Madison named one of America’s Best Communities

first_imgMADISON, Ind. — The City of Madison was one of around 350 different communities that recently participated in a community revitalization competition called America’s Best Communities.The competition started back in September of 2014.The city made it all the way to the finals where they were selected as one of eight remaining communities.Being selected as a finalist, Madison earned $150,000 in prize grants.While the city was a finalist, it was not named in the top three.The competition was created to inspire revitalization and growth in small towns and rural communities across the country.last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa avoids 6-month jail term by paying €543,208 fine

first_imgAtletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa has avoided a 6-month jail sentence for tax fraud after paying €543,208 in fines.Costa appeared in court on Tuesday to face allegations that he defrauded the state of more than €1 million by not declaring payments of more than €5.15 million following his move from Chelsea in 2014.Costa was also found guilty failing to declare image rights of more than €1 million.In Spain, sentences below two years for non-violent crimes can be exchanged for a fine, so Costa was able to avoid prison by paying an additional fine of 36,500 euros.Costa had apparently agreed a deal with prosecutors months ago with the option of the striker going to jail taken off the table.“Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest, and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn,” an Atletico spokesman told the Reuters news agency.Costa appeared in court wearing a white face mask due to the Coronavirus pandemic.Costa is the latest high-profile footballer to face tax fraud charges.In 2017, Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s faced a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud.However, he was able to avoid prison-time by paying a fine of €252,000 ($288,000), or  €400 for each day of the sentence.Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €18.8 million ($21.6 million) in 2019.The prosecutors accused him of dodging taxes in Spain between 2010 and 2014, when he was playing for Real Madridlast_img read more

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Ellen Showers Praises on Nimba County

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised citizens of Nimba County for “standing by her government over the years.”Speaking in Saclepea, Central Nimba, while touring the county on Monday, February 20, she also praised the citizens for the level of development they have undertaken across the county during her regime.The President said undertaking development projects is not only assigned to the Office of the President, but rather to every Liberian, including the legislature, the judiciary, the office of the superintendent, chiefs, citizens and legal foreign residents.What the county has done is worthy of commendation, because the residents saw that the government had created an enabling environment, she said.She also praised the private sector for the level of investment in the country, something she said gave a boost to her administration.President Sirleaf admonished the citizens to continue in their development path, “because everyone needs to build on your good example.”The President arrived in Ganta on February 19, and attended the closing ceremony of the United Methodist Church annual conference where she was honored for her achievements as the first female President of Liberia and Africa.She visited the abandoned Ganta – Sanniquellie road where she reaffirmed government’s commitment to reconstructing the road.On Monday, she interacted with petty traders on the sidewalk of Ganta’s main street, and also particpated in a conference held under the theme: “Partnership for Schools in Liberia.” The President applauded the Ministry of Education for the level of progress made so far in the Public Private Partnership initiative in Liberia that has seen a rise in student enrolment to over 1.5 million.Earlier in Seclepea, the President dedicated the newly constructed city hall that was funded with money from the ArcelorMittal Social Development Fund.As part of her visit, the President also extended her trip to Kparblee, where she dedicated the feeder road connecting Griae to Behwahlay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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