More and more it seems people in positions of leadership find themselves tempted to push the envelop so far that they get in trouble and at best just lose their jobs, but in many cases wind up being arrested. With the plethora of electronic devices you would think they might get the word you cannot get by with anything today. The coach who cheats on his/her spouse with a cheerleader, assistant, or office worker keeps cropping up. The latest victim is the NKU athletic director. He not only dated several office workers, but had to steal funds to pay his expenses needed to cheat with these fellow workers. Then there were the two school officials who thought it was okay to go on elaborate trips by using the tax payer dollars to foot the bill. How many high school teachers have lost their jobs because they dated their underage students? No matter how discreet you think you are, someone will either talk or record what you are doing. I guess the temptation overrides the common sense. Some of this goes both ways because the so-called victim sometimes is not as innocent as we would like to think they are. However, this is never an excuse if one of the parties is an adult and the other is a minor.
Pulis has stressed the importance of the crowd – even if they are criticising him – giving their backing to the players, and was delighted with the level of support. The manager, whose team moved up to 10th, said: “We played very well at Newcastle last week (in a 2-1 defeat) and two outstanding goals cost us the game, which was disappointing. “But I thought the response from the crowd was brilliant (in the West Brom match). There has been a lot of people moaning and groaning, or so I have been told, but they turned up and right from the first whistle to the last there was a very positive feeling around the ground, and that was very good for the players. “It has been seven years that we have been pushing on, and you get good times and you get bad times.” Those who were watching the match did not get much in the way of entertainment. After West Brom captain Chris Brunt had a fifth-minute strike saved by Asmir Begovic in a fairly bright start for the visitors, Stoke were the better side for the remainder of the first half. But they struggled to create any real clear-cut opportunities, with a deflected Jon Walters shot that spun wide being their closest attempt. The standard improved slightly after the break, but neither side looked likely to break the deadlock as Baggies frontman Romelu Lukaku and Stoke’s Peter Crouch failed to convert headers, before Potters substitute Kenwyne Jones passed up a good chance in stoppage time by prodding straight at Ben Foster. Foster has returned to the England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against San Marino and Montenegro, almost two years after making himself unavailable for national team selection. West Brom boss Steve Clarke said: “After Ben came back (in December) from the second groin operation he had, it took him three or four weeks to get himself up to speed, but I think since then his performances have been top-level. He has made himself available for England, which can only be good news for them.” Stoke manager Tony Pulis has praised the club’s fans for creating a “very positive feeling” around the Britannia Stadium during his side’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with West Brom. The Potters went into the Albion contest off the back of three straight defeats and having suffered a total of seven losses in their last nine top-flight fixtures, and there has been some discontent from the Stoke supporters in the wake of the 1-0 defeat to West Ham on March 2. But Pulis said: “What you need when things are not going very well is people to support you and get behind you, and they were fantastic on the terraces.” Press Association
Barcelona: Spanish football giants FC Barcelona on Friday named Argentine superstar Lionel Messi as their captain, replacing Andres Iniesta, for the new season. Iniesta, who had led the Catalan giants since 2015, moved to Japanese side Vissel Kobe earlier this summer.Messi, 31, has previously led Barca in Iniesta’s absence but will now begin the campaign as the club’s regular captain, according to a club release.Messi is the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 552 in all competitions. IANS
The state of Florida may have lost nearly $900 million in tax revenues in April, with the coronavirus halting tourism and other industries on which our economy depends heavily.Last March, the state Legislature approved a $93.2 billion budget that it was preparing to send to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature.However, the session to approve the budget took place as DeSantis was beginning to shut down some businesses while implementing stay-at-home measures.Until that point, Florida officials were expecting to take in about $3 billion in tax revenues last month, but learned this week that they fell short by $878 million.A monthly revenue report from the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research reflects the effects of the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders on the state’s tax income.“The presence of coronavirus in Florida presented its most serious threat to the sales tax forecast, especially to those taxes collected from tourists,” explains the report. “In addition, critical supply chains were already interrupted by the impact to other countries and retail sales displaced as a result of social distancing and crowd-avoidance behaviors.”Net revenue for April was projected to be $2.984 billion, but ended up at $2.106 billion.Sales tax revenues from tourism were down 24.1 percent, or $598.2 million.Other revenue sources, including corporate income taxes, highway safety fees and corporate filing fees, collectively earned $323.1 million below previous estimates, due to new state orders allowing delayed payments until June or later.However, revenue from the documentary-stamp, intangibles, beverage, tobacco and severance taxes and earnings on investments exceeded projections.“Together, these sources generated a total gain of $40.9 million for the month; however, some of these sources are expected to experience losses in the coming months as lagged economic effects begin to appear,” the report said.There is no word on when Gov. DeSantis plans to sign the budget, which is scheduled to take effect July 1.State Budget Set, with Money for Teacher Pay and Coronavirus Reserves
Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters Kootenay LakeKerry Reed is back on the lake giving fishermen the straight goods on what’s happening on the water. Here’s is the July report.Kootenay LakeWell, June has come and gone. And the rain kept coming and going also. Another wet month for the record books. And again, the inconsistent weather made for inconsistent fishing. We had some great days out there with up to 15 fish on the day. But we also had some dismal days due to the bouncing barometer. When the weather remained steady, we had our best fishing. Our biggest Rainbow in the past few weeks was a bright, chrome 22-pounder, with a few others between 12 and 18 pounds. We also landed quite a few Bull Trout between three and 15 pounds. And now, since the heat wave, things are changing again. Water temperature is rising fast and the fish are going through sporadic feeding frenzies. So, one day the fish are feeding heavily and we can’t keep them off the hook. And the next day they are fed up and taking a break. We have had some great morning fishing trips since the heat wave. Trying to beat the heat and start early in the morning seems to be the ticket. Our latest morning trip saw saw nice fish come to the boat in only four hours. That’s great fishing for Summer time. So, like I always say, you just never know. But, you can’t catch them from the couch. You just have to be out there.What are they biting on??? Now that the summer weather is here, we are catching more fish on the downriggers. Nothing too deep, but the usual depths of 60-100 feet seem to be working well. My favorite lures on the downrigger have been: Lyman plugs. Lucky numbers have been # 10, 14, 16, 108. Or common colors such as: blue & yellow, or green & yellow, or blue & white. Our favorite fly colors are all over the map. Not one consistent pattern lately. But some of my best patterns have been: Black/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht. Or some common numbered flies such as: 214, 215, 225, 226, and the old standby 228. Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish. The usual colors at this time of year being: black/white, blue/yellow, blue/green.Tight lines……………….. Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters Nelson B.C 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com
LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TRAINER, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “I was so impressed by his performance today. This is not the next California Chrome but at least we have a baby California Derby winner so it’s ok to dream. He hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s given us three wins and a third so we’re very, very pleased.“I think the farther the better for him, like today. Thank God we’ve got two Derbies. We won the California Derby last week at Golden Gate too (with So Conflated) so why not start to dream? We developed a little later this year, not as early as with Nyquist, but we’ve still got some chances to make some pints I hope.“It’s up to Doug and Paul where we go next but Paul likes to try. Don’t be surprised if we go against the big guys. We’ve done well so far so why not keep following that philosophy.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES MARIO GUTIERREZ, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “Everything went really well until the 3/8s. I started asking him a little bit. He didn’t want to pick up the bit. I was worried a little bit turning for home because I really had to ask him. He has so much more ability than that. He’s still a little green.” NOTES: The winning owner is J. Paul Reddam from Irvine, CA. DENNIS O’NEILL, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “When we turned for home we were in trouble and he just keeps trying and trying and trying. We prayed that the wire wouldn’t come too soon. We had a good day. We had three seconds. It’s great for Paul. Paul puts a lot in to the Cal-Breds. It was a fitting end to the day.”