Sound Beach Man Dies in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Sound Beach man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle in Port Jefferson Station late Sunday night.Suffolk County police said Christopher Danielsen was riding his Kawasaki southwest on Jefferson Avenue when he failed to negotiate a left turn at Route 112 and crashed into parked vehicles at Diamond Auto Body and Glass at 11:34 p.m.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

Minneapolis council votes to dismantle police as protests continue

first_imgBystander video of the incident — which captured Floyd calling for his mother and saying he couldn’t breathe — has sparked two weeks of mostly peaceful demonstrations across the country.On Sunday, protesters in cities including Washington, New York and Winter Park, Florida, began focusing their outrage over the death of the unarmed Floyd into demands for police reform and social justice. The council of the US city of Minneapolis voted late Sunday to dismantle and rebuild the police department, after the death in custody of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests about racism in law enforcement, pushing the issue onto the national political agenda.Floyd was killed on May 25 when white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on the unarmed black man’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and is to appear in court Monday.”We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe,” Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.  Mitt Romney, a Republican senator from Utah, joined a group of Christian protesters marching towards the White House. He tweeted photos of himself in the procession, along with the simple caption, “Black Lives Matter.”Although Romney has been a rare Republican voice of opposition to Trump, he was joined last week by Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who said criticism of Trump was overdue.Trump’s tough approach to putting down protests continued to draw exceptional rebukes from top retired military officers, a group normally loath to criticize a civilian leader.Former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Colin Powell joined them Sunday, saying Trump had “drifted away” from the Constitution. Powell, a Republican moderate, said Trump had weakened America’s position around the world and that in November’s presidential election he would support Democrat Joe Biden.This isn’t a battlefield’ Condoleezza Rice, who succeeded Powell as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, told CBS she would “absolutely” oppose using the military against peaceful protesters, adding, “This isn’t a battlefield.”The president has ordered National Guard troops to begin withdrawing from the nation’s capital, whose Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat who jousted with Trump over the use of force in her city, told Fox News there had been no arrests on Saturday despite the protests which saw thousands moving through the capital’s streets.A week earlier, however, there were fires and vandalism.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told ABC that Washington had been “a city out of control” and denied a problem of systemic racism among police.The Trump administration has proposed no specific policy changes in response to the widespread outrage over Floyd’s death.Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said they would introduce legislation in the House of Representatives on Monday to make policing more accountable. The legislation is expected to make it easier to sue police officers over deadly incidents, to ban the sort of choke holds that led to Floyd’s death, and to establish a national database to record police misconduct.’A lot of work to do’ One member of the caucus, Representative Val Demings of Florida, a former police chief in the city of Orlando, told ABC that “systemic racism is always the ghost in the room.” “What we have to do as a nation is hold police accountable,” said Demings, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.It is unclear what support the proposed reforms might find in the Republican-controlled Senate — or whether Trump might sign such legislation into law.Some jurisdictions have moved already to embrace reforms — starting with bans on the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Sunday that he would cut the city’s police budget and shift some funds to youth and social services, local media reported. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to an estimated 10,000 people as they gather in Brooklyns Cadman Plaza Park for a memorial service for George Floyd, the man killed by a Minneapolis police officer on June 04, 2020 in New York City. Floyds brother, Terrence, local politicians and civic and religious leaders also attended the event before marching over the Brooklyn Bridge. (Getty Images/AFP/Spencer Platt)Trump seized on the call by some protesters to slash police funding to attack Biden, tweeting without evidence that “not only will Sleepy Joe Biden DEFUND THE POLICE, but he will DEFUND OUR MILITARY!”The president is scheduled to host a roundtable with law enforcement on Monday. Biden, who has accused Trump of fanning “the flames of hate,” plans to travel to Houston on Monday to visit Floyd’s family. He will also record a message to be read at Floyd’s funeral on Tuesday.Topics :center_img Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, however, is against getting rid of the department, and the head of the city’s powerful police union, Bob Kroll, appeared on stage last year with President Donald Trump.The vote by a majority of councilors came a day after Frey was booed at and asked to leave a “Defund the Police” rally. He later told AFP he supported “massive structural reform to revise this structurally racist system” but not “abolishing the entire police department.”last_img read more

City Manager Greg Sundin celebrates retirement

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Folks from around the community arrived at city hall in Alpena to commemorate the retirement of Greg Sundin as he passed the torch to new city manager, Rachel Smolinski. Sundin became permanent manager in 2013 after Thad Taylor was fired from the position in 2012.Sundin says when he arrived things were in turmoil, but he and his colleagues were able to keep things together. “”The fact that we were able to keep the ship of state stable and move us forward the way we have,” he said. “Getting through difficult economic times without having to eliminate any employees, maintain services at a high level, I think we’re very proud of that.”The thing Sundin said what he is going to miss the most was his great staff and the people he’s had the pleasure of working with. “It’s time, but at the same time it’s going to be leaving a lot of people that I’ve worked with for a long time and have really become friends so that’ll be hard. I know I’m around and I’ll see them but it won’t be the same. It will be a new chapter in my life.”Rachel Smolinski has officially taken over as of 5 p.m. on Friday. She comes from harbor springs and has been getting ready for her new position by working with Sundin for the past few weeks. Sundin says she is extremely committed and has seen her show a lot of initiative. “She obviously has a learning curve, as we all do when we come into something new, but I think she’s going to make a shorter one than maybe a lot of people think and I think she’s going to be a good fit with the city.”Retirement is going to provide Sundin with a lot of spare time, and he says he plans to travel to Africa with his daughter next year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena townshipContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona Elementary holds Christmas concertNext Local Alpena Family is Closing a Chapter on a Christmas Traditionlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 30, 2015)–Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella sends out Spirit of Xian in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies with a field of 10 set to go 1 1/8 miles on the turf.Spirit of Xian will seek her second graded stakes win in a row as she comes off an impressive neck victory after leading throughout in the Grade III Providencia April 4. In her first stateside start for Mandella on Feb. 14, she ran a game third after steadying off heels in a hillside turf sprint, the Sweet Life Stakes.Spirit of Xian had previously raced in the UK, Ireland and France in only turf sprits prior to the Sweet Life, and after the Providencia Mandella was candid about having had concerns about her distance limitations. “You could see, she meant to be on the lead, and Joe (Talamo) did a great job. I was lacking confidence, and I told Joe, ‘If you’re not sure she can get the last quarter, get off and run yourself.’ He didn’t have to.”A filly by Kodiac out of the Touch Gold dam Gold Again, Spirit of Xian is owned by Ben Keswick. She is 10-3-0-2 overall with $134,068 in earnings.Trainer Matt Chew will return his Singing Kitty to turf after a fifth place run in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Santa Anita Oaks in which she lost to current Kentucky Oaks favorite, Stellar Wind.A winner of both the one mile turf Cal Cup Oaks Jan. 24 and the China Doll on March 7, she will be vying for her first graded stakes victory in the Honeymoon.With two wins from four starts in 2105, Singing Kitty is by Ministers Wild Cat and owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong. She is 9-4-0-0- overall with $243,378 in earnings.The Jerry Hollendorfer trained Lutine Belle will attempt to return to her Blue Norther Stakes form, a mile turf race in which she won Jan. 1. Fifth in the Grade I Las Virgenes Jan. 31 two starts back and eighth in the April 4 Providencia, her most recent start, Lutine Belle returns to turf for only the third time in an nine race career.She is owned by KMN Racing, LLC with earnings of $98,950. Jockey Corey Nakatani gains the mount for the first time Sunday.With all fillies assigned 117 pounds, the Honeymoon Stakes will be run as the eighth race on an eight-race card. Here’s the field, with jockeys in post position order: Screaming Skylar, Victor Espinoza; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc; Havanna Belle, Rafael Bejarano; Lutine Belle, Corey Nakatani; Sharla Rae, Drayden Van Dyke; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith; Star Via Strada, Tiago Pereira; Entrechat, Flavien Prat; Spirit of Xian, Joseph Talamo; Singing Kitty, Tyler Baze.                 First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Backpacker lodges: KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgThe ProvinceThe garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean.One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the province stretches from mountains to the ocean, from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique in the north.Find out more: KwaZulu-Natal provinceBACKPACKING ACCOMMODATIONDrakensbergAmphitheatre BackpackersInkosana Lodge and TrekkingKhotso Adventure Farm (Southern Drakensberg)Sani Lodge Backpackers HostelSani Top ChaletDundeeBattlefields Country LodgeDurbanAnsteys Beach Backpackers (The Bluff)Banana Backpackers (Durban)Durban Backpackers on the Beach (Durban North)Gibela Backpackers (Morningside)Happy Hippo Backpackers and Accommodation (Durban Central)Hippo Hide Lodge and Backpackers (Berea)Nomads Backpackers (Berea)Nunuburd (Berea)Seaboard Hotel and Holiday Apartments (Beachfront)Smith’s Cottage (Umgeni Heights)Surf ‘n Dreams (Morningside)Tekweni Backpackers (Morningside)MidlandsMawelawela Accommodations (Elandslaagte)The Knoll Guesthouse & Backpackers (Hilton)Watkins Farm Backpackers (Nottingham Road)North CoastQueens Terrace Backpackers (Amanzimtoti)Ballito Backpackers (Ballito)BiB’s International Backpackers (St Lucia)Budget Backpackers (St Lucia)Isinkwe Backpackers Lodge and Safaris (Hluhluwe)Kosi Bay Inn (Kosi Bay)Natural Moments Bush Camp & Diving (Sodwana)Nature’s Way Backpackers (Mtunzini, Zululand)Shapes of Africa (Mount Moreland)Stokkiesdraai International Backpackers (St Lucia)The Secret Spot Surf Camp (Shaka’s Rock)Thobeka Backpackers (Kosi Bay)Veyane International Backpackers (St Lucia)Zululand Backpackers (Eshowe)PietermaritzburgSleepy Hollow Adventure BackpackersSouth CoastFar Horizon Lodge (Port Edward)Kuboboyi River Lodge (Port Edward)Mantis and Moon Backpackers (Umzumbe, near Port Shepstone)Spot Backpackers (Umtentweni, near Port Shepstone)Southbroom Travellers Lodge & Backpackers (Southbroom)Vuna Valley Ventures (near Port Edward)Yengele Paradise Boutique Lodge (Trafalgar)Valley of 1000 Hills1000 Hills BackpackersBlack Mamba LodgeWarner BeachBlue Sky Mining Backpackers and LodgeIrie LodgeBackpacking accommodationEastern CapeGautengKwaZulu-NatalWestern CapeRest of South AfricaSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Do some selection tools result in unintended consequences?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You hear more about mature cow size and growth potential of calves, now that profit ebbs and flows with the cycle. We’ve written about mature size, but not much about how to use the relevant tools to change it. So now, let’s examine the strategies and tools available, and the unintended consequences of ignoring them.Commercial breeders can draw on more selection tools than ever before to improve the next generation of cows to match the market and ranch environments. Genomic testing can identify sires in multi-bull pastures while indexing heifer genetic potential and sorting outliers for adaptability and docility. You could start with cow records and docility notes early on, then cull heifers at weaning that don’t make the obvious phenotypic and docility cuts.With all the concern of increasing mature size in the cow herd, I am curious: how many heifers do you cull at weaning for being too large? Most will not hesitate to cull the small end, but my discussions suggest few sort off the larger heifers. Early genomic testing helps us find those with greater potential for mature size and excessive milk production, versus heifers that simply were born early or carry genetics for early growth with moderate mature size.If you didn’t test and sort heifers earlier, selection day may dawn without knowing much more than apparent post-weaning growth. Many commercial operations select bulls, even those used by artificial insemination (AI) simply to ensure a live calf, but much opportunity for genetic progress relative to mature size, milk production, growth potential and carcass merit is foregone without genomic information prior to breeding on the females.Some say just take the money you’d need for genomic testing and invest in better herd sires, those “spread bulls” with calving ease, post-weaning growth and carcass merit that are moderate in mature weight and height, with optimum milk for the environment. Over time, using sires matched to the market and ranch environments offer opportunity to produce heifers that do the same.Many more say the best way to select replacement heifers is simply expose all potential keepers and retain those that conceive early, effectively selecting for early fertility and ranch adaptability. The 2018 Nebraska Beef Report looked into the outcome of a reproduction-based selection program.Researchers looked at the age, weight and growth rate of heifers successfully conceiving to AI or natural service using 14 years of data collected throughout development. Weights were collected at late October weaning, February mid-winter development, April pre-estrus synchronization, late May AI, mid-July pregnancy check and mid-September pregnancy check.Heifers cycling prior to estrus synchronization were older and heavier at all pre-breeding weigh-ups, and were the only ones bred AI. Previous work suggests heifers are more likely to calve early in the calving season if cycling prior to breeding season, so selection for early puberty has benefits at weaning with older, likely heavier calves.If you just want pregnant heifers after AI or natural service, rather than opens, results are similar: pregnant heifers had been older and heavier at weaning and remained heavier through the September pregnancy diagnosis. Weight gain from weaning to the April AI date was no different for pregnant and open heifers, so the best predictor of heifer pregnancy in this data was older, heavier weaning weights rather than weight gain during development.This is why we don’t cull the heavier heifers early in development: they are more likely to conceive.Unfortunately, the Nebraska retrospective study doesn’t allow us to follow the heifers to evaluate their mature size relative to these developmental criteria. We do know the genetic relationship between weaning weight and mature size are positive, so simply selecting replacements based on reproductive success may indirectly increase mature cow size.The bottom line brings us back to genomic testing. It’s an unsurpassed opportunity to identify key sorting spreads in the females we seek to identify for breeding without discovering five years later our replacement selection method was inadvertently at odds with our goal of mature size moderation.last_img read more

Music Services Now Compete on Features: Check Out Rdio’s New iPhone App

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#mobile#music#web marshall kirkpatrick The struggle between legal and illegal music online is over. Legal music has won. The major music labels have struck deals with ad and subscription supported streaming music services like MOG, Rhapsody, Spotify, Rdio and others that put a world of music at your fingertips – faster, easier, and more enjoyably than hunting for albums to pirate and at a price point low enough that the rational decision is now to pay for access to music. The only question is, who offers the best experience to pay for?I pay $10 each month for a subscription to Rdio, a web and mobile streaming service backed by the founders of Skype (among others). I’ve been very happy with it except for one big feature it was missing: recommendations. Today Rdio has launched a new version of its iPhone app and recommendations have finally arrived. Screenshots and some comparison between this and competing services below.How good are Rdio’s recommendations? I’m not sure yet. The company says recommendation is “at the heart of its service and is a core competency of the company.” That’s good, we’ll see how it works out for users. Now that music is cheap and almost everyone has access to the same libraries of music though, it’s things like quality of recommendation experience, discovery generally, artist information and music sharing that will be the primary points of contention. That’s not 100% true yet, there are still smaller labels that not everyone has cut deals with. Spotify, for example, has only 1 album by Arcade Fire. Rdio has 10. Spotify has 5 albums by Gillian Welch – Rdio has a zero. (Come on people, get it together, please!)Rdio’s recommendations look pretty good, especially after I hit refresh a few times. I like the new releases from this week, last week and two weeks ago, though hopefully those are vetted at least a little bit. Top albums and playlists are another nice discovery option. Screenshots of all of this are below.Rdio has said in the past that its primary differentiation in a crowded market is the social newsfeed of music suggestions based on your friends’ activities. I’ve found that utterly unhelpful though. I’ll keep trying, but I like the app even without using that.Right now I use Rdio to roll around town listening to music and through the Sonos wireless speaker system that company sent me to test. (How is it? The UX makes me jump up and down and clap, but I wish I could use Rdio’s own app through Sonos and my audio engineer buddy says the software had better be worth $400 because the speaker isn’t.)Then I’ve been using a test account on Spotify and of course Pandora to discover music. Sometimes some music blogs (Aurgasm, HypeMachine).Somebody’s probably going to solve all my music problems at once soon. Maybe it will be Rdio. I sure look forward to seeing all these services chase my $10 per month by competing on features, catalog and user experience!Check out these screenshots below. They sure look different from the previous version of the app – and even more different from the first leaked screenshots of this app that ReadWriteWeb posted before it launched in November. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Three PoK terror camps destroyed, says Army Chief

first_imgDamaged structures near the Line of Control on October 20, 2019. Padam Bahadur Shrestha and Gamil Kumar Shrestha, the Indian Army personnel who lost their lives in Pakistani firing at Tangdhar sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on October 20, 2019. Photo: [email protected]_IA Gen. Rawat said there have been a series of infiltration attempts from Gurez, Tangdhar, Uri, and Macchil sectors and in areas south of Pir Panjal recently, and on Saturday evening, an attempt was made in Tangdhar. The Pakistan Army had carried out firing on Indian posts simultaneously.Pre-emptive strike“But before they could attempt the infiltration, it was decided that we target the terrorist camps across. We had definitive information. We had the coordinates of where these camps have emerged. In the retaliatory action, we have caused severe damage to terrorist infrastructure across,” the Army chief told the media on the sidelines of a sports event.Defence sources said four launch pads were targeted by the Army. “It was a direct assault at the same time using heavy artillery.” At least six Pakistani soldiers were killed in the firing,” one source said, adding that each launch pad had over 15-20 terrorists waiting to infiltrate.An Army spokesperson said they had hit terrorist launch pads and Pakistan Army positions with heavy artillery in retaliatory firing. “As a result, calibrated escalation of area weapons was undertaken by the Indian side in which terrorist launch pads, Pakistan Army posts giving incidental protection to these launch pads, and certain gun positions were hit,” he said. Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Sunday that following definitive information of terrorists attempting infiltration from camps in Tangdhar and Keran sectors along the Line of Control (LoC), the Army took retaliatory action on four camps, destroying at least three.Damage to a fourth terror camp is being assessed, he stated, adding that six to ten Pakistani soldiers and an equal number of terrorists were killed as per information “currently available”.The Army also said Pakistan had resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation, targeting civilians, in which two soldiers and a civilian were killed. | Photo Credit: Reuters Unprovoked, says Pak.Responding to the Army’s statement, Pakistan accused India of unprovoked ceasefire violation (CFV) targeting civilians. Pakistan’s Director General Inter-Services Public Relations said on Twitter that unprovoked Indian CFV in Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri Sectors had deliberately targeted civilians.Stating that they effectively responded, the DG ISPR claimed, “Nine Indian soldiers killed, several injured. Two Indian bunkers destroyed. During exchange of fire one soldier and three civilians shaheed, two soldiers and five civilians injured.”However, defence sources rejected claims of Indian Army fatalities while observing that if there was one casualty “we have to declare” as the system is so and there are procedures to follow. “We have no scope to hide causalities,” the source added.Gen Rawat said, after the current action by the Indian Army, Pakistan could try and avenge it and cautioned against such action. “Any action they attempt, the reaction they will get from us will be far more superior from what they have experienced so far,” he said.  He advised Pakistan to pay heed to the advice of Financial Action Task Force(FATF) and “not provide any support to terrorists” across and cause disruption and violence across the LoC.An Indian Army spokesperson said they had hit terrorist launch pads and Pakistan Army positions with heavy artillery in retaliatory firing. “As a result, calibrated escalation of area weapons was undertaken by the Indian side in which terrorist launch pads, Pakistan Army posts giving incidental protection to these launch pads, and certain gun positions were hit,” he said.A defence source said “it was a direct assault at the same time using heavy artillery” and each launch pad had over 15-20 terrorists waiting to infiltrate. One civilian was killed and three others from Ghundhishat village of Tangdhar district were injured.The launch pads were located south of Zura in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and sources confirmed that the Indian Army had used 155mm heavy artillery guns. While small arms and heavy mortars are used during CFVs, heavy artillery has been intermittently used by both sides during escalations. During the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Gen Bipin Rawat and was appraised of the developments and the situation along the LoC.last_img read more