Myanmar, Russia pose early tests for Biden’s foreign policy

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A military coup in Myanmar and a mass crackdown on dissidents in Russia are presenting early tests for the Biden administration as it tries to reestablish American primacy as a worldwide pro-democracy leader. President Joe Biden and his nascent foreign policy team have been confronted with two serious challenges in two parts of the world. The U.S. has invested decades of time, energy and money into promoting democracy in both Myanmar and Russia but now faces challenges in each that could affect the global balance of power. Yet, the tools at its disposal — sanctions — have proved unreliable in prompting change in the past.last_img

NYS On Pause Extended Until April 29

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Governor Andrew Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol. (Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo).ALBANY — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State on Pause has been extended until April 29.Statewide, schools and the continued closure of non-essential businesses are included in the extension of the order.“We still have to extend New York Pause because if that curve is turning, it’s turning because the rate of infection is going down,” Cuomo said. “One of the reasons why the rate of infection is going down is because social distancing is working.”Previously, schools had been ordered to be closed until April 15. Now, students will have to continue with distance learning. The Governor acknowledged potential economic impacts with the extended closures.“I know that’s a negative for many, many reasons,” he said. “I know what it does to the economy, but as I said from day one, I’m not going to choose between public health and economic activity.”Also Monday, the New York State Department of Education made the decision to cancel Regents exams that were scheduled for June. During his daily press conference, the Governor was asked about the cancellation of the Regents exam.“I haven’t even looked at their decision on the Regents,” he responded. “It sounds right, but I haven’t even looked at it.”In addition to canceling Regents, the Board of Regents also adopted a series of emergency regulations because of the coronavirus, including no school and district evaluations. That means next school year’s grade will be the same as the current year’s.Also, there will be no reduction in state aid for schools that have less than 180 days of instruction, and the Department will provide an alternative form of evaluation for students receiving home instruction.last_img read more

Sanders announces $237,500 for monuments in four towns

first_imgSource: Senator Sanders’ office Appearing at a Memorial Day weekend event here today, Senator Bernie Sanders announced that $237,500 will be awarded for monuments in four communities throughout Vermont.As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Sanders (I-Vt.) secured funding for memorials in Derby, Weathersfield, Concord and Bennington.Derby will receive $67,500 to expand the town s Veteran s Memorial Park by adding monuments to honor those who fought in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Another $80,000 will go to Bennington. Weathersfield will receive $45,900, and Concord about $44,000.Sanders made the announcement at a gathering of Gold Star Families, the relatives and loved ones of those who died in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Hosted by the Scott and Penny Wheeler family of Derby and the Elks Lodge, speakers included Gold Star Family members and State Auditor Thomas Salmon, an Iraq war veteran. All of us have come to associate Memorial Day with barbeques and parades, but we should keep in mind that the true purpose of this solemn occasion is to honor those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, Sanders said. From our earliest days as a state, brave Vermonters have answered their country s call to duty knowing that they would be putting their lives on the line, he added. We remember and honor all those who have given their lives from the Revolutionary War to the present day.last_img read more

9 Inches of Snow Forecast for Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Click here: Long Island winter storm update.Long Island’s groundhogs are really trying to prove their point that winter isn’t over yet.A storm is forecast to blanket New York City and LI with between six and 10 inches of snow Friday and Saturday, prompting Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists to issue a winter storm watch.“The heavy snow and strong winds could result in near-blizzard conditions…bring down some tree limbs…and cause scattered power outages,” the NWS said in a statement Wednesday.Nassau and Suffolk counties are expected to see between six and nine inches with up to a foot of snow on the East End, although the predictions could change later, NWS meteorologists said.The snow and 35-mph north winds with gusts up to 60 mph are expected to decrease visibility to a quarter mile or less at times, making driving dangerous.The precipitation is forecast to begin Thursday night with less than an inch of snow into Friday morning, when heavy rains during the day are expected to change back to snow Friday night and continue into Saturday afternoon, according to the NWS.Sunny skies will return Sunday but a chance of rain and snow is forecast again for Monday and Wednesday next week.last_img read more

Long Island Events – Do This: June 11 – 17

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Season & LifeStat Double Album Release PartyBask in the glory of two young artists’ sheer joy as they both release their albums alongside friends and family. With Isaiah Dunmore, Dirty B, Scotty Mac, Young Smooth, Ice and Just B. Polo. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $10. 6 p.m. June 11.Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Chase BryantTalented country western singer Tim McGraw is most famously known for his hit songs “My Best Friend,” “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Just To See You Smile,” but he also has acted in a number of movies, such as Flicka and Tommorowland. See him perform with upcoming stars Billy Currington, known for the single “Don’t It,” and Chase Bryant, who sings, “Take It On Back,” for a night of country pop and country rock not soon to be forgotten. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Pkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $10-$500 7 p.m. June 11.Tab Hunter ConfidentialThis new documentary, telling the story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s, features Tab Hunter, John Waters, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Portia de Rossi, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, and dozens more. Q&A with Director Jeffrey Schwarz live via Skype to follow. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. June 11.Graham Parker & The RumourWith their latest album, Mystery Glue, Graham Parker & The Rumour show no signs of fatigue. For more than 40 years, their new wave/blues-rock style music has influenced some of today’s greatest artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Paul Weller. Known for their energetic live performances and “straight to the point” vocals, Graham Parker & The Rumour continue to deliver like it’s 1975. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$45. 8 p.m. June 11.Marcia BallWith her sultry blues roots and distinctive piano style, Marcia Ball is most popularly known for her hits “That’s How It Goes,” “The Tattooed Lady” and “The Alligator Man.” Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Marcia Ball has created a genre all her own. Never really experienced the true, hot and muddy infectious trill of swamp rock? Oh, you must, dear friends. Oh, you must! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. June 11.Scofflaws, Roots Foundation, Half Breeds, Soulitzik, Crisis CrayonsIf you can’t take a trip to the Caribbean islands this summer, then don’t miss this event! Long Island natives, The Scofflaws, will be bringing something new to calypso and reggae, with their own can’t-stop-skankin’-it-just-feels-too-damn-good vibes. Their tunes just absolutely suck you in, and before you know it, it’s 2 a.m., you’re covered in sweat, and you’ve just been dancin’ and groovin’ alongside complete strangers for the past four hours. Ska has traditional Jamaican roots mixed with American rhythm and blues. The Scofflaws are known for their irresistible songs “Nude Beach,” “Spider On My Bed” and “Backdoor Open,” among so many others. LI ska legends, really, and one of Zack Tirana’s local go-to, rock-out, jump-up, skank-it-up, raise-your-glass favorites! Long Island-based Crisis Crayons will be adding some Reggae-punk music into the mix. Roots Foundation will also be in hand to play such hits as “Wake Up,” “Beautiful Woman” and “Earth Crisis.” Expect the Half Breeds to add their own reggae beats with “Workin’,” “Somethin’ About Me” and “All That Jazz.” Soulitzik, also from LI, will be rockin’ out something different, with high-energy, mega-lightnin’, reggae-rock! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 5 p.m. June 12.Love & MercyMusic. Madness. Redemption. Salvation. This visionary new film captures the creative chaos and unimaginable beauty that so defined legendary Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson’s career. Set against the uber-catchy, timeless hits that transcend the white, sandy shores of California and ride the perfect waves, sparkling with joy and glimmering harmonies all with just the mere whisper of a few notes, that’s the music that poured out of the brilliant Brian Wilson’s apparently tortured spirit. Paul Dano and John Cusack paint an unconventional portrait of the man whose songs still move, still amaze, still inspire, still touch hearts. Not to be missed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Check out CinemaArtsCentre.org for various times. $7 members, $12 public, $9 students w/ID. Through June 18.Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue featuring The Pimps Of JoytimeTrombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue are bringing Brooklyn natives The Pimps of Joytime to the Island for a concert that is sure to be packed solid with some good ol’ New Orleans soul. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be performing their self-described “funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop”-style songs and their energizing stage act, while The Pimps Of Joytime will “Keep That Music Playin” during their set. Come see some of funk’s top performing groups as they make Friday night one to remember! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35. 8 p.m. June 12.Flo Rida joins a star-studded roster of performers at Summer Jam.BLI Summer JamChart-topping pop artists at this wild summer jam will include: Nick Jonas, once part of The Jonas Brothers, now the solo artist of Jealous and Chains, performing alongside Carly Rae Jepsen, singer of the madly addictive radio hit “Call Me Maybe,” and British-born Charli XCX of Break The Rules and Famous. Also included in the mix is Tove Lo, artist of Talking Body, who adds a synth-pop touch to this lineup. Groundbreaking artists, Echosmith, known for their song, “Bright,” and Cincinnati-based indie rock darlings Walk The Moon. The latter’s hits include “Shut Up And Dance” and “Anna Sun.” Also included is R5, known for “Smile,” and The Nick Tangorra Band, who performs “Juliet.” For a bit of pop mixed with R&B, don’t miss Natalie La Rose, known for her ear candy “Somebody.” Flo Rida is most known for his radio hits “Whistle” and “Low,” which mixes rap, hip hop and pop all in one. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Pkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $30-$999. 5 p.m. June 13.Peter CeteraFormer Chicago vocalist/bassist, Peter Cetera can be credited with writing some of the most recognizable songs inthe soft pop and easy listening genre. Following his departure from the band Chicago, Cetera’s hit single “Glory of Love” became No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard charts and was even used in the film, The Karate Kid Part II. He has since performed alongside Cher, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and even Madonna. Imagine all of them on one bill–well, that’s for another day! Here, Cetera be doing what he does best. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. June 13.Sonny LandrethSlide-guitar specialist Sonny Landreth is one of the few live acts that you truly have to see in order to believe. Landreth has essentially developed a whole new way of playing the guitar. For example, sporting a slide on his pinky allows him to hold frets above the slide, which results in the simultaneous playing of different variations of chords. His masterful blues-folk techniques have even caught the attention and praise of Eric Clapton, resulting in their collaboration, as well as his performing alongside Jimmy Buffet and Peter Maffay. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. June 13.David Bromberg QuintetThe Godfather of Americana and a longtime pal of Bob Dylan will play songs from his latest album Only Slightly Mad. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $40-$75. 8 p.m. June 13.SOFUSLocal jam band SOFUS possess of all the qualities necessary for an enjoyable performance: steady beats, catchy bass lines, melodic rhythms and relaxed vocals. What more could you ask for? SOFUS’s live performances only further the band’s genuine enjoyment of music, which transcends to audience members. Influenced from legendary acts including Pink Floyd, Parliament Funkadelic, and Grateful Dead, SOFUS brings funk, jazz, psychedelia and improvisation together in a contagious, explosive cocktail of all that is good and groovy in this world. The Vinyl Plane, Memphis Crawl, Funkin’ A, Nonstop to Ciaro and Iridesense. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10, $12 DOS. 9 p.m. June 13.EternalCon 2015Anyone with an interest in comic books, collectibles, horror, gaming, sci-fi, or cosplay shouldn’t miss this self-proclaimed “large scale multimedia pop culture convention.” The mega-gathering of all that is superheros and dragons will feature a Cosplay Contest for those to show off their craftsmanship skills, a vehicle show, a parade, gaming tournaments, movie prop displays, and more! This year’s convention will have some very special guests, including a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast reunion, plus Nichelle Nichols, Marina Sirtis, Mick Foley and Chyna among others. Whether you’re looking to reminisce, or see the latest and greatest in all things pop culture, EternalCon will have events for anyone to enjoy! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $6-$40. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14.Third Eye Blind fans are hoping to be serenaded with such classics as “How’s it Going to Be” and “Semi-Charmed Life.” (Photo credit: Third Eye Blind/Facebook)Third Eye Blind, Dashboard ConfessionalA highly-anticipated blast from the past is coming to Long Island as Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional share the stage for their headlining summer tour. Fans can anticipate hearing both bands’ classic songs, like “Never Let You Go,” “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Vindicated” and “Hands Down.” The audience will also get to preview Third Eye Blind’s new album, Dopamine. Don’t miss the chance to gush over these emo/rock fan favorites! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Pkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $$25-$599 7 p.m. June 14.James CottonDespite his legendary musical style, audiences are going to feel anything but blue after this concert. Cotton has been described by the New York Daily News as “the greatest living blues harmonica player” and by Rolling Stone as “among the greats of all time” in the music industry. His set is expected to include many of his classic hits, such as “Cotton Mouth Man,” “Cotton Crop Blues” and “Dealin’ With the Devil.” YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 7 p.m. June 14.Less Than Jake & Reel Big FishSummertime is the best time to listen to ska music, and this concert is sure to leave not one audience member disappointed! Come see Less Than Jake perform such hits as “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” and “Look What Happened” with Reel Big Fish wowing the audience with their classics “Sell Out” and “Beer.” With special guest Ballyhoo! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $22.50-$50. 7:30 p.m. June 15.Train, The Fray, Matt NathansonThe “Picasso at the Wheel” tour is continuing its North American leg by making its way to the island this week, with Train and Matt Nathanson co-headlining. Fans can expect to hear hits from all three groups, such as “Hey Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “How to Save a Life” and “Come on Get Higher” as the performers rock the sandy beaches and sunset waves along Jones Beach this summer. Don’t miss this triple threat of a concert! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Pkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $35-$600 7 p.m. June 16.SlayerSlayer has been shaking up the metal scene with its take-no-prisoners, pulse-pounding style of music since California natives Jeff Hannerman, Dave Lombardo and Kerry King formed the thrash metal band in the early ’80s. Singer Tom Araya is a force of nature. Their popularity soared with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and the band has since gone on to grab two Grammy awards along with six nominations. You seriously do not want to miss this gig! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $45.50-$89.50. 9 p.m. June 16 & 17.Royal StreetThese Providence, RI, hell-raisers know how to get the party started, and know how to rock! Marina City, Evird Yawateg, Here’s To You, The Tallest Trees In The Universe, The Narrows and Fawkes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 6 p.m. June 17.Matt DaviesThe Pulitzer Prize- winning political cartoonist for Newsday will speak and sign his new children’s book, Ben Draws Trouble. When Ben loses his sketchbook his world is turned upside-down. Who will find it? And how will they react when they do!? Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. June 17.Compiled by Kaitlin Gallagher, Nicholas Semelak, Kyla Stan, Gabby Sizemore & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

CUNA joins Wendy’s breach suit

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Michigan Credit Union League, its members and CUNA are advocating for stronger merchants and card network accountability after a Wendy’s restaurants breach forced several credit unions to cover associated costs.According to CUNA, industry sources estimated the fraudulent charges have been even larger than in other recent data breaches such as those at Target and Home Depot, which combined cost credit unions more than $90 million. On Wednesday, CUNA announced it was joining a data breach lawsuit against the restaurant chain.Vicki McIntosh, president/CEO of the $21.5 million, Richmond, Mich.-based Belle River Community Credit Union, said her cooperative paid $8,000 in fraudulent charges. In addition, the credit union paid $1,000 in out-of-pocket costs to issue new cards because of the breach, which Wendy’s reportedly first discovered in fall 2015. continue reading »last_img read more

Little League Baseball

first_imgIt will soon be time for the annual Little League World Series.  Recently, Little League celebrated its 75th anniversary.   In 1939 Carl Stotz, a Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lions Club member, started Little League with 3 teams.I doubt if he and his two cohorts, George and Burt Bebble, could have envisioned how the sport has grown in those 75 years.  Little League is now world wide with almost every country having some type of program.  Even the continent of Africa now sports some Little League teams.Every city in the United States with a reasonable population has its own version of Little League baseball.  Not all of them join the association that leads to the World Series held in Williamsport in late summer.  This is left up to the local associations and how they want their league to be run.Two programs in the Tri-State come to mind when we think about the Little League World Series.  They are Brownsburg, Indiana, which currently has 5 or 6 former players now in the major leagues and Hamilton, Ohio.  I am not sure how many of their athletes are or have been major leaguers.  I just know that every summer it seems like both of these teams compete in Indianapolis for a Midwest title.last_img read more

Carroll injury concerning Allardyce

first_img Carroll is yet to make an appearance for the Hammers this season after completing his permanent move from Liverpool. Successive heel injuries have frustrated the 24-year-old striker’s bid to make a comeback, and the medics overseeing his recovery remain unsure when he might be fit to rejoin Allardyce’s squad. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has described Andy Carroll’s continued absence through injury as a “great worry” and admitted he has no idea when the striker might be ready to return. “We’ve been trying to get a date out of the guys over in Amsterdam,” Allardyce told Sky Sports News. “But they’re reluctant to give us any clear indication of just how long it’s going to be before he can join us back here and start training with the players, with the squad and then obviously getting into the team to play some games. “It’s obviously a great worry and concern for us all and one we haven’t expected, but one we have to make sure we deal with.” West Ham have struggled for goals without Carroll with Allardyce often opting to play without a recognised striker. The east Londoners are one of the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season, having netted nine times in 11 games. Allardyce revealed he had tried to improve his attacking options in the summer only to be rebuffed by his targets. “We tried to sign four top strikers before the window shut in August, so we didn’t just sit back and not try to sign the one player we felt would add to the situation,” he said. “As I said, we tried our very, very best. David Sullivan and David Gold tried their very best to sign a top, top striker. “Unfortunately, none of the players that we went for wanted to join West Ham at the time.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

LGC executive hosts successful golf tournament

first_imgDESPITE damp ground conditions due to heaven rains on Friday evening, highly spirited golfers took to the Lusignan Golf Course in the usual effort to ensure they were in the Winners Row, as the LGC Executive kicked off its Caricom-weekend tournaments on Saturday.In the Winners Row were Aasrodeen Shaw, Troy Cadogan, William Walker, Lekhnarine Shivraj and the greatly-improving Eureka Giddings.The LGC’s second tournament – CARICOM Day tournament – is set for today from 9:00hrs.In Saturday’s tournament, instead of playing three Flights, the Executive decided on a simple medal-play format in which the first 5 better net scores were awarded trophies.Best Net score and champion, Aasrodeen Shaw (68/14) – 1st, indicated “My allround game was great today. Despite somewhat wet ground conditions, I adapted well and my driving, chipping and putting were good, giving me the lead.”  The other winners were: Troy Cadogan (71/26) – 2nd, tied with William Walker (71/13) – 3rd; Lekhnarine Shivraj (72/16) – 4th; and Eureka Giddings (73/28) – 5th, tied with Kevin Dinanauth (73/5).Troy and Eureka had better ‘back 9’ scores which gave them the edge over William and Kevin respectively. Of honorable mention was Pope-Emanuel London who turned in a score of  74/21.Club captain Chatterpaul Deo, in congratulating the winners, noted that the golfers did well to offer such great support in light of some last minute changes that had been made to accommodate the tournament.Club president Aleem Hussain was heartened by the support and was excited about the Caricom Day tournament when he hoped to improve on his performance on Saturday.last_img read more

Big payday for Spieth

first_imgHis four shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta also won him the FedEx Cup – with the prize money from both combined resulting in the huge payout.Spieth’s also the new world number one.last_img