Security Top Priority as Hofstra Presidential Debate Nears

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Law enforcement is planning to drop a safety net around Hofstra University for next week’s presidential debate, which Nassau County police’s top cop called the most “significant security event” the county has hosted in decades.During a press conference at Hofstra University Wednesday, Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said at least a half-dozen law enforcement agencies have allocated manpower and other resources for the event. In total, more than a 1,000 cops are expected to flood the debate area.With the eyes of the nation focusing on Hofstra next Monday, county officials said they’re not taking anything for granted.“This election is very unique, and first and foremost you look at the two candidates,” Krumpter said, flanked by police brass. “This is a divisive election; it’s a lot of inflammatory conduct in this election.“You look at the last year in this country and the world as a whole, the number of terrorist events as well as the direct assaults on law enforcement…that’s the big difference today,” he added.QUICK PLANNINGNassau County Executive Ed Mangano said there are no specific threats to the county, adding, “We prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”He said nearby residents should prepare to be inconvenienced by road closures and to plan for alternate routes, suggesting motorists avoid the area entirely.Hofstra University was a late addition to the presidential debate series. Selected first as an alternate location, Hofstra was the Committee on Presidential Debates’ pick to replace Wright University in Ohio, which backed out in July due to security issues and budgetary concerns. That left Nassau County—and Hofstra—a little more than two months to plan for the first of three presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.RELATED: Presidential Debate At Hofstra: Moderator, Format & Other DetailsAlthough officials didn’t have an entire year to devote to the debate, which would’ve been the case had Hofstra initially received a nod, the county said its past experience has been invaluable.The university hosted presidential debates in 2008 and 2012. Come Monday, it’ll have the distinction of being the first-ever university to host three consecutive presidential debates.“It’s a whole lot easier to build on what we know and what we already learned, even though the dynamic today is significantly more complicated,” Krumpter said.Nassau estimates the cost of policing and other county efforts to be upwards of $2 million.THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS EXPECTEDThe county is preparing for an excess of 10,000 demonstrators to flood the nearby area on debate day.Police have designated a portion of Hempstead Turnpike and Hofstra’s south campus parking lots as “Free Speech” zones.Nassau police is following its script from last spring’s Trump rally in Bethpage, which attracted several hundred protesters. Aware of previous altercations between Trump supporters and those who abhor his proposals, the department made sure to segregate the opposing voices. They plan to do the same thing during the debate, Krumpter said.“Nassau County Police Department will not tolerate any violations of law,” Krumpter said. “But we’ll do everything we can to protect people’s rights for free speech.”LIST OF PROHIBITED ITEMSAerosolsAmmunitionAnimals other than service/guide dogsBack PacksBags and signs exceeding size restrictionsBalloonsBicyclesCoolersDrones and other unmanned aircraft systemsExplosivesFirearmsGlass, thermal, or metal containersLaser pointersMace/Pepper sprayPackagesSelfie sticksStructuresSupports for signs and placardsToy gunsWeapons of any kindAny other item determined to be a potential hazardROAD CLOSURESFrom 5 a.m. until midnight:Charles Lindberg Boulevard and Earl Ovington Boulevard will be closed.From 11:30 a.m. through midnight:Hempstead Turnpike will be closed to all traffic between Oak Street and Merrick Avenue by Eisenhower Park.Oak Street will be closed from Hempstead Turnpike north to Westbury Boulevard.Eastbound and westbound traffic in this area should use alternate routes such as Front Street, Old Country Road or Stewart Avenue.Lawrence Street in Uniondale will be one-way northbound only from Hempstead Turnpike to Westbury Boulevard.Courtenay Road in Hempstead will be one-way southbound from Hempstead Turnpike to Front Street.No street parking will be permitted on both Lawrence Street and Courtenay Road on Monday, September 26th.There will be no access to Hempstead Turnpike from Front Street. Residents and other local traffic only will be permitted.The following streets will be one-way southbound for one block south of Hempstead Turnpike:Manor ParkwayMarvin AvenueWalton AvenueGilroy AvenueCunningham Avenuelast_img read more

Football: Wisconsin battles Minnesota for Big Ten West crown, bragging rights in marquee matchup

first_imgThe No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) travel to Minneapolis Saturday to face the No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-1, 7-1) with the Big Ten West title and a possible Rose Bowl appearance on the line.The Badgers have the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes to thank for the importance of this matchup, as the Hawkeyes ended the Gophers’ bid for an undefeated season with a 23–19 victory at home.If the Badgers didn’t have enough to play for already, Minnesota came into Madison a year ago and ended the Badgers’ 14-game win streak between the two rivals with a dominant 37–15 victory. The all-time series between these two schools now stands deadlocked at 60-60-8, so the winner of Saturday’s matchup will take home Paul Bunyan’s Axe with more than just bragging rights over their rival.It’s rivalry week, the axe is on the line and the winner goes on to face No. 2 The Ohio State University Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship. What more could you ask for?Football: Minnesota takes Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Badgers’ home turf in 37–15 lossThe University of Wisconsin football team (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) Read…Here’s how Head Coach Paul Chryst’s Badgers match up against Head Coach P.J. Fleck’s Golden Gophers.The two teams enter the matchup with nearly identical numbers on both sides of the football, with Minnesota gaining 431.8 yards per game on offense and allowing 300.1 ypg while the Badgers are averaging 442.3 ypg on offense and giving up 270.3 ypg on defense.With these two teams coming into the game with similar numbers on both sides of the football, where do the advantages and disadvantages lie?Both teams have NFL talent on both sides of the football, but what does differ between the two units, though, is where that talent can be found.Football: Wisconsin pulls away late, defeats Purdue in final home game of 2019The University of Wisconsin football team (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) defeated the Purdue Boilermakers (4-7, 3-5) in the final home Read…The Badgers, as everyone knows, boast NFL-caliber offensive linemen and the best running back in the nation in Jonathan Taylor.For the Gophers, conversely, that talent can be found on the outside.Fleck’s offensive unit is built around sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan, someone who comes into Saturday’s game with just under 2700 yards, 26 touchdowns and a completion percentage just under 68%. Morgan is surrounded by a top-end receiving core, including NFL-bound players in Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman.Johnson and Bateman make Morgan’s job under center easy, and they come into Saturday with a combined tally of 117 catches for 2048 yards and 20 touchdowns. For perspective, the Badgers’ top receiving option Quintez Cephus enters Saturday with 40 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. The defenses, again, enter Saturday with similar yardage numbers. What does differentiate the two units, though, are their interception and fumble numbers and how often each team gets to the opposing quarterback.Football: Three takeaways and some leftovers from Wisconsin’s win over PurdueThe No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) finished their 2019 home schedule undefeated Saturday with a decisive 45–24 Read…Fleck’s defense enters Saturday with 14 interceptions — half of which are recorded by defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. alone — and just three fumble recoveries.The Badgers, on the other hand, have recorded nine interceptions but have recovered eight fumbles.With each unit getting their turnovers via different methods but each having forced the same number of total turnovers, where does the Badgers’ defensive advantage lie? The answer is seen with how often each team pressures the opposing quarterback.The Gophers have sacked the opposing quarterback just 26 times this season. The Badgers, thanks to 20.5 alone from Chris Orr and Zack Baun, have recorded 38.The game being played in Minnesota will no doubt give an advantage to the Gophers. But in the end, the game will be decided by which team’s big-time players make big-time plays.For the Badgers, if Taylor and the offensive line dictate the game on offense and Orr and Baun disrupt Morgan’s rhythm on defense, they will come away with a victory.For the Gophers, if Johnson and Bateman dominate the Badgers’ secondary and Winfield is able to turn Jack Coan over, they will keep the axe in Minneapolis.Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on ABC in the biggest game of the season for both teams.last_img read more

Certfication period extended for teachers

first_imgTeacher’s in Florida now have until December 31st to renew their teaching license.The extension was authorized on Wednesday as part of an emergency order that the state’s Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran signed.Hundreds of teachers were concerned that they would no longer be able to teach in the state because their licenses expired this summer, but testing centers that would allow them to take their certification exam, were closed due to the coronavirus.President of the Florida Education Association Frederick Ingram spoke about the extension saying that it is an significant and welcomed change:“The DOE order is a significant improvement over the previous one-month extension, although it doesn’t go as far as we had asked, to extend waivers through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Hopefully, this issue will be revisited in the future to give teachers more time. No educator should unnecessarily lose her or his job because of the disruption from this pandemic. Florida already has a severe teacher shortage. We need to keep teachers in the classroom.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2017)–With the mighty Arrogate declared from the race earlier in the day, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Midnight Storm assumed the mantle of heavily backed favorite and he didn’t disappoint, taking Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano while getting a mile and a sixteenth in 1:40.65 over Santa Anita’s wet fast main track.Breaking from the outside in a field of four older horses, Midnight Storm went to the lead as expected, but was immediately engaged by eventual third place finisher Dalmore, who although he was never able to draw even with him, pressed the winner through splits of 23.02, 45.59, 1:08.93 and 1:33.98.“I knew I had to put my horse on the lead,” said Bejarano.  “I needed a good start and when I put him on the lead, I felt the pressure right away.  Dalmore was right next to me, chasing me the whole way.  I kept him on the lead but tried to give him a breather at the half mile pole.  At the three eighths I knew he would keep running.  He loves to be on the lead and he always gives me something else.”A Grade I stakes winner on turf, Midnight Storm came off a rousing 7 ¾ length win on dirt in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 27 and was thus dispatched as the 3-5 favorite today.  With no show wagering, he paid $3.20 and $2.10.“I thought he’d love the surface,” said D’Amato.  “They were going fast.  I saw 45 and 1:08 and change and he dug in there gamely and held them off today.  We were going to the lead, whether Arrogate was in or not…We thought Accelerate would be the one pressing us, not Dalmore, but it still worked out and he maintained through some grueling fractions and he showed his class in the stretch.”Owned by A Venneri Racing, Inc. and Little Red Feather Racing, Midnight Storm, a 6-year-old horse by Pioneerof the Nile, notched his 10th win from 21 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $1,461,110.Last after the first half mile, Accelerate, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, flew late for second money, finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of Dalmore.  Off at 7-2, Accelerate paid $3.00 to place.“He’s going to be a super horse, I really mean that,” said Baze.  “I think John’s going to try blinkers next time and we’ll try to get him into the race a little sooner.  He’s going to be a special horse.”Santa Anita will be open for special holiday racing on Monday, with first post time for a nine-race card at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Visits Illinois State Friday Night

first_imgFollowing Friday’s game, Drake makes the short trip to Peoria, Ill. to play Bradley. Sunday’s matinee against the Braves is set for 2 p.m. at Renaissance Coliseum. Print Friendly Version Friday night at Redbird Arena will be a battle between the top scoring team in league play, Drake at 83.3 points per game, and Illinois State, which is holding Valley opponents to a league-low 53.9 points. Among the MVC leaders, Hittner is second in scoring average in conference play at 15.6 while redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) is third at 14.1. Illinois State senior Hannah Green is fifth at 13.2. The Redbirds are led by first-year head coach Kristen Gillespie, who took the Redbirds job after successful stints at Benedictine University and Lewis University in Division II. Story Links Drake built a 22-point leader over UNI, but the Panthers battled back behind great three-point shooting, twice cutting their deficit to seven points. However, the Bulldogs answered each run and earned their fourth-straight win in the series. Drake had a balanced offensive attack with four players, led by sophomore Becca Hittner’s (Urbandale, Iowa) 16 points, scoring double figures. Four other Bulldogs finished with six points or more as the team shot 55.1 percent from the floor, made 10-of-20 three-pointers and made an impressive 17-of-19 from the free throw line. Live Stats NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team visits Illinois State Friday night in Missouri Valley Conference action. Tipoff at Redbird Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game is the MVC’s game of the week on The Valley on ESPN3. Drake (12-7, 7-0 MVC), which will close the weekend at Bradley on Sunday afternoon, wraps up the first part of its MVC slate with the pair of games in central Illinois. The Bulldogs are on the road after their 81-64 win over UNI at the Knapp Center on Jan. 19. In its last contest, Illinois State (8-10, 2-5 MVC) was edged at Indiana State by a score of 52-49. Live Audio Drake Game Notes Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored her 1,000th career point early in the win over UNI. Dean, who missed all of the 2016-17 season due to injury, is the 30th player in program history to score 1,000 or more points. She finished with 12 points on a 4-of-9 shooting performance, and added three rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. This season, Dean has played in all 19 games and scored eight or more points in 12 games. She averages 8.3 points per game and ranks fifth in the MVC in assists per game at 3.3. In league play, Dean leads the MVC in assists per game at 4.6. ESPN3 last_img read more

Cousins’ monster game reminds us that the Warriors’ best is yet to come

first_imgWednesday’s 106-104 win over the Rockets was a downright moving experience for both Warriors players and the ball. There was an upstart energy to Golden State’s attack, reminiscent of the early days of the dynasty and a few of their finest moments since.Stephen Curry drove to the basket seconds after the start of the contest, demanding a double-team by establishing his domain from 40 feet out to the rim. Klay Thompson moved around the court in a state of stealth, only to make himself seen …last_img

SA Tourism opens first office in Africa

first_img29 January 2014 The opening of a South African Tourism office in Lagos, Nigeria, was an invitation for Nigerians, Ghanaians and other countries in West Africa to explore the beauty of South Africa, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said at the opening in the Nigerian capital on Tuesday. Van Schalkwyk said the regional office would serve as a tourism hub from which South Africa would look to grow its presence in West Africa. It is the first South African Tourism regional marketing office on the African continent. “Yes, we mark an important milestone here today, but it is exactly this, a milestone, along a road we have long been walking with the travel trade of this region.” “During this time we’ve invested heavily in understanding the needs of the West African traveller so as to ensure that your holiday experience is as rewarding or memorable to you as it is to us. “To that end, we have also been working tirelessly to ensure that South Africa offers West African travellers a holiday that enriches their lives through a world of new experiences,” he said.Growth Despite the pressure brought about by 2008’s global recession, South Africa’s tourism sector continued to grow. While tourist arrivals from the United States and the Eurozone – South Africa’s trade partners – had not shown a large increase, those from the rest of Africa recorded positive growth. Van Schalkwyk said that 73 282 Nigerian tourists visited South Africa in 2012 – an overall 13.8% increase from the 64 402 Nigerian tourists who visited South Africa in 2011. At the end of June 2013, Nigerian arrivals had continued to grow on a strong trajectory: 15.9% growth on the same period in 2012 to 40 097 tourist arrivals. “Likewise, tourist arrivals from Ghana to South Africa grew a phenomenal 23.8% in 2012, when South Africa welcomed 22 953 Ghanaian tourists. Up to end June 2013, arrivals from Ghana were growing at 27.3%, to 13 663 tourist arrivals for the six- month period. “Global interest in visiting Africa is at an all-time high, and it is also our intention to do our bit to convert this interest into increased arrivals across the continent,” Van Schalkwyk said. Source: read more

Jelling as a team biggest challenge for PH volleybelles, says Reyes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National team skipper Mika Reyes. Photo by Bong Lozada/iNQUIRERThe biggest challenge for national team skipper Mika Reyes is not managing egos. Instead, it’s bringing together a group of players who came from different teams gathered for one common goal.“Actually, I think my work as a captain isn’t that hard because we’re not kids anymore,” said Reyes in Filipino during the team’s media day Friday at Arellano School of Law. “You won’t have to always tell them what to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Gilas battles title favorite Canada in Jones Cup opener MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “This will be a new opportunity for us, yes everyone is good individually, but the challenge is how we’ll jell as one team because it’s not just one or two players who plays in a team,” said Reyes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “The challenge here is how we’ll bond together as one group, skills-wise, attitude-wise, and character-wise because we didn’t come from one team, we were selected from different teams and this was the only time we were together.”The national squad is composed of players selected from several teams in the Philippine Super Liga with Alyssa Valdez the only one coming from the Premier Volleyball League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsReyes added their upcoming training camp in Japan is the prime opportunity for them to bond further as a team following episodes where they had to cancel practices due to absent players.The team is set to leave for Japan late July to prepare for the upcoming 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Ceres shoots for repeat over Persija

first_imgThe Busmen are in a strong position to qualify for the zonal semifinals for the third straight year after winning their first three matches, including a 1-0 triumph over Persija at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City three weeks ago.“These are the type of matches you want to play,” said Schrock. “We welcome the challenge. It’s not just me against the other team, but the rest of Ceres.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. in Manila) with the Busmen looking to close in on a spot in the knockout stage at the iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, which can seat 80,000 fans.Schrock is already familiar with rabid Indonesian football fans because of his post on social media during last year’s AFF Suzuki Cup that took a swipe at comments made by then national coach Bima Sakti about the Azkals being “half-bloods.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPersija coach Ivan Kolev likened Ceres to a European team. “This is not a squad from the Philippines, they are trained in Europe and are like European players,” the Bulgarian coach said.Schrock is prepared for the hostile response from Persija fans, especially with the Indonesians needing a victory to get back on track in their group. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess After almost giving up, Obiena is Asian champ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES JAKARTA—Ceres-Negros star Stephan Schrock has played in front of some of the most passionate and lively crowds when he was still in Europe.That experience should help him as he and the rest of the Busmen go up against Indonesia’s most popular club, Persija Jakarta, on Tuesday in Group G of the AFC Cup in this populous capital city.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

10 months ago​Bottle thrower at Emirates identified by Arsenal

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Bottle thrower at Emirates identified by Arsenalby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal say they have identified an image of the person who threw a bottle at Tottenham’s Dele Alli on Wednesday.The 22 year old was struck on the head by a plastic bottle during Spurs’ 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium.Police are investigating the incident.”Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings,” said the club.Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd as Arsenal prepared to take a throw-in in the 73rd minute.The Metropolitan Police says it is working with Arsenal to try to identify the person responsible, but no arrests have been made.”We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli,” Arsenal added in a statement.”Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect.”We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.”Arsenal’s statement added: “We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.”We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club.” last_img read more