Surge in chess popularity creates drama, friction among grandmasters

first_imgChess has experienced a surge in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, but the flock of new players to the game and rise of streaming on Twitch has disgruntled some old-guard grandmasters.Hikaru Nakamura, a grandmaster who is top-five ranked in rapid and blitz formats, has been the primary target of those unhappy with the dynamics over the past few months. Nakamura has 171,000 YouTube subscribers and 254,000 Twitch followers. He often commentates over matches and interacts with less-skilled members of his audience wanting to learn more about chess. With the support of Nakamura, people who became popular because of their work playing other games such as “Overwatch” are now experimenting with chess on Twitch as a way to mix up their content offering. Among the big names involved in the crossover are xQc (3 million Twitch followers), BoxBox (1.7 million) and Voyboy (1.2 million).Grandmaster Ben Finegold is perhaps the loudest of several community voices concerned the new wave of amateurs will drown out platforms for top pros and dilute the game. “You got the d— riders, and Hikaru is the latest example, obviously,” Finegold said in a recent stream. “(xQc) and BoxBox, you know, negative talent in life. Nothing. Nothing up here (in the head), nothing down here (in the heart). … They’re doing nonsense.”MORE: Magnus Carlsen looks to extend his chess peakNakamura has continued to laud chess newcomers for increasing visibility for the game, defending himself against criticism via Twitter and YouTube.Fellow grandmaster Anish Giri — a player well-versed in online banter — has seemingly also hopped aboard the development.Lol! Great, hilarious and highly underrated show going on on @chess24 twitch channel.How about inviting big chess fan @xQc to co-commentate one of the rounds? Should be fun!🤔 https://t.co/7Y8r8XHm4D pic.twitter.com/eUH183c8dm— Anish Giri (@anishgiri) May 21, 2020Shoutout to the big streamers who’ve discovered chess. Some do it once or twice, some every single stream. Some are casual visitors to our game, some are becoming obsessed. Streamers like @xQc @BoxBox @voyboy @Papaplatte @Yassuo @nymnion Chess thanks you for all the new fans.— Hikaru Nakamura (@GMHikaru) May 21, 2020Another minor controversy, also involving Nakamura, has roped No. 1 Magnus Carlsen into the fray. After Nakamura streamed a Chess24 event on his own channel with his own commentary, Carlsen directly criticized him, saying that kind of content sharing should not be permitted. Carlsen heads Chess24; Nakamura is affiliated with Chess.com.Nakamura has argued spreading tournaments to as many viewers as possible is in the interest of everyone involved.In an interview with Sporting News earlier this month, Carlsen acknowledged chess culture would progress online and require mindset adjustments from traditional members of the community. Carlsen has not publicly weighed in on the issue of amateur chess players streaming on Twitch, but based on his prior comments, it seems he would be welcoming of the development. A relaxed content-sharing model apparently is not a shift he believes makes sense, though.We distribute the MC Tour moves widely, but having participants re-package as competitors brand in own stream is not okay. @GMHikaru #HeritageChess— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) May 21, 2020Even as quarantines dissipate around the world in the coming months, the influx of new players is likely to make a lasting impact on the popularity of the game. Chess.com is about to lean into the rush by hosting a Twitch tournament made up mostly of video game players competing in chess.How this all will shape the future of the chess community continues to be up for heated debate. As with evolutions in any field, resistance is to be expected.last_img read more

NASCAR at Talladega results: Ryan Blaney wins dramatic Geico 500; Bubba Wallace falls just short

first_imgRicky Stenhouse Jr. finished second and Aric Almirola finished third.WHAT. A. FINISH. Retweet to congratulate Ryan @Blaney on his WIN at Talladega! pic.twitter.com/GfNSc7g7mB— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 2020Bubba Wallace, the lone Black driver in the Cup Series, received a powerful show of support from fellow competitors before the race after a noose was discovered in his garage stall Sunday. He ran as high as third in the final 20 laps before dropping back to 14th because of a fuel shortage.Sporting News tracked live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from Monday’s NASCAR race at Talladega. Follow below for complete results from the Geico 500.MORE: Watch NASCAR racing live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Full race results, details from NASCAR at TalladegaTop 20 finishersPos.DriverCar No.Team1Ryan Blaney12Team Penske2Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing3Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing4Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing5Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing6Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing7Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports8John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports9Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing10Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing11William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports12Ty Dillon13Germain Racing13Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports14Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports15Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing16Corey LaJoie32Go FAS Racing17Joey Logano22Team Penske18Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports19Brad Keselowski2Team Penske20Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingLead changes: 56Leaders: 19Cautions: 9Highlights from Geico 500 at TalladegaAll times Eastern.7:50 p.m.: RYAN BLANEY WINS IT. There was a wreck behind him but the flag stayed green.Won it by THAT much.@Blaney | @TalladegaSuperS | #GEICO500 pic.twitter.com/m8YTtwY2sW— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 22, 2020WHAT A FINISH! It’s @Blaney! #NASCAR #GEICO500 @TalladegaSuperS pic.twitter.com/o0tUFuAgg2— Steve Luvender (@steveluvender) June 22, 2020WHAT. A. FINISH. Retweet to congratulate Ryan @Blaney on his WIN at Talladega! pic.twitter.com/GfNSc7g7mB— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 20207:47 p.m.: Overtime run order below.OVERTIME coming up at Talladega.Here’s your order: Blaney-Harvick-Buescher-Stenhouse-Keselowski-Custer-Newman-Bowyer-TDillon-McDowell-Almirola-Hamlin-Jones-LaJoie-Bowman-KuBusch-Reddick-Nemechek-DiBenedetto-Byron-Logano-Truex-Johnson-Wallace-Preece-Gaughan.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 22, 20207:40 p.m.: Caution. Harvick and Johnson get tangled up.Jimmie goes around! Caution is out LATE at Talladega. Get to FOX for this finish. pic.twitter.com/SVOvCXgjTf— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 2020NASCAR overtime at @TalladegaSuperS— Jayski.com (@jayski) June 22, 2020Caution!! Harvick spins Johnson!— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 22, 2020Lap 185: Caution ⚠️Wow, needed that as Jerry Baxter had told @BubbaWallace he could not make it on fuel to the 🏁— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 22, 20207:38 p.m.: Reddick still ahead with five laps to go.7:37 p.m.: A storybook finish looks like it’s not going to happen here for Wallace.”We’re just not going to make it,” –Bubba Wallace’s crew chief— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) June 22, 20207:36 p.m.: Wallace is running out of gas. He’s in fourth.Bubba is going to cycle his fuel switch and is told if it sputters, he needs to pit.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 22, 20207:34 p.m.: Reddick still holds a narrow advantage at Lap 178.10 to go.Reddick Logano Hamlin Preece Wallace.— Jayski.com (@jayski) June 22, 20207:29 p.m.: Well, well, well. This is unexpected.New leader, @TylerReddick a Lap 173#NASCAR— Chris Knight ツ (@Knighter01) June 22, 20207:26 p.m.: Alex Bowman is the leader with 20 laps left. Tyler Reddick and Logano are right behind him.20 laps to goAlex BowmanTyler ReddickJoey LoganoDenny HamlinRyan PreeceKurt BuschBubba WallaceRicky Stenhouse JrJimmie JohnsonKevin HarvickCole CusterRyan BlaneyClint BowyerBrad KeselowskiJohn Hunter Nemechek— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) June 22, 20207:24 p.m.: Logano is being told to conserve fuel down the stretch.7:18 p.m.: Wallace is up to fifth place with 30 laps to go.7:13 p.m.: Byron holds the lead now.7 p.m.: Another caution comes shortly after the restart.Trouble for Brennan Poole and Joey Gase in Talladega. pic.twitter.com/SCHySO93V1— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 2020Caution for Brennan Poole and Gase. #nascar @NASCARONFOX— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 22, 20206:45 p.m.: Chase Elliott crashes and the yellow flag comes out. He was running in fourth place.It won’t be a repeat #GEICO500 win for @chaseelliott.The No. 9 brings out the caution at @TalladegaSuperS. pic.twitter.com/7VB6FcQy3Z— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 22, 2020134/188Chase Elliott goes around. Damage to all corners. Flat left front.He’s asked if he’s okay.”Yeah, I’m fine.”He spun getting a push from Keselowski into Logano. Austin Dillon got damage in it.— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) June 22, 20206:42 p.m.: Matt Kenseth dips out.”Something broke, I don’t have any brakes.” –Matt Kenseth— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) June 22, 20206:29 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins Stage 2.STAGE WINNER: @StenhouseJr (by THAT much) edges @Blaney for the Stage Two win at @TalladegaSuperS.#GEICO500 leaderboard: https://t.co/XrLqbBYpGE pic.twitter.com/0NAmbA1rLt— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 22, 2020Top-10 Stage 21. @StenhouseJr2. @Blaney3. @KyleBusch4. @keselowski5. @CBellRacing6. @joeylogano7. @BubbaWallace8. @ColeCuster9. @Chris_Buescher10. @WilliamByron #NASCAR— Chris Knight ツ (@Knighter01) June 22, 20206:27 p.m.: Back to green with two laps remaining in Stage 2.6:20 p.m.: Caution for debris on the track with six laps left in Stage 2.6:19 p.m.: Weather delays aside, this has been a fun race so far. A whopping 37 lead changes and plenty of nimble maneuvers.6:11 p.m.: The front of the field is ordered as follows: Blaney, Keselowski, Logano, Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch.5:59 p.m.: Halfway through the race. That means the result will count, even if every lap isn’t completed.5:58 p.m.: Wallace has an NFL star in his corner.Let’s go!! @BubbaWallace— Mark Ingram II (@markingram21) June 22, 20205:56 p.m.: As we approach the crucial Lap 94, the forecast is improving. It’s possible a full race is in the cards.Radio chatter: “I think we’re good on weather for a little bit.”— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 22, 20205:53 p.m.: Wallace is up to eighth. He’d been running 15-20 most of the afternoon.5:33 p.m.: Back to green.5:14 p.m.: NASCAR is going to give this a go, even though more rain is projected soon.NASCAR is going to finish out Stage 1 under caution. Tyler Reddick wins his first career stage in the Cup Series.Others getting stage points:2. Bowman3. Logano4. Johnson5. KyBusch6. Blaney7. Keselowski8. KuBusch9. Elliott10. Byron— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 22, 2020NASCAR will finish the stage under caution. Reddick wins it.They will finish drying the track and go back to green ASAP.— Jayski.com (@jayski) June 22, 2020Drives have loaded back into their cars at Talladega | #NASCAR— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) June 22, 20205:03 p.m.: Maybe there’s hope after all?UPDATE: Drivers have been instructed to return to their cars at 5:05 PM ET.— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 22, 20205:02 p.m.: If this is called off, they would start from scratch tomorrow.4:43 p.m.: Here’s how the pre-race act of solidarity came together..@BubbaWallace on @MRNRadio said @JimmieJohnson posted in the driver group chat that he’d be standing with Bubba on pit road.@KevinHarvick then texted him and came up with the idea to push the No. 43 to the front of the grid.— Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) June 22, 20204:19 p.m.: Red flag comes out because of the rain.4:18 p.m.: Hamlin got a flat tire just before the caution and will lose a lap.Tire trouble for Denny Hamlin at Talladega. pic.twitter.com/vU8L39YBAM— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 20204:15 p.m.: Caution for weather. We were just five laps away from the end of Stage 1. Still 38 laps from being an official race.4:03 p.m.: William Byron takes the lead with 20 laps to go in Stage 1.3:53 p.m.: An ominous rain update.About 30 to 40 minutes before it rains, teams are saying.— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) June 22, 20203:45 p.m.: Pre-planned competition caution is put into effect. Logano is the current leader.3:32 p.m.: Joey Logano holds an early lead through 10 laps. He’s followed by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.3:24 p.m.: Weather remains a concern. Here’s the target for the race to count.Gotta get to lap 94 today to be official— Pete Pistone (@PPistone) June 22, 20203:24 pm.: Green flag!Retweet if you’re watching! We are GREEN at Talladega Superspeedway. pic.twitter.com/rAqE2blpKy— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 20203:11 p.m.: Engines fired.3 p.m.: Really cool image from before the start of the race. Together pic.twitter.com/D4zW3jA5y5— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 22, 20202:40 p.m.: Lots of powerful support for Bubba Wallace from other drivers today.We rally around @BubbaWallace. Fellow drivers push his No. 43 car to the front in Talladega.#IStandWithBubba pic.twitter.com/n0YwN1qq5l— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 2020#NASCAR drivers gather around the @RPMotorsports No. 43 car w/ driver @BubbaWallace #IStandWithBubbaWallace pic.twitter.com/MboXGhInE5— Jerry Jordan (@JerryJordan_KTT) June 22, 2020What time does the NASCAR race start today?Date: Monday, June 22 Start time: 3 p.m. ETTV channel: FoxLive stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)The green flag for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET.The 3 p.m. ET start time for the Talladega race is the second such start time for the Cup Series since it returned to racing last month, with the June 7 race at Atlanta being the other. The July 19 race at Texans and the Aug. 2 race at New Hampshire are the other two events currently confirmed on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule that will start at 3 p.m. ET.NASCAR starting lineup at TalladegaPos.DriverCar No.Team1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing4Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports5Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Joey Logano22Team Penske10Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing11Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing18Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing21Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing22John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports23Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Corey LaJoie32Go FAS Racing26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing29Gray Gaulding27Rick Ware Racing30BJ McLeod77Spire Motorsports31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing33Ty Dillon13Germain Racing34JJ Yeley53Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Brendan Gaughan62Beard Motorsports40Garrett Smithley78B.J. McLeod Motorsports Ryan Blaney claimed the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday in dramatic fashion, crossing the finish line first by inches as a crash occurred behind him in overtime.There were 19 different leaders and 56 lead changes in the NASCAR Cup Series race.last_img read more

NASCAR lineup at Pocono: Starting order, pole for Saturday’s race without qualifying

first_imgPositions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at PoconoThe same protocol that set the lineup for Saturday’s Pocono race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule except Sunday’s Pocono race, the second leg of the doubleheader, for which the field will be set by a top 20 inversion of Saturday’s race results.NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.As for Saturday’s race at Pocono, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing2Ryan Blaney12Team Penske3Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing4Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing5Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports6Joey Logano22Team Penske7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing8Brad Keselowski2Team Penske9Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing10Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports11Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing12Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports13Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing14Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing15Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing16William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing18Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing19Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing20John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports21Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing22Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing23Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports24Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing25Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing29Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing30Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing31Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing33JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing34Ty Dillon13Germain Racing35James Davison77Spire Motorsports36Christopher Bell95Leavin Family Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39BJ McLeod78BJ McLeod Motorsports40Josh Bilicki7Tommy Baldwin Racing MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Talladega winner Ryan Blaney had the first pit stall selection for Saturday’s race at Pocono and chose the No. 2 stall (because No. 1 was not available).NASCAR Cup Series pit stalls for Pocono race Saturday. Pit stalls for Sunday race chosen in order of Saturday finish. Would expect lineup draw Thursday for first Pocono race. Sunday race lineup is based on Saturday finish with top-20 invert. pic.twitter.com/2YtSbEsEwG— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 24, 2020Below is the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Pocono and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Pocono?For the first time this season, Aric Almirola is on the pole to start a race thanks to Thursday’s random draw. Almirola reached the top 12 in points standings thanks to his third-place finish at Talladega last week.Another Ford, that of Ryan Blaney, will line up next to Almirola’s No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Mustang on the front row to start Saturday’s race. They’ll be followed by a pair of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, starting in third and fourth.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Pocono: The starting lineup and pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, the first in a two-day doubleheader at the Tricky Triangly in Long Pond, Pa., were set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last five Cup Series races, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions.The starting grid for Saturday’s race at Pocono, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features a pair of Fords at the front of the field as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.last_img read more

Jamal Adams says after trade to Seahawks that he ‘will always love Jets fans’

first_imgNew Seahawks safety Jamal Adams may have burned his bridges with the Jets’ hierarchy, but he said he “will always love” the team’s fans.The Seahawks pulled off a stunning trade on Saturday, giving up first-round picks in the next two NFL Drafts, a 2021 third-rounder and safety Bradley McDougald to acquire Adams, with the Jets sending a 2022 fourth-round pick back to Seattle as part of the deal. It was a significant price to pay for Adams, a two-time Pro Bowler who was named a first-team All-Pro last year, his third in the NFL.TRADE GRADES: Jets grab a haul for AdamsThe sixth overall pick by the Jets in the 2017 NFL Draft had requested to be traded after becoming frustrated that New York had not given him a new contract he felt his play warranted. On Friday, he took aim at coach Adam Gase, suggesting he was not “the right leader” for the team, before turning his ire to general manager Joe Douglas. Those acts may have played a part in his trade the following day. MORE: Le’Veon Bell fumes on Twitter after Adams trade reportNonetheless, Adams wrote a message to Jets fans on Twitter thanking them after learning of his trade.To NY & especially the Jets fans:I love you & will always love you. You all will hold a special place in my heart forever. When I came into the league, you embraced me & watched me grow! We went through it all together. Thank you for the Luv & support these 3 years. #Prez Out. pic.twitter.com/1jkSMJKQNH— Jamal Adams (@Prez) July 25, 2020″To NY & especially the Jets fans: I love you & will always love you,” he wrote. “You all will hold a special place in my heart forever.”last_img read more

Two people charged for false report connected to car found in Clear Lake

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Two people have been charged for making a false report to police after authorities found a vehicle in Clear Lake early Sunday morning.The Clear Lake Police and Fire Departments were called at about 2:50 AM to the city-owned boat ramp at Main Avenue and North Shore Drive, where an unoccupied vehicle was found submerged in the lake. Police at the time said they located the owner of the vehicle in Mason City, who said it had been stolen in Clear Lake.Police now say that the vehicle was not stolen, but it was unintentionally driven into the lake by the owner’s friend. Captain Mike Colby says the vehicle’s owner, 26-year-old Jessica Rush of Manly, allegedly allowed 26-year-old Ashlyn Petersen of Mason City, to drive her car home Sunday morning. Rush was a passenger when the vehicle went into the lake.Both Rush and Petersen have been charged with false report of an indictable offense to a public entity, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1875.Petersen was also charged with the simple misdemeanors of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to maintain control, and violation of a restricted license.last_img read more

Changes made to help with confusion about federal relief debit cards

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says discussions with the U.S. Treasury Department have led to some changes to address issues with the debit cards sent out as federal relief money payments.Miller’s spokesman, Lynn Hicks, says there was little information sent out beforehand, and that raised questions about the cards.“People received these, they thought it might be a scam or it might be a solicitation. They had no idea that this was the stimulus money or the economic impact payment money,” Hicks says.He says the process used to activate the cards added to the problem. “They were asked to call a number and provide their Social Security number and other personal information — which of course we always tell people don’t do that,” according to Hicks. “We are glad people were listening and had their radar up about his. Unfortunately, in this time they threw those away and they’ve had some difficulty getting the cards back.”He says it will now be easier to call to get your card replaced through the phone system. He says you will be prompted and punch the number for a lost and stolen card and then you will be asked for the last six digits to your Social Security card. “That changed because they were originally asked to provide the number of the card, which they did not have.”The back of the card.There was a $7.50 fee to get a new card, but Hicks says that has now been waived. And he says the limit has been raised on how much you can withdrawal from the card. “People should be able to take the full amount out now instead of waiting and doing multiple withdrawals,” he says. “They should be able to transfer all the money to their bank account, if they chose to do so, and do so for free.”Hick says representatives from the Nebraska attorney general’s office and the National Association of Attorneys General joined the Iowa office in asking for the changes that should improve the use of the cards.“If they are having problems with their cards or they threw away their card — go to that number 800-240-8100. Now, keep in mind that a lot of people are probably calling, so there may be some delays here. People are still going to have to be patient,” Hicks says.He says Treasury officials said they will work with MetaBank to update the EPIcard.com website to address these issues.last_img read more

VIDEO: Comoros here for Uganda Cranes clash

first_imgVIDEO: Comoros might have nothing to play for but pride but that has not dampened the spirit of the players and fans alike. At the arrival of the first of the contingent to the country, they were welcomed by singing and dancing by their fans plus a promise to give it their best on Sunday 4th September at Mandela National stadium. Share on: WhatsApplast_img

Now Ronaldo bags ‘long-term’ 40 million euro a year Nike deal

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | A day after signing a bumper fresh contract with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has boosted his mind-boggling earnings with a new deal with Nike, the American sports giant said on Tuesday.Together the multimillion mega-deals are expected to cement Ronaldo’s status as the world’s highest-paid sportsman, ahead of great Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.According to American magazine Forbes, Ronaldo trumped Messi in 2016 with an income of $88 million (80 million euros, £71 million).There are no concrete figures, but Ronaldo’s new five-year contract with Real is expected to net the 31-year-old Portuguese forward in the region of a basic salary of 25 million euros a year.He could also bag up to 40 million euros a year for the Nike deal, according to Marca. Marca and AS, the Spanish sports dailies, said the Nike deal is for life, rather like the one between Nike and basketball legend Michael Jordan.“I have a great relationship with this brand, I have great friends here in the company,” Ronaldo said in a Nike press release announcing a “new, long-term contract”.“We work as a family too,” he added.“This is my brand.”Ronaldo on Monday signalled his intention to keep playing for 10 more years after rounding off a “dream year”.The three-time World Player of the Year has enjoyed his most successful year at a collective level, scoring the winning penalty as Madrid won the Champions League for an 11th time in May before captaining Portugal to their first major tournament win at Euro 2016.last_img read more