first_imgU.S. senators have introduced a revised version of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in an effort to connect legal marijuana companies to banking services, and the bill has garnered new support.Reports in Forbes on Friday (April 12) said Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), plus 20 additional co-sponsors, introduced the legislation just weeks after a similar bill was approved by the House Financial Services Committee.The revised SAFE Banking Act would protect financial institutions from punishment for providing financial services to legal marijuana companies. Last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told policymakers he supports the initiative.“If this is something that Congress wants to look at on a bipartisan basis, I’d encourage you to do this,” he said during a hearing. “This is something where there is a conflict between federal and state law that we and the regulators have no way of dealing with.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgMaryland Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin yesterday applauded the USACE FY2019 Work Plan, which directs the investment of more than $10 million in additional federal funding for critical navigation and ecosystem restoration projects in Maryland. The annual Army Corps Work Plan defines where project money can be spent across the country, above and beyond the itemized funding in the FY2019 appropriations bills.“Every year the Army Corps clears tons of eroded sediment from the federal navigation channels that lead into and out of the Port of Baltimore. Keeping this vital port open and the channels dredged is essential not just for Maryland, but for the nation. The Corps then uses some of the dredged material to restore natural features like Poplar, James and Barren islands, restoring critical wildlife habitat and better protecting coastal communities,” according to senators’ announcement.Projects in Maryland receiving additional funding from the Army Corps FY2019 Work Plan include:Baltimore Harbor and Channels will receive almost $5 million additional for maintenance dredging, bringing the 2019 total to $28.595 million;The James and Barren Islands (Mid-Bay) restoration project will receive an additional $4.259 million for pre-construction engineering and design efforts. No funding for this project had been included in the FY 2019 budget;The Fishing Creek dredging project, originally allocated only $10,000 in the FY2019 budget, will receive $1.36 million under the Work Plan;The Ocean City Harbor Inlet project will receive an additional $250,000 for dredging, essential to providing access to commercial and recreational fishing vessels alike, bringing the total funding to $255,000;The Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan will receive $133,000 in funding from the Work Plan. These funds will complete the watershed study;The Jennings Randolph Lake project was listed in the FY19 budget at $6.285 million, but the FY19 Work Plan provided $6.324 million.last_img read more

first_imgRahm now enjoys a four-shot edge heading into Sunday’s final round. He took control with four straight birdies on the back nine before closing with consecutive pars.Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, six shots back and one ahead of Jason Day and Henrik Norlander. Tiger Woods shot a 71 after barely making Friday’s cut. He’s 10 strokes back.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL tells teams training camps will open on time Update on the latest sports HORSE RACING-HASKELLDr Post wins Haskell StatesOCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Dr Post surprisingly took the lead at the start and held off a late challenge by Ny Traffic to capture the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park.Ridden magnificently by Joe Brave in his first ride on the colt, Dr Post covered the 11/8 mile Grade 1 stakes in 1:50.46. The win was the third in four starts this year for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, with his only loss coming against Tiz the Law in the Belmont Stakes last month.Odds-on favorite Authentic finished a disappointing third in failing to give trainer Bob Baffert his record-extending ninth win in the event. RUSSIA-FIGURE SKATER DEATHFormer world junior skating champion Alexandrovskaya diesSYDNEY (AP) — Former world junior pairs figure skating champion Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has died. The Australian Olympic Committee says the 20-year-old died Friday in Moscow. The cause of death wasn’t disclosed. Alexandrovskaya obtained Australian citizenship and competed for her adopted country in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics with skating partner Harley Windsor. The pair won the 2017 world junior title.NASCAR-WALLACE-BUMPER — Former major league umpire Rick Reed died Saturday at 70. Reed first worked a handful of American League games in 1979 before eventually becoming a full-time ump in the big leagues four years later. He worked the classic seven-game World Series between Minnesota and Atlanta in 1991 and also received All-Star assignments in 1986 and 1998.PGA-MEMORIALRahm shines while co-leaders struggle at MemorialDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The fast greens were to Jon Rahm’s liking Saturday as he took over the Memorial lead at Muirfield Village.Rahm began play one shot back before carding a 68, while previous co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau (FEE’-now) shot 73. — Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman doesn’t know if he has time to be ready for their season opener following a scary journey in his battle with COVID-19. The four-time All-Star revealed Saturday that he had a high temperature of 104.5 degrees early in his battle with the disease and prayed for his life. He said Saturday was his ninth consecutive day without symptoms, which also included body aches, chills and a temporary loss of his senses of taste and smell. — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán (hehr-MAHN’) says he is not retiring from baseball and apologized for suggesting as much in an Instagram post on Friday. Germán is serving an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy last summer. He posted Friday night words in Spanish that translated to, “I’ve left baseball. Thanks everyone.” But he wrote Saturday in Spanish and English that he was “very sorry for the unsettling post.”— Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for Thursday’s season opener after missing much of preseason camp because of a positive coronavirus test. LeMahieu finally reported to camp this week after testing positive at his home in Michigan last month. The three-time Gold Glove winner participated in his first practice Friday.— Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has rejoined the Orioles after missing the start of summer camp following a positive test for the coronavirus. Smith hopes to be ready to play in Baltimore’s opener at Boston on July 24. He tested positive when camp opened early this month. — Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is going on the 45-day injured list because of a strained right forearm. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the right-hander doesn’t need surgery and could return at the end of this abbreviated season. He went 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA last year and has struggled to stay healthy while with the Tigers. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has informed teams their training camps will open on time.League executive Troy Vincent sent a memo to general managers and head coaches on Saturday informing them rookies are to report by Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players by Thursday and all other players should arrive by July 28.The league and the NFL Players Association are still discussing testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols. Union leadership expressed several concerns in a 90-minute conference call with reporters Friday.However, under the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL can impose report dates.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: F1-HUNGARIAN GPHamilton takes Hungarian GP pole position ahead of BottasBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s Hamilton’s second straight pole this season and record-extending 90th of his Formula One career.He was 0.107 seconds quicker than Bottas and 0.93 faster than Racing Point driver Lance Stroll.Hamilton has won seven times at the Hungaroring. The veteran British driver needs one more to equal F1 great Michael Schumacher’s single-track record of eight wins, when the French GP was held at Magny-Cours.center_img Associated Press Wallace bumper auctioned off by rival driverFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A charity will become the benefactor of a wreck during NASCAR’s qualifying race for Wednesday’s All-Star event at Bristol.Bubba Wallace wrecked out of the race after he was turned from behind by Michael McDowell as they raced nose to tail with William Byron. An irritated Wallace was later seen walking away after the damaged bumper was deposited at McDowell’s team hauler.McDowell’s team retrieved the bumper and the driver put it in an on-line auction to raise money for Motor Racing Outreach, a Christian ministry. The bid price was over $15,000 by Saturday afternoon. July 18, 2020 The Canadian government has turned down the Blue Jays’ request for an exemption that would have allowed them to play regular-season games in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. .Major League Baseball needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The team had previously been given clearance by city and provincial governments to play regular-season games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre but needed approval from Canada’s federal government.In a statement, Canada’s immigration minister said the government determined that the cross-border travel required for regular-season play “would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety.”The team’s alternate sites for home games include its training facility in Dunedin, Florida, which is among the states that are virus hotspots. They also could use Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, which is home to Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate and just across the Niagara River from Canada.In other MLB news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSCanada won’t give Blue Jays exemption to play in TorontoUNDATED (AP) — There will be no Major League Baseball action in Canada this year. — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has confirmed that Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19, and remains cautiously optimistic the veteran point guard will be ready for the restart of the season. The coach’s comments came one day after multiple reports indicated that Bledsoe said he had tested positive but was asymptomatic.— The first exhibition games of the NBA restart will go a little more quickly than usual as players become acclimated to competition following the suspension of the season. The NBA is tweaking the rules for those initial matchups, going with 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes.— Edmonton Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones says he tested positive for the coronavirus before training camp. Jones said he completed his 14 days of isolation before camp started, but was held out of main sessions for the first three days as he tried to get himself back up to speed. Toronto’s Auston Matthews is the only other NHL player to acknowledge a positive test in a media interview.— Arizona has three positive coronavirus tests among 83 football players still on campus for voluntary offseason workouts. Two were asymptomatic and all three entered department protocols for self-isolation. Arizona has performed 366 test encounters including PCR, antigen and antibody testing among the players already on campus before the school paused bringing additional student-athletes to campus earlier this month.— There will be fans in the massive grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend. Sunday’s race will be the first major sporting event in Texas in more than four months to allow spectators. It could be one of the largest gatherings of any kind in the state since the start of the pandemic. A state-approved plan would allow 50% capacity Sunday at the track with about 135,000 seats, but the crowd is expected to be closer to the 20,000 that attended this week’s All-Star race at Bristol.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Alexandra: [email protected] | @LexieHitzler Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img A State Supreme Court justice withheld decision to proceed with the ongoing defamation case filed against Syracuse University and men’s head basketball coach Jim Boeheim.Justice Brian DeJoseph announced the court will need at least two weeks before ruling on the slander suit at the hearing at the Onondaga County Supreme Court held on Friday at 2 p.m.Former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang are suing Boeheim and the university for defamation after Boeheim accused the stepbrothers of lying and seeking money after they came forward with accusations of sexual abuse against Bernie Fine, former associate basketball coach for the men’s basketball team. Boeheim’s lawyers argue the coach’s statements were merely hyperbolic and sarcastic.Fine, who was fired from the university Nov. 27, has denied all sexual abuse allegations and has not been charged. He was recently hired as a consultant for the Maccabi Bazan Haifa basketball team in Israel.Attorneys from both sides appeared before DeJoseph. He said both lawyers had given him plenty to review, and he hoped to have a decision within the next two weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Friday’s hearing, lawyers representing Boeheim stated their claim that Boeheim’s case should be dismissed, as he is not guilty of defamation because he made statements of opinion that are protected by the constitution.Lawyers said Boeheim wanted to ‘constitutionally protect himself by offering his opinion’ during a public debate that compared Boeheim to Joe Paterno in the recent Pennsylvania State University case.Attorneys argued that Boeheim had the right to offer his opinion and said reasonable readers would be able to distinguish Boeheim’s statements to the press as his own opinion.‘In his emotional state, he was supporting his long-time assistant,’ said attorney Helen Cantwell, who represents SU.Lawyers representing Davis and Lang said Boeheim made baseless statements to the press that could lead readers to believe their clients were guilty of crimes. Both Davis and Lang were present for the hearing, but Boeheim was not.Davis said after the hearing that he thought it was important to attend the hearing to show support for the lawyers and that he is still confident in the case.‘I am absolutely confident that this is the right thing to do,’ Davis said.Tom Evans, legal counsel for SU, declined to comment after the hearing and said anything that needed to be said had already been stated.High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, representing Davis and Lang, was present for the hearing and said she was confident that DeJoseph would give careful thought to the arguments presented by both sides of the case.‘I am very, very concerned about the way (my clients) have been treated by the university and coach,’ Allred said after the hearing. ‘We’re going to continue to be here to support them.’Allred said she couldn’t predict when a decision will be reached.Said Allred: ‘I don’t have a crystal ball; it could be two weeks, it could be more than that.’[email protected] in Chief Dara McBride contributed reporting to this article.  last_img read more

first_imgSevilla boss Pablo Machin is keen on securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League suggesting they will give it their all in the last group tieThe La Liga side who are the record holders of the competition with five titles in the last 12 years – lost 1-0 at Standard Liege on Thursday night, meaning they must beat FC Krasnodar in their last game to qualify.“We have failed again and when this happens in Europe, your position becomes complicated,” Machin told reporters, as cited by Football Espana via the club media.“We were not allowed to play the game we wanted to play and they hurt us on the break, then when Pablo (Sarabia) was sent-off we struggled, that moment killed us.Top 5 La Liga players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in La Liga next…“We now know that to progress is not going to be a stroll in the park and that we will have to fight tooth and nail.“But we are at home in front of our fans and they will push us on to qualify in what will be a difficult match.“This has been a demanding group.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Press Club Kolkata today condemned the brutal killing of renowned journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his office at Lal Chawk in Srinagar yesterday. Joining the media fraternity across the country in protesting against the killing of Bukhari, club President Snehasis Sur and Secretary Kingshuk Pramanik in a joint statement demanded immediate arrest of the killers. Bukhari was shot at while disembarking from his car near the ‘Rising Kashmir’ newspaper office yesterday. Bukhari, apart from being the editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, was a veteran journalist and contributed to various newspapers and magazines across the country. His independent views were highly visible in social media also. Bukhari was respected as a courageous journalist propagating his independent views from the disturbed areas of the valley.last_img read more