first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2009 Lima, 5 July (EFE).- The Peruvian police confiscated in the Tumbes region, on the border with Ecuador, more than 6,400 bullets camouflaged in a shipment of bananas, presumed to have been intended for the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to press reports published today in Lima. The Border Police took the action yesterday after noticing that a pedicab used for transporting cargo, operated by Marcos Infante Elizalde, was carrying bananas from Peru to Ecuador, when the reverse is normally the case, according to the daily La República. Several boxes with 1,600 9-mm bullets with the Fiocchi trademark, used in pistols and submachine guns, and 4,800 5.56-mm projectiles, used in M16 rifles, were found under the shipment of bananas, the newspaper added. The pedicab operator stated that he had only been hired to take the shipment to Ecuador. According to investigators, there are indications that an international gang trafficking in ammunition and military weapons is operating from Peru into the countries along its northern border, and it is presumed that the shipment confiscated yesterday had as its final destination the Colombian insurgent group the FARC, La República.last_img read more

first_imgThe law must govern our courts June 1, 2005 Regular News The law must govern our courts Donald H. Partington Special to the News In the spirit of Law Day it is timely to address the most unfortunate venom that has recently been directed at the federal and state judiciaries arising out of the Terri Schiavo sadness. The current attack on judges reflects a serious lack of knowledge about the independence of the judiciary, which is a part of the fabric of our society, and of the rule of law that governs how judges decide cases.After Congress intervened in the judicial system by extending federal court jurisdiction to a single case that had already been thoroughly considered in the Florida judicial system and rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, to my knowledge no writer or speaker has addressed exactly what issues were presented to the U.S. district court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Considering issues A fundamental point that must be understood is that courts consider the issues they are asked to decide, and only those issues. They must then apply existing law and precedent to resolution of those issues as they would to any other similar issue, and be consistent about it.What were the issues that were presented to the federal courts after the passage of the recent special congressional act?First, the special congressional act gave jurisdiction to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida to “hear, determine, and render judgment on a suit or claim by or on behalf of Theresa Marie Schiavo for the alleged violation of any right of Theresa Marie Schiavo under the Constitution or laws of the United States relating to the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain life.” Congress did not say that the court could determine whether the parents or the husband or the state court judge were right or wrong concerning the withdrawal of a feeding tube.This limited grant of jurisdiction initially prompted five claims by the parents of Theresa Schiavo claiming the violation of 14th Amendment, Due Process, Equal Protection and Freedom of Religion rights.Based on these claims, a temporary injunction was sought requiring the invasive procedure of reinserting the feeding tube pending a final determination of these claims.The district court judge was required by his oath of office to consider these claims; to apply the law applicable to each of these claims; and to follow long-standing decisional precedent concerning when, and under what circumstances, a temporary injunction may be issued. To obtain such an injunction there must be a showing of a substantial likelihood of success on the merits on at least one of the claims. The district court judge carefully analyzed each claim and found that based on existing case precedent there was actually no constitutional right that was implicated, or if implicated, violated. Concerning the ruling of the Florida state court judge which the district court judge was called upon to review, he stated plainly:“fulfilling his judicial responsibilities the judge was not transformed into an advocate merely because his rulings are unfavorable to a litigant.. .. [N]o federal constitutional right is implicated when a judge merely grants relief to a litigant in accordance with the law he is sworn to uphold and follow.”In rejecting each of the claims, the district court judge was required to find under established law it could not be said that ultimately the claimant would prevail on the merits of any of them. He so found. So, the district court judge had no choice but to deny the request for the injunction. The judge followed the law he was required to follow and concluded with confidence that he was following the law correctly, even though the court acknowledged and concluded: “This court appreciates the gravity of the consequences of denying injunctive relief. Even under these difficult and time strained circumstances, however, and notwithstanding Congress’ expressed interest in the welfare of Theresa Schiavo, this court is constrained to apply the law to the issues before it.”The district court judge went further, kept the door open for a second chance and said he would consider any other claims that might be timely presented. The decision was affirmed by a majority of a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that, after its own careful analysis, ended with this conclusion:“There is no denying the absolute tragedy that has befallen Mrs. Schiavo. We all have our own family, our own loved ones, and our own children. However, we are called upon to make a collective, objective decision concerning a question of law. In the end, and no matter how much we wish Mrs. Schiavo had never suffered such a horrible accident, we are a nation of laws, and if we are to continue to be so, the pre-existing and well-established federal law governing injunctions as well as Pub. L. No. 109-3 [the congressional act that gave the federal courts jurisdiction in the Schiavo case] must be applied in her case.”The invitation of the district court judge to consider other claims was accepted by the parents of Mrs. Schiavo, who amended the complaint to make five more claims. These new claims were based on claimed additional violations of the 14th Amendment and various federal statutes, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.As to each of these claims, the district court was required to, and did carefully, analyze existing case law and the wording of the statutes to determine who had a right to make such claims; against what parties such claims can be asserted; whether the claims came under the statute or Constitution at all; and most importantly, whether there was a showing that the threshold for issuance of a preliminary injunction and its requirement of a showing of a substantial likelihood of success on the merits had been met on any one of the counts. The court could not so find and denied the claims.The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel, conducting its own careful analysis of these claims, also could find no support in law for them. The judge who had dissented to the first decision of the three-judge panel of judges agreed, stating as to these new claims: “I concur in the result for the reason that the plaintiffs have been unable to come forward in their second amended complaint with any new claims palpably alleging the denial of a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States.” Ill-conceived ‘fix’ The district court judge and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judges thus decided the case by (1) addressing the issues presented, and (2) applying the existing law and precedent they were obligated to follow, and reached a decision that was not based on their personal judgment as to who was right or wrong in the dispute. They were not empowered to, and were not asked to, decide whether the parents or the husband had the right to make the life-and-death decision that captured the attention of the nation.Sadly, some of our national leaders, who should know better, have taken these decisions as the proof that will justify an ill-conceived and misguided attempt to do something to “fix” the judiciary in order that they might make the “right” decisions.Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Soviet Union with a group of American lawyers. We met with Russian lawyers as well as lawyers from all over the Soviet Union. In one of our meetings the topic of the need for an independent judiciary was discussed. At one point, an angry Russian lawyer stood up and bravely stated: “We will never have an independent judiciary in Russia until telephone rights are abolished.”We pressed him as to just what he meant by “telephone rights.”He told us that it was the right of the local Communist Party official to call up a judge and tell the judge how the case should be decided in accordance with the party line. Stunned by such an aberrant concept, the American lawyers looked at each other and silently expressed their personal and communal appreciation for the independence of the judiciary so well embedded in our country.Those who advocate “fixing” decisions of judges that are not in agreement with the outcome an American party official determines should be the correct outcome, rather than one based on law and precedent, must understand that what they propose is nothing more and nothing less than the institution of telephone rights in America; this would be destructive of our judicial system that, warts and all, has served this country and its people with majesty and justice while giving the people reasonable assurance that the judgment in their case will, in the end, be based on the law and not the personal feeling of the judge or some political functionary.Our courts and judges must decide only the issues presented to them based on the law they must follow. To do otherwise would be to violate their oath of office.Judge-bashing ill serves us all and demeans and diminishes our rights under the Constitution and laws of this country. More important, it causes disrespect for the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary enshrined in our Constitution and accepted by our people for more than 200 years. Donald H. Partington is a senior member of the law firm Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse in Pensacola.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Holiday Lights SpectacularIt’s back! After being nixed seven years ago, this 2.5-mile drive-thru seaside holiday tradition triumphantly returns with more than 150 lighted-displays, many of which are animated, synced to holiday music. It all culminates in a holiday village, where kids can have pictures taken with Santa Clause, visitors can make s’mores and revelers can hear carolers sing on select nights. Wednesday night is pet night for discounts and a chance to have a photo of Fido seated on Santa’s lap. Also debuting this year is the Hay Maze, which will take kids on a special journey through the sparkling lights display in the Holiday Village. There is also a Twofer Tuesday special—two trips for the price of one. Jones Beach State Park, West End, Ocean Pkwy. $20 per car weekdays, $25 weekends. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. dusk-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., open til 11 p.m. Fri.-Sun.Christmas Animated StoryAnimated characters star in “Christmas at the North Pole,” a walk-through story telling how Santa picks out gifts for his friends who are penguins, elves and more. Donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares accepted. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 24.Bayville WonderlandVisit the elves hard at work in Santa’s toy shop, ride the holiday express train, brave the arctic ice skating adventure, meet Mr. Claus and other holiday characters, plus much more! Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. $21. Days, hours vary. Nov. 28-Jan. 3.Barnaby Saves ChristmasThe littlest elf and his reindeer friend, Franklynne, set off on their journey to save Christmas. Along the way, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah and the holiday season. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. $10. 11 a.m. Nov. 28 and various other days through Christmas weekend.The Snow QueenCatch a live performance of the Hans Christian Anderson classic tale. Elmont Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. $12. 1 p.m. Nov. 28.Rudolph the Red Nose ReindeerDo you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Refresh your memory with this live performance of the holiday classic. Studio Theatre Lindenhurst, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. 1 p.m. Nov. 28 with various weekly performances through Christmas.MooseltoeThe story of a moose who wants to fly with Santa’s reindeer, learns some valuable life lessons along the way and saves Christmas amid trouble at the North Pole. Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport. $15-$25. 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 28.A Christmas Story: The MusicalWe double dog dare you to come see America’s favorite Christmas movie come to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. Expect masterful performances. Expect show-stopping songs. Expect to be wowed! John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. $69. 3 p.m. Nov. 28 with performances through Jan. 4.A Christmas CarolFollow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future—in almost twice daily performances of the Charles Dickens classic. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. $15-$30. 8 p.m. Nov. 28 and most days through Christmas weekend.Sayville Holiday ParadeWatch marchers, floats and wave to Santa at 9 a.m.! Afterwards, enroll the kids in Santa’s Workshop at the Carvel on Railroad Avenue. Return at 5 p.m. for Miracle on Main Street, a Christmas celebration that includes a tree lighting at 6 p.m., Santa, live reindeer, movies in the street, live performances, food, a gingerbread competition, snacks, fun and more!  Main Street, Sayville. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov 29.Tree LightingThe Northport Chorale will sing holiday favorites and Christmas carols, followed by the lighting of the tree and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Check out the mansion’s holiday decorations at the same time! Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. Free. 4 p.m. Nov. 29.Tree LightingThis grand celebration will feature the igniting of multi-colored lights to decorate a truly magnificent tree! Come revel in the supreme joy of the holiday spirit! Westbury Village Recreation Center, 348 Post Ave., Westbury. Free. 4 p.m. Nov. 29.Tree LightingA Victorian Christmas celebration including Santa from 1-4 p.m., refreshments and tours of the Tuthill Museum before the sundown ceremony. Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society, Main Road and Cardinal Drive, Mattituck. Free. 5 p.m. Nov. 29.Village Tree and Menorah LightingThe tradition of celebrating the holiday season begins with the lighting of our Christmas Tree and Menorah at Village Square. There will be entertainment at the Showmobile and keep a watchful eye out for Santa who will be arriving on his magical sleigh. Corner of Park Boulevard and Front Street, Massapequa Park. Free. 5 p.m. Nov. 29.Holiday Parade and Street FestivalLong Island’s biggest electric light holiday parade and float contest, now in its fifth year, centers on the theme “’Tis the Season Across America.” Festivities will include a brief ceremony following a parade to simultaneously light the holiday tree on the Village Green and at Town Hall. Aside from musical performances, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Snoopy, The Grinch, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Elmo and Toy Story’s Woody. Free hot chocolate and cookies. New York Avenue, Huntington. Free. 7 p.m. Nov. 29.Cherish The Ladies: A Celtic ChristmasOne of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music put their signature mark on classic carols, such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.” Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $30-$55. 8 p.m. Nov. 29.Frosty the SnowmanJoin Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. $15. 11 a.m. Nov. 29 with performances through Jan. 4.Santa’s ParadeThe parade lines up an hour before marking into downtown Port Jefferson and ending at Santa’s Workshop, corner of Barnum and W. Broadway. The workshop is open 2-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 20. Starts at Port Jefferson train station, Port Jefferson. Free. 4-7 p.m. Nov. 29.Christmas at the Montauk LighthouseThe first lighthouse ever built in New York State will be adorned with thousands of white lights for the holiday season. Montauk Lighthouse, 2000 Route 27, Montauk. Free. 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 29. Lights will remain on until New Years Day.It’s a Wonderful VillageA Parade of Lights featuring decorated fire trucks marches down Windmill Lane to Agawam Par, where the annual tree lighting and caroling followed by a holiday reception on Nov. 29 that kicks off this month-long celebration with events every Saturday through Dec. 20. Hayrides at Scorpion Farms on Jobs Lane every weekend.Southampton village. Full list of events here: 12:30-5:15 p.m. Nov. 29, 12:30-4 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 20.T’was the Night Before ChristmasThe story of how Clement Moore created his world-renowned poem T’was the Night Before Christmas, which comes alive in the Arena Players Children’s Theater production. Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. $10 adults, $8 kids. 1 p.m. Nov. 30 with performances through Dec. 21.Winter Festival and Christmas Tree LightingPhotos with Santa, carriage rides, music and the lighting of the Christmas Tree will make the evening bright. Glen Cove Village Square. Free. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30.Love Under the Christmas TreeGiada Valenti will be performing a selection of the most beautiful American and Italian holiday favorites combined with her own rendition of hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, as well as recent contemporary songs. The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. $45-$25. 3 p.m. Nov. 30.Boardwalk LightsA holiday nautical themed light show display on the boardwalk. Long Beach boardwalk. longbeachny.govFree. 5 p.m. Dec. 1 through mid-January.I Am Santa ClausWrestling star Mick Foley will appear live in person to present I Am Santa Claus, a documentary that spent a year following the lives of six men who are professional Santas. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.Tree Lighting and SingingEvent followed by a visit from Santa and refreshments at the Youth Center / Legion Hall. 44 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. 6 p.m. Dec. 3.Big Duck Holiday Lighting CeremonyIt’s the most Long Island holiday tradition of them all when the region’s iconic 83-year-old historic landmark gets lit up in Christmas lights. Live entertainment including a duck carol sing-a-long led by the Riverhead Middle School Show Choir, a visit from LI Ducks Mascot “Quackerjack” and the arrival of Santa Claus. The Big Duck Store, Route 24 in Flanders, one mile East of the Riverhead Traffic Circle. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 3Deck the HallsThe Festival of Trees kicks off with the community coming together to decorate Brookwood Hall, a historic landmark that the Town of Islip is seeking to be designated as such. Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Free. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 4.The Irish TenorsWright * Kearns * Tynan on The Irish Holiday Tour. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$62.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 4.Manhasset Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyA performance from the Manhasset High School Brass Choir, the lighting of the tree, an appearance by Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and more! Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, across the street from Town Hall, Manhasset. Free. 4 p.m. Dec. 5.18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyJoin in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the live tree. Hot beverages will be served. Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Montauk Highway, Great River. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.Christmas Tree LightingOh, what a joyous celebration of the holiday season! What a wonderful way to share time with family and friends! What a magnificent opportunity to belt out all those fantastic carols you and your friends have been practicing for the past 12 months and show the city of Long Beach, and all those special revelers in attendance, just how great you truly are!! Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 5.28th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyAlong with the lighting of the tree, traditional holiday music will be performed by the children of Oysterponds Elementary School. Santa Claus will arrive in his jubilant red sleigh and then light the live tree. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Orient Beach State Park, 40,000 Main Rd., Orient. Free. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyThis popular holiday event features gifts for children, costumed characters, musical entertainment and refreshments for all. Babylon Town Hall Park, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 5.19th Annual Dickens FestivalAn annual Village celebration of the author of A Christmas Carol, features costumed characters, decorated streets and shops, Victorian entertainment and food. It kicks off with a festival of trees that includes ice-skating characters and giant snowmen at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, followed by a long list of caroling, performances and related events—even a gingerbread house contest before concluding in a Grand Final Parade! A full list of all programs can be found here Mostly free. Dec. 5-7.Clara’s Dream, The NutcrackerWitness toys that come to life, a Christmas tree that grows, flowers that dance and snowflakes that waltz in this classic magical story, as performed by American Dance Theatre of Long Island. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $15. 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 1 p.m. Dec. 7.East Hampton Chambers Santa ParadeSanta Parade continues on to Newtown Lane ending just before the railroad tracks. Main Street, East Hampton. Free. 10 a.m. Dec 6.Santa in the ParkSanta Claus will be arriving at the park in a fire truck and all children will have the opportunity to give him their holiday wish list! Toys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate will be distributed by Santa’s elves. Wantagh Park, 1 King Rd., Wantagh. Free. 12 p.m. Dec. 6.Skate with SantaChildren are invited to go ice skating with Santa, have their pictures taken in front of the tree and decorate cookies. Free hot chocolate. Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Road in Roslyn-North Hills. $14 adults, $10 kids, $4 veterans, seniors and first responders. Discounts with Leisure Pass.1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Dec. 6.Merry on MainA holiday parade will step off from Brockwood Hall in East Islip and end at Islip Town Hall West 90 minutes later. At dusk, Santa will hold a tree lighting ceremony at Islip Town Hall, where there will also be photos with the big man, a craft fair, gingerbread competition and other entertainment. Main Street, Islip. 2 p.m. Dec. 6.Cinderella’s ChristmasThe most famous Disney princess of them all rings in the holiday season. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $14.50.12 p.m. Dec. 6.Bowling With SantaDeck the lanes with bowling balls of holly. An elf parade at 5:15 p.m. precedes a tree lighting ceremony at village square at 5:30 p.m., followed by caroling and other holiday-related events. San Dee Lanes, 342 Hempstead Ave., Malverne. $10. 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 6.Riverhead SantaConThe annual worldwide Santa Claus convention that has taken on a life of its own comes to Long Island a week before the New York City installment. Holiday-related costumes required to participate in the pub crawl through downtown Riverhead. $10 per bracelet for discounts at participating pubs. 3 p.m. Dec. 6.Christmas Tree LightingEnjoy cookies, hot chocolate and tea until Santa arrives for a good old fashioned Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor.  General admission. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6.Christmas Tree LightingIslandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. Dusk, Dec. 6.Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyVeteran’s Plaza, Kings Park Library, Smithtown. Free. 4 p.m. Dec. 6.Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony CANCELED DUE TO INCLIMATE WEATHERAlong with the lighting of the tree, there will be a host of traditional holiday music courtesy of the local school chorus, ice sculpting demonstration, magic show, balloon twisting, juggling act and a spectacular fireworks display. Also, a visit from Santa arriving on the Long Island Sleigh Express! Belmont Lake State Park, Exit 38 off of the Southern State Parkway. Free. 4:15 p.m. Dec. 6.Holiday Parade and Tree LightingWatch the glorious display of lights and surprises. Santa arrives by Antique Fire Truck. Join Santa at the gazebo on the Village Green for the Annual Tree Lighting. Main Street, Bellport Village. 6:15 p.m. Dec. 6.Not Quite Christmas CabaretCocktails, dinner, desert and performances by Broadway actors Lauren Worsham, Ron Raines and Kathy Voytko, who returns to the Preserve for her third performance. Castle Gould, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $100 7 p.m. Dec. 6.CC Claus: A Baseball Christmas StoryCC Sabathia, the pitcher for the New York Yankees, and his son, Carsten, will talk about the MLB star’s new holiday-themed children’s book, CC Claus: A Baseball Christmas Story. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. Dec. 6.A Spectacular Christmas CarolA variety show gives a new spectacular twist on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $30-$55. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Dec. 7.Christmas ParadeThe theme for this year’s parade, billed as the largest in Suffolk County, is a “Red, White and Blue Christmas.” It runs from the South Port Shopping Center down Montauk Highway and Mastic Road to the Mastic Fire House. 12 p.m. Dec. 7.60th Village Tree LightingWill be followed by a ceremony. Corner of Hilton and Stewart avenues, Garden City. Free. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7.Medford Christmas Parade and Tree LightingStarts at Tremont Elementary School, 143 Tremont Ave., Medford. 4 p.m. Dec. 7.Celtic Thunder Christmas SymphonyA dynamic live music experience, accompanied by a full Symphony Orchestra and favorite holiday songs from their latest CD Holiday Symphony. The music selection ranges from traditional carols “Away in A Manger,” “Silent Night” to classical pieces, holiday staples and the more contemporary “Fairytale of New York.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$84.25. 7 p.m. Dec. 7.Tree LightingLit up will be the magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine, which is located on the south side of the Camellia Greenhouse. Afterward, see view the spectacular poinsettia display, hear the madrigal singers perform, visit Coe Hall decked with holly and meet Santa at the Hay Barn! Visit Periwinkles Café in the Visitor Center and enjoy egg nog, hot chocolate and cider, gingerbread men and other assorted holiday sweets.Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Route 25A, Oyster Bay. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 12.Heckscher HolidaysThe Five Towns Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform joyful holiday selections, traditional favorites and tuneful pop songs. Seasonal treats will be served. The Heckscher Museum, 2 Prime St., Huntington. Free with museum admission. 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12.Holiday Chorus Concert Brass EnsembleA community sing-a-long following performances by three choral groups, including Sings of Long Island, Bay Area Friends of Fine Arts and Choral Society of the Moriches, plus the Tri Valley Bass Ensemble. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $9. 7 p.m. Dec. 12.The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas ShowAimee Mann, Ted Leo and many special guests. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $30-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 12.Sarah ConwaySarah Conway and The Playful Souls put on their Revel in Your Spirits Christmas show features great collection of little known gems of Christmas songs from rock to country, blues and gospel. Special guests on sax and fiddle! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 12.12th Annual Reenactment of the Flying SantaRelive the days when Santa would visit the Fire Island Lighthouse keepers and their families by flying by in small plane. Fire Island Lighthouse, just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon. Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 13.Gary Lewis and The Playboys“Celebrating the Holidays Together” is the name of this show, during which they’ll play their hits, including “This Diamond Ring,” Count Me In” and “Save Your Heart for Me.”. Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. $40-$60. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13A John Waters ChristmasThe multi-talented comedian and actor puts his spin on the holidays. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $35-$100. 8 p.m. Dec. 13.Dick Fox’s Holiday Doo Wop ExtravagaznaThe Duprees, Shirley Alston Reeves, The Legendary Teenagers, Chris Montez, Emil Stucchio & The Classics, The Devotions, & The Knockouts harmonize holiday classics. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$62.50. 7 p.m. Dec. 13.The Nutcracker SuiteOvations Dance Repertory Company put on the classic show with lavish costumes, brilliant sets and stirring music, all backed by a 25-piece orchestra. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $14. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 14.Winter ConcertHoliday classics performed by the Five Towns College Concert Pops orchestra. Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. $10. 2 p.m. Dec. 14.The Nutcracker BalletThis incredibly popular residency with Dancecore returns this year with two matinee and one evening performance. See the Gumdrops, Silver Angels, Candy Canes, Toys, Mice, and the Nutcracker himself dance in Clara’s dream to Tchaikovsky’s music inspired from cultures around the world. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., West Hampton Beach. $15. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Dec. 14.Cirque le Masque presents: NoelThis balance of theatrical wizardry, comic audience interactions and holiday cheer will leave you breathless. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $25-$85. 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18.Chris Isaak Holiday TourThis rockabilly crooner is back in town to put fans in the holiday spirit. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $55-$85. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.Trans Siberian OrchestraThe rock orchestra wills out their live debut of The Christmas Attic, a holiday tradition for a new generation. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $41-$71. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.The NutcrackerNew York Dance Theatre, under the direction of Frank Ohman, will present what’s billed as the largest Nutcracker on Long Island with added music, scenes and dances—the only one performed in the tradition of New York City Ballet’s legendary George Balanchine. John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. $40 adults, $35 seniors and kids under 12. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 21.Frosty the SnowmanThis famous snowman and his friend, Jenny, must save the town of Chillsville from Ethel Pierpot’s evil plan to melt all the snow. Elmont Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. $10. 2 p.m. Dec. 20, 12 p.m. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Dec. 27, 1 p.m. Dec. 29.last_img read more

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first_imgMicrosoft on Tuesday announced it would invest one billion dollars in Poland to expand its operations, including the creation of a new regional cloud-computing data hub.The US tech giant said it had signed an agreement with Poland’s state-backed National Cloud Operator to provide “cloud solutions for all industries and companies in Poland”, according to a statement on its website.”Another great global player chose Poland to locate its investment, worth as much as $ 1 billion, the largest in our region of Europe,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday on his official Facebook page. “This is another important step on the road to digitization and accelerating the development of the entire Polish economy.”The investment project is expected to last seven years, Microsoft said.Microsoft is among the global leaders in providing cloud services — an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars.As well as charging for the service, cloud operators are able to harvest huge caches data and open up many other revenue streams. Topics :center_img The National Cloud Operator was set up two years ago by the state-controlled PKO Bank and the Polish National Development fund to speed development of the digital economy.Once among the EU’s most rapidly expanding economies, growth in Poland is set to shrink by 3.4 percent this year, according to a revised government projection, down from an expansion of 3.7 percent of GDP forecast prior to the pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgLeading Dutch asset managers APG and PGGM have successfully completed a prototype of a blockchain-driven pension administration system.With their prototype, the companies have provided the first concrete use of blockchain technology within the pensions sector.Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, is a form of distributed ledger technology designed to securely process and store digital transactions.Further research into the method must produce a more flexible and transparent administration system with significantly lower costs, the APG and PGGM said in a joint statement. The prototype involved the administration of a virtual defined benefit scheme with 10,000 participants, under arrangements similar to APG’s company pension scheme. A virtual employer then fed salary data and information regarding life events, such as a wedding and a divorce, into the system.The providers said the next step would be to add elements such as an administration of benefits and contributions, and subsequently run the entire administration of the APG scheme on the blockchain in parallel to its current system.APG and PGGM – asset managers and pension providers for the €389bn civil service scheme ABP and the €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW, respectively – said their prototype was designed to lead to a new kind of pensions administration, providing access for the pension fund, its sponsor, participants and the supervisor.The various players would have their own key to access and rework the data that are relevant to them.Among the benefits of the blockchain is that data don’t have to be passed on and copied between players.“Individual data have been stored several times and in different places, and also in different systems in case somebody has several pensions,” explained Hidde Terpoorten, who heads APG’s blockchain project.The blockchain technology is designed to be more efficient and to generate less errors than existing methods of pension scheme administration.“Every adjustment will be stored separately and the history of transactions can’t be changed. As a consequence, it will always be possible to trace errors,” said Marjolijn Pouw, innovation manager at PGGM.APG and PGGM said they didn’t know when the technology could take over the real administration, as it was still in its early stages.The transfer of financial value, such as premiums and benefits through the blockchain, however, is still very far off to APG.“The Dutch legal conditions are not available for this,” said Terpoorten.He said that investment administration could be a promising additional implementation of blockchain technology.The blockchain research is being conducted jointly by APG and PGGM and carried out by a 10-strong team, which co-operates with internal staff as well as external developers.last_img read more

first_imgLocalNews Saturday NOT a public holiday by: – December 2, 2011 Tweet 7 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire is dismissing claims that government has set aside Saturday as a public holiday. Many Dominicans believe that the national day of mourning which will be recognized tomorrow for the official funeral of Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassador Jeff Joe is a national holiday but the Cabinet Secretary says Dominican businesses are expected to operate as normal. “Saturday December 03, 2011 has been declared a national day of mourning. That day is definitely not a national or public holiday. When we say national day of mourning we expect people to be solemn in their dealing. We expect the radio stations to play soft music such as gospel, we expect persons to be dressed in black and white. To be thinking about, in this case Jeff Joseph and his life. It is certainly not a public holiday,” he stressed.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_img Betway to pay record £11.6m after Gambling Commission finds VIP customer failings March 12, 2020 Share Mr Green to pay £3m for failures in gambling harm and money laundering prevention February 27, 2020 Share Gala Interactive is to pay a £2.3m penalty package for breaching regulations which protect consumers, a Gambling Commission investigation has revealed.The action relates to two ‘VIP’ customers, who displayed problem gambling behaviour in wagering £1.3m of stolen money.Customer A lost £837,545 in a 14 month period, during which time he placed 842,020 bets, depositing almost £49,000 on one day alone.Customer B placed 554,954 bets in 11 months, losing £432,765 in total, and one day alone deposited approximately £20,000.Both high spending customers who used Gala’s online games were later jailed, with customer A receiving a four year jail term for theft while customer B was sentenced to four and a half years for acquiring, using or possessing criminal property.The penalty package Gala have been handed consists of a £1m payment to fund research into problem gambling, a payment of £1.3m to the victims of both customers and a commitment from the company to “ensure that improvements to social responsibility procedures are implemented promptly to minimise the risk of repetition of the failings identified during this investigation. This will be monitored as part of our planned compliance activity with this operator”.Gala interactive are also to pay an additional £200,000 to help fund research into problem gambling.Concluding its statements, the Gambling Commission report stated: “Our investigation found, and Gala Interactive accept, that they failed to put into effect written policies and procedures for customer interaction to deal with situations where they have concerns that a VIP customer’s behaviour may indicate problem gambling. “Gala Interactive did not effectively interact with customers who were displaying problem gambling behaviour and did not have written policies in place that could have mitigated harm caused by the actions of two ‘VIP’ customers. “It also failed to ensure that proper records were kept of responsible gambling interactions. An aggravating factor in this case was that Gala Interactive failed to engage effectively with Customer A and Customer B at a time when we were being assured that lessons had been learnt from a previous case.”This case was aggravated by a previous example regarding similar failings, during which the commission was told that customers of concern would be identified sooner and effectively handled.  The assurance was made during the time that customers A and B were gambling with Gala.Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive at the Commission, said: “We will continue to take robust action where we see operator failures that harm consumers and the wider public.“It is the responsibility of all operators – particularly key decision makers in those companies – to ensure they are protecting their customers and step in when there is behaviour that might indicate problem gambling.“This did not happen in this case and the £2.3m penalty package should serve as a warning to other operators.” UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgOne of the popular supporters’ groups of Asante Kotoko say they’ve secured a Police permit for a potential demonstration against the team’s board and management.The Reds have seen inconsistent performances throughout the season, placing 11th on the log, with six matches to play in the First Capital Plus Premier League.Despite a win against their regional rivals AshGold over the weekend at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, the supporters are anxious to overturn their poor results in Accra this season.According to the supporters’ group, Hot Circles 2, written permission has been sought from authorities for their intended demonstration against the club’s board and management, should the team fail to secure a respectable result against Hearts on Sunday.Nkoo Joseph, chairman of Hot Circles 2 in Accra said: “We can’t afford to lose any game in Accra this season. We lost the Independence Cup, the President’s Cup – all in Accra – and another defeat would influence us to go on a demonstration for mismanaging the affairs of the club.”Speaking to Adom Sports,  Nkoo went on: “We secured a Police permit on Monday and we are ready to go on the street to make our grievances clear. If Opoku Nti is not managing Kotoko well, the board should sack him, because they have the mandate to do that. And for failing to do so, it means they have confidence in him and should be blameable for the outcome of the decisions he makes.” Kotoko, whose win last Sunday was their first win in three games, are looking to avenge their 0-1 defeat to Hearts in the first round in Kumasi. –More buildup:READ: Best moments of Hearts v Kotoko last 5 Accra gamesCLICK TO READ: Ahmed Toure wants focus for troubled Kotoko CLICK TO READ: Ali Maradona lashes out at GFA Disciplinary CommitteeLook out more #JoySports team buildup to Sunday’s big game. Analysis, news, and features on radio, TV, and online. Follow on Twitter @Joy997FMlast_img read more

first_imgKevin Durant scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Team LeBron to earn MVP honors while James chipped in 19 points. Antetokounmpo registered a game-high 38 points and added 11 rebounds in the losing effort.Here are seven crazy stats from Team LeBron’s victory:15 — LeBron James started his 15th straight All-Star Game on Sunday in Charlotte. That’s the most consecutive starts in the game’s history.28 — Team Giannis scored 53 first-quarter points. Bucks teammates Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combined for 28 of those.#GiannisAntetokounmpo and #KhrisMiddleton of the @bucks combine for 28 PTS in the 1st Q! #NBAAllStarWatch on @NBAonTNT— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 18, 201930 —  Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki, who was named to the roster as a special addition, hit two deep 3-pointers in the first quarter. It’s the first time he has ever knocked down two jumpers from 30-feet away or more in the same game.DIRK AGAIN! 💦#NBAAllStar— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2019362 — James now has 362 career All-Star Game points, which is the most ever.16 — There were 16 players who reached double-figure scoring totals. Five players scored at least 20 points. Team James took home a victory in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.LeBron James’ squad trailed Team Giannis by 13 at halftime but tallied a 50-point third quarter and pulled away for the 178-164 win Sunday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. 167 — The teams combined to jack up 168 3-pointers in the matchup. They connected on 62 of those attempts. Both of those numbers are All-Star Game records.2 — James has now led a team to a win in the last two All-Star Games. Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen 148-145 in 2018.OptaLarry contributed to this reportlast_img read more