FL to Spend $200 Million on Affordable Housing

first_imgA just-released spending plan shows that the Florida Legislature plans to spend $200 million on affordable housing next year. More than half of that – $115 million – is set to go to those displaced by Hurricane Michael, which struck the Panhandle last year.Another $77 million will be put aside for other programs throughout the state, and $8 million will go toward a housing development in Jacksonville.However, the $200 million amount agreed upon by state lawmakers is less than the $338 million that Governor DeSantis requested for affordable housing in his budget proposal.In his budget request, DeSantis asked lawmakers to stop using housing funds for other purposes. Over the past decade, they have allegedly used $1.4 billion for initiatives other than affordable housing, according to an analysis by Florida TaxWatch.last_img read more

Chief selector stands by decision to hand debuts to Hetymer, Singh

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Chief selector Courtney Browne has stood by the decision to hand international debuts to the pair of Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, despite both players failing miserably in the just-concluded three-Test series against Pakistan.Neither player impressed, with Vishaul managing 63 runs from his six innings and Hetmyer gathering 96 from his six outings but Browne defended their selection, contending they had merited their place in the side with previous performances at various levels of West Indies cricket.“There are no regrets. They came through our systems, they came through our A-teams, they came through the PCL. They played in the President’s XI, they got a score,” the former Barbados captain and West Indies wicketkeeper told Massy United Insurances Line & Length TV Show here.“We understand they are young players and they need to be given that time to develop so there’s no regrets. When you are looking at the development process, it is going to be a slow process – you’re not going to find a sensation overnight.”The left-handed duo were part of an already young West Indies batting line-up which never fired but for the exception of the enterprising Roston Chase whose 403 runs, at an average of 100, was the most for either team.Batting leader Kraigg Brathwaite had a poor series with a mere 101 runs, the returning Kieran Powell got starts but never carried on and finished with 161 runs while the talented Shai Hope shone in the Barbados Test with an excellent 90 but managed only 59 runs in his other five innings.Browne said it was not uncommon to see this level of inconsistency especially in a side comprising so many inexperienced players, but stressed that this was part of the development process.“We understand and we know we have a lot of young developing players,” Browne explained.“The unfortunate thing is these players are all bunched up together in terms of the number of Test matches. They are all new to Test cricket so that (inconsistency) is par for the course. When you have a bunch of young people that you are exposing to international cricket, you will tend to get these sort of [sporadic] performances.“The good thing about it is you have a coaching team and you have to give them a chance to develop these players.”West Indies conceded the three-Test series 2-1 as Pakistan won their first-ever series in the Caribbean since they began touring the region 59 years ago.The series loss was also the sixth straight for the Windies and the regional side have now won just three Tests in their last 20 outings.Browne said while results were important, the focus remained on developing young players at international level and believed this would pay dividends in the long run.“We’re still some time off. I am sure we will have a lot of downs but we will also have some games which we will win,” he said.“For us, we are really focused on development, getting that base so that we know we can develop players who are consistent and who can perform consistently at the international level.“So now what we are looking at is creating that environment where both learning and teaching can take place.”last_img read more

Lennox Braithwaite to captain WIFBSC team to 150th Imperial Meeting

first_img… Sigmund Douglas appointed adjutantAFTER an impressive debut at the World Shooting Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, USA, in August 2015, West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) has named a competitive-looking 10-member team that will represent the Caribbean at the 150th Imperial Meeting of the National Rifle Association (United Kingdom) in Bisley, this July.While many West Indian marksmen and women have been competing at the Imperial Meeting over the years, president of the WIFBSC, Major (ret’d) D. John. Nelson JP of Jamaica has indicated that the Caribbean would be fielding a strong team at this historical competition.The Guyanese duo of Lennox Braithwaite and USA-based Sigmund Douglas have been named captain and adjutant (manager) respectively, based on a missive sent to CEO of the National Rifle Association (United Kingdom), Andrew Mercer.Two marksmen, Anderson Perry and Rev. Olsen Daniels, both of Antigua and Barbuda, would be making their debuts in England while the other members of the team are GuyanaNRA vice-captain Dylan Fields, Jon Fraser (USA-based Guyanese), Norris Gomez (Trinidad and Tobago), Caroline Gomez (Trinidad and Tobago), Justine Lall (Trinidad and Tobago) and Chalky White (UK-based, St. Kitts & Nevis).Individually, each team member will be pursuing his own sponsorship with Braithwaite already securing full sponsorship, compliments of Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc., through Managing Director, Harold ‘Top Gun’ Hopkinson. Team West Indies would be seeking sponsorship according to Braithwaite and Douglas to procure Team Jackets.The 150th Imperial Meeting of the National Rifle Association (United Kingdom) in Bisley is set for July 17-28.last_img read more

COLUMN: Kessler holds the key for the Trojans

first_imgWe’ve known since the blowout win over Utah that USC was one Ute loss away from controlling its own destiny in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title. After handing Utah its first loss of the season, we’ve patiently waited for another Pac-12 team to beat the Utes, and finally, one day after the Trojans extended their win streak to four games, the Arizona Wildcats upset the Utes 37-30.I had faith that someone would come along and spoil Utah’s one loss season, but I assumed it would happen this Saturday when they face the Bruins. To make last weekend even better, UCLA lost to Washington State.That’s not to say that the Trojans have an easy road ahead. They still have to win their final two games of the season against Oregon and UCLA. Oregon is certainly far from where they were last season, but have improved tremendously this season and just upset Stanford, the team likely to win the Pac-12 North.Utah’s loss opened the door for both UCLA and USC. Whichever of the three teams wins out is the team that will win the South. While USC battles Oregon in Eugene this weekend, UCLA and Utah will duke it out in Salt Lake City.Stanford is one win away from clinching the Pac-12 North, so whichever team comes out of the South will have to face a very good Stanford team. Last time USC met Stanford, they were handed their first loss of the season and the trajectory of their season changed.Since interim head coach Clay Helton took over, however, the Trojans seem like a far cry from the team that lost to Washington. He’s slowed down the offense and relied more on the run game, and so far, his strategy is undefeated.Though USC is riding a   four-game win streak, they have looked fragile in a handful of these wins. With the exception of the blowout over Utah, the Trojans haven’t won by more than eight points. They only beat Cal by six and barely beat Colorado by a field goal.The Trojans cannot afford to play the way they have in their last three games if they want to beat Oregon and especially UCLA. Oregon has a four-game win streak of its own, including wins over Cal, Arizona State and Stanford. Oregon is a reenergized team that is more reminiscent of the Marcus Mariota era than the way they looked at the beginning of the season.And if USC is able to leave Eugene with a win, they’ll still have UCLA waiting for them when they get back to Los Angeles. UCLA is in the same boat, just two wins away from the Pac-12 championship game. Josh Rosen is the best freshman in college football and has the skills and supporting talent to beat the Trojans for a fourth straight year. Cody Kessler will need to play like a redshirt senior to beat the Bruins. He, however, has been less of a presence this season than last and will need to channel last season’s success to beat Oregon and UCLA.The good news for the Trojans is that the defense, which caused a lot of problems last season, has looked very good this season. The offense has stalled recently, and Kessler needs to fire up the offense and win out. The Men of Troy have overcome so much adversity already and pulling off wins against conference rivals would be the perfect ending to the season and Kessler’s career.Regan Estes is a junior majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Ruthless Nadal Beats Raonic to Hit Semis

first_imgRafael Nadal reached his first Grand Slam semi-final since 2014 with a superb 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory over Canada’s third seed Milos Raonic.The 14-time Grand Slam winner, who has been troubled by injuries in recent years, saved six set points in the second set before dominating the third.Nadal, the 2009 champion, faces 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov tomorrow after the Bulgarian beat David Goffin. The Spaniard, 30, remains on course to meet Roger Federer in Sunday’s final.Federer, 35, will play his fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the first semi-final today.Nadal is attempting to become the first man in the Open era – and only the third man in history after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver – to win each of the four Grand Slam titles twice.The ninth seed’s victory means six of the eight players in the men’s and women’s semi-finals are over 30.Nadal lost here in the first round to Fernando Verdasco 12 months ago and admitted to wondering if he may never again challenge for major honours.“I think I am not a very arrogant person so I always have doubts,” he said.“Even when I was winning I had doubts and even more so when I had injuries. But doubts make you work harder.“I have had a great career but I had some tough moments so that makes me enjoy moments like this even more.”Nadal last reached a Grand Slam semi-final when he won the French Open – his last major title – three years ago.A wrist injury in 2016 raised serious concerns about his future but he looked close to his very best against Raonic.He broke the big-serving Canadian once in the first set to take the lead but Raonic, who was the highest seed left in the men’s draw, looked like he would level the match in the second.Raonic needed a medical timeout midway through the set for an abductor problem, but seemed to come back stronger and had three set points on Nadal’s serve at 5-4.Nadal saved them all, then saved two more in the tie-break before Raonic double-faulted on the sixth set point, and the former world number one took the set with his first chance.Nadal took advantage of Raonic’s lack of mobility in the third set to wrap up an impressive victory, his 50th since making his debut in the tournament in 2004, with a hold to love.His win came after two hours and 44 minutes on court and he celebrated with a huge leap before falling to his knees as emotion took over.Nadal was reluctant to talk about a possible dream final against Federer.“Let me enjoy today, the victory, and being in the semi-final,” he said. “For me, it is great news. It is a good start of the season and now I have a very tough match against Dimitrov.”Federer, who won the last of 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2012, has only just recovered from a knee injury that kept him out for six months.“It is great for tennis that Roger is there again after an injury, after a lot of people talk about that probably he will never be back,” Nadal added.“The real thing is that he’s back and he’s probably ready to win again, fighting again to win a major. And that’s good for the fans because Roger is a legend of our sport.”Dimitrov, who works with Dani Vallverdu, former coach of Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, had earlier beaten 11th seed Goffin 6-3 6-2 6-4.The 25-year-old began the year with a title in Brisbane and has now won 10 matches in a row.“The last two years have been a rollercoaster for me, but I’m happy with the way it happened,” said Dimitrov.“I’m appreciating things much better now. To be back in the semi-finals of a Slam means too much for me right now.”He will be appearing in his second major semi-final, having made it to the same stage at Wimbledon in 2014.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bafana friendlies announced

first_imgBafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has announced that his team will play three friendlies before the start of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.The three matches will be played in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, the first game on December 22 against Malawi in Durban.Bafana will then travel to Cape Town Stadium where they will face Norway on January 8, before Igesund announces his final squad for the AFCON tournament on home soil.The final friendly will take place at the Orlando Stadium with the South Africans facing off against Algeria on January 12.Igesund also confirmed that his focus will now be on trimming the squad down to 23 players for the African showpiece kicking off on January 19.“The league has been really exciting which means now my job is becoming very tough. The squad I have of 35 has to be cut down,” he said on Tuesday. “After the game against Malawi, our preparations will really begin.”last_img read more

Brazil 2014 ups World Cup security budget to 1.879 billion real

first_imgBlighted by an alarming crime rate, Brazil is boosting its 2014 FIFA World Cup security budget to 1.879 billion Brazilian real (£560 million/$900 million/€680 million) to make sure the event is “one of the most protected sports events in history,” the Government has announced.The country plans to have one police officer for every 50 people attending matches, and one for every 80 at other public viewing venues around the country.“The Government has made a programme to compile the measures needed for everyone’s security,” said Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo.“This is an item that we face with much importance.”As well as being worried about infrastructure being behind schedule ahead of staging its first World Cup since 1950, FIFA has consistently expressed concern about Brazil’s burgeoning crime rate, particularly in the sprawling areas of São Paulo.“We are seeing a big wave of crime in São Paulo, which is not good for its image or tourism,” FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke said last month. However, Brazil 2014 said the issue will be addressed to cope with thousands of fans pouring into the country for the World Cup.“Security has become an ever-increasing issue for major sporting events in the past decade,” the organising committee said in a statement.“This has increased the level of information exchange between countries that have recently hosted events to ensure public safety.”At the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010, the Government invested 640 million rand (£45 million/$732 million/€560 million) to deploy 31,000 police officials during the tournament and set aside a total security budget of 1.3 billion rand (£92 million/$1.5 billion/€1.1 billion).last_img read more

Giants opens to Josh Rosen talks as Cardinals’ draft plans remain unclear

first_img Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury praises Josh Rosen but says team hasn’t made decision about No. 1 pick The Giants could be interested in adding a quarterback after they have been major sellers so far in the new league year. According to SNY, which cited unidentified league sources, New York is open to negotiating a deal for quarterback Josh Rosen if the No. 10 overall pick from the 2018 draft becomes available. The belief by many is the Cardinals will select Kyler Murray with the top pick and then trade Rosen out of Arizona. While speculation continues to build about Rosen’s future with the Cardinals, coach Kliff Kingsbury has remained positive about Rosen’s fit with Arizona and reiterated numerous times that the 22-year-old quarterback is still the leader of his team. “People have said a lot of things that are misconceptions, if you will,” Kingsbury said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, per SNY. “Josh is a tremendous player, I’ve always thought, watching him at UCLA. He played his best football in a spread system, some similarities to what we do. He’s a tremendous thinker, very cerebral, can throw it with anybody.”We take a lot of pride in building a system around a quarterback,” he added. “For someone to say he doesn’t fit our system, it doesn’t make sense.” Per SNY: (The Giants) have certainly discussed the possibility internally, one source said, though those talks were extremely preliminary. They don’t even seem sure at the moment whether they’d prefer Rosen — the 10th overall pick a year ago — to the quarterbacks in this year’s draft. Mostly, they are in a wait-and-see mode to see if the Cardinals do decide to trade Rosen and what their asking price might be. Related News Kingsbury also addressed the rumors that come with having the No. 1 pick in April’s draft, though he didn’t reveal the Cardinals’ draft plan.”With the first pick, there is tons of chatter,” Kingsbury said. “As a coach or a quarterback in this league, you have to have thick skin and you have to understand what goes on and kind of the circus that comes with this position.”The Cardinals finished 2018 with a league-worst 3-13 record, missing the playoffs for a third straight season. Rosen struggled during his rookie season as he completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards. He threw for 11 touchdowns and had 14 interceptions in 14 games.last_img read more

Reds’ Yasiel Puig addresses trade rumors: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen’

first_imgYasiel Puig is focused on his performance on the field.The Reds are reportedly considering moving the 28-year-old outfielder before this week’s deadline. Puig was asked about the rumors when he met with reporters Tuesday before Cincinnati’s game against the Pirates. MLB trade rumors: Braves interested in Reds’ Yasiel Puig Puig spent the first six years of his MLB career with the Dodgers before he was sent to the Reds in a December trade.The Braves are reportedly interested in acquiring Puig while the Reds could also move starter Tanner Roark. “When I’m going into each AB, (I’m) looking for something I can hit, something in the zone that I can make contact (with),” Puig said earlier this month about his approach this season, via Cincinnati.com. “In the first couple of weeks, I go into there to try to get hits and swing at every ball. Now, I slowed down myself, try to put the ball in play and that’s helped me out a lot.”center_img MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Phillies among teams interested in starter Tanner Roark “I try to do my job,” Puig said, via Cincinnati.com. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with that. I don’t know if I’m going to stay here or if I’m going to the teams that need (me). I’m happy here with my teammates. I enjoy hanging out here with my teammates, but at the end of the day, this is part of the job and business.”Puig is slashing .255/.305/.480 with 22 home runs and 60 RBIs in 99 games with Cincinnati this season. He has also scored 51 runs and stolen 13 bases. Related Newslast_img read more

Goals rain on league resumption but SC Villa shoots blanks

first_imgThe Jogoos started with prodigal son, Emmanuel Okwi upfront but struggled to convert the few chances created against a well organised Fred Kajoba coached side on a sunny afternoon.At Lugogo, champions KCCA started off from where they left with a deserving 2-0 win over struggling Bul FC.Geoffrey Sserunkuma opened the scores with his 10th goal of the season as early as three minutes while Muzamiru Mutyaba added the second in the 67th minute with a wonderful strike.In Lugazi, URA threw away a two goal lead in a 2-2 thrilling draw with JMC Hippos.At Namboole, Tony Odur and Deus Bukenya scored to give former league winners Vipers a 2-0 win over Lweza and the bragging rights in the Entebbe Road derby.Elsewhere, at Nakivubo, Hood Kawesa and William Wadri scored in the first half to give Abdallah Mubiru a winning debut at Police as they deservingly beat visitors Sadolin Paints to move four points clear of the relegation monster with 17 points in 12th and now tie with Painters who are 11th.At Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku, new team captain Ibrahim Saddam Juma scored on his debut as Express captain but Godfrey Wakaza replied with an equaliser to deny Matia Lule’s side maximum points.Action continues on Wednesday at Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo when Onduparaka pay a visit to Proline.****editor@independent.co.ugShare on: WhatsApp Odur scored for Vipers. PHOTO UPL MEDIATuesday ResultsBright Stars 0-0 SC VillaKCCA 2-0 BulExpress 1-1 The SaintsVipers 2-0 LwezaPolice 2-0 Sadolin PaintsURA 2-2 JMC HipposKirinya Jinja SS 1-1 SoanaWednesdayProline Vs Onduparaka – Lugogo  4pmUPL: Fourteen goals were scored on the first day as the second round of the league resumed with only one match failing to produce a goal. (click for FULL UGANDA FOOTBALL STORY)That was in Champions stadium, Mwererwe where 16-time champions SC Villa fired blanks against hosts Bright Stars.last_img read more