McConnell says stimulus Senate’s top priority before year end

first_img“I think that’s job one when we get back,” McConnell said. “Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had.”Although Republicans appeared set to retain their majority in the Senate as of Wednesday afternoon, McConnell struck a cautious outlook and cited tight contests in key battleground states.- Advertisement – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), gestures while giving election remarks at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.Jon Cherry | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said his top priority remains passing a new economic stimulus bill before the end of the year.McConnell, who Tuesday evening won his reelection bid for a seventh six-year Senate term, said from a news conference in Kentucky that another relief package would be the chamber’s chief focus when it reconvenes next week.He also said that state and local aid, a consistent Democratic demand in relief discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.- Advertisement – Democrats did win the Senate race in Colorado, and are leading in Arizona, but as of 1:55 p.m. ET they appear to be set to fall short of becoming the majority. NBC News projects Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives.Maine Democrat Sara Gideon’s concession to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins makes flipping the chamber even more difficult, though NBC News has yet to make an official call on that race.Still, McConnell’s comments could rekindle relief talks between the two parties after months of stalled negotiations between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The mired talks come even as the U.S. recorded another 91,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the second-highest single-day tally to date, according to Johns Hopkins data. The disease has now killed more than 230,000 Americans.Up until the weeks immediately preceding the election, McConnell had warned that a potential $2 trillion package negotiated between Mnuchin and Pelosi may lack sufficient support in the Senate out of fears it could be too expensive.“The Speaker laid out a $2.5 trillion package with all kinds of things that I felt were simply unrelated to the subject,” the majority leader said Wednesday. “I laid on the Senate floor not once, but twice, half a trillion dollars …  targeting the school situation, the need to replenish PPP small loan program.”McConnell tried early in 2020 to advance his own, far-smaller bill that lacked fiscal support for state and local governments as well as omitted another round of $1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.That effort was blocked by Senate Democrats — who argued that it lacked enough relief — and by some Republicans that said even the watered-down bill was too costly. Congress has not enacted any new major stimulus since the spring when lawmakers muscled through four bipartisan bills worth about $3 trillion.“Ultimately, you’ve got to kill the [virus] before we get back to normal. Because there’s no other way to get back to normal. You can keep keep pumping money into the economy forever And it won’t solve the problem until we kill the virus,” McConnell said.“Having said that, there are other sectors that need help and I outlined what I think is appropriate, but I don’t get to make the final decision. We have to deal with the Democrats,” he added. “And what I’m saying is, I think now that the election’s over, the need is there and need to sit down and work this out.” – Advertisement – “As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning. “Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

MUI calls on Muslims to comply with health protocols during Idul Adha

first_img“We need to focus on our health. If we are unfit or carrying preexisting diseases, it is advisable for us to pray from home.”Residents who wish to perform qurban (animal sacrifice) for Idul Adha are suggested to go to abattoirs in order to prevent crowds during the ritual. In addition, the MUI recommended that qurban be done by professionals.“We must pay attention to the cattle’s health conditions,” Asrorun said, adding that the cattle should meet the requirement for qurban – proper age and good health.He also called on qurban procession committees or religious social institutions to distribute the qurban meat directly to those in need and prevent any large crowds from forming during the qurban.The MUI had previously warned that, given the current pandemic, distributing the meat immediately after the ritual might pose a health risk. Thus, it suggested the qurban meat be processed into canned food or cooked as rendang before being distributed. The council through its fatwa permits the distribution of qurban meat at a later time after Idul Adha, suggesting that any excess meat should be preserved instead of thrown out.During this year’s Idul Adha, Indonesia’s second-largest Islamic group, Muhammadiyah, encouraged Muslims to convert their qurban into sadaqah (alms) to help those who have been hit hard by the pandemic.Topics : To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on all Muslims nationwide to maintain health protocols when celebrating and praying on Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), which falls on Friday.Repeating previous calls from the Religious Affairs Ministry and Muslim groups, the MUI fatwa commission secretary, Asrorun Niam Sholeh, advised people living in areas at high risk of COVID-19 transmission to pray at home.“Those living in considerably safer areas are allowed to perform mass prayers in mosques but they must comply with strict health protocols. Use masks, perform wudhu [ablution rituals] at home, bring our own sajadah [praying mat] and maintain a physical distance,” Asrorun said through a written statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

May 13, 2019 Police Blotter

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Crews battle fire near the Riviera Beach Marina

first_imgAuthorities said they are keeping the Grand Classica cruise ship at sea as a precaution until the smoke clears.This is a developing story. Watch it live here. Fire crews are currently battling a large yacht fire near the Riviera Beach Marina.The fire is occurred around 7:00 am Tuesday on a boat named the Sea Alice which was stationed at Cracker Boy Boat Works but authorities are saying the fire has spread to other vesicles and at least one tent.Additional crews were called to the scene to help with the flames.Smoke could be seen as far away as the airport.Smoke is extremely thick and black. There are still a few hot spots on the vessel @CBS12 pic.twitter.com/O3WcAvMkDq— James Torrez (@JamesTorrezNews) May 7, 2019last_img read more

Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive

first_imgIn addition to the future king, Prince Charles, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, the government has said.Johnson is 55-years-old and in good health. He says he is experiencing a low-grade fever and dry cough.Mr Johnson has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street, after being tested at No 10 by NHS staff.“He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty,” a statement said.He will still be in charge of the government’s handling of the crisis, the statement added.In a tweet, Mr Johnson said: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.“Together we will beat this.”Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/9Te6aFP0Ri— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020 Mr Johnson was last seen on Thursday night as he clapped outside No 10 as part of a nationwide gesture to thank NHS staff.There are more than 11,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and 578 people have died.It comes after the Prince of Wales also tested positive for the virus earlier this week.Prince Charles, 71, is to be displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said.last_img read more

Deadline to Register to Vote in August 18th Primary Approaching

first_imgYour deadline to register or change party affiliation for the August 8th primary election is Monday, July 20, 2020.Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, Wendy Link told Jen and Bill that mail in ballot voting is very safe.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Wendy-Link-mail-in-safety.mp3Jen and Bill will speak with the chief investigator for Judicial Watch at 8:35 about the concerns over mail-in ballots.IMPORTANT: Florida is a “closed primary” state. That means that only the voters registered within that political party may vote in that party’s Primary Election, unless a Universal Primary Contest (UPC)* occurs. You can change your party affiliation by submitting an updated Voter Registration Application at any time, but the change must be made 29 days before a Primary Election in order to be valid for that election. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on issues and nonpartisan races during a Primary Election. Your party does not affect your ballot for any election other than a Primary Election.*A Universal Primary Contest (UPC) occurs if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election. Early Voting: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2020 – Sunday, August 16, 2020Vote By Mail: Due by 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020Election Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020During the Primary Election, electors will vote for representatives within their party affiliations. If opposed within their own parties, United States Senators, Representatives in Congress, State Representatives, and State Senators will be on the ballot. The five Constitutional Officers: the Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections, as well as Tax Collector, will also appear on the ballot if they are opposed within their party. Voters may also see County Commissioners and precinct committee men and women depending on their jurisdiction. Because Florida is a closed primary state, voters may only vote within their party. The winning candidates of the Primary Election, who see opposition from another party, will then move on to the General Election in November.Universal Primary: A Universal Primary is a contest in the Primary Election in which all candidates have the same party affiliation, but will not see opposition during the General Election. During a Universal Primary, all qualified electors may vote regardless of their party affiliation.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli achieves yet another milestone, this time as skipper in Adelaide Test

first_imgNew Delhi: When it comes to notching milestones and smashing records on a consistent basis, Virat Kohli is a colossus in the modern day. The Indian cricket skipper has notched up so many records that the ordinary cricket fan has lost count of how many records and milestones the cricketer has achieved in his period. In Adelaide, Kohli became the fourth Indian player after VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to hit 1000 Test runs in Australia. In the Adelaide Test, Kohli has fallen for 3 and 34 but on day 3, he achieved yet another record, this time as captain.The right-hander became the first Indian captain to score 2000 runs in overseas conditions. The previous highest tally of runs by an Indian captain in overseas conditions belonged to Sourav Ganguly, who hit 1693 runs at an average of 43.41. Kohli achieved the feat when he flicked Pat Cummins to the deep midwicket fence for three runs to go past the landmark.Read More | Kohli’s celebration would make us look like ‘worst blokes in world’Kohli is the ninth international skipper to go past 2000 runs in overseas Tests. South Africa’s Graeme Smith leads the tally with 4853 runs at an average of 53 with 15 centuries. Apart from Smith, West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd, New Zealand’s Steven Fleming, Australia’s Allan Border, Ricky Ponting and Bob Simpson, England’s Alastair Cook and Pakistan’s Misbah ul Haq are the others to have reached this milestone.Read More | Kohli booed by Adelaide crowd, surprisingly Ponting is not amusedSmith has captained in the most games and has also the highest tally of centuries and fifties among all captains in the world. Kohli, along with Steve Waugh and Michael Clarke, are the only players to have more centuries than fifties as skipper. Kohli, who has scored nine centuries, is tied second for the most number of overseas ton with Lloyd.In the current Indian team, Kohli is the only batsman to have hit centuries in England, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The right-hander has hit centuries in six out of the seven countries he has played a Test against, with Bangladesh being the only exception. With age still on Kohli’s side, he has the capability to smash plenty of records in the coming years. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Lawyer says Blatter did not speak to U.S, investigators

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has not spoken to United States prosecutors in Switzerland, his U.S.-based lawyer told Reuters yesterday.Blatter told international news agency reporters last month that he had met lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice in Zurich last October or November.Yet his lawyer Richard Cullen said that Blatter may have mistaken American lawyers who were conducting an internal investigation on behalf of FIFA for officials from the Department of Justice.Prosecutors from the Department of Justice did not interview Mr Blatter in Switzerland,” Cullen said by telephone.“He may have mistaken an interview that he gave to American lawyers who were conducting an investigation on behalf of FIFA.“Those lawyers were in fact not prosecutors from the Department of Justice.”At the time when he made his comments to agency reporters last month, Blatter had also said: “I have had very little contact from my American lawyers because I was never a person of interest under scrutiny by the American justice.“I have been investigated in two or three matters … but there is no wrongdoing.”The 81-year-old was banned for six years by FIFA’s own ethics committee at the height of a scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body in 2015.The scandal saw several dozen soccer officials, including some from FIFA, indicted in the United States on corruption-related charges. Blatter was not among them.In March, FIFA completed its own 22-month internal inquiry, conducted by U.S. lawyers Quinn Emanuel, into allegations of high-level corruption and handed its report to Swiss authorities.last_img read more

Hope says didn’t do enough in ODI series, looks forward to T20s

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Despite being the West Indies’ lead scorer in two of the three matches in the just concluded ODI series, Shai Hope has lamented that he did not do enough to give his side a desired victory over Sri Lanka.Hope made 238 runs at average of 79.3 runs per innings in the three-match series, top-scoring in the first match with 115 and again in the third with 72. He put 51 on the board in the second match against the hosts.But speaking to the media after West Indies lost their last contest to suffer a whitewash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday night, the 26-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman said he wanted to do more as his team tried to record their first series win on Sri Lankan soil.“I feel as if I’m not scoring enough runs. I’m just trying to do my job for the team,” said Hope, who was on the field more than any other player in the series.“My job is to bat long and score runs and it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get the wins in this series. They say there’s a learning curve for everything, so hopefully we can learn from this as quickly as possible and move on from there.”Hope also acknowledged that, overall, the West Indies “didn’t play the crucial moments well”, especially in the first and last contests.“Cricket is one of those games where you have to grasp those game-changing moments and we didn’t do that. I think Sri Lanka did that pretty well. So that’s one thing that I can highlight for this series and going forward, that is one thing we should really point out as a team,” he added.As the Caribbean men prepare for their T20 International series which will also be played here – the first match today and the second on Friday – they will be hoping to put the series loss behind them and learn from their mistakes.“We just have to continue believing in what we know we can do and what the team can achieve. We’ve done enough to get here and we just need to tick a few more boxes to get us across that line,” Hope said.“We’ve had a decent run of form in the past few ODI tours that we’ve had. So yes, it’s a 3-0 loss and a setback for us, but there’s a lot to look forward to. We can say we ticked some boxes in this series, but having said that, there’s a lot that we can work on. So, we’re looking forward to see what we have in store for the next series.”The squad will be looking to build momentum towards the ICC T20 World Cup which will be played in Australia later this year.Included are dynamic all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell who played vital roles when the West Indies won the World Cup under captain Darren Sammy in 2012 and again in 2016.Hope said he was pleased to be back in the T20 squad and hoped to learn from the duo.“I played one game against the Afghanistan team in India and I always want to play every format if I can. I’m just glad to be here again. They’ve (Russell and Bravo) been playing T20 cricket for however long now, and they have a heap of experience.I’m sure that the guys coming up, the new ones in the team, like myself, we can get some knowledge from them and hopefully they can continue doing what they do best and we can win this series coming up,” he said.last_img read more

Bayern Munich Sacks Carlo Ancelotti

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Bayern Munich.Following Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain, the club’s board has decided to dismiss the Italian, who replaced Pep Guardiola at the start of last season.Ancelotti, 58, helped Bayern win the Bundesliga last term, but they only reached the last eight of the Champions League and the German Cup semi-finals.Assistant boss Willy Sagnol will take temporary charge.Bayern, league champions in each of the past five seasons, are third in the German table, three points behind Borussia Dortmund, with four wins, one draw and one defeat from their first six matches. They next play away to Hertha Berlin on Sunday (14:30 BST).“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them,” said Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“I would like to thank Carlo for his cooperation. Carlo is my friend and will remain my friend, but we had to make a professional decision. The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences.” Former Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and AC Milan boss Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times – with Milan in 2003 and 2007, and with Madrid in 2014.That return makes him the joint most successful manager in European Cup history, along with former Liverpool boss Bob Paisley, who also won three titles, in 1977, 1978 and 1981.Ancelotti also led Milan to the Champions League final in 2005, but the Italian side were beaten on penalties by Liverpool, despite having led 3-0 at half-time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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