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Last Sandy Dog Bruno Leaves Nassau Pet Shelter

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Last Hurricane Sandy dog, Bruno, greets the media before leaving for Westchester.Four months had passed and all but one displaced animal at an emergency Nassau County pet shelter had been released when a group of dedicated volunteers campaigned to find the dog a permanent home.They were intent on living out a promise made to the animals when Hurricane Sandy slammed Long Island and turned their owners’ lives upside down. The pact: leave no animal behind.In a bitter sweet celebration Saturday highlighted by the Rottweiler’s happy farewell from the shelter, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano thanked all volunteers for their spirit, dedication and steadfast commitment to care for each and every animal that walked through the doors of the abandoned gymnasium at Mitchel Field in Garden City—even the turtles, rabbits, parrots and Betta Fish.Nassau County “kept the shelter open to ease the stresses” for owners impacted by Sandy, Mangano said inside the makeshift shelter, which housed its last guest, Bruno, for the final time Friday night. Bruno is headed to a Northwind Kennels, a rescue organization in Bedford, which will keep him comfortable as they vet potential families that could adopt him.Bruno with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.All that remained at the shelter Saturday were disassembled metal crates, more than a dozen wooden pallets holding pet food, water and other necessities, and a brick wall festooned with photos of the some of the 55 cats and dogs adopted or released to their owners or foster home. In total, 515 pets were sheltered at the gymnasium during and after Sandy. The remaining pets returned to their owners.Eventually, the celebration became all about Bruno as members of the press were finally able to meet the 7-year-old dog for the first time, albeit at a safe distance as not to stress out the pup.“He’s been so traumatized from being ripped away from his life,” Nassau County SPCA spokesman Gary Rogers said of Bruno, who was displaced when he and his owner were left homeless by the Oct. 29 superstorm. The Rottweiler’s owner, Christopher, lost his job and has been unable to find work since.The pair finally split up recently when the owner told volunteers that he had to think about what’s best for the dog and “not myself,” according to Rogers.Their relationship ended with a tearful goodbye, Rogers said, with Christopher on the floor crying with Bruno.Bruno’s story took on a life of its own after the Nassau County SPCA sent out a news release pleading for another group to help find him a home. Rogers estimates that the SPCA has received more than a thousand inquiries about Bruno through phone calls and emails, including one such inquiry from a local soldier serving in Afghanistan.“Bruno has reached new heights,” Mangano said.That Bruno and other pets were allowed to live in the shelter for as long as they did was a credit to Nassau County, volunteers said, because pet shelters rarely remain open beyond several weeks following an emergency.Rogers said he’s never witnessed 100 percent of pets find a home following an emergency and noted that the shelter took in animals from Suffolk County and New York City after they closed their respective pet shelters after a few weeks.“That put an added burden here,” he said.Mangano thanked the SPCA, Wantagh-based Pet Safe Coalition, HUG and county employees that volunteered their time during the four months the shelter was open.All that’s left is finding Bruno a permanent home.“I think we’re going to try and keep him in Nassau County,” Mangano said.last_img read more

How much capital is enough?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… Adam Johnson When determining your optimal net-worth ratio, aim for the “roughly right” amount, says Adam Johnson, CEO/principal at c. myers corp.“There’s no one right amount for everyone,” says Johnson, who addressed the CUNA Finance Council Virtual Conference Collection.Achieving the right capital level is becoming “a bigger balancing act” between the need to build or conserve net worth versus using capital to deploy initiatives that may lead to long-term growth, he says.Many credit unions struggle to grow capital due to increased deposits, lower earnings, greater demands for capital, and the need to meet rising consumer expectations and operate in a highly competitive environment, Johnson says.last_img read more

Robredo to set ‘new standards’ in drug war

first_imgRobredo said she wanted to ask datafrom the committee on drug-related killings and law enforcement operations,while knowing the status of the administration’s campaign. “‘Yungpinakaklaro na mensahe natin sa kanila, ‘yung laban sa ilegal na droga will continue with the same vigor, with the same intensity, withthe same strength. Ang iibahin talaganatin, ‘yung manner by which ginagawaito,” she added. Instead of counting the number ofdeaths due to antidrug operations, Robredo said the success of the government’sdrug war should be measured by how many lives have been changed by therehabilitation. MANILA – After accepting the positionas co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD),Vice President Leni Robredo said she will push for a new standard in measuringthe success of the antidrug campaign.    These drug suspects have surrendered to authorities. Vice President Leni Robredo recently said that instead of counting the number of deaths due to the antidrug operations, the success of the government’s drug war should be measured by the number of lives changed due to rehabilitation. CNN PHILIPPINES “Una,papalitan natin iyong metrics. Iyong metrics, hindi sa numero ng pinapatay, pero sa numero ng napapabuting mga buhay.Titingnan natin kung seryoso…kungseryoso lahat na sabay-sabay nating pagtutulungan na maayos ito,” Robredoadded.  She later said that she meant to urgeadministration leaders to “step back and assess” the narcotics crackdown./PN “Alamko na maraming mga members sa ICAD na may kaniya-kaniya nang programang ginagawa. ‘Yun ‘yung titingnannatin. Titingnan natin kung may unified narules of procedure sa mga lawenforcement agencies, kasi ‘yung nagingproblema in the past nandoon talaga,”she added. “Klarosa aking pananalita ‘yung number one na concern natin ‘yung patayan. Kasinaniniwala ako na kaya nating ituloy ‘yung laban with the same vigor, na within the bounds of rule of law,human rights, ‘yung standards ofprocedure,” she said. “Angire-reset lang natin iyong hindi nagwo-work, saka iyong ire-reset natiniyong mga ginagawa na sa labas ng bounds ng rule of law, social justice, sakahuman rights. Pero iyong lahat nawithin those bounds, itutuloy natin atlalong ise-strengthen,” she said. Last month, Robredo called on Duterteto allow the United Nations to investigate into his war on drugs which she saidwas “obviously not working,” prompting the challenge for her to lead the drugwar.last_img read more

Woods Positive after First-round 70 at Honda Classic

first_imgTiger Woods believes he is continuing to see improvements in his game after making an encouraging start to the Honda Classic.The former world No 1 mixed three birdies with a bogey and one double-bogey in breezy conditions in Florida to post a level-par 70, keeping him within four strokes of morning   pacesetter Alex Noren.Making back-to-back starts on the PGA Tour for the first time since August 2015, Woods only hit half of the 14 fairways but scrambled well to equal his best opening round at PGA National.“I felt comfortable out there today,” Woods said. “I had to hit a lot of knock-down shots, I had to work the golf ball both ways and occasionally downwind, straight up in the air. I was able to do all that today, so that was very pleasing.“I feel like I’m really not that far away. I’m starting to really get a feel for scoring again and scoring in tournaments, and today was a day that I’m very proud of because I missed the ball in the correct spots.”Beginning on the back nine, Woods recovered from missing the opening fairway to post a two-putt par before draining a 20-footer at the par-four next.Woods ended up behind a pretzel stand off the 12th tee but was able to get back into play and save par, with a six-foot gain at the 13th briefly moving him tied for the lead.The 14-time major champion rolled a five-footer home to avoid dropping a shot at the 14th, only to bogey the 16th after failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker.Woods found the bunker with his approach into the par-five third and undercooked a chip out of the rough, before requiring two putts from inside five feet on his way to carding a double-bogey seven. The 42-year-old bounced back immediately with a seven-foot gain at the fourth to get back to level par, with Woods delivering a string of pars to stay in touch with the early leaders.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Boys swim Bees set three pool records in win over C-NS

first_imgBailey Ludden had the first pool mark, during the 200-yard freestyle, where in one minute, 47.58 seconds he routed the field, including John Burns, who posted 1:58.03.Then, in the 200 freestyle relay, Ludden and Burns, paired with Nick Schulz and Quinn Gruppe, rolled to 1:33.66 and needed that pool mark since C-NS’s John Harbaugh, Seaver Schultz, Logan Petralia and Dom Bagozzi posted 1:35.34.Finally, it was Schultz in the 100 breaststroke going 59.06 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, not his fastest time of the winter, but still a pool record. Elsewhere, Schultz went 54.34 seconds in the 100 butterfly to beat out Burns (56.91) as Ludden won the 500 freestyle in 5:07.58. Aidan Solomon, in 1:04.43, held off Jason Isbell (1:06.30) in the 100 backstroke, with Tristan Miranda first (2:17.26) and Harrison Meyers second (2:23.86) in the 200 individual medley.Gruppe was second in the 100 freestyle in 53.47 seconds, but he helped close out the meet in a rousing manner, helping Schultz, Ludden and Burns roar to a time of 3:30.01 in the 400 freestyle relay.In that defeat to F-M two nights earlier, B’ville won the first four races, including the opening 200-yard medley relay where Ludden, Schultz, Burns and Solomon went 1:47.11 to edge F-M’s 1:47.61.Burns was victorious in the 200 freestyle in 2:01.55, with Schultz going 2:07.54 to pull away in the 200 individual medley and Ludden going 23.83 seconds to comfortably win the 50 freestyle.But the Hornets swept the diving points and then won five of the next six races, the lone exception a 100 freestyle where Gruppe (53.61 seconds) and Harrison German (56.48) went 1-2.Some of those races were close, too, such as the 500 freestyle, where Ludden, in 5:06.71, was just behind F-M’s Quinn Smith (5:05.70) as Schultz, in the 100 backstroke, went 59.46 seconds to Smith’s 58.23.Burns swam the 100 butterfly in 58.64 seconds, trailing the 57.01 from the Hornets’ Lucas Weires, but Burns would pair with Ludden, Schultz and Gruppe to go 3:40.17 in the 400 freestyle relay.B’ville’s two remaining regular-season meets are on the road as it goes to Fulton next Tuesday and then visits uburn on Feb. 5.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Unbeaten in its first six meets this winter, the Baldwinsville boys swim team faced some struggles when going up against the other top SCAC Metro division sides.Having lost at home to Liverpool on Jan. 15, the Bees visited Cazenovia College last Tuesday night and would fall again as Fayetteville-Manlius topped them 99-84.All of this was forgotten, though, when B’ville returned home Thursday and, on Senior Night, broke three different pool records on the way to a 52-32 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse.center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys swimminglast_img read more

The other South Africa: small people, big ambition

first_imgJustice MalalaIt was not what we were looking for.My friend Joseph and I were looking for a car wash. These businesses have sprung up with a vengeance in South Africa’s villages and townships. Most only operate on weekends and are started by young schoolboys to make some pocket money for themselves.They are cheap, efficient and, most importantly it seems, communal. While your car is being washed and polished (for a mere R20 plus tip), you sit around on chairs provided by these young entrepreneurs, chat to friends and have a beer.The car wash establishments in Temba township, just north of Pretoria, were chock-a-block last weekend. So Joseph and I found ourselves driving north out of the township, past several villages and still not finding any joy.It was late afternoon when we came across the oddly-named village of Dertig (“thirty” in Afrikaans) and finally spotted it. A ramshackle corrugated iron roof held up by four wooden pillars, with a sign scrawled in white paint, this was the car wash establishment we were looking for. It was empty and I drove my car in.It was when we got out the car that we saw it. It was a football match.The sun was going down in the west and it cast long shadows of the sweating boys as they ran around the football field. We got our beer out of the car, went to the side of the field and joined the hundreds of spectators hollering and egging their teams on. One of the car wash attendants ran over with two camping chairs.“We like our customers to relax,” he said with a smile.And so the sun went down over the small village of Dertig, with a football game in front of me and a beer in my hand, with a horde of people screaming their lungs out for their teams, and there was something there. I was not sure what it was.Perhaps it was the ambition of the young players, all teenagers, who told me afterwards that they hoped to be spotted by some big-name teams and one day become national stars. Perhaps it was the young car wash boys, all schoolboys making a little pocket money for the week ahead, who seemed obsessed with making me happy by working like demons to bring my car to a high state of shininess (something I am not obsessed with).But sitting there, surrounded by all these amazing, ambitious people, and feeling totally happy and relaxed, reminded me of how easy it is to forget some of the real joys of this country: the ambitious and incredibly positive people, the beautiful sunsets, the clear night skies and the fat stars of my childhood.As someone who writes columns that largely concentrate on the politics of the country, and someone who criticises many of our government’s positions, it is sometimes easy to forget the real, “small” people who make this country work.In essence, I am saying the country of crime and HIV and other challenges we face and criticise our government for is not the only country. There is another South Africa, a questing, ambitious, hungry South Africa. It is a South Africa away from the news headlines, a South Africa hidden from the foreigner. This is a place of dreams and ambitions.I saw it again this week when I spent some time in Mamelodi township, just 15 minutes north of the Pretoria city centre, where the HM Pitje Stadium is undergoing massive refurbishment.There, too, I found all these young people who seemed not to be held back by the problems our country faces. They were rushing off to put in tender bids or position themselves for some or other opportunity.It is not that these young people are not aware of the problems that bedevil the country. These are the same people who have friends who have died of Aids or are living with HIV. These are the same people who see friends with great potential being sucked in by crime.These disappointments and hardships make them even more determined to build a better future for themselves.Their determination and optimism is what I saw this past weekend. Theirs is an aspect of life that we all – South Africans and foreigners – sometimes ignore as we agonise over the supposedly “big questions”.I hope we can confront the real big questions: how the poorest of the poor are toiling daily to lift themselves up and out of poverty, how the government and the rest of civil society can augment their efforts, and how we can all do our bit to make this a better country.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

“As North As It Gets” GC5803 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 25th, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedNo Further South From Here — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 31, 2018In “Community”Piz Palü 3901 m.ü.M. — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 1, 2017In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” Share with your Friends:More View from near the GC5803 What to explore more geocaching adventures? Take a look at all the Geocaches of the Week here.center_img A local resident near GC5803Just in time for the beginning of the best weather to travel north, is our Geocache of the Week GC5803.  The geocache titled, “As North As It Gets!” takes you up to N. 82 degrees.Besides the wolf above, cachers who’ve logged GC5803 say you’ll also be walking among foxes, lemmings and even polar bears.  The cache is just outside what’s reported to be the northernmost permanently inhabited place on earth: Alert, Canada. The Canadian Air Force staffs a station there. Temperatures in Alert average about -30 degrees Celsius most of the year.Geocacher finding GC5803. At last report, the cache thankfully contained gloves and hand warmers.Now is the perfect opportunity to plan your northern caching adventure.  July is typically the warmest month.  The snow melts to reveal a rocky terrain of jagged shale.  Temperatures average a scorching six degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit).  You could be among the nearly two dozen geocachers to earn a smiley for logging this cache and take away memories of a rarely visited northern landscape.last_img read more

Bhopal boat capsize: The teen who missed out on the ‘fun’, but lived to tell the tale

first_imgMinutes before the lorry – loaded with a group of spirited youths around a Ganesh idol – left for the ghat, Ranjit Giri changed his mind and decided to stay back. The 18-year-old remembers his friend Arjun Sharma, who was excited to take part in the immersion a third time, scoffing at him: “You’re missing out on all the fun.”But the decision to return home saved Ranjit’s life. His friend Arjun, along with 10 others from the 100-Quarters slum in Piplani area here, drowned in the Lower Lake after their two boats capsized while they were immersing the idol. In a video taken from the ghat, the 20-foot-idol can be seen being placed on a plank set across the boats by a crane. As the boatmen row ahead, a man, crammed amid 10 persons in one of the boats, repeatedly shouts the word of caution: “Oye, pakadke baithna sab (Everyone! Hold on to the edge)!”As 17 of the young men – 10 in one boat and seven in the other – push the idol from behind, one of the boats capsizes. With flailing arms, some of them try to climb into the other boat, which too sinks in seconds. Rescuers and locals managed to save six of them, and the two boatmen. “We’ve been taking part in the immersion tradition for years, yet no incident has happened in the past,” says Arjun, a school dropout, whose parents are labourers. The immersion was conducted by members of the Navratri Ganesh Utsav Samiti, which is backed by the Bajrang Dal. The idol was carried to the ghat at 11.30 p.m., said a member of the samiti, while the incident occurred at 4.45 a.m..Days before Ganesh Chaturthi, the Samiti had collected donations from the slum to set up a tent on a main road. “Be it Durga puja of Navratri, we organise a grand celebration each time,” said Sanjay Mishra, a member, sporting a white shirt with the Samiti’s name printed on the back.Ahead of the festive season, the district administration had met various samitis asking them to keep height of idols short. “Big idols are prohibited near the ghat. However, we haven’t prescribed a maximum permissible height for them,” Bhopal Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode said.When the lorry arrived at the ghat, said Manish Dubey, who was there as part of another group to take part in idol immersion, the samiti members, despite being stopped by guards, went through. “They argued they should be allowed in at least on the auspicious occasion,” he said. As Sanjay stood inside narrow lanes of the slum, next to a wailing father being consoled by BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he said, “You can never tell what could happen to you, when a celebration could take a tragic turn.”Mr. Pithode said a Revenue Inspector, Deputy City Engineer, Sub Fire Officer and an Assistant Sub-Inspector had been suspended for dereliction of duty.last_img read more

‘India is probably the only country where cricket is played on every street corner’

first_imgIt’s said only films and cricket unite India. In terms of pan-Indian recognition and affection, even Bollywood stands second to the country’s national obsession, cricket. Cricket cuts through barriers of region and language that this cultural behemoth cannot scale. It is why in a recent survey Sachin Tendulkar scored over Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan both on visibility and a “quality” index that ranked celebrities for reflecting virtues like trustworthiness and honesty. India is probably the only country where cricket is played on every street corner. The popularity of the sport in India has translated into the fact that the business of international cricket is dependent on Indian cricket. Some estimates reckon Indian cricket economy to be worth Rs 1,000 crore a year, driving between 60 and 70 per cent of the world’s cricket business. Cricket’s boom in the 1990s was closely linked to commerce. It is now a child of satellite television and free market, not only a popular and profitable sport but a brand; a financial force that supports an entire industry made up of players, officials, sponsors, television executives, event promoters, agents and finally the consumer, who cannot get enough of this product. Today, the Indians have lost their team sponsor due to a controversial contract devised to protect the sponsors of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC had to effect a compromise and amend its terms because the Indians, the big drawcard for TV audiences and advertisers, dug in their heels for two months and refused to sign the contract.Our cover story studies the turmoil and churning in the financial phenomenon that is Indian cricket. It is a multi-layered subject but one that is hardly studied in any depth. With the stakes getting higher and the World Cup around the corner, more tumult and intrigues off the field lie ahead. In a sign of the times, the story on cricket was put together by a team of four who among them cover politics, the media, business and sport. After all, today Indian cricket is not just a game.last_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap rues cold response from sponsors

first_imgParupalli Kashyap soared to prominence when he reached the men’s badminton quarter-finals at the London Olympics. Although he lost to the eventual silver medallist and world No.2 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, the Indian’s lion-hearted effort was one of the highlights of country’s best-ever show at the Olympics.But the 25-year-old shuttler expressed disappointment at the lack of appreciation by the government and sponsors post Olympics.”It is disappointing to see that only medal winners are being felicitated. Many athletes gave their best performances and did their country proud but the government and sponsors are not felicitating them. I became the first Indian male player to reach the last-eight stage at the Olympics but sadly no corporate house has come forward to help me,” Kashyap told Mail Today on the sidelines of the National Sports Day celebrations at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Wednesday.He added that since he participates in so many tournaments round the year, managing the financial aspects is not an easy task, and in lack of no added incentives from his employers – the Indian Oil, the financial crunch bothers him quite a lot. He also thinks that the lack of glamour and money is one of the reasons why parents are reluctant to encourage their children to take up badminton as a career option.”If you compare it with cricket, even a first-class cricketer earns more than his counterparts who represent India in the Olympic sports. They get noticed or rewarded only after they achieve something on the biggest stage,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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