Two Missing PA Children Thought to Be in Broward Found Safe

first_imgTwo young girls who were reported missing in Pittsburgh and thought to be in Broward County were found safe and in good health in Pennsylvania on Saturday.The children, identified as 11-year-old Khier Livsey and 2-year-old Moor Bey, were thought to have been with a 47-year-old man named Sheik William Salaam Hall, according to Fort Lauderdale Police.Both children have been safely located and returned to Pittsburgh. Thank you to the media and the public for your help.— Pittsburgh Police (@PghPolice) June 13, 2020 Hall is known to drive a white, GMC Terrain SUV, with Pennsylvania license plate LCJ3193.The children were not believed to be in danger at the time, although Pittsburgh police sent alerts and worked with Fort Lauderdale police to locate the girls, and to ensure their well-being.Officials have not disclosed the circumstances surrounding the disappearances and safe return.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Alterique Gilbert will announce decision on Saturday

first_img Published on July 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ The Miller Grove (Georgia) High School product announced his top five, which includes Syracuse, Texas, Louisville and Connecticut, in May. Gilbert said that Syracuse is his “dream school” in an interview with’s Evan Daniels, but that Syracuse had also slowed his recruitment. Scout ranks Gilbert the 40th-best player in the Class of 2016. SU also is recruiting Class of 2016 point guard Tyus Battle, who decommitted from Michigan and Scout ranks 20 spots ahead of Gilbert.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange added transfer Paschal Chukwu five days ago, which clouds SU’s scholarship situation going forward. Syracuse will not have a scholarship available in 2016 unless a player under scholarship leaves the team or the Orange’s appeal of its NCAA rules violations results in SU regaining a scholarship. Commentscenter_img Class of 2016 Point Guard Alterique Gilbert will announce where he will commit on Saturday morning, he posted on Instagram Friday night.last_img read more

Jason Smorol wants Syracuse to come out to the ballgame

first_imgJason Smorol walked over to the back corner of his office at NBT Bank Stadium and rummaged through some papers. Below a whiteboard, he encountered schedules and calendars and a Brannock Device, the standard foot measuring tool, invented in Syracuse by Charles F. Brannock in 1925. In May, the Chiefs changed a sign to “Device City, USA.” Players wore black jerseys featuring “Devices” in red-accented metallic font, while their hats featured a Brannock Device wearing shoes.Smorol’s point: You can never be too creative with your promotions.In the low-market world of minor league baseball, what happens off the field is as important as what happens on it, Smorol said. Smorol just completed his fifth season as Chiefs general manager, where his focus is to make a night at the ballpark the best thing in Syracuse. He’s led an increase in promotions and an effort to make the ballpark more accessible and engaging. Fans play catch on the field after games and eat $1 hot dogs — or even get married on the party deck. In 2013, the Chiefs netted $1 million in losses, Smorol said. Now, they’re profitable, with attendance growing every year and sponsorship revenues climbing.“It’s about access and affordability,” Smorol said. “We are the most affordable, most entertaining, highest-level of sport in town, and we’re going to become the No. 1-attended sporting event in town. Always was the plan. Always was going to be achieved. Now it will be achieved sooner rather than later.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe New York Mets own the Chiefs, the former Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Smorol said “nothing” will change next season — only that players will soon be prospects trying to play in Citi Field, not Nationals Park.The Chiefs play 77.1 miles from the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate. That’s much closer than the 2,431.6 miles that separated the Las Vegas 51s — the Mets’ old Triple-A affiliate — and Binghamton. With the move, the Mets can more easily make roster adjustments up Interstate 81. Plus, the Chiefs are located in an area with a higher demographic of Mets fans, which could boost attendance.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorSmorol grew up in North Syracuse, attended Chiefs games himself — his father had a share in the Chiefs — and graduated from Bishop Grimes High School in East Syracuse. In 1993, shortly  out of college, he started working for Watertown. He learned to use the parks’ main gate at the end of games, shake fans’ hands and thank them for coming — which he still does.Twenty five years later, Smorol’s known to walk at a brisk pace along the main concourse, chatting with fans. Before the game and between innings, his fiery personality comes to life: He grabs the microphone and runs many of the promotions himself, including tossing T-shirts into the stands. He said he also enjoys hopping into the concessions to roll hot dogs on busy nights and, sometimes, clean toilets or mop the bathroom floors.After stints with teams in Watertown, Batavia, Staten Island and Auburn, Smorol left baseball because he had just had a daughter and wanted to be home more. He took a job as an account manager for Hilti, a construction equipment supply company. But in 2013, he got a call from the Chiefs asking if he wanted to replace the late GM Tex Simone, who led the organization for more than 50 years. Smorol didn’t hesitate.New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the press conference announcing the Mets’ purchase of the Chiefs.Andrew Graham | Senior Staff WriterWhen he took over in October 2013, Smorol knew where to start. Dollar Thursday was a hit in Auburn, and he wanted to bring the discounted food approach to Syracuse. Every Thursday at Syracuse games, hot dogs are $1 and beers $2.Cold weather, Smorol understands, is part of central New York’s identity. He said it hurts attendance in April and May, but when it’s cold, “I can just put a blanket on.” It’s also difficult to predict concession inventory and sales, because many ticket sales are made same-day at the game. His staff is 13 full-time employees, which Smorol says is the smallest staff at the Triple-A level. He responds to pace-of-play criticisms by saying a Chiefs game lasts about three hours, while “Syracuse University football game takes about four and a half hours. Our games end around 9-9:30 p.m,” he said.At the center of his strategy is a community approach. Several families said at Challenger Baseball League’s event at NBT Bank Stadium that they feel the ballpark has become more accessible under Smorol’s tenure. The most expensive ticket is $15, and many games are themed.“Latino Day, Veterans Day, Bark in the Park, SU Day, Syracuse Strong Day, everybody gets a day around here,” he said. “They should. That engrains us into the community. We’ve been here in some way, shape or form since 1876.”As a kid, Smorol wanted to work in the Pittsburgh Steelers front office. Then he wanted to be a game show host. He likes to think his current work lets him do both.“I’m kinda like a game show host that works in sports,” Smorol said. “I get everybody rallied up before the game, before the fireworks, (mic) duties, the host for the event, solve some problems. I think I ended up doing what I wanted to do.” Comments Published on September 19, 2018 at 8:18 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Giles hits out at McCarthy performance again

first_imgYesterday, Everton manager Roberto Martinez came to the defence of his midfielder, who has been criticised following Ireland’s qualifier draw against Poland last Sunday.Some pundits have even questioned the player’s commitment to the Irish set-up.But Giles says he’s more concerned about McCarthy’s failure to make full use of his abilities…last_img

A guide to betting on CS:GO – By

first_imgThis is a sponsored piece from  What do you need to know, when betting on CS:GO?Forgive us for the rhythmic opening question. Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an FPS (first person shooter) title first released in 2012.It is one of the top tier esports titles, one of those which continues to command the top prize pools, audiences and viewerships.Of the ‘Big Three’ esports titles right now too, it’s undoubtedly the simplest for a newcomer to understand. Some of the reasons for this game’s incredible popularity range from its social element, to the fact it taps into various human instincts such as the desire to survive, our fight or flight responses, and the need to form teams and conquer. It’s truly an adrenaline-filled game in every sense. If you play, you’ll be on either a team of terrorists team or the counter-terror team and the objective will be to wipe the other team out, period. Somewhat unsurprisingly, CS:GO is also one of the most popular games for esports bettors to have a punt on.The 4 step process to betting on CS:GO(1) Find a site which offers ample CS:GO marketsIt might sound like stating the obvious, especially with the recent explosion in bookmakers offering esports markets in some form, but plenty still do not offer a lot of esports options, CS:GO included. The likes of Betway and bet365 offer amongst the stronger esports options of the well-known bookies, whilst an ever-increasing number of emerging esports focused online bookmakers are cropping up. Unikrn is the longest running and most established of these. You can check through some of the top operators, and see who offers what, at Whilst some of these more niche websites are particularly focused and only allow betting on esports, there are plenty of sites which offer both sports betting and esports options, which means if you ultimately find this isn’t for you, you’ll still be able to have a flutter on the football, golf or whatever other ‘more traditional’ competition takes your fancy. (2) Register an account on Twitch, watch CS:GO. Watch a lot of CS:GO.Twitch is the platform upon which most esports fans will spectate. Whilst the likes of Facebook and YouTube are signing some exclusive deals, Twitch continues to reign supreme. As such, head over there and register an account if you’ve not already. You’ll then be able to subscribe to certain channels and get to know your CS:GO, before you bet on it. For the Valve title in particular, we recommend subscribing to ESL’s CS:GO channel and ELEAGUE when it’s showing CS:GO. In terms of players / streamers, n0thing, a former pro for Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses amongst others, is worth a watch. HLTV deserves a mention here too. It’s also worthwhile heading over to YouTube who (at the time of writing) have the exclusive rights to FACEIT’s ECS, which offers some regular top notch CS:GO action. There is also the exclusive Facebook arrangement for ESL Pro League and ESL One to make a note of, which was signed at the start of 2018. In short, there are a lot of tournaments and competitions in CS:GO. We’ll repeat that for emphasis. There are a lot of tournaments and competitions in CS:GO. As such, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on what’s going on, and when it’s on.You can check in on calendars here and here. After watching some Counterstrike, you’ll quickly establish that the game has different ‘maps’. Take the time to get to know these, and don’t assume that just because a team has a stellar record on one map, they will perform the same on another.From time to time, Valve changes up things in the map pool in competitive CS:GO. We got a taste of this recently when the classic map Dust2 was brought back into the active pool Historically, French teams such as EnVyUs, Na’Vi and G2 are known for performing well on this map in particular. With that said, the full map rotation currently looks as follows: Cache, Dust2, Mirage, Inferno, Nuke, Train, Overpass. My advice here is to see if you can find other teams that have maps that they favour. This can eventually give you an advantage, especially when betting live.(3) Place your bets based on form and evidenceThere’s a place for intuition in all forms of betting, and it would be wrong to say that we can’t just get a feeling for what’s going to happen next. However, this usually comes with years of experience based on the vast troves of data you’ve stored in your subconscious mind.To begin with, it’s much smarter to have solid evidence as a reason for betting. For example, you can look at a team’s historical performances, whether or not it has a solid and established lineup, or whether there have been roster changes which’ll mean some players have moved on or recently been replaced. Roster changes are important to take note of. These will all affect a given team’s performance.One concrete example is to observe the competitive scene and look for significant changes. A dominating team can’t stay number one forever, we’ve seen this repeatedly with the era of Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic and SK Gaming. When a once unstoppable team drops in form, or opponents catch-up, bookmakers are often slow on bringing this into consideration when deciding the odds. This gives you an excellent opportunity to place money on an ‘underdog’, which might have a greater chance of winning than the odds tell you. Finally, make a pros and cons column and test different strategies in the laboratory of your mind. Once you’ve found the best one, stick with it at all costs and try not to be swayed (at least too much) by emotion.(4) Understanding the CS:GO specific betting marketsFirst pistol round. First kill / blood. There are naturally a number of game specific markets for CS:GO betting, these being two of them. Here is the downlow on a few to watch out for and get to understand:-Match Winner 2-Way – this is a commonly known betting type, you simply place your money on the team you believe will come out on top in a match.To Win Outright – Bet on a team to win an entire tournament. For this option there are usually two or three teams that are considered favourites’ heading to an event.First Kill – First kill, or first blood is a specific betting market for certain esports titles. Predicting which team to get the first kill is, of course, a bit tricky, as it is hard to predict. It is, however, a fun market that adds an element of excitement to a match. First Pistol Round – Do you know of any teams who often win pistols rounds? Then you could make some bucks betting on this market. Some teams have known pistols gods, like Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg and Dennis “dennis” Edman in Ninjas in Pyjamas. Another player that has made a name for himself when it comes to pistol rounds is the Bosnian superstar Nikola “NiKo” Kovac currently playing for FaZe Clan.There are others too such as map betting, top fragger and more. Important to rememberAs you can see, getting started with betting on esports is a piece of cake. It’s just like betting on any other competition. However, it takes a lot of effort to find success; the key is to always do your research before placing any bet. Before we draw this article to a close, please take the time to memorise these tips.Gamble responsibly and only bet what you can afford to lose. You never know what’s going to happen. Even all-star lineups get rekt sometimes.Have a reason for making a bet. Don’t just randomly pick a team. Try to write out your justification and see if there are any flaws or things you haven’t thought of.Take the time to learn about CS:GO. You can spectate, but it would be even better if you played yourself. This will give you better insight into how the game works, and hopefully mean you enjoy it all the more. Betting should be a fun activity after all, once the fun stops, make sure you do too. And there you have it. Good luck with betting on CS:GO. May the odds be forever in your favour!last_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Black Stars arrive in Ghana after Round of 16 exit

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana have arrived safely into the country after exiting the 2019 AFCON tournament at the Round of 16 stage at the hands of Tunisia.The players arrived at the Kotoka International Airport around 3:00 am.The team was without Christian Atsu who picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Cameroon and returned to his parent-club, Newcastle United for treatment.Reports also suggest that some of the players have already left to their various clubs a day after the loss to the North Africans.The team that arrived comprised of the technical staff of the head coach, Asamoah Gyan, Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Richard Ofori, Kwabena Owusu, Lumor Agbenyenu who were all in a sombre mood.The usual team mood prior to the games at the tournament had always been joyous, with lots of singing and dancing but their arrival was in stark contrast, with hardly any fuss being made by the players or the staff.Kwesi Appiah and his men were looking at making it a fifth AFCON title but their dreams were cut short following the defeat to the Carthage Eagles.Embed from Getty ImagesThe team lost to Tunisia on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after regulation time.Tunisia scored the first goal in the second half courtesy Khenissi before Rami Bedoui scored an own goal to send the game into extra time.Caleb Ekuban missed the only penalty of the shootouts as Tunisia won their first game against the Black Stars of Ghana at a major competition.last_img read more

Joe Maddon’s bulletin-board material didn’t resonate with Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers reached the high point of their season on Aug. 25. They were 91-36 and on pace to win 116 games with about five weeks left in the regular season. Win number 91 came at the expense of the Milwaukee Brewers, who were three games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.Coincidentally, the New York Times caught up with Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Philadelphia that day. “I’m very confident playing against them, too – absolutely,” Maddon said of the Dodgers. “I like the way we match against them – a lot, not a little bit.”The timing of the quote raised eyebrows. Chicago was the defending champion but hardly occupied a comfortable place in the standings. The Dodgers were matching well against every team. Was this the best bulletin board material of all-time, or just this year?“Didn’t think about it after the moment,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Heard it, and (Maddon) has a lot of confidence in his guys, as much as I have in our guys, so it’s going to be a great series.” Clayton Kershaw, who will start for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday, said he wasn’t aware of the quote at all.“I don’t know what that means. I don’t know how teams match up,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know the specifics of all of that. So that’s great he thinks that. That’s awesome. I’m sure they need to think that, so that’s great.”Since August, some funny things happened on the way to the anticipated Cubs-Dodgers NLCS rematch.The Dodgers went into a tailspin immediately after Maddon’s proclamation, finishing the season 13-22 to extinguish their chance at the regular-season wins record. The Cubs went 24-11 the rest of the way, the best mark in the National League.But Chicago also struggled to put away the Washington Nationals in its first-round series. Maddon used seven pitchers in Thursday’s Game 5, including starters Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Closer Wade Davis pitched the final 2-1/3 innings. The Cubs, whose cross-country flight Friday took 10 hours instead of five because of an unscheduled stop in Albuquerque, figure to be a step behind the Dodgers, who have had four days off going into the series opener.center_img “It’s just this first game,” Maddon said of the impact on his pitching staff. “That’s what you have to try to figure out.”As for the bulletin-board material he might have provided in August, Maddon said his feelings were more a reflection on his team than the Dodgers.“Eventually we just started playing our game,” he said. “The defense tightened up. The pertinent hits started to occur. But primarily the pitching got better and all of that really came together. So, yeah, I love it.“Listen, you start the year defending champs, you go to spring training without the same expectations that you had the year you weren’t the champs, and you get through a tough start. Then eventually the guys start showing up. I’ll take it.”GAME 1 STARTER TBDMaddon said he and the Cubs’ front office would meet Friday night to choose a starting pitcher for Game 1. He mentioned left-hander Jose Quintana and right-hander John Lackey as possible options.Lackey is 0-2 against the Dodgers this season, collecting one loss in April in Chicago and another in Los Angeles in May. After going 12-12 with a 4.59 ERA in the regular season, Lackey didn’t pitch in the NLDS.The 38-year-old right-hander has pitched 26 playoff games (23 starts) in his career, going 8-6 with a 3.27 ERA. Lackey won World Series titles with the 2002 Angels, 2013 Red Sox and 2016 Cubs.Quintana hasn’t faced the Dodgers since June 2014, when he was pitching for the Chicago White Sox. His 5-2/3-inning start against the Nationals in Game 3 of the NLDS was the first postseason appearance of his career. He threw 12 pitches in Game 5, allowing one hit, one walk, and retiring two batters.Left-hander Jon Lester, who started Wednesday’s Game 4 in Chicago, is a candidate to start Game 2 of the NLCS, Maddon said.last_img read more

Six Nations 2019: Owen Farrell ‘is a genius,’ England teammate Jamie George says

first_imgTeammate Jamie George hailed England teammate Owen Farrell as a “genius” after he produced another inspired display in their Six Nations thrashing of France.Farrell showed his all-around class, thriving in his role as captain in a 44-8 thumping of Les Bleus on Sunday at Twickenham. George, a hooker, waxed lyrical over his Saracens and England teammate following his latest masterclass.”The bloke’s a genius,” George said. “I never see him have a bad game and that’s why he’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world.”In my eyes, it’s amazing to be playing with a fly-half and captain who is as dominant as he is and who leads from the front in the way that he does.”Owen’s been a captain and leader for a long time now. It’s not a new thing for us, but he does it really well and it brings the best out of him in terms of his game.”He’s performing really well.”Le Crunch England v France: Action & Reaction#WearTheRose— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 11, 2019England is atop the table after bonus-point wins over Ireland and France, but George says there is room for improvement ahead of a potentially decisive showdown with Wales in Cardiff on Feb. 23 after the upcoming rest weekend. “We have to be aware that we did well against France but recognise that it wasn’t the perfect performance,” the forward said.”We really did a lot of analysis. We focused on ourselves a lot this week and tried to make sure we put our best performance out there.”We still didn’t do that so an exciting thing for us is there’s still a lot to come. The important thing for us is to keep the ball rolling.”last_img read more

Quarter-cent sales tax to fund SRMC will sunset Dec. 31

first_imgJune22,825.6072,185.66 March98,071.0298,931.73 July23,457.8692,404.45 GENERAL FUND September94,975.2797,532.77 November74,797.0962,248.86 February94,605.21115,930.09 December64,707.3882,213.61 May24,391.0077,749.08 February23,651.3087,281.36 October75,847.5374,333.73 TOTAL TAX RCVD1,630,129.062,134,739.91 October101,739.9198,787.87 Wellington City Sales Tax revenue figures 2012 and 2013: August109,690.4499,013.60 MONTH20122013 January95,559.9099,613.98 TOTAL1,149,654.201,220,475.79 January23,889.9874,730.11 July93,831.43127,435.50 June91,302.4195,911.31 HOSPITAL SALES TAX FUND March24,517.7674,384.66 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are not a lot of times when one can say taxes will go down. But this will be the case on January 1 when the city of Wellington sales tax rates will drop from 8.40 to 8.15 percent.A 10 year quarter-cent sales tax will sunset this Tuesday night when the original sales tax to fund the Sumner Regional Medical Center will complete its tenure on Dec. 31.This sales tax was originally voted on by the city of Wellington voters in a referendum in 1993 when the two hospitals, Wellington Hospital and St. Lukes Hospital – were consolidated into one. That was for a 10-year period. In 2003 it was renewed for another 10 years for general funding of the hospital.People may be confused because there are two sales tax funds going to the hospital. In April 2012, city voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund SRMC. This particular sales tax was started on July 1, 2012 and will sunset in July 1, 2015. Wellington’s new 8.15 sales tax rate is broken down as follows: State – 6.15 percent. City – 1.5 percent, and County – .5 percent. The city rate of 1.5 percent includes a half-cent for SRMC and one percent going into the general fund. The county rate of a half-cent, approved by county voters in April 2013 goes toward the Sumner County Health Department, Futures Unlimited, Sumner Mental Health Services and unincorporated ambulance services. That sales tax is scheduled to sunset on April 1, 2018. December86,142.63109,514.38 So what does this mean?Wellington’s sales tax rates have fluctuated as high as 8.55 percent and this will bring the rate to a more comparable level with other cities in the area. Still, Wellington’s tax rate on Jan. 1, 2014, will still a bit higher than most other municipalities in the area, except Ark City.Current rates at other cities in the area are as follows (see all the sales tax rates of every Kansas city and county here)Wellington – 8.15%Wichita – 7.15Winfield – 7.4Arkansas City – 8.4Argonia – 7.65Belle Plaine – 7.65Caldwell – 7.65Conway Springs – 7.65Derby – 7.65Oxford – 7.65South Haven – 6.65.As one can see, Wellington’s sales tax rate is half percent higher than the other surrounding Sumner County communities due to the half-cent funding of SRMC.In a story written in April 2012, Wellington City Manager estimated that the average Wellington household would pay an additional $10.67 per month for a half-percent sales tax. Using this formula, the sunsetting of the quarter-cent sales tax will save a household $5.33 a month.The sunsetting of the quarter-cent sales tax came with little fanfare this week. It has not been a topic of conversation at the most recent Wellington City Council meetings. But that doesn’t mean the subject won’t come up again in 2014.For one thing,  SRMC garnered $914,264 in 2013 – a third of it coming from the sales tax about to be sunset. In 2012, the hospital garnered in $480,474. That was an increase of $433,789 to the hospital. When votes approved the 2012 sales tax referendum funding to the hospital jumped from $34,020 to $66,824 in one month when it went into effect in July.Using last year’s figures, the elimination of the quarter-cent sales tax will cost the hospital about $304,754 or $25,396 a month in revenue. August34,020.9574,357.56 YEAR TOTALS20122013 September66,824.3573,451.56 MONTH20122013 November99,995.7683,286.94 April21,544.0668,923.48 TOTAL480,474.86914,264.12 May97,563.99102,880.63 In September, SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez had addressed the council about the financial state of the hospital. Although, SRMC was getting more in tax support at the time because of the revenue generated from the sales tax $667,649 to $92,404, overall the hospital was losing $1,405,854 (see story here). Year end figures were not available at the writing of this story.Collins said there is no discussion for renewal of the current sales tax, but he anticipates there will be in 2014. The city council is scheduled for a retreat in early 2014 and that will be a topic of discussion, he said.Collins has indicated he would like to see a quarter-cent sales tax go toward street repair.If a quarter-cent sales tax is to be initiated to replace the one that will sunset Tuesday, then it must be placed back on the ballot for the voters to decide. April86,176.2391,636.99 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down Aziz Ansari · 345 weeks ago I am curious as to why the city got into the healthcare business to begin with. The sales tax would be comparable to Winfield or Derby if they didn’t. I do agree it is a reason new residents probably move there but it should be owned/operated by somebody who knows what they are doing. The city took a significant risk without taking into consideration changes the economy might make, insurance costs etc. We are now in a situation where many people can barely afford to pay their doctors bills which ultimately puts the burden on the city who passes it on to the tax payers. I am glad that steps are being taken to lower the sales tax because that is a very important factor people look at when looking for a new home in a new place. Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down ??????? · 345 weeks ago So we take a chance on losing the hospital for half a take out pizza a month. How many people does srmc employ? That would be a huge loss…no jobs, no people mean higher taxes anyway…how about dipping into that utility fund one time and fix the roads with that money. How many millions do we need in there? Be nice to have the city tell the locals how much is exactly in that fund and how much is contributed annually. Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Crusader Fan · 345 weeks ago A TAX like this should stay on. I am one of the hardest people on being over taxed but I realize OUR HOSPITAL needs our help. Please find away to keep the extra tax for another 10 yrs. Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…… · 345 weeks ago This tax should stay! There are steps being taken to turn the hospital around. ?????? You are right, why are people not questioning the city about the absorbent amount we pay in utilities. Last time I knew price fixing is against the law. The city has the only source of power therefore they do as they please. Just a side note, I believe all the city workers have gotten pay raises and their 40 hour work week, something the employees of SRMC have not seen in years. People gripped because the hospital didn’t pay the electric bill, now they do. People gripe because the billing wasn’t fast enough, now it is. People gripe because they need a new surgeon, rumor has it they got one. Now, we have to see if with the MANY changes in upper management, will it work! If this tax doesn’t stay we may never know. I do know this, if the hospital closes you may not think you will miss it but I would hate to wait and see. Remember in case emergency Wichita is 30 minutes away, and you will pay either for more EMS workers and equipment or the hospital. Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Love My Home Town · 345 weeks ago It’s a no brainer that we must keep the local hospital at any cost. Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Facts · 345 weeks ago The hospital currently employs approximately 130 full time staff, about 10 part time staff & a handful of PRN (on call) staff. Many of these staff members are highly skilled & educated and it would be a shame to lose them if the hospital closes. The hospital staff has absorbed many of the jobs where staff have either resigned or moved away. Remember it is your CHOICE to use the hospital for lab work, X-rays, physical therapy & surgeries. Waiting times for Wichita ER’s are sometimes as long as 4 hrs. Trust me, I’ve been there, done that. Please support our local hospital! Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 345 weeks ago And the addition the half cent sales tax built sets vacant today. Good investment Wellington good investment!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Azeez Ansari · 345 weeks ago They need to sell it though to somebody who can financially run it. My uncle buys surgical centers etc. Like I said before a government has no business in the healthcare industry. We have proved that on a much larger scale already. People that want to live typically go to Wichita because the quality of healthcare is better in an emergency. What can Wellington do to raise the quality of their services. I think an overhaul on the building etc needs to happen. If you make it attractive for investors or potential buyers there might be a win-win situation admidst. Report Reply 1 reply · active 345 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 345 weeks ago Bring your uncle on then! I beg to differ on your views of the service in the ER. If you think overhauling the building will bring more business then I think you are also wrong. 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On 42-6 vote, Iowa Senate endorses birth control access at pharmacy counter

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would let adult women in Iowa skip the requirement of a prescription and be able to buy birth control at the pharmacy counter.Republican Governor Kim Reynolds expressed support for this concept last fall and Senator Liz Mathis, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, praised the senate’s bipartisan 42-6 vote.“This is really quite a big day for the state of Iowa to do this,” Mathis said. “…I’m not excluding men here, but I think women understand intimately the issues surrounding access to birth control.”Three first-term senators — all women — urged their colleagues to vote for the bill.“As the mother of a daughter, I think that this is another layer of options for our women in our state,” said Republican Senator Carrie Koelker of Dyersville. “It helps with family planning and unwanted pregnancies.”Chris Cournoyer of LeClaire, another Republican who was just elected to the senate last November, said the bill will give Iowa women access to affordable birth control.“It is responsible,” she said. “It is under the supervision of a pharmacist and it has been an established, proven method of birth control that has worked for women all across this country for many, many years.”Republican Senator Tom Greene of Burlington, a retired pharmacist, said Iowa pharmacists have had six years of intense training about proper dosage levels and will recommend a women seek a doctor’s advice if there are any concerns.“It behooves all of us to make sure that young women of today have access to proper care,” Green said.First-term Senator Claire Celsi of Des Moines, a Democrat, voted for the bill, but expressed “deep reservations” about it, partly becauseshe had an adverse reaction to birth control.“No offense to Senator Greene, but pharmacists are not doctors,” Celsi said. “Pharmacists can refuse a woman birth control — did you know that? — if they’re ethically opposed to it.”First-term Republican Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks, an eye doctor from Ottumwa who’s a former nurse and the former director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, guided the bill through the senate. She closed debate on the measure by urging her colleagues to trust women to make this decision.“I’m going to rely upon my experience with women and caring for women,” she said, “that we’re intelligent, that we’re capable and we’re knowledgeable.”The bill now goes to the Republican-led House for consideration.last_img read more