MAYVIILE – Chautauqua County officials have reported 14 new positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,393.Both Jamestown and Fredonia have reported four new cases while Sherman reports two new cases, along with Silver Creek, Dunkirk, Clymer, and Brocton reporting one case each. 130 cases currently remain active.There are currently 12 people hospitalized in the county. To date, there have been 1,247 recoveries, and 16 deaths. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It means renouncing the rights to all of their free agents, losing “Bird rights” for Jeff Green, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. It means renouncing the rights to first-round pick Brice Johnson and the $1.1 million salary cap hold that comes with his guaranteed roster spot. By doing that, the Clippers would only be paying Jordan, Paul and Griffin a combined $64 million. But, then you have to add Delfino, Jordan Farmar and Miroslav Raduljica’s cap numbers – the penalty the Clippers have to pay for waiving those players over the past two years.When the Clippers released those players, they “stretched” their salaries over multiple years, and this year, they owe the trio more than $1.4 million.If that was all, the Clippers could still tend a maximum offer to Durant.But, it’s not. In the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, there’s a provision that prohibits teams from going below 12 players on their roster, including cap holds, in the offseason. It’s called an “incomplete roster charge,” and if the Clippers dealt and renounced everyone but the Big Three, they’d be assessed nine cap holds equal to a rookie’s minimum salary – which would add up to $4.9 million.Assuming the salary cap comes in at or near the projected $94 million, the Clippers, after all that addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, could offer Durant around $23.5 million – about $3 million less than his max salary – likely in a one-year deal with a player option to maximize Durant’s earnings.If the cap goes up even more before it becomes official, the Clippers could offer more – but so would the max number others could offer Durant. If Durant were to agree, the Clippers would have the best “Big Four” in the NBA and they would have an absent “Next Eight.” Their roster would need to be filled with minimum-salary players with a sole exclusion – a $2.9 million “room exception” the team could use.And, then there’s the problem of the 2017-18 salary cap (projected at $108 million for now), when the team would have to fit Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Durant under the new cap, which would again require some numerical gymnastics.It’s why the team continued to prioritize its own free agents. Prior to them hitting the market Thursday night, the Clippers already had contact with Green, Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute, Cole Aldrich, Crawford and Wes Johnson, according to a source. Doc Rivers has publicly said he hopes to re-sign as many of them as possible.Crawford is set to meet with the Orlando Magic in the early hours of free agency, and the reigning Sixth Man of the Year won’t have a shortage of suitors.If the Clippers get Durant, they’ll have to figure the rest out. But if Durant picks another team, with most predicting a return to Oklahoma City, the Clippers’ sights will stay, largely, in house.And who knows, maybe Carlos Delfino will get a call. Without adequate salary cap space to just walk into the meeting with a suitcase full of owner Steve Ballmer’s cash, the Clippers need to be mathematically creative to land the biggest prize in free agency. One course of action the Clippers appear interested in trying to sell is the idea of a “Big Four” with Durant joining point guard Chris Paul, forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan, and fitting Durant’s salary under the salary cap.According to a league source, the Clippers are prepared to send Ballmer, Coach Doc Rivers, new executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank and General Manager Dave Wohl to Friday’s meeting. Paul, Griffin and Jordan could also end up attending, putting the “Big Four” pitch in three dimensions.To pull this off, they’ll need to wipe every available dollar off of their ledgers. That means trading shooting guard J.J. Redick and his $7.4 million contract, small forward Paul Pierce and his $3.5 million deal and third-year guard C.J. Wilcox and his $1.2 million salary. ORLANDO >> Remember Carlos Delfino’s time with the Clippers?He never played a game, never put on a uniform. It was a three-day tenure at the end of August in 2014, part of a salary-cap transaction, and because of those 72 hours, there are $650,000 less reasons for Kevin Durant to sign with the Clippers. It’s why the Clippers might need to bring a 10-key calculator and a green visor to their meeting with Durant on Friday in The Hamptons in New York. The Clippers will meet with Durant after he speaks with the Golden State Warriors.
After signing the agreement with Everton, Muhamed Bešić spoke for the first time to the journalists following the Toffees at Thailand.“I had offers from many clubs, but I decided to come to Premiership and in Everton. My dream of playing in a big club finally came true.” – said Bešić, and added that his greatest reason to come was Roberto Martinez.“Yes, Roberto Martinez is my greatest reason to come to Everton. I can play at any position the coach tells me to. It’s however sure that I am most comfortable with the middle of the field because here I can make most contact with the ball. I respect my team mates, but I came to Everton to play”. (Source: Sport Centar)
Expansion works ongoing along the East Coast of Demerara Public Road are progressing well, according to Head of the Works Services Group (WSG) of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn.In recent interview with Guyana Times, Vaughn explained that the ongoing works are approximately 20 to 21 per cent completed to date. He noted that currently, focus is being placed on the expansion between Better Hope and Beterverwagting (BV).“The contractors are working on the expansion half of the road, as you would realise, on both sides and we’re already started putting our sub-grades and our base materials; soon you will see paving commence in terms of those works,” he stated.Construction workers at Mon Repos on SaturdayThe WSG head noted too that works are also ongoing on the drainage system, with the drains being expanded to ensure that the elevations are correct so that the roads can be drained properly and there would not be ‘ponds of water’ when the construction works are completed.Meanwhile, Vaughn went on to say that while efforts are concentrated between Better Hope and BV, works have commenced in communities such as Mon Repos and will be moving down further the East Coast.“So, as much as there’s focus on BV and Better Hope, they’ve already commenced some preliminary works on the other areas in terms of grubbing and so forth,” he said.According to the WSG head, while the sand-filling aspect of the project was completed some over three years ago, some of it would have been contaminated over time when it was left there.“So (the contractors) would have to take off some of those sandfill and refill it, which is always necessary once you have a project of that nature, because you couldn’t leave the area open once you’ve started the expansion,” he noted.The East Coast Road expansion project, which commenced late last year, has a timeline of two years.Guyana has received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project and that agreement was signed in January last year.Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had tried to secure financing for the road expansion project, but the money was not readily available; hence, the Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works.The East Coast Road Expansion Project entails a four-lane extension from Better Hope to Annandale and two-lane upgrade from Annandale to Belfield with a total length of 16,998 kilometres of roads and 33,996 kilometres of drains to be built.Apart from the road expansion, the residents were also going to benefit from the project which included improved drainage since the East Coast is usually susceptible to floods.The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. This included the widening of the roads and installation of drainage facilities. The project was divided into seven lots which were awarded to different contractors.With the China Eximbank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million. The PPP/C Administration had stated that it is saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group. Upon completing the widening and improvement of the East Coast Demerara Highway, citizens travelling along the East Coast will benefit from reduced travel time and less traffic congestion.