Image via PxHere / United States House of Representatives.CORNING – Congressman Tom Reed says he sees the possibility of a stimulus package being passed during the end of the Trump Administration.Reed held his weekly teleconference with reporters Wednesday morning. The Congressman started his call by discussing recent developments with stimulus negotiations, which he says involved a series of meetings with White House officials, along with bipartisan members with both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.Reed says he sees “a path” for a possible package.“I think there is a path forward here to put an emergency bill together by the end of the year,” Reed said. “Talking to the folks that are involved in these conversations, in particular the White House, an indication that the President will sign a package that we negotiate in good faith.” The Congressman explains, however, that the package would be “significantly” smaller than the $1.8 trillion package that was on the table before the election. In addition, Reed says that he’s concerned that Congressional leadership is more focused on the runoff election in Georgia rather than a COVID stimulus package.“That is, in my opinion, downright disappointing, and also, in my opinion, has their priorities all wrong,” Reed said. “The priority should be the American people who are suffering, who need a stimulus package. The size of the package would get us through the March 1 deadline.”Reed says the package would give “immediate relief” to the American people while also allowing the Biden Administration to determine if additional relief would be needed later in 2021. The Congressman additionally says that he and an increasing group of Congressional members are gearing to lead the fight for a package.“We will continue to push, and I can tell you we are not going to just sit back idly by as a group of pragmatic governing members,” Reed said. “We are going to use every tool in the tool box, and we are getting stronger and stronger each and every day, saying ‘Enough is enough of leadership for putting politics over people’ and we are getting ready to lead if they don’t want to do that, we’ll take over and make sure people’s concerns are the top priority as we go forward, especially with the upcoming Congressional Session.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Envision a modern day treasure hunt motivated by Instagram rather than half-mutilated, century-old treasure maps.Artist Andres Gallardo, 25, of Brentwood, creates meaningful pieces of art and encourages the involvement of his community by hosting scavenger hunts—or “Gem Hunts”—for art pieces he has created. He has hosted these Gem Hunts in Europe and in the United States, in New York, Florida and California. His fan base consists of more than 4,700 Instagram (@artofandres) followers—each hoping to discover their own unique gem.The “gems” are what Gallardo has branded his pieces of art. It can be on canvases, old tabletops, scrap wood—anything he can get his hands on, he will create murals. The murals are usually of famous people, movies, song quotes, actors and actresses. They are all small pieces featuring well-known people who inspire society with their talent or their purpose. People find out about when he will “drop the gems” via Instagram informing them an hour or two before the drop. He then posts pictures on Instagram of where he left the gems and if people recognize the spots, whoever gets to that location first, gets to keep the gem.The Gem Hunt is inspired by Gallardo’s view of Manhattan street art. Gallardo witnessed artists painting “little universes” that were instantly distributed to the public.“I decided to do it, and [I] didn’t really know what the reaction might be,” he recalls. I put it out and saw it was gone in 15…20 minutes.“[At first] I thought does anybody even care? And then after I saw people’s reaction…that is really what inspired me because people could be going through the craziest things in life, and in that moment when you find a piece [of art], there would be such euphoria—and I think ‘Man, I’m able to do this for people!’ So their happiness inspired the entire movement.”“His art is honestly for everyone,” artist and gem hunter Gabriela Suarez explains. “He can make a stencil of anything and make it look even better than the original.”The mediums he tends to work with are stenciling and spray paint. Painters Salvador Dali, the Spanish artist known for his wild imagination and surrealism, and Andy Warhol, the American artist known for his pop art technique, were Gallardo’s two main inspirations.Gallardo also began to familiarize himself with street art, which soon became his main focus as he began to emulate street artists such as Bansky, Ron English and Shepard Fairey, combining their very specific approaches. Bansky drops his stenciled, very detailed and symbolic graffiti, as a rebellion toward the government’s portrayal of graffiti as vandalism. English focuses on brand and advertising. Fairey is best known for his Obama “Hope” campaign, designing the iconic 2008 campaign poster. Gallardo appreciates the political and social controversies elicited by these artists’ work, as well as their technique in using pop art and stenciling to communicate their beliefs.As for non-artist inspirations, Gallardo turns to poets and young revolutionaries. He admires and promotes individuals doing good work in their communities. Slam poetry by 19-year-old Aja Monet and Saul Williams, who also has found a career in hip-hop music, are the poets that Gallardo says, “have made their mark with words.” Gallardo says, “I think I’m always chasing that [poetry] because I go to poetry events and I get so stunned by their performance and I’m like man, I need to stun people with art!”Lastly, he credits his inspirations to rapping phenomenon, Kanye West. For Gallardo, West exemplifies “What it is to love something so much you look pretty much insane…” Gallardo says that West “…gives us the insane amount of…egotism, which is cool—it’s not for us to be that way—it’s for us to take a little bit of that and to run with it.”Gallardo has painted musical icons such as West, Michael Jackson, Hector Lavoe, Bob Marley, and Drake, just to name a few. And as far as the treasure hunt, fans of these artists are truly dedicated to the game. They hope to discover Gallardo’s one-of-a-kind pieces of art to have as their own.The artist’s depiction of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.Suarez, who is also an artist, has been on two of Gallardo’s hunts and says the first hunt “was a fun adrenaline rush… racing down to try and find it before anyone else. My second gem hunt was so much different because he was getting bigger and it was basically impossible to try and get around and find anything because there were just too many people.” Suarez believes it is important, especially as an artist, to be supportive toward other artists, which was her motivation to join the hunt.“It’s also inspiring to see an artist make it big from our small town,” she says. “Not only that but he did it with the help of his community. He did it for himself and made things happen on his own.”People became so impressed with Gallardo’s art that they began requesting personal pieces to give to loved ones. He has aided in the gifting of many birthdays and also a wedding proposal.“My goal is to influence a lot of people,” Gallardo says. “I want to be able to travel. What I’ve been able to do here, I hope to do it in other places…Give people the chance to have art who aren’t able to afford it…who aren’t able to see it, there’s so many people who don’t have it.”Often he creates large portraits and his fans are so infatuated with those pieces that he creates the gems, as smaller versions of his larger works, to give to people who are truly dedicated in finding them during a hunt. Gallardo is a realist, and his work is not only about the love of art.Gallardo says, “My friend just had an exhibit, and had pieces selling for $15,000 to $20,000—of course I want that, of course!”Gallardo’s work is also very cultivated in that he aspires to send a message with every controversy that occurs in society. Civil rights causes such as the Trayvon Martin case is one of many that Gallardo supports. He set up camp in New York City and distributed mini murals in remembrance of Martin. Gallardo says, “That was probably my first big one and that was like ‘Alright, you can do something with art—it’s really your ‘activistic’ weapon!”Gallardo, who is Panamanian, also spent the day in Central Park supporting the protests in Venezuela. He distributed two symbolic paintings of a “protestor with his face covered by vinegar-soaked cloth to protect against tear gas.” The other image was of Genesis Carmona, Venezuelan’s beloved beauty queen who was shot by government troops. Both the Trayvon Martin and Venezuela pieces ended up being published in Time magazine.Gallardo’s decision to become a revolutionary artist is rewarding but it is not all easy. As a political activist artist, “people really expect you to be on top of all of them, and it’s really hard…when I did the Venezuela pieces, I had people commenting: ‘So where are you with Colombia? Where are you with this country?’ and it’s like wait a minute, I’m trying to breathe,” says Gallardo.Krystal Flores, an artist and Gallardo’s business partner, explains Gallardo’s mindset.Andres Gellardo releasing his work into the wild on Long Island.“As an artist, you have to keep your eyes, mind, and heart open to absolutely everything,” she says. “The grind doesn’t stop! Be consistent and practice your craft every single day, be true to yourself and never give up.”The most recent causes that resonate with Gallardo are the 243 girls who were abducted in a Nigerian village and the tornadoes that recently ravaged the South. It makes Gallardo even more grateful to have a roof over his head. Even the conflicts occurring in Syria rattles Gallardo’s philanthropic brain.“You can go down a list of what’s wrong with the world that you would like to make people aware of. So I try to,” says Gallardo. He creates awareness and promotes togetherness of our community to unite for the love of music and for combating injustice. He does this in an artistic way—he is neither boastful nor hostile in his expedition to spreading his philosophies.When Gallardo stations in New York City to give out his stenciled murals he says: “The response is always amazing. They’re always astounded that someone’s willing to give stuff away, and I’ve been humbled by their love and all of their support when I go out there. And I give, and give, and give. I don’t ask for money, but people donate and it’s cool, I just put it into getting more cans.”“It is in his nature to give and that has brought him so much respect from everybody who has heard of him,” says Flores, whose specialty is logos and graphic design. She and Gallardo began collaborating on projects when he approached her inquiring about a logo, and she also designed a few flyers for events that he hosts.“We create because of what we’re exposed to, even if it is something simple like an artist’s new album. I relate to him because he is a sponge, he absorbs absolutely everything around him and incorporates it in his work,” says Flores.She does mention a definite plan for even more future projects with Gallardo.In early March 2014, Maykol Sanchez, who is the digital marketing manager for Fania Records, approached Gallardo after reading an article about his gems in the Miami Herald. Fania Records has produced some of the biggest names in Latin music such as Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz. Sanchez immediately fell in love with Gallardo’s gem movement and being that Gallardo is a huge salsa fan, Sanchez asked him to work with Fania Records in an upcoming salsa music festival. This is a huge step for Gallardo, and just the kind of professional exposure that will help him achieve his goals.He is following his dream—a dream of creation—a dream that is heavily doubted in every statistic in the book.“It was sort of an escape, but I never thought of it as a career because I think society and your teachers never encourage you to pursue it,” says Gallardo. “They’re always like you need to pursue something a little more stable.”Artists have to make it on their own and it is not every day in which you find an artistic individual not only creating for the sake of his own enjoyment—but to give back.“His consistent hard work and passion have inspired me to work double and give a little more,” Flores says.It is his desire to contribute to the world in a substantial way that truly sets him apart from many other artists.His philosophy is simple: “There’s no limits for how far I’m willing to go for the things I love.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island boasts some of the most gorgeous (and most expensive) homes and real estate in the country, and this weekend is loaded with open houses throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties for prospective buyers to check it all out with a tour.You don’t have to be a multimillionaire, or even necessarily in the market for a new home, to ooh and ahh at these luxurious mansions and estates, however. Open houses enable anyone, no matter their budget or present zip code, to peruse these dream homes—and this list enables you to do so from the comfort of your laptop! Below are five insanely breathtaking (multi-million dollar) homesteads hosting open houses this weekend, along with their corresponding listing summaries, according to real estate records on MLSLI.com. Hey, everyone can dream, right! Enjoy the tour! 172 Kings Point Rd., Great Neck NY, 11024$8,000,000Listing Summary:Section: Kings PointSchool: Great NeckStyle: Other# Families: 1Beds: 6Baths: 7 Full/2 HalfMLS#: 2905914Lot Sq. Ft.: 55,000This 10,000 Sf. European-Inspired Stone Masterpiece Stands Tall On 1.3 Flat Acres. Soaring Entry Leads Directly To Spectacular Waterviews Of Manhattan Skyline. State-Of-The-Art Kit, Den, Library, Cabana W/Br, 2 Mstr Brs. French Architect Philippe Starck Inspired. Whole House Generator. Complete Reno 2016.Open House:Saturday, 3/4 12:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.Sunday, 3/5 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact:Maggie KeatsDouglas Elliman Real Estate516-883-5200 16 Forest Dr., Sands Point NY, 11050 $6,880,000Listing Summary:Section: Sands PointSchool: Port WashingtonStyle: Colonial# Families: 1Beds: 7Baths: 6 Full/2 HalfMLS#: 2901782Lot Sq. Ft.:88,340Approx Year Built: 2017 Masterpiece Brk & Stn New Const13000Sf Majestically Sited On 2+ Acres. Entertain On Grand Scale In This Palatial Est Featuring 2 Story Barreled Ceiling In Magn Ent Foyer & Great Rm. Intricate Custom Millwork,Lg Arched Hallways.Mag Master Suite W/Balcony, Plc, Sitting Rm, Fantasy Walk-In Closet. Fin Ll W/Movie Theater,Gym,Br,Ose, 7 Brs, 6.55 Bth,Pool, 3 GaragesOpen House:Sunday, 3/5 Noon – 2 p.m.Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact:Maggie KeatsDouglas Elliman Real Estate516-883-5200 377 Cobb Rd., Water Mill NY, 11976$8,990,000Listing Summary:School: SouthamptonStyle: Traditional# Families: 1Beds: 7Baths: 9 Full/1 HalfMLS#: 2910950Lot Sq. Ft.:36,155Approx Year Built: 2016 Open House:Saturday, 3/4 Noon – 2 p.m.Sunday, 3/5 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact:Nicholas AmatoNest Seekers International LLC631-353-3048 11 Sandpiper Ct, Old Westbury NY, 11568 $6,388,000Listing Summary:School: JerichoStyle: Colonial# Families: 1Beds: 6Baths: 7 Full/1 HalfMLS#: 2841593Status: ActiveLot Sq. Ft.: 87,120Approx Year Built: 2017 This Elegant 2017 Chc Sits On 2 Flat Acre Property On A Cul-De-Sac In Old Westbury.It Offers 6 Br,7.5 Bth,Designed W/ Wainscot Paneling,Oversized Mbr, Hide-A-Hose Central Vac,600 Amp Underground Utilities,Copper Pipe Pluming,Hydronic Heating System,Control4 Smart Home,Basemnt W/Home Theatre,Wet Bar,Game Room,20′ By 40′ Saltwater Gunite Pool And Jacuzzi & Much MoreOpen House:Saturday, 3/4 Noon – 2 p.m. By Appointment Only! Contact Dalia Elison To Show. 516-707-9022Check Out Full Listing HEREQuestions Contact:Dalia ElisonDouglas Elliman Real Estate516-621-3555 1257 Plandome Rd., Manhasset NY, 11030$6,250,000Listing Summary:School: ManhassetStyle: Colonial# Families: 1Beds: 7Baths: 6 Full/1 HalfMLS#: 2911417Lot Sq. Ft.: 111,579Approx Year Built: 2001 Magnificent 12,000 Sq Ft Mansion On The Former Estate Of Ny Mayor Matthias Nicoll. The Approach To The Home Features An Impressive Gated Entrance, Long Winding Driveway And Beautifully Landscaped Property.Open House:Sunday, 3/5 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.Check Out Full Listing HEREQuestions Contact:Jason FriedmanColdwell Banker Residential516-482-8400 Sarah FriedmanColdwell Banker Residential516-482-8400Related: 5 Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island This Weekend
Updated Nov. 3, 2020, 8:05 p.m. ET With a record number of votes already cast through early in-person voting and mail ballots, election officials across the country reported relatively smooth operations, with nothing more than the usual reports of long lines at polling places — made longer by social distancing — and machine malfunctions.In the past several days and weeks, foreign countries interfered less than they had leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, the director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, told reporters on Tuesday. And although there were reports of Russian trolls trying to amplify debunked claims of election fraud, they were limited in scope and there was no evidence of either widespread hacking or rampant Election Day disinformation efforts. Those efforts were part Mr. Trump’s longstanding drive to raise doubts about the integrity of the entire voting system and give himself grounds to challenge any unfavorable outcome or lengthy counting process by claiming fraud. In Nevada, the Trump campaign filed an emergency motion on Tuesday afternoon, asking the Nevada Supreme Court to halt the processing of some mail-in ballots in Clark County until local election officials allow for expanded access to observe the processing of mail ballots. The campaign was appealing a case it lost on Monday. (Later, it filed emergency suit to extend poll hours in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.) Television images showed election workers in downtown Philadelphia making quick work of opening and counting stacks of mail ballots. Voters met long lines in Detroit with high spirits, and no major reports of unrest. During an afternoon news briefing with reporters during a visit to his Virginia campaign headquarters, the president did not reprise his bellicose, legally meaningless demands of recent days that counting cease on Election Day. But he renewed his complaint that the Supreme Court did not step in to block Pennsylvania’s decision to count all ballots with postmarks on or before Election Day that arrive at elections offices up to three days afterward.Several states are similarly planning to count late-arriving ballots, meaning that if the outcome is close, it may be days before the winner is known for sure.On Monday night, Twitter had flagged a post by Mr. Trump that predicted violence in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing Pennsylvania, for now, to stick to its extended counting deadline.And on Tuesday it highlighted a statement by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office debunking a claim amplified by Mr. Trump’s aides and supporters that Democrats had illegally hung a poster promoting the Biden ticket at a downtown polling station.“Misinformation being spread online has driven more calls to the Election Task Force hotline,” said Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney, “than actual incidents at polling sites.”Nick Corasaniti reported from Philadelphia, Jim Rutenberg from New York and Stephanie Saul from Atlanta. Reporting was contributed by David E. Sanger, Julian E. Barnes and Luke Broadwater in Washington and Dionne Searcy in Omaha, Neb. By the end of a day that was expected to push the percentage of Americans voting to its highest level since 1908, with a predicted total of around 160 million votes, it had become clear that the nation’s creaky elections infrastructure was proving to be more resilient than either the Republicans or Democrats had expected.“We have not seen major systemic problems or attempts to obstruct voting,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, which runs the Election Protection Hotline, adding that problems had been “isolated and sporadic.”Conducted over weeks in which coronavirus infections reached new highs nationwide and with President Trump aggressively seeking to cast doubt on the integrity of the voting system, the election posed challenges that both voters and the officials running it largely adapted to meet.- Advertisement – “It has been steady as she goes throughout the state,” Gabriel Sterling, an official at the Georgia secretary of state’s office, told a group of reporters in midafternoon on Tuesday. Waiting times around the state, he said, averaged two minutes.Across Omaha, lines at polling places were shorter than in past days. Lined up were people like Ann Roth, 57, a voter who said God told her that the president was going to win, and Happy Sadjo, 47, who immigrated from the West African nation of Togo and called Mr. Trump an “American dictator.”In polling locations across northern Philadelphia, a Democratic stronghold of the type that Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, is counting on to give him an edge in a vital battleground state, voters lined up as early as 6 a.m., an hour before the polls opened.“I think Philadelphia is ready for a change, and they’re going to turnout,” said Sonia Bacchus, who arrived at William Rowen Elementary School early and came equipped with a folding chair for the lines. “Oh yeah.”The vast expansion of early voting options could reveal a vastly different electorate: of the 100 million voters who cast early ballots, nearly 30 percent did not vote in 2016, according to TargetSmart, a Democratic data firm. If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Even in Georgia, which became a symbol for all of the challenges of the nation’s election infrastructure when its new voting system experienced a wholesale breakdown in the spring, officials reported generally “steady movement” at polling stations, despite reports of some nagging issues with malfunctioning voting machines. But arduous work lay ahead with the counting of the record volume of mail-in ballots, especially in states like Pennsylvania that do not start counting absentee ballots until Election Day and are likely to take days to complete the task.Democrats were keeping a particularly wary eye on the Postal Service, which reported that its processing system had not recorded the delivery to elections offices of some 300,000 ballots — and that mail slowdowns were particularly having adverse effects in Democratic party strongholds like Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta and South Florida.Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., ordered sweeps in trouble spots on Tuesday to ensure that all ballots are found and delivered. The Postal Service said it was working into the evening to try to meet the court’s demands, though on its own time frame. The entire voting process still faced the constant and continuing threat of litigation. Over the course of the election, more than 400 election-related lawsuits were filed across the country, and courts were still issuing major rulings as voting was getting underway. Overnight, a federal appeals court in Texas rejected a Republican appeal to try and knock out more than 127,000 votes that had been cast at drive-through voting locations in Harris County.In Montgomery County, just outside Philadelphia, Republicans filed a complaint on Tuesday arguing against the county’s efforts to contact voters whose mail ballots were rejected because of errors and get them to cast provisional ballots. A federal judge agreed to hear the case on Wednesday morning.The Trump campaign also complained that election officials in Philadelphia were keeping the campaign’s observers too far from counting tables. The observers were there to observe the process as absentee ballots were processed and counted for potential challenges, but the campaign had yet to file suit as of late afternoon. Though it threatened to undermine confidence in the final results, it also thrust voting rights to the center of the national political debate in a way not seen since the civil rights era, driving Democratic turnout, Biden campaign aides said.Election officials from both parties tended to agree, determining that all the questions about voting this year forced Americans to vote earlier, spreading the strain on the system across weeks and avoiding a single, last-minute crush.“Voters really thought about how they were going to vote months ago and many had a plan and have executed on that,’’ said Kim Wyman, a Republican and the secretary of state in Washington, who oversees one of five predominantly vote-by-mail systems in the country and became an adviser to her colleagues in other states this year. “That’s exciting that we had that kind of engagement.”Still, the president’s attacks on the voting system also created an unusual situation in which his own supporters indicated to pollsters that they were less likely to vote by mail than their Democratic counterparts were, creating a bipartisan expectation that the president would lead the in-person, election-day vote and trail in the mail ballots.That divide on the degree of the threat from the pandemic was visible on Election Day. At a polling location in Dallas, an election judge refused to wear a mask inside, bringing complaints from voters throughout the day. Fears of violence that led some shopkeepers and homeowners to board up their windows and doors had not been realized as of early Tuesday evening, and there were only scattered and limited reports of intimidation at voting precincts.- Advertisement – The authorities in Michigan sought to hunt down the source of robocalls that warned voters to “stay home.” A federal judge ordered the Postal Service to make an intensive sweep for mail-in ballots that had yet to be delivered. And legal skirmishes broke out in and around Philadelphia as Republicans sought to challenge votes in the critical Democratic stronghold.The most litigated, disrupted and polarized election in generations came to a close on Tuesday as a jittery yet determined electorate cast the final votes. And although there were glitches and confrontations here and there, the worst fears about a chaotic end to the campaign failed to materialize, even as the tension over the outcome and aftermath remained undiminished.- Advertisement – Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. – Advertisement –
But by the time broader distribution of a vaccine is underway next spring, Mr. Trump’s presidency will have long ended.A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, responded on Twitter, saying that Mr. Trump “has failed with his pandemic response, lied to Americans about how bad it was when he knew otherwise & was fired by voters for his incompetence. @NYGovCuomo is fighting to ensure the communities hit hardest by Covid get the vaccine. Feds providing 0 resources.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “They’re not going to play a huge political role here,” he added.Jennifer Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said much of the department’s response had been paid for by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, which is set to expire Dec. 31, thanks in part to Mr. Trump’s failure to negotiate new relief despite months of wrangling with Congress.Kim Deti, a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health, said health officials there were also concerned about having enough money to continue contact tracing and other operations that they believed had kept the state’s virus cases low for much of the year.- Advertisement – Federal resources were very much on the minds of state officials as they grappled with infection numbers shooting skyward and hospitals on the verge of being overrun.Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, where the number of new cases reached a daily record 8,256 on Thursday, said whatever Mr. Trump said now could not make up for his refusals to wear a mask and his embrace of large public gatherings, at campaign rallies and at the White House.While the outgoing administration could still help, Gov. Evers said, “they also report to a president who, frankly, isn’t the most consistent one as it relates to the things that count: masks, and making sure you’re not in public gatherings with a whole bunch of people to spread the disease.”- Advertisement –
“These should apply across the board, such as for sporting, cultural and religious events.”Some 37,079 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Switzerland, a country of 8.5 million people, while 1,713 have lost their lives.Daily infection rates spiked at over 1,000 in March but plunged to a few dozen between mid-May and mid-June.They have since risen, with 273 new cases announced on Wednesday — a level not seen since mid-April.While face masks have been mandatory on trains, trams and buses since July 6, the government decided they must be worn on all flights from Saturday.”The measure concerns all scheduled and charter flights taking off from or landing in Switzerland, regardless of airline,” the government said.Announcing the new changes at a press conference in the capital Bern, President Simonetta Sommaruga said: “We must face this situation together. The virus is still here.” Topics : Switzerland announced Wednesday that it was extending the ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 by one month until October 1, with COVID-19 cases back on the rise.The Swiss government “intends to ensure that the epidemiological situation in Switzerland does not deteriorate”, it said in a statement.”This careful reopening step takes into account the needs of society and the economic interests of sports clubs and cultural venues.” Unlike some of its European neighbors, Switzerland stopped short of imposing strict confinement when it introduced measures in mid-March aimed at stopping the spread of the new coronavirus.It began gradually easing its restrictions in stages, from April 27.The ban on events for more than 1,000 people was due to expire on August 31 but has been extended for another month, with the government spelling out the conditions in which they could return — measures which will have implications for the country’s ice hockey and football championships.”Strict protective measures will apply and the events will have to be authorized by the cantons, taking into account the local epidemiological situation and their contact tracing capacity.
The home at 10 Guinea Cres, Narangba.“We’re also a five-minute walk to their school and close to shops and Burpengary train station.” The two-storey home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens through sliding doors to the covered entertaining area. The kitchen has stone benchtops, a walk-in pantry, dishwasher and plenty of bench and cupboard space.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 The home at 10 Guinea Cres, Narangba.THIS spacious family home on a 2000 sqm block is on the market in Narangba. Owners Maarata and Patrick Holland bought 10 Guinea Cres two years ago with their son and daughter in mind. Mrs Holland said there was plenty of space in the five-bedroom house, and in the big backyard, for the family to spread out and find their own space. “The bedrooms are nice and spacious so my daughter can play her guitar in her room and my son can play his Xbox, and we can all come together downstairs in the kitchen area,” she said. The home at 10 Guinea Cres, Narangba.There is also a soundproof and airconditioned media room, fifth bedroom and third bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom has airconditioning and an ensuite with spa bath while the remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. The family bathroom has a separate bath and shower. The home at 10 Guinea Cres, Narangba.Outside there is an in-ground swimming pool, a shed with three-phase power, and a triple lockup garage. Mrs Holland said the neighbourhood was quiet and peaceful. “Most people around here own their home and there are lots of families,” she said. The home at 10 Guinea Cres, Narangba.“Most of the houses are on half-acre blocks and we have hedging out the back so you feel like you’re the only person around.“On a Saturday morning, I love to make coffee and cereal and just sit out the back and relax.”The property is being marketed by Gay Matthews, of Harcourts Burpengary, for offers over $750,000.
Share 53 Views no discussions News Bruno Mars accepts deal to avoid prosecution on drug charge by: – February 17, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share CNN NewsSinger Bruno Mars appeared in a Las Vegas, Nevada, court Wednesday morning.(CNN) — Singer Bruno Mars appeared in a Las Vegas, Nevada, court Wednesday morning to accept a “deferred adjudication” deal on a drug charge, his lawyer Blair Berk confirmed.Mars will avoid prosecution if he stays out of trouble for the next year, gets eight hours of drug counseling, does 200 hours of community service and pays a $2,000 fine, according to terms of a deal accepted in court Wednesday.The 25-year-old was arrested in a casino restroom last September, allegedly with 2.6 grams of cocaine in the left front pocket of his jeans, police said.The resolution of the singer’s legal trouble comes three days after Mars won a Grammy for best male pop vocal performance and received a standing ovation for his onstage Grammy performance with Janelle Monae.Mars and Monae announced Wednesday they will start touring the United States together in May.Under the “deferred adjudication” agreement of the felony drug charge, the district attorney will not pursue the charge for 12 months as long as Mars complies with terms of their deal, Berk said. After a year, the charge would be dropped.Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was riding high on the music charts when he was arrested last year.His single, “Just the Way You Are,” shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that month. His latest single, “Grenade,” is currently at the top of the charts.
Alan Pardew has urged Newcastle to tie up key midfielder Cheick Tiote’s future after risking losing him this summer. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international was the subject of a £4million bid, dismissed as “derisory” by the Magpies, from Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow in August having also been linked with Arsenal. Tiote’s current contract does not expire until the end of the 2016-17 season, but having established himself along with captain Fabricio Coloccini as one of Pardew’s key performers – the kind of men former manager Sir Bobby Robson used to describe as “blue riband players” – the current boss is keen to secure his future. Press Association He said: “You do need big players at this football club. You do need to underline that they’re big players at times as well, as the manager. “It’s important for their stature as well. They [Tiote and Coloccini] are two very important players for us. They showed that on Wednesday night and last Saturday, that fight and that quality – and getting that balance right. “You can’t fight your way to a Premier League win – you have to play. They’ve got that balance right.” The Ivorian and his Argentinian team-mate are members of a cosmopolitan squad on Tyneside with Newcastle having concentrated their recent recruitment work on France and Holland. However, five Geordies – Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Jack Colback, Sammy Ameobi and Adam Armstrong – started at Palace with Pardew confident the club is starting to reap the rewards of its Academy policy. He said: “We have said about the Academy that we were centralising it, we weren’t making it a big spread. We’re not going to try to take boys from London or Manchester. We’re focusing on the area. “I think that’s starting to pay dividends with the club.” Whatever positives Pardew has been able to take in the last few days, the fact remains that his team sits at the foot of the Barclays Premier League and have taken just 19 of the last 75 points it has contested. Asked how close he came to losing a clearly unsettled Tiote during the summer, Pardew said: “We obviously had a team fighting for his services, but the finance was never really in place. The reality was that we were quite comfortable that he wasn’t going to go anywhere. “I think his contract situation needs to be resolved at the end of the season, for sure. “I love him. He’s everything that you want in a Newcastle player. He has the quality and of course you’ll never under-estimate the fact that he wants to win – that’s something we have to be very careful about on training days. “I just love that he’s a winner. It can overcome so many obstacles as a footballer. Young players here need to take a big leaf out of his book in terms of how he approaches training and games. “Sometimes it can overspill into bookings and sendings-off, but you can never fault him for wanting to win.” Tiote and Coloccini have been at the forefront of a mini-recovery on Tyneside with Pardew having gone into last Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Hull with the noose firmly around his neck in the eyes of his most vociferous doubters. Planned protests failed to capture the popular mood at St James’ Park, although the chorus of disapproval rose in volume as the home side went 2-0 down, only for forgotten man Papiss Cisse to come from the bench and rescue a 2-2 draw. That, coupled with a 3-2 Capital One Cup third-round victory at Crystal Palace in midweek, and the private endorsement of owner Mike Ashley, have helped to soothe frayed nerves ahead of Monday’s tricky trip to Stoke, and that has left Pardew grateful to his leaders.