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Paul Manafort’s activities arouse interest of Ukrainian prosecutors

first_imgGovernment | Nation & World | National News | NPR News | PoliticsPaul Manafort’s activities arouse interest of Ukrainian prosecutorsApril 15, 2017 by Lucian Kim, NPR News Share:Ukrainian investigators are seeking to understand the extent of the ties Paul Manafort, shown here in July 2016, had with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.Carolyn Kaster/APPaul Manafort quit as Donald Trump’s campaign manager last summer amid questions about his consulting work for a disgraced Ukrainian leader who now is a wanted man in his own country.While Manafort vanished from Ukraine’s political scene even earlier, his name lives on in Kiev.Ukrainian investigators are seeking to understand his ties, if any, to former President Viktor Yanukovych at the time of the shooting of anti-government protesters on the capital’s central square, known as the Maidan, in February 2014.Manafort is central to questions about the extent of Russian influence in the U.S. presidential election. The FBI is investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia in those efforts, although it has not disclosed which individuals are under scrutiny. Manafort served as Trump’s campaign chairman during the spring and summer of 2016.Manafort himself is not the subject of a Ukrainian investigation. But following the publication in February of allegedly hacked text messages in which Manafort’s daughter Andrea refers to “blood money” earned in Ukraine – presumably a reference to the deaths on the central square – prosecutors in Kiev want to know exactly when he cut his ties to Yanukovych.Viktor Yanukovych waves to his supporters before being sworn in as Ukraine’s president in 2010.Sergei Chuzavkov/Associated Press“Of course, we will check that out in the context of whether Manafort was in Ukraine at the time of the Maidan and specifically what he was doing in relation to the Ukrainian government,” prosecutor Serhiy Gorbatyuk told NPR in an interview.Manafort declined to comment, only saying through his spokesman, Jason Maloni, that he hoped Ukrainian investigators would look into an alleged blackmail attempt against him.Gorbatyuk heads an office charged with investigating the Yanukovych government, especially at the time of the bloodshed on the Maidan. Gorbatyuk says he is still waiting for an FBI response to multiple requests for help in questioning Manafort as a witness in another Yanukovych-era corruption case.The 2014 Maidan revolution threw Ukraine into turmoil. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets to protest Yanukovych’s decision to reject an association agreement with the European Union and align Ukraine more closely with Russia. After the protests turned violent, Yanukovych fled to Russia, where he remains. In the ensuing power vacuum, Russia annexed Crimea and supported an armed uprising by pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine.Paul Manafort’s office in Ukraine used to be located at 4 Sofiiska St. in central Kiev.Lucian Kim/NPRIt’s not clear when Manafort last visited his Kiev office, which used to be in a century-old brick building on a quiet side street off the Maidan. But his name resurfaced last August, when the New York Times reported that it was included in secret “black ledgers” that appeared to document Yanukovych’s cash payments to political allies. Shortly afterward, Manafort resigned as manager for Trump’s presidential campaign.The story didn’t end there — at least not in Ukraine.In March, Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko released financial documents that he said were found in Manafort’s former office and showed that on one occasion, Yanukovych used an offshore bank account and phony invoice to pay Manafort $750,000. Manafort denied the allegations, according to the New York Times.Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that the same amount, also listed in a “black ledger,” had actually been received by Manafort’s consulting firm in the U.S.Last summer, the fledgling National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine published the instances that Manafort’s name is listed in the “black ledgers.”Ukrainian investigators say they are interested in ascertaining whether such financial transactions were part of corrupt schemes used by government officials. To get to the bottom of their investigations, they rely on cooperation with foreign law enforcement agencies, including from the U.S.“We need effective legal cooperation. We need a quick response to our requests,” said Dariya Manzhura, a NABU spokeswoman. “Otherwise we won’t be able to gather enough materials and evidence.”Ukraine, which gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, has struggled to build independent government institutions. Because of its long historical ties to Moscow, Ukraine is probably the country that has been most affected by Russia politically.In Yanukovych’s first bid for the Ukrainian presidency, in 2004, his most influential advisers were Russian. President Vladimir Putin openly backed his candidacy. Ironically, Yanukovych hired Manafort exactly because his Russian advisers had failed to get him elected that time.Taras Chornovil, a former Yanukovych confidant, says he clashed with Manafort over strategy in the 2006 parliamentary elections.“I didn’t see any ideology in him,” said Chornovil. But he says he found it “suspicious” that Manafort pushed a message favoring closer alignment with Russia and opposing Ukraine joining NATO.Andriy Yermolayev, a former Yanukovych adviser who met Manafort regularly over coffee, remembers the American consultant completely differently.“I absolutely don’t agree with the way Manafort is characterized,” he said, “because he had his principles and supported a pro-Western course for Ukraine.” Manafort was “disappointed” with Yanukovych’s fateful decision not to sign the EU agreement in November 2013, according to Yermolayev.Manafort’s defenders in Ukraine say he has been caught in a web of political intrigue that stretches to America.Ukrainian investigators insist they’re just doing their job.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

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Man sentenced to 3 years in prison after trying to spoil box of COVID vaccines

first_imgAdvertisementBradenburg told his coworkers that he was “skeptical” of vaccines, specifically the Moderna vaccine. “The FDA has ensured that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine meets the agency’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality,” said Assistant Commissioner for Criminal Investigations Catherine A. Hermsen of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Those who knowingly tamper with this vaccine place American patients’ health at risk. Today’s announcement should serve as a reminder that this kind of illicit tampering activity will not be tolerated.” North Fort Myers man sentenced to over 2 years in prison for counterfeiting money June 16, 2021 Advertisement Mobile pediatric vaccination clinic happening in Cape Coral Friday June 11, 2021 Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccineDepartment of Justice RELATEDTOPICS GRAFTON, Wis.— A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three years in prison after he intentionally spoiled a box of COVID-19 vaccines. 46-year-old Steven R. Brandenburg plead guilty in February to “attempting to tamper with consumer products with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily injury”, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Bradenburg left a box of Moderna vaccines vials twice during his overnight shifts in December of 2020. The vaccine doses must be stored at a specific cold temperature to remain effective, according to officials. After he left the doses out all night, he put them back in the refrigerator to be used at the vaccine clinic. 57 people received their vaccine doses from the box that Brandenburg tampered with. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Bradenburg will have to serve three years of parol after his prison jail time. He will also have to pay $83,800 in restitution to the hospital. Advertisement Lee County COVID-19 vaccine site moving to North Fort Myers this month June 13, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

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Busy Sunday for Laois GAA teams as Storm Jorge passes on

first_img Pinterest Busy Sunday for Laois GAA teams as Storm Jorge passes on Facebook Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Storm Jorge has come and (almost) gone, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake across the country.The sporting fixtures have unsurprisingly been hit with both of Laois’s National League fixtures affected.The Laois hurlers make the short trip to Nowlan Park this afternoon to take on Kilkenny in a game that was due to be in Portlaoise.The reason it was switched was because it was reckoned the MW Hire O’Moore Park pitch wouldn’t have been able for two games in this weather in less than 24 hours – the footballers Division 2 clash against Kildare was due to be last night but was postponed because of the high winds.It means that both the Laois senior hurlers and footballers are in action this afternoon – the footballers at 1pm in Portlaoise against Kildare; the hurlers at 2pm in Kilkenny against Brian Cody’s Kilkenny.Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Laois v KilkennyIn UPMC Nowlan Park at 2pmThis game is essentially a dead rubber – Laois can’t go through to the quarter-finals even if they win and they’re safe from relegation no matter what happens.Kilkenny need just a draw to ensure their place in the knockout stages.It’s the first time for the counties to meet in the league since 2006 – when Kilkenny recorded a 1-26 to 1-13 win in Nowlan Park – while Laois are seeking to end a seven-game losing streak in the competition against Kilkenny and record a first win in the fixture since April 1998. Facebook By Steven Miller – 1st March 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter TAGSLaois senior footballersLaois senior hurlersLaois v KildareLaois v Kilkenny The game sees Eddie Brennan come up against his home county and Brian Cody for the first time since he took on the Laois job – and it’ll be a fore-runner to the more serious business of the Leinster championship when the sides meet in Kilkenny on May 17.Laois have made three changes to the side that beat Carlow to ensure their Division 1 status last week with Ronan Broderick from Clough-Ballacolla coming in for his first league start at wing-back instead of Jack Kelly and Colm Stapleton and James Keyes forming a new-look midfield pairing with the Rosenallis duo of John Lennon and Fiachra C Fennell making way.Kilkenny have made six changes to their team from the one that drew with Clare last Sunday with Ballyhale Shamrocks youngster Eoin Cody coming in for his debut at centre-forward to essentially replace his club-mate Adrian Mullen who has been ruled out for the year with a cruciate injury.There is no TJ Reid, Colin Fennelly or Richie Hogan for Kilkenny as they start just three of the team that played against Tipperary in last year’s All Ireland final. But there are plenty of big names with Walter Walsh, Padraig Walsh, Huw Lawlor and Ger Aylward all starting.Kilkenny are the hottest of 1/50 favourites with Laois at 12/1 and the draw at 33/1.LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Liam Senior, Matthew Whelan, Donnacha Hartnett; Ronan Broderick, Podge Delaney, Ciaran McEvoy; James Keyes, Colm Stapleton; Aaron Dunphy, James Ryan, Paddy Purcell; Willie Dunphy, Ross King, Eoin GaughanKILKENNY: Darren Brennan; Tommy Walsh, Huw Lawlor, Ciaran Wallace; Conor Delaney, Padraig Walsh, Darren Mullen; Richie Leahy, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, Eoin Cody, Alan Murphy; Billy Ryan, Walter Walsh, Ger AylwardAllianz Football League Division 2 – Laois v KildareIn MW Hire O’Moore Park at 1pmJust like the hurling game, there’s also a nice managerial angle to this one with Kerry men in charge of both sides.Laois boss Mike Quirke was on the Kerry panel under Jack O’Connor who is now over Kildare and also played under him at club level with Kerins O’Rahilly’s in Tralee.Quirke has made a better start to his reign as Laois boss as his side sit on five points, just one off leaders Cavan and three ahead of Kildare who are tied on two at the bottom of the table with Clare and Fermanagh.It’s a must-win game for Kildare in that context but they do come in as 4/6 favourites.They have lost their last three games – to Roscommon, Armagh and Clare – and haven’t even scored a goal since their opening round win over Fermanagh.With the exception of the home loss to Cavan two weeks ago, Laois have enjoyed a good start with wins over Clare and Armagh and a draw away to last year’s Connacht champions Roscommon.Kildare have had the upper hand on Laois in recent years, comfortably winning their championship meetings in 2017, 2015, 2011 and 2009 and Laois have won only one of the last ten meetings between the counties, that a league game in 2010.Sean O’Flynn’s return to the half-back line is the only named change to the team that beat Clare last weekend while Kildare have made three changes to their side that lost to Roscommon last Sunday.Having been due to be played last night, the game now goes ahead at 1pm in MW Hire O’Moore Park.You can check out our full guide to the game here. LAOIS: Niall Corbet; Trevor Collins, Mark Timmons, Gearoid Hanrahan; Sean O’Flynn, Robbie Pigott, Paddy O’Sullivan; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Sean Byrne, Eoin Lowry, Damien O’Connor; Ross Munnelly, Colm Murphy, Evan O’Carroll.KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Shea Ryan Mick O’Grady, Eoin Doyle; David Hyland, Con Kavanagh, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feeley, Tommy Moolick; Liam Power, Paul Cribbin, Paddy Brophy; Adam Tyrrell, Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly.SEE ALSO – Remembering a famous win for the Laois hurlers over Kilkenny in 1996SEE ALSO – Remember the Game: Laois beat Kildare in front of 15,000 in 2003 league clash News Previous articleProperty Watch: Five commercial properties for sale in LaoisNext articleJohn F Headen: Hobnail boots, dubbin and Gannon’s Chemist shop Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Home Sport GAA Busy Sunday for Laois GAA teams as Storm Jorge passes on SportGAAGaelic FootballHurlingLaois Senior Football TeamLaois Senior Hurling Team Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Rezoning tax will help remove incentive for corruption from dodgy developers

first_imgRezoning tax will help remove incentive for corruption from dodgy developers Australian GreensThe Victorian Greens have welcomed reports that the state government will introduce a land rezoning tax in next week’s Budget, after the Greens proposed it at the last state election.Our current planning system is too vulnerable to corruption because of windfall gains.As recent IBAC investigations have made clear, the system sees developers jump into the pockets of government, and secure huge windfalls when land rezoning results in a massive increase in the value of land.This tax could disincentivise developers from making dodgy deals by ensuring they no longer make massive unearned profits.The Greens believe these windfall gains should instead be shared with the community, with additional revenue invested in public transport, schools and other infrastructure.Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam, said that this simple mechanism would go to the heart of the corruption IBAC is investigating.She added it was high-time developers stopped jumping into the pockets of the government through donations and lobbying for favourable rezoning decisions, and that this tax would help remove the incentive for corruption.In the lead up to the 2018 state election, the Greens proposed a Windfall Rezoning Tax that would have been levied at 75% of the difference between the officially assessed land value before the rezoning compared to the land value afterwards.According to the Parliamentary Budget Office the Greens policy would have made the government approximately $1.5 billion dollars over the forward estimates.As stated by Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam MLC:“When land rezoning results in a massive increase in the value of land, developers pocket huge windfalls and Victorians miss out.“It’s time for the government to stop rigging the economy to benefit large scale landowners and property developers with connections, and instead capture the value from rezoning so it works for the interests of all Victorians.“This tax is an important first step. By taking away the incentive of windfall gains, let’s hope it helps stop the flow of corrupting donations and stops developers trying to game the system in their favour.“The Greens have been calling for a tax like this for years, and we’re glad the government has finally listened.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, community, corruption, Economy, election, Game, Government, heart, infrastructure, property, public transport, revenue, tax, the Pocket, Transport, Victorialast_img read more

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Hanna Saddened By Killing Of 2 Year Old

first_imgHanna Saddened By Killing Of 2 Year Old UncategorizedAugust 22, 2014 RelatedGarvey Has Left Jamaica A Template For Development – Taylor RelatedCabinet to Receive Proposed Amendments to Laws on Parish Council Operations The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP has expressed great sadness over news of the killing of a two year old boy in Lewis, St Ann yesterday.The toddler, his father, and other members of their community were attacked by a man with a knife.It was reported that the perpetrator had become enraged following an altercation in the community and moved from yard to yard where he injured several men and killed little Jaheim Cooper.Minister Hanna said:“I am very sad and heart-broken by this incident which has claimed the life of Jaheim Cooper.  He was just a boy ,an innocent and defenceless boy, who really had nothing to do with what was taking place in his community.  I want to express my regrets and condolences to the family. The entire nation shares the pain and the grief. I also wish a speedy recovery for Jaheim’s father and the others who were injured in the ordeal.”The suspect, who was thought to be struggling with mental illness, has been arrested.Minister Hanna said the tragedy brings into focus the necessity for the nation to change the way it deals with mental illness. She said that was one of the aimsof the soon to be established Therapeutic Centre for children which would, among other things, focus on addressing mental health challenges and behavioural issues as soon as they are identified. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Story HighlightsThe Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP has expressed great sadness over news of the killing of a two year old boy in Lewis, St Ann yesterday.It was reported that the perpetrator had become enraged following an altercation in the community and moved from yard to yard where he injured several men and killed little Jaheim Cooper. The suspect, who was thought to be struggling with mental illness, has been arrested. RelatedJ. Wray and Nephew Honourees Retirees for 800 Years of Service Advertisementslast_img read more

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Telecom Italia considers €2B asset sale

first_img Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 JUL 2019 Home Telecom Italia considers €2B asset sale Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals INWITTelecom Italia Tags Related Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energycenter_img Previous ArticleMexico, Brazil fuel America Movil Q2 gainsNext ArticleExperts promote education as key development tool Kavit Majithia Español Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Telecom Italia could reportedly sell assets worth approximately €2 billion, including a stake in tower unit Inwit, its data centre and credit operations.Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported the operator is considering asset sales, as CEO Luigi Gubitosi looks at ways to revive the group following recent struggles.A €2 billion injection could also help with a current debt load which stands at €25 billion.Telecom Italia, which owns a 60 per cent stake in Inwit, struck a deal this year with Vodafone Italy to merge tower assets, a move which will help to reduce 5G costs for both operators.However, a stake sale is still very much on the table, the newspaper stated. It is unclear whether Vodafone Italy would remain interested in making an investment in Inwit if it was put up for sale by Telecom Italia.Also on the block was reported to be the company’s data centre unit and its consumer credit operations.The plan could be put to the company’s board on 1 August and the sell-off could be completed by early 2020, the report added. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

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Renewed appeal over police officers murder in North

first_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – April 2, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Renewed appeal over police officers murder in Northcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleFall in national five-day moving average of Covid-19 casesNext articleGarda warning over drug driving this Easter Bank Holiday weekend News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Detectives in the North are renewing an appeal for information on the tenth anniversary of the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr.The 25 year-old officer died after a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh on the 2nd of April, 2011.It happened as he left his apartment in Highfield Close at a quarter to 4 that afternoon to go to work in Enniskillen.The PSNI still believes there are witnesses in the community who may hold the key to vital evidence. Facebooklast_img read more

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Brighton outlasts Athena in thriller

first_img Add to Google+ Share on Facebook This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Follow on Facebook Brighton outlasts Athena in thriller Print This Post Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.center_img Connect on Linked in By Paul Gotham on September 28, 2017No Comment Brighton outlasts Athena in thriller added by Paul Gotham on September 28, 2017View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensLovely&HealthyTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The World Lovely&Healthyby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters Subscribe by Email By PAUL GOTHAMBrighton boys’ soccer coach Adam Hiller knows his team can’t hide from the truth any longer.With lofty rankings in polls and a victory earlier this week over previously undefeated Brockport, the Barons have changed roles whether they like it or not.“We always kinda liked being the underdog and coming from behind,” Hiller said after Brighton’s 2-1 victory over Greece Athena in Monroe County Division III action. “We’re not under the radar anymore, obviously. It’s a different feeling.”If Thursday night is any indication, the change in status fits the Barons well.Lyosha Georas tucked one inside the near post in the 66th minute and Brighton (9-1-0/6-1-0), despite playing without a key piece for a better part of the second half, won its eighth straight.“We’re gritty,” Hiller added. “We’ve got some tough guys with a lot of experience. We found a way to pull one out.”Felipe Haunch gave Brighton, ranked No. 10 NYS Class A, a 1-nil edge early in the second stanza when he converted a Matt Ochs corner kick.“Last year I don’t think we scored on any corner kicks or set pieces at all. This year I think we got about six or seven goals off direct kicks and corner kicks. Our guys are hungry.”Hanuch climbed the ladder and headed home his team-high 11th goal of the year.“Felipe is having a great year for us off set pieces.”But Athena (5-4-2/3-2-2) didn’t go away. The three-time defending Class A1 champion responded eight minutes later with their own set piece magic. CJ Takatch gathered a Dylan Rice lead along the right flank, turned the corner and found Jean-Mark Sankara on the far post for the equalizer.“Any time you’re going to play these guys, anybody can win,” Hiller noted. “We’re just gritty. Love our guys.”Brighton defensive midfielder Jake Vitale went down with an injury less than two minutes into the second half.Athena unleashed an offensive onslaught from there.Takatch sent a pair of blasts just over the crossbar. The junior attacker’s second attempt off his laces had the right trajectory as the ball looked like it would dip under the beam but sailed just long. Othman Belhseine eluded the Brighton defense along the right wing. His cross resulted in a corner kick which created, to no avail, a scrum in front of Brighton goalkeeper Lucas De Medeiros.“We went up one-nothing. We were playing well. Losing our center middie threw us into disarray a little bit.”Georas connected on his first goal of the season for the game winner.“Being hunted is different than hunting. It’s a different feeling, but the kids responded.”Brighton, ranked No. 10 NYS Class A, plays at Webster Schroeder on Monday. The Barons last won a Section Five title in 2012.Athena hosts a 4:30 p.m. start with Edison/Monroe on Monday.  Adam Hiller, Greece Athena, Lyosha Georas, postlast_img read more

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Goosen faces R9m lawsuit

first_img‘ Johan Goosen and Armandt Stoman The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsored Post by SA Rugby magazine ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredFive one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby Mag熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsored  8728  49 Posted in News, Springboks, Top headlines Tagged johan goosen, NEWS BabbelLearning a new language this year? – This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeksBabbel|SponsoredSponsored ‘ ‘center_img Published on July 21, 2020 ‘ Goosen faces R9m lawsuit ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsored Watch: Springbok centre Jesse Kriel goes full CR7 after excellent trySA Rugby Mag Watch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeFormer England wing wing Ugo Monye says Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe is one of the most devastating runners in the game ever.SA Rugby MagLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredMoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsored Former Springbok utility back Johan Goosen is allegedly being sued by a former friend over an alleged breach of contract between the parties.According to Netwerk24, Armandt Stoman is claiming R9 million from Goosen after a breakdown in their relationship following a shooting incident involving the pair in 2017.Goosen is believed to have accidentally shot his friend in the left leg on the Springbok’s farm near Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape in 2017. The 28-year-old Stoman, who was in Goosen’s employ at the time of the incident, has since undergone 11 operations and various other medical procedures to rehabilitate his leg.In court documents filed by Stoman, he alleges that Goosen had breached a verbal agreement to help him with medical costs, any future loss of income and any other general damages.In a special plea, Goosen argues that Stoman had been shot while he was on duty and should thus approach the compensation commissioner in order to claim damages from the Compensation Fund.However, Stoman says the shooting happened in the farm house he was living in at the time and that he and Goosen were busy showing the new hunting rifle to another friend when the gun went off. The three friends had planned to go to a local fast-food restaurant after inspecting the rifle.Apart from that argument, Stoman’s legal team also says that handling the rifle was not part of their client’s job description.Goosen is currently playing for French club Montpellier.Read the full storyALSO READ: Mallett – SA will move north in 2021Photo: Armandt Stoman/Facebooklast_img read more

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Projected $7M budget deficit could equate to 80 layoffs in Hoboken,…

first_img An early projected budget deficit of $7 million for the upcoming fiscal year could potentially equate to 80 layoffs among municipal employees, Hoboken Business Administrator Stephen Marks said at last night’s city council meeting.“We’re potentially talking about a citywide layoff plan: I just want to make sure that everyone understands the fact, if there are in fact cuts, especially in salary and wages, that will affect their pay into the future – we’re going to start paying at a certain range right now,” began 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo.His remarks came while the council was considering a resolution authorizing temporary appropriations for the 2020 budget.1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco questioned what the implications would be if the council voted down the measure in front of them, with the answer being that the municipal government would not have the funds necessary to remain in operations.“Do you find it professional to have omitted a large percentage of this governing body, in advance of this vote, knowing there are significant shortfalls in our budget? Because this is absolute news to me in the last two weeks, that this administration has been operating in the deficit spending mindset,” DeFusco continued.“This temporary budget, by law, is set at 26.25 percent of the previous year’s spending. It is temporary: it gets us through the first three months,” Marks explained.“The city council, in the past, has scheduled hearings for the introduction of the full year budget, so this basically gets us started for the 2020 calendar or fiscal year and it will be up to the city council to set the spending limit for each department, for each division, throughout the year, during that process.”Based on last year’s roughly $117 million budget, the figure in front of the council last night was approximately $30,712,500.While indicating that he would be willing to work with the administration going forward, DeFusco expressed further frustration with “the garbage budget” the council has to use as a starting point.Upon being asked by 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos how large the budget shortfall is currently projected to be, Marks said that the 2019 pension payment is up around $600,000 from 2018 and that the city’s health benefits plan is expected to cost $1.5 million more in 2020 than it did last year.This, along with the facts that the parking utility and the municipal court are down a combined $1 million in revenue from 2018 (decreases of $400,000 and $600,000, respectively), the budget is currently looking at a shortfall of over $7 million, Marks stated.He also mentioned that the collective bargaining agreements with all six of the cities labor unions need to be negotiated, which will involve binding arbitration at the state level, one example of “things that are beyond the control of the city.”Russo pressed forward on the matter, insisting to know how many layoffs such a figure could cause among municipal employees.“It looks like about 80 people,” Marks responded.2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher added that figure reflects the number of layoffs that would be projected without a tax increase, further stating that any plan would have to include both since the deficit exceeds the cap bank – which currently sits at approximately $6 million.Ultimately, the resolution was approved by a vote of 7-2, with DeFusco and Russo voting no.City spokesman Vijay Chaudhuri told HCV that the administration looks forward to working with the council on the budget in the face of “several unavoidable challenges” this year.“Due to a number of non discretionary factors, including rising pension costs for municipal employees at the State level, higher costs of employee health benefits, and union contract obligations, the City budget – like other municipalities across the State – will face several unavoidable challenges for the 2020 fiscal year,” he said.“The administration looks forward to collaborating with the City Council to examine any and all ways to provide both long term and short term financial viability for the City as well as providing a responsible budget to taxpayers in the months ahead.” January 3, 2020 4:35 pm at 4:35 pm By John Heinis – January 3, 2020 4:17 pm 5 Previous articleProsecutor: East Newark man charged in man’s death at North Bergen recycling plantNext articleSudhan Thomas faces new charges, accused of embezzling over $45k from JCETP John Heinis 5 COMMENTS Lamentar LOL! You didn’t vote for him. It is shocking. Start saving now as the Ravi Bhalla tax bill is coming. It was my mistake to vote for him. The Auditor Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Community Projected $7M budget deficit could equate to 80 layoffs in Hoboken, official says Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ January 4, 2020 11:22 am at 11:22 am RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ravi’s Garbage Budgetcenter_img FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Pretty shocking news after the New Year holiday. Can’t believe this is how Ravi runs Hoboken. Good story but terrible news showing no leadership in the mayor’s office. So HobokenHorse was right again. Ok, time for those Ravi loons to eat more crow. 3-2-1 until they start crying how everyone who doesn’t love Ravi Bhalla for this is a racist. January 5, 2020 8:35 am at 8:35 am HobokenPolitics & Policy There’s absolutely no way this administration has the ability to cover for prior administrations’ terrible contracts AND run the current budget. Far too much for them to handle. I don’t know if having a state monitor come in again is the ultimate answer, but it would at least put much-needed oversight on the administration. Clearly they all the help they can get. Lamentar TAGShoboken budgethoboken city councilmike defuscomike russoStephen Markstiffanie fisher SHARE CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network NopeDope Community Sadly, I did. I bought in to Ravi Bhalla’s lies and Dawn Zimmer who told us Ravi was the only one she trusted. Now we have to pay for the error. Thanks Dawn! January 5, 2020 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm January 7, 2020 11:39 am at 11:39 am Facebook Twitter Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Facebook campaign tops $5 million to reunite immigrant families separated at border

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SILICON VALLEY) — In a little over three days, a fundraising campaign on Facebook has topped $6 million to help reunite undocumented families split up by the U.S. government at the Mexico border.The fundraiser page, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” was launched on Saturday by three Facebook employees. As of Tuesday night more than 146,000 people had donated to the fund, which was fetching more than $61,000 an hour in donations. Several people donated $250,000 each.“We are collectively revulsed at what’s happening to immigrant families on our southern border,” the fund’s organizers wrote the campaign’s Facebook page.The page was launched by Silicon Valley power trio Malorie Lucich and Dave and Charlotte Willner, who were among the original employees at Facebook and now work at Pinterest, the popular image-collecting site. The Willners also work at Airbnb.The goal of the fund is to raise $8 million.The money will go to The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, and provide legal aid for undocumented immigrant parents arrested on suspicion of crossing the border illegally.“In times when we often think that the news can’t possibly get worse, it does — we learned … that 2000 children (many of them infants and toddlers) have been separated from their parents in just six weeks under President Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy,” the organizers wrote.Bond for the parents arrested at the border has been set at a minimum of $1,500, according to RAICES. Unlike in the criminal justice system, bail bond companies either do not help people in immigration proceedings or impose strict requirements, according to RAICES.President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the administration’s controversial immigration policies on Monday.As part of the “zero-tolerance” policy, federal prosecutors have been ordered to file criminal charges against any adult caught crossing the border illegally, including those traveling with minors. The children are being placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services and adults are apprehended by law enforcement.“Children are not being used as a pawn,” Nielsen said at a press briefing Monday. “We are trying to protect the children.”She and Trump said the administration is enforcing laws already on the books.“The voices most loudly criticizing the enforcement of our current laws are those whose policies created this crisis and whose policies perpetuate it,” Nielsen said.Attorney General Jeff Sessions scoffed at claims that the policy harkens back to Nazi Germany after former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, who served mostly under George W. Bush, tweeted a picture of a Nazi concentration camp and wrote, “Other governments have separated mothers and children.”“Well, it’s a real exaggeration,” Sessions said in an interview Monday on Fox News. “Of course, in Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country.”The policy of separating parents from children at the border had been widely denounced by both Democrats and Republicans. Former first lady Laura Bush penned an op-ed in The Washington Post calling the policy “cruel” and “immoral,” and comparing it to Japanese internment camps during World War II.Lucich and the Willners called the policy “a grave American moral failing.”“These children don’t know where their parents are,” they wrote on the Facebook fundraising page. “Their parents aren’t allowed to communicate with them while in custody. The government hasn’t set up a system to reunite separated parents and children if one or both are ultimately released. In many cases, parents have been deported without their children — sometimes, young children are deported without their parents.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: Trump expected to declare emergency, LA schools to close

first_imgnarvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States, Americans are hunkering down and more and more schools, sports leagues and amusement parks are closing.There are at least 1,701 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and 40 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Globally there are over 136,000 cases.Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.1:22 p.m.: Louisiana delays democratic primaryLouisiana’s Democratic primary that -was scheduled for April 4 is now pushed back to June 20, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Friday.One key stakeholder in the decision was to protect the election day polling commissioners as more than half of them are over 65 years old, Ardoin said.1:05 p.m.: Miami mayor tests positiveMiami Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday that he has coronavirus.The mayor added that he feels “completely healthy and strong” and will “remain isolated while I lead our government remotely. ““If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me — if I coughed or sneezed — there is no action you need to take whatsoever,” Suarez said in a statement. “If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or if I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested.”According to the Miami Herald, Suarez recently attended an event with a Brazilian government official who later tested positive for coronavirus.President Donald Trump also met with that Brazilian official over the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.12:35 p.m.: Los Angeles, San Diego, West Virginia schools closeCalifornia’s two largest school districts, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District, will close their doors on Monday to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.The two districts teach more than 750,000 students combined. Meanwhile, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he will close his state’s public schools, saying the “risks outweigh the good.”West Virginia is just one of three states, along with Idaho and Montana, without any confirmed coronavirus cases.12:28 p.m.:Trump expected to declare national emergencyTrump is expected to declare a national emergency at a 3 p.m. press conference, four administration sources tell ABC News.It’s not clear what directives the president may issue under the order.Former DHS acting Deputy Secretary John Cohen, now an ABC contributor, said declaring a national emergency “conveys to the public that the nation faces a serious crisis and that drastic action is necessary.” Also, “it will immediately make available resources and other support that can be directed to protect communities across the nation.”12:11 p.m.: Europe now ‘epicenter’World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Europe has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.”He urged other countries on Friday to look toward the actions of “China, South Korea, Singapore and others,” which, he said, “clearly demonstrates that aggressive testing and contact tracing, combined with social-distancing measures and community mobilization, can prevent COVID-19 infections and save lives.”“Our message to countries continues to be: You must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not quarantine alone. Not social distancing alone. Do it all,” he said. “Any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks ‘that won’t happen to us’ is making a deadly mistake. It can happen to anyone.”11:25 a.m.: Drive-through mobile testing center opens in hard-hit New RochelleNew York state’s first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center opened in the city of New Rochelle Friday.The center will test up to 200 people on Friday and that number could reach 500 per day, the governor said.A one-mile radius “containment area” was established in New Rochelle to try to stop the virus from spreading.10:25 a.m.: Boston Marathon postponedThe 2020 Boston Marathon is postponed until Monday, Sept. 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.9:43 a.m.: Sen. Ted Cruz extends quarantineSen. Ted Cruz has decided to extend his self-quarantine.While the senator’s elected self-quarantine ended Thursday afternoon, he said he then learned Thursday night that “he had a second interaction” with someone who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.“On March 3, I met in my D.C. office with Santiago Abascal, the leader of the Vox Party in Spain. We met for about 20 minutes, sitting together at a conference table. We shook hands twice and took pictures together,” Cruz said in a statement Friday. “My understanding is that Mr. Abascal tested positive for COVID-19 last night. His staff have informed us that he was asymptomatic at the time of our meeting and that several days after our meeting he had extended interactions with another individual who has also tested positive.”“I’m still not feeling any symptoms,” Cruz went on. “But, for the same reasons I initially self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution and to give everyone peace of mind — I am extending the self-quarantine to March 17, a full fourteen days from my meeting with Mr. Abascal.”Why some people aren’t social distancingCruz is one of nine members of Congress who have elected to self-quarantine.7:45 a.m. DC public schools to closeWashington, D.C., public schools will shutter from Monday, March 16, through the end of the month, said Mayor Muriel Bowser.After spring break next week, students will learn through “distance learning” the rest of the month, the mayor said.Children will have access to meals on the days schools are closed, the mayor said.7:34 a.m. Australian official tests positive after meeting with Ivanka TrumpAustralia’s minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, said Friday he’s contracted coronavirus, one week after he was seen meeting with President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, in Washington, D.C.Dutton said in a statement, “I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.”7:16 a.m. Fauci says spread will “get worse before it gets better”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday that the coronavirus spread will “get worse before it gets better.”“There’s no doubt that we have not peaked yet,” Fauci said.“It will be at least a matter of several weeks. It’s unpredictable, but if you look at historically how these things work, it will likely be anywhere from a few weeks to up to eight weeks,” Fauci said. “I hope it’s going to be in the earlier part, two, three, four weeks, but it’s impossible to make an accurate prediction.”Fauci urged Americans to adapt to physically separating, calling it “one of the very effective ways you can really mitigate the spread.”As many Americans say they’re not getting access to COVID-19 tests, Fauci told GMA, “I think in the next week or so you’re gonna see an acceleration in the availability of tests.”As for when people should request testing, Fauci recommended that the public follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).5:42 a.m. Charles Barkley in self-quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 test resultsNBA Hall of Famer and TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley announced Thursday night that he is self-quarantining and is awaiting results from a coronavirus test.Barkley, in a phone interview with his co-hosts of NBA on TNT, said he felt sick after returning to Atlanta from a trip in New York City.“I talked to a couple people at Turner and a couple doctors and they told me to self-quarantine for the next 48 hours. I started yesterday, this is my second day,” Barkley said during the interview.“I haven’t been feeling great and they didn’t want me to take any chances … I went and took the coronavirus test late this afternoon, I have not gotten the results back,” he said. “So I’m just kinda in limbo right now. I’m really hoping it was just a bug.”Earlier this week, the NBA announced it’s suspending the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus. NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement Thursday night saying play will be suspended for at least 30 days, but that the league intends to resume play this season when it’s safe.3:18 a.m. Oregon, Michigan close all schoolsThe states of Oregon and Michigan announced they are closing all K-12 schools in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Thursday night. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe.”There are currently at least 12 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, the state said.Oregon also announced school closures Thursday, which will be shut down through the end of March. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she understands the burden closing schools puts on families and students, but the move was necessary for public safety.“This is a trying time for our community and I am reluctant to increase the burden on families who are already struggling to adapt to and stay healthy during this crisis,” Brown said in a statement. “However, we are left with little choice in light of school districts’ staff capacity and operational concerns.”In Oregon, there are 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19.There are zero coronavirus-related deaths in Oregon and Michigan.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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‘We’re paying for it’: COVID-positive Atlanta mayor says state reopened too soon

first_imgAtlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appears on “Good Morning America,” July 7, 2020. – (ABC News)By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday that she, her husband and one of their children are now among a rising number of Georgia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are “paying the price” for the state reopening its economy too soon.“Prayerfully my symptoms won’t get any worse,” Bottoms said during an interview on Good Morning America with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.“What they’ve told me is I have a low-positive test,” she said. “So it either means I’m on the way up or down. They don’t know which one. But they’ve told me to treat it as if I’m positive, just in terms of quarantining and all other things that are recommended that people do.”Bottoms, a 50-year-old Democrat, broke the news of her diagnosis to her constituents in a Twitter post on Monday, writing, “COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.”On Tuesday, Bottoms said she has only suffered headaches in recent days, but chalked it up to allergies.She said her husband, Derek W. Bottoms, and one of their four children have tested positive. She said one of her children tested negative and she plans to get the other two children tested on Tuesday.“My husband literally slept from Thursday until yesterday and that’s what gave me some concern. I’ve just never seen him sleep that much, but he’s feeling better,” Bottoms told Stephanopolos, who along with his wife, author Ali Wentworth, tested positive for coronavirus in April and have since recovered.Bottoms’ diagnosis comes at a particularly turbulant time for Atlanta, one of several major U.S. cities that saw a surge in gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend.On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and activated 1,000 National Guard troops to help restore order in the Atlanta. The order followed an incident early Sunday in which about 60 to 100 protesters allegedly descended on the Georgia Bureau of Public Safety headquarters in Atlanta, vandalized the building and sparked a fire injuring two employees of the law enforcement agency, authorities said.Since the May 25 police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the June 12 fatal police-involved shooting of another Black man, Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, the Georgia capital has become a flashpoint for protests that have spread across the nation, fueling calls for police reform.Bottoms said she was against Kemp, a Republican, deploying the National Guard to Atlanta, adding that the move was made without consulting her or other city officials.“The irony of that is I asked him to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no,” Bottoms said. “But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.”Asked about the uptick in violence in recent days in Atlanta, Bottoms blamed it on “a perfect storm of distress in America.” “I think that people are obviously anxious and even angry about COVID-19. Loved ones are dying, people are losing their jobs and I think there’s a lot of frustration, a lot of angst and I think that the rhetoric that comes out of the White House doesn’t help at all,” she said. “It doesn’t give people much hope. And I think it’s all converging together.”Bottoms, who has been talked about as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, also expressed disappointment in the governor for reopening the economy while the state is still in the throes of the pandemic. Georgia is one of several states that continue to see a rising number of coronavirus cases.On Monday, the Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed 97,064 coronavirus cases in the state, an increase of 6,571 cases since Friday.Bottoms said that while Atlanta has taken a phased approach to reopening, elsewhere the reopening has been “too aggressive.”“It was too soon and we’re paying for it not just in Georgia but we’re paying for it across the country and people are paying for it with their lives,” Bottoms said.While President Donald Trump has said at recent rallies that schools across the country should reopen in the fall and he and First Lady Melania Trump were scheduled to participate on Tuesday in a National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools, Bottoms suggested that schools in Atlanta, which are controlled by independently elected boards, may not be ready to reopen by the beginning of August, when classes traditionally begin.“I expect that we’ll have more announcements soon but with the way the numbers are up I don’t know how it can possibly be safe to send kids back into the school for the sake of our teachers,” Bottoms said. “The kids may be OK but our teachers will certainly be at risk.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Wiederer to lead EHF in next four years!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsEuropean Handball Federation got a new president Michael Wiederer at EHF Congress in Vienna held on 25th Anniversary. Here is the conclusion of the voting process – the list of Executive Committee members.Executive CommitteeEHF President – Michael Wiederer (AUT)Nominated by the Austrian Handball Federation, the EHF Secretary General – in post since 1 September 1992 – was unanimously elected as the new EHF President. His confirmation as president was greeted with a standing ovation from delegates present in the auditorium.EHF Vice President – Predrag Boskovic (MNE)Anrijs Brencans (LAT) withdrew from the election. Predrag Boskovic (MNE) as the only remaining candidate was confirmed as Vice President.Treasurer – Henrik La Cour (DEN)As the only candidate, Henrik La Cour was confirmed as EHF Treasurer,Chairman Competitions Commission – Bozidar Djurkovic (SRB)Ernö Kelecsenyi (SVK) withdrew his candidature. Bozidar Djurkovic (SRB), currently President of the Serbian Handball Federation, was thus confirmed by the Congress unanimously.Chairman Methods Commission – Jerzy Eliasz (POL)Eliasz as the only candidate was re-elected for the next four year period unanimously.Chairman Beach Handball Commission – Ole R. Jørstad (NOR)The first electronic vote by Congress was won by Ole R. Jørstad against Sinisa Ostoic (CRO). Jørstad continues as chairman for a further four years.EHF Executive Committee Members – Gabriella Horvath (HUN), Stefan Lövgren (SWE) and Anrijs Brencans (LAT)PHOTO: EHF ShareTweetShareShareEmail Michael Wiederer is only candidate for EHF president Michael Wiederer re-elected for EHF president Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. National teams with 20 players’ squad at Men’s EHF EURO 2022 Recommended for you Click to comment Related Items:EHF, european handball federation, Michael Wiedererlast_img read more

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Arpad Sterbik to finish career

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsOne of the world’s best goalkeepers of all-time Arpad Sterbik will end career according to several sources.The 40 years-old Spanish goalkeeper with Hungarian origin, but born in Serbia, will not extend contract with the best Hungarian team and EHF CL runners-up Telekom Veszprem, where he will be replaced by Rodrigo Coralles.Sterbik won EHF Champions League as member of BM Ciudad Real, Barca Lassa and RK Vardar Skopje. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1 Comment Pingback: Arpad Sterbik termine sa carrière – Handball Actu 1 Comment Related Items:Arpad Sterbik VIDEO: Arpad Sterbik first days in coaching career WORLD HANDBALL GOALKEEPER OF DECADE? Is Sander Sagosen ready to break “anathema” of TOP transfer title holders? Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

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Flemish nationalists break cover on Belgium’s future

first_imgThe party had been building up to Vuye’s appointment for weeks, putting statements in the press intended to appease traditional N-VA voters and frighten political opponents terrified that the country might fall apart.A Flemish nationalist figurehead, Jean-Pierre Rondas of the online magazine Doorbraak.be, wrote in De Standaard: “If you’re a Belgium-lover you’d better hope that the N-VA is part of a government: You’re ensured a period of peace on the debate of the reform of the state.”De Wever’s new frontman on constitutional affairs has three years to prepare the battleground on reform of the state, which is expected to play a key role in the 2019 election campaign.De Wever’s new frontman on constitutional affairs has three years to prepare the battleground on reform of the state, which is expected to play a key role in the 2019 election campaign.“The awareness that a [new] reform of the state is coming is known by all political parties,” Vuye said. “The question is when, and how big, this round will be. We have to prepare for that.”Bad memoriesVuye’s mission means the end of a year of relative peace on the question of the country’s future. Belgium’s largest party dusted off its plans to create a separate Flemish state, undermining a promise it made to coalition partners to bury its core message of splitting the country in two.Bart De Wever, leader of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), last week tasked his parliamentary whip with devising a strategy on securing greater autonomy for Flanders after national elections in 2019, devolving powers to such an extent that Belgium will eventually cease to exist. Hendrik Vuye, a professor in constitutional law, will now have to work out how the party could dismantle Belgium’s notoriously complex state structures.The move has provoked anger among other Belgian parties, who fear a repetition of the political deadlock of 2010-2011, when it took 541 days to form a federal government. Parties from across the linguistic divide work out compromises at the federal level on issues such as justice, foreign affairs and interior affairs, while regional governments control the likes of education, culture and integration policy. Many policy areas are, in typically Belgian fashion, subject to a complex power play between different levels of government.The Flemish nationalists’ pitch is, according to Wouters: “At the federal level, we will ask the question: What are we still willing to do together? In principle, all competences would move to the regional level, but there will be competences of which we’d argue it is better, or more efficient, to do them together.”And they won’t shy away from radical methods, with Vuye suggesting they could even bypass the Belgian constitution. “Ideally, the Belgian constitution will be opened up for revision,” he said, “but constitutional law isn’t just about that text.”The party’s aim is to dismantle the federal state so much that Belgium would cease to exist over time. “[The debate] will revolve around larger issues,” prominent party member Liesbeth Homans said in a recent interview, adding that this could cause Belgium “to disappear” by 2025.The N-VA’s backyardWith the appointment of Vuye as state reform czar, De Wever has cast doubt on the future of the federal government, of which the N-VA is the largest member. The N-VA want to devolve more powers, but its coalition partners do not.The N-VA has been increasingly in the spotlight over the past year, with Interior Minister Jan Jambon the point-man in the fight against terrorism and Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt dealing with a shift in taxation policy. It comes at a time when the government has advocated moving in the opposite direction: strengthening federal law enforcement powers in the wake of the terrorist scares that followed the Paris attacks, which raised awareness of the Flemish nationalists at national and international level.But De Wever has another constituency to please: the N-VA’s core voters, who back a separate Flemish state and have felt increasingly abandoned as the party successfully moved into the mainstream by smoothing off the rough edges.The party’s plans revolve around the notion of “confederalism” — which even Vuye admits is a hard concept to grasp.The party’s plans revolve around the notion of “confederalism” — which even Vuye admits is a hard concept to grasp. “The term has a different connotation in Belgium than abroad. We see it as an extended form of federalism,” he told POLITICO. The idea is to have a union of states in which each part has extensive, independent powers over internal and external affairs.“We’re building on ideas agreed on by the party in 2014, and working to put these into concrete law proposals,” Veerle Wouters, the party’s specialist on Belgian finances, who will be working alongside Vuye, said. “We have to test the water and find public support for this notion of confederalism.”Joined together, pulling apartBelgium has been moving in this direction for decades, shifting more and more powers from state to regional level, turning the country into an ever-looser union between Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia — with Brussels and the tiny German-speaking community caught in the middle. For other Belgian parties, it has uncomfortable echoes of 2010-2011. Then, the N-VA enjoyed electoral success but the party’s demands to dismantle the state proved too much for its opponents. The result was political deadlock.But De Wever in 2014 reconsidered his demands in exchange for a shot at power when he struck a deal with Prime Minister Charles Michel to put the push for state reform in the deep-freeze.Michel’s reaction to De Wever’s move last week was to stress that there “would not be a reform of the state before 2019.”Elio Di Rupo, a former prime minister and current president of the French-speaking Socialists (PS), told public broadcaster RTBF: “The N-VA is holding its circus. We won’t play along … We don’t want to enter these N-VA games … The PS will preserve the country’s existence.” Also On POLITICO Belgium’s Mr. Right By Laurens Ceruluslast_img read more