Ghana defender Gideon Baah has completed a move to American top-flight side New York Red Bulls.The former Kotoko defender joins a host of Ghanaians currently plying their trade in the MLS.In an official statement released by the club’s website, the Sporting Director of the club, Ali Curtis, was confident Baah will add quality to the ranks of the club“Gideon has all the characteristics we were looking for in a central defender,” said Sporting Director Ali Curtis.“He fits our style of play extremely well and we are anxious to have him get started with our club.”Baah’s professional career began with Asante Kotoko in the Ghana Premier League before being sent on loan to FC Honka in Finland. After impressing in his first season, FC Honka completed the transfer of Baah in July 2013 before being snapped up a year later by Finnish giants HJK Helsinki after a string of consistent displays.Baah joins Ghana internationals Harrison Afful, David Accam, Kojo Poku and Adam Kwarasey in the MLS.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Under a bill the Trump administration is pitching to Congress, Americans could get a check in the mail sometime soon. The bill is part of an economic stimulus package to ease the financial pain of the coronavirus pandemic. The Washington Post reports the plan would provide two payments of a thousand dollars each to many Americans. The bill calls for the first payments to be issued beginning April 6th, with another wave of payments beginning May 18th.The ink is barely dry on a coronavirus relief bill, but one Florida lawmaker is already working on another bill. Republican Senator Marco Rubio told Fox News last night he’s working on a bigger stimulus bill than the one President Trump signed yesterday. One of the problems Rubio has with the current bill is that it gives businesses no money to pay workers sick leave.The C-D-C is detailing a number of missteps at the Life Care Center in Washington state that became the first epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Nearly three dozen deaths from the virus where linked to that senior facility. The report said staffers who worked at the facility went on to work a second shift at another facility, helping the virus spread.The president could make an exciting announcement today in conjunction with the FDA about a possible medical treatment.
FACEBOOK / LOCAL SMOKE People across the county are finding ways to support area restaurants struggling to stay open and pay staff during the COVID-19 shutdown, like Local Smoke BBQ in Red Bank. Not only is the town looking to help businesses in Holmdel, but it is also looking for ways to support small business owners who live in Holmdel, whose places of work may be outside of the community. There is now an online questionnaire available on the township website, for example, that asks respondents what they need from the public to stay afloat. That may include purchasing online gift cards or merchandise, making donations or ordering takeout or delivery. When asked what the survey responses are showing, Buontempo said most businesses are seeing inconsistency. “On any given day, their business is up because they’re getting a lot of activity or some days, they’re getting little activity. It’s not as consistent business as it was in the past,” he said. It’s been “very hard” for these business owners to predict their staffing and inventory needs. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJDEA) has presented a package of programs to support small businesses impacted by the virus, with over $75 million of state and private financial support. It will benefit an anticipated 3,000 to 5,000 small and midized enterprises through a zero-interest grant program, according to a press release. FACEBOOK / GOOD KARMA Restaurants are also supporting health care workers on the frontlines, including Good Karma Cafe, in Red Bank Some towns had already provided residents with a list of open restaurants and essential retail businesses, including Holmdel Township. According to Mayor Greg Buontempo, township employees called restaurants in Holmdel to figure out which establishments were open and what they were offering. They then composed a list of those open restaurants with hours of operation and whether they are available for pickup orders, delivery or are registered with mobile prepared food delivery applications like GrubHub, Uber Eats, etc. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and account for more than 95 percent of the business community in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It’s a quick reference guide for residents to be able to support local restaurants and eateries in town,” said Buontempo. By Allison Perrine Next, they reached out to Holmdel businesses that remain open under the government’s executive orders. Similar to what it did for the restaurants, the town found out which stores are open and listed them on the website with hours of operation. MONMOUTH COUNTY – As social distancing regulations remain in place, putting a heavy burden on restaurants and small businesses, people are stepping up to try and keep them afloat during this challenging time. As part of the initiative, announced April 2 during a county press conference, a list is now available of all area restaurants that are open for business with takeout and delivery options. It will be continually updated and is available at takeoutinmonmouth.com. Currently, it is organized by town. Residents can find their municipality, click through and find out which restaurants are open, with links to their websites. Any businesses that are open and are not on the list are welcome to email [email protected] to be added. This article originally appeared in the April 9th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. The owner of a small business himself, Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) says he knows personally how hard the pandemic is hitting local businesses. “Low-interest loans are helpful as a stopgap measure, but a lot of mom-and-pop stores can’t afford to go deeper into debt – they need clear and direct cash assistance now,” he said in a press release. “I’m glad to see the NJEDA taking this important step forward, and I know that we’ll continue to work to make sure that our small business can stay afloat during this crisis.” Most restaurants in the Two River area are continuing to serve their customers, if possible, with takeout and delivery options. However, those efforts may not be enough to keep some businesses out of debt or from closing permanently. Because of that, several grassroots efforts are popping up in Monmouth County to support the community, including the county’s latest initiative, “Take Out in Monmouth.” “This is such a great and easy way for residents to know where they can locally order takeout and delivery as well as for small businesses to let residents know that they are open for business,” said Sue Kiley, freeholder deputy director.
Brendan Urban and Bruce Silvera, including three goals, each had four points to lead the Revelstoke Grizzlies to a convincing 8-2 victory over the Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday in game one of the Okanagan Confernence Final in the South Okanagan City.The Grizz lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 with game two set for Monday in Osoyoos. The Coyotes had the best record of the regular season, posting an incredible 42-2-2-4 record.Sunday’s contest was the first of the KIJHL’s Final Four. Fernie became the latest team to qualify after the Ghostriders outlasted the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in seven games of the Eddie Mountain Division Final Saturday at the Fernie Memorial Arena.Fernie now meets Murdoch Division champ Castlegar Rebels in the Kootenay Conference Final beginning Monday in the East Kootenay City.Johnny Park scored the winning goal at six minutes of the second period and Andrew Walton stopped 24 of 25 shots to power the Ghostriders to a 3-1 victory.The pesky Cats push the Riders to the deciding game after Colton Meaden scored with a second remaining in the first overtime period to give Creston a 5-4 victory.Game two of the Kootenay Final goes Tuesday in Fernie with the series shifting back to the Sunflower City for games three and four Thursday and Saturday.Back in Osoyoos, the Grizz built a 6-0 lead — with four of the markers coming on the power play — 38 minutes into the game before the Desert Dogs were able to hit the score sheet. Osoyoos out shot the Grizzlies 40-33.This is Fernie’s fifth consecutive trip to the KIJHL Conference Final. The past two seasons the Riders lost to the Nelson Leafs. In 2007 the Ghostriders won the KIJHL title.This season Fernie plays host to the Cyclone Taylor Championship, gaining an automatic bye into the four-team tournament.The Cyclone Taylor Cup is set for March 31 to April [email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s going to take more than just a 90-point season to dethrone the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs.
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