More Workers Are Starting Their Jobs In Debt Under “Training Repayment Agreements”

A new study finds that more workers are starting their jobs in debt to their employers under Training Repayment Agreements. Under these agreements, workers who quit their jobs or are fired within a set time period are required to pay their employers money. Debt amounts can be upwards of $40,000.

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Malaysian Police Use Steamroller to Flatten a Thousand Bitcoin Mining Computers

CNBC on Monday quoted Malaysian police commissioner Hakemal Hawari accusing crypto miners of stealing $2 million worth of electricity from illegally tapped power lines.

Cryptocurrency mining requires a large number of high-end computers or modified videogame consoles crunching data, which would normally produce exorbitant electricity bills. The most energetic crypto mining operations in several countries have been charged with stealing electricity to run their operations.

Stealing electricity is quite dangerous in Malaysia, as Hakemal said several house fires have been caused by illegal wiring. The huge power drain caused by the crypto mining operations led police to their headquarters in a series of raids on the island of Borneo from February to April this year.

Police in some countries prefer to auction off seized computers, but Hawari’s department decided to line the 1,069 computers up in the parking lot behind police headquarters and execute them with a steamroller:

CNBC noted that cryptocurrency mining is not technically illegal in Malaysia, but stealing electricity is, with penalties of up to five years in prison and $23,700 in fines. Malaysia is one of the top ten countries worldwide for bitcoin mining. There has been at least one previous prosecution for multi-million-dollar electricity theft by a miner.

Videogame enthusiasts mourned the Malaysian steamrolling of bitcoin rigs, sadly noting that such computers generally have high-end graphics cards to assist with the complex math operations involved in mining. Cryptocurrency demand has created a worldwide shortage of graphics chips for gamers and graphic artists.

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Stephen Amell & Alexander Ludwig Hit the Ring in the New ‘Heels’ Trailer – Watch Here!

Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig are ready to fight in the trailer for their new wrestling series Heels.

The teaser for the upcoming STARZ drama premiered on Monday (July 19) and it features Stephen and Alexander as Jack and Ace Space, respectively, brothers wrestling with their own lives and their late father’s legacy in small-town Georgia.

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The show also stars Alison Luff as Jack’s wife, Staci Spade, Mary McCormack as Jack’s business partner Willie Day, Kelli Berglund as Ace’s love interest Crystal Tyler, Allen Maldonado as fellow wrestler Rooster Robbins, James Harrison as Apocalypse and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a former wrestling star who now works as a high-level wrestling scout.

Heels is set to premiere on Sunday, August 15 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on STARZ.

Stephen actually sustained a minor back injury while filming the show. Find out more here

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Back the Blue Efforts Gain More Support in Missouri Legislature

Last week, law enforcement in Missouri received more support from the state government. Multiple provisions were signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson, including three bills that offer more protections for officers, people harmed from defunding of police departments, and an annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Senate Bill 53 (pdf) increases the penalty of doxing law enforcement officers, judges, commissioners, prosecuting attorneys, or their families. This is now considered a class E felony when bodily harm and death threats are intended with the release of personal information.

Senate Bill 26 (pdf) affords taxpayers injunctive relief if local governments defund the police or decrease law-enforcement budgets to the point that they are harmed. In addition, it also creates a 988 Public Safety Fund to provide officers with mental health care to aid with stress and psychological trauma incurred on the job.

Senate Bill 72 (pdf) designates the first Friday in May as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Meant to strengthen the ties between communities and the officers who serve them, this annual celebration will be honored with events and demonstrations within the state.

The impact of these measures will offer a clearer picture to other states which are struggling with decisions to defund the police. Furthermore, it re-humanizes those who work to serve the public.

Sergeant Joey Hann of the Cape Girardeau Police Department spoke with The Epoch Times about his role as a police officer and how these measures will affect him. He has been a policeman for nearly 23 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management. He is a SWAT team leader and teaches numerous subjects for the department’s Collegiate Law Enforcement Academy.

When asked about recent political tensions aimed at law-enforcement, he admitted that “The majority of society is still extremely polite and cordial but there has been an alarming increase in the level of verbal abuse and the number of personal attacks a patrol officer must experience when just handling routine calls for service.”

He described how a growing number of individuals become volatile toward police officers as soon as they are pulled over for simple traffic violations, or even when just patrolling neighborhoods. But that is not all. Hann noted that officers and their families have been targeted and doxed for answering calls to protect businesses and residents during recent protests.

He believes that these actions are specifically meant to keep first responders from doing their jobs—which jeopardizes public safety—and expressed his support of Senate Bill 53, “Enhanced penalties are appropriate and accountability is in order to keep these scare tactics from endangering innocent citizens.”

When questioned about the new law to aid taxpayers harmed due to defunding or decreasing law enforcement in local areas, he pointed out the logic in offering those people compensation at the cost of that area’s government. “If a community negligently removes vital services away from citizens who paid taxes so that they could be safe in their normal lives, then there should be a certain level of accountability for that negligence.”

The Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is something Hann appreciates, but he also added, “I personally find equal value in just the concept of humanizing the badge. Most officers don’t seek acknowledgment and don’t look for free meals or discounts, they just want to be treated like everyone else in the community.”

That reminder that police officers are people working to ultimately protect others is something he and The Cape Girardeau Police Department takes seriously. Like many precincts across the nation, they work closely within their community.

He opened up about their specific efforts, “Our department volunteers, coaches and fundraises year-round for Special Olympics. On Saturday, July 24, we are hosting a Police VS Fire grappling event with 100% of proceeds going to Special Olympics. We also volunteer as big brothers and big sisters of Missouri as mentors to numerous kids in the area, we host kids camps, offer tours, we have a very active explorers program (youth officer candidate program) we offer a citizen’s police experience where citizens can go through the scenarios we face and we are very transparent with our public information with local media and on our social media platforms.”

These programs, along with the new bills, are efforts to bridge gaps between the police and everyday American citizens. As some police departments struggle to keep officers, these relations are becoming ever more crucial, something Hann takes pride in.

He worked in many fields before becoming a police officer but also admitted, “I don’t think I could ever find as much satisfaction in any other career. I’m not particularly motivated by money and I’m not easily deterred when society turns away from us. I’ve experienced enough in life to know that what I am doing is just and it’s ultimately meaningful work.”

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Florida has ‘better sense of itself’ than last year despite 2021 questions marks

HOOVER, Ala. — With a pep in his step and custom Tinker Hatfield Jordan 3s on his feet, Dan Mullen and the Gators kicked off SEC Media Days on Monday.

Coming off an SEC East crown, Florida has multiple question marks heading into the 2021 season after losing six starters on offense and defense, as well as kicker Evan McPherson.

UF was voted to win the division last year and delivered, though rival Georgia is expected to be the media’s pick this week. Mullen is more worried about picking a quarterback to replace Kyle Trask.

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“I don’t even know what type of team we’re gonna have this year and I’m there every day,” Mullen said. “I know Emory Jones is coming back and Anthony Richardson is competing for that job with him. You look at those guys and what they’ve been able to do with the experience they have … so I’m really excited about that.

“We lost a lot of production at the receiver and tight end positions, but we still have a lot coming back. So I think you have experience there, veteran O-line, running backs obviously have a lot of experience. We’ll be a different team this year than we were last year, but I think our guys also understand that we can adapt around the strengths of our players and our system and they don’t have to fit into the team we were last year.”

With no UF offensive player in Hoover, redshirt seniors Zachary Carter and Ventrell Miller represented the team and spoke confidently about their defensive unit being able to bounce back from last season’s struggles.

“This spring was great for our defense, man, honestly,” Carter said. “The guys all spring, we were juiced every day, energy. Guys playing hard, and the biggest thing is guys coming together. I think the biggest thing about a unit is being close off the field, and I think guys started to come together more.

“You could see the cohesiveness on the field. We knew we had some things to work on this year on defense, and I think spring was a great step forward. Defense looked pretty good this spring. So we’re going into camp and looking to bounce right back where we started.”

The Gators gave up 35 points or more in half of their 12 games last year, including over 50 points in the final two losses. With more depth and a full offseason in 2021, Miller believes Florida’s defense can pitch some shutouts this season.

“The defense is coming along,” Miller said. “Having a great spring and then coming out with summer conditioning and holding everybody accountable and holding the Gator standard up, that’s where I think this starts.

“We’re looking forward to having a great year this year. Definitely, the points are not going to be that high this year, so we plan on shutting people out this year. So that’s the expectation for my defense this year.”

Despite the question marks facing Florida, Mullen said he “absolutely” has a better feel for his team than last year with no spring practices due to COVID-19. He and his staff may have known who their starters were going to be heading into 2020, but they didn’t have a full understanding of the team’s strengths and weaknesses like they do now.

“I think our team has a better sense of itself,” Mullen said. “I think that the ability to be around each other. I really like the attitude and the mindset the team has. Even in the summer, we’re not around all the time. And just talking to Coach [Nick] Savage, I’ve never asked much about, ‘Hey, what’s this guy doing or how’s our performance level?’ I think people might think that’s crazy. I trust one of the best strength coaches in America. I know he’s going to have them right.

“I’m always asking, ‘How’s the mindset? How’s the attitude? How’s the team coming together? How are guys lifting each other up?’ You walk around the building, the training room and the locker room, equipment staff, academic staff and the interaction with players: are we in a positive place as a football team? I think we’re in a very positive area.”


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A New Financial Normal

In your return to some sense of normalcy, you may not be thinking about your money and what steps you need to take to make adjustments to your financial affairs.

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Jen Harley, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s Ex, Is Going To Rehab

Jen Harley is seeking help, and revealed that she is headed to rehab.

In a new report from TMZ, the 34-year-old Jersey Shore alum checked into rehab over the weekend in Las Vegas.

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Jen‘s rep, Gina Rodriguez, shared that she “decided to check into a Las Vegas rehab facility to seek treatment for her alcohol dependency. She made the decision to get help because she wants to be the best parent she can be for her children.”

The news comes just after she was arrested in Las Vegas for assault with a deadly weapon.

The police report states that Jen’s boyfriend, Joseph Ambrosole, called the police and said that the real estate agent “pulled a firearm at him” after a night out.

In the statement, Jen apparently was live streaming the incident on Instagram to “embarrass him” and allegedly hit him in the head about 10 times while they were driving.

Jen split with Ronnie in 2019 and they share a daughter, Ariana, 3.

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Barclay Goodrow expected to ink lucrative 6-year deal with Rangers

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Lightning opt to shield defensive core ahead of expansion draft

One of hockey’s tenets is that defense wins championships. That seems to be part of the Lightning’s mentality ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft. The Lightning, coming off their second straight Stanley Cup title, opted to shield their defensive core from the Seattle Kraken, who begin play next season, and leave key veteran forwards exposed on their list of players protected in the draft that …

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