State Lawmakers Favor Spending on Teacher Raises, Tourism and Affordable Housing

first_imgAs state lawmakers move closer to finalizing a $92 billion budget, they are also monitoring the global spread of the coronavirus, which could end up disrupting the anticipated revenues needed for major items in their spending plan.“It’s a serious concern,” says Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva. “It’s a concern because we are making some strong spending commitments in areas that everyone can support, but they’re strong recurring spending commitments.”On Saturday, lawmakers agreed to put more than $500 million into teacher pay raises, which is a three percent across-the-board raise for state workers. They also decided to preserve the full $387 million in the affordable housing trust fund and to set aside $50 million for Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing organization.Each one of those initiatives could instead see cuts if the coronavirus affects tourism.“We’re all concerned primarily for the lives of Floridians and all of our brothers and sisters around the world,” says Senate budget chief Rob Bradley. “The governor and his team are on the case and they’re being very aggressive in dealing with it.”DeSantis recently asked lawmakers for $25 million to help fight the threat of the coronavirus, which has already resulted in two deaths in the state.However, Oliva says people should go about their lives and not give in to “panic” over the virus.He adds, “There is a difference between legitimate concern – and we should all be very legitimately concerned – and panic. When we begin to act in a panicked way the structures of things around us begin to crumble and then we get ourselves into a situation that a special session cannot repair.”last_img read more

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Brilliant Clements wins English amateur

first_img He kept his lead on the 30th with a fighting par after he found a fairway bunker, played through the green, chipped back and holed the four-footer to match Gaunt.  Clements, from Braintree in Essex confessed: “For those holes I was thinking I mustn’t embarrass myself!” But instead of wilting he produced his own amazing comeback.  Click here for full scores Todd Clements played brilliant – and brave – golf to win the English Amateur Championship at The Berkshire, beating Jack Gaunt 2/1 in the 36-hole final.  It’s his first win and he said: “What a way to start! It just proves to me that I can really compete at this level. Two years ago I was just someone who turned up to enjoy a tournament, now I feel I can turn up and try to win.” This afternoon he was quickly five up and appeared to be cruising to victory, but Gaunt, from Drayton Park, Staffordshire, had other ideas.  Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 6 Aug 2017 Brilliant Clements wins English amateur It was a stunning display as he played an eight-iron to within a foot on one hole and then rammed home a series of putts.  In the space of just six holes he had pulled the match back to all square, with a par on the 22nd, three consecutive birdies from the 23rd and another birdie on the 27th.   The 20-year-old from Braintree, Essex, was thoroughly tested before he got his hands on the trophy and he had to produce remarkable golf to seal his win on The Berkshire’s spectacular Red course, with its carpets of heather and towering pines. Tags: English Amateur Championship, Todd Clements He lost the 34th where he missed the green while Gaunt putted superbly from the back of the green to set up his par three. Then, with Gaunt bunkered in two on the long 35th, a solid par was enough for the title. “It’s unbelievable,” said Clements. It started on the 28th, a challenging par three, where he fired a brave shot straight at the pin. He was rewarded with a winning birdie and returned to one up.  “There were a lot of highs and lows,” said Clements – and he meant it. This morning he dominated play over the second nine and came into lunch with a four hole lead.  Then the dramatics began. On the long 31st he chipped in for eagle three to go two up. On the 32nd he holed a 30ft birdie putt to go three up. On the 33rd, with Gaunt already conceded a birdie four, he holed another 30-footer for his own birdie and a crucial half. “It’s all a bit of a blur,” said Clements.last_img read more

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Slaughterhouse To Curtail Operations In Shrewsbury; Meat Processing To Continue

first_imgBy John BurtonUpdate: On March 10 the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that Catelli Brothers Veal and Lamb requested and received last week a voluntary withdrawal of inspection at its slaughterhouse facility, 696-768 Broad St. Under USDA regulations, inspectors for the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Services are required to be onsite at the slaughterhouse during operating hours.“The last day of slaughter and inspected operations at the facility was Feb. 12,” said John McIntire, USDA spokesman.SHREWSBURY – Catelli Brothers, a veal and lamb supplier and slaughterhouse, will no longer use its Broad Street location as a slaughterhouse.According to the state Department of Agriculture, Catelli Brothers plans to cease using the 696-768 Broad Street location for that use, but will continue to use the site for processing meat.A state department official had no additional information on the company’s plan.Repeated calls over the past week to Anthony Catelli, company president, at his Collingswood facility, and calls to the Broad Street facility, were not returned by press time.But Mayor Donald Burden acknowledged that an area resident had recently said there continues to be activity at the Broad Street site as animals are delivered overnight.That, Burden said, has been a long-standing complaint from residential neighbors.The location also has long been the recipient of the wrath from animal rights groups who regularly stage demonstrations there. One group, NJ Farm Animal Save, has scheduled a demonstration/vigil at the Broad Street location from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13.The Broad Street facility also attracted public attention and a reaction from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2014. At that time the Humane Society of the United States released a video secretly recorded by an employee of the slaughterhouse allegedly showing employees mistreating animals, with critics accusing the operation of violating federal law in its treatment of animals.In response to the video, the U.S. Department of Agriculture withdrew its inspectors, who are required to be on site while the slaughterhouse is operating, and closed the location for five days.USDA representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.“This was a facility that was notorious for animal cruelty,” said Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for the humane society. “It was a horror show. Animals that were too sick to even stand or walk to their own death were being forced into the slaughter plant to be killed, sometimes in wheelbarrows or in other devises or dragged in,” he recalled of the video.On its website, Catelli Brothers stated “At all times, our objective is to ensure the animals’ well being, from time on veal farms through transportation to harvest and processing…” and its Shrewsbury facility was designed using guidelines established by Temple Grandin, an authority on humane animal handling.The Catelli Brothers have been in business since 1981. In 2010 the company merged with Delimax USA to form the Fontelli Food Group, one of the largest veal and lamb organizations in North America.The Catelli Brothers have operated the Shrewsbury location for approximately 21 years. Prior to that, it had been Marx Bros., which according to some sources had been operating a slaughterhouse there since at least the 1940s.At that time Shrewsbury was a largely rural, farming community, where such a business would have been more in keeping with the surroundings than in its current iteration as the business district of a suburban area, Burden noted.last_img read more

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Whitewater trio off to tame gates at Whistler World Cup

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsReece Walsh of the host Club tuned up for the World Cup at Whistler by capturing a gold medal at the recent Zone Finals at Whitewater Ski Hill.Walsh, who also posted a fourth and fifth, won the top prize in the K1 boy’s division.Walsh is going to be joined at in Whistler by Harper Henderson and Linnea Sharelove.Henderson finished the weekend with a silver, bronze and a fourth in K1 boys while Sharelove won a pair of bronze medals to go with a sixth and eight-place finish.”The kids really laid it all out and I am proud of the success and improvement each racer has achieved,” said Whitewater Coach Dylan Henderson. “For the first time in our team’s history, our athletes qualified for Whistler Cup which is the World Cup of ski racing for this age group.  “Harper Henderson, Reece Walsh and Linnea Sharelove will compete against elite ski racers from 24 countries at this year’s event and it is a testament to the hard work and commitment that each of these athletes has put in this year.”More than 100 skiers from Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Red Mountain, Salmo, Nakusp and Whitewater competed over the weekend in Giant Slalom and Slalom races.Other Whitewater results had Hayley Mitchell gold, silver and bronze and Oso Punchard seventh, eighth and ninth in E2 girls.In E2 boys Jesse Thurston finished fifth, sixth and seventh; Ian Corrie sixth and seventh; and Isaac Grey eighth. In K1 boys Liam Osak registered two ninths and an eighth while Kalob Jensen placed tenth.In K1 girls finished  and Savannah Leishman took tenth while Madison Smith posted a fourth and fifth in K2 girls.In the J-series, Shannon Osak won a bronze and finished fourth.These strong results bode well for the future as the outstanding growth of the Whitewater Ski Team continues.  “Many of our high level E2 athletes will be making the jump to K racing next year,” Team President Paul Osak said.”Athletes and coaches from around the province have taken note of Whitewater’s growth and success, and the fact that our athletes are now competing at Whistler Cup with the very best in the world speaks to the commitment of our athletes and coaches, and to the strength of our program.” “We will field a highly competitive team for years to come.”[email protected]last_img read more

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Apple’s Siri Teams Up With Wolfram Alpha

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Tags:#Apple#news#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When we first reviewed Siri last February, we called it “one of the most ambitious mobile services we have seen in the last few years.” At the time, we acknowledged that, while Siri – which was recently acquired by Apple – has answers for a plethora of questions, it wouldn’t be able to handle them all. We lamented that “sadly the app doesn’t use Wolfram Alpha to give you answers to factual questions (yet).” Today, we lament no longer, as the latest update to the virtual personal assistant notes that it can now provide you with “more knowledge and computation results” using “computational knowledge engine” Wolfram Alpha.We first ran into Siri nearly two years ago now and since then the company has been on a tear. During this year’s SXSW Interactive, we quickly pegged it to run away with the BizSpark Accelerator competition and soon after it was acquired by Apple. Now, a partnership with Wolfram Alpha can really bring Siri to the next level.Before now, Siri was limited to a select number of categories and information types that it could answer questions or provide services for. It could reserve you a table for two at a local steak house using OpenTable. It could help you buy tickets to a five o’clock showing with MovieTickets.com or tell you if it was going to rain tomorrow using WeatherBug. But questions like “What time is it in Paris?” or “When was President Obama born?” would likely end up with a list of search results. Now, with Wolfram Alpha, you’ll get a straightforward answer. You’ll not only find out that President Obama was born on Friday, August 4, 1961, but that this was 48 years, 11 months and 4 days ago. Or more specifically, it was 17,870 days ago on the 216th day of 1961. (You have to love that special brand of Wolfram Alpha answer, where you not only get the basic facts, but the facts in every way you could possibly want.)While the app told us that we were “stretching its capabilities” when we asked it “What’s the circumference of the Earth?”, it quickly answered, using Wolfram Alpha, that the Earth’s equatorial circumference was 24,901.47 miles. Where before we relied on Siri to ask simple questions about a specific set of real life situations, we now feel comfortable asking it the most inane of questions. The addition of Wolfram Alpha turns Siri into much more than simply a virtual personal assistant. It’s now a virtual personal researcher, too. As Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus once told us, Siri really is the “mother of all mashups.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Can’t Miss Events for Social Media Week San Francisco

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#conferences#web mike melanson How big is social media these days? Big enough to get its own week. This week is Social Media Week, if you hadn’t heard, and its taking place in nine cities across the globe. It’s a week-long extravaganza of free (or cheap) talks, roundtables, panels, happy hours and other events and we thought we would take a look and give our top five, must-attend events of the week.Social Media Week is already in full swing, so if you’re just getting started now, you’ve already missed out on a few must-see events, but there’s still several days left, so fret not.Some events say they’re already sold out, but with events like these, you can’t win if you don’t try. If someone else doesn’t show up, you can always try to grab the newly free spot, so here’s our list of can’t-miss events, with the caveat that some events are listing as full or sold out.Ignite San Francisco at Public Works: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday If you’ve never been to an Ignite event before, it works something like this: Someone gets on stage and they have five minutes to talk about something interesting with 20 slides that automatically change every 15 seconds. Social Media Club SF Game Night at 330 Ritch: 7- 10 p.m Tuesday (alternate) If board games, beer, and real-life social networking is your thing, then nevermind going to a talk, grab yourself a brewsky and get to know some folks over classic board games and NES standards like Contra, Excite Bike and more. A Discussion on Location-Based Social Apps at Madrone Studios: 5-6 p.m Wednesday Moderated by TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, this event will dive into the idea of location-based social media, one of the hot topics of 2010 and sure to stick around for 2011. Speaking at the event will be Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, Foodspotting’s Alexa Andrzejewski and PicPlz’s Dalton Caldwell.Why Community Managers Won’t Exists in 5 Years (and why that’s a good thing) at UserVoice: 5-8 p.m Thursday If you can get into this one, it’s sure to be an interesting conversation. Though the job of the community manager may have been around since the days of BBSes, it’s a relatively new job title and already, we’re calling for its demise. This one is going to be lead by UserVoice community manager Evan Hamilton, who plans on arguing that his own position will be obsolete in five years. According to the event description, if you plan on hurling any rotten fruit, you’ll have to bring your own.Snackers Lounge Daily Happy Hour at Library Bar: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday thru Thursday If you’ve had enough for the day and 5 p.m. is quitting time, head over to Library Bar to meet up with the rest of the social media mavens and grab some discounted drinks before continuing with your evening. Who can complain about discounted drinks, right? We’re sure the discussion will revolve around the latest in hashtags, social media analytics and Twitter etiquette, among other topics. The Future of the Social Web at CBS Interactive: 3:30-4:15 Friday Moderated by Mashable’s Ben Parr, the panel will consist of The Next Web’s Hermoine Way, Ning CEO Jason Rosenthal and Edelman Digital VP of Social Media Michael Brito. What better way to end your week of social media filled fun than with predictions for the future?For the full list of events, you can check out the social media channel on Plancast or look at the official listing on the Social Media Week website. Of course, like any list of events, we’ve likely either left something out, passed over a gem or missed out on something entirely, so if you know of some must-see events happening this week in San Francisco, let us know in the comments below…and maybe we’ll see you there!center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray overcomes brutal tussle with Fabio Fognini to reach last 16

first_imgThere may be doubts over Andy Murray’s fitness and questions about his form but the top seed showed in his Wimbledon tussle with Italian Fabio Fognini that his status as one of tennis’s most determined and dogged scrappers is indisputable.The world number one and defending champion was far from his best against the 29th-ranked Fognini, but still booked a fourth- round spot with a rip-roaring 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 win on Friday.Murray saved five break points in the fourth set, before winning five successive games to prevent himself being dragged into an energy-sapping decider that would have put further strain on the niggling hip injury he has been nursing.”I didn’t feel like I played my best tennis,” Murray told reporters. “But I won and I got through it. You know, that’s a really positive thing.”It is the 10th successive year Murray has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon and he had never lost at this stage to somebody ranked as low as Fognini.Yet, with the Italian showman having beaten Murray in three of their six previous outings, this was never going to be easy for the Briton and so it proved in an encounter where the momentum swung dramatically from one player to the other.POLAR OPPOSITESIn tennis terms, Murray and Fognini are polar opposites: the Italian is the epitome of attacking flamboyance, while Murray is a determined defender.Fognini also spent much of Friday’s encounter strutting around Centre Court, while Murray’s awkward gait seems to have been exaggerated by his hip problem.advertisementThat did not seem to be troubling Murray, however, when he broke Fognini twice and raced to take the first set.The Italian battled back at the start of the second, breaking in the first game, before immediately surrendering the advantage, which prompted him to hurl his racket into the ground and receive his first ticking off from the umpire.He regained his cool and broke Murray’s serve again in the fifth game, this time consolidating and holding firm to clinch the set.It was then Murray’s turn to regain the upper hand as Fognini appeared to be struggling with an ankle injury that required treatment on court, allowing the world number one to wrap up the set with two breaks of serve.Murray’s hopes of an easy route into the last 16 were dashed, however, as the Italian came out firing in the fourth.After Fognini received a point penalty for what the umpire called a visible obscenity, he broke Murray in the fifth game and then had a series of set points both on his serve and the Briton’s.Yet, with the Centre Court crowd willing Murray on, the Scot fought back, breaking twice before serving out with an ace.last_img read more

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Lukaku hits out against lies over a Man United exit

first_imgAn angry Romelu Lukaku seemingly hit out at speculation over a possible departure from Manchester UnitedThe Belgian striker arrived at United in the summer of 2017 for £75m from fellow Premier League side Everton and capped off his debut campaign with 27 goals and nine assists in 51 appearances across all competitions.Lukaku then delivered on the big stage for Belgium at the World Cup by finding the net four times as the national side reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history.However, Lukaku has endured a slow start to this season at United and has found himself benched in favour of the in-form Marcus Rashford by interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Despite having not even handed the 25-year-old a single start in the Premier League yet, however, Solskjaer has assured him of his place in the team amid talk of a possible switch to Juventus.“When the hate don’t work they start telling lies,” Lukaku wrote in an Instagram story, via Metro.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Having played as a striker himself for United, Solskjaer knows all about the demands placed on Lukaku at Old Trafford and recently suggested his form in training could lead to more regular opportunities.“I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three,” said Solskjaer.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”The Red Devils, who defeated Brighton 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, will be gearing themselves up now for a fourth-round FA Cup clash with old rivals Arsenal this Friday.Since Solskjaer’s appointment in December, United have won all seven games under the Norwegian and will be hoping to make it eight in a row this week.last_img read more

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