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Nassau DA Kathleen Rice Wins Seat in Congress

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has won a new job, replacing retiring U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), a gun-control advocate who was the first Congresswoman to represent part of Long Island.Rice, a 49-year-old Democrat from Garden City, defeated Republican Bruce Blakeman, 59, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature and former Port Authority board member from Long Beach, who had tried to make her sound weak on national security issues. Unlike her, he promised he’d vote to repeal President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act health care reform, aka Obamacare.“From the minute I sat down at her kitchen table…last January there was no going back and she was at my side the whole way,” Rice told supporters at the Garden City Hotel. “We did something really simple tonight, we also did something really important. We proved that positivity…beats fear mongering.”Rice won 52 percent of the vote over Blakeman, who won 47 percent, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections. She also ran on the Working Families Party line while Blakeman also had the Conservative and Tax Revolt party lines.“My only real regret is that I’m not going to get to fight the fights with [Congressman Peter King],” Blakeman told supporters at GOP Election Night headquarters in Westbury. “We started this race against all odds and we lost at the wire.”Rice, who unsuccessfully ran for New York State attorney general four years ago, leaves her Mineola office for Washington, D.C. after serving eight years as Nassau’s first female district attorney—a job she won by unseating longtime Republican incumbent Denis Dillon. During her tenure, she cracked down on drunk driving and won the first murder conviction against a drunken driver who caused a fatal crash. She also responded to a college admissions-test cheating scandal in Great Neck by helping to foster changes nationwide in test security.She joins the House of Representatives as a member of the Democratic minority, which lost more ground against the Republicans in this off-year election. She said she wanted to find ways to fund federal investments in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. She also supported raising the minimum wage, keeping a lid on middle class taxes and reforming immigration laws.And in line with her predecessor’s policy, Rice has promised to persist in McCarthy’s decades-long fight to stem gun violence by closing gun-show loopholes that let people buy weapons without undergoing background checks. So, once Rice is in Congress, she too will become a political target for the National Rifle Association.What she can accomplish in a GOP-dominated Congress remains to be seen.McCarthy, who was on stage for the victory speech, said: “I have worked with Kathleen for a lot of years and…[when] I decided I was going to retire there was only one person in my mind that I wanted to take over the district.”As for the rest of Long Island’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) was unseated by New York State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley). Winning re-elections were U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens)last_img read more

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Care home sector returns top 18%

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Indonesia confirms first possible COVID-19 community transmission as cases rise to 27

first_imgIndonesia reported the first possible community transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country on Tuesday, after a citizen with no link to certain confirmed cases or travel history to affected countries tested positive for the virus.The 33-year-old man was Indonesia’s 27th confirmed COVID-19 patient, the Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Director-General Achmad Yurianto said as he announced eight new coronavirus cases in the country on Tuesday.“We suspect that [Case 27] is a local transmission. We are currently tracking the source of transmission because this is not an imported case and it’s still unknown which cluster he is part of,” Achmad said. Five of the eight new cases were imported cases, meaning that the patients likely contracted the virus outside of Indonesia.They included Case 22, a 36-year-old woman; Case 23, a 73-year-old woman and Case 24, a 46-year-old man — all of whom are Indonesian citizens. Two other imported cases, namely Case 25 and Case 26, were a 53-year-old woman and 46-year-old man both foreign nationals.Achmad said that Case 20 and Case 21 — a 70-year-old and 47-year-old women — were identified as having had contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jakarta.He stopped short when asked to specify the details of the hospitals where the patients were treated.Bayu Krishnamurthi, who heads the National Committee for Avian Flu Control and Pandemic Preparedness between 2006 and 2010, previously told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview that “community transmission” — in which a patient with no travel history to countries with the virus outbreak or no specific contact with other infected patients — “is a more serious condition” than direct transmission.Achmad further called for the public to remain vigilant and those who were sick with flu or had a sore throat or cough to wear face masks so that they would not spread their illness to others.“We have to put protecting our health upfront with regards to preventing the spread of COVID-19 disease,” he went on. (mrc/afr)Topics : The patient did not have a clear link to the other confirmed COVID-19 patients in the country. Case 27 did not contract the virus abroad and his exposure to coronavirus was still vague, Achmad said“Up until this point, the source of local transmission of [Case 27] is still a question,” Achmad said, adding that authorities were currently looking to trace and identify the source of the exposure.Achmad, however, refused to provide further details about the location of Case 27 and where the patient was currently treated.The confirmation of eight new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday has brought the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia to 27 so far.last_img read more

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Ronaldo’s mother rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke, reports claim

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is flying home to Madeira to be with his mother in hospital after she suffered a stroke, reports in Portugal claimed today. Mother-of-four Dolores Aveiro is said to have been admitted to Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital in Madeira just after 5am this morning. Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro (pictured with the football star last year) has reportedly been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke Local media say she is ‘conscious and stable.’ She is due to undergo new tests in the next few hours to determine her state of health. Reports say that the Juventus star is flying to the Portuguese island on a private jet today and will return to Italy tomorrow to play in a cup semi-final against Milan. One local report says Dolores has suffered an ischemic stroke, caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. This is the most common type of stroke. Reports say Dolores is resting after receiving mechanical thrombectomy, a technique which involves the removal of a blood clot from the artery through a catheter. Her family are said to have asked the regional health service to respect her privacy while she remains in intensive care at the hospital. There has been no comment by any of her four children, but wellwishers have offered the 65-year-old their support on social media. One said: ‘Get well soon Dolores. Portugal is with you.’ nother added: ‘Stay strong Dolores. Everything will be okay. We will be praying for you.’ New tests to evaluate her conditions and any side effects from the stroke she has reportedly suffered are not expected to take place until late this afternoon. One local TV report described the next 12 hours as ‘decisive’ and described Dolores’ stroke as ‘severe’. Sporting Lisbon, where Ronaldo started his senior career before he signed for Manchester United, wished Dolores a speedy recovery today. Ronaldo’s mother is an ambassador for the club’s foundation. The club said in a statement: ‘Sporting Clube de Portugal wishes Dolores Aveiro all the best and wishes she makes a speedy recovery.’ At the start of last year Dolores revealed she was ‘fighting for her life’ after a new cancer drama. She recovered from breast cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in 2007. In 2009, then-Manchester United star Ronaldo donated £100,000 to build a new cancer centre at the hospital where his mother was treated. 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She told a Portuguese TV station in a interview: ‘I was operated on another breast in Madrid, I’ve had radiotherapy and now I’m fighting for my life.’ There has been no official comment from the hospital today, and there was no immediate response to the news from the footballer’s representatives in Portugal. Dolores had looked happy and relaxed as she posed for these photos in recent days Two days ago, Dolores had looked happy and relaxed as she posed for a photo by a monument in Machico, a small city on Madeira’s east coast. The 65-year-old, who has more than two million followers on Instagram, wrote alongside the photo: ‘Happy Sunday to everyone.’ Her daughter Katia responded with a heart image and the words: ‘My darling mum.’ A follower responded: ‘Happy Sunday to you too Dolores. You’re looking very nice.’ The previous day she posted another photo thought to have been taken from the roof terrace of her home on the island with a message saying: ‘Good weekend to everyone. ‘Take advantage of this sun to enjoy a stroll, but don’t forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses.’ Dolores has been a devoted follower of her son’s career, frequently celebrating on the pitch with him after his footballing triumphs. ‘Ronaldo would not be where he is without his mother,’ said Francisco Afonso, Ronaldo’s first coach at the small local club CF Andorinha, in 2015. Last year, Dolores stood firmly by her son’s side when he was accused of rape in a now-abandoned criminal investigation. She said last February that she had ‘confidence in my son when it comes to what happened’ during the visit to Las Vegas at the centre of the claim. Cristiano Ronaldo with his mother Dolores in 2016, when the Portuguese football star was still playing for Real Madrid Read Also: Ronaldo caught up in coronavirus lockdown The mother-of-four also lashed out at Ronaldo’s American accuser, saying she ‘didn’t go to his hotel room to play cards’. Ronaldo is due to play in an Italian cup semi-final against AC Milan on Wednesday evening. The 35-year-old was born in Madeira and began his youth career there before moving to Sporting Lisbon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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TD PRINGLE SAYS DONEGAL COUNCILLORS FAILED TO QUESTION MONEY FOR CONSULTANTS

first_imgDONEGAL Independent deputy Thomas Pringle has accused county councillors of failing to properly scrutinise what happens on their councils.Deputy Pringle was speaking in the Dáil about the millions of euro paid to controversial consultants One Sigma Ltd by Donegal County Council.An independent report into how the consultants got work with the council was damning and found the council even picked up an expensive wine bill for stays at a top Letterkenny hotel. Deputy Pringle was speaking on a Private Members’ Bill which seeks to make county managers and senior staff more accountable to the Dáil.“This work (One Sigma) was not tendered, was not shown anywhere in the accounts, was not in the budget,” he said.“It was, in effect, a project of the county manager’s (Michael McLoone, now retired).“When this expenditure was revealed by the Local Government Audit Service, there was great reluctance on the part of the executive to deal with it. “I was the only councillor who raised it on the floor of the council meeting. There was consternation that I had the audacity to raise the matter.“Rather than justifying the expenditure or investigating how it was spent, the issue was personalised into a vendetta when this use of public monies should have been questioned,” he said.He said a small budget had been allocated by Donegal County Council for organisational development – work One Sigma was employed to do.Instead huge sums were spent (€3M).Deputy Pringle went on: “This kind of activity should not be allowed to continue and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Committee of Public Accounts should be enabled to scrutinise such expenditure so that this could not happen in the future. “There must be accountability, yet unfortunately, councillors cannot enforce it. The Local Government Audit Service can do its bit and provide reports but, unfortunately, councillors do not scrutinise them nor do they ask enough questions.“There is no real debate within local authorities as to the proper expenditure of public monies. This is where the system falls down.”Former county manager Michael McLoone has already defended the work of the consultants.He says their work was “valuable” and could help to save money for local authorities throughout the country. But a local government auditor questioned the value of the work that was done, claiming some of the information Donegal County Council paid €30,000 per month for was available for free on the internet.The council now plans to tender for outside counsultants to examine the worth of the work of One Sigma.TD PRINGLE SAYS DONEGAL COUNCILLORS FAILED TO QUESTION MONEY FOR CONSULTANTS was last modified: May 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TD PRINGLE SAYS DONEGAL COUNCILLORS FAILED TO QUESTION MONEY FOR CONSULTANTSlast_img read more