December 18

Baldwin-native UFC Champ Chris Weidman Honored

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fro left: New York State Senator Dean Skelos, UFC Middleweight Champion of the World Chris Weidman, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray.Chris Weidman, a mixed-martial arts fighter who defeated the heavily favored Anderson Silva in the Ultimate Fighting Championship two weeks ago, has returned as a hero to his hometown of Baldwin.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano proclaimed Wednesday, July 16 to be Chris Weidman Day in honor of the newly crowned UFC Middleweight Champion of the World during a ceremony at the Coral House.“It’s really exciting here in Nassau County to honor someone with a Rocky-like victory,” said Mangano. “He’s a hometown hero, we’re very proud of his achievements.”Weidman attended Baldwin High School, Nassau Community College and graduated from Hofstra University with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before winning the title.“You have veterans day, Memorial Day, and now Chris Weidman Day,” Weidman joked. “My wife hate’s it I think, she makes me work on my day.”While in college, Weidman met MMA trainer Ray Longo, who was not initially sold on Weidman as a fighter, but thought he had enough raw talent to be competitive.“We were watching fighting together and he was very intuitive,” Longo said.Prior to the fight, Longo brought in many fighters who had similar styles to Silva in order to get Weidman used to the technique used by the Brazilian nicknamed “The Spider,” who is arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all-time.Weidman takes pride in his Long Island roots and was thankful for the support he has received from the community.“I travel all around the world and go to a lot of different places but this is where I consider my home,” he said. “I love being from here, I’m especially proud of being a Baldwin guy.”Amid the celebration, Mangano threw his support behind legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State, where a bill to legalize the sport has repeatedly passed the state Senate but not the Assembly.“We should have [MMA] in New York, we should have [MMA] Nassau County,” Mangano said. “It’s illegal in New York State, it’s ridiculous.”last_img read more

November 18

Croatia receives WTTC seal for safe travel

first_imgCroatia, Ecuador and Ghana are the latest bearers of the WTTC Seal for Safe Travel, recently launched by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Find out more about the WTTC seal “Safe Travels” in the attachment, while a list of all countries that carry the WTTC safety seal can be found in HERE Since the launch of the WTTC Seal of Safe Travel, countries and cities around the world have adopted new WTTC protocols. As part of the Safe Travel Protocol, these global measures provide consistency and guidance to travel providers and travelers on a new approach to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and physical distance in the “new normal” world of COVID-19. “The continued success of the WTTC brand for safe travel shows its importance not only to countries, destinations and companies around the world, but also to key travelers, millions of people around the world who work and depend on them and together make a successful travel and tourism sector. The WTTC seal is crucial for restoring consumer confidence in our sector and assuring passengers to ensure that improved hygiene standards are in place. ” Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of WTTC, said their safe travel brand continues to thrive and she is pleased that more and more popular tourist destinations from all over the world are embracing their global health and hygiene protocols. The WTTC, which represents the global private travel and tourism sector, created the Safe Travel Trademark in May this year to enable travelers to identify destinations and businesses around the world that have adopted global standardized health and hygiene protocols. The protocols are designed based on the experience of WTTC members dealing with COVID19 and based on guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed the WTTC trademark on safe travel, which makes passenger safety and hygiene a top priority. ‘Safe Travels’: Global Protocols & Stamp for the New Normallast_img read more

October 20

Guest column: Retain federal tax deduction for alimony

first_imgThose agreements or judgments made prior to December 31, 2018 will not be affected.Under the current system, the spouse who pays alimony (also known as maintenance/spousal support) gets to deduct the amount from his or her federal tax filing.For instance, if someone pays $10,000 annually in spousal maintenance, that amount is subtracted from that person’s income, and the remaining amount is taxed.The one receiving spousal maintenance pays taxes on the alimony received, but usually at a lower tax rate than the one providing maintenance, since it is usually the higher income spouse who ends up paying the lower income party.The intent and result was to make the funds paid between the parties go further by reducing the amount that goes to taxes.Now, alimony will be treated the same as child support, whose payment has never been tax deductible.A big issue going forward, then, is how to handle the conflict that may arise when one spouse cannot provide the full amount of support needed by the other spouse. Categories: Editorial, OpinionA provision in the federal tax bill recently signed by President Donald Trump will seriously impact divorcing couples in 2019.The bill eliminates tax deductions for alimony payments — a provision that has been in place for 75 years.Without this provision, both spouses lose money in different ways. The spouse paying alimony will be unable to claim a deduction that could save thousands of dollars, and the spouse receiving alimony may receive less money as a result.For any separation agreement or divorce decree issued after December 31, 2018, the federal tax deduction goes away. This has traditionally been a sticking point in divorce negotiations, but removing the tax deductible aspect from spousal maintenance could increase the amount of acrimony between the two sides and lead to longer, more emotional negotiating processes or hearings.If the amount winds up being too high for the spouse providing alimony, payments could be delayed or missed altogether, which leads to arrests, court actions and even prison sentences.The spousal support formula passed by New York state several years ago calculates alimony based on income and presumed the tax deductibility option would factor into the calculations.With that tax benefit phasing out, the question is whether or not New York will review and modify its mathematical formula to compensate for the change.Because the elimination of the federal tax deduction on alimony payments only affects couples who execute separation agreements or finalize their divorces on or after Jan. 1, 2019, it is recommended that you discuss the advisability of finalizing matters before New Year’s Day rolls around again.Barbara J. King, Esq. is a partner with Tully Rinckey PLLC in Albany. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

September 21

McIlroy in the mix

first_imgRory McIlroy returned to the scene of his first PGA Tour victory and put himself well in contention after day one of the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina. McIlroy began his round with four pars but then hit four consecutive birdies before a bogey saw him round the turn in 33. Two further birdies and a bogey followed before a final birdie on the last saw him join the leading group. Also on 67 was Nick Watney who began his round with nine pars having started on the 10th hole, but five birdies on the back nine put him into contention. Ryan Moore, Robert Garrigus and Derek Ernst were also on five under on a clustered leaderboard. Boo Weekley, who was in contention and finished tied for sixth in New Orleans last week, recorded five birdies and a bogey on his way to a 68 with Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson also showing just a single blemish. Former Ryder Cup player Robert Karlsson was in a large group a further shot back as the Swede recorded just two bogeys while US Open champion Webb Simpson and Lee Westwood were in the group at two under. Englishman David Lynn went round in 71 to sit one under while Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler all recorded level-par rounds. It was a disappointing day for Padriag Harrington, whose controversial switch to a long-putter could not stop him crashing to an 80 and last place. The two-time Open champion was a big advocate of the ban on belly putters, which will come into force in 2016, but was using one, although his long game was the major factor in his downfall. “The R&A and USGA support the rules of golf and (anchoring) is well within the rules,” Harrington told reporters at Quail Hollow. “I think (anchoring) is bad for the game of golf. But if something’s going to help me for the next three and a half years I’m going to use it.” The Northern Irishman won the tournament at Quail Hollow in 2010 thanks to a spectacular closing 62 and, while he was not in quite that form on this occasion, the world number two was sat comfortably in a share of the lead after the opening round. McIlroy was one of seven players to go round in 67, five under par. Daniel Summerhays and Nate Smith, the last of the group to finish their rounds, had both enjoyed brief stints clear at the top of the leaderboard, but both bogeyed the 17th hole to drop back in the mix. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 19

Ali takes straight wins in GCF junior qualifiers tournament

first_imgWOMEN candidate master Sheriffa Ali ended with the maximum three points after three rounds to top the list of competitors vying in the ongoing Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) National Junior Qualifiers Tournament which began last weekend at the National Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue.Of the 18 players in the competition, Ali was the only player to have assembled straight wins throughout the weekend. She is closely followed by Saeed Ali and Roberto Neto, who had 2.5 points apiece by the end of play on Sunday.They are followed by John Wong, Jaden Taylor, Jessica Callender, Joshua Gopaul, Ghasham Allijohn, and Akili Theophil, all having two points each.Of the remaining players, Asiyah Bacchus, Aravinda Singh, Aleem Baseer, Nellisha Johnson, Waveney Johnson, Kristoff Persaud and Anthony Johnson have all, thus far, secured one point each, while Areefa Budhu and Shivranie Persaud are yet to get out of the starting blocks and gain a point.After taking a win over Shivranie Persaud in round one on Saturday, Ali prevailed over Jaden Taylor in the 2nd round, and John Wong in the 3rd round on Sunday.Other players who also got off to a great start and recorded victories on the opening day of competition were Neto, Saeed, Callender, Wong and Taylor.On Saturday, Neto was more than Aravinda Singh could handle, while Saeed was Areefa’s first stumbling block that she failed to get past.Baseer suffered defeat at the hands of Callender. Wong and Taylor triumphed over Anthony Johnson and Akili Theophil, respectively, to take their first points.Though Neto and Saeed continued with wins when the competition opened on Sunday with round two, it was in round three when they were pitted against each other that things really got tough.The two equally-matched opponents had to end up settling for a draw, walking away with 0.5 points each for their efforts. Previously, in round two, Neto had played to a win against Gopaul, while Saeed won against Ghasham.Rebounding from his opening day loss Theophil bounced back to succeed in his next two matches in the competition, against Shivranie and Aravinda.Aravinda, Baseer, Nellisha, Waveney, Kristoff and Anthony all finally picked up their first wins in the third round of the competition.With three of the seven rounds of the tournament already completed, the final four rounds are set for this weekend, October 8-9, at the same location. The fourth and fifth rounds are scheduled for Saturday, while the sixth and final rounds will be played on Sunday.last_img read more

September 19

ASU looks to extend streak vs Oregon State

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOregon State (15-11, 5-9) vs. Arizona State (18-8, 9-5)Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, Arizona; Saturday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arizona State looks for its seventh straight conference win against Oregon State. Arizona State’s last Pac-12 loss came against the Washington State Cougars 67-65 on Jan. 29. Oregon State fell short in an 89-63 game at Arizona in its last outing. Associated Press ASU looks to extend streak vs Oregon State TEAM LEADERS: Arizona State’s Remy Martin has averaged 19.2 points and four assists while Romello White has put up 10 points and nine rebounds. For the Beavers, Tres Tinkle has averaged 18 points and 6.9 rebounds while Ethan Thompson has put up 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Thompson has either made or assisted on 58 percent of all Oregon State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 16 field goals and 22 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Arizona State is 0-6 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 18-2 when it scores at least 66.STREAK STATS: Arizona State has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 75.2 points while giving up 66.2.GET OUT AND RUN: The opportunistic Arizona State offense has averaged 73.4 possessions per game this season, ranking the Sun Devils 28th nationally. Oregon State has not been as uptempo as the Sun Devils and is averaging only 66.8 possessions per game (ranked 295th).center_img February 21, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

September 17

Ryan turns to guards with Leuer sidelined

first_imgWhile the injury to junior forward Jon Leuer appeared to be a major roadblock for the Wisconsin men\’s basketball team, the Badgers proved in Evanston that they would still be tough to beat in 2010.[/media-credit]“Jon who?”That was head coach Bo Ryan’s reaction in an interview with the Big Ten Network following Wisconsin’s win Wednesday over Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.While Ryan was obviously joking and noted he told junior forward Jon Leuer he was going to say that, it brought a unique perspective to the question on everyone’s mind. That is, how the Wisconsin Badgers will react to the loss of Leuer, who had wrist surgery after fracturing a bone in his left wrist early in the UW victory over then-No. 4 Purdue.True to form, however, Ryan’s squad never appeared fazed by the loss of the 6-foot-10 forward from Long Lake, Minn.“Is it a disadvantage to have something happen? I’m sure people talk about that all the time,” Ryan said in his weekly press conference following the injury. “But when you’re in the moment, and you’ve got to direct a team, and you’ve got to be a player on the team, and you’re the one that’s going to be getting some minutes, you’re only thinking about one thing — what can I do to help this team. So we won’t approach it any differently.”Based on the team’s first game following Leuer’s injury, Ryan was not kidding when he said his team would not approach things any differently.Wisconsin’s rotation without Leuer remained, for the most part, the same as it was with him starting in the five spot. The only true difference was the Badgers’ heavy use of three and four-guard lineups with their largest player on the floor being 6-foot-8 or shorter.A lack of offensive production from the bench was a stark contrast to recent games, but when considering sophomore guard Jordan Taylor was moved from the sixth man spot to the starting lineup, the drop off in bench production is not surprising.And while many expected forward Jared Berggren to see a noticeable increase in playing time, the redshirt freshman never took off his warm-ups Wednesday night in Evanston, Ill. Instead, it was Berggren’s fellow freshmen Ryan Evans and Mike Bruesewitz — both of whom already saw significant playing time with a healthy Leuer — who received the biggest benefit in terms of playing time with Leuer out of the lineup.Bruesewitz, a true freshman from St. Paul, Minn., was not exactly thrilled with the opportunity, however.“The thing that’s probably going to hurt the most for me personally is I don’t get to go against Jon for the next four to six weeks, or however long he’s going to be out — four, eight or whatever weeks,” he said. “He’s going to be out for a while and I don’t get to go to practice against him, which is not fun for me.“I personally view it as a challenge every day to go against Jon and Keaton and all the other bigs for myself personally.”Bruesewitz, along with Evans and sophomore guard Rob Wilson, responded well when called upon against Northwestern, combining for four points in 18 minutes.It was the Badgers’ starters, however, who really answered the call.Though many expected increased minutes and production from Berggren, Bruesewitz and Evans, they actually saw their respective playing time decrease from the previous week. Wisconsin’s five starters, on the other hand, rarely saw time on the bench.Senior guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon never left the court and as a whole, the Badgers’ five starters averaged 36.4 minutes while scoring all but four of UW’s 60 points.“We just stuck to our game plan, you know, we didn’t change anything up,” Bohannon said. “We lost a big contributor to our team, but other guys stepped up and they contributed somehow. Coach always has that mentality of ‘next guy in line.’ We had a couple of those guys ready to go and they’re going to keep getting better.”Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Ryan and the Badgers stick to the guard heavy lineup with Bohannon, Hughes and Taylor all starting. What’s clear from the last week though, including the Purdue game, is UW’s strength lies in its backcourt.When Wisconsin’s three guards — one of the best backcourt trios in the nation — are all on the floor together and playing at the level they have against the Boilermakers and Wildcats, they’re a tough team to beat, even without Leuer.This was especially clear during a four-minute stretch in which Hughes scored 14 of the Badgers’ 16 points with a little help from Taylor on the offensive glass.“He looked like an All-American out there,” Taylor said of Hughes. “When he does that, he is as good as any guard in the country.”Yet, the Badgers’ newfound lack of size had just the opposite effect Saturday in Columbus.As they battled with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who have been hot since the return of guard/forward Evan Turner, the Badgers struggled to score as they had trouble knocking down outside shots.Though Hughes matched David Lighty with a game-high 18 points, Bohannon and Taylor struggled to score, combining for just 16 points. As a result, the strong performances of Lighty and Turner led to a 60-51 loss for then-No. 13 Wisconsin.“Inside post presence is something that you have to have, whether you’re home or away,” Ryan told reporters after the game. “Both ends, on defense and offense.”If Wisconsin is going to be successful with Leuer out, the Badgers will have to find that post presence or expect to live and die beyond the arc. Either way, it should be an exciting next couple of weeks.last_img read more

September 17

NYU overtakes USC in international students

first_imgNew York University surpassed USC as the nation’s leader in recruiting foreign-born students, according to a new report.In the 2012-2013 academic year, USC enrolled about 10,900 students born outside the U.S., marking an increase from the previous year, but still lower than NYU’s 11,000 foreign-born students.The data was from a survey of U.S. colleges conducted by the  New York nonprofit Institute of International Education, in partnership with the U.S. State Department.“Both institutions remain hugely attractive to international students, with some preferring the West Coast and the strengths of USC and others finding NYC and NYU more appealing,” Peggy Blumenthal, senior counselor to the president for the Institute of International Education, told the Los Angeles Times.For the past 13 years, USC had reported the highest number of international students attending a U.S. college or university, the L.A. Times reported. This statistic was often shared on USC campus tours as prospective students passed the array of international flags displayed at Von KleinSmid Center.For students such as Christina Lee, a freshman from Singapore majoring in business administration, being part of a larger group of international students eased the process of acclimating to USC.“Since USC had the largest international population at the time I applied, it was a plus because since I’ve gotten here, [having a] ton of people just like me, made the transition easier,” Lee said.UCLA ranked sixth in the survey and UC Berkeley was 18th. Nationally, the number of foreign-born students in the U.S. increased about 8 percent last year, to nearly 886,000. China sent the largest group with about 27,4000 students, more than double the number of students from India, the second biggest group.last_img read more

September 9

Premiership: Lukaku Fires Brace in Man Utd’s 4-0 Demolition of West…

first_imgHe lit up the Theatre of Dreams with a dazzling display as United turned on the style to open their Premier League campaign with a win thanks to Lukaku’s brace and late Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba goals.Mourinho, who was dressed for business on the touchline,  threw fellow summer signing Nemanja Matic straight into the mix and the Serbian produced a magnificent performance.United were held to far too many draws at home last season and lacked a cutting edge despite the talismanic Zlatan Ibramhimovic leading the line.The attacking threat was very much back here as Lukaku, along with the excellent Marcus Rashford, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan caused all sorts of problems.Two of that impressive three-pronged forward line combined to break deadlock after the half-hour mark.Matic won the ball in midfield and released Rashford. The boy wonder showed good awareness to slot in Lukaku and the No. 9 applied a tidy finish.Lukaku grabbed a second after the restart as Mkhitaryan swung in a free-kick and the former Everton man got up well to glance a header past Joe Hart.Rashford thought he’d put United three ahead when he turned inside his marker and thundered an effort in from range, only to see it crash off the post.West Ham new boy Marko Arnautovic then clipped the top of the bar with a rare chance for the visitors in a warning to Mourinho’s men.However, the result was never truly in doubt and Lukaku should perhaps even have claimed a hat-trick on an eye-catching first day at his new office.Instead, it was substitute Martial and Pogba, unleashed by the defensive shield of Matic, who completed the job a few minutes from time to put the gloss on the scoreline.United are back in action next weekend when they travel to Paul Clement’s Swansea City while West Ham travel to Southampton.Earlier in the day, Tottenham made a winning 2-0 start to the new season as a moment of madness from Jonjo Shelvey spoiled Newcastle United’s Premier League homecoming.The Magpies were holding their own against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs until captain Shevley was shown a straight red card for stamping on Dele Alli.It was a moment of sheer stupidity from the skipper that left his team with an uphill task at St. James’ Park in front of a packed house on Tyneside.Shelvey’s dismissal came just minutes into the second half after Rafa Benitez’s team had shut out the north Londoners in a closely-fought first period.Alli dusted himself off after the incident and made further his mark on the hour mark by finishing smartly past Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot.Tottenham have never lost a Premier League match when Alli has scored and there was little chance of that record being broken here.Ten minutes later and it really was game over.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Romelu Lukaku began to justify his huge price tag with a competitive debut double that helped Manchester United to a superb victory over West Ham yesterday.The Belgian joined United for £75million this summer as Jose Mourinho swooped in to beat his old club Chelsea to sign the striker.Lukaku failed to prove himself on the big stage during his time under the Special One at Stamford Bridge but already looks settled at Old Trafford.last_img read more

August 31

UWI Vice Chancellor Beckles to represent Caribbean at new global tourism…

first_imgThe Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Hilary Beckles, has been named as one of two Caribbean representatives on the board of directors of the Global Center for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management (GCTRCM).Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Group, Earl Jarrett, is the second regional representative to the GCTRCM that along with a virtual Observatory, emerged from discussions at last November’s United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference held in here in Montego Bay.One of three outcomes It is one of three tangible outcomes contained in the 15-point Montego Bay Declaration, and aims to assess, plan-for, forecast, mitigate and manage risks related to tourism resilience and crisis management. These include climate change, epidemics and pandemics, cybercrime, political instability and terrorism.It is expected that the targeted interventions will be realized through research and development; advocacy and communication; program/project design and management; training; and capacity building.The Observatory, to be housed in the Center, aims to support policymakers and businesses in developing better strategies for a more competitive global tourism sector.Located at UWI, MonaBartlett said that the GCTRCM, which will be sited at the UWI Mona Campus, will be formally launched and full Board announced during a conference coinciding with the Caribbean Marketplace Expo in Montego Bay, from January 29-31, 2019.He said the other board members include Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom, Lee Miles; chief executive officer of the Chesterfield Group of Hotels, one of Europe’s well-established hotel chains, Brett Holman; chief executive officer at Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and former United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, who will serve as Chairman pro tem (temporarily).“So, the (composition of the) board is seeing some really powerful persons across the world offering to assist and we continue with partners to get a few others. We are looking at (appointing) no more than 13 persons,” Bartlett said, adding that there are other names but they have not committed as yet.Bartlett said that several universities have agreed to partner with the Government on engagements involving the Center, including the UK-based Bournemouth University; Queensland University in Australia; the Hong Kong Polytechnic; and the US-based George Washington University.He said representatives of these universities will be involved in the development and publishing of an academic journal focusing on tourism industry disruptions, crisis management and resilience.Bartlett said the publication, which will be the first output following the launch, will be supported by published academics on various aspects related to the subject areas.last_img read more