of approximately $4,000,000. Ordinance 2017-17, which would have asked the voters to approve a bed tax, was defeated by the assembly on August 15, 2017 when the assembly decided to instead submit to the voters the option of increasing the sales tax cap to $1,000.”last_img read more

Ascend Integrated Media Strikes Deals for Mobile Apps

first_imgCustom media company Ascend Integrated Media has signed deals with two separate mobile specialists to create a new series of mobile products. This week, Ascend announced a partnership with Moblico that will offer targeted messages and coupons to customer clients across markets such as healthcare, gift, fashion, home décor and fishing. Earlier this year, Ascend partnered with Handmark Inc. to create and distribute smart phone applications, which will include Web and landing page access, e-newsletters, digital magazines and newspapers, buyer’s guides, interactive maps and exhibit guides and directories.last_img read more

Town Wants To Add 4 New Firefighter Positions First Staffing Increase Since 2009

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull recently announced he would like to include the addition of four new firefighter positions in next fiscal year’s budget.“For more than a year, the Fire Department has consistently been short staffed due to long term work injury, personal injury, retirements or military deployments,” explained Hull in his annual budget message. “Since staffing levels cannot be reduced below current levels without impacting service, each absence has been filled at the overtime rate. Reducing overtime costs and adjusting the staffing levels to meet the current service demands cannot be completed in one fiscal year. However, adding four firefighter privates will begin to address these issues.”Hull stressed that the Fire Department hasn’t received any staffing increases since 2009, while their workload has risen dramatically.“The numbers of runs reported in 2009 totaled 3,364. This statistic reflects ambulance runs, responses to fire radio boxes, and fire responses,” revealed Hull. “For the most current reporting period, 2018, the Fire Department reported 4,192 runs, an increase of 24.6% over that nine-year period.”The cost for the additional four fire personnel is projected to cost $257,628.In response to a question from Selectman Ed Loud, Hull acknowledged more hires may be budgeted in future years. Fire Chief Joe McMahon and Deputy Chief Joe McMahon previously came in front of Selectmen and Finance Committee requesting the addition of 8 firefighter positions.“I’m suggesting there may be additional staff increases to come, but for Fiscal Year 2020, four is what we can manage,” said Hull. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen Support Proposal To Hire EIGHT New Firefighters, First WFD Staffing Increase In A DecadeIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Finance Committee Call Special Meeting To Discuss IT Costs, Fire Dept. OT & New Fire EngineIn “Government”last_img read more

Dear Comrade Heres how Rana wished Vijay Deverakonda all the way from

first_imgActor Rana Daggubati has sent wishes to actor Vijay Deverakonda, all the way from the United States of America, ahead of Dear Comrade’s release. He recorded a short video to convey his wishes.Calling Vijay as Dear ‘Rowdy’ Comrade, Rana promised that he would be watching the film in the US on the first day of its release.Many of Rana’s fans commented on the video, asking if he is undergoing any surgery in the US. Rumours of Rana undergoing surgery have been doing rounds. The actor commented and asked his fans to stop believing the news.  InstagramVijay Deverakonda is not just an actor now, but also a trendsetter, an inspiration to many and one of the most popular and handsome figures in Indian cinema.His upcoming film Dear Comrade is all set for a release on July 26 and besides his fans, even actors from Telugu cinema and other industries are excited about the release of the film. Dear ComradeTwitterThere are many actors who are fans of Vijay, his attitude and swag. Many actors are recording videos and sending wishes to Vijay, wishing him and the team of Dear Comrade very good luck.last_img read more

President Trump Gets A Head Start On Shaping The Federal Courts

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPresident Trump has a large number of judicial vacancies to fill, since Senate Republicans held up President Barack Obama’s nominees.President Trump is moving quickly to put his personal stamp on the federal courts.On Monday the president nominated 10 people for federal judgeships. Thanks to an unusually large number of vacancies on the bench, there could be many more to come.“This is just a down payment,” said John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation. He noted there are more than 100 open seats on the federal district courts and appeals courts.“Starting with a Supreme Court vacancy, which has now been filed, President Trump certainly has a very good opportunity early on to have an impact on the federal bench,” Malcolm said.Indeed, Trump came into office with a chance to fill more than twice as many court vacancies as President Barack Obama had. That’s partly because for the last two years, the Republican-controlled Senate dragged its feet in confirming judges. The Senate confirmed only 20 of Obama’s judicial nominees during 2015 and 2016, less than a third the number that were confirmed in the last two years of the Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.“Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an awful lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeals,” said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.At last month’s swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump acknowledged that Senate stonewalling had given him a rare opportunity.“I especially want to express our gratitude to [Senate Republican Leader] Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this achievement possible,” Trump said. “So thank you, Mitch.”The Heritage Foundation’s Malcolm cautions it wasn’t a risk-free strategy. Had Hillary Clinton won the election, she might now be packing the courts with a slate of more liberal judges.“So it took some guts and some daring on behalf of Sen. McConnell, and it paid off,” Malcolm said.Trump campaigned on the promise that he would appoint conservative judges to the bench — a key selling point for many Republican voters. He even released a list of potential candidates for the Supreme Court, which Malcolm and the Heritage Foundation had a hand in crafting.Two of the nominees announced Monday — Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court and David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court — are drawn from that list. Larsen was nominated to a seat on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati while Stras was tapped for the appellate court in St. Louis.All of the nominees appear to be cut from similar judicial cloth.“They are all highly regarded in conservative legal circles and by practitioners in the states where they reside,” Malcolm said.All presidents leave a mark on the courts, especially if they serve for two terms. But with so many early vacancies, Trump has a chance to accelerate his impact, quickly chipping away at the narrow Democratic advantage that Obama left on the federal bench.Wheeler says 51 percent of the current judges were appointed by Democrats, up from 36 percent on the appellate courts and 40 percent on the district courts when Obama took office.Partisan pedigree is not always predictive of how judges will rule. The Seattle judge who blocked Trump’s original travel ban, for example, is a George W. Bush appointee. But Trump has made no secret of the kind of judicial philosophy he’s looking for.“We can assume the Trump administration is going to continue to nominate judges, especially for courts of appeals, who have fairly strong conservative credentials,” Wheeler said. “A big variable is whether or not Democratic senators can put a brake on it.”Senate Democrats gave up the right to filibuster nominees for the lower courts. But there is still a tradition that nominees should not be confirmed over the objection of their home-state senator. Democratic senators from Michigan and Minnesota have promised to give close scrutiny to the nominations of Larsen and Stras, assuming that genteel tradition survives in today’s more rough-and-tumble Senate.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday February 2

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA recap of the historic results of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. What does the Cruz victory and the virtual tie between Clinton and Sanders mean going forward to New Hampshire? We’ll ask our political pundits. Plus, a report on the 2016 legislative session in Annapolis thus far, with Dayvon Love, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

MorinKougoucheff Salle Earn ACC AllAcademic Team Honors

first_imgIn doubles, Morin-Kougoucheff and Salle appeared in the ITA National Rankings twice throughout the season, earning the No. 90 ranking on April 2 and the No. 87 ranking on April 9. The duo combined for a 12-6 record in dual match action, including 11 wins on court one. The University of Louisville’s Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle were named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic Men’s Tennis Team as announced by the league office Friday. Story Links This marks Morin-Kougoucheff’s third All-ACC Academic Team honor. The senior finance major from Capbreton, France posted a 13-12 overall record in singles including seven wins at No. 1. In doubles action, Morin-Kougoucheff tallied 13 wins with a 12-7 mark at the top seed. Additionally, he appearing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings three times, reaching as high as No. 36. Following the completion of the season, he was named to the All-ACC third team, becoming Louisville’s first three-time all-ACC team selection.  Print Friendly Version Salle, a freshman from Geneva, Switzerland, posted a 22-17 record in singles including a 15-9 mark in dual match play at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. The finance major led the Cardinals with a 21-14 doubles tally, going 14-7 in dual matches. The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.last_img read more

Kidney transplants at SSKM One patient critical

first_imgKolkata: Moumita Chakraborty, one of the two patients, who had a kidney transplant on early Saturday morning, is stated to be critical. She has been kept under ventilation as her condition deteriorated following the surgery.Two kidneys were extracted from a 15-year-old, Mallika Majumdar, who was declared brain dead by SSKM Hospital on Friday morning. A resident of Siliguri, Majumdar was admitted to SSKM Hospital with infection in one of her ears.The family members of the victim were urged to donate her organs to others. After counselling, her family members agreed to donate her organs. According to hospital sources, the infection soon spread to her brain. One kidney was transplanted in Chakraborty, while the other was in Sanjib Das. The surgeries were conducted by the doctors at SSKM Hospital on early Saturday morning. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to SSKM Hospital authorities, another recipient of kidney, Das has been recovering. He has also been kept under observation. Both Chakraborty and Das are residents of North 24-Parganas.Two separate groups comprising three doctors in each conducted the transplants on the patients in two different operation theaters.The operations continued till 7 am on Saturday.The retina of the brain dead victim has been kept at the hospital, while her skin will be preserved at the skin bank of the hospital.last_img read more

Rep Chatfield announces April office hours

first_img State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours throughout the month of April.“Since taking office, I have conducted monthly office hours in every county I represent,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “I believe government needs to be more accountable, and that starts by being accessible, listening to people’s concerns and answering their questions.”His office hours schedule is:Friday, April 24thEmmet CountyJulienne Tomatoes421 Howard St. in Petoskey9-10:30 a.m.Cheboygan CountyDixie Saloon Restaurant401 E. Central Ave. in Mackinaw City2-3:30 p.m.Monday, April 27thChippewa CountyPenny’s Kitchen112 Spruce St. in Sault Ste. Marie9-10:30 a.m.Mackinac CountyDriftwood Restaurant590 N. State St. in St. Ignace2-3:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. Categories: Chatfield News 07Apr Rep. Chatfield announces April office hourslast_img read more

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has completed th

first_imgFrench commercial broadcaster TF1 has completed the acquisition of female lifestyle digital media provider Aufeminin Group from Axel Springer and named Olivier Abecassis as CEO of the unit.Following regulatory approval, TF1 has completed the purchase of a 78.07% majority stake in the group from Axel Springer at a price of €39.47 a share and has made a public offer for the balance of the shares.Abecassis, TF1’s chief digital officer, replaces Marie-Laure Sauty de Challon as CEO of the group. Other members of the Aufeminin management team remain in place, including deputy managing directors Agnès Alazard and Christophe Decker and finance chief Patrick Caetano.TF1 made a firm offer for the digital media group in December. The final price is slightly higher than the original offer, under which TF1 planned to pay €37.74 a share.Aufeminin owns brands including Joyce, Lonny, Marmiton, My Little Paris, Netmums, Onmeda, StyleBistro and its eponymous Aufeminin portal. These brands target a combination of both French and international audiences.Last week TF1 posted Q1 revenues of €499.3 million, down 0.8% year-on-year, and an operating profit of €38.3 million, up 1.4%.last_img read more