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


Property investors outnumbered owner-occupiers in Cairns

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream homes for city dwellers01:11SOUTHERN Cairns suburbs are managing to meet the demands of property-hungry buyers, while one suburb is proving investors aren’t shy of committing to the city. September’s CoreLogic report showed the highest volume of houses sold in the past year were in Edmonton, with 147 sold, closely followed by 144 in Bentley Park. There were 130 sold in Mount Sheridan. Quaid Real Estate agent Rebecca Moss at a house in Edmonton that she is selling. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSQuaid Real Estate sales manager Tom Quaid said the sheer size of these suburbs was a major contributor to their statistics. “They are really big areas, with a lot of new land being released in those suburbs,” Mr Quaid said. “They’re also very affordable homes. Renting in those areas probably means you’re paying more (than home loan repayments).” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoIn the past year, however, the highest volume of sales was in Cairns North, with 183 units sold. With 66 per cent of residents reported as renting in this suburb, Mr Quaid said the wide variety of complexes were targeted at investors when they were built. “You can get an apartment for about $200,000 and still have more than $300 in rent.” Look for your dream home in Saturday’s real estate liftoutlast_img read more


USC tops UW to advance in Pac-12 tourney

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanMoving on · Freshman guard De’Anthony Melton comes around a block and drives toward the paint. The Trojans stayed neck-and-neck with Washington on Wednesday night, but pulled out the win to advance to play UCLA.It was not the ideal start they expected, but USC managed to use a second half rally to come away with a tightly contested 78-73 victory over Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament Wednesday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.After trailing the Huskies by a basket at the half, USC opened the second half on a scoring run that gave it the only lead change of the game. A 3-point field goal from Washington sophomore guard Matisse Thybulle put the Huskies ahead of the Trojans 37-27 with 3:33 remaining in the first half. USC responded by finishing the first half on a 10-2 run that was capped off with a dunk from USC sophomore Chimezie Metu. The Trojans trailed Washington at the half, 39-37. USC’s 14-5 run to open the second half gave the Trojans a 52-44 lead over Washington with just under 15 minutes remaining in regulation. USC took its first lead of the game on a dunk from Metu that put it ahead of the Huskies, 43-42, with 17:25 left in the second half. This dunk from Metu gave USC a lead it would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. The Trojans used a 9-0 scoring run midway through the second half to solidify its lead over Washington. A 3-point field goal from junior guard Elijah Stewart gave the Trojans their largest lead of the game at 67-53 with 9:10 left in play. “We were just being smart and trying to take care of the basketball tonight,” junior guard Jordan McLaughlin said to the Pac-12 Network. “I was just trying to make the smart play and tried not to force things out there.”Washington was able to pull within 3 points of USC with just over 20 seconds remaining in play. However, USC redshirt junior Shaqquan Aaron was able to hit a pair of free throws after being intentionally fouled to put the Trojans ahead by the final score of 78-73. Metu was the offensive catalyst for the Trojans Wednesday, as he recorded game-highs in points scored (24) and rebounds (9) against the Huskies. Defensively, USC put together a stout performance against Washington in its first Pac-12 Tournament game. The Trojans, who finished the regular season as the top-stealing team in the Pac-12, were able to swipe away a total of 14 steals Wednesday. USC’s steals were able to contribute toward its transition attack, as the Trojans finished with 18 points off of Washington’s 17 turnovers in the game. Washington had a strong shooting start in the first half against USC. The Huskies finished the first half by hitting 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) shot attempts. Washington opened the contest by hitting five of its first nine shots (72.7 percent) from 3-point range.USC was able to advance to the second round of conference tournament play despite a difficult night shooting from long distance. The Trojans finished Wednesday night shooting only 4-for-16 (25 percent) from deep. With the victory, USC (the No. 6 seed in the tournament) will now take on No. 3 seed UCLA in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This will be the third consecutive season in which the Trojans and Bruins do battle in the Pac-12 Tournament. USC and No. 3 UCLA split their regular season series in 2017, each team taking the matchup on its respective home floor. “We’ve just got to bring the energy and come ready to play,” McLaughlin said. “The last time we played them we came out with energy, but we kind of quit on ourselves in the second half. We’ve just got to bring out energy.”last_img read more


Labour Dept launches probe into Pritipaul Singh Investments fishing tragedy

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department has launched an investigation into the drowning of a seaman attached to the Pritipaul Singh Investments Company after a mishap some 100 miles out at sea. The man had been identified as Navishwar Karamdatt, called “Sharma”, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The boat on which Navishwar Karamdatt was working at the time of his demiseAccording to reports surfacing, on Wednesday, operatives of the Labour Department took a team to the MV Snook which is docked at the company’s wharf in Georgetown. The team is attempting to ascertain what led to Karamdatt’s death by investigating the level of safety conditions under which workers are operating.The entire ordeal which was captured on surveillance footage showed two workmen trying to stabalise a section of a caged instrument in the midst of ravaging waves on the open waters.As the waves became more intense, both men were thrown about the ship’s deck, with Karamdatt being thrown into in the sea. From the footage, it was seen that the vessel’s rails had wide spaces below and underneath.Guyana Times understands that the investigators interviewed several workers as the probe into the seaman’s suspected death gets underway. It was said that the vessel’s crew was a five-member team. The MV Snook departed on December 3, 2018 and made its way back to shore last week Saturday following Wednesday’s mishap.It is believed that Karamdatt hit his head when he was thrown off the vessel by the ferocious waves. He was seen waving and from the footage, it was not clear if a lifebuoy was on hand to be thrown into the water in an effort to save the man’s life.Marine safety is slated to become a topic of much discourse since Karamdatt’s suspected drowning was followed by the suspected next-day demise of a boat caption from Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) after he fell overboard, into the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Thursday last.Reports were that Linden Williams accidently fell into the river and despite efforts to locate him, this was to no avail. Persons in the area had disclosed that the cargo boat usually travels from Moruca to Charity to transport goods for Williams’ employer.last_img read more