‘Businesses need this stimulus now.’ What a Binghamton business advocate says will happen if it doesn’t come.

first_imgThe leader of Binghamton’s top business advocacy group told 12 News that if local businesses don’t see additional federal stimulus soon that we could start to see more small business closures. She does believe there is an opportunity for lawmakers to find common ground.  She’s hopeful Congress will come up with something that gets dollars into businesses’ pockets before the end of the year. She says businesses need it as local funds are running out (WBNG) — Businesses in the Southern Tier are at a critical crossroads in their fight to survive this pandemic.  “I think this is – this is a very important topic for us, Duncan she said. “You know we have been talking to our small businesses, checking their temperature, and they’re concerned, they’re nervous but they are hopeful the stimulus will come through for them.” “Our reaction is just to figure out how to do something moving forward because businesses need this stimulus now and our state and local governments need this infusion of stimulus now, Duncan said. “It did work the first time it did carry through our communities through many months off this crisis.” Stacey Duncan has heard about the multiple proposals national lawmakers have come up with. She’s worried one won’t get passed before the end of the year.last_img read more

Angels confident Shohei Ohtani will develop as a hitter

first_imgHe might have only two more starts before the start of the regular season. Angels starters typically pitch in six exhibition games before the season, but Scioscia indicated on Thursday that Ohtani could count his two-inning simulated game as one outing. That means it’s possible Ohtani could pitch once more next week — likely Thursday or Friday — and then go straight into the season.“There’s still a little work to do, but we’re already comfortable there’s enough pitches to start the season,” Scioscia said. “Hopefully we’ll get him ready in these next couple outings.”Clean startBlake Parker arrived in the clubhouse Thursday morning without his beard. Parker said he’d been contemplating getting rid of the beard already because it had been getting uncomfortable, but giving up five runs in his outing Wednesday sealed the deal.Parker was looking for anything to get a fresh start in what has been a frustrating spring.“It’s hard not to be results oriented, but you kind of have to be,” said Parker, who has allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. “Body-wise, everything is good. I guess some minor tweaks, mechanically or release point-wise, obviously makes all the difference. That’s what’s frustrating.”Scioscia also suggested Parker had been working to incorporate some new things into his repertoire, and that might be over soon.“I think as we get closer to the season, I think you’ll see him really focus on what he does best,” Scioscia said.Parker finished last season as the Angels closer and figures to start this year as one of the prime candidates for the job.AlsoJC Ramirez will pitch in a Triple-A game Friday. With Ohtani pitching on five or six days’ rest and the other starters on four, the Angels have two starters working each day that Ohtani pitches. …Scioscia offered his thoughts following the death of Augie Garrido, who made a name for himself by winning three national titles at Cal State Fullerton on his way to becoming the winningest coach in college baseball history. “Augie was a fixture in baseball, not only in Southern California for all the years he coached here, but in Texas and across the country,” Scioscia said. “He was very well respected.”Luis Valbuena, who traveled to Florida to take his test to gain U.S. citizenship, is expected back in camp and in the lineup Friday. Ohtani is 2 for 20 in major league exhibition games, with another two hits in eight at-bats against Angels pitchers in an intrasquad game.Obviously, it’s too small of a sample size to draw any conclusions. The quality of at-bats has further prompted questions about his ability to handle off-speed pitches and to hit left-handed pitchers.Scioscia and hitting coach Eric Hinske said Ohtani is making progress and they remain confident he will be able to hit. He’s going to have to do so while also preparing to pitch.On Thursday, the day before his scheduled start, Ohtani was not expected to do any kind of batting practice. He doesn’t hit on the day he pitches, or the day after.As for his development as a pitcher, his Friday start against the Colorado Rockies will be significant because he’s faced mostly minor leaguers in his three previous games. TEMPE, Ariz. — As Shohei Ohtani continues to have difficulty with big league pitching, more questions about his status as a two-way player are sure to come the Angels’ way.They aren’t ready for any of them yet.On Thursday morning, Manager Mike Scioscia cut off a question upon hearing: “If he were to continue to struggle at the plate …”“We’re not going to talk hypotheticals,” Scioscia said. “I think there are a lot of guys in our lineup that right now are struggling with timing. We’re going to work hard to get these guys their last 20-30 at-bats to be ready for the season.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pastor pleads not guilty to molestation

first_imgWHITTIER – An associate pastor at Whittier Seventh-day Adventist Church pleaded not guilty Friday to molesting a 9-year-old girl. Prosecutors charged Misael Blanco Sarsoza, 56, of West Covina with a felony count of committing a lewd or lascivious act upon a child under 14. Whittier Court Commissioner Loren DiFrank informed Sarsoza there is a protective order in the case, meaning he must stay away from the victim and must not dissuade witnesses. Sarsoza, who remains free on a $100,000 bond, will return to Whittier Court next month for a hearing. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! According to the criminal complaint, the alleged molestation happened April 2. The document does not say where. The girl’s grandparents reported the alleged abuse to Whittier police, who arrested Sarsoza on April 5, the complaint states. Sarsoza has been on administrative leave, according to Betty Cooney, communications director for the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

Lacklustre Celtic draw in Europa League qualifier first leg

first_img silverware Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Despite the disappointing performance, Mikey Johnston was a bright spark impact The Parkhead side began to boss the game but were found wanting again in defence in the 13th minute, when an in-swinging free-kick from Vaidas Slavickas, after Kieran Tierney had fouled Andro Svrljuga, was headed in by Verbickas who stole in unmarked at the back post.Celtic, however, soon regained control.Forrest’s drive from the edge of the box was pushed round the post by Kardum – the corner came to nothing – before the keeper saved a header from Johnston, who ought to have done better with Forrest’s cross.On the half-hour mark Ajer tip-toed through the home defence before shooting straight at Kardum from 10 yards, the keeper then thwarting Callum McGregor’s close-range strike before ending the half comfortably gathering a Dembele free-kick.Rodgers was handed another central defensive problem six minutes after the restart when Simunovic limped off to be replaced by Lustig after landing awkwardly on his ankle. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal gameday highlights 🎙️ Brendan Rodgers: “I felt for the supporters tonight. They’ve come all the way out here. Probably trains, buses and everything. It’s a disappointing performance for them. They saw a goal but we have to be much better than that.” #SUDCEL #UEL pic.twitter.com/kPF8cs8ccp— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 23, 2018Midfielder Olivier Ntcham got the visitors off to a perfect start in the ARVI Football Arena when he headed in a Mikey Johnston cross in the third minute.However, Ovidijus Verbickas levelled in the 13th minute with a headed goal which would have frustrated Brendan Rodgers, the Hoops boss having lamented poor defending in the Champions League qualifying exit at AEK Athens last week.Home keeper Ivan Kardum pulled off a series of saves, notably from James Forrest and Johnston, as the visitors dominated the first half.But Craig Gordon had to make a couple of crucial blocks after the break, with the draw leaving the Scottish champions some work to do next week although they should finish the job off in Glasgow.With Jack Hendry and Dedryck Boyata out through injury, Rodgers paired Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic in the heart of his defence with the latter also pulling up injured soon after the break.Cristian Gamboa retained his place at the expense of regular right-back Mikael Lustig while French striker Moussa Dembele took over from Leigh Griffiths as 19-year-old attacker Johnston was given his first European start.The picturesque surroundings of a 6,500-capacity stadium which had seats to spare belied the importance of the match to Celtic, keen to re-establish their European credibility.Many fans were still finding their places when Celtic took the lead with a simple goal, Johnston’s cross from the left picking out Ntcham who headed past Kardum with minimum fuss. 1 Celtic took a step closer to qualifying for the Europa League proper despite labouring to a 1-1 draw in the first leg against Lithuanian side Suduva.Olivier Ntcham’s effort got the Bhoys off to the ideal start when he headed home Mikey Johnston’s cross but the defence still remains a concern. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Football News possible standings Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener MONEY Celtic wobbled for a while and Gordon made a great finger-tip save from striker Rigina Cicilia’s strike from the edge of the box before diving to his right to parry a powerful drive from substitute Julius Kasparavicius, both times the resultant corner coming to nothing.Griffiths replaced Johnston and Emilio Izaguirre came on for Gamboa in a double substitution as Rodgers tried to get his side back on track.The Scottish champions began to press with purpose in the final stages and Ajer headed a Griffiths corner past the post in added time but Suduva held out for the draw which had looked unlikely at the start of the evening. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more