Going the extra mile — or 3.2 of them — for Abercrombie

first_imgThe 3.2 for Ben virtual walk-race is inviting the Harvard community to lace up their shoes and rally around one of their own.The virtual event, scheduled for Saturday through Nov. 22, is raising funds in honor of undergrad Ben Abercrombie, who suffered life-changing paralysis in his first game for the Crimson football team in September 2017.Participants can sign up to walk or run 3.2 miles to show their support of the Alabama native nicknamed “Badgercrombie,” who wore number 32. All proceeds go to the Harvard Varsity Club’s Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund.“It’s a great way to keep the tradition going, given the circumstances,” said former teammate Raishaun McGhee ’17. McGhee organized the walk/run and created the annual Bowl for Ben that also donates all proceeds to the Abercrombie Fund.“Everybody on the team, as soon as you step on the field or in that locker room, you become a member of the family whether you’re a freshman or senior, sophomore. It doesn’t matter what year,” McGhee said. “He is a part of the family.”After completing their run or walk, participants will post their time online. Everyone who signs up receives a personalized bib and finisher medal. To date the fund has raised more than $600,000 and has paid for a number of medical costs not covered by Abercrombie’s insurance, ranging from a customized van and wheelchair to rehabilitation sessions and flights for treatments and doctors’ appointments. Other fundraising events have included El Jefe’s Taqueria’s annual Ben Abercrombie Day in Harvard Square. (Due to the pandemic, this year’s event was rescheduled to the spring.)In the fall of 2019, Abercrombie returned to Harvard as a student. Because of the pandemic, he has been learning from home this year. He’s taking two courses and has been doing rehab from home with a trainer.“I still work out on my exercise bike three times a week while making sure I complete my schoolwork in between,” Abercrombie said. “The main downside is not being on campus where you can actually be in a real classroom and interact with professors and other students.”Abercrombie’s message to them, to anyone who takes part, and especially to his former teammate McGhee: “Thank you.”“It means a lot to me and my family,” he said. “The benefits will help us pay for equipment, supplies, and technology I need for rehab, School, and other things to keep me healthy, further my path to graduation, and my path to healing.”Register for 3.2 for Ben. The event starts Saturday. The last day to register and post times is Nov. 22.last_img read more

New Zealand introduces a tax on tourists, and Slovenia a promotional tax. Madness or ingenious solutions?

first_imgThe New Zealand Labor government has announced that it plans to introduce a tax on tourist arrivals from 2019 in order to find money for infrastructure burdened with an increasing number of visitors.The tax will amount to $ 24,40 per person, and will be charged from the middle of next year when obtaining a visa, writes Business diary. The government estimates that about $ 52 million will be raised on that basis, and Australian tourists, New Zealand’s most frequent foreign visitors, will be exempt from the tax.By the way, tourism is the main economic branch of New Zealand, and since 2015 the number of tourists has jumped by a third, while New Zealand can thank its tourist revival for the shooting of the mega-popular film, The Lord of the RingsOn the other side of the world or in our neighborhood, in Slovenia, guests will pay a tourist tax in addition to the tourist tax.In addition to the increased sojourn tax, tourists will soon be charged a promotional tax, which aims to improve Slovenian tourism, as defined by the new law adopted by the Slovenian parliament.The amount of the tourist tax will continue to be determined by the municipalities, with the new law increasing its maximum amount per day from the previous 1,265 euros to 2,50 euros, and the news is that tourists will now pay a promotional tax, which can be a quarter of the sojourn tax. .Photo: Slovenian Tourist BoardIn the worst case, in the most expensive destinations, the new amount of combined fees is 3,125 euros per day, which is 23 kuna per day, and the paid advertising fee will fill the budget of the Slovenian Tourist Board. By the way, a new regulation on the amount of sojourn tax was passed in Croatia last year, which has been in force since 2018. Thus, in accordance with the new regulation, the amount of the sojourn tax is determined in the range from HRK 2,50 to HRK 8,00, depending on the class of the tourist place and the seasonal period.It is interesting that the Ministry of Tourism calculates that the umbrella Slovenian tourist organization will earn an additional 4,7 million euros, while local communities and municipalities will earn another 6,9 million euros a year by increasing fees. Last year, 1,3 million domestic and 3 million tourists visited Slovenia, who spent 4 million nights. Of the foreigners, most Germans, Italians, Austrians, Croats and Serbs visited the country.A revolutionary idea or a total failure?It is interesting that instead of encouraging the development of tourism, ie the arrival of tourists in their country, with this “revolutionary idea” on the tourist market, Slovenia seems to charge for entry into its country, as in a museum. If you want to visit Slovenia – pay the entrance fee, more precisely 3 euros per day, per person. So in the case of New Zealand. If I can draw a parallel that immediately comes to mind, it is as in the case of restaurants that charge for setting the table, ie cutlery. Come, but pay taxes first.The promotional tax is exclusively a new fee paid by guests, and the Ministry of Tourism in Slovenia, with one decision, directly influenced the increase in the price of the entire destination, without tourists receiving any added value, increased service or the like.Personally, I consider this decision a failure, which reminds me of the ridiculous political moves when we talk about closing holes in the budget… raise taxes, VAT, new levies, additional health insurance, real estate tax, etc. građ. and here’s the money to patch holes in the budget. So in this case of advertising fees, the budget needs to be filled, so we will introduce a levy on tourists. The tourists we want to attract.You don’t need any intelligence, college or anything like that for such moves, anyone can be so “smart”. But strategically and planned to develop a tourist destination, create new tourist products or a smart strategy of promotion and branding in order to attract as many tourists to one tourist destination, which would generate tourist consumption, and thus fill the budget for better promotion of tourist destinations…. And for that you already have to think a little and fight in the market.Raising prices due to some whim, ie to fill the budget for the best possible promotion is, in my opinion, a total failure, which will negatively affect the competitiveness of Slovenia in a highly competitive tourist market.On the other hand, I can understand and only praise the need for New Zealand to curb mass tourism and environmental awareness and self-sustainability, it is also the goal of tourism, but to introduce a tourism tax to invest in that infrastructure is in my opinion as a tourist tax. fools. Do we want tourists or not?Certainly there are many ways to reduce the number of tourists to avoid over tourism, among other things the introduction of a tourist tax, and from year to year to increase or decrease the same, limit the number of entries, increase prices like many others. Also, tourist tax will not be paid by tourists from Australia, the main emitting market, so here we come to the issue of discrimination against all other tourists. When they were already so sure of their decision, then they should have introduced a tax on all tourists or they still calculated that it would significantly affect the decline in arrivals from Australia.However, the market is an open game, everyone is making their own way, and time will show how tourists will accept these changes and the introduction of new taxes at their expense, and how these measures will ultimately affect the overall tourism product and trends. Of course, if tourists are willing to pay additional taxes and if it turns out that these measures will not affect the decline in demand, the question arises again: Why not take that extra income?But these are all charms of an open market that is alive and well on the move, as is the whole economy.What is your opinion? As two chapters are always smarter than one and in order to argue the discussion, I invite you to engage in a constructive discussion on Facebook page.last_img read more

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

first_imgThe last King of Rwanda dies at 80 Singer George Michael dies at the age of 53 in England Football legend CK Gyamfi diescenter_img Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night at the age of 89.King, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, had said in May he was in hospice care at his home after being hospitalized in April with dehydration related to diabetes.King’s death was confirmed late on Thursday on a Facebook page linked to the website of his daughter Claudette.The Mississippi native’s reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.Born on a Mississippi plantation to sharecropper parents, he outlived his post-World War Two blues peers – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker – to see the rough music born in the cotton fields of the segregated South reach a new audience.King will forever be associated with his trademark black Gibson guitars, all of which he christened “Lucille” in recollection of a woman who two men fought over in 1949 in an Arkansas dance hall where he was playing.The men knocked over a kerosene lamp, setting fire to the building. King risked his life to retrieve his $30 guitar.In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time ranked King at No. 3, behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.Relatedlast_img read more

Residents without cellphone service in Region 9

first_imgOver the last few days, residents of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) have been significantly inconvenienced owing to the disruptions to mobile service from telecommunications giant, GTT.The mobile service went down on Saturday last, greatly impacting business operations and leisure activities in many areas across the Region.GTT mobile subscribers were unable to send or receive calls, text messages or access the Internet.Reports indicate that residents of North Rupununi and Central Rupununi have been particularly affected, since commercial activities are abundant in those areas.Residents have also expressed concern that GTT failed to promptly inform the public of the disruption to the service and to keep them updated on progress in addressing the matter.In a Facebook post, parliamentarian Alister Charlie vented about the lack of customer service.“Come on GTT, be professional and let the subscribers know exactly what is happening and how soon will the service be restored,” he posted.Contacted for a comment on the matter, the company explained that the disruption was as a result of damage to equipment at its Lethem facility.On Tuesday, GTT Public Relations Officer (PRO) Allison Parker advised that the information would be broadcast on the recently-commissioned radio station in the Region.According to the statement from the company, engineers are working to replace the equipment and conduct urgent repairs.In apologising for the inconvenience caused, the company announced that mobile services should be restored fully today.last_img read more