Photo: piqsels / pxfuelWASHINGTON — The extra $600 in unemployment benefits has become a reason for people not to return to work, according to Congressman Tom Reed, who said some benefits must continue, but not at the expense of crippling small businesses.Reed discussed the various aspects of the latest COVID-19 relief package during a conference call Tuesday.“How I see it is, if you were in a home and you lost a job, obviously you were making a wage before you lost your home,” Reed said. “The $600 provided more money than you were making when you were working.”Paying people more in unemployment than in wages hurts small businesses because people are reluctant to return to work when they can make more income staying home. Congressman Tom Reed. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now. 05/12/20.“It’s just become a real barrier to get people back to work and that hurts small businesses. It hurts everyone,” Reed said.The latest package offers $200 in additional unemployment, which is a starting point for negotiations, Reed explained.Reed said he remains confident a package agreement can be on President’s Trumps desk in the next seven to 10 days.“They’re moving in a positive direction now in the Senate,” he said. “I’m still very confident that we’re going to get this taken care of.”The three main tenants Reed wants to see are stable unemployment benefits based on a percentage of income, incentives for people to return to work, direct aid to local municipalities and child care funding, he said.The problem, as Reed sees it, is the way bills are done now includes waiting to the last minute, “running up to the cliff” and then reaching an agreement.“If I was in charge, running the trains, I wouldn’t run it this way. I’d have us all sit in a room and not leave until it’s done,” he said.“The smaller local governments are the ones that are really the priority of this package,” he said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
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Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.ELLICOTT – A Buffalo area man was arrested Wednesday after police alleged he threw a water bottle at a car on I-86 near Jamestown.New York State Police say Ahmed Alqadhi, 41, of Lackawanna, allegedly threw the bottle at a vehicle he was passing, causing damage.Troopers say Alqadhi fled the scene after the victim called 911.Police say they located the suspect vehicle soon after the incident was reported and Alqadhi was taken in to custody. Alqadhi is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief.Troopers say he was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.Alqadhi is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court on a later date.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Firefighters battle a tanker truck fire Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Scaduto, Bellmore Fire Department)A stretch of Sunrise Highway reopened Wednesday nearly 12 hours after a fuel tanker truck crashed and burst into flames in Bellmore, damaging five structures and a dozen parked vehicles, forcing the road’s closure, authorities said.The truck was heading eastbound on Route 27 when it rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a red light at Newbridge Road, where the truck fell on its side and skidded a block until it came to a rest at Brevoort Place shortly before midnight, Nassau County police said.About a dozen fire departments responded to extinguish the flames sparked by 7,000 gallons of fuel. A Harley Davidson shop at the corner of Sunrise and Newbridge was damaged along with four homes, three of which were evacuated. A Bellmore fire department spokesman said the fire was under control in about 90 minutes.The driver of the truck and the car were both taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for minor injuries.Town of Hempstead officials said they are working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to keep the fuel from entering storm drains and contaminating local waterways using sand “dams” that absorb and contain the fuel.Town building inspectors are checking on local buildings damaged. Town officials also opened a warming center at Merrick Road Golf Course Clubhouse to accommodate residents who lost power or suffered fire damage to their homes.Road crews will salt the road to melt frozen water left by firefighters. Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.Firefighters battle a tanker truck fire Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Scaduto, Bellmore Fire Department)Click “next” for more photos from the blaze.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A physician assistant who operated two East End urgent care clinics was arrested Wednesday for allegedly writing prescriptions for addictive pain medicine to drug dealers in exchange for cash, federal authorities said.Michael Troyan was indicted on charges of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the 37-year-old Riverhead man issued prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills to alleged co-conspirators between November 2011 and October 2015.Undercover investigators allegedly captured Troyan on video at his office, East End Urgent and Primary Care in Riverhead, writing phony prescriptions for oxycodone and receiving half of the profit from the street sale of the pills, authorities said.Troyan will be arraigned Wednesday at Central Islip federal court. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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“It’s just amazing the history she’s seen. I mean, World War I had just ended when she was born in 1919,” said Tom Sandwick, Frances’ son. “We bake cookies and pretzels with her,” said Keaton Weed, one of her great-grandsons. Frances is turning 100 years old, and shares her birthday with Christmas. She lived at a time when women were just gaining the right to vote, lived her childhood through the Great Depression, and watched 18 presidents sit in office. To celebrate her birthday, her entire family, including her great-grandsons, spent the time reflecting on the lifelong memories they’ve shared with her. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Frances Sandwick was born December 25, 1919. This Christmas, she has another reason to celebrate. Nolan Weed, another great-grandson, described spending time with her at home, making puzzles and riding her motor scooter. To commemorate the new centenarian, the City of Binghamton declared December 25, Frances E. Sandwick day. The accomplishment, Frances says, could not have happened without her support group. “To see my family. I don’t care about gifts because I don’t have a home other than here,” said Frances. “Her daily life, the way she has carried herself, the way she takes and teaches others, she’s always been the kind of person that is really focused on other people, and that has rubbed off on all of us I think,” said Tom Sandwick. “Have a nice family and lots of people,” said Frances. Her legacy, her family says, will continue to inspire others. Frances says she doesn’t have any secrets to a long life, but this Christmas, she has a lot to be grateful for.
Lieutenant Governor Announces Statewide Recreational Marijuana Legalization Listening Tour National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Lt. Governor John Fetterman as he announced that he will be launching a statewide listening tour to hear from Pennsylvanians about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana.“I’m here today to support Lt. Governor John Fetterman in his effort to hear directly from the people of Pennsylvania on this issue,” Gov. Wolf said. “More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, especially those surrounding Pennsylvania, and we should learn from their efforts, and better understand the potential fiscal impacts of this reality before taking any collective action.”Tour dates will be released in the next few weeks and Fetterman has committed to visiting every county in the commonwealth.“Starting in mid-February, I will be traveling to all 67 counties to listen to everyone’s thoughts whether they agree with this initiative or have recommendations,” Fetterman said. “We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say.”Both Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman believe it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016 and Gov. Wolf stressed that any proposal for legalizing recreational marijuana would need to be implemented after the medical marijuana program is fully implemented.“John’s efforts will help ensure we are looking at this issue from all perspectives and from every corner of Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We both want to make sure the voices of all Pennsylvanians are heard.”For those who may not be able to attend a listening session or are simply interested in providing feedback about legalizing recreational marijuana, the lieutenant governor’s office will be establishing a webpage form to be available when the listening tours begin. January 24, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Demand for fixed rate home loans is on the rise, according to Mortgage Choice. Picture: iStock.QUEENSLANDERS are driving a surge in demand for fixed rate home loans, amid the threat of further interest rate rises.Fixed rate home loans accounted for nearly 30 per cent of all home loans written in the state during the month of April, according to Mortgage Choice.Nationally, 26.5 per cent of all loans written last month were fixed — the highest number in 2.5 years.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHousehold Debt00:51Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell said he wasn’t surprised to see a greater proportion of borrowers opting for the security of a fixed-rate loan.“Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen many of Australia’s lenders increase the interest rates across their suite of home loan products,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Some lenders have increased their variable rates by as much as over 20 basis points.”Mr Flavell said he expected to see further increases in fixed rate demand as interest rates continued to rise over the coming weeks and months.“With Australia’s lenders making changes outside the Reserve Bank’s monthly Board meetings, we may see more borrowers choosing to fix their mortgage in a bid to avoid further rate hikes and ultimately give themselves a level of certainty and stability around their mortgage repayments,” he said.But variable home loan rates are still the most popular product among borrowers in Australia.In particular, ongoing discount home loans are the most sought-after — accounting for 43 per cent of all loans written.“As we have seen over the past several weeks, the lending space is rapidly changing, but it is important to remember that home loan rates are still low by historical standards,” Mr Flavell said.
Press Association Dual National winner Walsh broke his arm at the Cheltenham Festival, leaving stable number two Townend to take the ride on a horse that has missed the last two runnings through injuries of his own when he would have been a leading contender. “Touch wood he jumps well at home, he’s never run over the National fences before and has missed the last two when it’s been his aim,” said former Irish champion Townend, who bagged a Grade One prize at the meeting on Boston Bob on Friday, in the same colours of Graham Wylie. “Clearly he has deteriorated since his days of beating Kauto Star and Denman in the Gold Cup, but he has been handicapped accordingly. “All you can wish for is a clear run and then take it from there.” Henderson is four-handed as he seeks to win the great race for the first time with Hennessy winner Triolo D’Alene, Hunt Ball and Shakalakaboomboom completing his party. “It’s a good little squad to come in with. It’s a race that has eluded us, we’ve had a few close shaves but not for a bit,” he said. “We’ve not quite had the right kit for it, but this year there are four boys that fit the bill and we’re entitled to be here.” Tony McCoy chose Double Seven, trained by Martin Brassil, ahead of Ted Walsh’s Colbert Station as his mount for his boss J P McManus. “Everything seems to have gone well with him and we’re happy to be here,” said Brassil. “I just hope they don’t get too much rain. The ground is very important to him and if it went heavy there’d be no point in even running him. Hopefully it’s no worse than good to soft.” Teaforthree gave connections a huge thrill when third 12 months ago and ran a respectable race in the Gold Cup. His trainer Rebecca Curtis thinks he heads to Aintree in even better shape than last year. “He took to the Grand National fences last year,” said the Newport handler. “I thought he ran a blinder in the Gold Cup, it was the ideal prep run. We didn’t want to go seven weeks after his run at Ascot and I think it put him spot-on. “I’d have to say I think he’s in better form than last year. Wylie has a second arrow to fire in Tidal Bay, now a 13-year-old, is one of the most popular horses in training and has been given a sporting chance by the handicapper – even though he must shoulder top weight. “His form off top weight in his last three handicaps has been very good,” said trainer Paul Nicholls, who also saddles Rocky Creek and Hawkes Point. “He is in good shape. I am looking forward to him running. The thing to do is to drop him out and not to rush him.” Paul Townend, so often in the shadow of Ruby Walsh, gets his big chance to make headlines of his own tomorrow with the potentially plum ride on Prince De Beauchene in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree. “The trip is a bit of an unknown, but I think he will stay. “He ran a nice race in the English Hennessy but faded out of it with a big weight, and was running well in the Lexus until he made a mistake. “He brings a touch of class, has a lovely racing weight and if he gets into a rhythm you never know. “He’s a good horse in his own right and it’s nice to have a ride in the race with a nice squeak like he has. I’m hoping to get a nice ride off him.” Owner Robert Waley-Cohen and his jockey-son, Sam, have enjoyed great success over the Aintree fences but it could all pale into insignificance if Long Run wins the first £1million renewal. Long Run is searching for his own piece of history as no horse as ever won the King George at Kempton, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the biggest race of them all in Liverpool. The Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old may not be the force of old but there is no doubt he has been given a chance by the handicapper. “Myself and Sam have enjoyed plenty of luck over the fences in the past, but I still get a tingle ahead of the National as it’s a great race,” said Robert Waley-Cohen.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez claims Liverpool would never have mounted their unexpected title challenge last season without him. The Uruguay international scored 31 Premier League goals as the Reds finished runners-up to Manchester City and insists he left Anfield a happy man this summer, when a £75million deal took him to the Nou Camp. That contrasted sharply with his feelings at the start of his final campaign in England, for which he was suspended as he was still serving some of his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, and he was made to train on his own after trying to manufacture a move away. While he was serving the remainder of his ban Liverpool picked up 10 points out of a possible 15 but having been reintegrated into the squad the striker returned with 19 goals in his first 12 league appearances as the Reds gathered increasing momentum on their way to second place. “Personal success is always welcome and makes you happy, because that’s recognition of the good work you have done,” said Suarez, who is due to receive the Golden Shoe for being Europe’s joint-leading scorer from Liverpool icon Kenny Dalglish in Barcelona this week. “But I put the team ahead of that and last season Liverpool came so close to winning the Premier League, which would have been spectacular.” Suarez added on fcbarcelona.com: “I appreciate all the work the team did but I missed six matches and scored all those goals in the Premier League without being the penalty-taker. “The truth is that I left very happy because if I hadn’t had the attitude and mentality to want to lead the team forward, I don’t think Liverpool would have done as well as they did either. “Getting back into the Champions League was another target I had in mind.” Press Association