Drug smuggler pardoned by Trump sued by All Year over high-interest loans

first_imgThe lawsuit involves drugs, Trump, and 11 million dollars. (Getty, Facebook, Pexels)UPDATED, March 3, 2021, 8:31 a.m.: As Yoel Goldman desperately tries to keep his Brooklyn-based real estate firm afloat, a new court filing alleges that Jonathan Braun, who pleaded guilty to drug smuggling and money laundering in 2011 but was recently pardoned by President Donald Trump, made loans to some of Goldman’s companies while in prison.Braun was allegedly behind at least $11.5 million in high-interest rate loans to the developer, according to a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court by All Year Management and a web of companies tied to Goldman.The complaint alleges that the loans are part of a “larger loan-sharking scheme,” and that Braun and his affiliates made short-term loans to Goldman and All Year with “criminally usurious interest rates” that sometimes exceeded 200 percent.When Goldman and his firm refused to repay the loans, the defendants allegedly refinanced those into other short-term loans while illegally collecting additional lender fees and jacking up the interest rate.The complaint seeks to vacate a $9.2 million judgment filed this week by Braun’s alleged firm, MapCap Funding, against Goldman, All Year and over 100 other firms tied to the developer. Since then, two more judgments have been filed against Braun for $3 million and $3.5 million, with additional interest accruing.Ariel Bouskila, who is representing MapCap Funding in the judgment, said, “Mr. Braun did not have any involvement in any of the relevant transactions and our filings will speak for themselves.” He declined to comment further.Commercial Observer first reported the news.The lawsuit alleges that Braun directed the operation from federal prison in Otisville, New York. Braun was serving a 10-year prison sentence for a billion-dollar drug ring that prosecutors allege smuggled marijuana from Canada through a Native American reservation in New York. He was sentenced in 2019.The FTC and the New York Attorney General’s office have separate investigations into Braun and companies tied to him for making predatory loans to small businesses, then allegedly threatening the owners with violence to make them pay.A lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James in June alleges that Braun warned one business owner not to “fuck with” him. He allegedly threatened to “destroy” the business owner and make his life a “living hell.” He then allegedly said, “I know where you live. I know where mother lives,” and “I will take your daughters from you,” according to the complaint.The suit filed by Goldman’s companies claims that the judgment is invalid due to these ongoing investigations in Braun’s business.In the complaint, the developer says Braun and his company are a “ticking time bomb to file yet another confession of judgment… that Goldman was unauthorized to sign.”All Year is facing the loss of its trophy asset: a massive apartment complex in Bushwick known as Denizen. Last week, All Year filed a last-minute lawsuit to stop a UCC foreclosure sale for an interest in Denizen after it defaulted on its mezzanine loan.In January, trading on All Year’s bonds was suspended after the company missed its bond payments and delayed its quarterly financial reporting.CORRECTION: This story has been updated to clarify that All Year alleged Braun had connections to MapCap Lending. Tags all year managementCommercial Real EstateFraudReal Estate Lawsuits Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Tenant Fees Ban – “A watershed moment”

first_imgIf they did, it didn’t work. We all now know that the fees ban will become law on 1st June 2019.David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, said, “The PRS has undergone a tsunami of change over the last few years, and there are difficult times ahead with the tenant fees ban is expected to come into effect next year. With all the new legislation landlords have faced over the last few years, they have found themselves either being pushed out of the market or forced to pass rising costs on to tenants – a trend which we’ll continue to see next year.“However, looking further ahead we firmly believe that the industry will come out stronger, more professional and better respected at the other side. The best landlords and agents will adapt and survive to the new circumstances, keeping the PRS afloat.”Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth said, “We need to enable agents and landlords following Royal Assent to become compliant, but we intend for the provisions to come into force on June 1st 2019.“This would mean the ban on lettings fees would apply to all tenancies signed after this date.”Key points:Default fees limited to charges for replacement keys or a respective security device and late rent payments.Holding deposits will be capped at no more than one week’s rent, applying to a maximum of one property onlyA civil offence with a fine of £5,000 for a first offence, alongside civil penalties of up to £30,000The Consumer Rights Act 2015 will be amended to specify that the letting agent transparency requirements should apply to property portals, such as Rightmove and ZooplaLocal authorities will be able to retain the money raised through financial penalties, with this money reserved for future local housing enforcementAlongside rent and deposits, landlords and letting agents may only charge tenants fees associated with:A change or early termination of a tenancy, when requested by the tenantUtilities, communication services and Council TaxPayments arising from a default by the tenant, such as replacing lost keys.Jon Notley, former Commercial Director, Zoopla and now CEO of Zero Deposit added, “The passing of the Tenant Fees Bill is a watershed moment in the UK’s rental economy but one that brings with it a sense of both optimism and caution.“On the one hand, we welcome any proposed changes to legislation that enable tenants to move more freely – improving rental affordability is both clear and necessary, while the new regulations should improve practices and standards across the board. However, it is vital these changes do not overexpose landlords to risk or unnecessarily burden agencies with time-consuming admin that could be better invested elsewhere. The barometer of the success of this bill will be a rental market that works for everyone.”legislation Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Sheila Manchester tenant fees ban David Cox January 17, 2019The NegotiatorOne commentJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 17th January 2019 at 10:51 amWatch this piece of ill thought out legislation turn into a disaster as PRS landlords bailout and reduce supply even further. No thought was given to the day-to-day running of a tenancy. A more sensible approach would have been to cap fees at a percentage of the rent or similar.So now what? for example: restrict deposits to 1.5 months; so that means, no pets at all, no benefits, and with no reference fees the criteria for tenants will be much higher, so it will only favour the higher income, no pet, ultra low risk individuals.Ultimately this is all because the government policy has failed by inviting people to move here with nowhere to live. 6,000,000 have moved here in recent years and if you look on the Gov website, you will still find a document saying to asylum sneakers that they can choose a flat or a house and get x amount of money if the come to the UK from FRANCE!. If we build 220,000 social houses a year (2018) and invite 250,000 assylum sneakers (out of 560,000) alone to move here, how is it ever going to improve by attacking the PRS landlord??…..they should be given tax breaks for helping out not pounded into submission.Still since when has a Gov in recent years got anything right.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Tenant Fees Ban – “A watershed moment” previous nextRegulation & LawTenant Fees Ban – “A watershed moment”Did the Government, just before the Brexit vote yesterday afternoon, sneak this game-changing news in hoping we wouldn’t notice?Sheila Manchester17th January 20191 Comment3,229 Viewslast_img read more

Latest: Shocking details of Berkshire agents cartel case laid bare

first_imgHome » News » Latest: Shocking details of Berkshire agents cartel case laid bare previous nextRegulation & LawLatest: Shocking details of Berkshire agents cartel case laid bareIncriminating and sometimes naive discussions between agents published by CMA in its latest update on case.Nigel Lewis24th January 20202 Comments1,792 Views The detailed discussions between the four estate agents involved in the Berkshire cartel case have been published by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), along with shocking evidence given by the individuals involved.These are largely emails sent between people working at Michael Hardy, Prospect, Richard Worth and a branch of Romans and are the lion’s share of the evidence gathered by the CMA to come to its decision on the cartel case.The discussions took place between September 2008 and May 2015 and were part of a ‘concerted effort’ to fix and maintain a level of commission fees for property sales in five areas.These were Wokingham, Winnersh, Crowthorne, Bracknell and Warfield.The combined £605,519 fines levied on three of the companies, Michael Hardy, Prospect and Richard Worth were revealed in December following a year-long investigation.Highlights of the report include inconsistencies in the evidence given by a Romans director during two interviews, who was also accused during the investigation of not cooperating with the CMA during it early stages.A director of Richard Worth initially refused to be interviewed but later relented.The cartel was prompted largely by the severe downturn in the economy and property market created by the financial crash of 2008 and started around the time of the failure of Northern Rock building society.The initial agreement was to set a minimum fee of £2,500 or 1.75% and a multiple agency fee of 3%. The average fee was between 1.7 and 1.8% but did drop down to 1.5% where competition was weakest.At least one of the agency directors believed their agreement ‘stopped short of cartel’.Romans put one smaller agency, Prospect, under severe pressure to join the cartel or suffer severe consequences. It was told that Romans could easily survive a downturn but that smaller agencies would not as the market contracted.Evidence shows agents emailed each other to point out when different branches were not ‘playing ball’ and had been charging clients 1.25% commission, for example, rather than the agreed 1.75% and above.Ignorance played a role – one agent says in an email “‘I’m not sure the exact definition of a cartel, but I do think the top 3 or 4 agents could quite easily agree a higher minimum fee.”One Romans director told other agents that agreeing common fees ‘was fine’ because not all agents in the area were involved.Wokingham was the focus of the cartel because it was where the four agents competed hardest for instructions.The agents kept the cartel going after 2012 when the recession ended because of competition from low-fee online agents.Four meetings a year held to discuss fees and keep branches in line continued until 2015.Within at least one of the agencies all the branch managers were aware of the minimum fee arrangement.Directors told staff who emailed in about the cartel ‘not to put things in writing’ and delete emails ‘like it never arrived’.All parties spent considerable amounts of time and effort monitoring competitors within the cartel ‘being sneaky’ over commission rates, as one email puts it.The cartel operated a fine system via invoices that forced participants who did not stick to the fee agreement to compensate competitors for lost business, although not all participated.The cartel (and exploring the setting up of similar arrangements in other areas,) was made part of a personal performance objective for one Romans director.Following the investigation, and the admission by all four agencies of their involvement in the cartel, Michael Hardy was fined £142,843, Prospect £268,765 and Richard Worth £193,911. Romans was not fined because it had come forward to the CMA about the cartel and therefore was able to benefit from the authority’s ‘lenience’ rules.Read the latest CMA document in full.CMA Competition and Markets Authority January 24, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsRobin Bruce, HelpHound HelpHound 24th January 2020 at 11:04 amNext: the first agent to be fined by the CMA for breaching their rules on reviews.Log in to ReplyNick Pope, Brownfields Ltd Brownfields Ltd 24th January 2020 at 9:40 amHaving worked in Wokingham and knowing the agents involved I am not the slightest bit surprised.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Hill to lead Stetson Lawyers Association

first_imgHill to lead Stetson Lawyers Association Hill to lead Stetson Lawyers AssociationThe Stetson Lawyers Association recognized five alumni with service awards and named new officers at its recent annual meeting.Rhea Law of Tampa received the Ben Willard Award for humanitarian achievements. Dade County Judge Raphael Steinhardt received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding service to the legal profession and humanity. Cary Singletary of Tampa received the Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award for continuous support of time and gifts to the college of law. James Thaler, Jr., of Largo received the Outstanding Alumni Representative Award for encouraging alumni involvement in local district activities.Pamela A.M. Campbell of St. Petersburg was recognized with the President’s Award for her year-long service as president of the Stetson Lawyers Association.The Stetson Lawyers Association also elected its 2002-03 officers, which included: President Carolyn DuPree Hill of Clearwater, President-elect Robert J. Sniffen of Tallahassee, First Vice President Kenneth G. Turkel of Tampa, and Second Vice President Paul A. Turk of West Palm Beach. September 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

State is leading by example on gun laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we have seen time and time again, guns can do great harm when they end up in the wrong hands. The gun enthusiasts of New York state have demonstrated that they take seriously their responsibility of gun ownership. Most gun owners I know lock their guns and ammunition away when not in use, teach their children safe gun-handling and hunting skills, practice with their guns and abide by the state laws put in place.After reading John Cropley’s Oct. 15 Gazette article, “N.Y. is home to low gun death rates,” it also sounds like New York state shop owners are doing their part as well.The article states that shop owners inspect their merchandise when it arrives to make sure it conforms to state laws, complete necessary paperwork and offer more safety classes and marksmanship training. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?center_img Mr. Cropley’s article also notes that the police are busy doing their job enforcing the Safe Act regulations. From 2013 to Sept. 2017, there have been 17 arrests for failure to register legally owned assault rifles, 123 arrests for possession of high-capacity magazines, 816 arrests for illegal possession assault rifles and 338 arrests for illegal possession of fully automatic weapons. When you think of the damage that can be caused by just one automatic weapon with high-capacity magazines, these arrests are even more impressive.The cooperation between gun owners, shop owners and law enforcement has helped to make New York one of safest states in the nation when reviewing firearms death rates. There were 144 fewer firearms deaths in 2014 than in 2005 in New York, and our state has the fourth-lowest death rate from firearms in the nation.There’s much more to be done to continue this trend.The mental health component and the need to improve the nation’s ability to do background checks are two areas in need of significant improvement. I feel that New York state citizens have set an admirable example as to how reasonable gun laws, and gun ownership, can co-exist.ROBERT KARANDYBurnt Hillslast_img read more

On the trail: Biden warns against ‘bloodbath’ fight with Sanders as next contests loom

first_imgTopics : Biden warns against primary ‘bloodbath’After Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, ramped up his attacks on Biden on Friday, Biden told a crowd at a fundraiser in Bethesda, Maryland, he was worried his battle with Sanders for the Democratic nomination could turn ugly.“What we can’t let happen is let this primary become a negative bloodbath. We can’t tear this party apart and re-elect Trump. We have to keep our eyes on the ball,” Biden said as he telephoned in to the Bethesda event.Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, had assailed Biden’s record on trade, Social Security, gay rights and abortion on Friday – although he did promise to support the former vice president if he becomes the nominee. The race has become a two-man contest between Biden and Sanders. Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman, is the only other Democratic candidate still in the nominating contest, but has virtually no chance of winning.Biden and Sanders will face off on Tuesday in Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Washington state, North Dakota and Michigan. A big win for Biden in delegate-rich Michigan would deliver a major blow to Sanders’ hopes of becoming the nominee.Showing continued momentum following his Super Tuesday wins, Biden’s campaign said on Friday it had raised about $22 million in five days.Biden wins dozens of endorsements in Missouri The moderate wing of the Democratic Party has been rapidly coalescing around Biden to stop a Sanders nomination, since Biden’s big win in South Carolina on Feb. 29. On Saturday morning the Biden campaign announced another slew of endorsements from Democratic lawmakers in Missouri – over 60.Missouri is one of six states to vote on Tuesday, where Biden was due to hold two events on Saturday. Jay Nixon, the state’s former Democratic governor, swung his support behind Biden, leading a well-choreographed army of Missouri officials – 68 in all – to come out in support. They included current and former state politicians, judges, council members and aldermen.Biden was due to campaign on Saturday in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, where he is scheduled to be joined by US Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, a former Congressional Black Caucus chairman who endorsed Biden in September.Sanders focuses on MichiganOn Saturday, Sanders begins a weekend of campaigning in the crucial battleground state of Michigan, which offers 125 of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination.Sanders, who won the Michigan primary in 2016 when he ran unsuccessfully for the nomination against Hillary Clinton, will hold a rally in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, and a town hall focused on racial and economic justice in Flint. On Sunday he is set to visit Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.Speaking to a crowd of more than 6,000 in downtown Detroit on Friday, Sanders continued to assail Biden for voting for the war in Iraq and trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he said had cost millions of American jobs in Michigan and other battleground states.”Now, if we are going to defeat Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, it will be very hard for a candidate who voted for these disastrous trade deals,” Sanders said.Sanders questioned whether Biden could generate enough energy and enthusiasm to prevail against Trump. But he also called Biden a friend, and said both were in agreement that they would support the other against Trump should the other win the nomination.center_img US Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will campaign in the Midwest on Saturday, as the two prepare for a showdown in Michigan, Missouri and four other nominating contests next week.Sanders, 78, who until recently was the front-runner in the party’s race to face Republican President Donald Trump in November, is now trailing in delegates and desperate to regain momentum after Biden, 77, received a rush of endorsements from party establishment figures following his strong “Super Tuesday” showing this week.Below is what is happening on Saturday:last_img read more

Arsene Wenger happy to give Jack Wilshere more time

first_imgArsene Wenger is willing to give Jack Wilshere extra opportunities to prove his fitness as he considers the midfielder to be a “special talent”. The Arsenal man has started just 10 Barclays Premier League matches since March 2014 as a host of injuries have kept the 23-year-old sidelined. Several ankle problems saw questions raised over Wilshere’s long-term fitness and he has yet to feature this campaign after suffering a broken leg in the final days of pre-season preparation. “When you love football and at his age, when you wake up in the morning and you can’t practice that’s terrible. “They need support and I try to give it to him. But he is strong and he is dealing with that. He started at 17 and played every single game and suddenly it stopped. So I believe that can make you stronger.” Wenger addressed the media on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Newcastle and dismissed claims Wilshere may yet be ruled out for the entire season. That would mean he would have to sit out England’s European Championship campaign and Wenger believes Roy Hodgson’s side could yet spring a surprise in France. “They can, of course,” he replied when asked if England could win the tournament. “Why not? It’s a similar thing because not to get out of the qualification stage you really need to be suicidal because 16 teams out of 24 qualify and the best third go through so you don’t imagine they don’t qualify. “After that, who are your main opponents? Germany, Spain and France. But I don’t rule England out, but you are not the first favourites. They are in the second tier. If things go well, they have a bunch of young players.” Without the England international, as well as a number of other players due to injury, the Gunners have still managed to seal top spot heading into 2016. Wilshere’s comeback was initially pencilled in for the new year although it is now looking like the end of February is the new target. But Wenger will not give up on the precocious talents of a player who has already picked up 28 England caps. “I am an optimist,” he replied when asked if he can rely on Wilshere given the number of injuries he has “I always think: ‘Okay, it’s true that he hasn’t played many games in recent years’. I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I’m right. “He is a special case because he is a special talent and he comes out of the club. And he is an England international and I hope his injuries will stop at some stage.” Wilshere penned his current Arsenal contract three years ago and Wenger certainly is not ready to give up on the Stevenage-born ace. “He has two years left and I want Jack to stay here,” the Frenchman added. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 11, 2020 The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other MLB news:— Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Results were based on 5,603 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. The total testing positive was 0.7%. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. Data for players was not broken out. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported comorbidities.— A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas.Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January.NFL-PANTHERS-OKUNG APPEALPanthers’ Okung appealing NLRB decision on labor practicesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter. In other NFL news:—The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker. Fluker is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda. Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard. The Ravens announced Monday that Fluker signed a one-year contract.PGA-RYDER CUP-ASSISTANTSStricker appoints Love, Zach Johnson as Ryder Cup assistantsPALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has asked two-time U.S. captain Davis Love III and Zach Johnson to be his assistants for the upcoming matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player.Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points.AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future. Ravens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guardOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March.Fluker signed a one-year contract, the Ravens announced Monday. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season.In other NFL news: —The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Booker was a fourth-round pick by Denver in 2016 and played four seasons with the Broncos. Booker rushed for 1,103 yards in 61 games over his career. He wasn’t re-signed by Denver in the offseason. The Raiders also waived linebacker Derrick Moncrief.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGANNCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden KnightsLAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida. —The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus. Other schools also are trying to make their trips as short as possible without instituting any specific limits.— Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is using his love of coffee to help raise money for COVID-19 relief charities. The 25-year-old Happ is partnering with Connect Roasters for Quarantine Coffee. It costs $15 per bag, and $3 from every sale goes to virus-related causes.— The Big Sky Conference is leaving the decision of when to return to sports up to its member schools.The Big Sky’s President’s Council voted to allow schools in one of the nation’s largest geographical conferences to make decisions based on NCAA and state guidelines. The conference also adjusted the schedule of volleyball, track, women’s soccer, softball and tennis for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to limit travel as schools face mounting budget issues.— Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.NFL-RAVENS-FLUKER Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020. Stricker previously appointed the last captain, Jim Furyk, to be one of his assistants. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule to be played Sept. 25-27 — one week after the rescheduled U.S. Open.Love was captain at Medinah in Illinois in 2012 when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit on the final day, the largest comeback by a visiting team in Ryder Cup history. He was appointed captain again for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the first Ryder Cup since players were given more control over decisions. The Americans won for only the second time in eight matches.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Tipp hurlers want Eamon O’Shea to remain at the helm.

first_imgBrian Cody may face sanctions for comments made about referee Barry Kelly.The Kilkenny manager described the awarding of a last minute free against Brian Hogan in the drawn all Ireland final as a “criminal decision” .According to reports today the Central Competition Control Committee are expected to investigate. The Tipperary senior hurlers have called on the County Board to ensure that Eamon O’Shea remains on as manager in 2015.O’Shea was appointed for a 2 year term after the 2013 campaign but is understood to be considering his future as he tries to balance family, work and hurling commitments.Following last weekends All Ireland Final replay defeat to Kilkenny a number of senior players have told County Board chairman Sean Nugent that they want the Cloughjordan native to stay at the helm.last_img read more

Kenpong partners Charter and Lux Tourismo ahead of Brazil 2014

first_imgKenpong Travel and Tour (KT&T) have entered into a partnership with two key international travel agencies; Worldwide Charter and Lux Tourismo over their travel package ahead of 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The renowned travel agency will be collaborating with well known Lux Tourismo in Brazil and Canadian flight service providers Worldwide Charter.Lux Tourismo will be in charge of accommodation, internal transportation and other key services to the best specifications of KT&T.Worldwide Charter on the other hand will be providing the exclusive chartered flight for KT&T from Ghana to Brazil in less than 6hrs at a cheap rateWorldwide Charter has a track record for successfully transporting over thousands supporters from Ivory Coast to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.KT&T are determined to offer unique travel packages for Ghanaians interested in travelling to Brazil to witness the 2014 World Cup at the barest cost. The Ghanaian travel agency is offering packages of $6,250 and $10,500 for a 15-day stay in Brazil.last_img read more

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