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first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Florida man who received more than $1.9 million in coronavirus relief funds faces up to 20 years in federal prison for laundering most of the money through a fake business and purchasing a luxury car and a pickup truck. The U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa says 48-year-old Keith William Nicoletta pleaded guilty Monday to a conspiracy to launder stolen COVID relief funds. Prosecutors say Nicoletta falsely claimed on a loan application last May that he had a scrap metal business with 69 employees and a monthly payroll of more than $760,000. Authorities say none of the money he received was used for payroll.last_img read more

first_img Taylor said: “I know how it feels to lose. I think it’s important to feel those losses because I never want to feel like that again. “I knew I was down after the third round so I had to go out and put the pressure on her and try to win it clearly. The last round was all about heart and thank God I pulled through.” Taylor had dropped the first round on two of the three judges’ cards but levelled it after an exciting second in which her cleaner, more aggressive work paid off. In an exciting third, Taylor’s greater aggression was not rewarded as once again the sharp work of Alekseeva edged her ahead on the cards, paving the way for Taylor’s fine last round. Taylor admitted she endured some anxious moments in the aftermath as the Azerbaijani coaches celebrated as if they fully expected the verdict to go their way. Taylor added: “It was always going to be a close fight because she’s a top boxer but I felt I won a lot of those rounds quite clearly. “I always go into a fighting thinking the decision is going to be fair and I relish these fights where the atmosphere is so fantastic.” There was more good news for Ireland as Michael O’Reilly advanced to the men’s middleweight final when his scheduled Russian opponent Maxim Koptyakov was forced to withdraw from the competition with an eye injury. But Belfast lightweight Sean McComb will have to settle for a bronze medal after he was comfortably outpointed by impressive Azerbaijani world number one Albert Selimov. Press Association Katie Taylor revealed how her fear of losing spurred her to pull out a big last round and book her place in Saturday’s women’s lightweight final at the European Games in Baku.center_img Taylor’s four-year winning streak looked in grave danger of coming to an end as she trailed going into the last round against Azerbaijan’s World Championship silver medallist Yana Alekseevna. But Taylor defied a braying home crowd and did enough to earn a wafer-thin split decision win which takes her into a gold medal clash against Estelle Mossely of France. last_img read more

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias officially announced current interim Provost Michael Quick’s appointment as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Sunday afternoon in a memorandum addressed to academic deans, faculty and staff.Quick’s appointment to provost of the university will be effective as of April 1.“I consider this to be the most significant appointment in my cabinet, as this role is vital to USC’s academic mission and will play a decisive role in the university’s continued ascent,”  Nikias said in a statement released by USC News. “Following an exhaustive search, Professor Michael Quick emerged as our top candidate, as he possesses the rare combination of abilities, experience and knowledge that will best serve our large, complex and very ambitious research university.”Quick’s position as provost grants him the title of chief academic officer of the university and makes him the second highest-ranking university official.Quick’s predecessor, Elizabeth Garrett, left her position as provost of the university in 2014 to assume the role of president of Cornell University. Following her departure, Quick was selected by university officials to act as interim provost on Dec. 1.Quick will oversee an array of academic divisions on campus including: Student Affairs, USC Libraries, Research Advancement, Information Technology Services, Student Religious Life, Academic Space Planning, Global Initiatives, Academic Planning and Budget and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Nikias’ memorandum also noted that Quick will assume the role of chair for the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Operations Oversight Committee.Quick holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Emory University and has held a position as a postdoctoral research fellow for the California Institute of Technology. Quick joined USC in 2002, when he served as an associate professor of biological sciences in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. He was promoted to professor and vice dean for research within Dornsife. Shortly after, Quick became the executive vice dean for academic affairs and was later named executive vice provost.“In each of these roles, Professor Quick has proven to be an inspiring and tactical leader, demonstrating tremendous foresight, intellect, and resolve in advancing the university’s initiatives,” Nikias said in the memorandum.The official search for a new university provost began immediately after Garrett resigned from her position. This resulted in the creation of a provost search faculty advisory committee consisting of Nikias, 14 university administrators and three representatives from search firm Isaacson, Miller.The memorandum noted that Isaacson, Miller contacted 200 qualified leaders in academia from multiple universities and colleges. In addition, the university advertised the search for a new provost through various publications and websites. Students and faculty in the USC community were also encouraged to nominate possible candidates for provost through an application process. In total, Nikias said that more than 200 candidates were interviewed by the provost search faculty advisory committee for the position.During his term as provost, Quick will oversee the progression of undergraduate and graduate research, undergraduate curriculum and graduate programs.last_img read more