Phillips concedes in NY22 race, sets up Tenney/Brindisi rematch in November

first_imgWith a Tenney victory, the former member of the New York State Assembly will try to retake the New York 22nd Congressional District that she held before Anthony Brindisi unseated her. In the statement, Phillips said, “I am sad that election night results did not go our way but most grateful to all of our supporters. There were over 15,000 absentee ballot requests in our district. Our team worked these absentee ballots extremely hard and I am confident that we will make up votes but I am afraid it will not be enough. I wish Claudia Tenney the best and success as Republicans try to take back the House of Representatives in the fall.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Hours after republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney declared victory in the New York 22nd Congressional District primary, her opponent conceded the race. In 2018, Brindisi narrowly defeated Tenney with nearly 51% of the total vote.center_img George Phillips, who fell behind Tenney by 8,700 votes on Tuesday, issued a statement despite the large number of absentee ballots that have yet to be counted. The General Election will be held on November 3, 2020.last_img read more

PREMIUMFinding shelter: Motorcyclists told to vacate overpasses, even during pouring rain

first_imgGoogle Facebook Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Heavy rainfall, waterlogged streets and traffic bottlenecks give severe headaches to anyone commuting around the city in this rainy season. To avoid getting drenched in a downpour or driving into potholes hidden by water, some motorcyclists prefer to take shelter to wait out the rain.Motorcyclists commonly take shelter under overpasses during heavy rains, blocking some of the street lanes and creating traffic jams.In order to prevent motorcyclists from parking under overpasses during a rainfall, the Jakarta administration is reminding people of the prevailing traffic regulations through its Instagram account, @dkijakarta.“Stopping on the road under an overpass is a traffic violation as there are traffic signs that mark them as no-stopping areas,” the chief of the Jakarta Police’s traffic law enforcement center (Gakkum), Adj. Sr. Comr. Siregar, told The Jakarta… Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here motorcycle motorcycle-ban flyover Rain-in-Jakarta rain rainfall TrafficJam traffic traffic-congestionlast_img read more

Andersen, new staff ready to get to work for Badgers

first_imgNew Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is already setting the foundation for next year\’s season.New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is starting off his coaching career with words that harken back to his identity as a players-first coach.Andersen repeatedly stressed when meeting with the media Thursday afternoon the most important goal for him before the start of spring football was his entire staff and himself earning the trust of and getting to know the team.“Getting to know the kids is number one,” Andersen said of his priorities at this point of the offseason.With his staff almost assembled, Andersen cited the newly hired assistant coaches on his staff have contacted most of their returning players for the 2013 season, with the lone exception being the wide receiver spot – no hire has yet been made to replace the departing Zach Azzani, who took the same job at Tennessee.Andersen had an opportunity to watch the Badgers practice in Madison and Los Angeles during their preparation leading up to the 2013 Rose Bowl and came away impressed with the team’s chemistry and their love for the game.“They just like to be around each other,” Andersen said. “This is just a group that loves football.”Andersen talks new hiresWisconsin’s new offensive and defensive coordinators both share strong ties to Andersen. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig spent time at the same position under now-head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes Urban Meyer from 2005-2008, the same time Andersen was with the program as the defensive coordinator.On the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Dave Aranda served 2012 at the same position at Utah State under Andersen. A 2012 nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the best assistant coach in college football, Aranda led an Aggies defense ranked in the top 10 nationally for touchdowns allowed and points allowed per game.“The biggest thing with [offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig] and with [defensive coordinator Dave Aranda] is they do a tremendous job of identifying the talent. They’re tremendous teachers, I think they’re on the cutting edge with scheme both offensively and defensively.”On top of that, Andersen brings offensive line coach T.J. Woods to Wisconsin from Utah State, joining Aranda and safeties coach Bill Busch as Aggie transplants with their head coach.The Wisconsin offensive line job is largely considered one of the best in the nation, but the players went through quite a bit of adversity the past few years as far as coaching. After the departure of long-time coach Bob Bostad for Pittsburgh and eventually the NFL, former head coach Bret Bielema hired Mike Markuson, whom he promptly fired after two games when the Badgers struggled to produce a push up front.Bart Miller took over as the interim line coach, helping turn around the struggling group and was considered a key component in the Badgers making it to a third-straight Rose Bowl. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez endorsed Miller as a candidate for the opening on Andersen’s staff as the tight end coach, but Andersen decided to go a different direction, hiring Auburn University’s Jay Boulware.“What Bart did was impressive, there’s no question about it,” Andersen said. “It came down to there was a special teams part of that that was a big factor. And the way this staff is broken down there’s nine coaches, there’s five on one side, there’s four on the other. We have four on defense and five on offense and we needed that special teams coordinator to be on that side of the football and that fell in the hands of the tight end position at this go-around.”Besides serving as the tight ends coach at Auburn, Boulware was the special teams coordinator, a position he will also hold at Wisconsin, leading a group in 2012 that only allowed four punt return yards on 70 punts and allowed just 16.6 yards per kickoff return.A New Recruiting OutlookAfter a few years at Utah State, Andersen began to win recruiting battles against traditional state powers Utah and BYU, something that was unheard of in Logan, Utah.But with a 2013 signing day approaching rapidly with recruits brought in by the departing coaching staff, Andersen and his assistants face the challenge of reaching out to each individual commit and reassuring them that their right choice remains at Wisconsin.Andersen cited a preference to be honest with each recruit as to where he thinks they sit in the future of Wisconsin football with him at the helm and already has created a needs list based on his evaluation so far of the returning roster for 2013.“The important part for us right now is to let them know who we are,” Andersen said. “Plans for the program, let them understand who we’re going to be as a coaching staff, kind of put our money where our mouth is if you will as far as what we’ve presented to them so far.”“A chance for their mentors, their parents, their grandmothers or their grandfathers to sit in a room and look us in the eye and ultimately, me, to be able look them in the eye and walk out of the room and say, ‘I’m here to turn this young man into a man and with his help and your help I believe we can get this done and five years from now, hopefully that’s the case, with a quality degree. And he’s ready to move on into life and be successful.”last_img read more

Zwennes, Spain step up bid to win GBA presidency

first_imgTwo of the leading faces of boxing on both the local and international scene, Lawyer Peter Zwennes Jnr and Manly Spain are touting their credentials ahead of the Ghana Boxing Authority elections slated for March 8th.Both aspirants go into this election on the back of very impressive CVs having been involved with the sport for many years.Laywer Zwennes, whose dad Peter Zwennes Snr was also one of the leading faces of the sport says his long association coupled with his drive, passion, ability to deliver and credentials as a man who can turn around the face of the sport puts him in very good stead for the vacant position.He was particularly delighted that for the very first time in the sport, elections are being held to elect officials for the Ghana Boxing Authority.“I have been involved in the sport for a very long time from the days when my dad used to take me to the various boxing bouts. Those were the days when unheard of crowds made their way to see bout after bout. For a sport that had a world Champion as far back as 1975 (David Kotei Poison) way before Ghana made it to its first football world Cup, I think the Sport deserves better that is why I am availing myself to serve the Boxing constituency.In fact the various Stakeholders called on me to consider taking up this mantle since they believe in my ability to transform the sport. All this and more have compelled me to challenge for this position and I believe I will emerge victorious after the elections.”He added that he intended to broaden the horizon of the sport beyond its base in the Greater Accra Region as the other regions also do have a wealth of potential if they are given the much needed attention and support.On his part, Manly Spain who doubles up as the promoter of Braimah Kamoko (Bukom Banku) believes the time has come for a new direction for the GBA and he is the right man for the job. He touted his credentials as one of the best promoters on the boxing scene and added that his connections in the world of boxing and his passion for the sport in the last four decades and more would be enough to get him elected come Election Day.“I already have a few world title promotions with the big organizations in the sport like WBC, WBA and WBO coming up shortly and Ghanaians should be looking forward to that including one that is planned for Bukom Banku. This is only the beginning and you would see a lot more after March 8th when I assume the presidency.”Boxing Stakeholders will elect the next President of the GBA on March 8th which will herald a new beginning for the sport after the Sammy Captan led administration was asked to stand down a couple of months ago.last_img read more

Dinosaur Evolution Is Relative

first_imgThe science news media are all reporting that the “oldest known dinosaur relative” has been found.  The artist reconstructions of Asilisaurus kongwe, found in middle Triassic layers in Tanzania, make the creature look quite dinosaurian; at least it was dog-sized and walked on thick legs under its body like its famous brethren did.  Its early date (230 million years, by evolutionary reckoning) creates a conundrum for evolution.  It pushes the common ancestor of dinosaurs and pterosaurs (if there was one) farther back in time, to 245 million years ago.    The fossil presents another problem for evolution.  “Until now, paleontologists have generally believed that the closest relatives of dinosaurs possibly looked a little smaller in size, walked on two legs and were carnivorous,” PhysOrg said.  “However, a research team including Randall Irmis, curator of paleontology at the Utah Museum of Natural History and assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah has made a recent discovery to dispel this hypothesis.”  That discovery was a herbivorous, four-legged silesaur – a sister group of contemporaries to the dinosaurs – that looked very different from what was expected.  One of the authors of a paper in Nature said, “The crazy thing about this new dinosaur discovery is that it is so very different from what we all were expecting, especially the fact that it is herbivorous and walked on four legs.”  Science Daily also echoed the press release from the University of Utah.  National Geographic announced, “Dinosaurs Ten Million Years Older Than Thought.”    The evolutionary story that was expected was that herbivory evolved late in the silesaur lineage.  Finding a herbivorous silesaur 10-15 million years earlier means that its carnivorous ancestor had to be earlier, too.  But even that story is murky.  Are vegetarians better adapted?  “Although difficult to prove, it’s possible that this shift conferred an evolutionary advantage.”  But then, herbivory arose in three groups: silesaurs, and both major groups of dinosaurs.  “The researchers conclude that the ability to shift diets may have lead [sic] to the evolutionary success of these groups.”  Why do paleontologists think so?  “These shifts all occurred in less than 10 million years, a relatively short time by geological standards, so we think that the lineage leading to silesaurs and dinosaurs might have had a greater flexibility in diet, and that this could be a reason for their success.”  It sounds like he just said that fast evolution is evidence for evolution.  Live Science put it this way: “The analysis provides a window into dinosaur evolution, particularly how the animals acquired plant-eating abilities.”  Somehow, evidence that the animal ate plants told them how they got the ability to eat plants, even though National Geographic admitted, “What emerged looked nothing like what paleontologists had imagined.”    Evolution was not very evident in the fossil bed where Asilisaurus kongwe was found, however.  Also found were crocodiles.  So much for dinosaur-like body plans evolving from crocs.  “The presence of these animals together at the same time and place suggests that the diversification of the relatives of crocodilians and dinosaurs was rapid, and happened earlier than previously suggested.”  Somehow, we are told, this “sheds light on a group of animals that later came to dominate terrestrial ecosystems” for 185 million years.  Irmis was apparently not shamed by this blow to expectations.  Quite the contrary: he said, “It’s very exciting because the more we learn about the Triassic Period, the more we learn about the origin of the dinosaurs and other groups.”  Christian Sidor, a co-author of the paper, was less sanguine: “It’s making the picture a little bit murkier, because we have a possible herbivore and quadruped very close to the dinosaur lineage.”  Christopher Brochou made hey out of both sides of the truck: Hey, “it’s part of a larger, growing realization that the earliest archosaurs were far more diverse than we ever thought,” he said, but hey: it’s also “an elegant fulfillment of a prediction” that dinosaur ancestors would include members that were both crocodile-like and bird-like.  Picturing the common ancestor of those is left as an exercise.    Live Science noted that the research was funded by the National Geographic Society, Evolving Earth Foundation, Grainger Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.To be a good evolutionary paleontologist these days, you have to mold your brain contrary to its natural tendencies.  You have to get rid of shame, reproach and despair.  You have to think positive: no matter what happens, no matter what turns up, it glorifies Darwin and sheds light on evolution.  It must.  It may look like abrupt appearance.  It may look like a falsification of common ancestry.  But if you have trained your mind to think Darwinly long enough, you learn to say that looks are deceiving.  What it really means is that evolution is very flexible.  It can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving no trace.  Then, animals that burst onto the evolutionary tableau can persist with little change for hundreds of millions of years.  See?    Imagination is the caulk that holds these disparate bits of fact together, so they can be force-fitted into a mosaic of King Charles that the public can worship.  Shedding light on evolution does not mean shedding light on the facts as facts, but onto the mosaic into which they have been placed.  That’s why nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.  King Charles makes sense.  Creationism is nonsense – by definition.  Practice this long enough and you get used to it.  Floodlights on the mosaic; ain’t it grand? (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dental Marathon to take on Mount Kilimanjaro for free oral healthcare

first_imgThe Dental Marathon team will set off in June to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The goal is to help get free oral healthcare and education to African children.Play Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana wants to change the narrative that there are more smart phones than toothbrushes in Africa. He is the founder of the Dental Marathon. (Images: Dental Marathon, Facebook)Melissa JavanPlay Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana says he has always had the desire to make a long-term impact on society that will leave a lasting legacy. The founder of the Dental Marathon makes sure that all schoolchildren in the Free State learn about oral health.The Dental Marathon team gives lessons in oral health to schoolchildren; each child in the more than 800 schools also gets a free dental pack that includes a toothbrush and toothpaste.Play Your Part ambassadors promote active citizenship to help overcome South Africa’s challenges.“There are painful stories. It baffles me when I hear that an eight- or nine-year-old has never brushed their teeth,” says Mushwana, who comes from Limpopo. He’s been living in Bloemfontein for eight years. “There is a lot to be done, not just in South Africa but throughout Africa.”To make sure more children get free oral healthcare and education, the Dental Marathon plans to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2017.More than 180,000 schoolchildren benefit from the Dental Marathon initiative in Bloemfontein.Mushwana is the founder and chief executive officer of the Dental Marathon. He says he wants to change the narrative that there are more smart phones than toothbrushes in Africa.This is why the Dental Marathon is establishing a global footprint. To build awareness, Mushwana recorded videos of people all over the world saying they supported the Dental Marathon. He started this #50Different campaign during a visit in Europe.In the videos, people first introduce themselves in their native language; each ends their video saying they support the Dental Marathon. In his video, Mushwana spoke in his native language, Xitsonga. He said: “Avuxeni, vito ra mina hi mina Thobile Mushwana. Ni huma Africa-dzonga ni seketela Dental Marathon.” (In English this means “hi, I’m Thobile Mushwana from South Africa and I support the Dental Marathon.”)The videos are uploaded onto the group’s Facebook page.Watch #50Different campaign videos:How the Dental Marathon worksOnce a week the Dental Marathon team visits a school in Bloemfontein, explains Mushwana. “During the week we do an analysis of the needs of the school we are going to on that particular Friday.”The programme runs throughout the year. On the school visits, the team teaches the children what healthy foods you should eat, how to keep your teeth clean and how to floss.Thereafter, the children leave their toothbrushes at school. In the morning before class starts, the teachers make sure they brush their teeth.Climbing Mount KilimanjaroMushwana says the team will leave Johannesburg for Tanzania on 3 June 2017. He and others will climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise funds.Kili, as it is affectionately known, rises about 4,900 metres from its base to 5,895 metres above sea level.The group aims to raise R10-million to build a Dental Marathon House in Bloemfontein.“Before we leave for Tanzania, we will have a press conference to show what the Dental Marathon House will look like,” says Mushwana.The Dental Marathon HouseAt the Dental Marathon House, children will get free oral healthcare and education, such as free check-ups, explains Mushwana.“We are going to open a head office in Johannesburg. The Dental Marathon House will be established in Bloemfontein.”In addition, the group plans to set up two mobile clinics that will travel throughout South Africa. “We will set up the first mobile clinic with a truck, which will have two dental chairs at the back.”One such mobile clinic will cost R2.2-million.Setting up a global footprintFollowing the Dental Marathon House in Bloemfontein, the organisation wants to establish a Dental Marathon House in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Once these are complete, the Dental Marathon team has their eye on building houses across the continent.Anyone can partner with the organisation. “We’re not looking for hand outs. We’re looking for a hand to partner with,” says Mushwana. “This brand will continue to grow.”Mushwana says Africa needs more problem solvers. “Most challenges are going to be solved by young people… Within each of us we have the solutions.”The Dental Marathon team consists of an executive board and volunteers. “The young people who serve as volunteers learn things such as how to serve and also to build relationships.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

ED seizes Rs 9 cr from hawala dealer’s office in Connaught Place

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday seized Rs 9.28 crore in cash from an alleged hawala dealer’s office in Connaught Place.The modus operandi of Pankaj Kapoor – dealer-cum-owner of CP Vault Private Limited, which offers safe deposit locker facility to customers and is located in B block – was to collect cash from the parties concerned, generate invoices of diamond sale against the money collected and transfer the funds by misusing banking channels.After a tip- off, an ED team led by assistant directors Rajeshwar Singh and Sharath Chaudhary swooped down on Kapoor’s premises in CP late in the night and recovered large volumes of unaccountedfor money that was largely in the denomination of Rs 1,000 notes.The cash was stuffed in almirahs, which were broken open.Almost four of the seized notes were found to be fake, ED sources said.The agency also got hold of incriminating documents, laptops and mobile phones from the office.According to the ED’s official release, the dealer’s total cash collection in the last two years was found to be more than Rs 2,800 crore.Kapoor has another office at Ferozeshah Road and stays in Anand Lok, South Delhi. He has around 1,200 vaults on offer to customers to keep either cash or jewellery.An ED officer said the vault facility was being misused and a case under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act had been registered against the dealer.The sleuths are also monitoring two bank accounts in the UK and Dubai, as well as the involvement of foreign companies.advertisementThe hawala dealer was involved in the import and export of diamonds.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Passing Out Parade Pop New Entry 52

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:Royal Bahamas Defence Force Recovery Of Stolen Vessel From Atlantis Marina Haitian Migrants Apprehended Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 27 Apr 2015 – The Press is invited to cover the graduation Ceremony for 108 recruits of New Entry 52, scheduled for Friday 8th May 2015 at Coral Harbour Base at 10:00 a.m. On this occasion, the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Bernard Nottage will inspect the passing out parade and deliver the keynote address.New Entry 52, commenced their recruit training exercise on 10th January 2015, and together they have completed seventeen (17) weeks of vigorous basic military training.The programme covered a curriculum of Sixteen (16) disciplines that included professional subjects such as navigation, seamanship, small arms, first aid, fire fighting and communications, hand to hand combat and character development. The rigorous ‘Swedish’ physical fitness training programme and swimming comprised the bulk of the fitness regiment.Your continued support of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is appreciated. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Defence Force Makes History With Public Service Awardlast_img read more