Detroit’s storied Majestic Theatre is getting a $1M upgrade. According to The Detroit News, the three-phase renovation project will upgrade the stage curtains, sound system, first-floor cafe, and concert hall ceilings. The project will also restore the Majestic Theatre’s original Art Deco facade, added in 1934.“We think the future is brighter than ever in Detroit and now is the perfect time to invest and grow our business,” said owner Dave Zainea in a news release. “We will now be able to bring more top-notch bands and performers to Midtown … This project will add jobs and help improve the local economy in Detroit.”In conjunction with that announcement, the Majestic Theatre revealed that they have partnered with concert giant AEG Presents in an effort to bring in high-level acts throughout the year. The new agreement will see AEG promote upwards of 100 shows at the historic Detroit venue.“We’re very excited to be part of the restoration of such a historic and famed music venue in Detroit,” said Jason Rogalewski, AEG Presents vice president of talent. “The Majestic is a celebrated club that we’ve all enjoyed seeing amazing performances at throughout the years. Our team looks forward to promoting over 100 concerts a year at the legendary theater and helping to continue its time-honored status as a concert venue in the market.”The Majestic’s surrounding complex is also home to a number of other hangouts including The Garden Bowl, all of which will remain open throughout this summer’s renovations. The Garden Bowl bowling alley has operated for 104 years inside the Majestic’s complex. The theater opened in 1915, and was officially listed on the National Register of Historic places in 2008.For information on upcoming events at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit, head to the venue’s website.[H/T The Detroit News]
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the threat from the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups in conflict areas including Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. But they say the threat remains comparatively low in non-conflict areas despite a series of attacks in Europe. The panel of experts said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Thursday that the threat continued to rise in conflict zones in the last half of 2020 because “the pandemic inhibited forces of law and order more than terrorists” who were able to move and gather freely despite COVID-19 restrictions.
Imagine, for a moment, a world without pesticides. Insects would roam freely through your home, lawn and garden. They would feast happilyon flour and other stored food, your prized tomatoes and gorgeous petunias.Produce sections and grocery shelves might be nearly bare for much of the year. Foodcosts, if you could find the food you wanted, would skyrocket. “Without pesticides, Americans couldn’t possibly have the low-cost, abundantsupply of fresh food we do now,” said Paul Guillebeau, an entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service. The government, mostly through the Environmental Protection Agency, works hard to keepus safe from agricultural pesticide overuse, he said. In 1958, Congress passed the Delaney Clause. It caused fresh and processed foods to beregulated in different ways. Until recently, pesticide safety standards were based ontolerances in adults, not the people pesticides could affect the most.The Delaney Clause could keep ketchup out of stores due to traces of pesticide. Buttomatoes from the same farm could sell at markets everywhere.Now, though, the Food Quality Protection Act, passed in late July, changes all that. Itapplies the same pesticide-residue standards to both processed and fresh foods, Guillebeausaid. And it sets safety standards to protect children and infants. “Many people think every bite of food has pesticide residues on it,” he said.”But in fact, the Food and Drug Administration can’t find any trace of pesticides inmost of the samples they test.”But that’s based on commercial pesticide use and produce sold at retail outlets.Homeowners may use pesticides very differently. “In my experience, homeowners and gardeners don’t pay nearly enough attention tolabels on pesticides,” Guillebeau said. “And when they try to read and followthe directions, the label may be vague about how much is needed for it to work or how touse the chemical.” As a result, he said, many people get far more exposure to pesticides at home than theydo from food they buy. There’s a push to improve labeling on home products now, he said.To help reduce exposure around your home, he said, use as little of any pesticide asyou can. And keep containers out of children’s reach.Rinse any homegrown vegetables with fresh water before eating them. Wash flowers orgreenery, too, before bringing them inside. A good rinse can remove most of any residuethat might be on the plant or produce. Guillebeau said the FQPA will take into account the total amount of pesticides we’reexposed to in all situations, not just through residues in foods.So how many people seek treatment for pesticide injury in a year?The Consumer Product Safety Commission looked into that. In 1994, about 16,000 peopletold emergency room doctors or nurses their injury was from pesticides. But nearly amillion people were injured on stairs. In our everyday lives, pesticides are a very smalldanger.For now, the FQPA is an act. The EPA still has to write the regulations the actauthorizes. Until those are written, Guillebeau won’t even guess about how it willultimately affect us all. “I can see it putting more stringent protective standards on all types ofpesticides,” he said. “The U.S. food supply is already the safest in the world.But this new act ensures our safety based on the most sensitive members of ourpopulation.”
BURLINGTON, Vt.–Carolyn Schmidt of Whiting is participating this month in an international conference on corporate responsibility which will take her to Salvador, Brazil. Schmidt is a member of the staff and board of directors of ECOLOGIA, a nonprofit environmental organization based in Middlebury, and an adjunct professor at Champlain College in Burlington.From March 7-11, she will meet with representatives from around the globe to create the first draft of a social responsibility standard for the ISO (International Organization of Standards).The task is to set a framework for the 21st century for how well treat people and the environment, Schmidt said. Whatever the ISO does, it will probably become the global standard.The conference will address two main categories: social responsibility of business, including the treatment of workers around the world, and environmental responsibility, including pollution and sustainable development.The ISO is accepting the concept that corporations are supported by and dependent on people and the environment, Schmidt said. Its a big step forward. I think its an exciting process to be a part of.Schmidt is the board secretary for ECOLOGIA as well as the US project manager for the organizations Virtual Foundation and project director for International Exchange Programs. She is also a member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, which she describes as a tremendous resource for information.A former high school social studies teacher, Schmidt now teaches sociology and interpersonal communication courses at Champlain College. She anticipates that this international experience will provide additional real-world examples to share with her students. Sociology teaches you a different conceptual framework for assessing a situation–its a way of thinking flexibly, she said. She added that strong communications skills will be important at the conference, where she expects to employ the Vermont approach to finding a common ground. ISO is a consensus-based process, she explained.Drafting the corporate responsibility standard for ISO is expected to take three years. Teams from Sweden and Brazil are taking the lead in the project and significant efforts have been made to involve developing countries, which are home to 80 percent of the worlds population, Schmidt said.# # #
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Leadership should come from every level of your organization.by: Jeff Rendel, CSPSeveral years ago, I was speaking for a credit union at its all staff in-service day. Before the activities began, I was going about the meeting room visiting with staff. I introduced myself to a young lady and asked what role she served at the credit union. “Oh, I’m just a teller,” she replied, with a sinking tone that focused on the word “just.”Swiftly, I pointed out the credit union’s CEO, who was chatting with colleagues. “Do you see your CEO?” I asked the teller. She responded with an affirmative nod. “I’ll bet that you see and serve more members in one day than your CEO sees and serves in one month, maybe one year,” I continued. “In your members’ eyes and experience, you are the CEO of the moment and transaction.”A credit union CEO friend of mine backed up my “from-the-hip” claim and analyzed the number of member interactions among five staff member levels over one month. In a month, the credit union conducted 19,564 member interactions. Of those interactions, the CEO interacted with members five times; front-line leaders interacted with members 17,548 times. A member was 3,510 times more likely to interact with a front-line employee leader than the chief executive. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nearly a century ago, William K. Vanderbilt’s palatial Spanish Revival-style mansion, Eagle’s Nest, and its sprawling acreage on Long Island’s Gold Coast were the stomping grounds for the rich and famous, including author Dorothy Parker, actor Douglas Fairbanks, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as well as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor.On Aug. 11, the public will have the extraordinary opportunity to get a taste of silver spoon living when the Rotary Club of Northport hosts its annual Wine in the Courtyard fundraiser at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. During the course of the evening, guests will enjoy the offerings of 100 vineyards along with palate-pleasing cuisine from 20 fine local restaurants—all while taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the Long Island Sound.“There’ll literally be wine from all over the world thanks to Mitch Herman, president of BottleBargains, who uses his extensive contacts with distributors to put the wine in our wine event,” Rotarian Andy Giffin said.The longstanding event is one that the club has hosted for about 20 years. Attendance is capped at 500 and Giffin expects the event to sell out.New this year will be an international beer garden where connoisseurs can enjoy selections of global and local craft beer selections, including Northport-based Sandy City Brewery, and cider. The food and wine will be served in tented areas, which, along with the mansion, will provide shelter in the event of a shower, Giffin indicated.For the second year in a row, guests will have the opportunity to leisurely wander through Vanderbilt’s mansion, aptly described on its website as “an enchanting time capsule of a vanished era.” Of particular interest are Vanderbilt’s acquisitions from extensive world travels showcased in museum rooms. Representatives from the museum will be on hand to answer questions.As in the past, there will be non-stop musical entertainment, with Rotary President Teri George, aka “the singing banker,” serenading attendees as they enter the courtyard. The vocal powerhouse, accompanied by her group, The Connection, will render “knock-your-socks-off” performances from her Broadway and blues repertoire.Fabulous vocalist and all-around entertainer Felicia Crandall will be performing in the large tent and will dazzle the crowd with selections from her favorite Top 40 hits.Proceeds from the event support dozens of worthy charities, both locally and abroad, from veterans’ initiatives, the Ecumenical Lay Food Pantry and youth exchange programs to life-saving heart surgeries for children and so much more.The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, and festivities run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm. on Thursday, Aug. 11. Tickets, at $100 a person. Purchase tickets online at Northportrotary.com or at LaMantia Gallery, 127 Main St., Northport. For information, call 631-754-8414. Tickets will also be sold at the gate.
More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation I grew up at a time when it was assumed that men were sexually aggressive and it was up to the woman to apply the brakes.My father was very protective of me; he once chased two teenage boys halfway across Denver because they whistled at me when he picked me up at the public swimming pool.I learned early not to make eye contact with strangers of the opposite sex, to dress modestly and to be reserved.It was no accident that after being chosen by my class to be prom princess, no boy asked me to the dance and I ended up going with a classmate whom the nuns assigned to take me.I’ve always worked in male-dominated environments — on Capitol Hill in the early 1970s, in the White House in the mid-1980s, in the corporate world since the late 1990s and in the media for the past 30 years.Several of the high-profile men who’ve been accused of harassment are men I’ve worked for, alongside of or been interviewed by, some on multiple occasions.When their names became public, I wasn’t surprised. Most women aren’t in that position. They’re vulnerable, or they believe they are.We may never be able entirely to stop powerful men from attempting to use their power to take what they want.Power and sex are a toxic combination.But we can support the women whose tremendous courage allowed them to come forward with these sordid tales.And those women who have some measure of power ourselves need to stand with them, even if we’ve avoided the worst ordeals ourselves.We can also help by letting women know that they, too, have power — the power to set up barriers to protect themselves.Walk away when you feel uncomfortable. Say no to the first hint of improper behavior.Say it loud and clear and let the man know that what he is doing not only is unacceptable but may cost him his job.Don’t get into a car at night if you don’t know the man well.And never ever go to a man’s hotel room. These rules won’t protect you in every situation, but they will send a powerful signal.And remember that no job, no promotion is worth losing your dignity or risking your safety.Linda Chavez is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of “An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith each new revelation of sexual misconduct by a powerful man, I ask myself, “When will this end?”How is it that so many men have behaved piggishly — illegally — and the women they abused remained silent for fear that the humiliation they endured would only be worse if they came forward?How is it that powerful organizations, including those media companies we trust to uncover stories of such wrongdoing, turned a blind eye?And that question is the one that stops me dead in my tracks. Am I part of the problem, too?For years, I’ve said that I’ve never faced sexual harassment.But it may be no accident that I’ve been spared such an ordeal. In each instance, my antennae were up when I was around them.These were not guys I’d allow myself to be alone with, certainly not in a social setting and especially not in their hotel room.But of course, many of the women who’ve been attacked were confronted in the office. Matt Lauer is accused of summoning young women to his office and locking the door — in broad daylight, with staff nearby!The same was true of Roger Ailes. Their victims could not have avoided the situations that put them at risk.I’ve been lucky, but maybe not so lucky as I’d like to think.My husband reminded me of two situations I had told him about years ago when powerful media figures made advances with the implicit promise of advancing my career.I’d brushed them off, never thinking of the behavior as harassment, but in both instances, I was never invited back on their shows.I was insulted at the very idea that I would need help from such cads — but in both instances, I was already a well-established figure who could afford to walk away.
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The tax breaks will be provided to the following 18 sectors:FoodMining and coalManufacturingElectricity and gasWastewater managementConstructionTradeLogisticsFood and beverage Accommodation providersInformation and communicationsFinance and insuranceReal estateProfessional servicesTravel agentsEducationHealthcare and social activitiesTourism and recreationSource: Coordinating Economic Minister Airangga Hartarto The Tax Office, meanwhile, has announced new tax incentives to boost the supply of medical devices, including tax exemptions for personal protective equipment and medicine manufacturers. More than 20,000 manufacturers have applied to receive tax incentives.Tax Office chief Suryo Utomo said the government would waive value-added taxes, individual income taxes and import taxes for goods and services needed to manage the COVID-19 crisis, adding that the exemptions would be provided to government institutions and hospitals, among others.“This will serve as fiscal support to handle the COVID-19 pandemic,” Suryo told reporters during a teleconferenced press briefing. The regulation took effect immediately and will remain in place for the next six months.According to Finance Ministerial Regulation No. 28/2020, the government will not collect value-added and import taxes from imports of medicines, vaccines, laboratory devices, testing kits, protective gear, patient treatment kits and other COVID-19 related goods.The government will also pay the value-added taxes for services needed to handle the pandemic, including construction and consultation, among other services.As many as 20,018 firms have applied for the tax incentives for manufacturing companies, Suryo said. Around 15,000 applications have been accepted, according to an official document.Indonesia has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion from the 2020 state budget for medical needs, social safety net programs, relief for small and medium businesses, as well as relief for manufacturing and tourism companies to handle the impacts of the pneumonia-like illness that has infected more than 7,135 people as of Wednesday afternoon, killing 616.”Ideally, the stimulus should help all sectors affected by the pandemic to improve their resiliency against crisis,” said Perbanas Institute economist Piter Abdullah. “However, the current stimulus will not be enough to finance the fight against the pandemic.”The government needs to commit at least $70.5 billion to its healthcare, social safety net and business recovery programs, Piter projected. The government is looking to finalize next week Rp 35.3 trillion (US$2.26 billion) in new tax incentives for 18 sectors including those hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic such as tourism and the food and beverage sector. It will also introduce new tax breaks for the healthcare sector.The government is currently formulating the regulation and will finalize it by next week in its fourth stimulus package, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said. The incentives will take the form of individual income tax exemptions, import tax deferrals and corporate tax discounts — similar to those offered to the manufacturing sector in previous stimulus packages. “Almost all of sectors of the economy will receive tax breaks,” Sri Mulyani told reporters, adding that the plan included rolling out tax breaks for micro, small and medium businesses. “Micro, small and medium business taxes will be covered by the government.” Topics :
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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 Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02Brian and Claire Maule, with their daughter Sophia, at the home they are selling in Camp Hill. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.INDUSTRY experts have warned of the risks of selling “off-market”, with one leading agent claiming it could leave a homeowner hundreds of thousands of dollars worse off.With continuing low levels of stock for sale and a rise in opportunistic vendors, some agents are reporting an increase in the incidence of “off-market” property transactions.“Off-market” sales are those which occur without public advertising, with real estate agents contacting interested buyers privately.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREPotential purchasers who’ve missed out at auction are registering with sales agents to ask to be notified if anything similar looks likely to come up, while many are also going to buyers’ agents who have databases of those thinking of selling.But some agents have warned sellers risk exchanging for less than their properties could be worth on the open market. Auctioneer Haesley Cush. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.Ray White Bulimba principal Roger Carr also gave an example of a vendor who received an off-market offer for their property at 8 Julian Street, Morningside, from a neighbour for $765,000.Fortunately, Mr Carr said the seller decided to reject it and take the home to auction, where it sold for $1.02 million.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said off-market sales could work for vendors of unique properties, but they could also be disadvantageous.“If that buyer comes along before you list, then you are often wise to grab that sale fast because you don’t know when another buyer for that unique property will turn up,” Ms Mercorella said.“Eager buyers who have been hunting for a property can put in an offer before it’s listed. In some circumstances this can mean other buyers don’t have an opportunity to put in an offer, and as a result there is no competition for the property and it’s competition that gets the best price for the property.“It’s important for vendors to think carefully before engaging in an off-market sale.“Make sure you understand the marketplace and whether you’re selling yourself — and your property — short.” REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher believes there are more benefits associated with taking a property to market than selling in secret.“You’d only want to do that in the case you’re very confident of getting a buyer and your real estate agent has a good database of potential purchasers — and it’s hard to judge that,” Mr Kusher said.“I personally think you’re better off getting the message out to everyone and trying to find a buyer that way.”Brian and Claire Maule are selling their first home at Camp Hill after spending the past six years fully renovating it.The young couple has decided to invest in an advertising campaign, listing the house with Steven Gow of Ray White Bulimba, because they believe it will give them the best chance of getting the highest possible price.“We’re hoping it will bring in a few more buyers, from people who are potentially downgrading from a bigger house or perhaps a young couple looking to start their family,” Mr Maule said.The three-bedroom, one-bathroom property at 14 Clara Street, Camp Hill, is scheduled for auction next month. Industry experts warn sellers could be short-changing themselves by not exposing their property to the open market. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point director Simon Caulfield claims vendors selling their houses “off-market” could be missing out on up to 10 per cent of their property’s true value.Mr Caulfield said that by agreeing to sell quickly and quietly without a public campaign, sellers could be significantly short-changing themselves.“My advice always is that clients should expose their property to the market because I think you always risk underselling it if you take it off-market,” Mr Caulfield said.MEET THE NEW OWNER OF PAT RAFTER’S HOUSEHAMPTONS IN BRISBANEBRISBANE BACKYARDS SHRINK 30PC“If you’ve only taken a handful of people through the property, are you really giving it the best chance?“You could end up potentially five to 10 per cent short.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhat the Federal budget mean for you.01:05Mr Caulfield said only about 10 per cent of the transactions his office handled were off-market.“There’s a lot of positivity at the moment in investing money into a campaign and getting a great result,” he said. Selling “off-market” could cost you up to 10 per cent of a home’s value, agents say.Ray White New Farm principal and auctioneer Haesley Cush cautioned that while sellers could save money on advertising costs by selling off-market, a lack of competition meant they might not get the best price for their property.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMr Cush recently auctioned two similar properties in comparable locations in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill.One vendor decided to spend $3000 solely on digital advertising, while the other spent about $15,000 on a full marketing campaign across print and online.The former generated 16 groups of people during the four week campaign and a sale price just after auction in the early $700,000s, while the latter attracted 50 groups and a sale price in the high $800,000s.“To receive three times the number of inspections in such a small little suburb certainly adds weight to the benefit of a full marketing campaign,” Mr Cush said.“The reality is a strong campaign will likely generate more buyers.“Real estate is a contact sport; the more buyers your agent is in contact with, the more competition your property will likely receive.”