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Liverpool CEO Peter Moore to Step Down at End of August 2020

Liverpool on Friday announced that Peter Moore will step down as the club’s chief executive officer at the end of August.



Liverpool CEO Peter Moore

July 31: Liverpool on Friday announced that will step down as the club’s chief executive officer at the end of August.

“Peter Moore will step down as Liverpool FC’s chief executive officer at the end of August, following a successful three-year contract overseeing the club’s off-pitch business operations,” the club said in a statement.

Moore said he loved ‘every minute’ of the job at Liverpool. “I’ve loved every minute of the job here in Liverpool and feel privileged to have moved the club forward on its civic, commercial, and community operations during the last three years. It’s been an incredible journey and I’d like to pay tribute to John, Tom, and Mike for giving me the opportunity to lead the business operations at Liverpool,” the club’s official website quoted Moore as saying.

The club also announced that Billy Hogan, currently managing director and chief commercial officer, will assume the role of the chief executive officer from September 1.

“On behalf of all our staff, partners and other stakeholders, I’d like to place on record our thanks to Peter for his leadership during the past three seasons and wish him well on his return to the US with his wife Debbie,” said Hogan.

“Having been privileged to work at this club for over eight years, it is truly an honour to take up the role of chief executive officer and continue with the great work that has been done to date across the entire organisation,” he added.

Liverpool won the 2019-2020 season of the Premier League. The club finished the season with 99 points, 18 points ahead of the second-placed Manchester City.

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Most IL Dems Mum As Biden Lets Chicago U.S. Attorney Keep Digging



CHICAGO — A hush fell over much of the Illinois Democratic Party after word leaked Tuesday that President Joe Biden had succumbed under mounting pressure calling for him to let Chicago’s corruption-busting U.S. Attorney John Lausch keep his job a while longer.


We didn’t hear a peep from Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whom Lausch’s office is investigating for allegedly removing toilets from one of his mansions as part of a “scheme to defraud” Cook County.

It could be Pritzker was just too busy.

After all, the billionaire had his hands full trying to muscle in his pick for Illinois’ new Democratic Party boss from the moment House Speaker Michael Madigan — whom Lausch also is investigating — resigned the post Monday.

Over the last two months, Madigan was forced out as House speaker, resigned his seat in the state Legislature, appointed a controversial replacement only to ask him to resign and, of course, stepped down as the state Democratic Party leader. All of that came after Lausch implicated him (without filing charges) in ComEd’s participation in a bribery scheme aimed at winning Madigan’s legislative favor.

Madigan and his political associates, like Pritzker, didn’t say a word about Biden’s decision to keep Lausch around for six months or however long it takes to install his replacement.

There was no public pontificating from Democrats loyal to Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, whom Lausch indicted on accusations of trying to shake down a Burger King owner for a $10,000 contribution to Cook County Democratic Party boss Toni Preckwinkle.

Preckwinkle — who might’ve become Chicago’s mayor if not for her name getting attached to Lausch’s mid-campaign indictment of Burke — also didn’t publicly comment on the U.S. attorney’s continued employment.

Neither did Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta and former Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski. They’re among a long list of Democratic public officials and lobbyists Lausch’s office has indicted as part of an ongoing corruption investigation that has connected the dots on dirty public deeds from Springfield to the suburbs, Cook County government to Chicago’s City Council and public school system — and beyond.

Every person, government and corporation touched by Lausch’s massive political corruption probe has one thing in common: deep ties to the corrupt Democratic machine that still runs Illinois politics.

MORE ON PATCH: Biden Looks Like Trump By Firing Corruption-Busting U.S. Attorney

The only Dems with something to say on the matter have been U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, who were first to beg Biden to reverse course on Lausch, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said Tuesday removing the U.S. attorney would make “no sense.”

It’s worth noting that Durbin, Duckworth and Lightfoot neither are targets of Lausch’s investigations nor have a vote in who takes over the state Democratic Party. They also aren’t billionaires willing to part with personal wealth to leverage influence like our “toilet gate” governor, for instance.

And it’s thanks in part to their public call for Biden to keep Lausch around that Chicago’s U.S. attorney gets an extra six months, and maybe longer, to check the wiretaps for what the silent are saying when they think no one is listening.

Mark Konkol, recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, wrote and produced the Peabody Award-winning series, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story.” He was a producer, writer and narrator for the “Chicagoland” docu-series on CNN, and a consulting producer on the Showtime documentary, “16 Shots.”

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Maricopa County Election Audit Finds Votes Were Counted Correctly



PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released the results of an independent audit Tuesday, determining the results of the Nov. 3 election weren’t tampered with.

Two independent auditing firms found that the election equipment used throughout the county was not hacked, was not connected to the internet and tabulated each ballot correctly with no vote switching, the county said in a news release.

According to Board Chairman Jack Sellers, the firms hired — Pro V&V and SLI Compliance — are the only two in the U.S. certified to audit for election integrity.

“We asked them to go beyond what we had already done to ensure the integrity of our elections and beyond even the stringent requirements of state law,” he said in a statement. “We are releasing the results of those audits today so that the public can see what we see and know what we know: no hacking or vote switching occurred in the 2020 election.”

The auditors conducted source code tests to ensure the machines used certified software that was not altered. They also looked for evidence of equipment tampering or software hacking, as well as the ability to connect to the internet. Finally, the tabulation equipment provided by Dominion Voting Systems was checked for accuracy. It was all determined to be sound.

Eight lawsuits alleging fraud in Maricopa County had been previously tossed out by judges. Arizona’s election results were certified for President Joe Biden on Nov. 30.

Four out of five members of the board of supervisors are Republicans.

Chairman Steve Gallardo, the board’s lone Democratic member, said that the Nov. 3 election represents the will of the people.

“Whether you liked the results or not, the will of the people was represented,” Gallardo said. “Our equipment worked. Our people were above reproach. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 2020 elections in Maricopa County were safe, secure, and accurate. End of story.”

The Board of Supervisors will review the audits in a special board meeting on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

But this might not be the last audit surrounding the 2020 election in Maricopa County.

The board of supervisors and the GOP-led Arizona State Senate have been locked in a legal battle for weeks after the board refused to comply with a subpoena turn over ballots and other election materials to the Legislature out of concerns for voter privacy.

The Arizona Senate GOP and President Karen Fann have not yet commented publicly on the audit results.

The Senate would like to do an audit of its own and conduct a hand-count of all ballots. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is set to hear the case in the coming weeks. The Senate is looking for another independent firm for their audit.

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105-Year-Old Living On Prayers And Gin-Soaked Raisins



LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ — Lucia DeClerck has had a lot to celebrate in recent weeks, including turning 105 years old.

But in addition to being the oldest resident at Mystic Meadows Rehab and Nursing Center, DeClerck is also a coronavirus survivor. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 25, the same day she celebrated her most recent birthday, facility Administrator Michael Neiman told Patch. The diagnosis came a day after she received her second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Despite testing positive, DeClerck has bounced back and has returned to being her amazing self, needing just two weeks to recover with her bout with COVID-19, Neiman said.

“It’s amazing,” Neiman told Patch. “She’s alert and oriented. She can have a conversation with you about anything.”

In addition to her ever-present rosary beads, DeClerck also has another secret to long life, according to The New York Times, which reported that the New Jersey woman has eaten nine gin-soaked raisins as part of her daily regimen.

She has taken her daily dose for much of her life, the Times reported, as part of a routine that includes brushing her teeth with baking soda and drinking aloe juice straight from the container.

But DeClerck — who attends Mass weekly and for whom the staff refers to the facility’s chapel as “Lucia’s Chapel” — doesn’t go without the raisins soaked in alcohol.

“Fill a jar,” she told the newspaper. “Nine raisins a day after it sits for nine days.”

DeClerck also has a fan in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who praised her in a briefing after a phone conversation with the state’s oldest living resident.

Like everyone around her, Murphy was amazed at DeClerck’s tenacity and everything she has lived through — including her recent bout with the coronavirus.

“This woman has lived through the Spanish Flu, COVID-19, two world wars, and God knows what else in between,” Murphy said Monday. “What an uplifting conversation.”
The Latest

A third coronavirus vaccine candidate took a step toward possible emergency use authorization on Wednesday after an analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found it provides strong protection against severe disease and death caused by COVID-19.

The one-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson was found to have a 72 percent overall efficacy rate in the United States, according to a New York Times report. The vaccine also showed 86 percent efficacy against severe forms of COVID-19 in the United States, and 82 percent against severe disease in South Africa.

The FDA is scheduled to meet Friday to decide whether to give emergency-use authorization to Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Authorization could come as soon as Saturday, the Times reported.

Once emergency use authorization is granted, Johnson & Johnson said the company is ready to deliver doses to more than 20 million Americans by the end of March.

As of Wednesday, more than 65 million people doses of the vaccines have been administered across the United States, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, the CDC is expected to release guidance about how restrictions will change for Americans once they have been fully vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Tuesday.

Although Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he expects the recommendations soon, he doesn’t know a precise date of release.

“I will be able to answer the logical questions that people are asking about that,” Fauci told CNN. “I agree, they’re questions that we need to answer pretty soon because more and more people are going to be vaccinated, every single day there’ll be more and more people, and they’re going to be asking that question.”

The CDC has already said that vaccinated people do not need to follow the same 10-day quarantine recommendations as others if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

As Congress continues to negotiate additional virus relief for Americans, more than 150 senior executives from some of America’s largest companies have lined up behind President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

“Previous federal relief measures have been essential, but more must be done to put the country on a trajectory for a strong, durable recovery,” the executives wrote in the letter addressed to bipartisan congressional leaders that will be sent Wednesday. “Congress should act swiftly and on a bipartisan basis to authorize a stimulus and relief package along the lines of the Biden-Harris administration’s proposed American Rescue Plan.”

Among those signed onto the letter are David Solomon, chairman and chief executive officer at Goldman Sachs; Stephen Schwartzman, the chairman and CEO of Blackstone; Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google; John Zimmer, the co-founder and president of Lyft; Brian Roberts, the chairman and CEO of Comcast; and John Stankey, the CEO of AT&T.
Newest Numbers

As of midday Wednesday, the United States had reported more than 28.2 million cases and nearly 503,300 deaths from COVID-19-related illnesses, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

At least 2,240 deaths and 69,982 new cases of coronavirus had been reported in the United States on Tuesday, according to a Washington Post database. The Post’s reporting shows that over the past week, new reported cases have fallen 19.5 percent, new reported deaths have fallen 15.5 percent and COVID-19-related hospitalizations have fallen 13.2 percent.

More than 82.1 million vaccine doses have been distributed and more than 65 million administered in the United States as of Wednesday, according to the CDC. More than 44.5 million people have received one dose, and nearly 19.9 million have received two.

Currently, 55,058 people are hospitalized with a coronavirus-related illness in the United States, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

As of Wednesday, 27 states and U.S. territories remained above the positive testing rate recommended by the World Health Organization to safely reopen. To safely reopen, the WHO recommends states remain at 5 percent or lower for at least 14 days.

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