Chautauqua County Health Officials Gives Coronavirus Update

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County health officials say as of noon Monday there remain no confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus in the county, although four people are in precautionary quarantine.The newly formed Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response team is meeting daily to evaluate and respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. The team is made up of local public health and emergency response professionals.The COVID-19 Response team expects to provide updates to local media at approximately 4 p.m. daily. WNYNewsNow will provide coverage.The team says the best ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to: Wash your hands often with soap and waterCough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and throw it awayPractice social distancing – try to keep at least 6 feet between you and another personStay home and avoid others if you are illIf residents have symptoms including fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing call your healthcare provider, and they will give you appropriate guidance.Only call 911 if you are having a medical emergency.The best ways to keep yourself healthy are to:ExerciseEat healthyGet enough sleepQuit smokingGet a flu shotGet a pneumonia shotChautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel also requests that if the public needs to conduct business at any Chautauqua County Government offices that they please call beforehand to see if their transaction can be handled over the phone, online, or by mail to help with social distancing to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Los Zetas Draws New Smuggling Routes Through Belize

first_img In the coastal town of Punta Gorda, a white, twin-engine airplane — larger than the planes usually used for domestic flights in Belize — landed right in the middle of Southern Highway. Authorities discovered a nearby truck with about 500 gallons of jet fuel. The plane had stopped in Belize to refuel, but since its wings were slightly damaged upon landing, the Beechcraft Super King Air wasn’t able to take off and the crew abandoned it, police said. The crew left behind a cargo of 2,600 kilograms of Colombian cocaine. Local police said it was the biggest drug bust in Belize’s history. That was back in November. Since then, things have only gotten worse for Belize, which once enjoyed fame as the world’s top diving spot. Homicide rates are skyrocketing, and Los Zetas is making Belize its smuggling route of choice, police said. “The open waterways pose many challenges for Belize’s small population and meager resources,” said Police and Public Safety Minister Dough Singh. With barely 330,000 people inhabiting a country larger than El Salvador, Belize has a chronic need for aerial support and radio detection equipment, he said. “The result is that large amounts of drugs may be traversing Belize en route to the United States.” The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in a recent study on murder rates, noted that “Mexico’s struggle has attracted a lot of attention, with much less falling on an area far more threatened: Central America. As maritime interdiction has increased and Mexico itself has become far more contested, a growing share of cocaine headed northward is passing through northern Central America, including El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize.” Last year, the country reported a homicide rate of 41.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the UNODC study. Singh said police and the Belize Defense Force are planning to establish a Joint Operation Center and an Intelligence Fusion Center to better coordinate their activities and the flow of intelligence. Another initiative consists of opening forward operating bases near the country’s border with Mexico. By Dialogo November 07, 2011 Belize, a hub for meth Belize not only has seen increases in cocaine trafficking, but also in marijuana and in precursor chemicals en route to Mexico as well. In 2010, Belize seized 97 metric tons of marijuana, in comparison to the 291 kilos confiscated the year before. Noteworthy, said Sánchez, are the recurring attempts to introduce loads of pseudoephedrine in the country. “It was relatively unknown until 2008,” he said. From that point on, port authorities regularly found shipments coming from China and other Asian countries via Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain. In Belize, it is illegal to import any medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, which can be chemically combined with other substances to produce methamphetamine or crystal meth. “We recognize that we face a regional challenge,” Singh said. “As such, we must engage with our regional partners in finding a regional solution.” Los Zetas operates in Belize Recent drug and weapons seizures near Belize’s northern border with Mexico show that Los Zetas and other Mexican and Colombian drug-trafficking organizations are drawing new smuggling routes through the sparsely populated nation. In November 2010, Guatemalan drug lord Otoneil Turcios Marroquín, with alleged links to Los Zetas, was captured in Belize and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He had been sought by the United States since 2003 for allegedly smuggling 1,600 kilos of cocaine, which were subsequently distributed on the streets of New York. After Los Zetas perpetrated a massacre in a farmhouse in Petén, Guatemala, earlier this year, Guatemalan authorities reported that a four-wheel-drive vehicle with Belize license plates had been used by its members and found in the ranch. Police said the diplomatic vehicle had been stolen from a Guatemalan driver assigned to an outpost of the Organization of American States along Guatemala’s border with Belize. Stories of drug-toting tourists are not uncommon in Belize. More than a few backpackers have been found with packs of cannabis in their pants pockets. “Many have been arrested for openly smoking marijuana on the keys such as San Pedro and Caye Caulker,” said Belize News 5 analyst José Sánchez. “They think it’s OK.” The biggest concern, of course, is for the larger amounts of hard drugs that are passing by undetected. Belize has 450 keys, most of them uninhabited. Several loads of pseudoephedrine have disappeared from the port in Belize City. All attempts to hold somebody accountable for the theft have failed, said Sánchez. In early October, three Customs officers were acquitted of two counts of forgery in relation to the disappearance of a container of pseudoephedrine tablets in September 2008. The Comptroller of Customs also has been under attack for cracking down on drug trafficking. In March 2009, a live grenade was thrown onto the third-floor balcony of the home of Gregory Gibson, who had earlier received several death threats. “It is widely speculated that because the Customs Department was determined to halt pseudoephedrine shipments, neighboring cartels hired local thugs to throw a grenade at the Comptroller of Customs as a warning,” Sánchez said. The influx of illicit substances has meant an increase in the country’s crime rate. “Murder is at an all-time high,” said Singh. “Drug activities have certainly contributed to this increase.” The UNODC report corroborates Singh’s statement, noting that “the murder rates in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize are three to five times higher than in Mexico, and both the economy and the state are far less robust and resilient.” no coment unfortunate news, but right on time since I plan to visit your country very soon. is not suitable for tourism to arrest backpackers that keep on smoking marihuana. THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS IS NOT SURPRISING BECAUSE WE ARE CLOSE TO DIFFICULT AND VERY COMPLICATED TIMES, BELIZE IS VERY NICE AND QUIET, BUT WITH THIS I THINK IT WILL LOSE A BIT OF FAME; THAT IS UNFORTUNATE…HOPEFULLY IT WILL OVERCOME THIS AND BE ALL RIGHT. los zetas are motherf…s of vegas and I am fredy from chiantla EVERY PROBLEM OF THE BIGGEST DRUG CONSUMER COUNTRY REACHES OUR BROTHER COUNTRIES; I REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND, IF THEY ARE COMING OUT OF A ECONOMIC RECESSION, WHY DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY ON DRUGS, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. see this is really good article It is not uncommon what is happening in Belize since it borders with Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, it is affected by the same ills, and as in a Greek tragedy, our countries put the dead and the addicts in North America continue taking drugs crazily. We would like to see the Obama Administration fighting in these territories with more decision; and this takes me to the question why Americans (USA) do not install radio detection in Central America to reduce the transfer of drugs to the region as a transit point to the North. I feel sorry for these countries where only the settlers are the ones affected. Many countries want to eradicate the drug but it is only a matter of time and then they are back again. Those agencies that are in the country are only a façade, because they do nothing for the citizens. As a Guatemalan I think that it was time that the Government of Guatemala demanded from the U.S. Government a better compensation for the confiscating drugs flowing through our territory.The little help they give us does not compensate Guatemala’s effort in resolving a problem that is not ours. los zetas are a scourge that governments don’t want to exterminate and it is not difficult to eliminate them What we feel as citizens of any country dominated by gangs, who have excelled with drug trafficking, is sadness and the help of the USA, is to some extent ridiculous, but this happens to us because we have had so many many previous corrupt governments. They allow everything if it favors their well being. We hope that the current Government will be different if not we no longer bear it. We pray for our Guatemala so that not only bad things continue happening to us. Drug traffickers are damaging property. Formerly, the landlords ere feared, with their capital they bought the land humiliating their inhabitants. Then, the internal wars that faced to the army with the guerrillas, and none of that was as nefarious as now with the narcos grabbing what the capitalists bought and because of their weapons and their violence it seems that there is little power to cope with them. Plus all that, our ecological heritage is also threatened. We must support every proposal that can contribute to eradicating the narcos. Expressing our refusal is something already. Saying nothing is allowing… IT IS TRUE THAT THEY ARE USING OUR COUNTRY AS A CORRIDOR FOR DRUGS BUT THANK GOD WE HAVE NOT BEEN VERY AFFECTED YET AS CITIZENS HERE IN BELIZE. AS A BELIZE CITIZEN, I HOPE THAT THE SITUATION WILL IMPROVE WITH THE HELP OF THE AUTHORITIES Of course that in the United States there must be major drug distributors, however I would like to see in the news that foe once one of them is arrested. It is fine that the President of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina has brought into the debate alternative ways of combating this scourge. Unfortunately, this was handed to the OAS, which as everyone knows, is only able to respond to special interests and not precisely to the interests of the Member States. It is a sad institution. The day this institution truly responds to our interests, the matter will change. It is necessary to put pressure on U. S.policy so they can allocate sufficient resources for the fight against the worst scourge that humanity has had in recent times: drug trafficking, murder, and terrorism. It is an unequal war with the bandits, so technology, a lot of equipment and training is needed. It is necessary to put pressure on the U.S. politics in order for them to allocate sufficient resources for the fight against the worst scourge that humanity has had in recent times: drug trafficking, murder, and terrorism. It is an unequal war with the bandits, technology, a lot of equipment and training is needed.. We need that the President holds firm control of the country because they are invading Guatemala Those who love our land always strive to keep it clean. I am sure that the Belizeans will do the same thing. This is the land of my grandpa, Germán Paz. I have always wanted to visit this beautiful country of dreams and charms of islands and clear water. Los zetas have taken over the municipality of Ixcan, because the guys have the people selling smuggled fuel, they are the zeta’s ears. Also there are two men who are lenders that make money-laundering with most of the sellers of the municipality of Ixcan Quiche. Where are the authorities if the police are accomplices THERE IS NO NEED TO burn it, just charge a tax for the corresponding passing and that’s it. Well it is time for all the countries of the area in an integrated fashion combat this practice of taking the life of the people of the so-called small countries. England and the United States now have the opportunity to join with Mexico and the entire area of C.A.to exterminate this scourge of drug trafficking, wherever it comes from. No more individual struggles, we must deal with it as a region and support the process of decriminalization that is just being discussed. See, it´s pure shit, during more than 10 years tons of drugs are passing through Belize, and the Government looks the other way, all the guys that go to Belize say the same thing, then Belize is very poor, only has a population equal to jalapa and then they willingly cover the zetas, and give them a lot of money, plus Belizeans do not work, they are lazy and like easy money THE TRUTH IS THAT ALL LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN INVADED BY THIS DRUG TRAFFICKING…. BUT ALSO SOME FROM THE GUERRILLAS…. WHAT CAN WE DO Berro damaged them the little route, okay. Belize is very nice to have it as a route… The U.S. route that directly reaches the United States. Unfortunately this business is like this thanks to senior authorities that are bribed or that take part in the shipments to earn more money as long as they can. I trust God that some day the consumption of drugs ends. It is a huge damage to the people. Guatemala and Belize have to walk together towards development. Belize is not to blame, I am a Salvadoran and here we are very badly, but if those dogs believe that smuggling drugs is beautiful, that they are going to come and make our lives worse. Stop it. WHY DO YOU TORMENT DECENT PEOPLE? I know the city of Belize and elsewhere, and the truth that they are very nice, not only to visit, but to live. I liked their laws and at the moment I do not know if they still have the gallows as death penalty. If it is still so, what are they waiting to hang them in public square to both crime narco promoters and other crimes. Send the Inhuman Rights defenders in a tube and keep the tranquility of their people, which is the most important thing They should not chase the backpackers, but to the petty drug traffickers of the sayache cartel who are responsible for the sponsorship of the trafficking that the zetas have in that area. In Belize city marijuana has been smoked during many years without censorship, even in central park. the U.S. must INCULCATE in schools information programmes to the children to avoid potential consumers and not only focus on hunting fortunes of the drug barons. This is a complex problem which must be resolved immediately because this diabolical vice is killing many young people and children and it is seriously affecting the economy of the people that do want to work and are blackmailed by those vandals. I do not understand if the authorities of the United States are not corrupt, how drugs are distributed in the United States. Maybe they don’t realize the movements of these business magnates. Latin America is undergoing the same process of the employees of soft drinks factories, either pepsi coca, or coca cola. The employees are fighting for market positioning and the owners are the same ones. I consider that when drugs enter the U.S., among us there are some little gringos that are in power that support this business. They don’t allow those people to work without complications, just charge them a tax for that business to flow better and avoid so many massacres. Central America should adopt the free drug transit law, and let it cross to Mexico and that country must decide what to do with it. Mexico sends assassins and thugs to train youth gangs of Central America,it would be better if they stay to fight in Mexico. We can understand drug addiction as a disease which consists of addiction or dependence on certain toxic substances to our body, which affect in varying degrees our central nervous system, the judgment capacity and the perception of the environment that surrounds us, but what we do not understand is what our authorities do about it… AND WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF BELIZE BECOMES A GUATEMALAN TERRITORY… OK, I THINK THAT THE PROBLEM WOULD BE THE SAME BECAUSE IT DOES NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO COMBAT SUCH ATROCITY But if in Belize there has always been drugs, just take a stroll through Orange Street or George Street to see the precarious condition of the people there. I have lived in Belize, not everyone is an idler as the above comment states. There are exceptions as in every country. The truth is that if the U.S.were not the largest consumer there wouldn’t be such a huge demand seen in the drug market. It is time to unite efforts and put ideological or political differences aside and strive to make our country a better place to live. I REALLY DON’T KNOW IF IN THE U.S. THEY CAPTURE LOCAL DRUG DEALERS, SINCE I IMAGINE THAT AS IN LATIN AMERICA, THERE HAS TO BE LOCAL CAPOS IN THE VARIOUS COUNTIES, RESIDENTIAL COLONIES, LOCATIONS, ETC. THAT THE DEA HAS LOCATED… BUT THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE CAUGHT, ARE THEY TRIED AND CONVICTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING? Hello, the drug trafficking issue is delicate and covers many social levels, which makes it difficult to control. The first thing I consider ridiculous is to criminalize certain substances and not others, such as tobacco and alcohol, which kill far more people than other drugs. The degree of culture is also important to determine the use of the drug and not the abuse. I want to say with this that the drug itself is not bad, but the problem is the bad use that man makes of it, as with almost everything else. And let’s not talk about the widespread corruption that extends from the citizen that sees an opportunity to grow by connecting with the narcos to politicians, police and other social actors who accept money foe looking the other way. It is a sad and very complex issue and as they say, the United States should make a mea culpa because if it were not for the consumption of their society, the narcos would not have nowhere near the power and money they handle today. This is everybody’s problem, and we need everyone’s commitment to succeed! Greetings from Montevideo, Uruguay!! The drug business is the result of the same wrong criminal policies of the people, because earlier in South America transfers were made without intermediaries. By increasingly controlling through repressions, they now ship from their doors, in order that the ones that make the movements, tbe Central Americans, Mexicans and others, transforming them in armed groups with great power to corrupt authorities of each country; after being corrupted, authorities become part of the problem. This creates an arms industry, technology of international companies that their business is that there are these criminal groups, so it is a circle, that if it is not broken, it will be impossible to finish with this. It is estimated that the drug is the third industry of the world. Why is? Because it is a business. It is important to eliminate the prices of this product, and this only can be made through the legalization or regulation. This way it will affect the economy of these people and there won’t exist large utilities, so it will break the interest and criminal circle, the risks will not be taken into account. We must think of what strategies to follow. Let us not have generations of apathy without doing anything. Wake up both Latin America and United States. Where can I contact los zetas, because they are giving work to many people and in El Salvador there is no work, and if you begin a business you are blackmailed by the gang members. Please, this is my twitter. I have a good knowledge of weapons because I belonged to the army, and now I am a war veteran. Once in a digital media Hillary Clinton was asked why USA did not legalize drugs, and as a good kingpin, the director of the foreign policy of the Empire answered that it could not be legalized because there was a lot of money at stake… draw you the consequences. It is suspected that insofar as USA increases its military presence in the region, drug trafficking in the region increases… and in Afghanistan, what happened to opium cultivation, it soared to unsuspected levels since the increase of the gringo military presence in that part of Asia. We do not trust the gringos at all. seeing the situation that Belize is going through, the aid of other neighbor countries or countries with more experience is necessary to deal with drug traffickinglast_img read more

Are we heading for another housing crisis?

first_imgTen years ago, a storm was brewing in the housing market.Lenders were handing out mortgages seemingly to anyone who applied, and in many cases, borrowers weren’t asked for documentation to prove income. Some institutions rolled out adjustable-rate mortgages that featured teaser rates and were marketed to consumers as loans that could be easily refinanced before the interest rate was scheduled to reset and send payments into the stratosphere.As buyers clamored for homes, prices surged. But then the economy slowed and the bottom fell out of the housing market. Homeowners were unable to make payments, and sagging values made refinancing or selling impossible. The market crashed in what is widely considered one of the worst recessions to hit the country.While the economy and home prices have both rebounded, some people have expressed concern we are headed for a repeat housing bubble. As of January 2016, home prices were rising at a rate twice that of inflation, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.What’s more, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have unveiled programs to allow first-time homebuyers to make a purchase with only 3 percent down. Plus, some lenders are using alternate credit scores, which may make loans available to those who can’t get one under conventional credit scoring methods. Together, these factors may signal danger ahead. “I wouldn’t discount it,” says John Harrell, a vice president at USAA Bank, about the possibility of another housing crisis. “But I don’t see it as an imminent threat.” continue reading » 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nazi ‘Gold Train’ Discovered In Poland

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Polish government official confirmed Aug. 28 that an armored WWII-era Nazi ‘ghost’ train that went missing in 1945—rumored to be laden with looted gold, precious jewels, art and other treasures—has been located, hidden underground within the southwestern city of Wałbrzych.Though declining to provide the exact location of the find or speculate on its cargo, Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski told reporters at a press briefing in Warsaw that he had viewed geo-radar imaging of the more than 100-meter-long train, and that its discovery was the result of a deathbed confession of a person who helped hide it, according to The Irish Times.“This is an absolutely unprecedented situation,” he told the paper. “There is a very high, over 99-percent, probability that this train exists.”Zuchowski declined to identify the person who made the deathbed confession, but added that the government would attempt to dig out the train following military engineers securing the area, the paper reports.The Telegraph states the train was pinpointed using ground-penetrating radar photography. The BBC reports such imagery reveals the train is equipped with gun turrets. The Nazi ‘ghost’ or ‘gold’ train, as it’s been dubbed, has fueled imaginations and local folklore since it supposedly vanished in 1945, though there has never been official documents unearthed even proving its existence. As legend goes, as the Red Army advanced against the Nazis in the waning days of World War II, the train and its fabled cargo of more than 400 tons of gold, gems and unknown treasures (worth tens of billions today) went missing somewhere near Wałbrzych’s ancient 13th-century Książ Castle, which was taken over by the Germans and used as a headquarters for the Nazis. In 1943, the occupying forces began forcing an estimated 13,000 prisoners to carve a vast network of tunnels within the nearby Owl Mountains in operation called Project Riese.Countless lost their lives during the construction of these tunnels, which remain in various stages of completion—some present-day tourist attractions.Though there have been many attempts to locate the fabled train and its rumored hordes of gold throughout the last half-century, none have been successful. The recent finding comes on the heels of news reports earlier this month that two treasure hunters—a Pole and a German—had contacted local authorities through an attorney and claimed they’d discovered the train. They reportedly sought a 10-percent finders’ fee. “‘Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this,” Marika Tokarska, an official at the Wałbrzych district council, told Reuters,’ reported an Aug. 19 article in The Guardian. “‘The area has never been excavated before and we don’t know what we might find.’”Since then, would-be treasure seekers from across the globe have descended upon the city.Deputy Culture Minister Zuchowski asked such excavators to keep away from the area, warning the train may in fact be protected by explosives such as mines. “There may be hazardous substances dating from the Second World War in the hidden train, which I’m convinced exists,” reports the Daily Mail. “I am appealing to people to stop any such searches until the end of official procedures leading to the securing of the find. “There’s a huge probability that the train is booby-trapped.”last_img read more

Lynbrook Hit-and-run Driver Sought after Killing Pedestrian

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a pedestrian crossing Merrick Road in Lynbrook on Thursday night, Nassau County police said.A man was crossing the road when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle near the corner of Hilton Street shortly after 9 p.m., police said. The vehicle continued driving without stopping. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity wasn’t immediately available.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Top 15 Long Island News Stories of 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 15) American Pharoah Wins Triple CrownDown the stretch no other horse could come close to beating this great American Thoroughbred. American Pharoah won the 2015 Triple Crown in terrific fashion, becoming the 12th horse in history to cross the finish line first at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes—a feat that hadn’t happened in 37 years. The drought came to an end on June 6 when American Pharoah drew away from the pack to the roars of 90,000 fans packing Belmont Park and won the daunting 1½-mile race by 5½ lengths. Behind him all the way were his owner Ahmed Zayat, trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Victor Espinoza and Zayat Stables racing manager Justin Zayat. The three-year-old colt rode off into the sunset, so to speak, after earning more than $8 million in his racing career. “We owe American Pharoah everything,” said Ahmed Zayat. “He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse…He runs with his heart and he is brilliantly fast.”14) Port Ambrose SunkTwo years after Liberty Natural Gas, a company backed by a Canadian hedge fund, proposed building a liquid natural gas (LNG) port about 20 miles off the southern coast of Long Island—whipping environmentalists into a frenzy of opposition—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month he would exercise his veto power to kill the plan. Aside from the threat of a spill, critics were concerned that the estimated 45 LNG supertanker deliveries annually would be a target for terrorists, encroach on an area eyed for an offshore wind farm and would negatively impact the fishing industry. Alas, the Democratic governor followed the lead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who had vetoed an earlier LNG port that the same company proposed closer to the Jersey Shore years earlier.13) Drones Gone WildCall 2015 the Year of the Drone. Six reports of drones last year on LI quintupled to 34 for the first eight months of ‘15, bringing to at least 40 the number of increasingly popular radio-controlled unmanned aircraft reported by pilots, air traffic controllers and citizens on LI in the past two years. The local increase in drone sighting reports suggests that LI is outpacing the estimated nearly threefold national increase in sightings of drones and other such devices reported to the Federal Aviation Administration since last year. Although none of the drone sightings over LI indicate a close call with a plane, 16 were well above the 400-foot ceiling set by the FAA and four were within a five-mile radius of an airport, which is also a violation of federal rules. Suffolk and Huntington town lawmakers passed drone regulations this year, Nassau lawmakers are discussing a similar proposal, as are officials in the Town of Hempstead, plus the Village of Saltaire on Fire Island.12) Common Core UproarThe first “conscientious objector” on Long Island, Comsewogue teacher Beth Dimino, inspired a movement known across the land as #diminoeffect by refusing, with the support of her superintendent Dr. Joe Rella, to administer the mandated controversial Common Core exams this April. She called the tests “child abuse,” a claim she made to riotous applause at Ward Melville High School more than two years ago when New York State Education Commissioner John King (now the newly appointed Secretary of Education) was on stage. By refusing to proctor the tests, Dimino stood with the 20,000 children across Long Island who refused to sit for the exams. The LI-led “Opt-Out” movement has become an inarguably oppositional force to be reckoned with across the state, culminating with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (second) Common Core task force and state-wide concessions for a four-year moratorium to revise Common Core State Standards.11) Cutchogue Fatal Limo CrashThe Long Island tragedy of the summer came July 18, when a Peconic man allegedly drove drunk and crashed his pickup truck into a limousine, killing four women and injuring six others who were touring the North Fork wine country celebrating a birthday. The fatal crash on Route 48 in Cutchogue came six days after an allegedly drunk driver crashed into a car on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore, killing a man and his two children. In the Cutchogue case, Steven Romeo, crashed into a limo that was making a U-turn, killing Brittany Schulman and Lauren Baruch, both of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, of Commack. All were 23 except Baruch, who was 24. Prosecutors said Romeo, 55, told police that he drank several beers before the crash. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.10) LI’s Lynch Confirmed as AGLoretta Lynch, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which prosecutes federal crimes on Long Island, was confirmed at U.S. Attorney General in April, five months after President Obama nominated her for the position. Lynch became the first black woman in US history to hold the title as the nation’s chief prosecutor. As has become the norm in Washington, DC of late, Lynch’s Congressional confirmation was often contentious as Republicans bristled at her support for Obama’s executive action on immigration. But Lynch’s resume was hardly in dispute. During her career she had overseen high-profile cases involving terrorists, corrupt politicians and gangsters. She replaced Eric Holder, who resigned in late 2014.9) NYPD Officer Brian Moore of LI KilledTens of thousands came to St. James Church in Seaford to pay their respects at the funeral held for NYPD Officer Brian Moore, who had died in the line of duty in Queens. On May 2, the 25-year-old cop, who worked at the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, was shot in the face by an ex-con wielding a .38-caliber handgun stolen from Georgia in 2011. At the funeral, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton posthumously promoted Moore to the rank of detective first grade. Coming from a family of police officers—his dad and his uncle are both retired NYPD sergeants—the young officer was still living at his father’s house in North Massapequa. Moore, who had made more than 150 arrests since joining the force five years ago, was patrolling in an unmarked police car with his plainclothes partner around 6:15 p.m. on a Saturday evening when they spotted a man suspiciously “adjusting an object in his waistband” and decided to question him. Their suspect turned out to be Demetrius Blackwell, 35, who allegedly whipped out his gun without warning, fired at them and fled.8) Casino WarsAfter the Nassau Regional Off-track Betting (OTB) Corp. nixed plans to build a video lottery terminal parlor—aka, a mini-casino—in Westbury last January in the face of intense public opposition, the Nassau OTB was slow to declare another location, but just this week it announced that Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont is Plan B. Another round of vocal grassroots opposition is sure to follow, but whether that community will be as successful as Westbury remains to be seen. Meanwhile in Suffolk, Medford residents continue to fight against a similar proposal by the Suffolk OTB to build an estimated $40-million, nearly 100,000-square-foot parlor on a vacant lot near the Long Island Expressway. Place your bets on whether either project can overcome LI’s odds-on favorite: NIMBYism.7) Oyster Bay ScandalsFirst, Frederick Ippolito, the commissioner of planning and development for the Town of Oyster Bay, was arrested in March on six counts of tax evasion for allegedly failing to report more than $2 million in consulting fees over a six-year span. Six months later, Harendra Singh, a Syosset-based restaurateur, was arrested for allegedly bribing a Town of Oyster Bay official, inflating the amount of Sandy recovery aid one of his properties qualified for and perpetrating tax fraud, among other charges. Meanwhile, Newsday reported that federal investigations may lead to additional legal action regarding the town and related players. It was almost enough for longtime Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto to lose his bid for a 10th term in November, but the veteran Republican clung to his job with less than 100 votes in a race against a little-known Democratic challenger.6) Madeline Singas Takes Over as Nassau DAThe career prosecutor cruised to victory over her better-known Republican challenger, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, in the race for Nassau County District Attorney in November. Singas, who had been serving as acting DA since her former boss, Kathleen Rice, went to Congress in January, was considered the underdog. But Singas managed to convince enough voters that her resume was superior to Murray’s, who had spent the last decade running Hempstead. Singas touted her prosecutorial experience on the stump and painted her competitor as unfit to oversee such an important office. Murray’s defeat was shocking to some political observers who thought the Republican machine that dominates Nassau politics would prevail against a novice campaigner. Come the New Year, Murray is out of elected office and Democrats get to keep the district attorney’s office—the only major political office Democrats currently hold in Nassau. But don’t cry for Kate, Nassau. The board of trustees at Nassau Community College have appointed Murray to handle “governmental affairs” as acting general counsel, which pays $150,000 a year.5) Suffolk Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh ChargedEd Walsh, the powerful Suffolk County Conservative Party leader and Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant, found himself facing the wrong side of a jail in March when he was indicted on federal charges of theft of government funds and wire fraud. He has pleaded not guilty. This case began when an FBI investigation looked into Walsh’s time sheets from 2011 to 2014 and claimed to have found that Walsh had been paid $80,000 for working while he was actually out golfing, gambling and doing party business instead. His lawyers say he’s always had a flexible schedule. As one of his attorneys reportedly said: “It’s not like he was a clerk at King Kullen.” His trial is set to begin March 15, 2016, just after the pension for his $121,000-a-year job will fully vest because he will have been on the county payroll for 25 years in February. It’s no secret that Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, a Conservative Party member, does not hold his own party leader in the highest regard: he’d suspended the lieutenant and tried to fire him too. But Walsh, 49, remains a formidable figure, still heading the largest Conservative county organization in the Empire State.4) Altice Announces Purchase of Cablevision, NewsdayQu’est-ce que c’est?! A French telecommunications giant made a $10 billion deal to buy Cablevision in September and suddenly Newsday employees are running around Melville practicing their high school French in anticipation of having new owners in 2016 who care nothing about the Knicks. Zut alors! Altice said it would offer the Dolans’ company $34.90 a share but the stock has done nothing but drop below the asking price as concerns have increased. Recently New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he might put the kibosh on the deal if he decides that it isn’t in the public interest. Altice is notorious for imposing drastic cost cuts after it acquires something new. It’s said it wants to find $900 million in savings and “synergies” here, which could involve curtailing customer service and slowing down upgrades in the future for Cablevision’s current 3.1 million subscribers. Plus there’s the prospect of draconian job losses, which doesn’t sit well with the Communications Workers of America, the union representing 300 Cablevision employees, let alone the hapless workers at Long Island’s paper of record. The city may not have a say in this deal but the state’s regulatory body, the Public Service Commission, certainly will. Whether Newsday is about to run its last word is another story.3) Ex-SCPD Chief James Burke ArrestedBurke, who served as chief of the Suffolk County Police Department until his retirement in October, was indicted in December for covering up a retaliatory assault on a suspect who stole a duffel bag from inside his department-issued SUV. A federal district court judge held Burke without bail, calling “the corruption of an entire department by this defendant shocking.” The charges against Burke stem from the December 2012 arrest of Christopher Loeb, then 27, who was suspected of breaking into vehicles, including Burke’s. Burke went to Loeb’s house in St. James during his arrest and retrieved his duffel bag, which contained his gun belt, ammunition, a box of cigars and a number of other items, including sex toys and pornography, authorities said. Federal prosecutors allege that it was the porn that served as Burke’s motivation for beating Loeb inside Suffolk police’s Fourth Precinct. Burke has pleaded not guilty.2) Isles Leave With Billy’s EncoreThe Islanders could not seal their end of their deal and give hockey fans a dream postseason matchup against the Rangers, but they did give Long Islanders plenty to root for. And what a magical curtain call it was. In the final year of playing at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Isles finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and had arena faithful partying like it was 1984. But the Cinderella story was not meant to be, with the Isles losing in Game 7 to the Washington Capitals. They now play in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and are in danger of skating to the bottom of the barrel in average home attendance. Despite the Isles’ loss in April, The Old Barn roared one final time when Billy Joel closed out the arena during a sold-out show in August. The Coliseum is currently going through a $261-million renovation, which developers hope to complete next year.1) Ex-Sen. Dean Skelos Corruption ConvictionFormer New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was simultaneously the highest-ranking Republican in the state, one of the three most influential lawmakers statewide and arguably the most powerful politician on Long Island. That is, until he resigned his leadership post when he and his son, Adam, were arrested on federal corruption charges in May. The senator was expelled from office after his conviction earlier this month. Prosecutors convinced a Manhattan jury that the disgraced senator used his power to extort $300,000 in payments to his son for work Adam either didn’t do or was unqualified for over a four-year span. While potential candidates line up for the special election to fill the seat that Skelos held for three decades, defense attorneys for the father and son prepare to mount their appeal. And political observers are placing their bets on which lawmaker from LI the feds arrest next. As U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has said: “Stay tuned!”-Compiled by Timothy Bolger, Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian and Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, January 22 – January 28, 2017

first_img By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf invited Speaker Paul Ryan to visit a Pennsylvania substance use disorder treatment Center of Excellence so he could see the positive impact Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has had in providing treatment to individuals suffering from opioid addiction.The governor visited Mount Pocono Medical to host a discussion on how to best continue the fight against the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania.Governor Wolf and the Department of Corrections announced the decision to begin the process to close SCI Pittsburgh by June 30, 2017. The prison closure is expected to save taxpayers $80 million.Governor Wolf also announced several job creation, job retention, and business development projects have been approved through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The governor also announced new jobs in Lycoming, Elk and Clearfield counties.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf selected Charles H. Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, to be the chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 22 – January 28, 2017Monday, 1/23/17Wolf Administration Statement Ahead of Corrections’ Facility Closure HearingGovernor Tom Wolf: Medicaid Block Grant Effort Could Cut Health Coverage for Children, Seniors, and Addiction TreatmentTuesday, 1/24/17Charles H. Ramsey Named Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and DelinquencyWolf Administration Provides Personnel Update at DDAPGovernor Wolf Announces Newly Approved Funding for Business Development and Job Creation, Supporting More Than 560 JobsWednesday, 1/25/17Governor Wolf Announces Retention of 438 Jobs with Upgrades to Domtar Corporation Facilities in Elk and Clearfield CountiesGovernor Wolf Urges Speaker Ryan to Consider Impact of ACA Repeal on Opioid Epidemic, Extends Invite to Visit Treatment CenterThursday, 1/26/17Statement from Governor Tom Wolf regarding Corrections’ Facility Closure AnnouncementFriday, 1/27/17Governor Wolf’s Statement on Updated Prostate Cancer DiagnosisGovernor Wolf Announces 38 New Jobs with Renovations to Lycoming Engines Facility in Lycoming CountyGovernor Wolf Hosts Discussion in Monroe County on Efforts to Combat that Opioid Abuse EpidemicHighlights from The BlogHow 63,000 PA’ians Will Lose Access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment if ACA is RepealedSpeaker Ryan: Meet the people who would lose treatment under GOP plan (+ VIDEO)Executive Director Tiffany Chang Lawson’s Dumpling Recipe for the Lunar New YearHighlights from Twitter.@SpeakerRyan While you’re in Philly, come see how Medicaid access to opioid addiction treatment is saving lives -TW https://t.co/AgVjmlESns— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 25, 2017 Governor Wolf: Medicaid block grant effort could cut health coverage for children, seniors, and addiction treatment https://t.co/UR5RKD9FZJ pic.twitter.com/2vuxK4LFcl— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 23, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf’s Week, January 22 – January 28, 2017 January 27, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Xavi: Ronaldinho among Barcelona greats

first_imgBarcelona great Xavi says Ronaldinho deserves to be regarded among the club’s greats. “Perhaps he lacked consistency in being at his peak. For me, only Messi is above Ronaldinho because of the consistency in the last few years.” Xavi added: “Messi is the best in history, but Ronaldinho is with the best. The rest follow. read also:Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – Xavi “He [Ronaldinho] is with the best – with Ronaldo ‘Fenomeno’, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, that group.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Al Sadd coach Xavi has no doubt the Argentina international Leo Messi is the greatest player ever. “Ronaldinho is at the level of the best. Ronaldinho is at the level of the best, perhaps what he lacked was consistency,” he told Globo Esporte.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… last_img read more

AFP urged to ensure ex-RPA-ABB members’ safety

first_imgIt could be recalled that around 700former RPA-ABB members across the country met with President Rodrigo Duterterecently at the Philippine Army camp in Jamindan, Capiz. Around 200 of themwere Aklanons.  KALIBO, Aklan – Gov. FlorencioMiraflores urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to ensure the safetyof former members of the Revolutionary Ploretariat Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB). In 2000, the RPA-ABB locally known asthe “Kapatiran” forged alliance with the government. In 1990s, the RPA-ABB, which served asthe sparrow unit of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army,decided to separate from the latter. “The former RPA-ABB members have no firearmsright now to defend themselves. They have been decommissioned by thegovernment, thus, they are wary of their personal security,” said Mirafloresduring the third quarter of the Aklan Provincial Peace and Order Councilmeeting here on Monday.     “The Ibajay town in Aklan is now knownall over the country to have a most modern and advanced peace agreement withthe RPA-ABB. They now have livelihood, concrete roads and soon a house promisedby President Duterte,” said Miraflores./PN “It was the start of the peace processthrough the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process,”Miraflores added. last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Victorious Over Lady Raiders In Middle School Volleyball

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Grade Volleyball team won against South Ripley last night: 25-10 and 25-12.Cayman Werner was the leading sever with 9 serves and 5 aces. Timbre Davies added 4 aces, Jenna Honnert and Kennedy Westrick each had 2 aces. Tiffany Hawker and Jadyn Harrington added good set for the team to hit. Ashlee Cornn and Cayman Werner lead the team with 2 kills each.Their record is 2-1.The BMS volleyball fought 3 tough games to defeat South Ripley 24-25, 25-24, 15-13.The team was aggressive and never quit.  Shelby Westerfeld earned 3 kills. Brayleigh Patterson had 2 kills, and Sophie Lee, Jade Kopp, Katie Shane, and Ellen Bauer each connected on 1 kill each. Carley Pride earned a stuff block against the Raider attack. Top servers were Sydnee Schaeffer with 9 points; including 7 aces.  Shelby Westerfeld and Brayleigh Westerfeld each earned 6 points with 2 aces.  Katie Shane had 5 points including 1 ace. Jade Kopp earned 4 points including 2 aces.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coaches Megan Werner and Angie Ehrman.last_img read more