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Pelosi and Schumer, McConnell divided on relief bill

first_img“I gather [Pelosi] and the Democratic leader in the Senate still are looking at something dramatically larger,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters. “That’s not a place I think we’re willing to go. But I do think there needs to be another package. Hopefully we can get past the impasse we’ve had now for four or five months and get serious about doing something that’s appropriate.” – Advertisement – “We’re at the same place, even more so with the pandemic,” she said. “Because look at those numbers!”Her comments reflect a fundamental disagreement with Republicans over what the U.S. needs to recover from the pandemic. The gulf has lingered throughout start-and-stop talks between Pelosi and the White House.On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged the need for another aid package but said it should resemble the GOP’s $500 billion proposal that Senate Democrats blocked before the election.- Advertisement – The top Democrats in Congress said Thursday that a record surge in U.S. coronavirus infections raises the urgency for a new relief bill.The part of the process that has confounded Washington for months — crafting a bill backed by both Democrats and Republicans — has become no less of a challenge since Election Day.Speaking to reporters in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she still supports legislation to inject at least $2.2 trillion into the American health-care system and economy. The California Democrat, who will see her party’s majority shrink by at least six seats after the 2020 election, cited Wednesday’s record 143,231 new Covid-19 infections as reason to stick to a spending demand the GOP has seen as unreasonable.- Advertisement – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated again Thursday that Democrats would block a bill similar to the one Republicans previously crafted. The New York Democrat called it a “nonstarter” as he backed Pelosi’s stance of at least $2.2 trillion in new spending.Schumer also contended many GOP senators’ refusal to acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect — while President Donald Trump levels baseless charges of electoral fraud — has hampered efforts to govern during the crisis.“Joe Biden has won. Now move on and work with us to solve the Covid crisis,” he said. “Let us bring the country together and get things done.”Lawmakers would have to overcome a number of challenges to pass pandemic relief legislation before Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Among the barriers, Trump has showed little interest in anything other than fighting the election results since Nov. 3.Biden has listed coronavirus aid as one of his top priorities when he enters office. Control of Congress during his presidency is an open question.The GOP will keep a narrow Senate majority unless Democrats can win two likely runoffs in Georgia in January. Even if Democrats win both races, they would achieve a 50-50 split, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding a tiebreaking vote.Democrats could also end up with 224 seats or even less in the House, according to NBC News estimates, giving Pelosi a smaller margin of error for party defections on legislation.Headline economic numbers in the U.S. have improved: initial jobless claims lingered near their lowest levels of the pandemic last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. Even so, more than 21 million Americans remain on some form of unemployment assistance, and economic pain could sharpen as more states consider restrictions to slow the spiking infection rate.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.center_img U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after the Senate Republican GOP leadership election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (R), Democrat of California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York hold a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2020.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

Jason Roy added to England squad for Australia ODIs

first_imgMANCHESTER: Explosive batsman Jason Roy has been added to the England squad for the three-match ODI series against Australia beginning Friday at the Old Trafford.In a media statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday also informed that Dawid Malan has been named as a reserve. The middle-order batsman was in explosive form in the T20I series as he top-scored with 129 runs and played a crucial role in England’s 2-1 win over Australia in Southampton. Courtesy his performance, Malan has moved to the numero uno spot in ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. Joe Denly, who was originally named in the squad as a reserve, has left the bio-secure bubble and returned to Kent, the ECB statement further read. England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Phil Salt. Australia squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam. (IANS) Also Watch: AASU-AJYCP’s New Political Party on Sept 11last_img read more

Bielema previews upcoming game with OSU

first_imgAs the Wisconsin football team prepares to square off against a familiar and unbeaten foe, head coach Bret Bielema will see a new face on the opposing sideline.Ohio State officially hired Urban Meyer as head coach Nov. 28, 2011. Meyer has guided the Buckeyes to a 10-0 mark in the 2012 campaign. In his weekly press conference Monday, Bielema complimented OSU’s talent and execution under Meyer.“Each year is a different year,” Bielema said. “This year, they’ve obviously done a very nice job to get to where they are today, and you would expect more of the same.”Upon arrival, Meyer installed a new offense that differed from the philosophy of his predecessor, Jim Tressel. Bielema said Tressel’s offense was similar to Wisconsin’s, but Meyer has gone “totally away from that.”When asked about the coaching matchup between himself and Meyer, Bielema deferred, saying the game would be decided on the field. Bielema sat down with Meyer during Meyer’s working stint as an analyst for a meeting Bielema called an “enjoyable experience.”According to Bielema, the much-publicized tiff between him and Meyer this summer over recruiting was overblown. Bielema said he was surprised at how big the issue became and added he learned from the ordeal.The competition between Wisconsin and Ohio State extends beyond the football field. Wisconsin recruits heavily in Ohio, Bielema noted, and some of the players from both UW and OSU have known each other well before they even take the field against one another.“Recruiting, you wear that on your sleeve,” Bielema said. “That’s the life line of your program. A lot of times, that’s when the feelings get very emotional.”Despite having already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game with a 62-14 win over Indiana Saturday, Bielema said the Badgers still have plenty to play for in the final two games of the regular season.Dismissing the notion he might sit players for health reasons in the last two games, Bielema instead said the team’s focus is on winning a share of the Leaders Division title. Ohio State has already secured at least a share of the division crown.“I might have a mutiny on my hands if I tried to pull anybody out of the game this Saturday,” Bielema said.When the Big Ten expanded to 12 teams with the addition of Nebraska in 2010, Wisconsin and Ohio State were placed in the same division, meaning the two teams will play every year. In the past, the road to a Big Ten title meant beating Ohio State, Bielema said.“When the divisions came out and Ohio State was in our division, I thought that was a great thing for us,” Bielema said. “Just because we knew we were going to get to play them every year.”Bielema is 1-4 against Ohio State in his career, with his lone win coming in 2010 against a top-ranked and undefeated Buckeye team.Preparing for MillerOhio State is led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, a player Bielema said has improved since his freshman year and one Wisconsin will need to contain Saturday.Miller has accounted for 65.6 percent of the Buckeye’s offensive output this season with 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns passing as well as 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.The perfect dual-threat quarterback in Meyer’s spread attack and a potential Heisman candidate, Bielema noted UW recruited Miller out of high school before Miller ultimately chose OSU.“We knew that he was a tremendous athlete and a tremendous kid,” Bielema said. “He’s just a really, really gifted human being.”Bielema said he noticed Miller’s accuracy has improved this season, due in part to another year of experience and the scheme OSU has installed around Miller. According to Bielema, Miller is one of the most mobile quarterbacks he’s ever seen. When asked to compare Miller to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Bielema claimed there was no comparison.Following last season’s 33-29 loss in Columbus, Bielema said he noticed Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson sought out Miller to congratulate him on the victory.“I just wish we didn’t have to play him every year,” Bielema said. “He truly is special.”last_img read more

European Lotteries Association joins Betting on Sports Week in September

first_img StumbleUpon Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Share Share Danish FA backs Danske Spil’s Safe Play campaign August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 The European Lotteries Association will host a meeting for members of its Sport Working Group at next month’s Betting on Sports Week in London (18-21 September), while several of its headline members have been lined up to speak at the event.European Lotteries is the umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit, which brings together both state-owned and private operators, both profit and non-profit, who operate on behalf of the state.Each of the Sport Working Group’s 18 members will be invited to attend the meeting on Wednesday morning 19 September, to discuss topics including sports integrity and sports policy, as well as the planning and content for upcoming European Lotteries events.This team of 18 includes confirmed #boscon2018 speakers – Jari Vähänen, SVP of Veikkaus, Ludovico Calvi, Board Director of Lottomatica Betting, and Jens Nielsen, Head of Sports Betting at Danske Spil, as well as representatives of Norsk Tipping, SAZKA, Global Lottery Monitoring System, LOTTO Bayern, Szerencsejáték Zrt., Française des Jeux, Österreichische Lotterien, Staatliche Toto-Lotto, Svenska Spel, OPAP, Sisal, Loterie Nationale Belgium and Hrvatska Lutrija.Vähänen will be helping to provide a snapshot of horseracing around the world, as part of the Betting on Racing track on Thursday 20 September, while Nielsen will be assessing the betting shop of the future on the Betting on Retail track, held on the same day.Ludovico Calvi, also the President of the Global Lottery Monitoring System, will take part in the main integrity panel discussing the future outlook of the US market.Nielsen commented: “Once again, we are delighted that SBC has embraced the importance of our Sport Working Group by facilitating a meeting at Betting on Sports. “The rapidly evolving nature of the lottery sector dictates that we need these regular meetups, not just to discuss new points of difference, but also to address the opportunities that changes in consumer behaviour presents.”Betting on Sports Week will present no fewer than 250 thought leaders, innovators and decision makers from the sports betting, esports, casino, affiliates, media and sports sectors.last_img read more

Champions celebrity tennis tournament…All hail the King

first_imgThe 36th Annual Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament did not conclude on Labor Day as has been it’s history but the end results were very similar.Once again Dom Costa claimed championship honors with this year’s partner LaWade Garvis, who is also no stranger to the winner’s platform. BEST OF THE BEST—2011 Champions Celebrity Tennis Tournament staff and winners from left: Kalea, Diamond Models director; Donna Bey, tournament director;  Joyce Scott and Nick Rhodes, secnd Place; Dom Costa and LaWade Garvis; Jim Quigley, tournament co-director; Gabrille, Diamond Model. The tournament was delayed by what has to be one of the rainiest summers in Pittsburgh history. But once back on track the field emerged with the same great play and highly competitive level as always.With the regular local legends in full swing the field witnessed an influx of new and upcoming talent.Rounding out the awardees placement was Nick Rhodes and Joyce Scott in secnd place and Bud Craig and Lorna Secrest in third.As always the case the tournament was co-hosted by the Highland Park Tennis Club under the direction of President Fred Crawford and directed by veteran player and coaches Donna Bey and Jim Quigley.Special thanks go out to this year’s sponsors (proceeds benefit The Champions upcoming Toys for Tots Program) Highmark, Chuck Saunders Charities, Savoy Restaurant, CitiParks, Bob Burt Photography, Penn Avenue McDonalds and the New Pittsburgh Courier.last_img read more

Energized GOP Prepares for 2017 Elections

first_imgBy John Burton | FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The battle lines are drawn and the troops have made their selection of this year’s warriors for the political struggles of the June primary and November general election.Scores of members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee gathered Saturday March 18, at the iPlay America indoor entertainment and theme park, 110 Schanck Road, to offer their endorsement by acclamation for the list of GOP candidates for this year’s challenges for the various offices on the county ballot.And if politics is war by another name, minus the literal bloodletting, of course, it was on display as county party leaders offered their strategy and commitment to continue to maintain control of the county’s legislative delegation and county government, and the governor’s office, for the party faithful.A high priority for this year’s political front, acknowledged county chairman Shaun Golden (who also holds the elected position of county sheriff), will be regaining the two state Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District, which the Republican incumbents lost two years ago. “We have a great opportunity here,” Golden said, with the ticket for that particular race. A race, one audience member shouted was “stolen by lies and slander” by political opponents.“It is our ground zero this year,” in the political races, Golden told the crowd, “and we will get these seats back.”Democrats in that race benefited from a late game influx of cash from the state Democratic organization who detected an opportunity in the 11th District – which skews Democratic in voter registration and includes such county Democratic strongholds as Red Bank, Neptune, Long Branch and Asbury Park. Golden alleged the Democrats outspent the Republicans by more than $1 million to win the two seats, currently held by Joann Downey and Eric Houhtaling, who will be running for re-election this year.Incumbent Republican state Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank, will be seeking another term for the 11th. Joining her will be Michael Whelan, who his currently two years into his three-year term on the Red Bank Borough Council; and Robert Acerra, Ocean Township’s deputy mayor.Beck vowed to knock on 14,000 doors as she campaigned with her running mates for the three seats, running against what she called “All spin and no substance.”With veteran state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr.’s decision to not seek another term for the 13th district, that led to Golden, with his committee’s support, to announce that incumbent Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon would step up and run for the Legislature’s upper chamber. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Middletown, had said she intended to seek the party’s nod for the spot, but, according to Golden, decided to bow out leaving it open for O’Scanlon. Handlin will run for re-election for her Assembly seat.O’Scanlon, Little Silver, said it was difficult to square off with his colleague Handlin, “One of the classiest people I know,” he said. However, “This party is in better shape than it’s ever been.”With O’Scanlon running for the Senate, the other Assembly candidacy for the 13th District, will be Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. DiMaso, Holmdel, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Freeholder board in 2012 and began serving a full term in January 2014 and was re-elected in November 2016.Freeholder Lillian BurryThis year’s GOP freeholder candidates are veteran incumbent Lillian Burry, who began her tenure on the county government board in January 2006. Burry argued that the county has been well served by Republican elected officials, as she pointed to the county’s library and parks department, that she called the envy of the state, and fiscal responsibility that continues to earn national AAA bond ratings. “I would say after working in public service for 30 years,” including her term as a local elected official, Burry said, “I’m not finished yet.”Joining Burry on the ballot will be Holmdel’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. Impreveduto has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has served on the local board of education as well as the Holmdel Township Committee. He is taking the place of incumbent Freeholder Gary Rich who is not running this year.For the county organization, the top of the ticket belongs to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, told the supportive audience she has the ability and experience to defeat likely Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, a Middletown resident, for the governor’s office.“It’s going to be a bloody battle,” for the governor’s race as well as the Legislature, Guadagno said. “A lot of it is about money,” she said, telling the crowd, “I have the ability to raise money and we will have the money to get the message out.”State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) also made an attempt to sway some support for his bid for the party nomination, but promised following the June 6 primary he would support the Republican ticket.The party committee members endorsed incumbents Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Robert Clifton and Ronald Dancer for their re-election to the 12th Legislative District, which represents seven Monmouth County communities; and the 30th District’s Senator Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible, whose district covers the county’s southern portion.With the talk of money, Golden noted “I’m happy to report that MCRC is in great financial shape,” but didn’t offer any specifics. While the county returned incumbent Republicans to countywide offices last November (including Golden’s own re-election), and went strong for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, there is a voter registration deficit with Democrats. But it’s the unaffiliated voters who make the difference. “And we have to continue to give them a reason to vote Republican,” Golden said.This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more