first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has told Republican senators he’s unwilling to settle on too small a coronavirus aid package after meeting for two hours over their slimmed down proposal.,Their $618 billion plan is about a third of what he’s seeking. The Republicans are looking at fewer and smaller benefits, including $1,000 in direct payments to individuals earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples.,Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the meeting at the White House on Monday resulted in no compromise on differences. But she and the other Republicans say there was agreement to keep discussions going.,On Capitol Hill, Democrats pushed ahead to lay the groundwork for passage of their full package without relying on Republican support.last_img read more

first_imgThe Graduate and Professional Student Senate is implementing a new pre-selection process to streamline the voting process during the 2011-2012 executive board elections.If there are more than three candidates running for a position, a pre-selection committee made up of three or four current senators or executive board members will screen and interview the candidates before the election and vote to reduce the number of candidates to three.Those three will then be able to present themselves to the senate during the election.“Two years ago, there were 10 candidates running for one position and the election meeting took more than four hours,” said Irfan Fazal, GPSS Elections and Recruitment Director. “We created this new policy to formalize the process and to make it more efficient.”GPSS consists of 72 to 75 senators and an 11-member executive board, which is elected by the senate.To begin the election process, interested and eligible graduate and professional students need to fill out an “intent to run” form online, which is due Friday.In the past, the elections would take place in mid-April.This year, elections are set for early March so that the newly elected executive board will have more time to adjust to their positions.“Now that elections are pushed up a bit this year, the newly elected executive board will have an appropriate transition time, a time to talk to current executive board members and get settled in,” Fazal said. “This was lacking in the past.”To run for a position on the executive board, a student must have at least one semester’s experience as part of the executive board, as a senator or a proxy senator, as a committee member or as an executive board member of another USC-recognized club or organization.“You have to have shown some previous leadership on campus to run [for the executive board],” said GPSS President Jenny Novak.Because the senate only meets on the last Monday of every month, they will not convene until Feb. 28, when, along with a regular senate meeting, the candidates running for the executive board will participate in a meet-and-greet event.This meet-and-greet is a chance for the candidates to ask current senators and executive board members questions and for the current senators to get to know the candidates.Before and after the meet-and-greet, the candidates are responsible for their own campaigning, including making fliers, videos and sending mail to the graduate student population and to the current senators.On March 7, there will be a special senate meeting where the candidates for each executive board position will have two minutes to speak to the senate.After, they will participate in a question-and-answer session with the senate, talking about their platforms and goals as a future executive board member.Some popular platform issues include promoting sustainability on USC’s University Park Campus, engaging and advocating for online graduate students who want to be involved in GPSS and voicing graduate students’ opinions concerning the Health Sciences Campus renovations.After candidates present their platforms to the senate, the senate then votes for the candidates to occupy the 11 executive board positions.As the election process begins at the end of this week, Fazal and the whole GPSS encourage eligible students to consider running for office.“If you’re interested in running, contact current executive board members in the division you find most exciting and they will give you great advice and information,” Novak said.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansDaniele Zaccagnini scored his second goal of the season on a penalty kick in added time, but the Olympic Force (3-1-1, 10 points) held off the Oly Town Artesians (2-2-1, 7 points) comeback attempt to take a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon at The Evergreen State College.The Force wasted no time getting going taking advantage of a misplay by the Artesians backline in the eighth minute to make the score 1-0. Colin Ralston gathered a pass from Bennett Bugbee and had a clear look at the goal and punched it into the top right corner past the diving Artesians goalkeeper. The score line would hold until late in the game when another uncharacteristic defensive mistake led to Bugbee scoring his third goal of the season, putting Olympic up 2-0 in the 81st minute.But the Artesians picked up the pressure over the final ten minutes until they earned themselves a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Daniele Zaccagnini stepped up and fired it past Olympic goalkeeper Jordan Hadden to make it a one goal game in stoppage time. Oly had two more good chances, including a free kick into the box that found the head of an Artesians attacker but squirted just left of the keeper just before the final whistle sounded.Ryan Perkins performed admirably in his first start in goal for the Artesians, making three saves in relief of the out-of-town JJ Olson. Lewis Watson kept a clean sheet in the first half for the Force before Hadden took over for the final 45 minutes.Oly Town fell to 2-2-1 on the season and remain at seven points, three points behind the Olympic Force, who now sit in second place with 10 points. The Artesians hit the road for the next month starting with a trip to Spokane on Sunday, June 11th to take on the Shadow at the Spokane Polo Grounds at 2:00 PM. The next home game is on Tuesday, July 11th against the Vancouver Victory.Keep up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.last_img read more

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Plans to reconstruct what the county calls two “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete” bridges and culverts along one of Middletown’s oldest roadways are in the works, Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said earlier this week.The two bridges both cross McClees Creek in the Chapel Hill section of Middletown. MT-18, a 19-foot-long bridge along Whipporwill Valley Road, and MT-19, a 9-foot-long bridge over Chapel Hill Road, are both small stone arch culverts in need of repair, Arnone said.After taking inventory of county-owned bridges, Arnone said it made sense on the county’s end to go ahead and look to begin the design phase. On Aug. 10, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders granted a $269,121.38 contract to French & Parello Associates of Wall Township for design and engineering on the two reconstructions. French & Parello will provide interim reports quarterly to the freeholders. Once completed, the county will go out to bid for the construction phase of the project. The total cost of the project is not yet known.Arnone said the project is about a year to a year and a half away, but did provide a timeline on how construction will be laid out. In total, he said, the entire construction portion would span about 12 to 18 months, depending on assistance from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection which will consider the impact to McClees Creek and its surrounding wetlands.The Whipporwill Valley Road bridge, MT-18, would be rebuilt first. That section could take between four to six months to complete, and the road would be closed from Chapel Hill Road to Bowne Road, except for local traffic.MT-19 is also anticipated to take about four to six months to complete. During construction, Chapel Hill Road would be closed from Sleepy Hollow Road to Kings Highway East, although local residents will have access at all times. A detour would send motorists down Sleepy Hollow Road to get around the construction area.Arnone said the two replacements would happen one after the other to lessen the impact on Middletown residents.“We all know that nobody likes this inconvenience, but the board has taken a real aggressive approach to upgrading our infrastructure,” he added.Locally, elected officials are welcoming the idea of infrastructure upgrades, especially in a dated section of town like Whipporwill Valley Road.“It’s very significant and is part of the charm of the area,” Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger said about the mile-and-a-half long unpaved road. “There’s a lot of people that like the novelty of having a road like that. It’s so historic.”These bridge and culvert replacements are just one of a few projects happening in Middletown now that are shoring up the township’s foundation.Last week, Monmouth County officials provided an update on the extensive Hubbard Avenue project, alongside Shadow Lake and River Plaza Elementary School.New Jersey Natural Gas Company is replacing an existing 6-inch steel gas distribution main with a new 8-inch plastic gas main, the release said. This replacement comes after American Water Company finished another project along the roadway.Scharfenberger said both Middletown and Monmouth County officials expect the Hubbard Avenue project to be completed by the time school begins next month. In addition to the utility work, a new crosswalk and roadway striping will be added near the elementary school. Hubbard Avenue will be completely repaved.“All of these things, I think, are necessary,” Scharfenberger said. “They’re a bit disruptive, but it’s really good to see this happening.”This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES ABEL LEZCANO, NANCY FROM NAIROBI, WINNER: “The turf was soft, so it basically fit her, she likes that. I just had my hands down on her and I waited, waited…In the stretch, I had no traffic, I was on the outside and I was in the clear, no complaints, no nothing.” KOSTA HRONIS, OWNER, NANCY FROM NAIROBI, WINNER: “She really loves this course here at Santa Anita and she loves the (distance of a) mile.”NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. JOHN SADLER, NANCY FROM NAIROBI, WINNER: “When I scratched her from the Santa Ana (March 26), she didn’t really miss much time. She just had of touch of colic a few days before the race, just enough, you know with a good horse, you don’t want to take a chance. So, we scratched her and it was hard because it was a really tempting spot and I really wanted to be in there.“The Gamely will be next. My other mare, Elektrum ran well too, went through traffic and came flying to be fifth. So we should have two for the Gamely, although we might try to separate them.”last_img read more

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ And the 31-year-old Castro couldn’t reiterate more how important starting strong is for Gilas as they seek a top three finish in the group to proceed to the next round.“With the new format, it’s really difficult,” he said. “The two games were must-wins for us because we know here in Fiba, every game counts, and once you lose, there’s a chance that you’ll fall out of the top three. So going into this game, whatever happens, we just wanted to win. Even though we had a bad first half, we played better in the second half.”The Philippines may have remained unbeaten through the first window, but Castro said that the first set of games were an eye-opener for the squad as Gilas aims for a better performance come the second window in February, where a date against Australia awaits.“Our first game (against Japan) was okay, but in this game (against Chinese Taipei), we played terrible on both defense and offense. We can’t execute our plays when the opponent is zoning. So in the next window, we have to improve our ball movement and calm ourselves because we’re too overeager,” he said.“It’s just a good thing that with this format, we have a lot of time to prepare, correct our mistakes, and improve for the next games. That’s something we need to do if we want to go back to the Fiba World Cup and the Olympics.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Blatche ‘apologized’ to Gilas for subpar showing, says Reyes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERGilas Pilipinas goes where Jayson Castro takes them.Showing why he’s been hailed as the best point guard in Asia twice, the speedy playmaker from Bacolor, Pampanga has undoubtedly been the stabilizing force for the national team in the first window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Coming off a sensational showing against Japan, Castro once again dazzled in front of the home crowd, anchoring the offense for the Philippine side before taking matters to his own hands late to seal the 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei.But what drives Castro to perform at his best is his unwavering desire win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In my mind, I really just wanted to win,” he said in Filipino after torching the visiting Chinese Taipei with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists on Monday.That passion was certainly evident as Castro led the Philippines to a 2-0 start joining reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia atop Group B standings. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgKETCHIKAN, Alaska — Ketchikan officials want to remove part of an underwater rock to expand the waterway’s safe navigable area for cruise ships docking at the city.The Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice Monday on the city’s application to reduce the rock’s height, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .The application calls for 25 to 50 blasts over a period of up to 50 days to remove about 15 vertical feet (4.5 metres) of rock in an area smaller than an acre (0.4 hectares).The city plans to conduct the blasting between November 2019 and March 2020 to “avoid and minimize impacts to both the city’s existing summer cruise season and the environment,” according to the notice.The rock pinnacle is situated about 1,000 feet (305 metres) west of the city’s second berth. The rock is about 320 feet (98 metres) long and about 150 feet (46 metres) at its widest point. It limits vessel navigation to the city’s first three berths during low tide and high wind conditions, the notice states.Reducing the pinnacle’s height to “will provide a more reliable ingress and egress for ships over a much wider range of wind and water level conditions and is important to improving conditions contributing to a safe, accessible and commercially viable existing navigation facility,” the notice states.An experienced contractor would conduct only one blast per day with the maximum weight of explosives set at 75 pounds (34 kilograms). The blasted rock would be dredged and hauled away, according to the document.The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment on the application through Dec. 26.“The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity and its intended use on the public interest,” the Corps said in the notice.___Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a collision that happened Thursday afternoon between a boom lift and pick-up truck.The RCMP were called at approximately 5:15 p.m. to a collision on the Swanson Lumber Road (259 Rd.), between a boom lift and a pick-up truck.  RCMP members that attended the scene found that the boom lift had been rear-ended by a pick-up truck.  The collision caused the male driver of the boom lift to be trapped in the basket.B.C. Ambulance Services and the Fort St. John Fire Department attended the scene and helped to revive the male who was initially unresponsive.  The male was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital and later flown to Vancouver for surgery.  As of Saturday morning, the male was stable and doing well in recovery. The RCMP Traffic Reconstruction unit attended the scene to assist in the investigation.  The cause is still undetermined, but Police believe distracted driving may have been a factor in the collision.last_img read more

first_imgWilson said there’s no evidence that any of Cohodes’ social media statements caused Badger stock to fall in the short term and, furthermore, the stock has gained about 20 percent since Cohodes began talking about it on Twitter in May 2017.ASC counsel Don Young countered that the interim ceases trade order was needed to prevent Cohodes from continuing his “protracted campaign” to harm Badger’s reputation for his eventual gain and actual share price erosion wasn’t integral to the case.He said the order would give the regulator time needed to complete an investigation into the short seller’s activities, pointing out that accusing Badger of illegal dumping was serious given that proper disposal of material is a vital part of the hydrovac excavating company’s business.Wilson said Badger has the option of pursuing a civil case against Cohodes but hasn’t, suggesting it’s because his remarks are protected by free speech law in both Canada and the United States. In a hearing on Wednesday morning, Calgary lawyer Andrew Wilson, acting for the California investor while he listened in by telephone, said the order requested by ASC staff was “deliberately rushed” and based on an incomplete evidence record.“Being a short seller is not unlawful. It actually does serve an important part in our capital markets,” said Wilson.“The public interest is not just Badger Daylighting. It’s much broader than that. It’s people who also want to say positive or negative things about companies and it’s understanding what role regulators are going to play in the market.”Short sellers sell a security they don’t own or have borrowed in hopes its market price will decline, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit.Last week, staff for the regulator announced they would seek the order against Cohodes, an investor who has taken short positions in many companies including Home Capital Group of Toronto, because of statements he made about Badger. Those included a June 27th Twitter post containing a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of its illegal dumping of toxic substances.The regulator said Cohodes has made numerous negative public claims over a period of more than a year, coinciding with the acquisition of his short position, accusing him of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities. CALGARY, A.B. – The Alberta Securities Commission has rejected a requested order to prevent American short-seller Marc Cohodes from trading shares in or providing misleading information about Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.In an oral decision released Wednesday afternoon, the provincial regulator said staff hadn’t proved there was an urgent need for the interim order to control Cohodes’ activity while a full investigation is undertaken.“There are insufficient grounds for us to exercise our jurisdiction to make any orders … Accordingly, we dismiss the application,” said Thomas Cotter, chair of the two-member ASC panel.center_img Badger CEO Paul Vanderberg, who attended the hearing, said he would not comment on the outcome or the possibility of a civil suit against Cohodes.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George RCMP received multiple 911 calls reporting a collision on Highway 97 approximately 10 kilometres north of Bear Lake between a commercial transport truck and a passenger vehicle on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at about 4:20 pm.According to the RCMP, upon arrival, it was determined that a southbound commercial transport truck and a northbound passenger vehicle with three occupants had collided head-on.  The driver of the transport truck was not injured.  The driver and one passenger in the vehicle died in the collision and the remaining person was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.At the time of the collision, the road and weather conditions were excellent.Prince George Regional Traffic Services (PGRTS), the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement officers and the BC Coroners’ Service continue to investigate the cause of the collision and nothing has been ruled out at this early stage.Anyone with information regarding this collision, including any dash camera video, is asked to call PGRTS in Prince George at 250-649-4004 and quote file 2019-400.No further information is available at this time.last_img read more