Table tennis club budget – OTTF http://ottf.org/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:05:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ottf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T010803.862-150x150.png Table tennis club budget – OTTF http://ottf.org/ 32 32 Birth of WVU women’s sports remembered https://ottf.org/birth-of-wvu-womens-sports-remembered/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:05:42 +0000 https://ottf.org/birth-of-wvu-womens-sports-remembered/ “We picked our battles, and at that point we really had no battle,” Thorn noted. “But Leland was willing to do it, and we all learned together.” In 1975 Linda Burdette was hired to coach the women’s gymnastics team and Veronica Hammersmith also joined the department the same year to coach volleyball in the fall […]]]>

“We picked our battles, and at that point we really had no battle,” Thorn noted. “But Leland was willing to do it, and we all learned together.”

In 1975 Linda Burdette was hired to coach the women’s gymnastics team and Veronica Hammersmith also joined the department the same year to coach volleyball in the fall and softball in the spring; both were also expected to teach a full course load in the physical education school.

And, since Veronica was one of the lowest coaches on the totem pole at the time, her volleyball team usually had the small end of the stick when it came to practice hours in the fall once the basketball season started.

“Men’s basketball was supposed to get 4-7 and women’s basketball 7-9 and us 9-11,” Hammersmith recalled. “PE had the floor until 2 p.m., so there weren’t enough hours to practice before men’s basketball started.”

Hammersmith said the school of physical education paid half his salary and athletics paid the other half, but some of that amount was cut in the early 1980s when the department dropped softball for financial reasons. She took another pay cut in the mid-1980s when her teaching duties were cut.

“I took a big hit (financially) when that happened,” she said. “They decided they wanted them to go their separate ways and as my salary was 50-50 I saw my salary cut in half when I stopped teaching so it was really difficult for me. “

“Money was a big deal back then, even though we didn’t spend a lot,” Blakemore said. “It was always a big chunk of the sporting budget, and we had to be careful and realistic about what we could get – take what you can and go with it.

“I guess I was coming from the old school where you just do what you can do and you work very carefully with it and don’t make a lot of waves,” Blakemore said. “I found that I could get things done a lot faster if I didn’t make a lot of waves, but I was still able to do those things and get through them.”

“Kittie and those guys have done a really good job of getting things off the ground,” Hammersmith added. “That was probably the hardest part of it all, was finding someone to let them have teams.”

Byrd said it didn’t take long for the athletic department to accept the women and, to his knowledge, there were no major issues – or at least big grievances that had been brought to his attention.

“We were very lucky because a lot of schools had problems,” he said.

This week we continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, a landmark decision that allowed ALL students to compete in intercollegiate athletics.

The outlook for women’s sports at the University of West Virginia has never been brighter, thanks to a few pioneering women who, through a lot of hard work, a lot of patience and, yes, a little cunning, have made all this possible.

On Friday, our latest 50th anniversary feature from Title IX recalls the incredible life of Bette Hushla.

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Pfizer stops listing Covid-19 drug Paxlovid in standard risk groups https://ottf.org/pfizer-stops-listing-covid-19-drug-paxlovid-in-standard-risk-groups/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 20:23:25 +0000 https://ottf.org/pfizer-stops-listing-covid-19-drug-paxlovid-in-standard-risk-groups/ (RTTNews) – Vaccine maker Pfizer Inc. (PFE) said it was ending enrollment in a trial for its Covid-19 antiviral drug, Paxlovid, in standard-risk patients. The decision was made after a study found the treatment was not effective in reducing symptoms in this group. The drug has been granted emergency use authorization for people in high-risk […]]]>

(RTTNews) – Vaccine maker Pfizer Inc. (PFE) said it was ending enrollment in a trial for its Covid-19 antiviral drug, Paxlovid, in standard-risk patients. The decision was made after a study found the treatment was not effective in reducing symptoms in this group. The drug has been granted emergency use authorization for people in high-risk groups where it has been shown to be effective in reducing rates of hospitalizations and deaths. The latest data, however, showed a relative risk reduction of 51% in the standard risk groups, which the vaccine maker said was not statistically significant. The standard-risk population includes people who do not have medical conditions that put them at risk for serious disease and who can recover without the drug. Pfizer said the new data would be included in its next submission to the US FDA seeking full approval for the drug’s use in high-risk groups.

Data from a study conducted in Israel in early June found that COVID-19 lowers hospitalization and death rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated patients aged 65 and older, but did not. stopped serious illnesses in young adults. More than 1.2 million courses of Paxlovid have been administered in the United States, according to data from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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The real reason gas prices keep skyrocketing in the US https://ottf.org/the-real-reason-gas-prices-keep-skyrocketing-in-the-us/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 19:01:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/the-real-reason-gas-prices-keep-skyrocketing-in-the-us/ After visiting my family in Indiana this weekend, I was amazed at how high gas prices are in the Tristate and all other parts of the country. We all feel how expensive it is to do the normal things we like to do this summer. Driving to work becomes too expensive. Will we see much […]]]>

After visiting my family in Indiana this weekend, I was amazed at how high gas prices are in the Tristate and all other parts of the country.

We all feel how expensive it is to do the normal things we like to do this summer. Driving to work becomes too expensive.

Will we see much needed relief soon? Probably not.

How high are gas prices right now?

According to CNBC, they’ve never been higher.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline topped $5 nationally for the first time due to increased demand from the reopening of the economy following the pandemic and the depletion of oil supplies resulting in part from the war in Ukraine. Prices should continue to rise during the summer months.

It’s so confusing trying to figure out why we’re hitting record high gas prices. As with most things, everyone has an opinion. So what is the truth? Who or what is really, to tell the truth, to blame?

What is the real reason gas prices are so high?

Many things in the world play a part in a spike in gas prices, but it really all comes down to the economy.

You know, supply and demand. But this time it’s a little different due to the pandemic and the recent flurry of automakers announcing plans to go all-electric in the near future.

GM in January announced plans to phase out gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035 in favor of tailpipe-free electric vehicles.

– Today

In response to this announcement, refineries are very reluctant to build new or reopen refineries that closed during the pandemic if there will be a lack of fuel demand for the foreseeable future.

In addition to KFive’s reports,

Some refineries that produce gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other petroleum products shut down in the first year of the pandemic when demand slumped. While a few are expected to increase capacity over the next year, others are hesitant to invest in new facilities because the transition to electric vehicles will reduce gasoline demand in the long term.

The United States, although the largest oil producer in the world, lost 900,000 barrels of oil per day, compared to 2019, due to the lack of refineries. That means the supply is down, but we still need as much, if not more, than we ever had.

Some complain, including me, that politicians, including the president, could just tap into our oil reserves and that would help prices go down. But, the president dipped into the reserves and the gas rose anyway.

At the end of March, Biden announced a new exploitation of the strategic petroleum reserve. The average price per gallon has jumped 77 cents since then, which analysts say is partly due to a refining squeeze.

– The Guardian

What can be done to help gas prices start to come down?

It could be up to us drivers. We have to start driving less. By doing this, we could help reduce the demand for gas, thus helping to slowly put an upward spike in supply, which would help bring prices down.

More employees could find themselves doing their jobs from home.

Like during the pandemic, extremely high gas prices could easily make us live and work from home again. It’s a really horrible situation for those who can’t work from home.

Rising energy prices are hitting low-income families the hardest. Retail and fast food workers cannot work from home – they have to travel by car or public transport. The National Energy Assistance Directors Association estimates that the bottom 20% of families could spend 38% of their income on energy, including gasoline this year, up from 27% in 2020.

WATCH: Here are 25 ways to start saving money today

Whether it’s finding cashbacks or simple changes to your daily habits, these money-saving tips can come in handy whether you have a specific savings goal, want to save money, money for retirement or just want to earn a few pennies. It’s never too late to be more financially savvy. Read on to learn more about how you can start saving now. [From: 25 ways you could be saving money today]

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Best Wedding Venues in Palm Springs https://ottf.org/best-wedding-venues-in-palm-springs/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:26:07 +0000 https://ottf.org/best-wedding-venues-in-palm-springs/ Photo by Tida Svy Seductively sexy and lush, with a Moorish keyhole door that makes a grand entrance, this small Moroccan-style resort was built in 1920 by an artist and remains popular with creative types today. Across one and a half hectares and 28 bungalows, guesthouses and villas, you will find special little details, singular […]]]>

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Seductively sexy and lush, with a Moorish keyhole door that makes a grand entrance, this small Moroccan-style resort was built in 1920 by an artist and remains popular with creative types today. Across one and a half hectares and 28 bungalows, guesthouses and villas, you will find special little details, singular decor and courtyards filled with sunshine and fragrant flowers at Korakia Pensione. There seems to be a million stars topping every celebration at this one-of-a-kind property, with two pools and plenty of options to customize your perfect day.

The historic courtyard is a stunning choice for cocktail hour (and includes the vaulted-ceiling library) — this can hold 80 people for a reception and 130 guests for a ceremony. The Moroccan pool deck can accommodate 130 people for dinner, where the fire pit and outdoor fireplace make for great gathering spaces. The 8,000 square foot Mediterranean event space has a capacity of 150 for a reception or 130 for dinner, but also includes a pool with multiple fireplaces and a deck that can accommodate up to 20 people. Intimate weddings or getaways can be beautifully accommodated in the Orchard House, where 25 friends and family can sit down to dinner.

For large-scale weddings, a buyout is required for a minimum of two to three nights, depending on the season, and events must end by 10 p.m. (there are great after-party options nearby.) The event for 2022 ranges from $10,000 to $18,000 with the redemption cost increasing from $36,000 to $68,000 in peak season.

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New Laws, Lenders Improve Access to Affordable Small Loans | Smart Change: Personal Finances https://ottf.org/new-laws-lenders-improve-access-to-affordable-small-loans-smart-change-personal-finances/ Tue, 24 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/new-laws-lenders-improve-access-to-affordable-small-loans-smart-change-personal-finances/ Annie Millerbernd Inflation has already hit people particularly hard struggle to get gas in their tanks and groceries in their refrigerators. For many, a payday loan may seem like the only way to get the money needed. In recent years, however, as more states impose restrictions on risky short-term lending, new lenders have emerged offering […]]]>

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Inflation has already hit people particularly hard struggle to get gas in their tanks and groceries in their refrigerators. For many, a payday loan may seem like the only way to get the money needed.

In recent years, however, as more states impose restrictions on risky short-term lending, new lenders have emerged offering small, lower-cost loans, making it easier than ever before to find a loan. an affordable loan that won’t drag you into unmanageable debt. .

In some states, new laws mean better loans

There is currently no federal law for maximum interest rates on small dollar loans; instead, states decide whether or not to cap payday loan rates. Therefore, the cost to borrow a few hundred dollars often depends on where you live.

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In recent years, four states — Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio and Virginia — have passed laws that effectively reduce the cost of small loans and give borrowers longer repayment terms. A study by The Pew Charitable Trusts published in April found that even under the reforms, payday lenders were still operating, but with more secure loans.

Although some new lenders began doing business in these states once the laws took effect, the main impact was that existing payday lenders consolidated their storefronts and made their loans more affordable, says Alex Horowitz, director of research at Pew.

National banks and local credit unions step in

A bank or credit union may not have been your go-to for a small loan in the past, but it could be today.

Seven major banks have started offering or announced plans to offer small-dollar borrowing options with low annual percentage rates in recent years, Horowitz said, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Truist. These loans are available to existing bank customers nationwide, regardless of state interest rate limits.

Banks primarily rely on customers’ bank history rather than their credit scores to determine if they qualify for a small loan. The loans – which start from $100 – are usually repaid in monthly installments at annual interest rates no higher than 36%, the maximum rate an affordable loan can have, according to consumer advocates.

“The fact that banks start offering small loans could disrupt the whole payday loan market,” says Horowitz.

Local credit unions have membership requirements and maintain lower profiles than payday lenders, so they’re often overlooked by people who need cash fast, says Paul Dionne, director of research at Filene, a think tank that focuses on helping credit unions serve their communities.

But if you can walk to your local credit union, chances are you’ll qualify for membership, he says.

This is because credit unions often serve people who live or work in their communities. These organizations strive to provide financial inclusion by tailoring their products, such as loans, to better meet the needs of their customers, Dionne says.

“Credit unions are getting better at having the best product and not saying no and figuring out what’s the best fit for that person coming in,” he says.

Other Borrowing Options

Even in states where laws seek to ban payday loans altogether, people can find alternatives to risky borrowingsays Charla Rios, small loan and debt researcher at the Center for Responsible Lending.

You may be able to work out a payment plan with your utility company or borrow from a friend or family member, she says. Here are some borrowing options to consider before getting a payday loan.

Payday advance. Some companies, including Walmart and Amazon, are giving their employees early access to a portion of their salary as benefits. It can be an interest-free way to borrow money if your employer offers it, but since the repayment comes from your next paycheck, it’s best to use it sparingly.

Cash advance applications. Apps like Earnin and Dave let you borrow a small amount of money, usually $25 to $200, before payday. They sometimes charge a fee for instant access to your money or ask for voluntary tips. They also take reimbursement from your next paycheck.

“Buy now, pay later.” For necessary expenses, a “buy now, pay later” loan allows you to purchase an item with partial payment only. You pay the balance in equal installments, usually over the next six weeks. This type of financing can be interest-free if you pay the full balance on time.

Low interest installment loans. Depending on your credit score and income, you may qualify for an installment loan with an APR of less than 36%. These loans have amounts ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 and are repaid over longer terms, usually two to seven years. Online lenders who often offer loans for bad credit prequalify you for a loan using a soft credit pull, which allows you to compare loans without affecting your credit score.

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School budgets in the southern part are on the rise https://ottf.org/school-budgets-in-the-southern-part-are-on-the-rise/ Wed, 18 May 2022 11:17:18 +0000 https://ottf.org/school-budgets-in-the-southern-part-are-on-the-rise/ Voters in southern school districts give their approval to proposed budgets while electing slates of new and returning school board members. All districts in the region have adopted their spending plans with Owego-Apalachin, Harpursville and Susquehanna Valley among those reporting overwhelming approval. School bus purchases and library funding proposals also received voter approval in many […]]]>

Voters in southern school districts give their approval to proposed budgets while electing slates of new and returning school board members.

All districts in the region have adopted their spending plans with Owego-Apalachin, Harpursville and Susquehanna Valley among those reporting overwhelming approval. School bus purchases and library funding proposals also received voter approval in many districts.

New York State is forcing school districts to increase tax levies by no more than 2.27% without gaining the approval of more than two-thirds of the resident vote.

Owego-Apalachin’s $52.8 million proposal may have been an easier sell than others since the budget called for a zero point zero zero percent tax increase. Voters in the OA School District also gave their approval to a $12.9 million capital project in a vote of 609 to 287.

Find out how school cafeteria meals have changed over the past 100 years

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Medvedev says he is not Roland-Garros favorite https://ottf.org/medvedev-says-he-is-not-roland-garros-favorite/ Wed, 18 May 2022 03:43:07 +0000 https://ottf.org/medvedev-says-he-is-not-roland-garros-favorite/ Tennis – ATP Cup – Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia – January 8, 2022 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates his semi-final victory over Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake World number two Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday ruled himself out as a title contender at Roland Garros next week after losing his first match following hernia surgery. […]]]>

Tennis – ATP Cup – Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia – January 8, 2022 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates his semi-final victory over Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

World number two Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday ruled himself out as a title contender at Roland Garros next week after losing his first match following hernia surgery.

The US Open champion, who had surgery last month, was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) by French veteran Richard Gasquet in the round of 16 at the Geneva Open.

The Russian said it was difficult to look past Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as favorites to win the second Grand Slam of the year and said he would work harder to refine his game in the remaining days before Paris.

“I’m not playing my best tennis on clay. I know I’m capable of getting good results, like I’ve done in the past. But for that, I kind of need to be in the area,” Medvedev told reporters. .

“I don’t feel as confident on clay as I do on other surfaces, that’s why I lost 7/5 in the tie-break ending with a double fault. It’s disappointing but I had some toughest defeats in my career.

“Physically, I didn’t feel bad. With more training days, I should be ready for Roland Garros.”

The 26-year-old has reached the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros 2021.


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Loading your dishwasher incorrectly? Most likely! https://ottf.org/loading-your-dishwasher-incorrectly-most-likely/ Mon, 16 May 2022 19:36:30 +0000 https://ottf.org/loading-your-dishwasher-incorrectly-most-likely/ Sharing a home with someone, whether it’s a roommate or a spouse, can be a very difficult adjustment. Both parties do things differently in the house. The simplest tasks can cause major disagreements. Even putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher can put roommates at odds. One of the first things around the house that my […]]]>

Sharing a home with someone, whether it’s a roommate or a spouse, can be a very difficult adjustment. Both parties do things differently in the house. The simplest tasks can cause major disagreements. Even putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher can put roommates at odds.

One of the first things around the house that my husband and I disagreed on was how to fold towels. I’ve been folding towels the same way for twenty years and yet he had a better way.

I let him. But, loading the dishwasher was another story. They say you should pick your battles, right? Well, it was war. LOL

But is there a right and a wrong way to load the dishwasher?

Does it matter how you load a dishwasher?

Apparently there is a way you should load your dirty dishes into the dishwasher in a certain way. According to Consumer Reports,

The direction of the plate or bowl is important to ensure proper cleaning. The bowls go on the upper basket. Those at the back should face forward, while those at the front should face back; this allows water to reach them, according to Real Simple. Plates will be cleaner if they all face the center of the lower rack.

Are pots and pans above or below the dishwasher?

Just for my own battle with my husband, I needed to know if what you charge down or up is important. So I found the answer at Good Housekeeping.

Pots, pans and pots should be tilted downward for best cleaning results. Flat pans and trays will also fit in the bottom, stored along the sides and back of the rack

How do you organize the dishes in the dishwasher?

Although we all think we know how to load a dishwasher properly, we don’t. Reader’s Digest offers an overview of how we should load our dishwashers.

Cups, glasses and small bowls should be placed on the upper rack. Avoid clutter, which increases the risk of breakage and obstructs the flow of water and detergent. Dishwasher-safe plastics also belong on the top rack, away from any heating elements, which can cause warping.

If you’re more of a visual person, this video might help.

FYI, I was wrong and my husband was right. Maybe I’ll start folding napkins my way again. After all, he gets the dishwasher. It’s only justice.

Find out how school cafeteria meals have changed over the past 100 years

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Dale Holness’s daughter needed a $20,000 PPP loan just months after a $350,000 salary from the Florida Democratic Executive Committee? https://ottf.org/dale-holnesss-daughter-needed-a-20000-ppp-loan-just-months-after-a-350000-salary-from-the-florida-democratic-executive-committee/ Sun, 15 May 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/dale-holnesss-daughter-needed-a-20000-ppp-loan-just-months-after-a-350000-salary-from-the-florida-democratic-executive-committee/ Richelle Holness’ Big Payday Richelle Holness, daughter of US congressional candidate Dale Holness, received nearly $20,000 in COVID-19 relief funds just months after her company got a $350,000 salary courtesy of the Democratic Executive Committee from Florida. Last summer, REDBROWARD reported that Richelle Holness applied for and received a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan as […]]]>
Richelle Holness’ Big Payday

Richelle Holness, daughter of US congressional candidate Dale Holness, received nearly $20,000 in COVID-19 relief funds just months after her company got a $350,000 salary courtesy of the Democratic Executive Committee from Florida. Last summer, REDBROWARD reported that Richelle Holness applied for and received a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan as a self-employed person. Public records show Richelle Holness received a $19,920 loan as an independent contractor.

The May 17, 2021 loan was paid by Prestamos CDFI, LLC, a division of an Arizona entity attached to the progressive political group La Raza. Although she owns several businesses, records show that Richelle Holness’ PPP loan was intended to save a job.

With just one employee, one would assume that a business with very healthy incomes doesn’t need a government loan, right?

ALL BROWARD ADVICE

Crown corporation records show that Richelle Holness formed All Consulting Broward on September 16, 2020. The business was located in an apartment in Plantation. Just a month after its inception, money began to fill the coffers of All Consulting Broward.

Federal records show that All Consulting Broward received a $175,000 payment from the Florida Democratic Executive Committee on October 27, 2020. A day later, Holness’s new company recovered an additional $175,000 from the Florida Democratic Executive Committee. Both payments were made for GOTV [Get Out The Vote] consultant.

Later that month, All Consulting Broward recovered an additional $16,450 from the Florida Freedom PAC.

Curiously, payments from the Florida Democratic Executive Committee to All Consulting Broward did not use its Plantation address. Instead, campaign reports list All Consulting Broward’s address as 5523 Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth.

OMAR SMITH AND THE SHADY PAC GAME

In September 2020, REDBROWARD revealed Richelle Holness’ ties to the mysterious Stronger Together Florida political committee. On July 20, 2020, Kayla Butler filed documents forming the political committee with the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. According to the documents, the political committee is located at 5523 Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth, Florida. The committee’s telephone number is (754) 444-6117.

Campaign reports from the 2016 Broward election show show that Kayla Butler was a paid intern in Dale Holness’s campaign even though she lived in Palm Beach. According to her social media posts, Butler is a yoga instructor living in Palm Beach County.

Stronger Together Florida’s phone number can also be found in the state records of third-party voter registration groups. The number is listed for “All Consulting And Marketing, Inc.” who has conducted voter registration campaigns at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd in Plantation since May 2019.

This is the same address for All Broward Realty, Inc, a real estate company owned by Broward Mayor Dale Holness.

According to state third-party voter registration records and state business records, All Consulting And Marketing Inc. is owned by Richelle Holness. State corporate records show the company dissolved in September 2019 after it failed to file its required corporate report. The business was reinstated in April 2021.

“I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU CALL ME”

REDBROWARD called Richelle Holness to ask about her involvement with voter registration drives and the Stronger Together Florida political committee.

After confirming that she was Richelle Holness, she said, “You know you’re calling Richelle. I don’t know why you call me. After informing Holness that his phone number was in documents filed with the Florida Division of Elections, we asked what the purpose of the PAC was. Holness said: “You can look it up on FEC [Federal Elections Committee] or whatever.”

When asked if she knew Kayla Butler, Holness replied, “Thanks for your time, bye” and hung up.

In a later report, REDBROWARD revealed the Barnstead Circle address was the home of Dale Holness’ ex-wife.

State records show Richelle Holness set up Tax Unlimited Corp in 2016 with the former Ms Holness. This company was located at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd in Plantation.

Following the publication of this story, Omar Smith contacted REDBROWARD by telephone. Smith asked REDBROWARD to remove the Holnesses’ ex-wife’s name as she had no involvement in politics.

While that may be the case, members of Team Holness have repeatedly used his address for political payments and political committees. More on that in part two.

Last week, Omar Smith was charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud to illegally obtain a $215,500 PPP loan.

Richelle Holness’ sister, Damara Holness, has just started a twenty-month prison sentence for fraudulently obtaining a $300,000 PPP loan.

With all the massive campaign revenue flowing into their businesses, why did Team Holness feel the need for PPP loans? This money was intended to keep employees paid during the COVID-19 lockdown. Instead, well-connected people used the money to fill their bank accounts.

Shame on them.

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Championship Play-offs: Who will get the Premier League golden ticket? https://ottf.org/championship-play-offs-who-will-get-the-premier-league-golden-ticket/ Fri, 13 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/championship-play-offs-who-will-get-the-premier-league-golden-ticket/ The Championship Play-offs are always a highlight of the season. With so much at stake, including a cash windfall of at least £150m, the unpredictable can and does happen. This year, four clubs with widely varying resources are vying for that golden ticket to the promised land of Premier League football. Much has already been […]]]>

The Championship Play-offs are always a highlight of the season. With so much at stake, including a cash windfall of at least £150m, the unpredictable can and does happen.

This year, four clubs with widely varying resources are vying for that golden ticket to the promised land of Premier League football.

Much has already been said about the disparity between the cost of Luton Town’s squad of just £1.5m and the £113.7m of their play-off rivals Sheffield United.

Brentford were promoted via the Play-offs last season… but who will follow them?

Nottingham Forest’s squad value is £30.8m and Huddersfield Town’s is £17.2m, so they also far exceed Luton. But they are also overshadowed by the Blades, who only descended from the top flight last season.

It’s a point hammered home by the fact that promotion side Fulham cost £158m and Bournemouth £125m, also the proceeds of recent Premier League visits and parachute payments.

It can create a two-tiered environment on the second level, but in the end, these riches are what everyone is looking for and dreams of.

As the Championship play-offs begin this weekend, we get a preview of both semi-finals.

LUTON TOWN v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

First leg: Kenilworth Road, Friday 7:45 p.m. Second leg: John Smith Stadium, Monday 7:45 p.m.

Both live on Sky Sports Football

Luton form: LWWDLWW Huddersfield form: WDWWWW

You would have a good chance of it being a Play-off semi-final at the start of the season. Luton have been mobile upwards for several seasons but finished only 12th last season, while Huddersfield barely avoided relegation.

But both clubs have brilliantly exceeded all expectations and will happily take on the role of underdogs with more pressure on Forest and United.

Nathan Jones has done wonders at Kenilworth Road. Let’s not forget that Luton were a non-league team as recently as 2014 and have been slowly climbing the pyramid after financial disputes and point deductions took them down.

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Luton Town exceeded all expectations to finish sixth on a shoestring budget

Working on a shoestring budget, Jones leans on the spirit of the collective in a team completely absent from flashy show-offs.

The Welsh manager set fire to the players’ table tennis table as the symbolic dawn of a new era of focus and professionalism. His recruitment was smart out of necessity, there’s no money to waste.

Jones said this week that Luton’s winning promotion would be “probably the greatest story in football” and he’s right.

They were relegated from the top division at the dawn of the Premier League era in 1992 and went all the way down and back again.

Luton manager Nathan Jones did wonders to put the Hatters in the top six

Luton manager Nathan Jones did wonders to put the Hatters in the top six

What is certain is that no Premier League star will appreciate the cramped dressing rooms and atmosphere opposite Kenilworth Road next season, with the Hatters also hoping to use this to their advantage against the Terriers.

Huddersfield has been revitalized by Carlos Corberan, a former member of Marcelo Bielsa’s behind-the-scenes team at Leeds. His first season was mediocre, but they’ve been in and around the top six all campaign.

They enter the Play-offs as a fit side, having beaten Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Coventry and Bristol City in their last four games and are seven unbeaten.

Huddersfield also don’t have a big budget and have relied heavily on free signings, with Corberan’s coaching skills ensuring he gets the most out of his squad.

Huddersfield celebrate a goal in their final game of the regular season last weekend

Huddersfield celebrate a goal in their final game of the regular season last weekend

If the omens exist, Huddersfield have won promotion in their last two forays into the Play-offs. In 2012 they beat Sheffield United on penalties in the League One final and in 2017 they beat Reading on penalties to make the Premier League for the first time.

The Terriers only beat Luton 2-0 last month as part of their strong end to the season, but it could have been different had Elijah Adebayo converted a penalty for 1-1 with 20 minutes remaining.

The absence of Sorba Thomas, who has provided 14 assists this season, will hamper Huddersfield and a few very tight and hotly contested legs look likely.

Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan could bring the Terriers back to the Premier League

Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan could bring the Terriers back to the Premier League

SHEFFIELD UNITED v NOTTINGHAM FOREST

First leg: Bramall Lane, Saturday 3pm Second leg: The City Ground, Tuesday 7:45 p.m.

Both live on Sky Sports Football

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Two clubs with big fanbases who think they deserve to be Premier League entities meet in the other semi-finals.

There’s plenty of longstanding rivalry between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest, dating back to the miners’ strike of 1984, and the sold-out crowds will create an exciting atmosphere.

They met in an epic semi-final in 2003. After a 1-1 draw at the City Ground, Forest took a 2-0 lead at Bramall Lane only for Neil Warnock’s Blades to come back, force a extra time, then use their momentum to earn it.

Enda Stevens celebrates Sheffield United's goal in their 4-0 win over Fulham last week

Enda Stevens celebrates Sheffield United’s goal in their 4-0 win over Fulham last week

A repeat of this classic would be welcome and anything seems possible after the remarkable seasons the two have had.

Fresh from the Premier League, the Blades started the season inconsistently under Slavisa Jokanovic and he paid the price in late November.

Paul Heckingbottom arrived and lifted the side from mid-table mediocrity to a Play-off place, the season ending with three straight wins, including a 4-0 thrashing of champions Fulham.

Top scorer Billy Sharp, who has 15 this season, picked up a calf strain to add to existing absentees up front including Oli McBurnie, Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick.

This may force the Blades to do without a recognized centre-forward and seek a containment policy for much of the game.

Billy Sharp, celebrating a goal against Derby, is a fitness doubt for the semi-final, first leg

Billy Sharp, celebrating a goal against Derby, is a fitness doubt for the semi-final, first leg

The transformation of the forest during the season is even more spectacular. They looked doomed to a relegation-struggling season after losing six of their first seven league games.

But Steve Cooper proved an inspired appointment, lifting them from 24th and bottom just a hair’s breadth away from snatching automatic promotion at Bournemouth.

In the end, they finished fourth after a draw against Hull City, but Cooper did wonders not only to build a winning side, but to restore pride to a great club that underperformed for so long. .

Brennan Johnson (left) has been Nottingham Forest's outstanding performer this season

Brennan Johnson (left) has been Nottingham Forest’s outstanding performer this season

Forest have not been in the Premier League since 1999 but come into these Play-offs as favorites with their outstanding academy graduate Brennan Johnson leading the way.

He will be even more key with Lewis Grabban ruled out with a hamstring problem and Keinan Davis also sidelined with a similar problem.

As in their last Play-off meeting 19 years ago, this meeting could well turn out to be epic.

Forest boss Cooper has turned Forest from relegation fodder into promotion hopefuls

Forest boss Cooper has turned Forest from relegation fodder into promotion hopefuls

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