The move follows similar measures that seek to disrupt members and supporters of Maduro’s government, in the midst of diplomatic and political actions to bring about changes to help curb Venezuela’s serious humanitarian problems.This time, sanctions fell on commander Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza, who leads the Special Action Forces (FAES, in Spanish), and commander Iván Rafael Hernández Dala, head of military counterintelligence (DGCIM, in Spanish).“The United States is publicly designating [both officials] for their involvement in gross violations of human rights,” said the U.S. government in a press release.In addition, authorities designated Bastardo’s wife, Jeisy Catherine Leal Andarcia, and Hernández’ wife, Luzbel Carolina Colmenares Morales, as well as their minor children.The designated “are ineligible for entry into the United States.” The U.S. government leads the initiatives of more than 50 nations worldwide that reject Maduro’s government and support Interim President Juan Guaidó.The announcement said “the security and intelligence organizations led by Bastardo and Hernández have been implicated for their human rights violations and abuses and the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition.”In turn, it explained that their actions “were documented extensively in the July 5, 2019 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as by credible reports by other human rights organizations.”The report, issued by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet after visiting the country, recognized at least 7523 extrajudicial executions. The sanctions also seek to rebuke officials accused of corruption, the press release indicated. By Voice of America August 21, 2019
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Satellite image of a powerful winter storm hitting Long Island. (National Weather Service)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced early Friday morning that the driving ban on the Long Island Expressway was extended until 8 a.m. as a powerful winter storm continues to blanket the Island.Cuomo announced the extension around 5 a.m.—the initial time officials set in place to reopen the expressway.“Safety remains our top priority,” Cuomo said. “I urge all New Yorkers to take every precaution as we wait out the remainder of this winter storm. Check on your neighbors and loved ones, and only travel if absolutely necessary.”When first announcing the overnight LIE ban, Cuomo said: “Once cars become stranded on the road, not only is it a problem for the occupants in the car…it makes it very hard, if not impossible to plow the roads.”The LIE, and other state roads closed due to the storm, “will be open to all traffic at 8:00 a.m.,” Cuomo said in a statement.Nearly all major roads on Long Island were experiencing severe snow and icing conditions, according to the New York State Department of Transportation website.New York State police reported late Thursday a fatal car accident on the Southern State Parkway that appeared to be weather related, according to a State Trooper at the state police station in Brentwood.The driver of the 2002 Buick Century lost control of the vehicle just after 7 p.m. Thursday east of Exit 39, veered off the road and struck a tree, police said. The driver was not identified pending identification from the Medical Examiner’s office, police said.It appeared that the massive winter storm arrived as predicted.The blizzard already dumped more than 5 inches of snow on several communities on LI, according to unofficial snowfall reports by the National Weather Service.In Suffolk County, there were already five areas with five or more inches of snow: Upton, Sayville, North Babylon, Yaphank and West Islip. Bayville in Nassau County already had 7.3 inches of snow by 4 a.m., according to the unofficial snowfall report posted on the weather service’s website.The agency also increased its snowfall prediction for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 8 to 10 inches to 10 to 12 inches.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m confused with mixed messages on TV commercials. I see a car sales ad with a woman talking to her kids telling them to behave in the backseat and an attorney’s ad urging people to sue for distracted driving.I see someone putting a pizza on the roof of their car. I watch movies where guys/gals freak when they find bees, spiders and other animals in their cars. Guys will turn their heads to look at pretty girls, electronic billboard signs, flashing lights like in Vegas, etc., which I consider all to be distractions for driving. I see people falling asleep behind the wheel. People fall asleep in church, in the classroom, on the job. Is that intentional? It’s just a part of life. I understand how horrible accidents are. They are accidents. Somebody got hurt on both sides. Both sides need healing and prayers. So how is this helpful? Is this the only answer, to sue? What else can we do?Michael SargalisDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
The Florida Supreme Court has made the decision to suspend Broward County Circuit Judge Vegina Hawkins without pay after she was seen on surveillance video grabbing a courthouse employee by the neck and shaking them.The decision was made Friday by the supreme court for the incident which occurred on June 11th.According to the report, Judge Hawkins became upset with the employee for not bringing her, her papers before a hearing that was scheduled later that day.The Investigative Panel of the Commission began investigating the incident after Hawkins brought it to their attention once she found out a complaint had been filed against her.Hawkins told investigators that she did not put her hands on the employee but rather invaded his personal space. After she was shown the video of the incident she admitted to briefly touching the individual but said she felt like she had a friendly relationship with the individual and she did not mean any harm by it.The commission, however, did not believe Hawkins actions towards the employee were in a manner of play:“The Investigative Panel of the Commission does not find Judge Hawkins’ testimony that she was ‘calm’ and ‘not at all angry’ credible, and having reviewed the statements and video evidence, the Panel does not believe that her actions were in ‘jest,’” the recommendation for suspension said. “The Panel is further concerned by Judge Hawkins inability to understand that even in jest, her conduct was wholly inappropriate.”Attorney David Bogenschutz who represented Hawkins wrote back stating that his client took full responsibility for her actions during her hearing and that he believed the punishment was too harsh considering the judges “spotless” background:“She has an unblemished career as a prosecutor and private practitioner, as well as a police officer,” he wrote. “She has been a circuit court judge, at the time of this incident, for approximately six months, beginning what, for all intents and purposes, appears to be an outstanding career on the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit.”The supreme court has since reached a decision to suspend the judge without pay.Read formal charges here.
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By Jay Cook |FREEHOLD – Embattled Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley wasted no time as he laced up his gloves last week to publicly scold his county colleagues, declaring he has been “unceremoniously stripped” of a number of duties he’s supervised for several years.Before a tense crowd of about 200 county residents and politicians at Biotechnology High School on Jan. 5, Curley delivered a commanding 15-minute speech invoking thoughts from his family and a pair of American influencers to summarize the most tumultuous month of his political life.“As the late, great U.S. senator from Minnesota and vice president of the United States (Hubert H. Humphrey) said time and time again, ‘I’m pleased as punch to be here,’ ” stated Curley, a Republican, which drew a chuckle from the audience. “Because to quote Mark Twain, ‘the report of my death is greatly exaggerated.’ ”The second half of 2017 was not kind to Curley. A report to the Monmouth County Freeholders following a months-long investigation by a retired Superior Court judge found Curley had sexually harassed county employees by using “salacious and vulgar statements.”At a Dec. 8 special meeting in Freehold, which Curley did not attend, the freeholders’ legal counsel read aloud segments from the federally sealed document before Curley was formally censured by the freeholder board – a clear condemnation of his actions. Curley is currently involved in federal litigation with the freeholder board over a violation of his civil rights.While Curley did attend a mid-December freeholder meeting and had issued formal statements through his attorney, Angelo Genova, the reorganization meeting provided Curley the public venue to verbally jab at his fellow freeholders.Curley stood stoically while addressing the freeholder board behind him. On two occasions, he sarcastically thanked them for their “full attention” when he thought they were talking among themselves.“I have been dismayed and chagrined by my fellow freeholders, who have without my knowledge or consent, chosen to strip me of departmental assignments that I’ve proudly served over these last six years,” he said.Curley added, “As my father has said, and as my brother has said, ‘You want to pick a fight, don’t pick a fight with a Curley because you’re going to get one.’ ”The departments or assignments Curley referred to were oversight positions to Brookdale Community College, the Fire Marshal and Fire Academy, the Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services and the Board of Health. His total number of supervised divisions shrank from 10 to six.Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone defended the board’s actions, saying it was the “best avenue” for 2018. Deputy Director Lillian Burry and newly elected Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto each assumed two of Curley’s former positions.“We just think right now this is what’s best for the county, no reason in particular,” Arnone said after the ceremony.While Curley did touch on the four different areas he no longer supervises, two specifically stuck out in his speech. Curley, a graduate of Brookdale Community College, said he “exposed and vigorously fought” corruption at the college by its former president, Peter Burnham, who had used college-issued credit cards to pay for numerous expenses unrelated to his position and accepted reimbursed tuition payments from Monmouth University, where his son attended. Burnham pled guilty in 2012 and served nearly two years in state custody.Curley said Brookdale “is a place that I uncovered and exposed what was going on there – and unfortunately there are people that can’t handle that. There is no room for corruption in this county or any governmental agency or any private sector area. Brookdale Community College is the best community college in the state of New Jersey.”He also defended his rapport with the Monmouth County Fire Academy, which Curley said he supervised as enrollees had a 100 percent passing rate and a 97.5 percent graduation rate. Curley continued to say he helped catapult the Fire Marshal’s office into the 21st century.“My hands-on approach to that, where I met with our qualified professionals, I never dictated to them – I listened to them,” Curley said. “And then I brought forth and delivered on their needs.”In the first half of the reorganization meeting, Curley was a proverbial stick-in-the-mud, voting no on three specific items before the board – the approvals of Arnone as director, Burry as deputy director and the areas of responsibility – and abstaining from a vote to approve a list of 24 special counsel law firms for 2018. The firm O’Donnell McCord, P.C., listed in the resolution, is representing the county in the federal lawsuit against Curley.A palpable rift exists between Curley and his Republican colleagues. Shaun Golden, both the Monmouth County Sheriff and Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman have reportedly said the Republicans will not endorse Curley for a reelection bid this year.Shaking hands and taking pictures with residents and officials in attendance, along with attending other reorganization meetings after the New Year, Curley said he remains committed to the job and “will never waver.” And he had choice words for those who don’t believe him.“My mother always said, ‘each and every person must answer to their own God,’ ” Curley said. “And she was so right, because there are plenty of people who will answer in the end to their own God.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.
Ed Tatoian, a two-time national championship soccer player and Temple University Hall of Famer, died on June 7, the university announced on June 13. He was 88. Tatoian served in the U.S. Army after college and was an educator at Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia, according to the release. He was a member of Holy Trinity Armenian Church. Before starting at Temple, Tatoian attended Northeast High School, where he stood out on the soccer field and later played professionally for the Ukrainian Nationals in the American Soccer League in 1961. Two years later, during a 9-0-0 season, Tatoian scored four goals in the final nine minutes of the National Championship match against Army West Point. With the help of Tatoian, Temple jumped to a 5-2 comeback win. In his first national championship win in 1951, Tatoian scored two goals to seal a 2-0 win over San Francisco at Kezar Stadium, according to the press release. Tatoian was named most valuable player after the Owls won the National Championship in 1953, according to the release. He was an all star performer and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. Tatoian is survived by his cousin James Tatoian and his longtime companion Ute “Andi” Walker.
JOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, HOOP OF COLOUR, WINNER: “Last race we went really, really slow and her kick, I had never felt anything like that before.“Today, right out of the gate, I was set up perfect, she broke well. The only other speed was Three Hearts and the other Motion horse, Rusty Slipper. I got right behind Rusty Slipper; my horse threw her ears up and she was so relaxed. Near the half-mile pole only two horses were in front of me so I got out, stayed off Three Hearts’ hip and I had clear sailing from there when I asked her to run with no trouble.“I’m so fit. I’ve been running Mt. Wilson a lot lately and I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m riding the best I ever have. I run by myself and I go up with Aaron Gryder as well. We’ll go off the main trail on a path that goes straight up the hill about 10 miles so we’re getting pretty fit out there and it’s showing in the afternoon.” NOTES: The winning owner is Christophe Klemm of Lexington, Ky., who races as Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. GARY STEVENS, DIVERSY HARBOR, SIXTH: “There was no pace.”TRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, THREE HEARTS, SECOND: “She’s a really nice filly. I was expecting a top performance from her today and she gave it to me. She just got out kicked a bit today. She’s a really nice mare and a pleasure to ride.” -30- ALICE CLAPHAM, ASSISTANT TO GRAHAM MOTION, HOOP OF COLOUR, WINNER: “She’s a really nice filly, and all that family, three or four of them, have been graded stakes winners. She’s shown a lot of talent since she’s been here.“Drayden won on her first time here and she’s been training great since then, and this race kind of came up so we thought we’d just take a shot, and it worked out well.“I’m sure Graham will talk to the owners and sort that out (when asked what might be next). We might run her back here in that mile and quarter turf race (Grade III, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18), or she might go to Keeneland.”