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first_imgFuneral services took place Dec. 28 for Estelle M. Glaeser, 80 of Secaucus. She passed away Dec. 22 at the Sunrise Senior Living Center in East Brunswick. Born in Secaucus to the late Fredrick and Evelyn (Day) Vogel, Estelle was a lifelong resident. Estelle taught at the Clarendon School and was a graduate of the Trenton State Teachers’ College. She was a proud member of the NJEA. Predeceased by her husband Howard Glaeser and her brother Fredrick Vogel, Estelle is survived by her daughter Cheryl Glaeser, her son Howard and wife Kathleen Glaeser, and her sister Evelyn Moore. Also surviving are her grandchildren Alissa and John Glaeser.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img

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Congress agrees on heavy truck waiver for Vermont interstates

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has won House and Senate negotiators’ approval of a 20-year extension of a pilot program in Vermont to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways. It bill still needs full congressionial approval and the president’s signature. Leahy said, “This is a hard-won victory for Vermont’s towns and rural communities.  No one thinks that overweight trucks should rumble through our historic villages and downtowns on two-lane roads, putting people and our state’s failing transportation infrastructure at risk.  This extension will shift heavy trucks from overburdened state secondary roads, which wind through many downtowns across our state, to the state’s Interstate highways for decades to come.  This will especially help Vermont businesses and communities that are struggling most from the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged by Irene.’  Current federal law restricts trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds from regularly using the nation’s Interstate highway system.  But portions of the Interstate network in neighboring states allow higher-weight trucks to operate on those Interstates due to special circumstances, from tolling to grandfather clauses.  Prior to Leahy securing the initial pilot program in 2009, these exceptions, combined with a state law that allows trucks over 80,000 pounds to operate on Vermont’s secondary roadways, have resulted in overweight truck traffic traveling through Vermont on some of the state’s smaller roadways, creating safety concerns and putting pressure on the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. Leahy said he hopes the extension will help transportation officials better understand whether or not the new option is helping to ease truck traffic in commercial and residential areas like Derby Line, where heavy trucks from Canada are forced to exit from Interstate 91 to take U.S. Route 5 South through Vermont.  Leahy said he has heard similar stories of overweight truck traffic taking state routes along the Interstate from several communities, including in Burlington along U.S. Routes 2 and 7, in Brattleboro along U.S. Route 5, and in St. Johnsbury along U.S. Routes 2 and 5.  Leahy and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have been working with state and municipal officials across Vermont to find a solution to the problem of excessive numbers of overweight trucks rumbling through downtowns and villages.  Sanders and Welch support the Leahy provision.  WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Nov. 11, 2011) Leahy’s provisions for Vermont — and similar provisions for Maine, advocated by Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine — have now been agreed to by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ negotiators on the transportation budget bill.  Leahy had included his provision in the annual transportation funding bill passed earlier by the Senate.  The counterpart House bill did not have truck waiver provisions.  Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its transportation subcommittee.  The final bill is expected to gain final Senate and House approval next week, then it will go to the President to be signed into law.  The final compromise extends Leahy’s Vermont waiver and the Maine waiver for 20 years. The earlier Senate bill would have made the changes permanent.last_img read more

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Guatemalan Authorities Launch Operation to Find Missing Criminal Leader

first_img Approximately 1,000 Guatemalan Police and Army personnel have formed a group to capture alleged Guatemalan criminal leader Eduardo Villatoro, aka Guayo, alleged leader of a gang that massacred eight police officers, and kidnapped and murdered a police chief in the west of the country, official sources reported. On June 13, eight police officers were murdered at a police station in Salcajá municipality, 200 km to the west of the country. Moreover, Police Chief César García was also kidnapped and later dismembered, and his remains were found a week after. “I call for Villatoro to go to the Police, since we are not withdrawing until we find him. We’ll find him, either by hook or by crook,” Minister of Interior Mauricio López told the press. The official added that support was requested from federal authorities in Mexico, as well as from state authorities in Chiapas, in order to prevent Villatoro from escaping the country. So far, 13 gang members have been captured, including the alleged author of García’s dismemberment, as part of so-called Operation Dignity. center_img By Dialogo July 23, 2013 On June 20, the Police announced that two members of the gang had been captured, including Donaldo Villatoro, brother of the alleged criminal leader. Although the operation encompasses the west side of the country, it mainly entails Huehuetenango, where Villatoro’s gang operates in association with certain Mexican cartels.last_img read more

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Will ‘El Chapo’s’ capture affect Sinaloa Cartel operations in Latin America?

first_img Ecuador fights drug trafficking Guatemala should be “more concerned” about possible violence in the wake of the capture of El Chapo because it shares a border with Mexico, which is home not only to the Sinaloa Cartel but also Los Zetas and other transnational criminal organizations, Rivera said. The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas have moved 90 percent of their drug trafficking operations to Central America to smuggle cocaine into the United States, according to the UN. Both Mexican organized crime groups transport drugs from Central America to the United States through partnerships with Guatemalan gangs. Those gangs include Barrio 18, Los Mendoza, Los Lorenzana, Los Chamales, and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), which originated in El Salvador but also operates in Guatemala. Colombian drug trafficking groups may also try to take control of drug trafficking routes the Sinaloa Cartel has been using in Guatemala, according to Asturias. The Sinaloa Cartel, through the criminal gang Los Rastrojos, controls drug cultivation and methamphetamine labs on the border with Ecuador. They also control the guerrilla group’s drug crops and laboratories in Norte de Santander, one of the strategic areas where coca is transported to Venezuela. During the last two years, the Sinaloa Cartel has attained greater control of drug trafficking routes in Colombia, Rodríguez Luna said. El Chapo exerted control over smaller organized crime groups by providing money and weapons to them, which gave him leverage in negotiations, the security analyst said. With the capture of El Chapo, these organized crime groups “will seek to negotiate better conditions in terms of profits,” Rodríguez Luna. Security forces in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Colombia have made great strides in the fight against drug trafficking. The authorities of these countries and other partner nations in the Americas must remain vigilant in the fight against transnational criminal organizations, the three security analysts said. El Chapo is being held in the Altiplano maximum-security prison in the state of Mexico. El Chapo is a neighbor of the former leader of Los Zetas, Jaime González Durán, known as “El Hummer.” The Mexican Federal Police (PF) arrested González Durán in 2008. El Hummer is serving a 72-year prison sentence for kidnapping and organized crime. The greatest danger is if that fight spreads throughout the Central and South Americas which are sensitive regions regarding transnational security. CRACK DOWN ON DRUG TRAFFICKING It’s time the government capture those monsters that bring terror to our country with the damned drugs.7 I like this information That’s fine but what happens with those that use it; that’s another problem and it’s a very serious one worldwide. I liked the intelligence of the police because if I’m not mistaken, they had already captured him the first time. Very good, go on and thank you for keeping us informed. The World Health Organization should issue more publications on the damages that drugs cause to health. It is unbelievable that there are people interested in the decriminalization of drugs, unaware of how many people die from an overdose. Legalize drugs so that they pay taxes. Excellent articles… only Dialogo can have a specific vision of the current Latin American situation. The capture is a good thing, but as long as they don’t cut the octopus’s head, its tentacles will remain active. This is very good and informative. It’s not a matter of whether they like it or not. Personally, I think that decriminalizing or legalizing drugs with high taxes would be the biggest blow for drug trafficking, since: 1) it would end cartels, 2) it would prevent all the killing caused by the competition between them, 3) there would be more control over the usage, 4) the States (their governments) would eliminate a heavy expense from their budget, and they would receive an income that they are not receiving currently by having to deal with the health expenses caused by drug addiction. It was the same with alcohol. Its consumption was legalized and the killings ended. Just ask Chicago. The recent capture of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, could prompt changes in the organization’s criminal operations in Latin America, according to Armando Rodríguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The Sinaloa Cartel operates in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The organized crime group forms alliances with local gangs to transport drugs, usually cocaine, from South America north to Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The Sinaloa Cartel also transports cocaine from the Caribbean to Europe, Africa, and Australia. The Sinaloa Cartel has also forged partnerships with two Hong Kong mafias to acquire precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of highly addictive synthetic drugs. The organized crime group uses the chemicals to manufacture methamphetamines in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, officials have said. Sinaloa Cartel operatives, including members of local gangs, pick up the precursor chemicals from ports in Guatemala and Honduras, then drive the chemicals in SUVs to clandestine labs. With El Chapo incarcerated, the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations in Latin America could be altered, Rodríguez Luna said. The Sinaloa Cartel is the largest and most powerful transnational criminal organization in the world, but with El Chapo incarcerated, it could break up into smaller drug trafficking groups, Rodríguez Luna said. What is next for the Sinaloa Cartel? The fall of Pablo Escobar Mexican Marines capture ‘El Chapo’ By Dialogo March 09, 2014center_img Possible violence in Guatemala A similar fragmentation may occur now that El Chapo is incarcerated, the security analyst said. A breakup of the Sinaloa Cartel could unleash a wave of violence in Latin America and in Mexico, as El Chapo’s lieutenants fight for power, the security analyst said. “This would be typical of a realignment of roles, part of a realignment of power,” Rodríguez Luna said. “The small cartels – the ‘cartelitos’ – would try to fill the gaps, and El Chapo’s lieutenants may fight over the structure of the organization and profits.” Members of the Sinaloa Cartel in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador are watching to see who will take El Chapo’s place as leader of the transnational criminal organization. El Chapo may be replaced by his top lieutenant, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, according to published reports. “There is a lot of money at stake, hitmen, high-powered weapons, and drugs,” Rodríguez Luna said. The Sinaloa Cartel traffics drugs to the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia — 50 countries in all, according to the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration. Mexican Marines and police agents captured El Chapo in the early morning hours on February 22, 2014 inside a condominium in Mazatlan, in his home state of Sinaloa. Security forces captured the fugitive drug kingpin without firing a single shot. The capture ended a 13-year search for the fugitive drug lord, who escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. While the capture of El Chapo is a major blow against the Sinaloa Cartel, the transnational criminal organization will continue to operate, according to Rodríguez Luna and two other security analysts, Freddy Rivera of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), which is based in Ecuador, and Sandino Asturias of the Center for Guatemalan Studies (CEG). The transnational criminal organization has a stable structure, which will allow it to operate with El Chapo in custody, the security analysts said. The capture of El Chapo may not have an immediate impact in Ecuador, where the Sinaloa Cartel relies on alliances with local gangs to transport drugs, Rivera said. In the short term, Ecuador may experience an increase in violence, as Colombian and Peruvian criminal organizations and other Mexican cartels attempt to take advantage of El Chapo’s capture by trying to take control of key drug trafficking routes, the security analyst said. Drug trafficking adjustments in Colombia Security forces in Ecuador are gathering intelligence on the reaction of drug trafficking groups to the capture of El Chapo, Rivera said. Ecuador is prepared to cooperate with the security forces of other partner nations to combat drug trafficking, Rivera said. The Sinaloa Cartel works with Ecuadorian gangs to transport drugs throughout the country and north of the border. Ecuador is not a drug-producing country, but it is used as a storage place and transport route by the Sinaloa Cartel, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and organized crime groups from Russia, Nigeria, and China, according to the World Drug Report 2013, issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Sinaloa Cartel, through the criminal gang Los Rastrojos, controls drug cultivation and methamphetamine labs on the border with Ecuador. It also controls the guerrilla group’s drug crops and laboratories in Norte de Santander, one of the strategic areas where coca is transported to Venezuela. Ecuador is one of the ten countries around the world that has had the most success in recent years in the fight against drug trafficking operations, according to the report. Drug traffickers move around 120,000 kilograms of cocaine from Colombia and Peru through Ecuador every year, according to the report “Situation Analysis of Drug Trafficking, A Police Perspective”, prepared by the American Police Community (AMERIPOL). That is what happened to international Colombian drug cartels which Latin American security forces broke up in the 1990s, Rodríguez Luna said. For example, in December 1992, Colombian security forces killed Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellin Cartel. The cartel had produced and transported cocaine to Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The cartel had its own airplanes, and flew huge amounts of cocaine to the U.S. After the death of Escobar, the Cali Cartel took over the international cocaine trade for about two years, until security forces captured its leaders. By the mid-1990s, smaller organized crime groups, like the Norte del Valle Cartel and the BACRIM were controlling the cocaine trafficking trade in Colombia and other parts of Latin America, according to Rodríguez Luna. last_img read more

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Librarians say they are not out of the woods yet

first_imgLibrarians say they are not out of the woods yet June 15, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Librarians say they are not out of the woods yet Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Legislators working on court funding promised they would take care of courthouse law libraries.But representatives of law libraries from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach to St. Lucie to Hernando counties say they don’t feel taken care of—they feel taken to the cleaners.“Somebody needs to tell the truth: They did not save the law libraries. I feel like (legislators) torpedoed the boat and waved vigorously from the shore while we sank,” said Karen Emerson, a Ft. Pierce attorney who organized a petition drive requesting “the restoration of funding for local law libraries.”The big change is the funding source.For 47 years, thanks to Judge Rupert J. Smith, a state representative in 1957 who successfully sponsored legislation, local law libraries didn’t have to beg from counties, but were financed by up-front add-on fees on civil case filings.But as of July 1, that funding source goes out the window with Revision 7 to Art. V because it was not considered technically an “element of the state court system” due to the fact that not every county has a law library.This year, legislators provided a new funding source: a fee up to $65 to be collected from criminal defendants, a compromise reached in the final flurry of negotiations. The Senate originally set a $150 figure, the House wanted $50.Law libraries will get a fourth of that $65 (the rest going to legal aid, teen court and other juvenile alternative programs, and other innovative court program). But no one really knows how much that will be, considering the source: criminal defendants, ranging from felons to traffic law violators.The new law says any money collected is “subordinate in priority” to other state-imposed costs under Revision 7 to Art. V, compensation to crime victims, and child support payments. And if a defendant is indigent, the clerk will defer payment of the cost.“We have become a grand collection agency. Now we get to be a collection agency on the backs of criminals,” Emerson said.Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, chair of the House Select Committee on Art. V, counters: “The big difference is this is now mandatory and there is an incentive in place for judges to collect this money.” She specifically referred to the judicial innovations that will receive a quarter of the monies to fund such special projects as mental health courts.Benson also argues that because the state took “significant expenditures off of counties,” such as paying for conflict counsel and psychiatric evaluations of defendants, “We hope counties will see fit to fund law libraries.” She also says local bar association could step in to help.“I want to make sure everyone has access. That is the most important thing,” Benson said. “Access can be in a law library in a courthouse, or in a law section of the main library.”Those arguments are not reassuring to those who treasure courthouse law libraries the way they are now.James T. Walker, an attorney on the board of trustees of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library in St. Lucie, said his research reveals the federal side is only able to collect about 6 percent of what is allowable under criminal statutes.“If we accept in good faith for now legislative assurances that this will be a viable source of revenue, and assume more optimistically the collection rate, instead of being in the neighborhood of 6 percent, is say 70 percent — a percentage we are picking out of the air arbitrarily — we are still looking at an overall shortfall of $94,000 for our library,” Walker said.“We have already taken steps to slash the printed collection by 20 percent.”Or as Emerson bluntly says: “Our collection rate for St. Lucie County from criminal cases is $38,500. Divide that by four. And which row of books do you want to keep?”What constitutes a viable law library has been a frustrating argument for Bob Riger, executive director of the Miami-Dade Law Library.Riger came to Tallahassee to lobby legislators about the importance of a fully stocked law library, not the bare-bones “basic legal materials” outlined in the House plans that called for Florida Statutes, United States Code, Florida Rules of Court, Federal Rules of Court, Beiber’s Legal Citation Dictionary, and Black’s Law Dictionary, for a total cost of $2,267.Riger has his own list of what the American Association of Law Libraries considers basic materials, costing nearly 100 times the legislative bare-bones version, at $220,132. That list includes state and administrative case law, treatises, self-help materials for pro se litigants, session laws from the state, annotations included in the statutes, administrative law, local bar publications, case law, and encyclopedias.“I tried to present to (legislators) the fact that we were a unique entity,” Riger said.“There is nothing like it, and we are doing the work that no one else is willing to do. We see ourselves—and this may sound grandiose or dramatic to some—but we see ourselves as saving lives every day. We have desperate people coming in to use our libraries: battered wives seeking an injunction, or those who have just been evicted. Unfortunately, many of the legislators looked at it as all well and good. But they said, ‘If the counties want to do that, let them pay for it.’ And some House members thought less was more.”Indeed, more than half of users of law libraries statewide are not attorneys and judges, but regular people trying to answer legal questions or represent themselves.In Palm Beach County, Law Library Manager Linda Sims says 70 percent of the people she serves are from the general public.“We will stay open, but I believe we are facing big budget cuts, which is going to cut into the heart of the library,” Sims said.“We have already laid off a part-timer. One full-time person resigned because of the concerns of the indefinite situation.”The law library housed at the Palm Beach County Judicial Center budget is $550,000, Sims said, and it is estimated they will receive $350,000 from the new funding source.“That requires the county to put in the difference, and the county has said they are not going to,” Sims said.“It’s a huge element of frustration because I know that the money is out there. It just seems the county commissioners are not really looking at the value of the law library,” Sims said.“I have 19 years here. I see the value of the law library,” she continued. “I see the service it provides. My feeling is that I’ll keep going until there is nothing to maintain. I feel like the captain that goes down with the ship.”Walker sees law libraries no less than at the very foundation of equal justice for all.“We feel as if a healthy justice system requires a liberal access by the people of the state to legal information. And that requires a healthy system of law libraries throughout the state,” Walker said.“Unfortunately, most people don’t live conveniently near a university center. And few people can afford the cost of a legal electronic data access. Without a law library at hand, most people will not have meaningful access to justice.”With a budget of more than $1 million and an estimated funding source of $170,000, Riger will seek to make up the difference from Miami-Dade County.“We’ve been negotiating with the county and putting together a budget, and nothing is official until the budget is approved,” Riger said.But that may not be an option for cash-strapped small counties.Asked if it is viable to go to the Hernando County Commission for help in funding the law library, Brooksville attorney Joe Mason responded: “Can you quote a laugh?”Mason said how much will actually be raised from the criminal cases add-on fees is “absolutely unknown,” though the Senate estimated the $65 could raise $33 million statewide, divided by four for law libraries. Benson said the House’s admittedly “optimistic number” is $38 million. That figures out to an estimated $9.5 million for law libraries, Benson said, which should cover the estimated statewide cost of libraries of $6.1 to $6.3 million.But Mason is taking a wait-and-see attitude on how much money is generated.“The funding is coming from sources that never really have been tracked before. It’s all related to criminal dockets.“I guess the question I have got to raise: Does the legislature even bother to check on what the collection rate from the criminal cases will be?” Mason asked.“I suspect the collection rate is low, low, though I can’t say that for certain. It appears to me as if it was an attempt by the legislature to say, ‘Hey, we took care of you. It’s not our fault the judges can’t collect money from the criminal defendants.’”Those who care about the quality of local libraries say they will be watching and plotting strategies for the future.“We think what is going to happen is it is going to become clear that the collection rate is not sufficiently high to be a meaningful source of revenue,” Walker said.“Therefore, we are keeping the option of going back to the legislature and asking them to revisit this matter, should that experience live down to our expectations.”last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events December 17 – 23

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [Photo: Long Island’s own Huntington hellraisers The Bogmen rock The Paramount on Dec. 19!]The Slim KingsThis 4-year-old, Brooklyn-born band blends a soulful mix of old blues and classic rock. Consisting of veteran musicians who have recorded alongside Billy Joel and composed songs and soundtracks for popular shows such as Law and Order and Sons of Anarchy, these rockers are forever expanding from their supportive New York base to musical nirvana and beyond. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. December 17.Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin ExperienceLike father, like son, that’s the essence of Jason Bonham’s critically acclaimed tribute to the music his dad, John Bonham, brought to millions as the drummer for The Almighty Led Zeppelin. For two nights, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will let fans relive some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll ever made. This show is more than a tribute—it’s a celebration. From their 1969 debut to Zep’s second, fourth, and Physical Graffiti masterpieces, plus a heavy serving of deep cuts and smash hits, this is a must-see, must-listen show. Jason Bonham has won respect as a drummer in his own right, too, earning a Grammy Award for his work on Led Zep’s Celebration Day, and he’s also gotten kudos performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center. So “ramble on” over there, or take the stairway to you know where! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. December 17.Joey Bada$$This Brooklyn-born, Bed-Stuy-raised rapper will be dropping rhymes and groovin’ to some insanely catchy beats in support of his latest, B4.DA.$$. Not to be missed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. December 17.First Responders FundraiserLocal hellraisers Milky White, A Day Amongst Martyrs, Typhon Rising, Dylan Ander, Dijon, Afterburn, and more will unleash a high-octane night of music in support of the FealGood Foundation, a 9/11 first responders charity. 89 North Music Venue, 89 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 6 p.m. December 17.Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CinderellaReady your pumpkin wagon and transport yourself to the enchanting kingdom of dreams-come-true. Jaw-dropping music and inspiring performances retell this magical classic once again, from the wicked stepmother to the glass slipper to the masked ball. Just be home before the clock strikes 12! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $27-$89. Days, times vary. December 17 – 27.Dar WilliamsA folk-rock-singer-songwriter and teacher to young aspiring musicians, Williams is an artist whose songs of deep empathy and social justice speak to thousands of adoring fans. Her ninth studio album, Emerald, was released back in May. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $32-$40. 8 p.m. December 18.BadfishCovering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs by Sublime is this very cool tribute band, named after the band’s classic tune. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. December 18.China CrisisThese new wave English pop/rockers will be unleashing their mesmerizing, ultra-addictive and uber-iconic ’80s sound, reminiscent of The Smiths and Simple Minds, in support of their latest drop, Album in the Neighbourhood. Opening acts include Whole Sum and Off The Grid. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville.  $20, $25 DOS. clubloaded.com/events 8 p.m. December 18.A Very Scary X-MasIf you’re looking to bring a tidbit of terror into your holiday season, this Long Island Christmas-themed haunted house is just the place! Naughty or nice no longer matters, as Santa has had just about enough! The lists have gotten longer, the kids are ungrateful, and somewhere along the way they took the sugar out of the cookies and put almonds in the milk! It’s enough to drive an elf crazy…matter of fact, drive ALL the elves crazy! So watch out as you stroll 34th Street, don’t jaywalk, and be extra-careful in the Toy Shop! This Holiday Haunt is bringing chills and thrills for its second year in a row. Chamber of Horrors, 1745 Express Dr. N., Hauppauge. chamberofhorrorsny.com $24-$40. 7-11 p.m. December 18, 19.AnnieIt’s a hard knock life for us, but everyone’s favorite orphan knows how to take it all to Easy Street for a night of sing-a-long nostalgia. Can you do her dance? You know which one. Tippity tap-tap a-tippity tap-tap tap-tap tap! Dance that special dance along to the show! Dance that special dance during lunch break back at the office, too! Islip Town Hall West, 401 Main St., Islip. ckproductionsnewyork.com $15-$18. Days, times vary. Through January 3. State ChampsThis 5-year-old band from upstate New York delivers a solid mix of old-school and new-school pop punk. Their latest album, Around the World and Back, was released in October. Opening the show are Transit, Broadside and Rarity. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville.  $16. clubloaded.com/events 5 p.m. December 19.Dave AtellSociety failed as a whole when we were unsuccessful at bringing Insomniac with Dave Atell back to TV. Now’s the chance to redeem ourselves, as the Long Island native brings his one-of-a-kind hilarity back home. Atell’s fiery stand-up has been featured on Saturday Night Live, The Jon Stewart Show, The Gong Show with Dave Atell, and of course, Insomniac, when Atell would hang out all night with locals at their favorite dive bars after his gig. Don’t miss comedy’s favorite comedian as he brings down the house! Governors Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.com $34-$64. 8 p.m. December 18, 7 and 10 p.m. December 19. Theresa CaputoTeresa Caputo has embedded her way into pop culture’s echelon with her hit TV show Long Island Medium. With her uncanny ability to communicate with the dearly departed, Caputo has helped thousands find closure with their lost loved ones. With a personality as big as her hair style, Caputo is an icon Long Island is proud to call our own. Will audience members have a better time than Press reporter Jaime Franchi did at one of Caputo’s past appearances? [Read “My Not-So-Psychic Experience With ‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo” HERE] We’re not making any predictions but we sure hope so! Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$79.75. 7:30 p.m. December 19.Michael Clayton Moore’s Silent NightPerforming the music of Trans Siberian Orchestra and other Christmas favorites to benefit Christmas Magic, a nonprofit providing holiday generosity and spirit to those less fortunate, this is bound to be a holiday celebration for the books! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org 7:30 p.m. December 19.The BogmenThis wonderfully entertaining Long Island-based indie rock band first emerged from the wilds of Huntington when Billy Campion, Bill and Brendan Ryan, Mark Wike, P.J. O’Connor and Clive Tucker decided they had to rock out together. Signed to Arista Records in 1995, the Bogmen never quite became a household name that they deserved to be with their debut release Life Begins at 40 Million, but so it goes. And on they went. No matter what, they never let their fans get bogged down, taking their self-described “tribal, huntish” sound to every bar, club and retirement home in the Tri-state area. Over the intervening years, they’ve reunited many times to keep the thrills and spills alive. And that’s why this gig is such a great opportunity to enjoy the Bogmen at their very best. Not to be missed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$75. 8 p.m. December 19.Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals Holiday ShowThe band that defined “Blue-Eyed Soul” presents a special holiday concert, performing their hits, including “Good Lovin’” “Groovin (on a Sunday Afternoon,” “People Everywhere Just Gotta Be Free” and so many others. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $50-$79. 8 p.m. December 19. The Nutcracker Performed By The Eglevsky BalletThe holiday season just isn’t complete without The Nutcracker, and the Eglevsky Ballet boasts the largest production on Long Island. Performed annually, this year’s version features an amazing all-new production created exclusively for the Eglevsky Ballet. Prepare to be wowed as guest artists from the American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet bring to life Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the rest of your favorite holiday characters. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $48-$78. 6 p.m. December 19, 1 and 5 p.m. December 20.Christmas Spectacular, A Ziegfeld HolidayThis annual holiday celebration has a new twist this year: the elaborate theatrical production style of Broadway’s Zeigfeld’s Follies, designed by Broadway’s best talents. Throw in performances by Broadway’s hottest stars, and it looks like our Christmas wish just came true! Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $49-$55. 4 p.m., December 19. 3 p.m., December 20. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayPerformed live in the style of the old time-radio shows, this holiday favorite takes to the stage for a joyous holiday celebration not soon to be forgotten! Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $15-$30. 6 p.m. December 20.Kenny RogersThis Country Music Hall of Famer has charted more than 120 hits across multiple genres of music and remains one of the top-selling artists of all time. Expect a mix of classics and fan favorites, such as “The Gambler,” of course, and newer gems, spanning his more than half-century as one of America’s greatest song-storytellers. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. December 23.Fat JoeThis Bronx-born Latin rapper will break out some of his hits, such as “Lean Back,” “Make It Rain” and What’sLuv?” entrancing all in attendance with his infectious grooves and style! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. December 23.–Compiled by Desiree D’orio, Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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Ewan rockets to Tour de France bunch sprint victory

first_imgAfter a rampaging climax to Sunday’s race provided by Alaphilippe, this stage was a more leisurely run through a national park located between the Mediterranean and the foot of the Alps, winding through oak and pine-forested hills.With around a third of the peloton nursing grazes and bumps from that bruising first stage, and with Sunday’s speedy stage in their legs, the teams took it slowly before the Tour was treated to its first real sprint.”Today was one of the few real sprint opportunities, so we weren’t going to give that up,” Ewan said after stepping from the podium.Superstar sprinter Peter Sagan was again in the mix and gleaned enough points from his fifth position to take the green jersey he has won a record seven times. Ewan, known as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ and standing 1.65 meters, bided his time and overtook Bennett right on the line.The timely win gave Lotto a double boost after the team was reduced from eight to six riders on stage one when Philippe Gilbert broke a knee while John Degenkolb was thrown off the race for missing the time cut after a nasty fall.”It worked perfectly to plan, I had to move just at the right moment. It was disappointing to lose two riders on day one, but everyone has pulled together and we’ve done quite well,” Ewan said.”The world is watching and everyone would like to be here at this, it’s the biggest race in the world and I’m delighted.” Sweet moments for Alaphilippe Despite the Covid-19 resurgence in France, the roadsides in this pastoral part of France were packed with fans on Tuesday.Schoolchildren were out in force chasing the sweets and goodies thrown from the publicity caravan, which is about 70 percent smaller this year, and many were cheering home hero Alaphilippe.”Winning yesterday really relaxed me,” said Alaphilippe. “It’s a great honor to wear the jersey and I’ll be defending it day by day.”Tuesday’s stage features a summit finish and a tricky hill-laden route from Sisteron to Orcieres where Alaphilippe faces a real fight from British rider Adam Yates for the overall lead. Just four seconds separate the two.”I know it’ll be interesting with Adam Yates tomorrow,” said Alaphilippe, who now surpasses former winner Geraint Thomas in days wearing the yellow jersey.”It’s a difficult stage, I hear. I haven’t really studied it yet, but we’ll keep an eye on him [Yates],” Alaphilippe added.Yates, who has signed a deal to switch to Ineos, came fourth in the 2016 Tour de France where he also won the white jersey for the best under-25 rider.Frenchman Anthony Lopez broke a shoulder in a collision with a Cofidis team car that is being investigated, but amazingly, given how many falls there have been each day, he was just the fourth of the original field of 176 to leave the Tour so far. Australian rider Caleb Ewan produced an irresistible late burst of speed to pip a stunned Sam Bennett of Ireland on the finish line of stage three of the Tour de France on Monday.France’s Julian Alaphilippe retained the leader’s yellow jersey after the 198-kilometre stage from the Nice football stadium to the hilltop town of Sisteron in Provence.Ewan, 26, won three stages on the 2019 Tour but started this edition on his backside after a fall on the crash-strewn opening stage. Topics :last_img read more

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Elevator in East Java university hospital construction site falls, killing four

first_imgAn elevator at a construction site behind Malang Islamic University (Unisma) Hospital in East Java has fallen from the fourth floor, killing four out of the 11 construction workers inside.The incident occurred on Tuesday at 12.30 p.m. local time at the site, built to expand the Islamic hospital, which is located in Dinoyo subdistrict, Lowokwaru district, Malang.Budi Santoso, the hospital’s security coordinator, said he had heard a loud noise coming from the construction site when he was at the building that day. “There were 11 victims in the accident; we evacuated six people with injuries, four that were killed and one who survived [without any injuries],” Budi said on Tuesday as quoted by tribunnews.com. Malang Police criminal investigation division head Adj. Comr. Azi Pratas Gusiptu confirmed the incident.He added that officers were still investigating the cause of the fall.“We still don’t know if it was caused by human error or other reasons, but we will question some of the witnesses, including the project supervisor,” Azi said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Man Utd defeat against Arsenal ‘hurt’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Man Utd defeat against Arsenal ‘hurt’ Arsenal strengthened their grip on a top four place with a win over Manchester United last weekend (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is still ‘hurt’ by Manchester United’s defeat by Arsenal last weekend.After the high of completing an unprecedented Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, United were brought crashing back down to earth by Unai Emery’s side at the Emirates.Arsenal strengthened their position in the increasingly competitive race for Champions League qualification with a 2-0 victory which came courtesy of goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Bernd Leno was in outstanding form against Manchester United last weekend (Picture: Getty)United missed several gilt-edged chances and hit the woodwork twice, while Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Bernd Leno for keeping a rare clean sheet.ADVERTISEMENT‘You’re always measured on results,’ said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But we played a good game against Arsenal, played so much worse and won games and that’s the strange thing when you’re a manager you can look behind the result and say that was a good performance didn’t get what we deserved.‘It’s so strange, the Arsenal one, very disappointed in the result it hurts more than anything.‘But we can’t look at the performance and say we were s**t because we weren’t, to be honest and blunt, we weren’t, we played well.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 10:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Without govt funding, local league will die, says Paul Bassey

first_img “My problem is with the LMC, if you set people together to run a league for you, they must look for investors,” Bassey made this known while speaking through an Uyo based radio station. “The problem we have is that for the past three years, clubs are sponsoring themselves to matches home and away, the LMC has not given a kobo to these clubs, that is why when people say the government has no business running the league, that government should hands-off, but if the government says they are not sponsoring the teams, football will die in Nigeria, if you want to face government out of the league, it has to be a gradual process. read also:LMC slams N6m fine on Nasarawa Utd over Martins’ death “For the past three years, LMC have not done anything, they will stay in Abuja and give instructions to teams. In January, we played six matches in one week, we are a government-owned club, we receive subventions at the end of the month which covers four matches in a month, yet LMC will tell you to go and play six matches, they will bring fixtures and call it a reschedule match, they don’t do anything.” He concluded. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chairman of Akwa United Football Club of Uyo, Elder Paul Bassey, has said the League Management Company, LMC, have to stand up to their responsibilities and run the league properly. Bassey disclosed that the league governing body has failed to meet their financial responsibilities to the club in the past three years. Bassey who said Nigeria professional football league club sides have been relying solely on funds from the government has now tasked the LMC to find corporate organizations to invest in the league.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

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