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Trump, Biden finally bury hatchet to talk on coronavirus

first_imgThe idea of a telephone call between Trump and Biden, who is self-isolating at home like much of the country, had been in the air for days.Last week, Trump said he’d “love to speak with” Biden, adding, “I always found him to be a nice guy.”On Thursday, Biden responded that he was “happy to hear he’ll take my call.”But if Republican Trump sat all weekend by the phone, he was left disappointed — and by Monday morning the pair were back to trading barbs.”What ever happened to that phone call he told the Fake News he wanted to make to me?” Trump complained on Twitter.Gone was the “nice guy” description — the tone was back to Trump’s default mode when it comes to Biden, whom he has claimed to be losing his mental faculties, smeared with corruption allegations, and nicknamed “Sleepy Joe.”Mocking Biden’s suggestion that the Democrats may have to hold their nominating convention online if coronavirus remains a threat this summer, Trump insinuated Biden was dodging having to appear in public.Hitting back on Twitter, Biden told Trump that whether the Democratic convention is safe to stage or not will “depend on you stepping up and doing what needs to be done to handle this pandemic.”Despite the bickering, the two men still had each other’s numbers. Democrat Joe Biden and President Donald Trump finally spoke by phone Monday, both sides confirmed, ending days of teasing and squabbling between the presidential election rivals to discuss the national coronavirus upheaval.The call marked a rare moment of unity for the country seven months before election day and during a frightening health and economic crisis. “We had a really wonderful warm conversation,” centered on the pandemic, Trump said at a regular briefing by his coronavirus task force. Topics :center_img “He gave me his point of view and I fully understood that,” Trump said, adding they spoke for about 15 minutes. “I appreciate his calling.”Biden’s communication director confirmed the two men had “a good call.”Biden “shared several suggestions for actions” the administration can take “to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” Kate Bedingfield said on Twitter.He also “expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation,” she added.last_img read more

Shafer: Hunt out for season, Estime, Broyld will not play against Pittsburgh

first_img Published on November 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt is out for the season and and Brisly Estime and Ashton Broyld will not play against Pittsburgh on Saturday, SU head coach Scott Shafer said in his weekly Thursday morning press conference.The Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) is coming off a bye week, allowing some offensive linemen to heal, Shafer said. But three of its top skill position players going into the season will not be available when SU faces the Panthers (4-6, 2-4) at Heinz Field at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.Hunt, who was Syracuse’s starting quarterback at the beginning of the season, hasn’t played since fracturing his fibula in a 28-6 loss against Lousiville on Oct. 4. Broyld appeared to injure his lower right leg against Maryland on Sept. 20. Estime injured his ankle against Notre Dame on Sept. 27. Both receivers played in SU’s 16-6 loss at Clemson on Oct. 25 but haven’t played since.Said Shafer: “From a relative point of view we’ll be better off than where we were two weeks ago, but we don’t necessarily have all those bullets in the chamber that we had hoped to this time of the season.” Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ronaldo’s new contract breaks Eto’o record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s new five-year contract extension has reportedly made him the highest paid footballer in the history of the sport, earning €21 million per season.According to Spanish sports daily, AS, Cristiano’s new salary is not made publically available due to a confidentiality clause, but the report states that the Portuguese star will earn €21 million per season.Annual costAs part of the new contract, Real Madrid will pay all the taxes, at a rate of 52%, meaning their annual cost of retaining the former Ballon d’Or winner will be a whopping €40 million per season.Cristiano’s old contract was under Spain’s ‘Beckham Law’ which hoped to draw more top flight footballers to Spain and reduced their tax rate to 24% but was abolished soon after Ronaldo signed in 2009.Prior to Sunday, Samuel Eto’o held the record for the highest paid footballer in history, earning €20 million per year in his two years at Anzhi, which Cristiano breaks by earning one million per year and Eto’o has since reduced his salary in order to join English Premier League side, Chelsea. BonusParis Saint Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the third highest paid player earning €14.5 million per season.In an added bonus to fuel the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Ronaldo’s salary blows Leo Messi’s out of the water, as the Argentine earns €13 million per season and earns double what Neymar earns at €10 million.last_img read more

Lowell Thomas ‘Junior’ Coggins, 80, Oxford: Feb. 6, 1936 – May 31, 2016

first_imgLowell CogginsLowell Thomas “Junior” Coggins, 80, died May 31, 2016 at his home in Oxford surrounded by his loving family.Graveside services will be held at the Oxford Cemetery on Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m. No visitation is scheduled. Memorial contributions for Lowell can be made out to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left in care of Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.Lowell Thomas “Junior” Coggins was born on February 6, 1936 in Cowley County to proud parents Thomas Lowell and Agnes (Dennett) Coggins. Lowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1953, after graduating he joined the National Guard and served from 1953-1956. On December 27, 1970 in Miami, Okla. Lowell was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marrietta (Whaley). Lowell loved staying busy, he was a hard worker and after spending 15 years in South Texas in the seafood industry, he worked in a variety of trades such as: maintenance for schools in the area, the Shangri La, Okla. golf course, the oilfields, and for Skyline Corporation. When he wasn’t working Lowell like to play Texas Hold ‘em, he enjoyed being a member of the Arkansas City American Legion Post #18, and he loved to fish. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Survivors include: wife, Marrietta Coggins of the home; children: Debbie Davidson and husband Mike, Tammie Pingsterhaus and husband Kevin, Suzie Lauderdale and husband Daniel, Patsy Bowen, Walter Wood and wife Wanetta; sister Barbara Branson; 14 grandchildren and an abundance of great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents, 7 siblings, and daughter Dana Jean.last_img read more

Appeal of “ag gag” law has backing of pork producers

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is appealing the district court ruling that threw out Iowa’s Ag Protection Fraud Law, the so-called “ag gag” law.Drew Mogler, public policy director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, says his organization thinks the state has an excellent argument to protect farmers from imposters and intruders from animal rights groups. “When we look at some of the pressures our industry is facing with foreign animal diseases in other countries,” Mogler says, “I think we’re all aware of the issue of African swine fever moving around lots of countries in Asia, biosecurity and protecting biosecurity in this state is definitely in the state’s interest.”Mogler says the state’s livestock producers need to be shielded from activists’ attacks, including the use of undercover videos on farms and ranches. “This law is designed to protect farmers from folks who are really driving an agenda to end meat production and meat consumption in this state and in this country,” Mogler says. “Farmers deserve that protection because they’re caring for their animals each and every day.”Mogler says if the court of appeals rules in favor of the state, then the ag-gag law will be reinstated. “If this appeal gets overturned in the Eighth Circuit, then the Ag Protection Fraud Law is back on the books here in the state of Iowa,” he says, “and producers will have protection under that statute.”Mogler says those who challenged the Iowa law originally claimed it was a violation of free speech rights, but he says that wasn’t the intention of the law, as it aimed to protect ag operations.last_img read more