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.
Beijing said on Monday it will impose visa restrictions on US individuals with “egregious conduct” on Hong Kong-related issues, mirroring US sanctions against unnamed Chinese officials deemed responsible for curbing freedoms in the city.The announcement comes as the top decision-making body of China’s parliament deliberates a draft national security law for Hong Kong that pro-democracy activists in the city fear will be used to eliminate dissent and tighten Beijing’s control.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who announced the new sanctions during a press briefing in response to a question about Washington’s new visa restrictions, did not specify which US individuals have been targeted. Topics : “The US is attempting to obstruct China’s legislation for safeguarding national security in the HK SAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) by imposing the so-called sanctions, but it will never succeed,” he told reporters.”In response … China has decided to impose visa restrictions on US individuals with egregious conduct on HK related issues.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that the new visa restrictions by Washington apply to “current and former” officials of China’s ruling Communist Party “believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.”The US Senate also approved a bill last week that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts to restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy. It includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone backing any crackdown on the territory’s autonomy.Zhao, the foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters that China has lodged a complaint with the US over the bill and warned that Beijing will respond with strong countermeasures in response to US actions on Hong Kong.
The National Police has brought Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a fugitive and graft convict who had been on the run for 11 years, back to Indonesia after arresting him in Malaysia on Thursday.Guarded by personnel of the police’s Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim), Djoko landed at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta on Thursday evening.Bareskrim head Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the arrest had been made possible through cooperation between Indonesian police and their Malaysian counterparts. Djoko was first arrested in September 1999 for his involvement in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case. He was acquitted by the South Jakarta District Court in 2000.After the AGO filed a request for review, the Supreme Court sentenced Djoko to two years of imprisonment in 2009 and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution. However, Djoko fled to Papua New Guinea a day before the court ruling and had remained at large ever since.Djoko recently made headlines as he managed to return to the country undetected and request a case review over his conviction with the South Jakarta District Court in early June. He reportedly filed his plea after obtaining a new electronic ID card and passport, in addition to having his Interpol red notice status lifted.The court, however, dropped his case review plea on Tuesday after Djoko, who was reported to be residing in Malaysia, failed to show up for the hearing four times. Djoko’s legal team said that the fugitive was not able to attend trial due to his poor health.Topics : “The National Police chief sent a letter to the Malaysian police to help with searching the fugitive and, Alhamdulillah [thank God], we managed to locate him [on Thursday] afternoon,” he said in a televised statement after arriving at the airport.“This is also the answer to public doubts as to whether the police could catch [the fugitive], and today we have [delivered on] our commitment to arrest Djoko Tjandra,” Listyo said as he thanked the Malaysian police for cooperating with the arrest.Read also: Cop accused of issuing travel letters for fugitive Djoko Tjandra faces multiple chargesFollowing his arrival, Djoko was immediately taken to the Bareskrim headquarters for further questioning.
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“(Howley) and his immediate family are among more than 230 investors who were victims of a sophisticated Ponzi scheme perpetrated to defraud investors nationwide of nearly $400 million,” Hansen said in a prepared statement to The Two River Times. A financial advisor with ties to Rumson is facing accusations of wrongdoing. Howley’s home on Rumson Road is currently for sale, listed at $4.5 million. The complaint continues that “Howley used the GCR investment as a selling point for the Guardian Life Insurance policy that earned (Howley) a large stream of commissions.” “My relationship with (Howley) is restricted to running and charitable work,” local restaurateur, philanthropist and Rumson-Fair Haven High School running coach Tim McLoone said in an Aug. 12 inter view. “(Howley) has always been good to our athletes and a supporter of our charitable efforts. There was never any inkling of anything like (these allegations). He’s always been a very, very positive influence on our community.” In 2016, John “Jack” Howley, a founding board member of Rumson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, was selected to be its Grand Marshal. Photo by The Two River Times Though five customer disputes are being arbitrated out of court by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, known as FINRA, a Two River-area couple filed a civil complaint in Monmouth County Superior Court in March. Though Howley was never charged by the SEC, the damages requested from complaints filed against him total more than $4.9 million. Howley chose not to comment for this story. But Mary P. Hansen, a partner with the Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle, is representing Howley during this legal process and said the allegations contained in the lawsuit “are without merit.” “Like other investors and sophisticated institutions, Mr. Howley placed his trust in Kevin Merrill, who in May admitted under taking the fraudulent Global Credit Recovery scheme, pled guilty to multiple federal criminal charges and is facing a lengthy prison sentence. At no time did Mr. Howley have knowledge of Kevin Merrill’s criminal enterprise or intent to defraud,” Hansen added. In May, GCR’s Kevin B. Merrill, 53, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud. GCR operated from 2013 through September 2018. Co-defendants Cameron R. Jezierski, 28, and Jay B. Ledford, 55, pleaded guilty in September for their involvement in the scheme. A Sept. 9, 2018 lawsuit against GCR and Merrill was filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States District Court in Maryland. The District Court indicted Merrill and two others Sept. 11, 2018 for conspiracy, identity theft, money laundering and wire fraud. Merrill and GCR’s assets were frozen two days later. According to former Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, Howley is a “pay-it-forward, giving-back type of guy,” who served on the borough’s recreation committee. Howley also coached recreation and travel basketball and softball and was active in the local track and cross country community. The lawsuit alleges that over the next 15 months Howley recommended the purchase a $6 million life insurance policy from Guardian, a life insurance agency with which Howley has been an advisor since 1983. Howley also suggested an investment in Global Credit Recovery. Guardian could not be reached for comment. Hansen noted that Howley is hopeful the court-appointed arbitrator will soon begin distributing Merrill and GCR’s asset proceeds to investors who were harmed. Rumson resident John “Jack” C. Howley, 58, was discharged from the New York-based Park Avenue Securities Oct. 30, 2018 after failing to disclose private securities transactions and referring clients to investments not offered by the firm. Since the firm severed its ties with Howley, six customer complaints have been levied against him that are still pending decisions. The complaints stem from Howley’s alleged dealings with Global Credit Recovery (GCR), an investment offering the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) labeled a Ponzi scheme in September 2018. Despo’s complaint said that by December 2017 his clients invested a total of $1 million with GCR, an investment that “would be sufficient to pay the premium for the Guardian Insurance.” In 2016, Howley was named the Grand Marshal of the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an event he helped found and for which he was a board of trustees member. The lawsuit seeks a total of $1 million in damages from Park Avenue Securities and Howley Financial Group, a financial services firm headed by Howley for 25 years. Its official website is not currently functional. Prior to the pending customer disputes against Howley, which date back to November 2018, the Rumson resident was an active part of the borough community and was celebrated professionally in May 2018 when he was inducted into the Guardian Life Insurance Hall of Fame. “We think we’ve been harmed, and I think we’ll be successful in what we’re seeking,” Despo said when reached by The Two River Times Aug. 5. Howley also organized the first Rumson Opening Day baseball/softball parade, a tradition that continues today. According to the civil complaint, which was submitted on behalf of the Two River-area couple by Rumson attorney William A. Despo, his clients first met with Howley in early 2017 for professional assistance with their investments, life insurance and retirement planning.
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.However, after the Leafs appealed the rulings, the KIJHL, in consultation with BC Hockey Referee in chief Sean Rapheal, reversed the original decisions thanks to the beauty of having all games video taped by the home club.“The appeal process (was handled by) Referee in Chief, Sean Rapheal,” Neil Murdoch Vice-president Larry Martel said in an email.“He reviewed video from the game and overturned two of the calls.”Martel said the call to Leafs Levi Hulston and Castlegar’s Tyler Barrett were deemed correct.However, video revealed the calls to Matthew Sokol of Nelson as the instigator in a fight with Daniel Petten to be incorrect.“Sokol should have had a kneeing call that was missed but video shows Petten was the instigator not Sokol,” Martel explained.Martel also said in the fight between Rayce Miller of Nelson and Barrett, the scoresheet was changed to add instigator to Barrett.“The changes in the instigators therefore change the suspension as per the Junior B supplement,” Martel said. “Two of the three fighting majors and instigator calls were overturned by the referee in Chief Sean Rapheal, (with) BC Hockey,” Martel added.All three Leafs players were in the lineup for Friday’s game against Castlegar, a contest won 5-3 by Nelson.One step forward, two back for LeafsThe on-again, off-again, Nelson Leafs, well, took a step back after dropping a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League decision to the Spokane Braves Saturday in the Lilac City.The setback comes after the team played one of its best games of the season Friday against rival Castlegar Rebels at the NDCC Arena.Nelson captain Rayce Miller scored twice and added an assist to lead the Leafs past the Rebels 5-3.Kurtis Redding rained on the Leafs parade Saturday, scoring two goals in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.Miller scored a power play marker late in the frame but Nelson was unable to find the equalizer.Kyle Donaldson and Paxton Malone also scored for the Braves.Blair Andrews and Levi Hulston replied for Nelson.Spokane was the better team in the third period, firing 20 shots at Friday Hulston, Brendan Smith and Miller scored in the first period to give the Leafs a commanding 3-1 lead.Ed Lindsey cut the margin to 3-2 early in the second period but Miller and Andrews restored the lead.Lindsey and Tayden Woods also scored for Castlegar.Nelson, 18-25-0-0-2, returns to action Tuesday with a road date in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks.The game is the first of four games in six days for the Leafs as the Green and White plays out the KIJHL 2015-16 regular season.
WOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED AFTER THE 6TH RACE SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2016)–As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and he will accept the award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following Sunday’s sixth race.“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern California riding titles.First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The weather pattern remains mostly unfavorable for large scale drying over the next 10 days. We have trouble putting together more than a day or two of true dryness with good evaporation in a row. That’s not to say we wont get ANY field work done, but it will not be easy either. Today, we see another mostly cloudy, cool day over most of the state with scattered likely through the day. Coverage will be around 90%. Rain totals will end up being from a few hundredths to .25” …which is not a lot, but it does mean we just do not dry down very much today. Another round of cold air races in tonight, and we have a threat of frost in northern areas overnight. Tomorrow may end up being the best day of the week, as we turn out partly to mostly sunny and see temps rebound. Evaporation will be near a maximum level tomorrow. Clouds return Wednesday, perhaps not right away in the morning, but soon thereafter. Scattered light showers spread across the state near or after sunset but only end up with about 25% coverage and minor totals. This is more about slowing the drying process than picking up a bunch of moisture. Thursday turns out partly sunny. Rain and thunderstorms race into the state Thursday night and Friday, and we end up with some good rains from that event. Right now we look for .25”-1” rains with 80% coverage. Saturday turns out partly sunny over all of Ohio. Sunday starts with sunshine, but clouds return quickly, bringing showers and thunderstorms from late Sunday afternoon through the overnight. Moisture totals have a wide range here, from .2″ to .9″ 80% coverage. Thunderstorms will be the main driver of the heavier rain totals. An “on-again-off-again” moisture pattern develops for early next week. Scattered showers are possible Monday with 80% coverage and .1″-.6″ rain totals. Tuesday features a mix of clouds and sun, but little to no additional moisture threat. Then Wednesday scattered showers are back with a few hundredths to half an inch possible, but only 40% coverage. So, while there will be holes in precipitation, it will be difficult to get well spread drying across Ohio for that period. The map at right shows 10 day rain totals for the state. For our extended forecast, we start with a dry day for Thursday the 23rd, featuring partly sunny skies. Rain returns next Friday ,but only in southern Ohio, where we can see up to .8” over the southern third to quarter of the state. There should be nothing going in central and northern Ohio. Three (3!) dry days are possible from the 25th through the 27th with partly to mostly sunny skies. We finish the extended window with a chance of showers in the northern third of the state for the 28th.
The director of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection bureau promises that the agency will clamp down on companies that make misleading environmental claims about their products, according to an article in Ad Week.In a keynote address before the annual conference of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council in New York, Jessica Rich outlined a number of enforcement goals for the advertising industry. Among them was a crackdown on inflated environmental claims for green products.“A growing number of consumers are looking to buy green products and companies respond with green marketing,” Ad Week quoted Rich as saying. “But sometimes what companies think green claims mean and what consumers think they mean are two different things.”The FTC released its updated “green guides” a year ago. They are an attempt to educate advertisers on how to avoid making deceptive claims about their products. Until last year, the guides hadn’t been updated since 1998. FTC studies advertising on many productsThe FTC is already looking at a variety of industries as it seeks to make marketing claims truthful.The agency said in August that it had sued three companies over claims that their mattresses were free of volatile organic compounds and other toxic substances, Green Building Law Update reported.In March, the FTC announced that two paint manufacturers had agreed to stop claiming their paints were VOC-free.In her address in New York, Rich said the commission had signed consent agreements with five replacement window marketers over “unsupported energy efficiency and money-savings claims…”Window marketers had claimed consumers could cut their energy bills in half, but Rich said the settlements required marketers to prove it.“Among other things, the settlements require the marketers to substantiate energy savings claims that include the words ‘up to.’” she said. “For example, if they claim consumers will save ‘up to’ a certain amount of money or achieve energy savings ‘up to’ a certain amount, they must have competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate that all or almost all consumers are likely to achieve the maximum claimed savings.”The full text of Jessica Rich’s remarks is available on the Web.
Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsEmotions poured into the court as the fierce rivals engaged in a highly-physical affair that even saw Matt Nieto incur a cut above his left eye after receiving an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala late in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaThe numbers also showed just how intense the game was as both teams were called for a combined 47 fouls. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japan QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I thought our fight, our tenacity, and our character were evident today and I think those are big factors,” he said. “But I don’t expect we’ll have to think any differently [of La Salle] going to Wednesday’s game. It’s the second battle of a long war.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Baldwin admitted the fouls affected Blue Eagles’ offensive rhythm.“We had a hard time. I don’t think we played fluid at all. I thought it was kind of a scrappy game and I guess in the cauldron of this whole atmosphere, that can be expected from young players, but generally, we don’t perform that well when it’s a scrappy kind of game,” he said.Ateneo, though, also benefitted from the foul-plagued game with La Salle’s Ben Mbala saddled by foul trouble and was limited to a season-low eight points.“I thought it was telling that Mbala and (Abu) Tratter played 57 minutes in this game and had eight fouls. (Chibueze) Ikeh and George (Go) played 38 minutes and had nine fouls, and we consider that a victory somehow. That’s crazy to think of that as some kind of victory, but when you play La Salle, it is,” he said.Baldwin liked what saw in terms of his players’ resolve is concerned but he made it clear that Ateneo shouldn’t rest on its laurels, especially with a chance to win the title on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter steering Ateneo to a rousing 76-70 win over La Salle in a rough-and-tumble Game 1 in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday, Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t expect the physicality to get any less intense in Game 2.“We anticipated that. You get that all the time with La Salle. La Salle won’t be any different on Wednesday. It would be silly to think otherwise because that’s their M.O. and they’re good at it. They push the rules to the limit and they push the referees to the limit,” Baldwin said.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’