Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State regulators calling for a new area code in Suffolk County decided Thursday against geographically splitting eastern Long Island between 631 and a new three-digit number that has yet to be picked.The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) instead opted for what’s known as an overlay—meaning once 631 runs out of phone numbers in about two years, there will simply be a separate area code for new numbers added in Suffolk and all the existing numbers would remain unchanged.“Given the reality of the way we communicate today, a new area code is needed to expand the numbers that are available,” said PSC chair Audrey Zibelman, noting that the proliferation of cell phones has increased demand for new phone numbers.The North American Numbering Plan, which provides the basic numbering scheme for telephone networks in the United States, will assign the new three-digit number area code for Suffolk at a later date. Local telephone companies will be directed to activate the new area code by the end of 2016.The PSC held public hearings on the issue and accepted written testimony, but the agency noted from the start that it preferred the overlay option. If the PSC had gone with a geographic split, the county would have been divided in a line across Smithtown and Islip towns.The catch with the addition of the new overlay is that Suffolk callers will also have to dial 631 before calling numbers that already share their 631 area code.The 631 area code has served Suffolk since it was split in 1999 from the 516 area code that has served Nassau County.
Share 191 Views 4 comments Share Share Tweet LocalNews Dominica did not sign communiqué to expel USAID – Ambassador Henderson by: – June 25, 2012 Sharing is caring! Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince HendersonDominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince Henderson has denied that Dominica signed unto a communiqué with ALBA calling for the immediate withdrawal of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from member countries of the alliance.The ALBA communiqué was published in the Cuban newspaper Granma as well as Aletho News website.The communiqué indicated that USAID participates in “open interference” in the internal politics of the ALBA countries, under the excuse of “planning and administering economic and humanitarian assistance for the whole world outside of the United States,” financing non-governmental organizations and actions and projects designed to destabilize the legitimate governments which do not share their common interests.It said the foreign ministers of ALBA met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 21 and resolved to immediately expel USAID and its delegates or representatives from their countries, due to the fact that they consider their presence and actions to constitute an interference which threatens the sovereignty and stability of our nations.It listed the governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Nicaragua and Venezuela as having signed the resolution.However Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vince Henderson who formed part of the Rio de Janeiro delegation told the Next Level radio program on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 that Dominica did not sign the document.“I was responsible for coordinating the meetings of the delegation and the prime minister informed me that we should not mention anything about the situation and we shouldn’t sign unto anything like that,” he said.Henderson also noted that the way in which ALBA operates may have to be “looked into”.Meanwhile, ALBA Coordinator and Ambassador to Venezuela, Dr. Philbert Aaron who did not attend the meeting said he did not have anything to add to what Ambassador Henderson said. Dominica Vibes News
BEIJING, China: Jamaican sprinting star Veronica Campbell-Brown took time out to encourage 2015 IAAF World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson after yesterday’s final inside the Bird’s Nest. Campbell-Brown, who finished third in 21.97 behind Thompson, 21.66 and Dafne Schippers, 12.63, believes Thompson, a debutante at this level of competition, has a bright future in the sport. “The key for her is to be mentally tough, take care of her body, eat right, train tight, stay positive. Don’t worry don’t stress and continue to work hard because the sky is the limit,” said Campbell-Brown, who made her first senior team as an 18 year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “It’s all in the head because no matter how hard you train, if you’re not focused right you cannot execute what you put in training. Campbell-Brown added the importance of Thompson’s development noting that the country must continue to develop and expose its athletes so that the country’s tradition of success can continue. “I am so proud of her,” said. Campbell-Brown. “It’s good for Jamaica that you have youngsters coming up because we have to keep it going. We have a history of great sprinters so its important that we keep it going and I’m just happy for her.” – A.L.