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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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jonathan LayA few months back, there was an industry publication highlighting the successful results of a financial institution’s YouTube video series. In the article, a key metric mentioned was the total number of views the series generated.But why are views seen as the metric for success? That’s something we explored in the article 5 Ways to Measure the Success of Your Bank or Credit Union Online Videos.Now out of blatant curiosity, I wanted to take a closer look at the financial institution’s YouTube channel, especially when comparing these metrics to both the research we’ve compiled on this subject of video KPIs as well as the results from the videos we produce.But upon a bit closer inspection of these metrics, something seemed wrong. Something felt out of place. Something was not right.An Honest AssessmentNow before getting started, I feel that it is important to note that we are not personally attacking anyone in this article. In fact, I applaud the efforts of this financial institution trying to create specific content for a targeted audience. We just believe it is important to educate credit union executives about the dirty truth of YouTube views and other bloated social media analytics.This is an unbiased analytical approach to evaluate the number of video views from the financial institution’s campaign and how this was achieved. continue reading »
The guidelines were sent over to members of Endicott Code Enforcement by supervisor to Endicott Code Enforcement and Fire Marshall Brian Botsford. “[ECC] thought [Botsford] wanted it on right away because he said he wanted to enforce it, and so they put it on for him to enforce it, but he wanted to wait until he had a chance to pass it out so that’s why we took it down last night,” Jackson said. The post, which listed guidelines from March 2019, sparked reaction from residents of the village, many of them voicing frustration and concern. ENDICOTT (WBNG) – Village of Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson says it was a communication gap that led to trash guidelines being posted on the village’s Facebook page. Jackson told 12 News the trash guidelines are not new, but village will start enforcing the rules to help make the area a better place to live. “We’re trying to all work together to just clean up the town, attract more people, attract more businesses and see where we go from there,” Jackson said. “I think Endicott should do the same thing with their yards and wit their properties. Is this how I want to portray it? Is this how I want people to think how I live?” Jackson said residents will not receive violations or tickets, but friendly reminders about the steps Endicott is taking.
Uber presented two additional services in Zagreb today – Comfort and XL, which will enable users to choose vehicles of a higher class or vehicles with more space. Uber Comfort is intended for users who need the service of transport in higher class vehicles with drivers who have a minimum of 250 completed journeys and an average rating above 4,9. In addition, users who opt for Uber Comfort will be given the option of declaring preferences about talking to the driver or the temperature in the vehicle. The option will be available to them after they have chosen the Comfort service and set a destination, before the final confirmation of the ride. The minimum amount of driving with the Comfort service is HRK 17, the start fee is HRK 8, the price per minute is HRK 0,80, while the mileage fee is HRK 4,60. By the way, Croatia had the honor of hosting the world premiere of the UberBOAT service, and obviously we are still attractive enough as a destination for the premieres of new UBER services, which certainly contributes to a better image of Croatia. “We are still fully committed to doing business in Croatia. We take our customer feedback seriously and provide them with new options to make their experience better, such as vehicle type options or talking to the driver. By expanding the existing offer in Zagreb, we will meet the specific needs of airline users who often have excess luggage, users who want higher class vehicles, but also those who want to drive without talking, ” said Davor Tremac, Uber’s general manager for Southeast Europe. The second Uber XL service is intended for users who travel in groups and need up to 6 seats. In this way, users are allowed to simply choose Uber XL instead of ordering two X services, which is ultimately more cost-effective for them. With the Uber XL, the minimum driving amount is HRK 20, the start fee is HRK 10, the price per minute is HRK 1,10, and per kilometer is HRK 6. / / / MORE THAN 190 THOUSAND FOREIGN TOURISTS USED UBER DURING THE SUMMER SEASON ON THE CROATIAN COAST As part of the Comfort service, users in Zagreb will have the option of user preferences for the first time in Europe, which means that passengers will be able to tell the driver in advance whether they want to drive without talking and whether they prefer higher or lower temperatures inside the vehicle. / / / UBER AS THE AMBASSADOR OF CROATIAN TOURISM
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Topics : ASPI also said nearly a third of major Islamic sacred sites in Xinjiang — including shrines, cemeteries and pilgrimage routes — had been razed.An AFP investigation last year found dozens of cemeteries had been destroyed in the region, leaving human remains and bricks from broken tombs scattered across the land.China has insisted that residents of Xinjiang enjoy full religious freedom.Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said last week that there were about 24,000 mosques in Xinjiang, a number that per person was “higher than that of many Muslim countries”.Friday’s report comes a day after ASPI said it had identified a network of detention centers in the region much larger than previous estimates.China has said its network of camps are vocational training centers, which are necessary for countering poverty and anti-extremism, while Wang said the institute’s research on the centers was “seriously questionable”. Chinese authorities have demolished thousands of mosques in Xinjiang, an Australian think tank said Friday, in the latest report of widespread human rights abuses in the restive region.Rights groups say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking people have been incarcerated in camps across the northwestern territory, with residents pressured to give up traditional and religious activities.Around 16,000 mosques had been destroyed or damaged, according to a Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report based on satellite imagery documenting hundreds of sacred sites and statistical modeling. Most of the destruction had taken place in the last three years and an estimated 8,500 mosques had been completely destroyed, the report said, with more damage outside the urban centers of Urumqi and Kashgar. Many mosques that escaped demolition had their domes and minarets removed, according to the research, which estimated fewer than 15,500 intact and damaged mosques left standing around Xinjiang.If correct, it would be the lowest number of Muslim houses of worship in the region since the decade of national upheaval sparked by the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.By contrast, none of the Christian churches and Buddhist temples in Xinjiang that were studied by the think tank had been damaged or destroyed.
Abby Thibodeau entered her first practice at Syracuse as a pitcher only. After 16 sprints across the width of the football field she exited Manley Fieldhouse with a new title: pinch runner. Although she was recruited by Syracuse for her off-speed pitches, the freshman separated herself from her teammates with her legs.“We saw her in the fall and she was winning every race we had,” said Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch. “… The fact that she can run that well, you can’t ignore it.”Thibodeau comes to the team following an impressive season with the Lake Braddock Secondary School (Virginia) in which she posted a 0.32 earned run average. The right-handed pitcher batted .328 as a senior in high school, but she never pinch ran. In high school, Thibodeau was restricted from pinch running because of her pitching duties.On Syracuse’s (3-2, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) opening weekend trip to Athens, Georgia, Thibodeau pitched only one-third of an inning while she appeared twice as a pinch runner. She’ll be a threat on the base paths when the Orange participates in the Florida Atlantic tournament this weekend.“(Pinch running) was really different. I’ve never been put in that scenario,” Thibodeau said. “I hit in high school but I knew I wasn’t going to hit here. Once I got put on the bases it was just a whole different thing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe practice after dominating her “gasser” conditioning test, Thibodeau found herself in the midst of the team’s base running drills. Outside of senior utility player Sydney O’Hara, Thibodeau was the only pitcher on the base paths for independent base running.As a pitcher all her life, she never focused on sliding. In an inter-squad scrimmage the week before Syracuse’s first game, coaches forced Thibodeau to repeatedly run from second base and slide into third. At first the slides were awkward but slowly she began to figure it out.“It was so funny,” O’Hara said. “She’s never base-run in her life. But it was good seeing her get out of her comfort zone and trying something new.”Once the coaches focused on her role as a pinch runner, they realized the inefficiency in Thibodeau’s running form. The player who is always doing extra work, according to coach Bosch, shifted focus to her arm action. By syncing up the motion of her arms and legs and keeping each in opposition she found herself moving faster from base to base.The focus on her running form led to improvements on the base path. In independent base running, a drill used to isolate on base running skills and throws from outfielders, Thibodeau thrived. She learned to cheat off the bag more than usual and test her teammates in the outfield.In the drill, the runners are supposed to run as if they are only runner on base. This has led to the speedster sometimes taking multiple bags and also running past her teammates.Thibodeau was thrown out trying to advance bases in each of her two appearances on the base paths this past weekend. But if winning every running competition to start the year is any indication, her raw speed may eventually pay off.“She can go from second to home second or third fastest from anybody,” Bosch said. “So if we are in a situation in the seventh inning and I need somebody at second base that can simply just run, she is going to do that.” Comments Published on February 16, 2017 at 12:07 am Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+
Head coach of the Congo national team, Claude Le Roy has accused the Ghana Black Meteors team of age cheating.Le Roy who also doubles as the head coach of Congo’s national Under-23 side, made this wild allegation moments after his side lost 1-0 to the Black Meteors in Accra on Saturday afternoon.A 45th minute goal by winger Ebo Andoh turned out to be the decisive goal for the hosts in the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifier played at the Accra sports stadium.Le Roy who was trying to swerve the question of who the 1-0 score line favors said, “the 1-0 score line is an advantage to Ghana not Congo because they have the three points. But in this Congo team we have six players with real ages, not like some players in the Ghana team today”.Elaborating on his allegation, he said: “Some players in this present Black Meteors squad played in the CHAN 2009 tournament.”“I left Ghana in 2008 some of the players I saw today were part of that CHAN team, so how are they 23 years no or less”, Claude Le Roy mentioned at the post match conference. When asked whether he could prove it, Le Roy mentioned that he did not want to go into all that, adding that he knows that some of players in the present Black Meteors squad have cheated when it comes to their ages.“I don’t want to go into all that now because I have only one week to prepare my team for the second leg, but you journalists here know that what I am saying is the truth”.NOTE: Ghanafootballnews.com further investigated the allegations made by the veteran Coach and found out that it was totally false as none of the players who played on Saturday against Congo were part of the CHAN 2009 squad.Further research also proved that none of the players named in the CHAN 2011 Ghana squad were in the Black Meteors squad which played against Congo.Below is a list of some of the players who were called up for selection to the 2011 CHAN: Goalkeepers:Philimon McCarthy (Hearts of Oak) Stephen Ahorlu (Heart of Lions)Defenders:Bright Allotey (Great Olympics) Karimu Alhassan (Hearts of Oak) Lee Addy (Chelsea) Ofosu Appiah (Asante Kotoko) Daniel Yeboah (Heart of Lions)Midfielders:Jordan Opoku and Francis Cofie (Asante Kotoko) Edmund Owusu-Ansah, Abraham Annan and Emmanuel Ansong (Heart of Lions) Frank Boateng (Sporting Mirren)Strikers:Samed Oppong (Asante Kotoko) Mahatma Otoo (Sporting Mirren) Kofi Nti Boakye (Heart of Lions) Obed Owusu (All Blacks) Joshua Otto
Chelsea and Arsenal could also reach the Europa League last eight on Thursday.The two landmark victories of this round were Liverpool and United going to two very different European powerhouses — traditional giants Bayern and nouveau-riche PSG.But those clubs are hampered by a lack of domestic competition that has seen an ageing Bayern go stale and PSG fail to handle the pressure when an opponent is not easily knocked out and hits back just as hard.“England 3 Germany 0. Three matches against Bundesliga opposition for Premier League teams, three victories,” wrote Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail, who went on to refer to the recent trend of promising players leaving the youth programmes of England’s richest clubs to find regular first-team football in the Bundesliga.“Maybe there is a reason young British talent finds it easier to get a game here than they do at home. This isn’t a vintage season for German football. Munich are top of the league again but unless Liverpool caught them on an off night, look very ordinary.”Crucially, the Premier League now also boasts not only money, but world-class coaching that has been given time to build.Guardiola is in his third season as City manager, Jurgen Klopp in his fourth at Liverpool and Mauricio Pochettino near the end of season five at Spurs.Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the outlier, just three months into a temporary reign. But the Norwegian’s impact has shown the talent at the club, despite Jose Mourinho’s struggles.Liverpool showed the way last season as the first English finalist for six years, before falling at the final hurdle to Real.Klopp took extra satisfaction because the victory in his homeland on Wednesday confirmed the progress being made to make the five-time European champions serial contenders again.“It’s massive, a big step for us — a big, big, big one for us,” he said. “We will see what we can do with it, but it is still a fantastic sign that we again set a mark for LFC, for this wonderful club, that we really are back on the landscape on international, top-class football.”Share on: WhatsApp Premier league fab four. PHOTO via @ChampionsLeagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Brexit, what Brexit? All four English entrants are still in Europe.For the first time in a decade the Premier League reigns supreme, providing half of the Champions League quarter-finalists for Friday’s last-eight draw.Liverpool were the last to book their ticket, with a hugely impressive 3-1 win away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, joining Tottenham and Manchester City in beating German opposition, while Manchester United’s miraculous comeback against Paris Saint-Germain will live long in the memory.“It had to be Liverpool ensuring a Fab Four from England were touring Europe,” wrote Henry Winter in The Times.Not since 2008/09 has the Premier League, or any other league, enjoyed such a privileged position in Europe’s premier club competition.Despite record broadcast deals bringing in billions from around the globe, English clubs have been out-thought and outplayed at Champions League level over the past decade.The 2009 final, that saw Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona defeat a much-fancied Manchester United in Cristiano Ronaldo’s last game for the English club, kicked off a decade of dominance for La Liga. That was thanks, in no small part, to the magic of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Ronaldo during his nine years at Real Madrid. Between them, those clubs have won seven of the past 10 titles.“In the last decade Spanish teams controlled everything. It is good for us. For English football it’s incredible,” said mow City boss Guardiola after his side’s 7-0 mauling of Schalke on Tuesday.Madrid may have been dethroned as kings of Europe, but Messi and Ronaldo still pose the greatest threat to a first Premier League winner since 2011/12.Messi gave a masterclass as Barca thrashed Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday. The previous evening, Ronaldo, 34, showed why Juventus paid 112 million euros ($127 million) for a veteran last summer, with a hat-trick to break Atletico Madrid hearts.– Premier League stars –The Premier League may not have Messi or Ronaldo but it has a collection of stars, from Virgil van Dijk to Paul Pogba, Harry Kane to Sergio Aguero.They also have each other. The constant grind of a top six vying every season for just four Champions League places allows nobody to rest on their laurels, on the pitch or off it in the recruitment process.
Kayden Peck, Brandon Tutte and Ben Berard replied for South Island.Saturday, South Island scored three consecutive goals in a wild second period to grab the first win of the series.After Korbyn Chabot of Cranbrook gave Kootenay a 2-1 lead, Cam Coutre, Ben Grist and Berard scored in a span of eight minutes to give the Royals a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.Shawn Campbell of Castlegar opened the scoring for Kootenay while Peck had the other goal for South Island.Solomon Burk of Castlegar and Jason Mailhoit were in goal for Kootenay, which improves to 5-24-5 on the season.The Ice return to action this weekend in Nelson when the club hosts North Island Silvertips in a two game series beginning Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sunday, the puck drops at 8 a.m. in the NDCC Arena. Nelson’s Keaton Roch scored with six minutes remaining in the game to lift Kootenay Ice into a 3-3 tie with South Island Royals in BC Major Midget Hockey League action Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The power play goal by Roch allowed the host Ice squad to escape the weekend series with at least a point in the Major Midget standings.South Island double Kootenay 4-2 Saturday.Justin Podgorenko of Nelson, also scoring on the power play, and Tanner Costa of Castlegar also had goals for Kootenay.