On Tuesday, Trump administration officials held a conference at the White House and announced a possible plan in which they would send cash directly to citizens in the next two weeks to help boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin did not give too much detail about the possible plan, and said more information would be released in the coming hours and days.When asked about a plan based on the payroll tax, President Donald Trump said his administration preferred sending cash to individuals directly because it would more quickly boost the economy.Trump later said his administration could also still include a payroll tax as part of their stimulus package, or a combination of cash payments and payroll tax.
Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 SULLIVAN — Two things struck Baramee Janla right away when he arrived to Maine from Thailand four years ago: the weather was cold, and the people were tall.“I had to look up at everyone,” recalls the Sumner Memorial High School senior. “That first day here was definitely the coldest thing I’d ever experienced.”Janla moved to the United States at age 15 to live in Winter Harbor with his mother, Nui Johnson, who had emigrated to the United States six years prior to be with her new husband, Matthew Johnson of Gouldsboro. The couple spent half a decade filling out paperwork and navigating through complicated legalities before finally succeeding in bringing Nui’s two sons to Hancock County from Ban Sang Kor, a village in the northern province of Udon Thani where the boys grew up.“My mom saw something she didn’t see in Thailand,” Janla says. “She saw opportunity and education. The dream was to have me here.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt first, the contrasts between Janla’s two homes felt like night and day — which, with a 12-hour time difference, was also literally the case. Janla, now age 19 and a star athlete on his school’s soccer and track teams, returned to Thailand this spring for the first time. And he brought a new friend to experience a month of life in a different country.Matthew Lamoureux’s journey abroad was, alternatively, quite spur of the moment. It began on a February afternoon in Sumner’s school cafeteria during lunch when Janla asked him, “Want to go to Thailand with me?”Lamoureux, a fellow senior and soccer player at Sumner, became good friends with Janla a little more than a year ago after discovering their mutual love for a computer game called Clash of Clans.“Alright,” Lamoureux responded. He had never been outside the United States before.Two weeks later, plane tickets were bought. And two weeks after that, on March 25, Janla and Lamoureux were flying over the Pacific Ocean. After boarding their connecting flight from Tokyo to Bangkok, Lamoureux recalls sitting up and looking ahead at what appeared to be empty rows, as most of the passengers weren’t tall enough to be seen behind their seat’s height.“I looked around,” Lamoureux begins. “And there were people in every seat.”Janla laughs. “It’s like you were just there by yourself,” he jokes.When the pair landed in Bangkok, it was 85 degrees — inside the airport. Janla told Lamoureux that the building was air-conditioned.“I was like, ‘Ha ha,’” Lamoureux says. “‘Very funny.’”He soon learned Janla wasn’t kidding. Temperatures reached as high as 116 degrees. Every day, Lamoureux wore shorts, a T-shirt and a constant film of sweat. He would stare in disbelief at the locals’ outfits, which he says often included black, skin-tight jeans, long-sleeve shirts, jackets and hats.“H-h-how?” Lamoureux says with upturned palms. “It’s amazing how they’re just used to the heat.”Lamoureux soon learned of a cultural reason behind this style: Those with darker skin are sometimes looked down on as working class.“Here, if you’re tan, you’re kind of cool,” Lamoureux says. “There, a tan denotes the opposite.”Indoors, Lamoureux also noticed a trend in decor. Like in most houses he encountered, one of the walls inside Janla’s grandmother’s home in Ban Sang Kor, where they stayed, boasted a framed photograph of the Thai king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.But more palpable than the government’s looming presence was the locals’ friendliness. When Lamoureux first met Janla’s 86-year-old grandma, he had to politely resist her attempts to carry his heavy suitcase for him. Her generosity often caught Lamoureux off-guard, especially in the mornings when he’d groggily wander downstairs, still not yet completely awake.“Matt!” Lamoureux mimics her insistent tone. “Eat, eat!”Lamoureux says this friendliness took some getting used to, even while just walking the streets. He compares, for example, how when strangers in the United States make eye contact, they usually just look away and continue on.“There, you look at someone, and they smile at you,” Lamoureux says. “And it’s like, ‘Oh, I guess I’d better smile back.’”Needless to say, Lamoureux thought Thailand’s nickname, “the Land of Smiles,” lived up to its reputation.While Lamoureux learned to exchange smiles, he also picked up some of the language.“Kob kun,” Lamoureux recites, which means “thank you” in Thai.Janla shrugs. “That’s pretty good,” he says with a grin.With Lamoureux’s Thai limited to the basics, Janla didn’t miss an opportunity to capitalize on his friend’s vulnerability early on in their trip.“Eat this,” Janla once recommended, pointing to a dish.Lamoureux, suspicious, proposed a compromise: “I’ll eat it if you eat it.”Janla agreed, and they each took a bite.“Alright,” Lamoureux said, cringing. “What is it?”Janla smiled and responded, “Fish poop.”They both laugh at the memory, though Janla seems slightly more amused. He places his hand on his chest and says in jest, “I’m a good friend.”But Lamoureux’s open-mindedness paid off, as he discovered some unexpectedly tasty foods, such as June bugs. Lamoureux and Janla would capture swarms of the insects at night, then fry them up in the morning for an afternoon snack.“They are actually good,” Lamoureux says. “Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Kind of a nutty, buttery taste.”When it came to meals, Lamoureux and Janla’s family of 16 would sit on the ground in a circle around bowls of food from which they’d all take servings. When they’d eat in the front of the house, they would invite passersby to join them — a level of openness to which Lamoureux was unfamiliar.“There would just be random people walking around in the house all the time,” Lamoureux says. “It stuck out to me how friendly everyone was.”Lamoureux and Janla returned to the United States on April 27, but not before experiencing Thailand’s majestic Buddhist temples and tropical beaches. Lamoureux apologizes for his photo drought that ensued when the boys visited the island Ko Chang, where they spent most of their time in the water, too wet to pick up a camera.When reflecting on their snorkeling excursion there in crystal clear water among the colorful fish and coral reefs, Lamoureux and Janla both let out a wistful sigh.“It was amazing,” Lamoureux says.“Amazing,” Janla echoes.But Lamoureux says the tourist attractions are not what he appreciated most about his trip. When his house becomes quiet, he thinks about those nights spent with Janla’s family and their many friends.“There were always people talking and laughing,” Lamoureux says. “That’s one thing I miss. Just hearing people having fun.”Lamoureux says the trip has instilled in him a new desire to travel and experience different cultures.“It’s so important to get out there and see the world,” Lamoureux says. “If you’re able to.”And though Janla says he often misses his giant family, he’s grateful to his mom for bringing him here.To express this gratitude, Janla shares a poem he wrote, in which he describes the United States as a country beautiful for its opportunity.“That’s why she foughtWith everything she’s gotFor me to be hereSeeing America for myself.” Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Bio Latest Posts
Six days after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark negotiated to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16, widen use of the designated hitter to National League games and introduce an experiment to start extra innings with a runner on second base, the deal was rejected by the union. MLB asked the union to respond by 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday as to whether players can report to training by July 1 and whether the players’ association will agree on the operating manual of health and safety protocols. The schedule would be the shortest since the National League’s third season.Given the need for three days of virus testing and 21 days of workouts, opening day would likely be during the final week of July. MLB already has started to investigate charter flights that could bring players back from Latin America, another person told the AP, also on condition of anonymity because no announcements were made.MLB-CHICAGO-CROCHETWhite Sox announce deal with 1st-round draft pick Crochet Update on the latest sports — Wisconsin officials say that two Badgers’ athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. Those positive results came from the 117 athletes who participated in the school’s initial campus screening.— Two Rutgers football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Coach Greg Schiano discussed the test results Monday during a conference call. It was his first media availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.— Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the team remains on pace to begin full team training on Tuesday, assuming there are no more positive tests for COVID-19. Eales said Monday the two players who have tested positive are in isolation but are expected to be with the team for the MLS Is Back Tournament in July at Walt Disney World.— The National Hockey League has begun winnowing its possible locations to resume the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Jackets were informed Monday that Columbus will not be one of the NHL’s hub cities. Columbus was one of 10 finalists, including seven in the U.S.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-CUNNINGHAM Oklahoma State’s Cunningham staying despite postseason banUNDATED (AP) — Cade Cunningham, one of the nation’s top basketball recruits, has chosen to remain at Oklahoma State despite the program being banned from the 2021 postseason. Cunningham won the Naismith High School Trophy given to the nation’s best player. The 6-foot-7 point guard was a key piece of Oklahoma State’s highly ranked recruiting class. Many wondered what the one-and-done prospect would do. Cunningham announced in a video he posted to social media that he would stay.Earlier this month, an NCAA infractions committee panel handed down numerous penalties related to findings that former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $22,000 in bribes intended to help steer athletes to certain financial advisers. Oklahoma State is appealing. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-CONTRACTPlayer’s association rejects MLB scheduleNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have signed first-round draft pick Garrett Crochet to a minor league contract that includes a signing bonus worth $4,547,500. Crochet went No. 11 overall in the June 10 amateur draft. The 20-year-old left-hander made one start before his junior season at Tennessee was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, striking out six in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The 6-foot-6 Crochet is known for his blazing fastball. He went 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 18 appearances with the Volunteers during his sophomore season, averaging 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.In other MLB draft news:— The Chicago Cubs have signed first-round draft pick Ed Howard to a minor league contract that includes a $3,745,500 bonus. The 18-year-old shortstop was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. Howard had committed to the University of Oklahoma. He received a signing bonus equal to his assigned slot value. WNBA-MYSTIC PLAYERSMystics’ Natasha Cloud, LaToya Sanders to skip WNBA seasonWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders are opting out of participating in the 2020 WNBA season for the league’s reigning champions. Cloud says she wants to “fight on the front lines for social reform.” Sanders says taking the season off “is what’s best for my health and family.” Their announcements follow those of other WNBA players who have said they won’t be a part of plans for a 22-game schedule that would begin in late July. Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones is going to sit out because of concerns about COVID-19. — The Detroit Pistons introduced Troy Weaver as their new general manager. The former Oklahoma City Thunder executive joins a Detroit team that was interested in him previously — and he takes over a GM spot that was vacant for a couple years. Pistons owner Tom Gores said the team tried to talk to Weaver a couple years ago, but the Thunder weren’t ready to let him go. Detroit has not had an official GM since shaking up its front office in 2018. Ed Stefanski, a senior advisor to Gores, has been running the front office. Gores says Weaver will work with Stefanski and coach Dwane Casey.KOBE BRYANT-HIGH SCHOOLKobe Bryant high school footage to be auctioned on July 23LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s time in high school will be showcased when about 22 hours of footage of the late basketball star playing games and giving interviews will be sold on July 23 by the auction house Profiles in History. The footage is from the media library of Stu Ross, who produced “High School Sports Show,” a syndicated weekly television series seen in 35 cities. About 60% of the Bryant footage is of games involving the Lower Merion Aces from the Philadelphia suburbs. Ross’ library includes 130 hours and more than 700 athletes, including LeBron James, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Ryan Braun, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal. Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery is missing the season to focus on social justice issues.NHL-THORBURN RETIRESVeteran NHL forward Chris Thorburn announces retirementUNDATED (AP) — Veteran forward Chris Thorburn has announced his retirement after playing more than 800 NHL games since 2005. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup last season. Despite playing just one game for the Blues in 2018-19, he was the fourth player handed the Cup. Thorburn played 801 regular-season games for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and Blues. He skated in four playoff games with Winnipeg in 2015. The 37-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, finishes his NHL career with 53 goals, 81 assists and 968 penalty minutes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS — Ravens coach John Harbaugh is confident his team’s training camp will begin as scheduled next month despite the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on a video conference on Monday, Harbaugh said he expected the NFL would have a plan in place that would enable teams to start practicing in late July. Harbaugh said they’ll just have to be very adaptable, and flexible and smart about what they’re going to do and that testing was the main thing. The Ravens have replaced 13 scheduled on-field practice sessions with virtual classes so far this offseason. — When Brooks Koepka goes for a historic three-peat in the PGA Championship, there won’t be anyone at Harding Park to cheer him on. The PGA of America confirms the first major of this unusual year won’t have spectators. The PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco. It’s the first major of a golf calendar reconfigured because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open is scheduled for September and the Masters is in November. The British Open was canceled. No one has ever won the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play.— Jonquel Jones, the star center for the Connecticut Sun, has decided not to play in the WNBA this season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Jones led the Sun to the WNBA Finals last year, averaging almost 18 points and more than 10 rebounds in the postseason. She becomes the first WNBA player to cite the virus in opting out of the upcoming season. Renee Montgomery, the former UConn guard now with the Atlanta Dream, had previously announced she will skip the season to focus on social justice issues. — Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the team remains on pace to begin full team training on Tuesday, assuming there are no more positive tests for COVID-19. Eales says the two players who have tested positive are in isolation but are expected to be with the team for the MLS Is Back Tournament in July at Walt Disney World. He says the tests of asymptomatic players are evidence the protocols set up by MLS “are working.” The players who tested positive last week have not been identified.— Iowa’s athletic department says nine athletes, coaches or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. That accounts for nearly one-quarter of the 40 tests conducted in that time frame. Since the beginning of the return-to-campus protocol May 29, there have been 12 positives among 386 tests. NASCAR-TALLADEGA-NOOSEBlaney wins, race starts with show of solidarityTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) —Ricky Stenhouse Jr. edged Ryan Blaney to win the second stage of a rain-delayed race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The day began with a show of support for driver Bubba Wallace. Fellow drivers lined up and pushed his car to the front of pit road in a show of solidarity. The entire 40-driver field and all their crew members followed. After the car came to a stop, Wallace climbed out, sat on the window ledge and sobbed. Richard Petty, his Hall of Fame team owner, gently placed a hand on Wallace’s shoulder. The move came one day after a crew member found a noose in his garage stall. Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the top NASCAR series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its facilities. The move came one day after a crew member found a noose in his garage stall. Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the top NASCAR series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its facilities. The reigning NBA champions will start training for the season restart later this week at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, making that school their home base until they head north to the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, around July 7. What awaits the Raptors is a different setup than what will be the case for the other 21 NBA teams that will be participating in the restart at Disney. Other teams will be working out at their home facilities, but as the NBA’s lone team from outside the U.S., the Raptors would have had some logistical difficulties in having players gather in Toronto to prepare for the trip to Disney.Elsewhere in the NBA:— The Dallas Mavericks will be without veteran guard Courtney Lee when organized workouts resume. The Mavericks say Lee injured his left calf during the NBA hiatus and won’t be available when workouts are scheduled to start up again July 1. Lee had become a part-time starter after Jalen Brunson injured his right shoulder. After playing in only 10 of the first 50 games for the Mavericks this season, Lee appeared in 14 of their last 17. That included March 11 against Denver in the final NBA game completed before the season was put on hold because of the coronavirus.— Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans will skip the Florida-based resumption of the NBA season. He is the first known example of a healthy, eligible player sitting out. Bertans can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is expected to command a big contract as one of the league’s top 3-point shooters. The Wizards are allowed to sign a replacement player for Bertans as early as Tuesday. Associated Press June 23, 2020 2 virus cases following Djokovic’s charity event ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Two tennis players have now tested positive for the coronavirus after participating in Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition in Croatia. Borna Coric, ranked 33rd in the world, tweeted that he feels well and has no symptoms, but is urging anyone who has had close contact with him to be tested for COVID-19. Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov also has said that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic will now be tested as well. His media team says he has no symptoms but “he needs to do the test and then we will see what’s going on.”Elsewhere in sports news affected by COVID-19: The FBI is investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace. President Steve Phelps says security has been stepped up for Wallace since the noose was found on Sunday. — A makeshift noose was found hanging from a tree at the Sonoma Raceway in California and officials say they’re investigating the incident. Raceway President Steve Page says “piece of twine tied in what appeared to be a noose” was found hanging from a tree Saturday behind a former administrative office. Page says the incident is under investigation by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. Sonoma Raceway was closed over the weekend due the coronavirus pandemic. NBA-RAPTERS ARRIVE IN FLORIDARaptors to bring preps for restart of NBA seasonMIAMI (AP) — The Toronto Raptors arrived in southwest Florida on Monday, set to begin their preparations for next month’s restart of the NBA season. If the Raptors return to the NBA Finals, they could be in Florida for nearly four full months.
Despite the improvement in the world rankings, the Eagles are yet to crack into Africa’s top ten sides as the Cote d’Ivoire lead the continent for the second straight month after toppling Nigeria’s Group B rivals Algeria.Cameroun, whom the Eagles face next in the Russia 2018 qualifiers is in 10th place, just one spot above the Eagles while Zambia is way down at number 94 in the world and 24th in Africa.Argentina still occupies the top spot in the world just ahead of Germany and Brazil.AFRICA’S TOP TENIvory CoastSenegalAlgeriaTunisiaGhanaEgyptCongo DRCongoMaliCamerounWORLD TOP TENArgentinaGermanyBrazilBelgiumColombiaChileFrancePortugalUruguaySpainShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Step up four places in global ratingNigeria’s recent success in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers has seen the country improve four places on the FIFA monthly rankings.The Super Eagles have won two games on the bounce defeating Zambia 2-1 away in Ndola and followed it up with a resounding 3-1 win over Algeria in Uyo to head Group B of the Africa zone of the World Cup qualifiers.Nigeria is now at number 60 on the World rankings moving up four places with 562 points from the previous 534 points.