COVID: Hair Dye Is Next ‘Panic Buying’ Item

first_imgShare: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) NIEHS Photo.JAMESTOWN – First it was hand soap, sanitizer and toilet paper, now after weeks of isolation, Walmart’s CEO says shoppers have now turned their attention to hair dye.CEO Doug McMillon says since hair salons aren’t open many people need haircuts and coloring services.He says hair clippers and hair dye are flying off the shelves.According to research firm Nielsen, sales of hair clippers increased more than 160 percent and hair coloring products also saw an increase of 23 percent from the same period a year ago. last_img read more

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State Targets Emerging Virus Clusters In Western, Central New York

first_imgPixabay Stock Photo.ALBANY (AP) — New York is trying to contain the steadily increasing spread of COVID-19 in parts of western and central New York with new restrictions on dining and gatherings and mandatory testing requirements in schools.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he’s designating parts of Erie, Monroe and Onondaga counties — home to Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse — as “yellow zones” where gatherings are capped at 25 people and restaurants may not have more than four people at a table.Schools in yellow zones must also do more mandatory virus testing of students under Cuomo’s hot spot plan launched last month.“As I think it is clear to all, we have definitely entered a new phase with COVID,” Cuomo told reporters Monday. New York state averaged nearly 3,000 new infections per day during the past seven days. That’s up 83 percent in two weeks.During the first eight days of November, 22,445 New Yorkers have fallen ill with the virus, more than were sickened in the entire month of August.The acceleration of the virus in New York has mirrored one occurring nationally. Cuomo has so far sought to fight it by zeroing in on small geographic areas where thing are worst, rather than reimposing broad restrictions statewide, as he did in the spring.New York is continuing to target other hot spots in Rockland County north of New York City as well as in several counties along its northern border with Pennsylvania: Broome, Steuben and Chemung.One red zone in Brooklyn, which was among the first such hot spots designated by the state, will be allowed to transition to an “orange zone” where schools and additional nonessential businesses can reopen, Cuomo announced.New York has also suspended the liquor license for North Fork Country Club on Long Island for hosting a 113-person wedding on Oct. 17 that violated gathering restrictions and led to at least 34 coronavirus infections, said Cuomo.Club officials didn’t immediately respond to a phone message on Monday.“Hosting one of these events after all New York has been through is obnoxious and irresponsible – not to mention illegal,” Cuomo said.Hospitals throughout the state are still nowhere near as jammed with coronavirus patients as they were in the spring, when they averaged 18,000 patients per day for several days in April.Hospitals reported an average of 1,328 patients over the last week, up from 659 in the first week of October and a low of 426 in the first week of September. 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)last_img read more

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Spend a Day in the Life with Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez

first_imgVIEW THE PHOTO GALLERYPhotos: Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow | Photography Assistant: Evan Zimmerman | Hair & Makeup: KeLeen Snowgren | Some Wardrobe Provided By: Austin Scarlett Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Schuyler Sister in the greatest city in the world? Hamilton’s Angelica Mandy Gonzalez showed us how she makes it all “werk” with a peek into a day in her life through the lens of Broadway.com contributor Matthew Murphy. Here’s Gonzalez’s typical day, from heading into New York City in style to rehearsing for her upcoming 54 Below show to ending each day starring in a revolutionary hit. Check out the photos here and let Gonzalez talk you through the gallery of her non-stop day in our video below! Related Shows from $149.00center_img View Comments Hamiltonlast_img read more

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Editorial: Trump’s ‘Breathtaking Hypocrisy’ Toward Coal Miners

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Scientific American:Now we see that his administration has put on hold a study of the connections between mountaintop coal mining and the health of nearby communities—research that was requested by West Virginia health authorities and is being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. This action demonstrates the president’s disregard for the health of coal miners, their families and their friends.I have a bit of experience in this area, as a former air pollution regulator. From 2002 to 2010, while a full-time faculty member at the University of Virginia, I was a member of the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board. Virginia is a longtime coal state, and the board confronted several controversial issues concerning coal-related air pollution. Trump’s hypocrisy is breathtaking. He claims to support the interests of coal communities. But he is not interested in knowing about the health effects of coal mining on those who live nearby.Residents of coal mining areas in Virginia and elsewhere have borne environmental and health burdens so that Americans could build prosperous lives based on electricity fueled by coal. Even as the U.S. reduces its reliance on coal and moves toward other sources of energy, an unstoppable trend that the Trump administration is trying to ignore, we should not forget what the people of Appalachia have given us. A comprehensive health study is the least we can do, and that study should be just the start of generous economic and public health investments in these vulnerable areas.More: Trump’s Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Coal Mining Editorial: Trump’s ‘Breathtaking Hypocrisy’ Toward Coal Minerslast_img read more

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New Brazilian Commander for Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

first_img Currently, there are 1,910 Brazilian Soldiers in Haiti. However, the UN determined that by June of this year the head count would drop to 1,450 men – the same number as before the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010. In total, 6,684 men from over 40 countries are under the responsibility of the Brazilian force commander. United Nations (UN)Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who is responsible for the appointment of the new commander, thanked General Goular for his service. “Your dedication, professionalism, and leadership contributed to the stabilization efforts of the United Nations in Haiti,” he highlighted. General Edson Leal Pujol is the new force commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He is the ninth Brazilian Military service member to occupy the chief position in the Caribbean nation since the beginning of the operation in 2004. Pujol replaced General Fernando Rodrigues Goulart, who has led MINUSTAH since March 2012. By Dialogo April 05, 2013center_img The command turnover ceremony took place on March 27, at the graduation stage for the 1st Peace Infantry Battalion (BRABATT 1), in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. The solemnity was led by Special Representative for the UN, Nigel Fisher. The military component of MINUSTAH’s mission is to contribute to the maintenance of a safe and stable environment in the Haitian capital, in addition to supporting the international humanitarian relief effort.last_img read more

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Professionalism seminar set for June at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca

first_img Professionalism seminar set for June at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Professionalism seminar set for June at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca May 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Do you see yourself, professionally speaking, as the wry and probing Jimmy Stewart in “Anatomy of a Murder,” or the courtly and idealistic Gregory Peck in “To Kill a Mockingbird?” Or maybe the hustling, overwhelmed, but good on his feet Joe Pesci in “My Cousin Vinny?”Find out as the Standing Committee on Professionalism again presents its Master’s Seminar on Professionalism during the Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Lawyers and Popular Film” will be held on Thursday, June 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. T his popular annual seminar will challenge participants to determine what is “professional” behavior. Using various film clips to view and discuss professionalism issues, the seminar promises to be both informative and entertaining.The program will be moderated by Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis and Blan Teagle, director of the Center for Professionalism. Additionally, breakout groups will be facilitated by distinguished faculty members including former Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan; U.S. District Court Judge and former Bar President Patricia Seitz, immediate past Florida Bar President Herman Russomanno, West Palm Beach attorney Chris Searcy, Bar Board of Governors member Ervin Gonzalez, and Board of Governors member Henry Latimer.For more information and to register for the seminar, see the May edition of The Florida Bar Journal, which has a complete convention schedule and registration forms. Information is also available online at www.FLABAR.org or by clicking here. The course carries three professionalism CLE credits. But, alas, none toward a film appreciation course at your local college.last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events November 19 – 25

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Oh Canada! Manitoba Hal and Shawna CaspiFrom the moment he plucks his ukulele and she strums her guitar, powerful and engaging melodies and warm vocals riff through the air and land in the ears of an ever-growing fanbase. Sky Room Café at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15. 7:30 p.m. November 19.Miracle on 34th StreetPossibly delusional, a white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine “Miracle on 34th Street,” spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter, and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth. Based on the classic movie by the same name and written by Meredith Willson, of The Music Man fame, this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect holiday treat. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport. engemantheater.com $69-$74. November 19-January 3.Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones BeachThis brilliantly illuminating 2.5-mile display returns for the second year after a seven-year absence. It will feature new themed displays throughout the park as well as returning favorites including the “12 Days of Christmas” and “Santa’s Beach Party.” The park will also feature an expanded Holiday Village, including a brand new ice skating rink as well as returning favorites, such as pictures with Santa, Holiday Hay Maze, cheerful holiday music and movies, and plenty of refreshments. Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $20 per car. Dusk. Opens November 20.Claudia SchmidtSchmidt’s performance interweaves anecdotes, original compositions and very personalized versions of the work of others, giving her audience a unique look at the world from someone who reveals what she sees with clarity, humor and a sense of wonder. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15. 8 p.m. November 20.Tony BennettFor more than 60 years this American legend has been showered with appreciation by the likes of Bob Hope, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga and countless others across the globe. This humanitarian artist with a pitch-perfect voice still evokes well-deserved astonishment and praise from audiences everywhere. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $76.50. 8 p.m. November 20, 21.The ProducersThe live performance of this hysterical musical is not to be missed. The story follows two show-biz schemers, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, who concoct a ridiculous plot to make millions on Broadway by promoting a whopping failure, a musical about Hitler. Who’d want to see that clunker? But the joke’s on them. Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. stallercenter.com $52. 8 p.m. November 21.Lucy Kaplansky & Richard ShindellInnovative, original, and spiritual, these legendary performers combine their eclectic love songs to create haunting melodies of adulterous romance and other tantalizing topics. Landmark on Main St., 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $42-$67. 8 p.m. November 21.Whitford/St. HolmesWith Aerosmith and Ted Nugnet’s record-selling fame behind them, these two joined their guitars for one epic tour. Expect incendiary guitar work and lots and lots of mind-bending shreddin! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $30-$75. 7:30 p.m. November 21.Monroe MartinHe twisted his memories as an orphan into comedic brilliance that propelled his career in NYC. Now, the breakout artist is recognized in such venues as Adam Devin’s House Party to Gotham Live on Comedy Central. He’s sure to leave you laughing. Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. November 20, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. November 21.Frank CaliendoWhether it’s his insane antics on MADTV, his sideline snipes and belly busters as Fox NFL Sunday‘s chief prognosticator, or his absolutely knee-slapping, oh-my-God-my-britches-hurt-too-much-from-side-splitting stand-up comedy, this funnyman dishes out the laughter, in over-sized portions. His impressions? Can you say: “Thank you, sir, may we have another?” Of course you will! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$75. 7:30 p.m. November 21.JadakissThe music world can barely contain itself as this rap great’s fourth solo album, Top 5 Dead or Alive, is set to drop November 20th after five years in the making. The track list reads like a who’s who of hip hop, featuring appearances by Puff Daddy, Jeezy, Pharrell, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and more. Always the entertainer, Jadakiss is sure to deliver old favorites like “Knock Yourself Out” and “We Gonna Make It” as he absolutely owns the stage! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15-$50. 10 p.m. November 21.Ronnie SpectorOne of the great voices of the ’60s–known for her work with legendary music producer Phil Spector (her ex) and her group The Ronettes–she’s carved out an illustrious solo career ever since. Her pipes should be in The Smithsonian someday. Ronnie Spector’s voice and style have influenced generations of artists. She’ll be singing her classics, including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain.” Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $47.50-$65. 8 p.m. November 21.Jackie “The Joke Man” MartlingThe Joke Man’s rapid-fire jokes are legendary. Whether you know him from his 18 years at the Howard Stern Show, his 17 years as the Penthouse joke page writer or his countless TV and film appearances, chances are you’ve heard one of his sharp one-liners. If you come up with a joke that Jackie can’t guess the punchline for, you could win a tee shirt during his classic “Stump the Joke Man” finale. Will he do his version of the notorious “Aristocrats” joke? Fingers crossed. You know the name, you’ve heard him for years on the radio and elsewhere, now see the funny man in person. Uncontrollably laughter, guaranteed! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. November 21.Shadmehr AghiliThe “King of Persian Pop” started out as a child prodigy on piano, violin and guitar in Iran before becoming an actor and movie soundtrack composer. His 1999 album Dehati (“the villager”), was so revolutionary with its pop rhythms and rock ‘n roll sound that Iran banned it. When Iran banned the man himself, forbidding him to work as a singer, musician or to appear on TV, Aghili moved to Canada to continue his recording career. Powerful and mesmerizing, Aghili’s performance will move and inspire you. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$125. 8 p.m. November 21.The Flying DutchmanThe world-renowned Zurich Opera House brings Richard Wagner’s timeless opera to Long Island. Based on 18th century folklore, The Flying Dutchman tells the moving story of a ghostly ship captain doomed to wander the seas forever in search of true love. Baritone Bryn Terfel shines in the company’s contemporary spin on the classic romantic ghost story of doom, gloom and stormy seas. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 2 p.m. November 22.Jennifer NettlesThis country singer/songwriter/musician was born to be onstage. Former lead singer for Sugarland, Soul Miner’s Daughter and the Jennifer Nettles Band, her solo career has taken her musicality and songwriting to new heights. Her 2009 ballad “Stay” won two Grammys. Her lastest album That Girl is a poignant, soul-searching rediscovery of herself. This will be a show to remember, as Nettles performs songs from throughout her 25-year career. With Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50. 7 p.m. November 22.The I Love Chocolate FestSanta Claus, wine tasting, countless choco-creations so tantalizing they will send you to the moon, and a chance to step back in time to the Colonial era and set your imagination free!? Are you serious!? Yes!! This mouth-watering, retro-mondo extravaganza of all that is chocolate, all that is Christmas-y, and all that is blessed, comes just in time for the holiday season and is bound to leave you and your loved ones enjoying not only a chocolate high, but leaving several pounds larger! There will be more than 30 chocolate exhibitors providing too many choco-madness delights to list here, as well as gallons upon gallons of fresh vino from local vineyards, crafts, free samples, and that rare, precious opportunity to celebrate an 1863 Thanksgiving with live fiddle music, children’s games, and mind-altering demos! Costumed interpreters from the 1800s will bring this enchanting era to life! Yes, Yes, and Yes!! Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. lovechocolatefest.com $7-$10. 10 a.m. November 22.Machine HeadWith more than 3 million records under their belt, eight albums and countless fans across the globe, these Oakland, Calif.-based metal demigods will be taking The Mountler by storm, shredding through track after track in support of their latest drop, 2014’s Bloodstone & Diamonds, and plenty more hellfire gems from their expansive career! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. November 24.Andrew McMahon In The WildernessThe former singer, pianist and main songwriter for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin is touring in support of his latest, last year’s self-titled release. Expect new tunes as well as old fan favorites, with outstanding performances from co-headliner New Politics and special guests The Griswolds & Lolo! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$65. 6:35 p.m. November 25.ZebraLong Island’s own legendary saviors and purveyors of rock (via Louisiana), The Mighty Zebra will be shredding through nearly 40 years of hard rock and metal fueled by the superhuman guitar virtuosity of the beloved Randy Jackson. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $10-$75. 8 p.m. November 25.Funk FilharmonikGroovy harmonies, melodious piano and guitars, a rhythm section to die for and a horn section that simply flat-out rocks, these funksters will get the audience a-movin’ and a-bumpin’ and a-shakin’ long into the night and forever sear the memory of a truly uplifting, kick-ass, hell-yeah celebration into your neuro-synapses! Wow! Not to be missed! Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $30-$40. 8 p.m. November 25.Laughs For Eddie Dunn: Share smiles, laughs and love while helping Eddie and his family beat cancer at The Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore on Dec. 6!Laughs For Eddie DunnEddie Dunn has a big heart. He loves his family and friends, loves playing pool, and loves making people smile. After his father passed away a few years ago, Eddie stepped up to the plate for his family, taking on not only his dad’s responsibilities looking over the well-being of his mother, three sisters and two grandchildren, but continuing to share love and joy to those in desperate need, donning his father’s colorful costume, hat and face paint as a clown alongside his mother, spreading laughter to children and the elderly alike. This must-attend fundraising event is furtherance of that tradition, as comedians take to the mic and tell jokes, now, in Eddie’s honor. Eddie and his family need your help. At 40 years old, Eddie has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, and this sinister disease has spread to his blood and bones. Eddie’s not a quitter, and will never give up the fight, or hope. Come down and share a laugh or three with this special, much loved man. Join Eddie, his family, and friends, in this extraordinary expression of life, love and laughs. Help fight this insidious disease, and help spread some light in the process. If you can’t make it, read more about Eddie, his plight, visit and contribute to Eddie Dunn’s Go Fund Me account: https://www.gofundme.com/Eddie-Dunn-s-story. Eddie, his family, and all his friends Thank You from the bottom of their hearts. The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. govs.com For tickets, call 516-798-2989 or 516-655-1424. $25 Donation. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. December 6. Compiled by Timothy Bolger, Spencer Rumsey, Desiree D’orio & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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Why Counting Mass Shootings is a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence in America

first_imgLike this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best work. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lois Beckett, ProPublicaAccording to articles this week across the Internet, there has been an average of one mass shooting every day in the United States: 355 so far this year. It’s a jarring statistic, and one that has gone viral in the wake of this week’s massacre in San Bernardino, California.But there are two problems with the number: It doesn’t actually provide a clear estimate of how often the country has seen shooting rampages like the one in San Bernardino. And it obscures the broader reality of gun violence in America.Counting “mass shootings” is notoriously complicated and contested, since there is no standard definition of what they are. Is it best to count shootings that injure or kill a certain number of people? Or should the definition focus more narrowly on attacks in which the motivation of the shooter “appears to be indiscriminate killing”?Mother Jones, which has been tracking mass shootings since 2012, has counted just four mass shootings this year, and a total of 73 since 1982, as Mother Jones editor Mark Follman has noted in The New York Times.In 2014, the FBI released its own count of “active shooter” incidents, focusing on events where law enforcement and citizens may have the chance to intervene and change the outcome of the ongoing shooting. It tallied a total of 160 of these events from 2000 to 2013–including high-profile shootings at Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook Elementary School– with an average of 11 per year.The “355 mass shootings this year” that has been rocketing around the Internet comes from a crowdsourced Reddit initiative that gathers media reports of shootings in which four or more people were shot.The Reddit count includes many incidents that Mother Jones, the FBI, and others leave out: for instance, a home robbery, a drive-by shooting, and a gang fight.The Reddit project’s organizers suggest this broader approach does a better job of capturing the burden of gun violence–including the suffering and costs of treating people who are shot and survive.“The most obscene incidents of gun violence usually do not make the mainstream news at all,” the project’s introduction says, citing a nightclub shooting in Tennessee in which18 people were shot and only one person killed. “We believe the media does a disservice to mass shooting victims by virtually ignoring them unless large numbers are killed.”Yet bundling together all incidents in which four people or more people are shot doesn’t capture the bigger picture.As ProPublica detailed last week, gun murder in America is largely a story of race and geography. Half of all gun murder victims are black men. The gun murder rate for black Americans is dramatically higher than it is for white Americans. And the burden of violence tends to be concentrated in certain neighborhoods of certain cities.Reddit’s Mass Shooting Tracker does not include any breakdown by race. In response to questions about the group’s numbers, one project organizer, GhostofAlyeska, wrote, “Our intent is not to analyze the causes or cures for gun violence, but simply to expose the available data. We’re volunteers working from a reddit community, nothing more.”The Reddit project cites 462 people killed under its broad definition of mass shootings. The number of gun homicides of black men killed in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 5,798.Baltimore alone has seen a total of 316 total homicides so far this year–the vast majority of them shooting deaths of black victims, according to the Baltimore Sun’s homicide map. The city’s homicide rate is now at a record high. The Reddit tracker captures eight of those deaths.San Bernardino has two entries in this year’s Mass Shooting Tracker: yesterday’s attack, and a nightclub shooting reportedly linked to gang violence. The area has long struggled with poverty, gangs, and homicide. “My son was shot to death with an AK–47. My nephew was murdered and his body was burned and buried,” San Bernardino resident Marisa Hernandez told Vice News on Wednesday. “This type of mass shootings happens everyday here to our kids and nobody stops it, nobody does anything.”last_img read more

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Crunch time for election property promises for first home buyers

first_img“More than 34 per cent of Queenslanders rent their home, among the highest levels of the most populous states. “Our market relies on a steady supply of investors providing rental accommodation for our rental population and Labor’s proposed reforms will diminish that crucial activity.”But REIQ has thrown its weight behind the Coalition’s plan to help first home buyers get a leg up on the real estate rungs, a policy matched by Labor within hours of it being announced. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:49Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:49 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreen2018: What is negative gearing?01:55QUEENSLAND’S peak real estate body has come out swinging ahead of Aussie’s going to the polls this weekend, and has wielded a giant auction-style gavel at Labor’s property policies. The Real Estate Institute of Queensland has warned that Labor’s negative gearing and capital gains tax changes will have a devastating effect on the property market, with buyers, sellers and renters alike predicted to feel the burn. MORE: Micro homes the new downsizer trend that are no bigger than a garage Haesley Cush in action (AAP image, John Gass)Brisbane real estate agent Jack Dixon of Dixon Family Estate Agents has taken it a step further, saying that the reforms would create a new chasm between the haves and have nots. “The system would differentiate between virtually identical properties owned by different people and give some a distinct advantage over others only virtue of a point in time,” he said. “Labor spokespeople often remind us a ‘privileged’ baby boomer generation saw huge capital growth and enjoyed generous tax concessions, while Millennials have no such advantages. “Commentators say such rhetoric fuels intergenerational conflict. Yet, here is the Labor Party with a policy that will impose new taxes on Millennials, who won’t be offered incentives to save and build wealth through real estate while, at the same time, locking in generous tax deductions for Baby Boomers.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe great Australian dream can feel out of reach for many first home buyers. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVINGIn Queensland, first home buyers can access the $15,000 Queensland First Home Buyers Grant, a state initiative, but can only buy a brand new property under $750,000.If elected, federal Labor plans to limit negative gearing to new properties only after January 1, 2020. Capital gains tax discounts would also drop from 50 per cent to 25 per cent. Properties purchased before January 2020 will be grandfathered, with Labor claiming that the changes will help more first home buyers get in to the market by levelling out the playing field.But opponents of the plan have different views. Ms Mercorella warned that the rental market and the sales market did not operate independently of each other, saying the biggest threat to the health of Queensland’s housing market was the proposed negative gearing reforms.She pointed to modelling by SQM Research, which suggested that Labor’s negative gearing reforms would devalue people’s homes, driving down the value of their biggest asset.In his recent column, Brisbane auctioneer Haesley Cush also questioned the rationale behind the proposed reforms.He said he too believed that property values would drop due to there being fewer investors in the market, meaning less competition and ultimately a downward pressure on prices. Honey Badger cracks the whip on sweet dealcenter_img Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Liberal Party’s campaign launch in Melbourne on May 12, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)“We need positive policies that help the target group and don’t wreak wholesale damage on the entire property market and the broader community, as Labor’s proposed negative gearing reforms will do,” Ms Mercorella said.“The Liberal Party initiative offers help in a meaningful way to those seeking to get their foot in the door of their first home and doesn’t cause detriment to other sectors of the market. “This is a policy that was drafted with the many moving parts of the property market in mind.” Under the plan, The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will allow new buyers to purchase a home with a deposit of just 5 per cent, and will based on a similar scheme operating in New Zealand.It will mean first home buyers won’t need to save for a full 20 per cent deposit, and will save those buyers around $10,000 in Lenders Mortgage Insurance.The Westpac Home Ownership Report, released in November last year, revealed that 62 per cent of first home buyers were more optimistic about getting a foot on the property market in the wake of the drop in house values, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne.But saving enough money for a deposit and the upfront costs remained a significant barrier, the report found. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella Photo: Claudia Baxter“This is how Labor is hoping to help first-home buyers (by reforming negative gearing and capital gains tax), by decimating the rental sector with a ham-fisted blunt swing at the market,” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said.“They want to limit private investors so that first home buyers, theoretically, can buy without competition.“Our concern is that limiting the number of investors in the market will decimate the rental market, pushing up rents and driving down the level of supply. Mum puts home, land and her business up for grabs in raffle Stock image. ThinkstockAnother consequence of the reforms would likely come after millenials come to sell those properties purchased after the 2020 cut-off, Mr Dixon said.“They’ll be in for a rude shock when they realise they have to discount the price to compete with new stock entering the market,” he said. “After all, the next wave of investors will want to negatively gear too.”Mr Dixon said the elimination of negative gearing could be a productive move for the broader economy, but only if it was equal to all. “All Australians must be treated equally under the taxation system,” he said. “Those who seek to lead Australia always seem hell bent on making things complex and complicated.”last_img read more

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Hapag-Lloyd, DB Schenker Launching Eco-Friendly Initiative in Ocean Freight

first_imgGerman container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and compatriot logistics services provider DB Schenker have launched a project aimed at cutting sulfur oxide emissions in ports.In order to reduce the impact of pollution, especially in Asian and Latin American ports, a “prestigious customer” switches all of its containers shipped by Hapag-Lloyd to low-sulfur fuel.Specifically, customers pay a voluntary surcharge on each of its containers shipped through these ports, having started in mid-2017. Such surcharge is used by Hapag-Lloyd to purchase the low-sulfur fuel.Customers receive a factual statement on the fuel change for all of their containers while DB Schenker supervises the transaction.As explained, the move goes beyond current regulation. While some regions in the world provide for 0.1% sulfur content not to be exceeded when at berth, many ports still do not have any such regulations and fuel is permitted to be burnt with sulfur contents of up to 3.5% to run vessel facilities during port stays for loading and discharge.“We are proud to enter with such prestigious companies in a ground-breaking health and environmental initiative,” Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Carbon Controller and head of DB Schenker’s climate protection program and project initiator, commented.“For us this a milestone in our environmental partnership – with the shipper and the carrier alike,” Schoen added.“We jointly can pave the way for better air quality and push sustainability on the oceans,” Thorsten Haeser, CCO of Hapag-Lloyd, pointed out.last_img read more

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