WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is rejecting a request by House Democrats to testify under oath for his Senate impeachment trial. Democrats are challenging the former president to explain why he and his lawyers have disputed key factual allegations related to their charge that he incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol. Trump adviser Jason Miller responded Thursday that “the president will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding.” Trump’s lawyers dismissed the request as a “public relations stunt.” The request from House impeachment managers doesn’t require Trump to appear, but it does warn that any refusal to testify could be used at trial to support arguments for a conviction.
April 1, 2004 Regular News PAF seminar set for May 1 in Ft. Myers PAF seminar set for May 1 in Ft. Myers The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. will hold its 27th Annual Spring Seminar at the Holiday Inn Belltower in Ft. Myers May 1.Double-track seminars will be offered in real estate/land use and litigation. Topics and speakers for the real estate/land use track include: “Condominium and HOA Law Update” by William Morris; “Land Use & Zoning” by Patrick White and Jennifer Belpedio; and “Real Estate Fraud” by Thad Kirkpatrick. Topics and speakers for the litigation track include: “Foreclosures and Bankruptcy” by Patricia Potter; “Medical Malpractice from the Plaintiff’s Perspective” by Melvin Brinson III; and “Elderly Exploitation & Abuse” by Christine Greider. Joint sessions include: “Notary Laws” by Kathleen Butler, executive director of the American Society of Notaries and “Ethics for the Paralegal and the Unauthorized Practice of Law” by Frank Rodriguez.Seminar rates are $89 for association members and $99 for nonmembers, and include educational sessions, handout materials, continental breakfast, luncheon, and breaks with exhibitors.For more information on the spring seminar call the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., at (800) 433-4352 or visit its Web site at www.pafinc.org.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A coalition of fast food workers, unions and activists hailed Wednesday’s vote by a New York State-appointed fast food wage board to increase the minimum wage to $15 for fast food workers as a historic decision that would help pull people out of the depths of poverty and embolden others to fight for similar wage increases.The three-member wage board, empaneled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May after the state legislature rejected a proposal to increase the minimum wage, voted 3-0 at a well-attended public meeting in New York City to approve a motion raising fast food worker’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 statewide.As the board voted on the motion, many in the crowd took it upon themselves to punctuate the board’s vote, yelling: “Aye!”Afterward, a raucous crowd holding “$15” signs rallied in Manhattan as speakers vowed to continue fighting until all workers struggling to afford rising rent obligations, food, medical bills and various other expenses are similarly compensated.“It is an injustice when you have growing income inequality,” Cuomo told the crowd from a packed stage, joined by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a mix of union chiefs and fast food workers. “It is an injustice when working families in this country have actually gone backwards over the past 10 years… it is a shame that in this nation today, with all of our progress, you still have one out of five children in poverty. That is a shame.”“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 per year in the state of New York,” Cuomo added.The jubilant crowd celebrated the victory despite several governmental hurdles that remain.The wage board’s recommendation is limited only to fast food workers employed by a chains with 30 or more locations, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King. Also, fast food workers will have to wait several years before they feel the full effect of the so-called “Fight for $15.”The wage board must finalize its report and submit it to acting State Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino by July 27, when the completed report is expected to be approved. A 15-day public comment period will go into effect once the report is published. The wage order must be filed within 45 days of the report being published. Cuomo said in an op-ed in The New York Times earlier this summer that the board’s recommendations don’t require legislative approval.If approved by the labor department, the wage increase will fully go into effect in New York City by Dec. 31, 2018, and for Long Islanders and the rest of the state by July 1, 2021. The board recommended incremental minimum wage increases of $1.50 for New York City fast food workers beginning at the end of this year, and continuing until New Year’s Eve 2018. Long Islanders would see state-mandated raises of at least $1 until 2020. At that point, fast food workers living in Nassau or Suffolk counties would be making $14.50. A 50-cent increase on July 1, 2021 would push them to the coveted $15 wage.“Fast food workers desperately need a wage [increase] and now they’re going to get one,” Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, told the Press shortly after the board’s vote. She noted that there’s currently 25,000 fast food workers on LI, many of whom are struggling to afford the high cost of living in Nassau and Suffolk counties.Tyson, like others at the rally, sounded eager to continue the minimum wage fight, which began nearly three years ago as a grassroots movement and ballooned into a nationwide effort.At least one presidential candidate has jumped on board. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is officially identified as an Independent but labels himself as a progressive democratic socialist, has proposed increasing the federal minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour to $15. And in his 2014 State of the Union, President Obama has called on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.“The wage board did their research, and what they found was very clear: these fast food restaurants are literally making billions in profit” and not sharing earnings with their workers, Tyson said. “They are desperate right now to try to prevent this from happening, and they are just being greedy.”The reaction from those opposed to the wage increase was swift.“From day one Governor Cuomo’s wage board has sought to silence the business community and force through an unfair and discriminatory increase on a single sector of one industry,” Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association, said in a statement.“From stacking the board with supporters of an increase to allowing business owners to get booed and heckled at public hearings, the governor has rigged the game at every turn,” she added. “Since the governor used a process that rejects compromise the result is an extremist policy that will force business owners in this low profit margin industry to cut hours, lay off employees and use technology to help offset skyrocketing labor costs.”A group of fast food franchisees has reportedly hired former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s deputy to challenge the board’s recommendations, but it’s unclear how he intends to fight the board’s vote.“This proposal is an irrational and discriminatory race to judgment to achieve a predetermined outcome,” said Randy Mastro, Giuliani’s former deputy mayor, in a statement. “And it targets only fast food franchisees, who, in reality, are small business owners, many of them minorities and women, who are already struggling to survive on low margins and cannot afford this 66-percent increase in labor costs for their entry-level workers.”To workers struggling to get by, Tyson said the board’s recommendation represents more than just an injection of money for low-income individuals.“It’s hope that it’s going to get better,” she said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lisa Loeb broke onto the music scene in the ’90s and was immediately welcomed into the echelon of acoustic singer-songwriters who dominated the Lilith Fair era. She embodies emo-nerd chic and makes it sexy, and she’ll be unleashing all her hits and irresistible magnetism at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 30.Her stripped-down confessionals, like “Stay (I Missed You)” from the cult classic film Reality Bites (which catapulted Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder to Gen-X infamy) remain popular to this day. The song was the first #1 single by an artist who didn’t have a recording contract! Of course, after that tune, she released two back-to-back albums that went gold—1995’s Tails and 1997’s Firecracker—and was nominated for a Grammy Award for the latter.Loeb become a bonafide television star in 2004 for her culinary misadventures with Dweezil Zappa on the Food Network, chronicled in Dweezil & Lisa, and 2006’s reality TV-music show Number 1 Single on E! Entertainment Television. She’s released nearly 20 music albums throughout her career, most recently 2016’s Feel What U Feel, appeared in a ton of television shows and movies, and has also done voice-over work. Loeb’s songs have appeared in television and film soundtracks, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legally Blonde and Twister, and she’s also a prolific children’s music and book author—releasing a bevy of award-winning titles and audio versions—crafting fun, catchy tunes that connect with kids.Besides her infectious songs, you’ll also recognize Loeb by those signature dark-framed glasses. In fact, those glasses are so synonymous with Lisa Loeb that she has her own line of them.Classic. Refined. Quirky. Fun. Soulful. Vulnerable. And always real. Lisa Loeb is more than a performer. She’s a singer-songwriter who reminds us Gen-Xers of who we used to be, when the world was a gritty, undefined place. Somewhere along the way, we’ve suddenly discovered we’re now the grownups, alongside Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder and Ben Stiller. And guess what? We’ve all made it.Lisa Loeb provided our soundtrack.Featured Photo: Lisa Loeb rocks YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore on March 30! (Photo: Lisa Loeb official Facebook profile)Lisa Loeb will be performing live at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, on Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 631-969-1101 or visit boultoncenter.org.
An alleged drunken driver fled in his vehicle and later on foot after striking a police cruiser during a traffic stop in Commack early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said. Wymann Wiggins, 26, of Amityville, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, among other charges, after police deployed stop sticks, a tire deflation device. A Fourth Precinct sergeant initially performed a traffic stop on Wiggins’ car in a parking lot on Route 25 and Kings Park Road in Commack at 4:05 a.m. When the sergeant stepped out of his vehicle, Wiggins allegedly backed into the police cruiser several times and then fled the scene, police said. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle a second time, but Wiggins allegedly fled, police said. Officers later deployed stop sticks on Route 25 and Manor Road, puncturing the tires on Wiggins’ 2008 Toyota Avalon, police said. After the car crashed on Longfellow Drive in Huntington Station, Wiggins attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended, police said.Wiggins was also charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wiggins will be held overnight before his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
With the uptick in post-election sign ups, Parler saw its total registered members rise from 4.5 million last week to approximately 8 million now, according to a statement from Parler COO Jeffrey Wernick. In terms of active users, that figure has grown from 500,000 active devices two weeks ago to more than 4 million. Like Facebook and Twitter, Parler offers users standard social media features — there’s a feed where you see posts, photos and videos from the users you follow. Parler’s biggest draw is how it’s positioned itself as the antithesis to Facebook and Twitter. “Parler is a non-biased, free speech social media focused on protecting user’s rights,” the app’s description reads on the App Store. Parler, however, is not the first social media app to come around actively catering specifically to conservatives. Four years ago, there was Gab, a similar app with the exact same proposition. Gab grew until it was tied to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in 2018, in which 11 people died. The shooter, Robert Gregory Bowers, posted on his Gab page an hour prior to the shooting.After the shooting, Gab was ditched by its hosting provider and payment processors, forcing the service to go offline, and it never recovered. With a hyper-conservative user base, Parler will have to walk the tightrope of giving its users free speech while preventing their online activity from culminating in an offline event that forces the app to shut down. DiscordAnother fast-growing social app is Discord, which lets users create “servers” where friends can hang out in text-focused chat rooms or on voice or video calls. The app is especially popular among video gamers, who use the voice and video call features to chat with their friends while gaming together online. Discord has seen its usage grow to more than 100 million monthly active users, up nearly 79% from 56 million last November, according to the company. Discord claims it is not a social network but rather a communications service as it is fundamentally different from other social apps in that it does not run ads or rely on an algorithmic feed to show users content. Instead, Discord makes money by charging users for its Nitro $9.99 per month subscription service that offers users more features. Discord may not consider itself a social media app, but Facebook clearly sees a threat. More and more, Facebook has put an emphasis on making video games a key part of its service, offering live streaming services, cloud gaming, and 50-person group video calls. OnlyFansOnlyFans is the only one of these social media threats that does not actually offer a mobile app. That’s because OnlyFans has become the go-to spot for users to sell original adult content, which Apple bans from the App Store.Despite not having an app, OnlyFans has grown tremendously in the last year. It was mentioned in a rap verse by Beyonce earlier this year, and TikTok and Instagram users frequently post links directing their followers to their OnlyFans accounts. OnlyFans hasn’t said how many monthly active users it has, but the app has 75 million total users and 1 million creators, which is up from 30 million users and 450,000 creators in May. Although OnlyFans is known primarily for being used to subscribe to and purchase adult content, there are some who use the app to sell subscriptions and post non-pornographic content. If OnlyFans continues to wrack up users, it could become the de facto spot for users who want a paid social media experience free of ads. OnlyFans poses is a unique challenge. Facebook has banned porn on its services throughout its history, and it would not be allowed to have an iOS app if it suddenly decided to change its policies. By going the adult content route, OnlyFans has seemingly built itself a moat that prevents Facebook from copycatting its services the way it has with Snapchat and TikTok. – Advertisement – TikTok and Douyin, its Chinese counterpart, together claimed 980 million monthly active users in September, up from 670 million a year prior, according to data from App Annie. That puts the app on pace to surpass the 1 billion MAU mark in 2021.Facebook has taken note of TikTok’s fast-paced growth, and in August, it responded with the global launch of Reels, a TikTok copycat feature available on Instagram. Just as Facebook was able to stave off Snapchat by bringing stories to Instagram, it is now taking the same approach to the threat of TikTok. Besides Facebook, TikTok also faces regulatory challenges due to security concerns due to its parent company ByteDance, which is based in China. Although TikTok was able to successfully navigate the threat of being shut down by President Donald Trump, it is still unclear what will happen to the app under the Biden administration. A Biden technology advisor to the transition on Tuesday said it was “too early to say” the incoming administration’s view on TikTok.Parler- Advertisement – Taking on Facebook is no small task, and many apps have failed in this endeavor. Facebook counts more than 3 billion monthly users across its numerous services, including Instagram and WhatsApp. No other social media platform is even close. Additionally, the company has fended off many would-be challengers, often by copying their key features and using them to keep users from leaving.But newcomers keep trying. Here are four to watch:TikTokPerhaps the biggest threat to Facebook’s social media dominance is TikTok, the wildly popular user-generated video app of Chinese origin. The app shows users a never-ending feed of videos of other users dancing, singing, cracking jokes or putting to use fascinating augmented-reality visual effects. Over the last few years, TikTok has emerged as one of the most popular apps for teenage and young adult users on the internet. – Advertisement – In the aftermath of the election, millions of users rushed to sign up for Parler, an up-and-coming social media app that has quickly become a hub for conservatives seeking refuge from what they believe is censorship from Facebook and Twitter. Those companies have labeled or hidden posts from President Trump and others disputing the results of the 2020 presidential election.This rush of sign ups launched Parler into the top spot on Apple’s App Store list of free apps earlier this week. The surge is reminiscent of other social media upstarts that tried to exploit key markets where Facebook was lacking, like Snapchat among teens or TikTok for short-form video.- Advertisement –
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Hearts of Oak have revealed they will now head hunt for a substantive coach after failing to reach an agreement with Swedish coach Tom Strand.The Phobians, after receiving over 10 applications, reportedly settled on the Medeama trainer but his demands were too high for the club. This forced Hearts to name an assistant coach in Yaw Preko – leaving the head coach role still vacant.Opare Addo, head of the team’s communications department says they will not advertise the coaching job but will go ahead and appoint a coach.“From this period we are head hunting, we want a head coach that can transfer whatever knowledge he has in the game to our players,” he told Joy Sports.“We are also looking for a young and energetic coach who will be able to do a lot for our squad, Hearts must be transformed and we must play an attractive football in our local league.“We must be able to get back into the Champions League so we need so we need a coach that has a lot of experience.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Nigeria are two wins away from winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth time and equalling their great rivals Ghana. Each Super Eagles player will pocket $110,000 if they lift the trophy in Egypt.Following their quarter-finals victory over South Africa on Wednesday evening, each player’s bonus now stands at $72,500.Nigeria got their competition underway with a hard-fought 1-0 win over debutants Burundi thanks to an Odion Ighalo second-half strike. The victory earned them $10,000 each. They made it two straight wins by beating Guinea 1-0 courtesy Kenneth Omeruo’s header to pocket another $10,000. However, the players earned nothing after they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat in their final group game against debutants Madagascar. The defeat meant they could not finish first and had to face defending champions Cameroon in the round of 16. The Eagles produced arguably their best performance in recent years to defeat Cameroon 3-2 in a thrilling contest to set up a quarter-final date with South Africa. The win earned each player a total of $37,500 from Nigeria Football Federation and two businessmen. Nigeria faced Bafana Bafana in the last eight last night. They won thanks to a late goal by William Troost-Ekong to get $15,000. They will face either Algeria or Ivory Coast in the semi-finals. If they progress to the finals, each player will make $17, 500 If they win the tournament, each player will make $20 000, making it a total of $110,000. Nigeria have been crowned African champions in 1980, 1994 and 2013. —
In this July 31, 2014 photo, Steubenville High School football player Ma’Lik Richmond poses during the team’s media day at Harding Stadium in Steubenville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Herald-Star)STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio high school football player found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party two years ago returned to the field Tuesday with his old team.Ma’Lik Richmond played for Steubenville High School in a scrimmage against Cambridge, WTOV-TV (http://bit.ly/1lSi5IV) reported.Richmond and fellow athlete Trent Mays were adjudicated delinquent in the August 2012 assault on a West Virginia girl. Richmond was sentenced to one year in juvenile detention and Mays, who was also found guilty of using his phone to take a naked picture of the underage girl, was sentenced to two years.Richmond, now 18, was classified as a Tier II sex offender last August, meaning he will have to register every six months for the next 20 years. Unlike adult sex offenders, Richmond’s name won’t be included on publicly accessible websites, and he can request to have the classification removed later based on his rehabilitation.The school’s football coach, Reno Saccoccia, said Richmond returned to school in January and was suspended from extracurricular activities for the remainder of the year. He told the TV station “it was a horrible crime,” but Richmond completed everything the judicial system asked of him.“We don’t deal in death sentences for juvenile activity, and I just feel that he’s earned a second chance,” Saccoccia said.Ohio High School Athletic Association spokesman Tim Stried said it is up to the school to determine whether a student athlete participates in sports.The school’s superintendent and athletic director did not return messages from The Associated Press.Walter MadisonRichmond’s lawyer Walter Madison declined to comment on Richmond’s status with the football team, but said in a written statement that “Band, debate, and sports teams reinforce critical lessons meant to guide one throughout life.”The case brought international attention to the small city of 18,000 and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the football team.A grand jury investigating whether laws were broken in the case brought additional charges against six adults, including Steubenville’s then-superintendent Michael McVey. He and the district’s former technology director have pleaded not guilty to charges including evidence tampering and obstructing justice.Charges against four other individuals have been resolved.___Information from: WTOV-TV, http://www.wtov9.com