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Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Response Bills to Bolster Health Care System, Workers, and Education and Reschedule the Primary Election

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Response Bills to Bolster Health Care System, Workers, and Education and Reschedule the Primary Election March 27, 2020 Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf signed four bills today to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania that bolster the health care system, benefit workers and schools, and reschedule the 2020 primary election for June 2.The governor signed House Bill 1232, which provides $50 million for the Wolf administration to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services to meet the urgent needs by patients and staff.“This funding will allow Pennsylvania to get more beds, ventilators, and other personal protective equipment that our health care system needs for a surge in patients,” said Governor Wolf. “The state and our health care system are mobilizing as fast as possible to provide medical workers with the equipment they need to care for patients.”The governor also signed, Senate Bill 751, which waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, ensures school employees are paid during the closure, and provides the Secretary of Education with authority to waive student teacher and standardized assessments. The Department of Education previously announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing, Keystone exams and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment for the 2019-20 school year.The governor signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2. and makes other election process changes, including some due to the COVID-19 emergency. The bill provides process improvements to Act 77 of 2019, to allow counties to begin processing and tabulating mail ballots beginning at 7 a.m. on election day, rather than after the polls close at 8 p.m. Additionally, the measure allows counties to temporarily consolidate polling places without court approval and eases other rules regarding location and staffing of polling places for the primary to respond to county concerns about a potential shortage of poll workers and appropriate polling place locations.“Delaying this year’s primary election as several other states have done is in the best interests of voters, poll workers and county election officials,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend the General Assembly for acting quickly on this critical legislation. The Department of State will continue to work with local election officials to ensure Pennsylvania has a fair and accessible election.”The governor reminded voters of the new option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to a polling place on election day. Already more than 215,000 registered voters have signed up for either a mail-in or absentee ballot, with nearly 78 percent using the commonwealth’s new online application. Those voters do not need to file new applications despite the change in primary date.The governor also signed House Bill 68, which makes applying for unemployment compensation easier for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill requires the Department of Labor & Industry to waive the one week waiting period and job search and work registration requirements for claimants under the disaster emergency, provides automatic relief from benefit charges for employers whose account would otherwise be charged during the disaster emergency, increases timeframes and allows for interest-free payment plans, and provides the secretary with the ability to adopt temporary regulations to ensure compliance with federal law.The governor signed House Bill 1578 which makes technical changes to the disclosure of fees in declarations and in public offering statements of planned communities, cooperatives, and condominiums and to permit corrective amendments to the bylaws of planned communities, cooperatives, and condominiums by utilizing the current procedure used to make corrective amendments to declarations.The governor vetoed House Bill 1100.Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.View this information in Spanish here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Luxe Gold Coast mega mansion set to go under hammer

first_imgWho could possibly get bored of that view? Put your master chef skills to good use in the kitchen.“The first thing for me was the north to wide water position,” Dr Yu Tang said.“Because we’ve got really nice wide water and skyline views, it’s really peaceful.“We can’t actually see our neighbours across the water or on the side either.”The two-storey home sits on a sprawling 835sq m block at 72 Blair Athol Cres.Showcasing picture perfect opulence, it has a contemporary design with luxury features scattered throughout, including water features, an outdoor fireplace and chandeliers.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoSplashes of feature wallpaper as well as natural materials, including quartz and white onyx, scattered throughout give it a sophisticated style.“This house pretty much embodies everything I was looking for,” Dr Wing Kwan Tang said.A combined kitchen, living and dining area is at the heart of the home, which has a floor-to-ceiling curved glass wall that frames water vistas.Not a bad way to wake up every day. It’s like having a cinema in your own home. The lounge room at 72 Blair Athol Cres, Sorrento.center_img The front of No. 72 Blair Athol Cres.Slide open the bi-fold doors and an alfresco terrace with a ceiling TV, fireplace, and barbecue expands towards the water while overlooking the pool and spa.A large soundproof media room with drop-down projector and bar as well as a home office are also on the first floor.The top floor is dedicated to four bedrooms, two of which have their own waterfront balconies.A fifth bedroom that could double as a second study or gym is on the first floor.Dr Yu Tang said most of his spare time was spent in the media room.“I like the media room – I like to call it the ‘man cave’ but I think my wife likes to claim it too,” he said.Dr Wing Kwan Tang also loved the versatile living space because she could be cooking in the kitchen while admiring the views and keeping an eye on their two sons.The couple are reluctant to sell their dream home but want to move closer to their son’s school.“When we moved here, we didn’t have any kids,” Dr Yu Tang said. “It will be really hard to replace something like this.”The mansion towers over the riverbank. The kitchen and living area of 72 Blair Athol Cres overlooks the water.‘LAVISH’ is an understatement when it comes to labelling this Sorrento mansion, but it is the water, skyline and mountain views that are its biggest selling point.Owners Yu and Wing Kwan Tang bought the property almost eight years ago after falling in love with its waterfront position.Imagine lazing by this pool.last_img read more


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Marijuana: Health, safety of residents should come first (Calif)

first_imgSan Diego Union-Tribune 8 March 2017Family First Comment: A very good commentary on the effects of legalising marijuana – from people who know:• “the voters did not bargain for increased visits to emergency departments, exposure to children and newborns, drugged drivers, increased homelessness, crime, suicides and work force impact related to marijuana.• “The legal changes for marijuana are a result of brilliant campaign and marketing by the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.• “over the years, compassionate care has evolved into full-scale marijuana commercialisation.• “The public must understand that the word “medical” in “medical marijuana” is political and not scientific. People who have marijuana cards know that it’s a card for law enforcement and not for their doctor. To prescribe any medication, a doctor needs to do an exam, a physical, consider drug interactions, risks and benefits, and then prescribe a known dose. The medicine that is prescribed needs to have quality control measures for set milligram dosages and possible contaminants.#saynopetodopeCalifornians want compassionate use of marijuana. Californians do not want pot smokers to go to jail. That was the message voters sent to Sacramento in 1996 with Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, and in 2016 with Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. While we agree with the concept of compassion and decriminalization, the voters did not bargain for increased visits to emergency departments, exposure to children and newborns, drugged drivers, increased homelessness, crime, suicides and work force impact related to marijuana.The legal changes for marijuana are a result of brilliant campaign and marketing by the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. But it is the duty of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to protect our community and consider the public safety and health implications of the marijuana industry.Unfortunately, over the years, compassionate care has evolved into full-scale marijuana commercialization. Advertising high-THC content products like candy and soda, buy-one-get-one-free, bring a friend and happy-hour dispensary marketing are all profit-driven strategies. Marijuana in the 1960s contained 3 percent THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Today’s marijuana plants are genetically modified for up to 25 percent THC and have resulted in an increasing public health problem.The public must understand that the word “medical” in “medical marijuana” is political and not scientific. People who have marijuana cards know that it’s a card for law enforcement and not for their doctor. To prescribe any medication, a doctor needs to do an exam, a physical, consider drug interactions, risks and benefits, and then prescribe a known dose. The medicine that is prescribed needs to have quality control measures for set milligram dosages and possible contaminants.Every day in every emergency department in San Diego, a person is treated with marijuana poisoning. We have experienced a tenfold increase in marijuana-related emergency visits from 2004 to 2014. A cancer patient bought a marijuana brownie to help his nausea but ended up in the emergency room with chest pain. A patient with migraine headaches fainted and suffered a significant head injury after eating marijuana gummy bears she took for her migraines. A tourist was simply trying to have a good time with friends when he called 911 with severe paranoia, thinking he was going to die after smoking marijuana. Code trauma is activated after a driver high on marijuana caused a three-car pile up on the interstate. Marijuana currently has no regulation, and people have no idea what they are smoking or eating.Lev, M.D., is chief, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Emergency Department and chair of San Diego Emergency Medicine Oversight Commission. Stevens is executive director, Community Action, Service & Advocacy/CASA.READ MORE: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-marijuana-ordinance-ban-20170308-story.htmllast_img read more


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Lewandowski goals help Bayern past Olympiakos

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener German champions Bayern Munich needed two goals from their top scorer Robert Lewandowski to sneak past hosts Olympiakos 3-2 on Tuesday and remain top of their Champions League Group B. The Greeks scored on the break when Kostas Tsimikas’s cross found Youssef El Arabi at the far post and the Moroccan beat keeper Manuel Neuer. Bayern, struggling for form since their 7-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, recovered to level with Lewandowski in the 34th minute. He then put them ahead, stabbing in from close range against the run of play in the 62nd for his 18th goal in 12 games in all competitions. Corentin Tolisso added a third with a curled shot in the 75th before the Greeks cut the deficit with Guilherme’s deflected effort four minutes later. The win lifted Bayern to nine point from three games. Tottenham crushed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 to move up to second place on four, one ahead of the Serbs. Olympiakos are bottom with one point. “We made it difficult for ourselves again and didn’t have enough conviction,” said Neuer. “We need to continue working on that, analysing and seeing what we can do better. “The problem at the moment is that we need to score three goals every game to win because we keep conceding two.” While victory takes them a step closer to a spot in the knockout stages, it was far from a vintage performance from Bayern, who were again leaking goals. They have now let in two goals in each of their last five games and there could be even more defensive trouble ahead after Niklas Suele tore his cruciate ligament in his left knee on Saturday and has been ruled out for months. Fullback Lucas Hernandez, who was deployed into a central defender role in the absence of Suele, had to be taken off with what looked like a painful foot injury in the 58th minute. But even before that Bayern had looked vulnerable at the back with El Arabi taking full advantage of Suele’s absence in the central defence to head in for the lead. Coach Niko Kovac looked at times frustrated by the way his team was performing and it took Lewandowski’s scoring prowess to get them out of trouble once more. Bayern, who have not won their last two league matches, thought they had wrapped it up when Tolisso netted their third but were again caught napping as the Greeks set up a dramatic finale. However, they could not avoid their first home loss in Europe after a 10-game unbeaten run at their stadium. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichRobert Lewandowskilast_img read more


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Chelsea’s Diego Costa happy to continue ruffling feathers

first_imgDiego Costa says he is “no angel” but the Chelsea striker will not compromise his combative approach. “On the pitch don’t try and put wings on me, as I am no angel,” Costa told BBC Football Focus. “I think that football has always had a passionate, aggressive side, with players giving their all. People have to get used to this. “Some people seem to think football is like theatre, and that everyone has to play the good guy. “But I think that you transform when you cross the white line, you’re not the same person as off it. “I give no quarter and I ask for none. Out there I’m going to fight for my team and do the best I can. “I’m not going to change that because of what people may think of it. “Afterwards, when the match is over, I have my family and my friends. I have fun like a normal person.” The 27-year-old Brazil-born Spain striker returned from a three-match retrospective suspension for violent conduct against Arsenal in last week’s defeat of Aston Villa. He has attracted criticism in some quarters for his on-field approach, but Blues boss Jose Mourinho has lauded his influence. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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Skeete to officiate at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Qualifiers

first_imgGUYANA’S lone female FIFA referee, Maurees Skeete, departed for St Kitts and Nevis last Monday to officiate in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF) 2017 Caribbean Women’s Under-20 Quarter-Finals from November 22 to 26.Skeete is one of 12 female referees from the Caribbean at this five-day competition that will determine the fixtures for the Finals of the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Under-20 Championship set to take place in 2018.In an invited comment, head of GFF’s Refereeing Department, Stanley Lancaster, said Maurees’ participation should serve as an inspiration to young female referees, stating: “This is a great achievement for Maurees and Guyana as well. She is following in the footsteps of Diane Ferreira-James who officiated in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. My desire and goal are that other females aspire, not just to be referees, but to achieve as much as these women.”The referee delegation arrived at the Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, St Kitts and Nevis, November 20 and will depart on November 27.last_img read more


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Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Update on the latest sports EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Las Vegas Golden Knights have wrapped up home-ice advantage in the NHL’s Western Conference playoffs with a one-goal win over the Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton.Alex Tuch (tuhk) scored with 16 seconds remaining on the overtime clock to give the Knights a 4-3 victory. Vegas took a 3-2 lead on a penalty shot by Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-sheh-soh) early in the third period, but the Avs forced OT when J.T. Compher beat Robin Lehner with 62 seconds left in regulation.Marchesault tallied twice and Lehner finished with 32 saves for the Knights, who will take on the Blackhawks in the first round.The Avs and Coyotes will square off in another first-round series.MLB-SCHEDULE — Rodney McGruder hit a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left to push the Clippers past the Trail Blazers, 122-120. Portland led much of the game, but Los Angeles closed on a 12-5 run to pull out the victory. The Clippers were without Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and played the last five minutes without Paul George after he scored 21 points.NBA-NEWSSimmons needs knee surgeryLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers will spend the rest of the NBA season and playoffs without Ben Simmons.The All-Star guard will have surgery on his left knee, damaging the Sixers’ hopes for a deep playoff run. There was no immediate timeframe for his return, and it’s likely that no firm timetable on his recovery will be set until after the surgery. — Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) tossed six strong innings and the Indians erupted for six runs in the fourth inning of a 7-1 victory over the White Sox. The Indians had been blanked for 13 innings before Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes and Jordan Luplow each hit a two-run homer in the fourth. — Pat Valaika, Pedro Severino and Anthony Santander homered during a five-run eighth that gave the Orioles a 5-3 verdict over the Nationals. Baltimore went into eighth with just two hits and trailing 3-0 before rallying against Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson.— Anthony DeSclafani allowed two singles over six scoreless innings to pitch the Reds past the Brewers, 4-1. Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer in the first to put the Reds on top to stay. — The Rangers picked up a 2-0 win on Joey Gallo’s two-run homer. Six Texas pitchers combined on a four-hitter as Kolby Allard worked five innings before Edinson Volquez worked the sixth for his first major league win since 2017.— The Mets were 8-4 winners against the Marlins as Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso slammed two-run homers before J.D. Davis broke it open with a three-run blast. Rookie David Peterson allowed two runs over five innings to help New York end Miami’s six-game winning streak. The 3-year-old colt remains undefeated this year with four straight graded stakes victories. MLS-SEASON RESUMESMLS to resume regular season UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer says it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up. The league’s 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Aug. 12. Dallas and Nashville are playing three additional games after withdrawing from the league’s tournament because of positive COVID-19 cases. A majority of games will be played without fans because of local regulations. Teams will be subjected to a rigorous testing protocol and will use charter flights to travel. MLS suspended the season on March 12 because of the pandemic after teams had played two games each. HORSE RACING-TRAVERSTiz the Law wins againSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Belmont winner Tiz the Law has easily won the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga and heads to Kentucky for next month’s Derby as the favorite.Ridden by Manny Franco, Tiz the Law ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.65 and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10. August 8, 2020 Johnson’s only major victory was the 2016 U.S. Open.Eleven other players will be three shots back heading into Sunday’s round. Scottie Scheffler also fired a 65 that leaves him tied with Cameron Champ at 8 under. Two shots back are Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Paul Carey and Collin Morikawa, who fired a 65.NBA-SCHEDULEMurray returns to lead NuggetsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets welcomed back one of their stars on Saturday and solidified their hold on third place in the NBA’s Western Conference. In other big league news Saturday:— Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer was activated from the injured list after missing 11 of the first 14 games with gastritis. Hosmer said he never received a precise diagnosis of the ailment and plans to see specialists after the season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMAC cancels fall sports due to virusUNDATED (AP) — The Mid-American Conference has become the first league competing at college football’s highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns. The MAC announced on Saturday that all fall sports have been canceled, although it is exploring the idea of making them up in the spring. The MAC’s 12 schools are facing a significant financial burden by trying to maintain costly coronavirus protocols MAC schools rely heavily on revenue from playing road games against power conference teams. Most of those games were canceled when the Power Five went to exclusively or mostly conference games. A meeting of its presidents earlier in the week was expected to produce an agreement on how to go about a fall season. Instead, some schools pushed to not play. In other college sports news:— The Big Ten has told its schools that until further notice full contact football practices cannot begin. The conference announced all teams will remain in the first two days of what is known as the “acclimatization period” as teams work in just helmets. The Big Ten said all other fall sports will continue to work with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity. MLB-NEWSSamardjiza on ILUNDATED (AP) — Giants hurler Jeff Samardjiza (sah-MAHR’-jah) has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder impingement. Manager Gabe Kapler said the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like he wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. The Rays salvaged a split of the doubleheader as Austin Meadows provided a tiebreaking, two-run single in a 5-3 decision over New York. The Rays used six pitchers during a bullpen day that ended when Judge flew out deep with a runner on base.Elsewhere around the majors:— Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron and Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario homered in the first inning to ignite the Tigers’ 11-5 win over the Pirates. JaCoby Jones added a sixth-inning blast and Cron capped the scoring with an RBI double in Detroit’s second straight win.— Frankie Montas pitched seven shutout innings and the Athletics picked up their eighth consecutive win by downing the Astros, 3-1. Marcus Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win on Friday.— Jake Arrieta picked up his first win in more than a year by tossing three-hit ball over six innings of the Phillies’ 5-0 shutout of the Braves. Jay Bruce smacked a three-run homer and J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) went deep for the third straight game. Cole just misses 20th straightUNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole came within one out of winning his 20th consecutive decision despite another power display by the New York Yankees. Homers by Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Ford powered the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the Rays in Game 1 of a twinbill. Cole had a 5-0 lead as he entered the fifth inning, but he had to be pulled one strike shy of qualifying for the victory. Jose Martinez belted a two-run homer that made it 5-3 and ended Cole’s outing.Cole was bidding to tie Roger Clemens, Jake Arrieta and Rube Marquard for the third-longest streak ever. Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell leads the list with 24 in a row, followed by Roy Face with 22. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-PGA CHAMPIONSHIPJohnson heads tight leaderboard at Harding ParkSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dustin Johnson shot a 5-under 65 in the third round at TPC Harding Park to enter the final round as the PGA Championship leader at minus-9. He had eight birdies in the round, which helped him forget a bogey on No. 6 and a double three holes later. Both times, he birdied the next hole. NASCAR-MICHIGANHarvick wins again at MISBROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick raced to his fifth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season by outlasting Brad Keselowski in overtime in the opener of a weekend doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway.Harvick won for the fourth time at MIS — and three of those victories have been in the last three years.Ford has now won five straight Cup races at Michigan and swept the top two spots Saturday with Harvick and Keselowski. Martin Truex Jr. was third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch. — Pittsburgh junior defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman has opted out of the 2020 season to focus on next year’s NFL draft. Twyman was a second-team All-American in 2019 when he registered 10 1/2 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Twyman said his decision is not about COVID-19, but rather about taking care of his family’s needs. NFL-BROWNS-LANDRYLandry activated CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been activated from the physically unable to perform list, clearing the way for him to practice in training camp following off-season hip surgery.He underwent an extensive procedure to correct a issue that slowed him last season but didn’t keep him off the field. Landry hasn’t missed a game in six seasons and recorded 83 receptions for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. Simmons left Wednesday’s game against Washington midway through the third quarter because of the injury.In other NBA news:— This season’s three NBA MVP finalists have won the award before. The trio announced Saturday is reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) of the Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Lakers and 2017-18 winner James Harden of the Rockets. James would join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the NBA’s only five-time MVPs. Antetokounmpo is bidding to become the 12th back-to-back winner of the award. NHL-SCHEDULEKnights take top seed with OT win over Avs Busch remains winless on the year with five races left in the regular season.F1-70TH ANNIVERSARY GPBottas on pole for Silverstone GP ahead of teammate HamiltonSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to claim the pole position for Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.Bottas clocked 1 minute, 25.154 seconds, 0.063 seconds ahead of the six-time world champion. It gave Bottas his first pole since the opening race of the pandemic-delayed season in Austria, which he went on to win. Jamal Murray scored 23 points, including the tying and go-ahead baskets in the Nuggets’ double-overtime win against the Jazz, 134-132. He sank a fallaway jumper for a 123-all tie and then beat the shot clock with a go-ahead 3-pointer. Murray had 12 rebounds and eight assists, just missing a triple-double in his first game since March 11. He missed the Nuggets’ first four games of the restart due to a tight hamstring.The Nuggets overcame Donovan Mitchell’s 35 points for Utah, including a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime.In other NBA action:— T.J. Warren poured in 39 points, including seven straight to put the Pacers ahead in the final two minutes of a 116-111 downing of the Lakers. LeBron James had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists after sitting out the first game since the Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference. — The Suns are 5-0 since the restart after Devin Booker scored 35 points and Jevon Carter added a season-high 20 in a 119-112 victory against the Heat. Carter made six of eight 3-pointers for Phoenix, which is two games behind Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff berth.last_img read more


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Sumner County live twitter feed: Week #2 Wellington vs. Concordia, other county updates

first_imgWell, I learned something new everyday. I exceeded my tweeter account. So I’ll update you directly on site. Wellington drives to Concordia 25 but drive stalls. Concordia now has the ball with 2:46 to play in game. 2:00 to play Wellington will win this contest. First winning streak since 2009…South Haven leads South Barber 52-34 to start the fourth…Oxford leads Norwich 60-26…Caldwell in trouble at Udall.Wellington wins 27-6! Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


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Ronaldo denies tax fraud at court hearing

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP |  Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo denied hiding millions of euros in income at a court hearing near the Spanish capital on Monday where he was charged with tax evasion.The Portuguese — the world’s highest paid sportsman according to Forbes magazine — is the latest football star to fall foul of Spain’s taxman.He follows in the footsteps of his arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year.“I have never hidden anything, nor have I had the intention of evading taxes,” Ronaldo, 32, told the court, according to a statement from the sports agency which represents him, Gestifute.“I always voluntarily file my tax returns because I think we all must file a return and pay taxes according to our income. Those that know me, know what I ask my advisors: that they have everything up to date and properly paid, because I don’t want problems.”Accused of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax, he entered and left the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, via an underground garage to avoid the press.Prosecutors allege he took “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities”.They say this was a “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.In addition, they say the Real Madrid striker only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.They also accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.– ‘Legal and legitimate’ –Ronaldo told the court he did not create a “special structure” to manage his image rights when he moved to Real in 2009 but simply maintained the one set up in 2004 while he was at Manchester United “long before I thought of coming to Spain”.This structure had been deemed “legal and legitimate” by the British tax office.The affair has taken its toll on Ronaldo.According to press reports, Real’s all-time top goalscorer threatened to leave Spain over the affair, giving supporters a fright.He has since decided to stay on, according to Real coach Zinedine Zidane.If he were put on trial and found guilty, Ronaldo would risk “a fine of at least 28 million” euros and could potentially be jailed for three and a half years, the Gestha union of experts at Spain’s Inland Revenue has said.Since extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million earned in 2016-2017, according to Forbes.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain, which is only just recovering from a damaging economic crisis that saw countless people lose their jobs and inequalities rise.Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million-euro fine last year for tax fraud.His prison sentence has since been replaced by another fine of 252,000 euros, which corresponds to 400 euros for each day of jail.Barcelona’s Argentine defender Javier Mascherano, meanwhile, agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.Brazil star Neymar, another Barcelona forward, and his parents are also due to stand trial for alleged corruption over his transfer from Santos in 2013.Real have not been spared either.Apart from Ronaldo, former player Angel di Maria, Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao and Jose Mourinho, who coached the club from 2010 to 2013, have all been accused of tax fraud.All are clients of super-agent Jorge Mendes, who was also questioned and put under official investigation last month by a Spanish court investigating alleged tax evasion by Monaco’s former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, another footballer in his stable. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


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Man with gun reported at USA Today HQ

first_imgFairfax County Police tweeted they are investigating the reports and are asking people to avoid the area.We are responding to reports of a man with weapon at the Gannett Building located at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. Please avoid the area, updates to follow #FCPD pic.twitter.com/cwz3c9wdUx— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) August 7, 2019 Authorities have not confirmed that any shots were fired at this time.The Gannett Building houses USA Today offices. The headquarters of Gannett and USA Today has been evacuated following reports of a man with a gun in the building.The building is located just outside Washington, DC in Northern Virginia.A USA Today employee tweeted that the building has been evacuated.SWAT teams evacuation at @USATODAY HQ in Tysons pic.twitter.com/dCh6d160Uv— William Dyer (@wdyerz) August 7, 2019last_img read more