Broome County ‘Fair Feast’ offers all of the classics

first_imgWHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — While the Broome County Fair may have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus, organizers made sure there was still an opportunity for everyone to have a taste of their favorite fair food. A drive through ‘Fair Feast’ at the fairgrounds in Whitney Point included all of the classics from bloomin’ Onions to funnel cakes. While Sunday was the last day to get fair food in Broome County, he says he’ll be traveling around to county fairgrounds throughout Upstate New York for the next month. Jerry Gillette normally operates rides and food trucks for the fair and says it was important to be able to preserve at least some part of the fair tradition. “You have to have a little normalcy in your life, people want to get out and do things and you really can’t so it’s something to do,” he said. last_img read more

House OKs ABS-CBN’s provisional franchise bill on 2nd reading

first_imgMANILA – ABS-CBN Corp. moves closer to going back on air after the House of Representatives approved on second reading a measure that gives the network a provisional franchise until October 31. The House Speaker also lambasted ABS-CBN and its artists for making it appear that the government was silencing them when the reason for the shutdown was the absence of franchise. The House members approved the measure filed by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano last night, hours after the House, convened as the Committee of the Whole, also approved the bill. “Through this measure, we hope to strike a balance between the immediate needs of the people amid this crisis and the duty of Congress to ensure accountability to our present laws,” Cayetano said. “The fact that ABS-CBN was able to broadcast its content (online) shows that this issue is not about silencing media. Just look at the social networking platforms and see that those freedoms are alive,” Cayetano said. The ABS-CBN has been off the air since the NTC issued a cease and desist order against the network following the expiration of its franchise on May 4./PN “We cannot, in good conscience, sweep the accusations under the rug,” the House Speaker further said. Cayetano said he filed the measure as the Congress needs to focus on addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and giving them sufficient time to tackle the network’s “controversial” application for a fresh 25-year franchise.center_img “The fact is, if only the NTC had said to us from outset that they could not give the network provisional authority, then we would not have relied on their word,” Cayetano said. The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Neptali Gonzalez, Raneo Abu, Roberto Puno, Dan Fernandez, LRay Villafuerte Jr., Ferdinand Romualdez, and Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado. “It is a fact that they (NTC) gave their word under oath,” he added. “We must not allow the betrayal of the NTC and the unconstitutional meddling of the Solicitor General (Jose Calida) to go unchallenged.” During the House panel hearing, Cayetano did not mince words against the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for not following its commitment to the House back in March that it will provide provisional franchise to ABS-CBN. “Providing ABS-CBN with a provisional franchise will give (Congress) time to hear the issues being raised for and against the renewal, and assess, with complete impartiality and fairness, whether or not the network shall be granted a franchise for another twenty-five (25) years,” he added. “Wala po tayong binbulsalsalan dito. We are just simply following the law that every 25 years, you have to present your case why we should give you 25 years,” he added. “Some may say they are in the service of the Filipino people, pero sa gitna ng sakuna, gusto nila sila ang unahin.”last_img read more

Munster edge derby win

first_img Press Association Ian Keatley steered Munster to a hard-earned RaboDirect PRO12 victory at Thomond Park as they broke Leinster’s two-year stranglehold on this fiercely-contested interprovincial derby. Man-of-the-match Keatley produced his most authoritative display in the Munster number 10 jersey to date, creating the game’s only try for Keith Earls and reeling off five successful kicks from seven attempts for a 14-point tally. The result saw Munster deservedly end a four-match losing streak against Leinster, who were without Brian O’Driscoll due to a calf strain. Munster swiftly made their numerical advantage count, mauling up close from a lineout before Keatley booted the ball wide to the lurking Earls who gathered on the right wing and deftly dodged past Rob Kearney to score. The hosts wanted to build on that try but Leinster’s pack carved out a late penalty for McFadden to slot from inside the 22, making it a one-point game at the break. Munster had to replace their captain Peter O’Mahony, who took a knee to the head, but they kept on course thanks to a well-struck Keatley penalty early in the second half. The play remained scrappy for the most part with Keatley missing with a long-range drop goal effort. Jamie Heaslip and Healy combined to get Leinster back into scoring range, their hard work helping to earn a penalty which Madigan stuck between the posts from close range to make it 13-12 and two minutes later Madigan put his side back in front from further out. That 15-13 advantage was quickly erased by Keatley nearing the hour mark though, and he made it 19-15 soon aft er with another successful kick. Leinster suffered a blow when they lost Lote Tuqiri, who deputised for the injured O’Driscoll at outside centre, to a hamstring injury and there were no late heroics from the defending RaboDirect PRO12 champions as Munster, with a fit-again Paul O’Connell driving them forward, closed out a morale-boosting win. After a stop-start opening quarter, Munster edged their way to a 10-9 interval lead with Keatley creating – and converting – a classy 33rd-minute try for Earls. Keatley’s opposite number Ian Madigan, who had been sin-binned in the previous play, landed two first-half penalties which were added to by a Fergus McFadden kick on the stroke of half-time. There was little between the provinces in the second period, but Munster’s forwards exerted greater control, especially in the scrum, and Keatley’s right boot did the rest, landing three more penalties to two from Madigan. Leinster had taken a third-minute lead, with a brave catch from Rob Kearney setting them up for some strong early phases – the product of which was a successful Madigan penalty from the 10-metre line. Both Madigan and Keatley then missed penalties before the former made it 6-0 with a kick from close to the Munster uprights. The hosts quickly responded and marched downfield to win a penalty which allowed Keatley to get them off the mark. The Munster fly-half took centre-stage approaching the interval, sparking the long-range break that led to Madigan’s sin-binning and Earls’ subsequent try owed much to the accuracy of Keatley’s booming cross-field kick. Earls had gone close to scoring just moments earlier, David Kearney scrambling back to deny him but at the ensuing ruck Madigan needlessly came in at the side to play the ball and French referee Romain Poite reached for his yellow card. last_img read more

Toilet is heard flushing during Supreme Court oral argument conference call

first_imgTroubles with teleconferences.During the Supreme Court’s oral arguments held over the phone on Wednesday a sound of a toilet flush can be heard while attorney Roman Martinez was speaking about the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.As heard in audio of the incident, Martinez, ignored the sound and continued with his arguments.It is not known who forgot to hit the “mute” button while listening to Martinez speak.Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, responded to the flush via Twitter: Since the coronavirus pandemic caused many to began working remotely I’m sure these technical difficulties have happened to just about anyone.last_img

Florida Doubles One-Day Coronavirus Record

first_img(Tallahassee, FL) — Florida is surpassing the previous one-day coronavirus record.The state announced nearly 9000 new COVID-19 infections today with 39 deaths.The new numbers eclipse the record of more than 5500 on Wednesday. Over the last week, Florida has recorded 29,163 new infections, which is nearly a quarter of the state’s total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began more than three months ago, according to the Miami Herald. The state’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 122,960.Deaths in the peninsula are also skyrocketing with 137 new deaths reported Friday, the Department of Health announced, bringing the statewide death toll “north of 3,400,” the Herald reported.The number of deceased patients nearly tripled overnight. On Thursday, just 46 deaths were reported.In an effort to curb the recent spike, the drinking of alcohol at bars has been suspended by the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Third and “ouch”

first_imgAntonio Brown expresses his frustration during Steelers Browns game in Cleveland. (Photo by Julio Torres )When I arrived in Cleveland Sunday morning I followed my normal script.  Branson Wright, my friend and colleague from the Cleveland Plain Dealer get together whether the game is in Pittsburgh or Cleveland to chat and break bread.   We always discuss the upcoming game in a brutally honest way.I asked him; “what’s your take on the game?”He glanced at me as we sat down at the table to eat breakfast.  “I just don’t know Aub, I have tried to get a feel for this one, but it could go either way.”Aubrey Bruce“Branson my friend; ” I said through a mouthful of Bratwurst, “this is going to be ugly.  If Pittsburgh loses by less than three touchdowns I will perform an act,” (which shall remain nameless here) “in front of the Plain Dealer the next time that Pittsburgh plays Cleveland in Cleveland.”That prediction was not based on the performance of the Steelers defense, that prognostication was based on the sophomoric past performances of the Steelers offense.Out of all of the NFL teams that competed last Sunday, only two teams, the Minnesota Vikings and the NY Giants scored less points than the Pittsburgh Steelers.  However, the Vikings have an excuse, a really big…..excuse.  Their best player, running back Adrian Peterson has been exiled from gridiron and so goes their offense.The Steelers have no such excuse to lean on.They have two top flight running backs, LeVeon Bell and LeGarette Blount to tote the rock, so what whining card is acceptable now?Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger misfired on at least 3 possible touchdown passes against the Cleveland Browns.  Do you still think that he is an “elite” quarterback?  Aren’t “yinz” tired of excuses?Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin did not overthrow several wide open receivers.  Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley did not make several “check down” decisions that  resulted in stoping the chains from moving for the Steelers.  A few of the Pittsburgh writers used to have a cruel nickname for former Steelers backup QB Charlie Batch.  The name was “check down Charlie.”If that secondary and unflattering name was appropriate to pin on Mr. Batch, would the nickname “check  up Ben” be fitting for Mr. Roethlisberger?  Why? Well because with all of the receivers that Roethlisberger missed in the Browns game as well as several games prior to that debacle, could he be overdue for a “check up” from the neighborhood optometrist?Roethlisberger had the nerve to say that he didn’t know. “I don’t know, we can all look at the film. Coaches will look at it. We tried to run it in the red zone and when we got down there we just couldn’t quite get it all the way in. We’ll look at it and figure out what the execution, figure out what it is.”There is nothing to figure out. Hit your receivers in stride and discontinue missing wide open receivers “Big” Ben.Do you guys’ and dolls’ remember Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo?  The same Tony Romo that everyone not only threw under a bus but under a fleet of 18 wheelers?   Well now teams opposing the Cowboys had better make sure there aren’t any phone booths in nearby areas because Romo seems to have morphed into, “Super Q” or in laymen’s terms, “a bad mama-jamma.”This guy has had back problems and all other sorts of issues but just keeps on rollin.  If any of Ben Roethlisberger’s wide receivers would have had more than one public sideline disagreement  with him as happened with Romo and his wide-outs the Pittsburgh receivers would have been put on the last train to “Mudville” eons ago and  “Casey” would not be waiting on the platform at that train station to meet the exiled individual to chauffer them to their prepaid condominium.The Cowboys ventured into Seattle to play the Seahawks,  After being down by 10 points, Dallas came back to stun the Seahawks, 30-23.Romo had this to say about the big win.  “I think our team now understands that we do a lot of things pretty well, and I think we have the ability to kind of impose yourself on other teams.”Where have we heard the about that philosophy before?  Oh from the “Emperor” the late great Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll.  Noll once said; ““You can’t have enough tough people on your team.”  Coach Noll knew about imposing your will and having players with enough confidence and swagger to do just that. However, even as great a coach that Chuck Noll was he could not execute the game plan and play the game for the players.Well, “one thing for certain and two things for sure” as Henrietta Bruce my mother  used to say, I won’t have any acts to perform outside of the offices at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  The penalty has been paid.  The Cleveland Browns have done enough.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribelast_img read more

NJ Fluke Fishing Industry in Flux

first_imgIn a Jan. 19 letter to Rootes-Murdy, Martin wrote that Addendum XXVIII would “serve as a de facto moratorium on summer flounder for the recreational fishing industry in New Jersey.”If New Jersey were not to accept the Option Five measures, a precautionary default measure would be implemented for recreational fluke fishing – a 20” size limit and a bag limit of two fish. Rootes-Murdy said this measure is used as a backstop to ensure states follow the approved guidelines.Not forgotten in this equation are the commercial fisherman, who are constantly monitoring federal fluking regulations.In August 2016, the ASMFC and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council – a regional fishery management entity that covers waters from New York to North Carolina – decided that, due to the possible over fishing of fluke, a 30 percent decrease in the commercial quota would be necessary. That would put the 2017 quota down 5.66 million pounds commercially for the year.The Belford Seafood Co-Op, a fishing enterprise operating on approximately 11 acres of land on bay side of Middletown, is a key player in New Jersey’s commercial fishing scene.Roy Diehl, captain of the Donna Lynn – a 60’ commercial trawler out of the Belford Seafood Co-Op – fishes for fluke all year. He says roughly 50 percent of the dock’s income is dependent on fluke.Roy Diehl, Co-Op president and captain of the Donna Lynn, is just one out of a few year-round commercial flukers based out of Belford.He estimates that 50 percent of the dock’s income comes from fluke.“We should be at 13 to 14 million pounds per year, half of what it was in the 1980’s when it was 30 million a year,” Diehl said.While the yearly quotas are set, Diehl must meet specific guidelines which spread out his fishing days. Right now, he is allowed to catch 1,500 pounds of fluke every two weeks. In peak season, which is May and June, he’ll be able to catch 500 pounds per trip, with four trips in a week.Although a proponent for appropriate management, he says that the fishing can be regulated efficiently through new data gathering methods, a claim constantly brought up along with fluke regulations.Instead of data-gathering boats trailing the commercial fisherman, Diehl suggests the commercial folks do the data gathering themselves.“It’s just a shame that they won’t let us fish,” he said. “We’re not asking for a lot; we just want to be within reason.” On Tuesday afternoon, crew members of the Donna Lynn unload a day trip’s worth of spiny dogfish, which were being packaged and shipped immediately to Massachusetts.John Amici, the harbor manager, believes the deep fishing history is a trademark of Atlantic Highlands.Tasked with ensuring the harbor is as full with boats as possible, Amici said he’s already received calls from boaters who are questioning whether or not to dock their boats there this summer.“It’s part of the charm of Atlantic Highlands to come down, walk by the water and look at the boats,” he said. “It’s just a big attraction.”Frank McDonald, the harbor commission chairman, says Atlantic Highlands has invested money into the harbor so it can be competitive on the shore. By Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After a decision made last week aimed at protecting the Atlantic Ocean’s primary cash fish, New Jersey anglers now believe their industry is in dire straits.The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a federally regulated authority that oversees fishing management for the 15 states along the Atlantic Coast, has decided to increase regulations on summer flounder for 2017.“With what they’re proposing, it’s going to be the final nail in our coffin,” said Ron Santi, a head boat captain based out of Atlantic Highlands.On Feb. 2, the ASMFC passed Addendum XXVIII with a 7-3-2 vote, choosing Option 5, which calls for new recreational regulations on summer flounder, commonly known as fluke.Those sanctions propose an increase in keeper length from 18” to 19”, along with a reduction in bag limits from five fish to three. The season length will remain the same, though, open from May 21 through Sept. 25.“When looking at recreational and commercial fisheries on a whole, it seems as though for 20 to 30 years, we’ve been fishing at a higher level than the resources can sustain,” said Kirby Rootes-Murdy, a senior fishery management plan coordinator with ASMFC.Between recreational and commercial fishing, fluking generates nearly $2.5 billion for the state’s economy, according to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.Santi, captain of the 72-foot head boat named Fishermen, believes these are draconian sanctions which could kill the recreational fishing industry. The new regulation could effectively reduce recreational fluke fishing hauls by roughly 30 percent.“I’m sick of the bureaucracy looking down at me – we’re part of the country, too,” he said.In addition to Belmar and Point Pleasant, the Atlantic Highlands Harbor is one of the more popular head (or party) boat fishing destinations in Monmouth County. Though what makes Atlantic Highlands unique is the harbor is run as a public utility, similar to water and sewer departments in other towns.According to Adam Hubeny, the borough’s administrator, the Atlantic Highlands Harbor sends nearly $1 million back to the municipality every year, which is used to offset property taxes.“Anytime the harbor is in a position to lose any part of its fishing fleet, the tenants that lease mooring and berthing space or have boaters who don’t buy fuel, that will have an ill effect on the municipal taxes,” Hubeny said.The Atlantic Highlands Harbor, which was constructed between 1938 and 1940, oversees one primary launch ramp, eight head boat slips, roughly 475 regular slips, 171 moorings for sailboats and 125 spots for summer land storages.center_img “This is what the town has banked on, and I certainly hope we can keep it going,” McDonald said. “When you have stuff like this, it’s really tough.”Both Amici and McDonald believe these new regulations could not only hurt the fisherman, but the businesses who depend on steady and successful fluking.While most bait and tackle shops are closed this time of the year, 87-year-old Ernie Giglio was at work in his shop Monday morning, ironically preparing to make fluke rigs.“We’re really geared for fluke fishing and striped bass, those are the two big ones,” said Giglio, whose son Tom now owns Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright.Since 1961, the shop has been a fluke fishing hub, attracting anglers who fish from the head boats, the surf and on kayaks in the ocean.Not one fond of government restrictions, Giglio said his son’s business will feel the effects of these new rules, because a majority of the store’s summer time traffic comes from fluke fishing. While the shop still may stay afloat thanks to the other fish in the area, he continues to worry.“I think we’ll still survive with the striped bass and the bluefish, as long as they come around, but the fluke will definitely have a huge effect on us,” Giglio said. “I hope it doesn’t wipe us out.”As a whole, state officials sharing the anglers’ concerns are coming out against ASMFC’s decisions. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has been out front with the anglers, joining them in opposition. NJ DEP commissioner Bob Martin has come on as well.last_img read more

Cell Has Automatic Jam-Clearing Proofreading Machinery

first_imgFindings at Rockefeller University have scientists excited.  DNA copying machines work on a “sliding clamp” that can hold two repair machines at the same time.  One is a low-fidelity repair tool, the other a high-fidelity repair tool.  Usually, the high-fidelity one is active, but when it needs a bigger hammer that is perhaps more effective but less accurate, it automatically switches to the other.  Here’s how the abstract of the paper in Molecular Cell by Indiani, O’Donnell et al.1 describes it in detail:This report demonstrates that the beta sliding clamp of E. coli binds two different DNA polymerases at the same time.  One is the high-fidelity Pol III chromosomal replicase and the other is Pol IV, a low-fidelity lesion bypass Y family polymerase.  Further, polymerase switching on the primed template junction is regulated in a fashion that limits the action of the low-fidelity Pol IV.  Under conditions that cause Pol III to stall on DNA, Pol IV takes control of the primed template.  After the stall is relieved, Pol III rapidly regains control of the primed template junction from Pol IV and retains it while it is moving, becoming resistant to further Pol IV takeover events.  These polymerase dynamics within the beta toolbelt complex restrict the action of the error-prone Pol IV to only the area on DNA where it is required. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The paper says this is like having a “toolbelt” with different tools depending on the need of the project.  Bacteria have five DNA polymerase tools; humans have more.  Pol III is like the perfectionist editor that cuts out the typos, but it can stall.  Pol IV, like the plumber with a big wrench, isn’t as picayunish about the details but knows how to get the operation flowing again.  “The findings by O’Donnell and his colleagues,” the press release explains, “show that, because both polymerases are bound simultaneously to the beta clamp, it can pull either of the polymerases out if its toolbelt as needed.”  This apparently forms an automatic switchover mechanism where Pol III has priority.  A stall either loosens the grip of Pol III, or triggers a change in the sliding clamp that lets Pol IV intervene for the brute-force repair.    A paper in Cell2 earlier this month described how multiple parts work together to fix mismatched DNA.  Since mismatched bases have serious health consequences, a suite of operations, still poorly understood, checks to detect and correct the error.  The paper by Zhang et al. describes part of the process:Evidence is provided that efficient repair of a single mismatch requires multiple molecules of MutS-alpha-MutL-alpha complex.  These data suggest a model for human mismatch repair involving coordinated initiation and termination of mismatch-provoked excision.The cover of the issue humorously highlights the problem with a picture of a guy with unmatched socks.  Mismatch in DNA is no joke, however; it can lead to cancer and genomic instability.1Indiani et al., “A Sliding-Clamp Toolbelt Binds High- and Low-Fidelity DNA Polymerases Simultaneously,” Molecular Cell, Volume 19, Issue 6, 16 September 2005, pages 805-815.2Zhang et al., “Reconstitution of 5′-Directed Human Mismatch Repair in a Purified System,” Cell, Volume 122, Issue 5, 9 September 2005, pages 693-705.How could evolution ever devise a mechanism like an automatic toolbelt?  This is uncanny.  Here is a set of molecules that are programmed to act like a multi-faceted assembly line with a built-in, automatic-switching, multipart repair kit.  Neither the press release nor either paper made any attempt to explain how Tinker Bell and her mutation wand could have produced wonders like these.  Who would dare?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Over 500 political workers and leaders in detention in Kashmir

first_imgOver 500 important political workers and leaders, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been detained in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre decided to revoke provisions of Article 370 and divide the state to two union territories, officials said.Activists across the political spectrum have been detained in Srinagar as well as other parts of the valley, they said.According to latest reports, about 560 such workers have been lodged in makeshift detention centres in Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar and other such centres in Baramulla and Gurez.Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah of the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP have been detained at Hari Niwas on Gupkar road.Amid the restrictions in place in the city, one person was killed in Noorbagh locality. A group of youngsters had gathered in the area and they were chased by CRPF personnel because of confusion over curfew, they said.One of the youths jumped into the Jhelum river to escape the wrath of the heavily-armed paramilitary forces, but drowned. There was a protest in the locality but it ended after a cane charging in which six people were injured, they said.The officials said curfew has not been declared, but authorities have ordered strict implementation of Section 144 of the CrPC which prohibits assembly of over five people in an area.There are reports of other such clashes from across the valley but details are still not known because of the clampdown on communication links, they said.last_img read more

9 months agoFC Andorra coach Gabri: Ownership won’t hurt Pique’s Barcelona form

first_imgFC Andorra coach Gabri: Ownership won’t hurt Pique’s Barcelona formby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFC Andorra coach Gabri Garcia insists Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s form won’t be influenced by his club ownership.Pique quickly moved for the former Barca coach to take charge of Andorra after buying the club.”I do not think it will affect his play, Gerard is a person who handles a lot of things and this is just another one,” said Gabri. “Of course, it is not only he who is in this project, since there are more people behind him, he delegates to fully prepared people. “Gerard has never been off centre and this time he will not either.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img