Safe Boating Week Debuts Saturday in Suffolk

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Safe Boating Week debuts this weekend in Suffolk County, shoving off a public awareness campaign aimed at preventing tragedies such as several recent fatalities off Long Island’s coast.The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution last week declaring May 18-24 Safe Boating Week as a part of a national program to promote boating safety, encourage boaters to take boating safety courses and raise awareness of the dangers of boating while intoxicated.“Boating is one of the best parts of our centuries old tradition and culture in Suffolk County,” said Legis. Steve Stern (D-Huntington), who proposed the law.  “A day out on the water should be a pleasure, not one that ends in tragedy.”The legislature also passed a law last year requiring that skippers in Suffolk take boater safety courses, but that doesn’t go into effect until November.Both bills were proposed after three children drowned when their boat capsized in Cold Spring Harbor on July 4 and a fisherman was killed by a drunken boater in the Great South Bay days prior.The Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, the Town of Huntington, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Neptune Sail and Power Squadron will be offering free New York State Boating Courses for the week.  For more information about these classes, call 631-351-3256 or 631-824-7128A Nautical Flea Market is also scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mill Dam Park in Huntington on Sunday.last_img read more

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Major grant funds Fayette County detox unit

first_imgConnersville, In. — Fayette Regional Health System has been awarded nearly $10 million in federal grant money from the Indiana State Department of Health through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Part B.* The grant will allow Fayette Regional to create an all-inclusive 4.0 detoxification unit and programs with special attention to those diagnosed with HIV.Fayette Regional hospital and its ancillary service locations are in the very heart of the opioid epidemic in Indiana. Fayette Regional is the number one hospital (per capita) in Indiana for saving lives of overdose patients. Within the last year, Fayette County has noted a 40% increase in drug/alcohol deaths with the highest drug poisoning death rate (per capita) of any county in the state of Indiana. Rates in surrounding counties are staggering as well. Fayette Regional currently works with several local agencies to advocate for change and share resources in the fight against drug and alcohol addiction, and worked closely with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for the past several months.“We’re very pleased to have been awarded this funding from the Indiana State Department of Health,” said Randy White, FRHS President and CEO. “We are grateful and cannot thank the ISDH enough for working with us to make it possible to develop a compassionate and effective program to address this community crisis.”Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration played a vital role as FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H., personally served as an advisor throughout the grant process, beginning last year during her tenure at ISDH as the state’s deputy health commissioner.“Since meeting Dr. Walthall in the summer of 2016 when she was deputy state health commissioner, I have been absolutely impressed with her drive and determination to help all Hoosiers, both urban and rural,” White said.“There certainly could not be a more active, responsive, and dedicated Secretary of FSSA than Dr. Walthall.”Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Zeimke said, ““Beginning next year, Fayette Regional Hospital’s new detoxification unit will help patients receive the treatment and support they need to manage their drug withdrawal symptoms and begin a path to recovery. With 46 new beds and additional medical staff, the hospital can now extend the same high quality and compassionate health care to more Hoosiers suffering from drug addiction. Thank you to Fayette Regional’s leadership team and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for working together to make this possible.”last_img read more

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Claressa Shields, Cecilia Braekhus talk potential clash for women’s boxing supremacy

first_imgLaila Ali and Ann Wolfe have both been regarded as the greatest women’s fighters in boxing history. Unfortunately, they never faced each other in the squared circle to settle it.Braekhus and Shields have the opportunity to prove it in the near future. Should both of them continue their winning ways, a clash seems inevitable as long as they can agree upon a weight class. Hopefully, Braekhus and Shields do what Ali and Wolfe never did. This Saturday night, the women will take center stage as undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus and unified middleweight champion Claressa Shields will be in action on the same show, but in separate fights. Braekhus headlines against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes while Shields takes on Femke Hermans (10:20 p.m. ET, HBO).MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15Three weeks ago, Shields easily dispatched Hannah Rankin via unanimous decision. Two days later, it was revealed Shields would be competing on the final HBO Boxing card. There was an assumption by many that having Braekhus and Shields on the same card indicated that a battle between the top two women’s fighters on the planet was on the horizon. Without question, a Braekhus-Shields clash would be one of the biggest fights in the history of women’s boxing. Braekhus (34-0, nine KOs) is regarded as the consensus No. 1-ranked women’s pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The native of Norway became the WBA and WBC welterweight champion in her 11th fight in March 2009. She added the WBO belt in May 2010 and the IBF strap in September 2014. Shields (7-0, two KOs) became the first boxer in American history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals, at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games. In her fourth pro fight, Shields captured the WBC and inaugural IBF female super middleweight titles. Last June, the Flint, Mich., native won the vacant WBA and inaugural IBF female middleweight titles.The two appear to be on a collision course and there will be lines drawn in the sand when they attempt to outdo one another Saturday.”People need to know I’m the No. 1 women’s pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” Braekhus told Sporting News. “It’s unanimous all across the sport and all the media people. That is pretty unique and one of the reasons why I’m headlining this card on HBO. The other reason is my record. You go look at my record and you will see I’ve had 34 fights and you can find world champions, top pound-for-pound fighters and a lot of the top names. I know I’m new to the American audience, but I have been around for a very long time.”Shields understands the lines the boxing public are trying to draw between her and Braekus. She wants to make it clear to everyone that she is at the top of the food chain and would like to prove it to Braekhus. But Shields says she has some unfinished business at 160 pounds before that fight can occur.”It’s a fight I want in the future,” Shields admitted to SN. “I think it is great that the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world are fighting on the same card. People are drawing their own lines. Right now, I’m focused on 160 pounds. I want to beat Christina Hammer and become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. I do want to face Cecilia, but it’s not going to happen next. I will be fighting Christina Hammer in the first quarter of next year.”Shields added: “Of course, people are going to compare us. I just hope when they compare us, they will be saying that they will agree more with me saying I’m the greatest women’s fighter of all time. I feel like she is a great fighter, but I feel like my style is better.”When the topic of fighting Shields was brought up, Braekhus’ voice perked up. She knows how the big it could be, but she also wants to taper expectations for the time being as there are obstacles.”It’s hard to say right now because she is two weight divisions above me and that’s a lot,” Braekhus said. “She’s going to be facing Christina Hammer next year. I think it’s too early to start discussing (but) me and Claressa fighting would be huge.”The biggest issue is the weight at which that the fight would take place. Braekhus competes two weight classes lower than Shields. The only realistic options would be for the showdown to be at a catchweight of 152 pounds — as we saw for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Floyd Mayweather in September 2013 — or at 154 pounds. Shields didn’t hesitate to suggest a weight at which that the fight could take place. Braekhus wouldn’t reveal whether she would be willing to move up, but she made it clear that Shields would have to move down.”One (hundred) fifty-four (pounds),” Shields emphatically said. “People think I’m this belt snatcher, but I don’t want the 147-pound belts. That’s not what I want. She feels like she’s No. 1 pound-for-pound and I say that I am No. 1 pound-for-pound. And we are close enough in weight that we should meet in a fight and let the fighters decide that. I don’t want the belts. I don’t believe I can make 147 even though my nutritionist believes I can. I believe 154 is the lowest I can go and I would gladly box Cecilia there.” “She would definitely need to move down a bit,” Braekhus said.The winner between Braekhus and Shields would no doubt be the best in the world and arguably the greatest women’s fighter of all time.  In boxing, you always want to see the best fighting the best. Unfortunately, showdowns between boxing’s elite are few and far between. When they do happen, they often end up producing magical moments for fans of the sweet science.  We saw that in September when Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stood toe-to-toe for 36 minutes with the Mexican star winning a narrow decision to become the unified middleweight champion. Last Saturday night, WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury battled to a thrilling split draw in arguably the best heavyweight title showdown in the United States in over 25 years. last_img read more

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Canada can claim at least partial success of progressive agenda in USMCA

first_imgOTTAWA – Was Canada’s pursuit of a “progressive” trade agenda a help or a hindrance during the marathon negotiations with the U.S. and Mexico on a new continental free trade pact?According to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, it was little more than “politically correct posturing” that served only to weaken Canada’s negotiating position.But according to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, it was a strategy that paid off with “a very progressive trade agreement” aimed at ensuring the benefits of trade-fuelled economic growth are more equitably shared among citizens in the three countries.To determine which of those competing claims is nearest to the truth, it’s useful to recall the progressive objectives the Trudeau government set for the talks and compare them with what it actually got in the renamed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.Freeland set out the objectives back in August 2017, just two days before the start of what turned out to be 14 long months of tumultuous negotiations on a new NAFTA.A progressive agreement would encompass five ingredients, she said at that time. It would:— Bring strong labour safeguards into the core of the agreement.— Integrate enhanced environmental provisions to ensure no NAFTA country weakens environmental protection to attract investment and that “fully supports our efforts to address climate change.”— Add a new chapter on gender rights.— Add another new chapter on Indigenous Peoples.— Reform the investor state dispute settlement process to ensure governments “have an unassailable right to regulate in the public interest” without risking lawsuits by investors for alleged discriminatory practices.Based on what’s known thus far about the specifics of the USMCA, Freeland can claim to have successfully achieved two of her five objectives, winning enforceable, stronger labour standards and elimination of the investor state dispute settlement process altogether.She can claim a partial success on environmental standards. And while she did not get separate chapters on gender rights and Indigenous Peoples, provisions on those two issues are woven throughout the agreement.NAFTA includes only side deals on labour and the environment — essentially just aspirational goals to improve working conditions and committing each country to enforce its own labour and environmental standards.Labour leaders have long complained that the lack of enforceable standards allowed Mexico to take advantage of its low wage rate, lack of free collective bargaining and less stringent health, safety and environmental standards to lure manufacturing companies — particularly in the automotive sector — away from the higher-wage U.S. and Canada.The USMCA aims to fix that with a chapter on labour. According to a Canadian government summary of the chapter, it commits all three countries to protect and promote internationally recognized labour principles and rights, including the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, the elimination of child and forced labour and laws ensuring acceptable work conditions with respect to minimum wages, hours of work and occupational health and safety.It also requires the three countries to implement policies to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of gender, including issues related to pregnancy, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity and caregiving responsibilities.The chapter requires each country to create a means for the public to raise concerns about labour issues. And it permits parties to seek recourse under the dispute settlement provision of the agreement in cases of non-compliance.Apart from the labour chapter, the USMCA requires that 40 per cent of the content of automobiles must be produced by workers earning at least US$16 per hour to qualify for duty-free movement across the continent.“This is all about protecting high-wage workers in a trade agreement and I can think of nothing that is more central to the progressive agenda than that,” Freeland said Monday.In the environmental chapter, the three countries commit to maintain high levels of environmental protection, including obligations to combat illegal wildlife trade and illegal logging and fishing, conserve species at risk, and take measures to protect the ozone layer and address marine pollution. It includes a binding commitment to ban shark finning and introduces articles on air quality and marine litter.The environmental standards are all subject to binding and enforceable dispute resolution.While the environment chapter is more robust than the side agreement in NAFTA, Freeland did not manage to persuade the U.S. to include any mention of climate change.The chapter does recognize “the important role of Indigenous Peoples” in protecting the environment and “takes into account the constitutional rights of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples” with respect to harvesting of resources, according to a government summary.That’s just one of a number of references to Indigenous Peoples in the USMCA.Government official familiar with parts of the agreement not yet made public say the deal also specifically confirms that a government can adopt whatever measures it deems necessary to fulfil its legal obligations to Indigenous Peoples. For Canada, that includes aboriginal rights recognized in section 35 of Canada’s Constitution.It preserves the right to adopt measures conferring aboriginal rights or privileges with respect to cross-border trade in services and investment and ensures that state-owned enterprises may accord preferential treatment to Indigenous individuals and groups in the purchase of goods and services.The new pact also encourages the three countries to enhance commercial opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises owned by under-represented groups, including women and Indigenous Peoples, and encourage their participation in international trade.And, in a first for a Canadian trade agreement, it includes a special process by which hand-crafted Indigenous textiles and apparel can be eligible for duty-free treatment.The USMCA also includes a corporate responsibility provision reaffirming the importance of encouraging businesses to respect gender equality and Indigenous rights, among other standards.last_img read more

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Hours after killing man being questioned in womans death

first_img Murdered father of two, shot in the head Arrests, Fake gun, bank account hacked and armed robbery Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 May 2015 – Back at home… Police have a 24 year old man in custody for the brutal killing of a 44 year old woman in Kew Town, Providenciales yesterday. It is confirmed that the man is assisting in the investigation and was detained by about 4pm after the murder report on Monday. The woman, who remains unidentified was examined at the scene and pronounced dead there. This is the second domestic violence incident in the Kew Town community in two weeks; the first woman was lit a fire, allegedly by her husband. Related Items:domestic violence, jail, kew town Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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