Don’t be duped: Trump, Republicans want to raise your taxes

first_imgAt some point, the government will need to pay its bills, through a combination of tax increases and spending cuts.Virtually any future deficit-reduction plan — except for a repeal of the Trump tax plan — would hurt most families more than his plan helps them.This chain of events has happened before.The Reagan and Bush tax cuts may have at first seemed to help the middle class and poor.But the deficits led to later cuts in education, medical research, transportation and anti-poverty programs that almost surely erased the benefits of a modest tax cut.Already, today’s congressional leaders are talking about sizable cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.Trump and his allies are feverishly trying to claim their plan really would benefit the middle class. Last week, a precursor bill barely passed the House, receiving 20 no votes from Republicans, many worried about the tax increases.Republican leaders certainly have a path to passing a tax bill, because nothing unites modern Republicans the way a tax cut does.But the opposition to the recent health care bills also started as an underdog and managed to prevail, by relentlessly talking about the bills’ effects.When enough Americans understood the truth, enough members of Congress felt pressure to vote no.The same could happen on taxes. It is starting to.Recent polls suggest the plan’s approval rating is only about 30 percent.To understand the Trump tax increases, you should first acknowledge the most admirable feature of his plan. It doesn’t aspire to be merely a tax cut. Trump’s plan would not actually cut taxes for many middle-class families. It would raise them.These families are in the minority, yes. But there are a lot of them.About 17 percent of households earning between $50,000 and $150,000 would see their taxes rise immediately, according to the only rigorous analysis so far, by the Tax Policy Center.Among households earning between $150,000 and $250,000, the share is about 35 percent.These numbers would grow over time, for reasons I’ll explain.Ultimately, the plan would be likely to hurt the finances of the vast majority of Americans.No wonder it is starting to look politically vulnerable. It aspires to be tax reform — both cuts and increases. Some deductions shrink, while rates fall, in the name of simplifying the tax code.But after this promising start, the plan commits its cardinal sin.It places the highest priority on huge tax cuts for the very wealthy.They get lower rates and get to keep cherished tax breaks, like the “carried interest” loophole.Herbert Hoover’s Republican Party wanted to put a chicken in every pot. Donald Trump’s wants to put a yacht at every private dock.Having lavished so much money on the wealthy, the tax package — or at least the vague framework that the administration has released — doesn’t have much remaining to spend on middle class and poor families.For them, the package is a mix of pluses and minuses. Their latest talking point is the notion that corporate tax cuts will create an indirect windfall for workers.Funny, though, how the wealthy get most of the direct benefits, while everyone else has to hope for indirect ones somehow to materialize.The main lesson of this year’s health care battle was the political power of facts.They don’t always win the day, but it’s better to have them as an ally than an enemy.Right now, facts are the biggest problem for Trump’s tax plan.David Leonhardt is New York Times columnist writing from a liberal progressive perspective. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Many face a lower tax rate, but some face a higher one, and many families lose deductions. The combination creates a lot of losers.Reduced deductions for children, for example, hurt large families, notes NYU’s Lily Batchelder.And the deduction for state and local taxes — also a target for cuts — now benefits 30 percent of households nationwide.It was the main reason for last week’s House defections, and the tensions over it haven’t been resolved.Then there are the long-term problems I mentioned earlier.First, Trump’s plan takes a skimpy approach to inflation adjustments, which will push many families into higher tax brackets over time.Second, the plan would radically increase the federal deficit, and when it comes to the deficit, what goes up must eventually come down. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe old formula for passing a big tax cut for the rich was simple: Package it with a modest tax cut for the middle class — and talk endlessly about the middle-class part.President Donald Trump and Congress are following the formula in some ways.Their plan would deliver an average tax cut of $700,000 to the nation’s 175,000 richest families. That’s enough for each to buy a new 50-foot yacht, annually.Meanwhile, Trump and other Republican leaders keep repeating “middle class,” “middle class,” “middle class.”Yet there is also a major difference between the current plan and George W. Bush’s tax cut or Ronald Reagan’s.last_img read more

Coronavirus surges on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, doctors warn deaths underreported

first_imgDoctors there say that despite an increased number of intensive care beds and stricter social distancing measures, deaths are likely being underreported in Barranquilla, which has a population of 1.2 million people.”We continue to think there is a dissociation in what is happening in the city and what is being reported officially,” Carmen Polo, a doctor in Barranquilla and president of the Colombian Association of Internal Medicine’s (ACMI) Caribbean chapter, told Reuters.Barranquilla health secretary Humberto Mendoza denied there was significant underreporting of deaths in the city.However, Polo, who works in the city’s Portoazul health center, said misinformation spread online about doctors injecting patients with the disease was deterring people from seeking treatment.Those who die at home with coronavirus symptoms are not classified as suspected cases and are not tested, she said.”But with the information provided by relatives and the clinical picture presented by the patient, you as a doctor most certainly know this person died of coronavirus,” Polo said.Juan Marquez, another Barranquilla doctor who will succeed Polo as the ACMI’s Caribbean chapter president in August, agreed deaths are slipping through the net.”Many patients have died – and are dying – in emergency rooms. Sometimes they don’t even make it to intensive care,” he said.Though Barranquilla has added around 200 ICU beds since the pandemic began, bringing the total operating to around 600, both Polo and Marquez said the units were operating near capacity.Though confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city’s ICUs stand at just under 80, Marquez said including suspected cases would show a substantial increase.”If we add cases which aren’t confirmed…we could multiply these numbers by two or three,” he said.Medellin’s mayor said on Twitter at the end of June his city had received ICU patients from Barranquilla.Health secretary Mendoza conceded some asymptomatic cases may go untested, but said Barranquilla had the highest rate of testing in the country.The city has performed more than 67,600 tests, which the INS reports is equivalent to just over 55,000 tests per million people. Nationally, this puts the city in second place to Colombia’s Amazonas province, according to INS figures.Health secretary Mendoza said ICUs are not the answer to tackling the disease, which needs to be confronted by stemming its spread.Young people with a low perception of coronavirus danger have not followed social distancing rules or used face masks diligently, he added.”Lack of diagnosis presents false information that there are no cases or that there is no mortality,” he said. “History will show the true performance of each region.” Topics : Colombia’s Caribbean region accounts for close to 40% of the country’s reported cases and just over half its deaths, according to an analysis of government data by the World Health Organization (WHO).President Ivan Duque told Reuters last month his government was escalating its response to the pandemic in the Caribbean region, given the concentration of cases there, after taking strict measures to slow infection in cities like Cartagena.There is no definitive hypothesis about why there has been higher mortality in the coast region, but officials and doctors say flouting of social distancing rules and a higher incidence of certain other diseases may play a role.Atlantico province, with its port capital Barranquilla, has registered over 1,300 deaths – more than Bogota, even though Atlantico has only about one-third of the capital’s population. Coronavirus cases and deaths are surging along Colombia’s Caribbean coast as the region becomes the epicenter of the pandemic in the Andean country, with doctors warning many deaths are going undetected.Colombia – Latin America’s third-most populous nation – has officially reported over 113,000 cases of coronavirus and just under 4,000 deaths among its 50 million inhabitants.The climbing figures pale in comparison with some neighboring countries, with regional giant Brazil exceeding 64,200 deaths on Saturday.last_img read more

TGS, Schlumberger to undertake Gulf of Mexico seismic survey

first_imgNorwegian seismic specialist TGS and oilfield services providers Schlumberger have announced a new multiclient nodal seismic project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Source: TGSTGS said on Friday that the project, named “Amendment”, would comprise the acquisition of a 2,350 square kilometers of a multi-client seismic survey in the Mississippi Canyon and Atwater Valley protraction areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.This prolific area includes open acreage, existing producing assets, and new discoveries. Seismic data will be acquired using Fairfield Geotechnologies 4C nodal acquisition technology.Operations on the project are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018 while the final data would be delivered to customers in the first quarter of 2020.Kristian Johansen, CEO of TGS, said: “The Amendment project will enhance our current data coverage in the Central U.S. Gulf of Mexico. E&P companies are showing increased interest in the benefits of nodal seismic data to overcome imaging challenges in this region. In the Amendment project, TGS and Schlumberger will reimage underlying WAZ seismic data to provide modern, high-quality nodal seismic data to our clients.”Maurice Nessim, president of WesternGeco, Schlumberger, added: “Schlumberger and TGS have built up extensive geophysical and geological knowledge in this prolific part of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In line with the WesternGeco asset-light strategy, the application of nodal seismic technology and state-of-the-art imaging techniques will help to accelerate hydrocarbon discovery, development, and production for our clients.“This unique dataset will provide a step change in illuminating complex subsurface structures and help E&P companies to maximize the value of their producing assets and rejuvenate their exploration portfolios.“This highly integrated project will combine well log data, high-quality orthogonal WAZ and new nodal measurements to provide foundations for the first industry-funded regional nodal survey in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.”last_img read more

Carl W. “Chipper” Cline

first_imgCarl W. “Chipper” Cline, 68 of Milan passed away Friday June 24, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky.  Chipper was born Friday July 11, 1947 in Milan the son of Joseph Carl and Ada (Earls) Cline.  He was united in marriage to Judith Garteman April 16, 1966 at St. Pius Catholic Church.  He worked at Cummings Engine at Columbus for 49 years, and also operated a painting business for many years.  He had served in the Army Reserves, and was a former member of the Milan Fire Dept, and was a member of the Diesel Workers Union.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, part time gardener, and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.Chipper is survived by wife Judy, daughters Melissa (Mike) Hertzenberg and Monica (Eric) Widener, grandchildren Megan and Leah Hertzenberg and Morgan and Erin Widener;  sisters Dianna Cline, Brenda (James) Bowen, Barbara Shelton, brothers Denny Callen, and Steve (Kaye) Callen.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Roger Cline.Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the Family. Chipper will be laid to rest at St. Pius Catholic Cemetery with military honors by the Milan American Legion Post #235.  Memorials may be made to either Milan Volunteer Fire Dept. or St. Pius Cemetery through the funeral home.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.  PO Box 243, Milan, In . 47031  (812)654-2141.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the Family.last_img read more

Columbus man arrested after DUI Crash in drive-thru

first_imgColumbus, IN—Columbus police officers arrested a man Thursday night after he reportedly crashed his vehicle in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant. The officers responded to Rally’s in regards to the crash. When the officers arrived, they observed that a man, later identified as Robert A. Wiseley, 38, of Columbus, had crashed his Chevy SUV into the restaurant’s drive-through speaker box.While speaking with Wiseley, the officers noted that his dexterity was poor and he nodded off several times. After failing several field sobriety tests, Wiseley submitted to a blood test at Columbus Regional Hospital and was later placed under arrest. He was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded to their custody on allegations of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of a Syringe, and a Jennings County Arrest Warrant.last_img read more

La Liga leaders Real Madrid held to draw by late Celta Vigo strike

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Real Madrid’s La Liga title bid took a dent after Zinedine Zidane’s leaders were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday. They were denied all three points by a late strike from Santi Mina. Mina latched on to a classy through ball from former FC Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez and produced a clinical low finish to equalise in the 85th minute. The draw trimmed Real Madrid’s lead over FC Barcelona to one point. Celta Vigo took an early lead through Russian striker Fedor Smolov and Real Madrid struggled to respond. This led to the home fans booing their players off the pitch when the half-time whistle was blown. But the league leaders came out stronger after the break and Toni Kroos levelled in the 52nd minute, shortly after team captain Sergio Ramos had a goal ruled out for offside. Ramos then scored from the penalty kick spot to put Zidane’s side in front in the 65th minute after Eden Hazard was tripped by Celta Vigo goalkeeper Ruben Blanco Hazard was making his first outing in almost three months after recovering from an ankle injury. “Dropping two points at home hurts me a lot,” Zidane told reporters. “Celta Vigo are a good team that don’t deserve to be near the bottom of the league, but it’s painful to lose the two points after we made such a big effort.” Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale meanwhile avoided a possible red card for a wild tackle on Celta Vigo’s Rafinha, escaping with only a booking. The draw ended a five-game winning streak in the league for the leaders and left them on 53 points after 24 games. They are one point ahead of second-placed FC Barcelona who beat Getafe 2-1 at home on Saturday. Celta Vigo, who had lost on their last seven league visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, climbed out of the relegation zone into 17th place in the standings. “I’m happy with my performance. Not so happy with the draw, but I think we can do better in our next game,” said Hazard. “When you are winning 2-1 you should win the game. They are good players but they came here just to defend. They had only two chances and scored two goals.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Celta VigoFC BarcelonaGareth BaleReal MadridSanti MinaToni KroosZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

Breaking: Arsenal win FA Cup, qualify for Europa League

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Arsenal have secured a return to the Europa League following Saturday’s FA Cup Final success against 10-man Chelsea at Wembley.The Gunners initially failed to qualify for European football via the Premier League route in 2019/20, ending a frustrating campaign eighth and three points adrift of north London rivals Tottenham in sixth place. That was Arsenal’s lowest top-flight finish since 1995, before Arsene Wenger had even arrived at the club.However, Mikel Arteta’s side will enter the group stages of Europe’s secondary club competition once again next term courtesy of their 14th FA Cup Final triumph in their 22nd appearance in the English football showpiece.Arsenal went behind early on, with Christian Pulisic netting inside six minutes.However, the Gunners equalised through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s emphatic penalty after the captain was dragged down by fellow skipper Cesar Azpilicueta.Aubameyang then sealed victory 23 minutes from time with a superb lofted finish that left Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero with no chance. Arsenal’s victory also means that sixth-placed Premier League finishers Tottenham will have to enter the Europa League’s second qualifying round.There is also bad news Wolves, who finished seventh in the Premier League and needed Chelsea to triumph at Wembley in order to seal a second successive season in the Europa League.Technically Wolves can still actually qualify for the Champions League, but it would require them to win this season’s Europa League competition.They welcome Greek giants Olympiacos – who knocked out Arsenal in the last round – to Molineux on Thursday (August 6) for the second leg of a last-16 tie that is finely poised at 1-1.Tags: ArsenalArsene WengerChelseaEPLEuropa LeagueFA CupMikel Artetalast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz will honor Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan by wearing a patch on their team jerseys and warmups when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida. The patch will feature the number “1223.” That was the total number of wins during Sloan’s 23 seasons in charge of the Jazz. Sloan died in May of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. The team also plans to wear jerseys with a commemorative black strip and the same “1223” design next season. Other tributes will be announced later.WOMEN’S SOCCER-LOS ANGELES Danielle Collins kicked out of World TeamTennis for COVID violationUNDATED (AP) — Danielle Collins has been kicked out of World TeamTennis for breaking the league’s COVID-19 protocols.WTT CEO Carlos Silva says Collins left The Greenbrier resort hosting all of the matches during the league’s three-week season and went out of the state of West Virginia.Collins is a 26-year-old American who was a semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open. She has been ranked as high as No. 23 and currently is No. 51.She was playing for the Orlando Storm at WTT, which took all nine of its teams and put them at The Greenbrier, where the season began July 12 and ends Aug. 2. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Veteran defensive end and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.The 34-year-old Bennett played for five teams and was an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 NFL championship. He said Tuesday on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last. He also played for Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.Bennett’s brother Martellus was an NFL tight end.WASHINGTON-BROADCAST HIREWashington NFL team hires Julie Donaldson for radio role Portman, Nortman to bring women’s soccer team to LALOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Natalie Portman and venture capitalist Kara Nortman lead a group that will bring an expansion National Women’s Soccer League team to the Los Angeles area in 2022. The team, tentatively named Angel City, will bring the league to 11 teams. Louisville FC joins the nine current NWSL clubs next season. Portman and Nortman are joined by gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, who is president in the majority-female group. Others involved include actors Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner and Uzo Aduba. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-COLLINS TRUMP-JIM RYUNTrump to honor former track star, congressmanWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes.Trump is scheduled to honor the three-time Olympian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday.The Wichita native entered the record books in 1964 at age 17 by becoming the first high school runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile with a time of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. He competed in three Olympic Games and later served in Congress. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be done leaguewide, with each team deciding who it will honor and how to display the names.Unlike the NBA, which is allowing players to wear slogans on their jerseys, the NFL will stick to names once a final agreement has been reached with the players’ association. The program will continue for the entire season.NFL-PANTHERS-SIGNINGSPanthers finalize contracts with all 7 defensive draft picks ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team has hired TV reporter, anchor and host Julie Donaldson to oversee its broadcast operation and be a member of a three-person radio booth for games.Donaldson will be the first woman to be a regular on-air member of an NFL radio broadcast booth. The team announced that Donaldson will be its senior vice president of media.The move comes less than a week after longtime broadcaster Larry Michael announced he was leaving Washington after 16 years. A day after his departure was made public, Michael was among the team executives named in a Washington Post report about sexual harassment by club employees.MLB-DODGERSDodgers option Lux, reach deal with McGee But the group in charge of the U.S. Open immediately said the tuneup’s cancellation “in no way impacts” its Grand Slam event. The Citi Open tournament in Washington had been scheduled to start with Aug. 13 qualifying. It was called off Tuesday because of what tournament manager Mark Ein said are “too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends.” The number of coronavirus cases has been spiking in spots throughout the United States.The men’s and women’s pro tours both have been suspended since March and are planning to return next month. The first event on the most recently announced calendar is a women’s tournament in Palermo, Italy, starting Aug. 3.INDY 500 FANSAttendance at Indy 500 will be 25% of capacity Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-CITI OPENAugust tournament in Washington, D.C. is canceledWASHINGTON (AP) — The hard-court tournament in the nation’s capital that was supposed to mark the official return of men’s professional tennis amid the coronavirus pandemic has been canceled. July 21, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have optioned infielder Gavin Lux and agreed on a one-year deal with pitcher Jake McGee. Lux arrived late to summer camp and has appeared in only a few of the team’s intrasquad games. Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez have also gotten starts at second base. McGee was placed on waivers by Colorado last week. The 33-year-old left-hander was 4-11 with a 4.78 ERA in 225 games in four years with the club. He was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA last season. NBA-JAZZ-SLOAN TRIBUTEJazz to remember Sloan with patch CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have now signed all seven draft picks. The team signed its final six unsigned draft picks, including second-round draft picks Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn on Tuesday. Also signed were fourth-round selection Tony Pride Jr. from Notre Dame, fifth-round pick Kenny Robinson Jr. from West Virginia, sixth-round pick Bravvion Roy from Baylor and seventh-round pick Stantley Thomas-Oliver from Florida International. First-round pick Derrick Brown from Auburn signed back in May. The signings come on the same day when rookies reported to the team’s stadium for coronavirus testing in preparation for training camp.NFL-BENNETT RETIRESVeteran defensive end Michael Bennett retires Update on the latest sports INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the Aug. 23 race. The number was adjusted Tuesday. Tickets will not be sold after Friday. Among the precautions the speedway will take is reassigning seats for social distancing, distributing hand sanitizer and administering temperature checks at entry. Concession stands will be limited to mostly prepackaged foods. NFL-DECALSNFL to allow social justice decals on helmetslast_img read more

The Latest: Jaguars place two players on COVID list

first_imgThe association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus.The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___ ___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day. The Latest: Jaguars place two players on COVID list The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back.Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football.The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___ The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. July 28, 2020 Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12.The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___ The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.center_img The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined. The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list.Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive.___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held. Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie.The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts. Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year.Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___ Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website.Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___ Associated Press last_img read more

The Buried Life comes to campus

first_imgOn Monday, the Speakers Committee hosted two former cast members from MTV’s The Buried Life for a talk and meet and greet in the Seeley G. Mudd building on Monday evening.Do something · Ben Nemtin and Dave Lingwood of the MTV show The Buried Life talk to students on campus on Monday. Students at the event shared what they hoped to achieve from their bucket lists. — Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Buried Life was a hit reality documentary series that followed four friends originally from Canada — Ben Nemtin, Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn and Dave Lingwood — as they traveled across North America to mark 100 things off their collective bucket list. As they journeyed in a purple bus named Penelope to complete their list, the four guys also helped strangers they met along the way to achieve their goals and encouraged others to make their own bucket lists, asking each person the show’s tagline question, “What do you want to do before you die?”The series ran for two seasons from January 2010 to November 2010 and received positive reviews and a nomination for VH1’s Do Something TV Show Award. The four cast members went on to release a New York Times bestseller, What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?Former cast members Dave Lingwood and Ben Nemtin came to USC to speak about their experiences on the show, answer questions and offer tips on how USC students can achieve their own goals from their bucket lists. According to Speakers Committee director Amanda Schmitt, the members of The Buried Life contacted Program Board about their interest in putting on the event at USC.Lingwood and Nemtin spent the majority of their presentation discussing details of their adventures as well as their sources of inspiration. After the presentation, they invited audience members to share items on their bucket lists.Lingwood and Nemtin shared personal stories that originally inspired the four to make a documentary of a road trip across Canada in 2006. Nemtin talked about his struggle to find a passion as a kinesiology major while in college. Lingwood similarly spoke of his inspiration, which he joked was about losing the weight he gained from college and thus, making a huge lifestyle change.“At that point, we sort of all came together and thought about the things we wanted to do in our lives,” Nemtin said.By reaching out to local companies and sponsors, they were able to get funds to buy camera equipment and a vehicle, allowing them to document a two-week road trip across North America. They managed to cross off a variety of random things from their bucket list in their native Canada and the United States, including becoming a knight for a day and making the front page of a newspaper.Eventually they captured the attention of MTV, who offered to make their adventures into a reality documentary series. They started pulling off more and more ambitious feats. From crashing the red carpet to partying at the Playboy Mansion and even playing the basketball with President Barack Obama, the four guys did it while having a moral conscience. They helped both people who reached out to them as well as strangers they randomly met with some of their personal dreams. The Buried Life members were able to buy a truck for a homeless man, reunite an estranged father and son and even give a girl a prosthetic arm.Lingwood and Nemtin encouraged audience members have big goals.“Be audacious. Mediocre goals are one of the most competitive places to be. Think about audacious goals because no one is doing that. So statistically, you have a higher chance of getting that one than shooting for mediocre goals,” Nemtin said.Lea Fang, event co-chair for the Speakers Committee, felt the event was a memorable experience.“I hadn’t seen The Buried Life before but Dave [Lingwood] and Ben [Nemtin] were hilarious and now I’m inspired to not only watch the show, but also to start working on my own bucket list,” Fang said.The Buried Life members closed the event by telling the audience about a contest they’re hosting, the winner of which would then be able to take a friend and tour around the world with them. They challenged the audience to send in videos of themselves achieving items on their own bucket lists as part of the contest.last_img read more