Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brooklyn man who allegedly shot and killing a 30-year-old man outside of a West Babylon strip club four years ago has been arrested, Suffolk County police said.Marcus Lewis was charged Thursday with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 32-year-old suspect fatally shot Michael Anderson of West Babylon in front of Stone Hedge Pub on Sunrise Highway at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.The victim was purchasing cigars at a nearby gas station when someone in a vehicle that was parked on the Sunrise Highway Service Road in front of the club—which has since closed—called Anderson by his nickname, Anderson’s friend told investigators, police have said.The victim walked behind the vehicle as the friend entered the club, according to detectives. The friend heard a gunshot and went out to find Anderson lying on the service road with a gunshot wound to his head, police have said.Anderson was later pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.Lewis will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A juvenile male humpback whale that washed up dead on eastern Fire Island this week died of blunt force trauma consistent with being hit by a ship, according to marine biologists.The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said that a necropsy performed Wednesday on the whale found internal indications of blunt force trauma and skull fractures consistent with a ship strike, a spokeswoman for the group said.“Due to the whale’s good body condition, it appears it may have died just a few days ago,” the spokeswoman, Rachel Bosworth, said. The 28-foot whale’s carcass was buried on the beach, as is routine.The whale had washed up east of Davis Park on Monday night. A day later, a True’s beaked whale was also found to have washed up on Pike’s Beach in Westhampton.A necropsy is scheduled for Thursday on the second whale.The incidents came eight weeks after a humpback whale carcass washed up near the Wilderness Visitors Center west of Smith Point County Park on FI.Humpback whales are a threatened species that can grow up to 60-feet long, 25-to-40 tons and have a lifespan of 50 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are primarily threatened by being entangled in fishing gear, ship strikes, whale watching harassment, habitat changes and hunting, NOAA said.
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The reason for this is simple: I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to get home, or wonder what my blood alcohol concentration is. I don’t have to call a taxi, or an Uber, or take the bus. In a perfect world, people intent on drinking alcohol wouldn’t drive to bars and restaurants. They’d use public transportation instead, or enlist a member of their party to serve as a designated driver, or be prepared to summon a driver. Perhaps they’d restrict their bar-hopping and dining to restaurants and bars in their neighborhood. We don’t live in a perfect world, which goes a long way toward explaining why more than 10,000 people are killed by alcohol-impaired drivers each year in the U.S. Despite countless campaigns highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving, a lot of people persist in getting behind the wheel when they’ve had a few too many. As a result, there’s now a movement to lower the blood alcohol level for drunk driving from .08 to .05. In New York, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has introduced a bill that would make this lower BAC threshold the law of the land. Lowering the BAC isn’t popular — it faces fierce opposition from the alcohol, bar and restaurant industries, for one thing — but it’s a good idea that would save lives. At least, that’s what the National Traffic Safety Board and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have concluded, and these conclusions are rooted in science. Of course, it isn’t enough to lower the drunken driving threshold. If we’re serious about getting drunk drivers off the roads, we need to improve our public transportation networks and create walkable communities. We need to promote the idea that walking to a bar is normal, and that every drinker should have a way to get home that doesn’t involve driving themselves. In short, we need to make it easy for people to get where they want to go without using a car. In my experience, drinking is more fun when you take driving out of the equation.If we lower the BAC, I suspect more people will discover the joys of drinking and not driving. Reach Sara Foss at [email protected] Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashLow-income students and students of color twice as likely to attend school remotelySchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barCapital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Friday, Oct. 16, by county A number of studies have shown that an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle begins to deteriorate at lower levels of blood alcohol concentration. These drivers might not be as drunk as people who blow a .08 or higher on a breathalyzer test, but they can still cause problems on the road. According to a study on the effectiveness of a 0.05 BAC limit for driving from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “The risk of being involved in a crash increases significantly at 0.05 BAC and above.” The study also notes that in most industrialized countries the BAC limit is 0.05, and that countries that lowered their illegal blood concentration limit from .08 to .05 saw a corresponding decline in traffic fatalities. Those opposed to lowering the legal believe it would unnecessarily punish casual drinkers who aren’t much of a risk, while doing nothing to crackdown on heavier drinkers who are far more dangerous. Unfortunately, the research suggests that these casual drinkers do pose a risk, and are much more likely to cause a crash than non-drinkers. According to the NCBI study, the “relative risk of being killed in a single-vehicle crash with BACs of 0.05-0.079 is seven to 21 times higher than for drivers with a BAC of zero.” Categories: Opinion, Schenectady CountyMy favorite bars are the ones I can walk to.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s Syria action a show of bad faithPresident Trump advised Turkey that its impending, and now ongoing, invasion of the Kurds in Northern Syria was not a good idea.In fact his callous and unthinking abandonment of our Kurdish allies is not a good idea. In fact it is a bad idea.The Kurdish people in Syria suffered 11,000 deaths in support of our efforts to rid Syria of ISIS fighters. To now turn our backs on these people is unconscionable.The message that we send to the rest of the world by this action only further demonstrates how far the United States has abandoned the hope for peace in the Middle East.To say that we have no role there or that we have no vested interest there is naive at best, dangerous at worst. A resurgent ISIS is just one of many threats to the region and world peace.Certainly the adults in Washington understand this. It is time for them to stand up and be counted.By the way where is the Palestinian/Israeli peace plan the great deal maker promised?Bruce CastkaCobleskillDon’t chastise youth for climate fearsI make no distinction between the irrationality of climate change deniers and those who sincerely believe the earth is flat.But it still disturbs me when I read Arthur Salvatore’s Oct. 10 letter (“Climate change is kids’ new religion”) in which he rails against young people who rightfully fear the consequences of increasingly rapid climate change.He recommends Bible studies and reverence for the Founding Fathers as an antidote to the new religion of global warming.He neglected to mention that those old, white, male slave owners wallowed in Christian righteousness while treating other humans like farm animals as a means of wealth creation.He seems to believe that was a more decent world than one in which people fear for the health of their planet.George MilnerMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is mulling over the possibility of establishing travel bubbles with neighboring countries in a more local scope to accelerate the rebound of the pandemic-hit tourist industry, the ministry’s official has said.The ministry’s undersecretary for infrastructure and destination development, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said on Aug. 7 that the government’s plan to establish travel bubbles may not be between countries as previously floated, but rather between a country and provinces or specific tourist destinations.“We are drafting the travel bubble policy, which I assume wouldn’t be between countries. It may be between country A with Bali, or even between regions,” he said during an online press conference. Government officials previously talked about the possibility of creating a travel bubble, which would allow free movement within the areas included in the bubble, between Indonesia and China, South Korea, Japan and Australia, despite the sustained upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country that reached 125,396 cases as of Sunday.Read also: ASEAN hotel associations endorse travel bubbleIndonesia’s tourist industry has been severely impacted by travel restrictions during the pandemic, which wiped out Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) in tourism revenue so far this year, according to an estimate by the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).Meanwhile, foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia plummeted 59.96 percent to 3.09 million in the first half of the year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported. As the industry’s woes continue, the government recently allowed some tourist destinations to reopen to visitors in its effort to curb further losses.The country’s major tourist destination, Bali, welcomed an estimated 4,000 domestic tourists on July 31, when tourism was reopened to the public, according to state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I). Bali is also planning to open its borders to international tourists on Sept. 11.Despite the government’s effort to lure foreign travelers, Hari projected that travel demand for foreign visitors would remain under pressure for the next few years.“Our foreign tourists arrival estimation in 2020 stands between 2.8 million and 4 million visitors, a far cry from our initial target of 18 million. We think it will take until 2024 or 2025 for the industry to fully recover and we could reach this year’s initial target,” he said.Topics :
January Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Training, Computer Science Education, Fairer Wages, and New Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 17, 2018 Economy, Education, Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Round-Up, The Blog, Workforce Development In just the first few weeks of the new year, Governor Tom Wolf announced $7 million in workforce development funding, statewide computer science education standards, more than 600 new jobs, and plans to overhaul Pennsylvania’s overtime rules to be more fair for salaried workers.Training Pennsylvania’s WorkforceGovernor Wolf continued to support workforce development programs that prepare Pennsylvanians to meet the evolving demands of the job market. More than $7 millions in state funding will help train tomorrow’s medical practitioners and commercial truck drivers, and retrain dislocated miners in today’s high demand occupations.Introducing Computer Science Education StandardsHeeding the governor’s request, the State Board of Education took action this January to establish standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools. Already a national leader in STEM education, Pennsylvania is now one of a few states to endorse such standards.Fairer Wages and New JobsGovernor Wolf announced plans to modernize outdated overtime rules and more than 600 new jobs in e-commerce, technology, large-scale manufacturing and small businesses. The governor also welcomed another national manufacturing company that chose Pennsylvania as their new hub on the east coast.Highlights from December 2017 – January 2018Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Funding for 125 New Community Projects Through Neighborhood Assistance ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Revitalize ‘Mill 19’ – Site of Former Steel Mill in HazelwoodGovernor Wolf Announces Revamped Pennsylvania Program to Confront Skills Gap, Bolster Job TrainingGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 307 Pennsylvania Jobs Through Expansion of AssurantGovernor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 13 Small Business Projects in Nine Counties, Supporting Nearly 200 JobsGovernor Wolf Announces $4 Million for Health Care Training Building in Central PAGovernor Wolf Visits Philips Ultrasound, Hosts Roundtable with Pennsylvania Med Tech BusinessesGovernor Wolf Tours Wood-Mode in Snyder County to Highlight Job TrainingGovernor Wolf Visits Dauphin County Technical School, Talks Training and Careers with Health Sciences StudentsGovernor Wolf Attends Turn5 Ribbon-Cutting, Celebrates New Job CreationGovernor Wolf Visits Lehigh Carbon Community College, Visits Commercial Truck Driving Students and EmployersGovernor Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration in Reshoring and New Jobs CreationGovernor Wolf Stresses Agriculture’s Economic Impact; Says New Report’s Recommendations Guide Opportunities for GrowthGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Repurpose the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers’ Training Center to Connect Dislocated Workers with Family-Sustaining EmploymentGovernor Wolf Applauds State Board of Education for Endorsement of Computer Science StandardsGovernor Wolf Visits Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Innovation Hub, Touts Entrepreneurship Opportunities in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Silgan Containers Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating New Manufacturing Jobs in the Lehigh ValleyGovernor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization ProjectGovernor Wolf to Modernize Outdated Overtime Rules to Strengthen the Middle Class and Provide Fairness for WorkersPennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Receives Final ApprovalHighlights from Instagram Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
Having already landed Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso, Poyet is now hopeful the Barclays Premier League strugglers will seal the deal for Argentinian Vergini over the weekend. Poyet said: “Normally I don’t comment but there have been so many comments from the other side of the Atlantic that they have put me in the position where I have to say we are interested. “I thought we were very close yesterday but not close enough. “He is a central defender who has been playing at the top level for a few years and he has had a chance to play with the Argentina national team. He’s big, so he’s good for England, he reads the game well and he is a good defender. Let’s hope he can adapt quickly if we get him.” Poyet refused to comment on other specific transfer rumours but did confirm out-of-favour midfielder Cabral has joined Italian side Genoa on loan until the end of the season. The Cape Verde international was signed by Poyet’s predecessor Paolo Di Canio on a free transfer from Basel in the summer and impressed on his debut against Fulham, but quickly fell out of favour. Poyet added: “That is complete and Cabral is going to be in Genoa from today. “It was difficult for him to play – sometimes there is not a clear reason but there are other players in his position and we were looking for special things and he didn’t work, for me at least. “Now he’s got a very good opportunity to play in Italy with a very good club and I hope everything goes well for him.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed his club are close to making Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini their second signing of the January transfer window. Press Association
The 24-year-old is due to fly into Newcastle on Friday for a medical and Press Association Sport understands the Barclays Premier League club have agreed a fee of around 20million euros (£14.4million) for the 19-times capped Dutch midfielder. Newcastle hope to complete the deal before the squad departs for a pre-season tour of the United States this weekend. PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to England to agree personal terms with Newcastle. “Georginio Wijnaldum has left the players’ hotel in Evian-les-Bains,” PSV technical manager Marcel Brands said on the club’s official website. “The 24-year-old captain is on his way to England to reach a personal agreement there with Newcastle United.” Wijnaldum extended his PSV contract until the summer of 2018 last year and has made more than 100 appearances for the club since joining from Feyenoord in 2011. Phillip Cocu named Wijnaldum as captain following his appointment as PSV head coach in 2013 and the Rotterdam-born player impressed as the Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal. Wijnaldum scored 14 goals in 33 games last season as PSV won their 22nd Eredivisie title. If, as expected, Wijnaldum completes his move to Tyneside he will become the first signing of new Newcastle manager Steve McClaren. Press Association
More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 30, 2020 ___General manager Brian MacLellan says no Washington Capitals players have tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms after using the same locker room as NBA players who later tested positive.MacLellan says the team hasn’t had any sickness complaints from players related to the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the NHL season. The Capitals followed the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden in New York in early March. Two Jazz players tested positive.MacLellan said on a conference call Monday that “we’re pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they’re exhibiting any” symptoms.Four NHL players have tested positive for the new coronavirus: two on the Ottawa Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. NHL chief medical officer Winne Meeuwisse said last week he was “thankful” the numbers have been low. Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.___ Associated Press World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.___The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. ___The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest. The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny.Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled. Eales says MLS is more fortunate than other leagues around the world that play the traditional fall-to-spring schedule and may have trouble completing their seasons in such a compressed time frame.MLS was just two weeks into its season when play was halted March 12 because of the pandemic. The league has set a tentative return date of May 10, though the growing death toll in the United States could force that date to be pushed back.Eales says everything is on the table, including the possibility of resuming league play in empty stadiums.“We’re fortunate that we had just started our season,” he said Monday during a teleconference with Atlanta media. “We have the whole calendar year to reschedule the games we missed. The emphasis is on playing all 34 games plus the playoffs.”MLS will likely schedule more midweek games and push back its MLS Cup championship game into mid-December in a bid to play a full season, according to Eales. He added that the playoffs could begin in mid-November — around the time MLS had been planning its title game. The governing body of track quickly committed to pushing back its world championships to 2022. But FINA has the added complication of the 2022 Commonwealth Games because many top swimmers compete in both events.___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.”All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates. Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.___The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.” ___The governing body of swimming welcomed the new Tokyo Olympic dates without giving any detail of how to reschedule its own world championships in Japan next year.FINA’s biennial worlds were planned for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, in Fukuoka. That slot is now taken by the Tokyo Olympics.FINA says knowing the Olympic dates “is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere.” The Latest: MLS intends to play 34-game schedule, team says Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta United President Darren Eales says Major League Soccer still intends to play a full 34-game schedule this season, even though the league will be shuttered for at least two months because of the new coronavirus.