Red Bank, Holmdel Challenge Hospitals’ Tax-Exempt Status

first_imgAccording to court filings, the total assessed values of the six locations in Red Bank amounts to $90.8 million.“We put them on notice we object to their status,” Menna said of his town’s actions.The New Jersey Hospital Association, a trade association representing health care facilities, said 35 municipalities around the state that play hosts to not-for-profit hospitals have taken the same steps.Red Bank will look to hire its own tax attorney for this matter, Menna said.Neptune has taken the same measures against Jersey Shore University Medical Center.Jersey Shore, like Bayshore and Riverview, is part of the Hackensack Meridian Health network.In response to a request for comment, Hackensack Meridian said in an email: “Hackensack Meridian values the relationships we have with the towns where our hospitals are located and we expect to maintain those relationships for years to come. We remain in discussions with Red Bank and Holmdel concerning their property tax assessments. In addition, we continue to work with the New Jersey Hospital Association concerning a legislative solution for not-for-profit hospital and host municipalities.”These actions grew out of a case in the Tax Court of New Jersey last year involving Morristown Medical Center, as Judge Vito Bianco ruled in favor of the host municipality, finding the medical center did not meet the requirements as a not-for-profit organization for at least two years. The community is required to provide services, such as police, fire, EMS and public works, to the hospital, as it would to any other property owner, often placing a strain on those services. It is the organization’s obligation to prove its not-for-profit status to justify its property tax exemption, explained Daniel J. O’Hern Jr., the former Red Bank borough attorney who did the initial tax court filings.In the Morristown case, the medical center and municipality reached a settlement with the medical center agreeing to pay $15.5 million over the next decade.There were bills in the state Legislature that would seek to strike some parity between hospitals and host communities, requiring the health care facilities to make community service contributions to the host municipalities. Gov. Chris Christie, however, asked for a commission to be established to study the issue. To form that committee requires its own legislation, which has been introduced but not voted on. Menna pointed out that within the walls of Riverview there are gift and flower shops and Dunkin’ Donuts concessions – hardly not-for-profit endeavors. “I’m sure there are a number of other portals in there that have to be addressed,” contained within the medical center, he said.“They know they take some tolls on the town, they cause pressure on our infrastructure,” Hinds said of Bayshore.But Hinds, like Menna, believes “this can be resolved without conflict.”“We want them to be a good neighbor and they are a good neighbor. We want them to develop into a first class medical center,” Menna said. “But there are inequities that have to be addressed.”Riverview contributes an annual payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, amounting to $169,316 for 2016.Bayshore does not provide compensation to Holmdel.“We don’t think this piece-meal approach – 35 lawsuits up and down the state – is the best way to resolve this situation,” said Kerry McKean Kelly, a New Jersey Hospital Association spokeswoman. The association is advocating for legislative approach that would allow for commission, she said.Of the 71 acute care medical facilities in New Jersey 64 are not-for-profit hospitals, according to the hospital association.center_img By John BurtonFollowing in the footsteps set by a Morristown court case last year, both Holmdel and Red Bank are taking steps to challenge their hospitals’ existing tax-exempt status.Red Bank, which is host to Riverview Medical Center, and Holmdel, which is home to Bayshore Community Hospital, have begun action in state tax court in Trenton against the respective facilities calling into question whether the hospitals can legally claim they don’t have to pay property tax – especially in light of the services municipalities continue to provide.“Everyone who’s got a hospital is going through this,” acknowledged Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds.Hinds was uncertain where things currently stand with the matter. But the Holmdel Committee had retained special legal counsel, Matthew O’Donnell, a Wall Township tax attorney, to handle the situation. The New Jersey Hospital Association lists Holmdel as one of the towns challenging hospitals’ tax status.O’Donnell did not immediately respond to a phone call this week seeking comment.“It’s the only fair thing to do,” but to seek some financial redress, said Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna.Red Bank has filed complaints against Riverview over six separate properties the medical center owns in the borough which either in their entirety or portions of are deemed not-for-profit and claim property tax exempt status for them.last_img read more

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LOS ANGELES STAKES QUOTES – MONDAY MAY 25, 2015

first_imgNOTES: The winning owners are Edward Brown, Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz. JOCKEY QUOTES -30- TRAINER QUOTES MIKE SMITH, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “Distinctiv Passion was hard to catch today. He has unbelievable speed and it’s hard to catch him coming from behind. My horse finished up real well, though. I wish we were going six and a half today.” EDWIN MALDONADO, DISTINCTIV PASSION, WINNER: “This time he put his ears forward as soon as we left the gate and I didn’t move on him; he relaxed beautifully today.“I knew I had enough to win today. I was just waiting to push the button, waiting on San Onofre. I knew it was going to be a two-horse race.“That trip to Dubai, he was fine. He was fine the whole time but that grass was too long and wet and he couldn’t get a grip off of it. He came back good after the race and during the race he was good.”             JEFF BONDE, DISTINCTIV PASSION, WINNER: Asked if he was surprised he had little pressure up front early: “I know my horse is quicker than anybody I’ve ever had. I’ve never seen anybody that could go with him early. Everybody who ever has, paid the price. I figured they were thinking they’d try to catch him late.“The Dubai race (on turf) was a totally wasted race. If you look at all the American horses over there that ran on the turf, they did miserably. On the main track, they did fine. The grass lies over five inches, and we’re staying at this hotel that looks right down on the track and they’re watering it every night. Even though you’re in a desert, it’s a bog.“I’m sure you’ll see the horse next in the Bing Crosby (at Del Mar).”last_img read more

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Hull City’s striker search continues as Aboubakar snubs Tigers switch

first_imgHull have missed out on their strike target Vincent Aboubakar after he completed a cut-price £2.5m move to Porto.As reported by talkSPORT last week, Tigers boss Steve Bruce had turned his attentions to the Lorient and Cameroon striker as his search for a forward goes on.Bruce is desperate to replace Shane Long, who was sold for £12m to Southampton, but the manager has so far failed in moves for Troy Deeney, Danny Welbeck and Jordan Rhodes.And Bruce can now put a line through Aboubakar’s name after he finally sealed a move to Portugal.The 22-year-old came close to joining Sporting Lisbon before the deal fell through but he has now signed a four-year deal with their title rivals Porto.It has been reported that, despite being rated at around £8m by Lorient, Porto paid just £2.5m to acquire 30 per cent of his economic rights in a third-party ownership arrangement. 1 Vincent Aboubakar in action for Cameroon last_img read more

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Jon Gruden will never get over the Tuck Rule Game. Will you?

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — It’s been almost two decades. Seventeen years and four days to exact. And Jon Gruden’s frustration, anger, whatever you want to call it, has not wavered.He’ll never get over the Tuck Rule Game. Would you?Everyone knows the tale: Charles Woodson knocking the ball loose from Tom Brady’s right hand in the 2001 AFC Divisional Round with the Raiders up 13-10 and 1:50 remaining in the driving snow. Greg Biekert pouncing on the loose ball. The Raiders thinking they had sealed a trip …last_img

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Newspaper Pay Walls Are A Good Thing – Here’s Why

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#journalism#Newspapers#pay-walls A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Guest author David Brauchl is chief communication officer for paid content strategy experts Piano Media. He was a professional news photographer for nearly 20 years, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work in Sarajevo, South Africa and Germany.Newspaper publishers struggle to successfully monetize their online content, and they are not getting any help from journalism schools, despite the fact that these are the very institutions preparing young people to enter the shrinking field and the ones you’d think would be trying to help newspapers stay alive, not hasten their demise.Most people understand that the content found in newspapers costs money to produce. The cost of producing that content is not diminished when the content is distributed online.Nobody should understand that better than academic professionals in the field of journalism.Nevertheless, some in the field have become advocates for making content free, even to the point of encouraging students to circumvent newspaper pay-walls and, in some cases, showing them how it’s done.Teaching Students To StealOne example is Kristin Gilger, an Associate Dean at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who recently sent an email to all associate faculty detailing how to avoid a paywall that The Arizona Republic had installed.“With the Arizona Republic/azcentral.com going to a pay wall, you may want to share the following info with your students (especially if they’re required to read the newspaper for your class),” Gilger wrote. “A PDF of the front page of the Republic is available at the Newseum Web site.”Gilger’s email set off a remarkable discussion among faculty in which several members detailed techniques for defeating pay walls. One professor, John Leach, explained to his colleagues how he circumvented all pay walls by using two computers, different browsers, deleting cookies and using the “incognito” feature on Google’s Chrome browser. He justified his subterfuge with the assertion that “the students need that money more than Gannett stockholders do.”Another professor, Paul Atkinson, claimed he had “found a bypass to websites like the NYTimes and LATimes that restrict access.” His detailed instructions were to “copy the headline from the website, paste it in a search tab. The results will show the title and source. Sure, it takes a few extra seconds, but I’ve never been denied access this way.”A Lone Voice Of DissentOnly one faculty member, former Wall Street Journal reporter Anthony Ramirez, questioned the majority’s view that paying for content was reprehensible, writing that “I’m troubled by this ballooning information-is-free ethos.”University professors routinely include local newspapers in their curriculum to provide students with valuable examples of journalism in action. Clearly they must understand the impact a newspaper’s failure would have on the local community.However, the presence of a discussion like this at a premier journalism school where the ethical position is the minority view shows how difficult the business of journalism has become.What is the source of this ethical collapse? When did even the people who depend on the future viability of the industry for the sustenance of their careers and the well-being of their families decide that stealing the news was an acceptable action? Who gave them that idea in the first place?Papers Brought This On ThemselvesOne answer could be that newspaper publishers themselves created their own undoing. Starting 1996, all the news that was fit to print was given away for free using a business model that was wholly advertising-supported. This approach worked for a while, with newspaper advertising revenue topping out in 2006 at $64 billion.What followed, however, was stagnation and decline. By 2011, advertising revenue from both digital and traditional sources dropped to less than $25 billion. Clearly, radical measures were needed to preserve the industry.Enter the New York Times. The Grey Lady developed a reasonable pay-wall system that provided the casual reader 10 free online articles from the newspaper per month. For more dedicated readers, the New York Times requested payment for an annual subscription.It worked. The paper gained more than 350,000 readers when the pay wall went into effect, and the business continues to add subscribers at a 10% rate quarter-on-quarter.A Wake-Up Call To Newspapers While the New York Times’ pay wall does not completely discourage content theft, the paper’s bold approach served as a clarion call to the industry. With astonishing rapidity, other media publishers have jumped on the bandwagon. Currently, 25% of all U.S. newspapers monetize their content through some sort of payment system. Of course, there will always be readers who are comfortable with stealing proprietary content. No publisher can control the ethics of their readership. However, publishers can control the technology.Until now, most content security was easily defeated by javascript, manipulation of cookies or browsers with incognito settings. Newspaper publishers, aware of the myriad flaws within their payment systems, have been ready for a solution.Why This Matters To MeHow do I know about this, and why do I care? Genes maybe. My grandfather was the publisher of the Wheeling, W.Va., newspaper in the 1950s. My brother has been the editor of two major U.S. newspapers, and I made my living for almost 20 years as a photojournalist, covering most of the major conflicts in the 1990s, everything from the breakup of Yugoslavia to the Russian incursion in Chechnya.I have worked for the wires, photo agencies, magazines, newspapers, even online, with Salon right when they launched. I know the value of news, how it impacts decisions made at the top, how it affects the people living in dire circumstances and how important a job being a journalist is.I believe in media, and I want to see it survive, which is why, after taking some time to heal from PTSD, I got back in and joined Piano Media, a Slovak company, because it seems to me these guys, or companies like them, are the ones who will help journalism save itself.The Piano Media Pay Wall SystemIn 2011 Piano Media developed a system that allowed publishers in Slovakia to bundle their prime content within a payment system and charge for it like cable TV. Subscribing readers paid one low price and received open access to everything within the system in return.Readers have been receptive. Our system works. Within a very short amount of time, we expanded into Slovenia and then Poland.We recognized that publishers in bigger markets were equally desperate to find ways to monetize content with technology that was both efficient and secure.So we purchased the rights to software that could closely track audience engagement, enabling us to offer a proven payment system that could not be defeated by cookie deletion, use of multiple computers, special browser settings or alternative devices. This new system is called Piano Solo, and we will start rolling it out in December 2012.I hope that our software will change discussions like the one that took place at ASU. No longer will teaching the wrong side of ethics and morality be easier than discussing both sides constructively.I also hope that these discussions will help us restore the sense of trust we once had for our news when it arrived every morning. david brauchlicenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Volvo wants to automate your weekly garbage pickup

first_imgRyan Matthew Pierson 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Volvo is working on a project that it hopes will make the job of garbage pickup safer and easier for sanitation workers. If successful, it will also reduce the number of workers required to complete each route.By automating the truck’s bin-to-bin travel, the worker doesn’t have to continually get in and out of the cab to arrange bins or manually load them into the back of the truck. The truck essentially drives itself, freeing the driver up to handle other important tasks safely.See also: Columbus’ smart city win may lead to smart trucksToday in the United States, many sanitation trucks are fitted with an arm that picks up specially-designed cans and dumps them into the back before placing them back in position. A human driver is required to steer the truck into place and deploy the arm. Another human occupant is required to correct any bins that are improperly aligned for the mechanical arm.Many departments still have manual trucks that require sanitation workers to lift trash bags/bins and empty them by hand. This means getting in and out of the cab or riding on the back with only a handle to keep them on board.An automated, self-navigating truck means less manpower required to complete a route. It also puts less strain on the arms and knees of workers as they won’t have to continually enter and exit the cab or cling to the back of a moving truck.How it WorksThe Volvo Trucks include similar self-driving sensors and to the ones you will find in autonomous cars being developed. Using GPS and sensors, it maps out a new route the first time it is taken through a neighborhood. After the first initial introductory route, the truck is able to learn the route, including any obstacles or stops it needs to make.The driver then can step out of the cab and, with the push of a button, direct the truck to drive to the next house. The truck will then drive itself to the destination without any need of human intervention. If a new obstacle appears, it will identify it and navigate around it.The driver can essentially follow the truck through the neighborhood on foot, emptying bins or arranging them as needed. No more endless climbing in and out of the cab at every stop.Unless you live in Sweden, you probably won’t see Volvo’s autonomous refuse truck driving down your street any time soon. For now, it remains a pilot program in coordination with Renova, a Swedish waste management company. This pilot is expected to run throughout 2017. Additional research and development is expected for the next several years.After that, you might just start seeing a garbage truck without a driver in the cab stop in front of your home. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts center_img Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#recycling#Volvo last_img read more

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Daniel Sturridge return gives Liverpool more options, says Juergen Klopp

first_imgDaniel Sturridge’s return to full fitness gives Liverpool more options tactically, manager Juergen Klopp said after the striker opened the scoring in Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League win over West Ham United.Sturridge made his first league start since January after an injury-ridden season where he had multiple spells on the sidelines.”It’s a cool thing having Daniel in this shape. We had two options… but we wanted to create more space for Coutinho to play more passes and be more influential,” Klopp told reporters.”It’s nice that we can bring him into these games. His smartness was fantastic, and hopefully we can go through this week without injuries.”Sturridge’s hip, calf and ankle injuries have limited him to just 26 appearances this season, with the 27-year-old scoring seven goals.Liverpool, who are battling to hold on to a place in the top four, host relegated Middlesbrough in their last game of the season on Sunday.last_img read more

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Kidambi Srikanth wins Australian Open, Twitter hails new badminton hero

first_imgKidambi Srikanth won his second consecutive Super Series title as he defeated the Rio Olympic champion and world No.6 Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 in men’s singles at the Australian Open Super Series on Sunday.After winning the Indonesia Open on June 18, this was Srikanth’s second Super Series win in two weeks. As he lifted the Australian Open title, Srikanth became the first Indian man to win the championship. He is also the first Indian men’s singles player to win two back-to-back Super Series titles.Srikanth reached his third straight final and pocketed his fourth Super Series title overall — China Open 2014, India Open 2015, Indonesia Open 2017 and Australian Open 2017.With the win, Srikanth also became the first Indian male to reach the number one spot in the Destination Dubai Rankings.The twitter world took notice, heaping praise on the 24-year-old. Here are a few: Heartiest congratulations to @srikidambi on winning 2nd successive superseries title. Proud of you champion! #AustralianSS- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 25, 20172nd successive Superseries title for @srikidambi. Defeats Olympic champ Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to become #AustraliaSS winner! Proud of you! pic.twitter.com/TdXygrTqEZ- Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) June 25, 2017 Congratulations @srikidambi on beating reigning Olympic & World Champion Chen Long & winning a 4th Superseries title. Take a bow, Srikanth ! pic.twitter.com/qNP2e9PXIv- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 25, 2017And @srikidambi wins the #AustralianSS! What a proud moment! Way to go!- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 25, 2017 @srikidambi awesomeness Srikanth…unstoppable performance…great stuff!!????? #champion #AustraliaSS- Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) June 25, 2017This is a classic win @srikidambi at #AustraliaSS. CONGRATULATIONS. We are so proud of you. I proudly announce reward of Re 5lakh @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/W7asJTSMhT- Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 25, 2017advertisementMassive congrats @srikidambi back to back titles, not many players have done that ???????????????????. Jai hind- Mathias Boe (@mathiasboe) June 25, 2017Congratulations yet again @srikidambi for winning the coveted #AustralianSS title and bagging 2 titles in two weeks.- Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) June 25, 2017Congrats to @SriKidambi who has made us all immensely proud yet again by clinching the Australia Open Super Series men’s singles title.- N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) June 25, 2017Congratulations @srikidambi for your great win and performance at #AustralianOpen badminton- Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 25, 2017Take a bow #KidambiSrikanth clinching #AustralianOpen #SuperSeries title. 2nd Super Series title after the Indonesia Open. An ?????? is born! pic.twitter.com/v3FozwEE1y- Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) June 25, 2017OK. His fighting spirit has made us proud.A STEAMROLLER deserves a Battle Tank. I’ll personally gift @srikidambi a Mahindra #TUV300 https://t.co/OA7yA8k3p4- anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 25, 2017Take a bow #KidambiSrikanth winner #AustralianOpen #SuperSeries .You make India proud.. A true star ?????? is born! pic.twitter.com/y6jBFszpZo- Rahul Dev Official (@RahulDevRising) June 25, 2017CONGRATULATIONS Srikanth K .. you have beaten the best .. given India a pride of place .. proud of you !! https://t.co/n6XU0xu5pF- Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 25, 2017last_img read more

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In The Spotlight – Anthony Ziade

first_imgIn the eleventh edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Anthony Ziade, speaks about how he got involved in Touch Football and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career.  Name: Anthony ZiadeNickname: ZeeAge: 31Affiliate: Western Suburbs MagpiesOccupation: BuilderPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: 2000 Under 20’s, 2004 Men’s Open. Career highlights so far: Winning 2007 World Cup, 2010 Trans Tasman, winning the Vawdon Cup and State Cup double for Wests in 2005.How you got involved in Touch Football: My two older sisters played for Wests. My school teacher, Steve Murphy, who was a current Australian Men’s Open player got me involved in the sport.Favourite player: Garry SondaWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: I’m excited to play with my good mate Jamie Stowe and to be coached by my club coaches Paul Sfeir and Tony Trad at the top level.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Tony Trad – not only a mentor but a great friend.Favourite sporting moment: Kostya Tszyu knocking out Zab Judah.What do you know about Scotland: No underpants, kilts, haggis and William Wallace.Any superstitions: Same seat on the team bus to and from games.Funniest Australian teammate: Jamie Stowe.Favourite quote: This is a quote from my good mate Paul Sfeir – “It’s better than a sliced breakfast.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: YesStay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 43 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

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