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State comptroller: Broome County is no longer ‘fiscally stressed’


first_imgThat’s according to the New York State Comptroller’s Office. Broome County has been removed from its Fiscal Stress Monitoring System list. To see the system yourself, click here. (WBNG) — The Office of Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Friday the county is no longer considered to be “fiscally stressed.” In a news release, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said, “We have worked extremely hard over the past three years, hand in hand with the Broome County Legislature, to increase our reserves, cut taxes, and implement fiscally responsible budgets.” The comptroller’s fiscal stress scores for state communities reveal there is “no designation” of fiscal stress for Broome County for 2019, the county reports. The monitoring system evaluates local governments on indicators including available cash and short-term borrowing. It provides an assessment on fiscal challenges facing local governments and school districts. Garnar said the 2020 financial year will be challenging due to the pandemic. “I am committed to continuing to work to maintain our Broome County finances with my proposed 2021 budget,” he said. The county was considered to be in “significant fiscal stress” for 2016 and “susceptible financial stress” for the calendar years of 2017 and 2018.last_img read more


Practicality is not the only perk in this perfect family home


first_imgThe home at 25 Highvale St, Eight Mile Plains.A NORTHERLY outlook over a beautiful park makes Stephen Erfurth’s Eight Mile Plains home heaven.Mr Erfurth and his wife Jodie have lived at 25 Highvale St for a decade but are now relocating so their daughters can to go to a different school.On a 703sq m block, this spacious two-level home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, multiple living areas and a pool. The kitchen at 25 Highvale St, Eight Mile Plains.The family loved aspects of the home so much they made sure they were replicated in their new property.“I love the big bright windows and orientation to the north,” Mr Erfurth said.“It makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.“It is absolute heaven.”On the upper floor there are four more bedrooms and two bathrooms, with another room adjoining two of the bedrooms that could be used as a study, a playroom or a teenager’s retreat. Master ensuite with spa bath and double vanity.While the family are excited for their next chapter, Mr Erfurth said he will miss the location of the home.“I’ll miss walking straight across the road to the park, and being able to walk to school,” he said. This room adjoins two bedrooms and could be a retreat or study.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite with a luxurious spa bath. Imagine coming home to this every day.These features make the home perfect for entertaining.“We’ve entertained friends with heaps of pool parties and we’ve spent many hours at the park across the road playing cricket,” Mr Erfurth said.On the bottom floor, the front doors open up to a foyer, with the first bedroom to the left and a formal lounge to the right, before following through to the kitchen, dining and family room, and finally to the alfresco dining area and pool outside. There is also a bathroom and laundry off the kitchen. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019last_img read more


Lady Wildcats Golf Results At Greensburg Invite And Richmond


first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wildcats travelled to Greensburg Country Club to take part in their annual invitational. They were able to place 5th in out of 18 teams. Low for the Cats was Senior, Kendyl Brack, with a score of 91.Other FC scores include Abby Orschell 95, Maggie Brack 98, Gracie Graf 102, and Aslan Hill 115.Team Scores:  Mooresille 356, Columbus East 358, Greensburg 372, Greenfield-Central 384, Franklin County 386, Richmond 391, East Central 423, Bloomington North 424, Shelbyville 431, Jennings County 441, Franklin Central 444, Triton Central 453, Indian Creek 476, South Decatur 483, and Rushville 515.The Lady Wildcats were in action Monday against Richmond at the Elks Country Club. The team had a solid night and were able to take home a win against the Red Devils. Senior, Dana Branstetter, was co-medallist with a score of 40.Other FC scoring include Kendyl Brack 43, Abby Orschell 45, Maggie Brack 48, Gracie Graf 64, Aslan Hill 65, and Jade Allen 56.“The team finally came together tonight and played exactly how I anticipated them playing at the beginning of the season. There’s still work to do and always room for improvement but tonight was a big win for us!”  Wildcats Coach Marissa Mears.The team will be back in action this Friday when they take on Batesville and Oldenburg at Brook Hill Golf Club.last_img read more


Wellington Police Notes: Monday, May 5, 2014


first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, May 5, 2014:•12:23 p.m., Officers investigated a theft of medication in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•4:55 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•6 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 700 block E. 7th, Wellington.last_img


South Africa working to unite Africa’s economy


first_imgThe 861-kilometre Sishen-Saldanha heavy freight railway line, also known as the Ore Export Line, links the Sishen iron ore mine in the Northern Cape to Saldanha Bay. South Africa’s new infrastructure investment drive will improve cross-border trade with its neighbours and help further integrate the regional economy. (Image: Brand South Africa. Click for a larger view.) • Manusha Pillai Communications manager Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 [email protected] • Brand South Africa at the World Economic Forum in Davos • Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open African borders • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development Plan • Strong showing in global competitiveness • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward pathNdaba DlaminiSouth Africa is actively involved in the economic integration and development of Africa, building much-needed regional infrastructure, promoting the continent’s interests on the global stage, and forming partnerships and free trade agreements with several countries, particularly members of the Southern African Development Community.In 2013, the South African government announced a R827-billion push over three years to build and upgrade infrastructure. This will be spent not only on the schools, hospitals, houses, roads and electricity supply needed for better quality of life and faster economic growth, but also on infrastructure to improve the efficiency of regional trade.Some R400-billion of the funds will go to building power stations and rolling out new electricity transmission lines, as well as new railways, ports and pipelines, as well as water-transfer schemes and airport upgrades. This spend will position the country as a base for continent-wide investment.Infrastructure upgrades also allow South Africa to join other African countries in mutually beneficial projects, unlocking long-term socioeconomic gains for the region. Transport, water and energy projects will provide competitively priced and diversified short-, medium- and long-term advantages for the regional economy. Mozambique’s flagship Cesul electricity transmission project will feed into the Southern African power pool, providing cheap and clean power in the short term. The Grand Inga Dam hydroelectric project, on the other hand, will provide huge benefit to the subcontinent over the long term.Tripartite free tradeThese and other infrastructure projects complement plans to establish a massively enlarged free trade area encompassing 600-million people in 26 countries – roughly half of the member states of the African Union.With a combined gross domestic product of some US$1-trillion, the Tripartite Free Trade Area is likely to boost trade efficiency in southern, central and east Africa when it launches later this year. The aim is improved intra-regional trade, increased investment, and the development of cross-regional infrastructure.African common markets and free trade areas When it comes into effect in June, the tripartite agreement will unite Comesa, EAC and SADC.Better trade across bordersIn 2013 South Africa’s global rank for trading across borders improved by nine points – from 115 in 2012 to 106 – according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Index. The trading across borders score is determined by measuring the time and cost (excluding tariffs) spent on exporting and importing a standardised cargo of goods by sea transport. It specifically measures of the number of documents, cost and time required to export and import goods.Also in 2013, the national treasury proposed a new strategy to make it easier for South African companies to do business elsewhere on the continent. The proposal, included in the 2013 Budget Review under the heading “Gateway to Africa and other reforms”, aims to boost local tax revenue, dividends, competitiveness and jobs, while supporting economic growth and regional integration.Africa accounts for about 18% of South Africa’s total exports, and nearly a quarter of the country’s manufactured exports. In the past five years the South African Reserve Bank has approved nearly 1 000 large investments in 36 African countries.Bringing Africa into BricsIn March, South Africa will take the African developmental agenda to the summit of Brics nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Revitalising manufacturing, for example, is a core component of both South Africa’s and the larger continent’s economic development plans.South Africa is a major investor in Africa and, for many, a springboard into the rest of the continent. Its large investment footprint in Africa enhances its position and allows it to bring African interests into the Brics fold. South Africa is the biggest investor in the sub-Saharan region, with its economic structure and geographical proximity giving it an advantage over other countries when it comes to investing there.As the Brics countries have begun playing an increasingly prominent role in global trade, investment, finance and governance in recent years, so their cooperation with Africa has gained momentum and generated much interest. Africa has deepened its engagement with them, not only in trade, investment and development finance, but also in diplomatic and cultural relations.Regional cooperation agreementsSouth Africa’s membership of regional organisations also allows it to promote African development and integration. These include the Southern African Customs Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.The Southern African Customs Union is a trade agreement between South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. It aims to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods, promote fair competition, and equitably share customs and excise revenue raised by it member sates.The Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) main aim is to consolidate the region’s free trade agreement. It works to fully implement the agreement and bring all SADC states into it, as well as facilitate trade, remove non-tariff barriers to trade, and harmonise regional standards, technical regulations, customs documentation and procedures.Finally, South Africa’s investment and trade foray into Africa has, since 2001, been spurred by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, or Nepad. This is an undertaking by African leaders to eliminate poor governance, corruption and conflicts in their countries in return for increased aid, private investment and a reduction of trade barriers by developed nations.last_img read more


7 Tips for Low-Budget Filmmaking


first_imgSet Scenes in Free LocationsImage via NoFilmSchool.When doing your pre-production, be aware of your scene settings. Reaching out to your network before deciding where you can shoot for cheap or for free shouldn’t hurt your creative process.Consider public locations or places you’ve been before. There’s no reason you need to pay thousands of dollars in location fees or halt production because a scene’s location is too ambitious — especially if you could easily set the scene someplace much cheaper.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationFree Location Release Form for Film and Video ProductionsLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where Share Credit and OwnershipImage of the team behind Mustang Island.When working on low- or no-budget passion projects, one of the major downsides is that you probably are not going to be able to pay your cast or crew very much — if at all. This means you’re working on favors, goodwill, and mutual benefits. In this situation, put your ego aside, and share as much credit as possible. This can create much greater buy-in and a sense of ownership for everyone involved — even when there’s no money.Focus on the FunImage of the team behind The Legend of Ben Hall.On a similar note, make your project fun to work on. Filmmaking, at its heart, is a fun endeavor. You’re creating art, and it’s a break from reality — even if requires hard work. If you can keep that in mind and make your collaborative process enjoyable, your crew will give you as much as they can and come back to help out again.Skimp on Everything But the StoryImage via Shutterstock.This should probably be the first, last, and all the pieces of advice in between, but always, always, always put the story before everything else. Your camera, acting, and even directing is secondary to the focus on the story. As any filmmaker will tell you, the story is what will shine through, and it is what people will remember. The story gets films shot for free on old camcorders with non-actors into film festivals and launches careers. So, before you shoot, make sure it’s a story you’re ready to tell.Learn the The Art of Hollywood Storytelling8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a ScriptLearn the Principles of Filmmaking from Pixar Consider these low-budget and no-budget filmmaking tips to get your next project off the ground without breaking the bank.Cover image via Daniel John Peters.For what used to be a revolutionary idea, the concept of low-budget or no-budget filmmaking has now become very common in the indie filmmaking community. There are countless examples of low-budget films launching big careers.So, as an up-and-coming filmmaker looking to make your mark, here are seven pieces of advice to consider before you start rolling on your next low-budget filmmaking project.Use Cameras Available for CheapHigh-end film cameras are expensive. The cost to use an 8K RED Weapon, for example, can grow astronomically out of hand very quickly. Chances are, you or someone you know has a perfectly capable DSLR or mirrorless camera that can shoot high-quality HD or even 4K without breaking the bank.Having a “good” camera is not a prerequisite for getting your film into film festivals or posting it online. If you understand of the technology (or have a good DP who does), you should be able get footage that is dynamic enough to tell your story — which should be your main focus.Here are some articles and resources on how cheap and affordable cameras can work for you.The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000The Difference Between $1K and $10K CamerasBehind the Data: The Most Popular Cameras of SXSW Be Flexible on SetImage via Wikimedia.When you’re on set, try to keep an open mind about how to keep production costs down. A very detailed production script and schedule will help, but in the face of the many unforeseen setbacks you will undoubtedly face, flexible decision-making will get things done (and done well) without increasing costs.5 Invaluable Tools Every Director Should Have On Set4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on SetWhat It Takes to Be a Great Directorcenter_img Use as Much Natural Lighting as PossibleImage via Daniel John Peters.In addition to keeping locations in mind, think about your locations’ amenities — specifically lighting. This can help you cut costs, save time and reduce equipment needs. Look for locations outside or with lots of natural lighting, as that will help you save on large lighting setups.You can still shoot stylistically. Just remember that it’s cheaper to create darkness than it is to create light.Cinematography Tip: Control Window Light With ND Gels4 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On Set3 More Creative Practical Lighting Methods For more low-budget filmmaking advice, follow our blog for more articles, tips, and tricks (you can bookmark this link). Let us know if you have any other low budget tips or tricks in the comments below.last_img read more


Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney Also Believes Notre Dame Should Be In A Conference To Be Playoff Eligible


first_imgDabo Swinney hitting The Whip on a boat.Dabo Swinney WhipAs we make it through college football media days and the various ESPN “car washes” that follow, Notre Dame’s independent status has become a hot topic of conversation once again. Last week, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel argued that the Fighting Irish should be forced into joining a league within a year. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney agrees: either Notre Dame should join a league with a conference championship, or adopt a 13 game schedule.Dabo Swinney agrees w/Gary Pinkel: “Absolutely Notre Dame needs to be in conference or play 13 games to be in @CFBPlayoff“— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 27, 2015Swinney’s not the only high-profile ACC coach to think this.Paul Johnson: “Notre Dame should be in the ACC. It’s another brand program to strengthen the conference.”— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2015The ACC obviously has a lot to gain from Notre Dame, if it ever committed fully to joining a conference. With the current scheduling arrangement between the Fighting Irish and the league, the ACC is currently the most logical landing spot for Notre Dame football. Adding Notre Dame would be a big boost to the ACC football brand, which lags behind the other power conferences when it comes to perceived strength.last_img read more


Campus Insiders Releases ACC Bowl Projections For The 2016 Season


first_imgCollege Football Playoff logo.CFB Playoff.Campus Insiders has released their bowl projections for the 2016 season and they don’t have a team from the conference making the College Football Playoff. accCI has 12 ACC teams making bowl games (if you include Notre Dame) – Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Miami, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia Tech, NC State.Here are their full projections: NC State in the St. Petersburg Bowl vs. TempleVirginia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl vs. NorthwesternDuke in the Camping World Independence Bowl vs. Mississippi StateGeorgia Tech in the Military Bowl vs. CincinnatiSyracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. NebraskaMiami in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Oklahoma StatePittsburgh in the Birmingham Bowl vs. MissouriFlorida State in the Belk Bowl vs. South CarolinaNotre Dame in the Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. ArizonaNorth Carolina in the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. FloridaLouisville in the Capital One Bowl vs. AlabamaClemson in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs. HoustonAgree with their projections? You can see the full projections here.last_img read more


Crown argues Toronto Eaton Centre shooter knew what he was doing


first_imgTORONTO — A man who killed two people and injured several others when he opened fire at Toronto’s Eaton Centre may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, but prosecutors said Monday that doesn’t mean he had no control over his actions.Crown lawyers said the psychiatric experts who assessed Christopher Husbands agreed he had PTSD but were split on whether he could have been in a dissociative state when he fired 14 bullets in the downtown mall’s crowded food court on June 2, 2012.In his closing submissions, Crown lawyer John Cisorio said one of the doctors noted that the act of aiming and firing a gun is more complex than what you would expect from someone experiencing dissociation.Cisorio showed jurors stills from security video that shows Husbands holding a gun with his arms shoulder height, then at a 45-degree angle, then again higher up.“This was not someone blindly shooting. This was someone who was purposely aiming … He knew exactly what he was doing,” the lawyer told jurors.After the shooting, Husbands ran from the food court and left the mall, Cisorio said.“He was aware and conscious of the fact that he did what he did and he had to get away,” he said.Defence lawyers told the court Friday that Husbands was in a dissociative state as a result of his PTSD, which was triggered by an encounter with some of the men who had brutally beaten and stabbed him months earlier. They have argued that he should be found not criminally responsible.Husbands has testified he felt his arms come up and twitch, heard a loud bang and everything went dark.He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault, one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and reckless discharge of a firearm.Two men were killed in the shooting and six others — including a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head and survived, and a pregnant woman who was trampled by fleeing shoppers — were injured.Prosecutors have said Ahmed Hassan, 24, died on the floor of the food court while Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, died in hospital nine days later due to complications from a bullet wound.Court heard Nirmalendran was one of the men who ambushed Husbands and stabbed him more than 20 times in February 2012.The Crown has argued Husbands sought revenge against his attackers and carried out the shooting as a form of “street justice.”“He wanted Nixon to feel the same pain…and he was going to make sure Nixon was dead,” Cisorio said Monday.Far from threatening Husbands, the group was moving away from him in the food court, Cisorio argued.“There was no threat to Mr. Husbands on June 2 — it was Mr. Husbands who was the threat,” he said.The fact that Hassan was not involved in the stabbing and was “killed by mistake” does not absolve Husbands, whose actions were “consistent with someone who wanted to kill,” the prosecutor said.He also noted Husbands did not tell anyone he had experienced dissociation in the aftermath of the shooting.“These murders had nothing to do with PTSD but had everything to do with payback,” Cisorio said. “He was in total control from beginning to end.”Jurors have heard Husbands faced a previous trial, but were not told the outcome or the reason for a second trial. They are expected to begin their deliberations on Thursday.Paola Loriggio , The Canadian Presslast_img read more