Nancy Pelosi Coming to Long Island Gay Gala

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congresswoman Pelosi commemorates the LGBT victims of the Holocaust at the “Friends of the Pink Triangle” ceremony at the Twin Peaks Vista Overlook, Calif. (Courtesy of Nancy Pelosi’s office).Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, is accepting an award from the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth at the nonprofit group’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday evening.Also being honored are Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in March, and Andrew Stern, the chief operating officer of NARAL Pro-Choice NY.“We are thrilled to be honoring Congresswoman Pelosi for her decades of heroic leadership and advocacy on behalf of the GLBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS,” said David Kilmnick, chief executive officer of LIGALY. “This year’s honorees represent some of the most important voices in the movement for GLBT equality.”Pelosi’s district office is in San Francisco, a leading city in the modern gay rights movement and the first in then nation to elect an openly gay politician—Bay Shore native Harvey Milk.Pelosi, Windsor and Stern will receive the honors before a crowd of more than 400 local civic, political and business leaders at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park.Democratic members of LI’s congressional delegation—including Reps. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola)—will be on hand to show their leader around.last_img read more

Huntington Station Man Charged with DWI in Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Christian PivaralA 21-year-old Huntington Station man is facing driving while intoxicated charges for an alleged hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a pedestrian early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said.The driver, Christian Pivaral, allegedly struck 48-year-old Brooklyn resident Alexander Thomas, who was walking across New York Avenue just before 4 a.m., police said. Pivaral allegedly fled the scene, police said, and was apprehended on New York Avenue shortly after the crash.Thomas was admitted to Huntington Hospital with serious injuries, police said.Pivaral was also charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving seriously physical injury. An arraignment is scheduled for Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Police said the investigation is continuing. Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the vehicular crime unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Ronaldo header gives Portugal 1-0 win over hosts Russia

first_img(REUTERS) – Cristiano Ronaldo headed an early winner as Portugal beat hosts Russia 1-0 in the Confederations Cup yesterday to go top of Group A and spoil Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev’s 100th cap.European champions Portugal took the lead when captain Ronaldo headed a precise cross by Raphael Guerreiro past Akinfeev in the eighth minute then held on as a re-energised Russia created chances in the second half.Akinfeev had kept his team in the match early in the second half when he tipped a powerful header by Andre Silva round the post.Russia squandered two scoring chances in stoppage time, with Georgy Dzhikya’s header sailing over the bar while a Fedor Smolov drive floated wide.The win moved Portugal top of the table with four points after they conceded an equaliser in stoppage time to draw their opening match 2-2 against with Mexico.Russia stay on three points while, Mexico (1) took on New Zealand (0) later yesterday.Russia face Mexico on Saturday in their last group game, when Portugal play New Zealand.last_img read more

ESPN analyst would be ‘shocked’ if Kevin Durant doesn’t play Monday

first_imgESPN analyst Jay Williams, who had dinner with Kevin Durant the night before, said he “would be shocked” if the Warriors star doesn’t return to the court Monday night for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.Durant practiced Sunday after missing the Warriors’ last nine postseason games with a strained calf and, while the team is listing him as questionable to play, Williams has no doubt about the two-time Finals MVP’s status Monday in Toronto.“I would be shocked if we did not see KD on the basketball …last_img read more

Satellite centre scores with Nasa

first_img18 June 2002Immediately after Nasa’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility launches in January 2003, mission planners anticipate a four-hour communication gap during which their tracking system won’t be able to “talk’ to the observatory.This could be a nerve-wracking time for those at the US space and aeronautic agency who’ve worked so hard on the mission, an infrared telescope that will study the early universe, old galaxies and forming stars, and detect dust disks around stars where planets may be forming.The solution to their problem lies with South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Satellite Applications Centre, a satellite tracking facility located in Hartebeesthoek, 60 kilometres north of Johannesburg. The Satellite Applications Centre will track the Space Infrared Telescope Facility for up to four hours, or until the Deep Space Network’s tracking station near Madrid, Spain, acquires a signal.“No one wants to sit on pins and needles for four hours,” said Pat Beyer, telecommunications and mission systems manager for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “So we contracted with Hartebeesthoek . to fill in the gap.”US-based technology giant Lockheed Martin has selected the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC) as a satellite ground support station for two upcoming Nasa missions: the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) mission, and the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission.The SAC’s X-band antenna that will track the space observatory in its launch phase over South African skies. (Photo: CSIR Satellite Applications Centre)The SAC will track the spacecraft, relay information and send commands when required during the launch and early orbit phases, as well as render daily mission support. SORCE is expected be launched in December 2002 and last until 2008, while SIRTF will be launched in January 2003.Piet van der Westhuizen, SAC’s business development manager, says the multi-million rand contract with the Lockheed Martin Consolidated Space Operations Office is significant both in terms of initiating business with Lockheed Martin and in terms of the importance of the missions.“For us it represents a milestone in our progress to be recognised by the world’s top aerospace companies as a reliable, professional satellite ground support station”, Van der Westhuizen said.Lockheed Martin, alongside Boeing – for whom the SAC will be supporting a host of Ku band satellites and launches with their new Delta IV rocket – are world-leading commercial aerospace companies.The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will use the South African facility’s 5.4-metre and 12-metre antennae as critical back-up to Nasa’s Deep Space Network, which comprises satellite tracking stations at Robledo de Chavela, Spain, Canberra, Australia and Goldstone, California.The SAC will be the first station to contact the spacecraft after it separates from the launch vehicle, and will be the only ground station providing coverage for the crucial first four hours of the flight to outer space. Thereafter, the station at Madrid will have visibility of the spacecraft, although the SAC will back them up for an additional seven hours of this critical phase.The Space Infared Telescope Facility is the first new mission of Nasa’s Origins Programme, which strives to answer the questions: Where did we come from? Are we alone? It is also the fourth and last of Nasa’s Great Observatories, a programme that also includes the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.The Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission aims to provide Nasa’s Earth Science with precise measurements of solar radiation. The satellite will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 640 kilometres with four instruments on board, which will greatly improve the accuracy of the measurements of solar energy.This data will be downloaded at the SAC and sent to Nasa daily, where it will be used by scientists to model solar output and to explain and predict the effect of the sun’s radiation on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.The satellite will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The SAC is set to establish contact with the satellite approximately 40 minutes later as it passes over Africa.With only eight months before the first of the two launches, the SAC’s system engineers will be working non-stop to complete a new S-band uplink antenna and support systems to ensure 100% system compatibility and mission readiness. “Reliability is the key word for operators of multi-billion dollar air-borne technology. Our impeccable track record in this respect swung the deal our way. Now the pressure is on us to maintain this track record”, says Van der Westhuizen.The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the largest research, development and implementation technology agency in Africa, with a track record spanning more than 50 years.The Satellite Applications Centre has been managed by the CSIR since 1958. From 1960 to 1975 it was known as the “Jo’burg Minitrack Station” and became part of Nasa’s worldwide scientific satellite tracking and telemetry network, operated by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.It then became part of the French National Space Agency’s (le Centre National d’Études Spatiales) worldwide tracking network. Since 1989, it has been a programme within the CSIR’s Information, Communications and Technology division.SouthAfrica.info reporter. Sources: Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A story of feeding hunger

first_imgHow do you look at a child with a curious young mind but an empty stomach, eyes filled with tears, and tell him or her that there is not enough food for them and that they won’t be eating that day? It is a question that haunted Malcolm Poovan and Melvin Moodley, prompting them to find ways to give back to help create a better future for all.Feed a Family works to supply meals and other necessities to thr impoverished shack settlement of PrimroseTheir non-profit organisation, Feed a Family, is slowly opening new doors to finding hope for a small community. Based in Johannesburg, it was established in 2009 when Poovan and Moodley were approached by a desperate young girl, about 10 years old, who asked why everyone else had something to eat and she did not.“It hurt to know that I had no answer for her and so I took on a mission to find something for her. But by the time I came back I was told she had faded into the big crowd,” Poovan said. “Ever since then, I have made it my goal to help not just children but families that need it the most.”Feed a Family strives to put a plate of food on the table for the needy. They work in squatter camps and informal settlements, where poverty rules the ways of living and people are forgotten by society. They set up a working relationship with Fire of God Ministries in a small township in Primrose, eastern Joburg. The church is run by Pastor Mokoena, who is well-known in this community for the heart of gold that he shares with them. Together, the two organisations help to fill the growling, empty stomachs of those in the community.“A hungry person cannot think straight and they will do whatever they can to find food,” says Poovan, “and we do all that we can to prevent them from even thinking about crime. With enough help, we would love to help them start their own means of providing food with small gardens planted by them.”At present, the organisation gives milk, to the young and toddlers, and to pregnant women, as well as bread and warm meals to families. It would dearly like to offer more, although as a small and struggling group it is a battle to feed all the hungry and they are in desperate need of support. “We find that it is hard to give everyone a filling meal if there is only so much to give, but we do try by all means to make sure that they all get something in the end,” Poovan explains.At Christmas 2011, Feed a Family partnered with Nedbank in Norwood, Johannesburg to hand out gifts to the children of Primrose. Poovan says smiles lit up their faces as they received their presents and they had a joyful Christmas.In 2012, on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July, Feed a Family and St Andrew’s School for Girls went to feed people at the Primrose informal settlement. It was an awaken for the school, which witnessed first-hand the amount of poverty so close to home.“We had the chance to show the youth from both sides that giving back does not mean that you have to have money or a job, especially when it comes to helping the people that surround your area. One family at a time, together we can build a giving and loving world,” Poovan adds.Pastor Mokoena from Fire of God Ministries with Feed a Family co-founder Malcolm Poovan (Images: Bhekumuzi Mdakane)This year on Mandela Day, the organisation provided 500 warm and filling meals, 500 blankets, 500 food parcels and clothing to people in need. But a lot more can still be done for this community, which has a single tap to supply water for the entire area.“We would love to help clean up the area too, and educate the people within it on health issues and more, leading us to hopefully one day look back and see the angels in Primrose helping other people in places where they find poverty throughout the world.”Feed a Family is calling for donations – just R15 will feed an entire family for a day. Volunteers are welcome, as are more sponsors. “Help us feed a family, let’s all do a little and make a big difference. Many of us pray before we eat, thanking God for the food you are about to eat and you pray for God to feed the needy. Now we have a chance to actually do something about it,” reads the Feed a Family website.You can commit to feeding one family for one day a month, every month, for R15 a month. A large number of people in this community are unemployed and are in desperate need of nourishment. To donate or help in any way, email [email protected] or call 071 853 1413 or 074 311 7096.last_img read more

Parting with Your Dream Client is Such Sweet Sorrow

first_imgNever give up. Never give in. Given enough focus, time, and energy, all obstacles yield.There was the one time a client said, “We will never work with you again.” They worked with me and my company again. There was one stakeholder who promised that no one in her company would ever work with us. “Ever,” she said. She disappeared, and like magic, we were back.The only constant is change. You know it here as constant, accelerating, disruptive change (which has been around since before there was anyone around to notice it).You are going to lose clients. Sometimes it will be your fault, and other times you will be blameless. This is the reality of business, commerce, evolution, and quite especially, sales. There are times when you and your client—even the one you love—must part ways.Your client is going to be purchased by a larger rival. That company is going to have a contract with your rival. You are going to find yourself on the outside of a relationship that just acquired your relationships. Even if you are better than your rival and right for the company that bought your dream client, it will be necessary for you to displace your competitor. But remember, you have some part of the building wired with your past relationships.Some client is going to move their operations overseas. They’re going to go to Mexico, or Shanghai, or Nicaragua. Maybe they’re going to move part of their operations to Europe, or two states over, neither of which are close enough for you to manage their business. Companies leave and come back. Your company grows and expands. Forever is a long time.That favorite of all favorite clients, the one that loves you and is easy to take care of, has experienced what some call “negative growth,” which is a euphemism for declining sales and unintentionally shrinking the business. Now, the favorite client is conscious of money, and their new perception, the one that is based on survival at all cost, means they are no longer going to give you the investment you require. They want a price you can’t meet, and that means they are walking across the street to your competitor. They’re gone . . . but perhaps not forever.As much as it is in your interest not to churn clients, it is also in your interest to accept the fact that, over time, you are going to lose clients. The way you hedge here is to always have enough of a pipeline and growing sales to be able to withstand the loss of any one client. The other way you hedge is to persist over time, knowing that nothing is forever. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ferguson beats Cerrone by TKO at UFC 238

first_imgTony Ferguson, right, punches Donald Cerrone, left, during their lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 238, Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)CHICAGO (AP) — Tony Ferguson’s path to the lightweight title is becoming clear.Ferguson won by technical knockout after a medical stoppage in a lightweight fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In the main event, flyweight champ Henry Cejudo (15-2) finished Marlon Moraes (22-6-1) in the third round for the vacated bantamweight championship.Cejudo, an Olympic gold medal wrestler, showed off his striking game in the second round, delivering a series of uppercuts and knees to the face of Moraes.Cejudo carried the momentum to the third round, taking Moraes to the ground and delivering a series of punches before the fight was stopped just before the third round ended.Cejudo defended his flyweight belt against former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw with a first-round knockout in January. Dillashaw went down to flyweight to chase his second belt, but he was stopped by Cejudo in just over 30 seconds and had his belt stripped after he failed pre- and post-fight drug tests.Cejudo became the fourth fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight divisions.“I’m not a double champion, I’m a triple champion: Olympic champion, flyweight champion and now bantamweight champion of the UFC,” Cejudo said. “I’m the only person in the world who has all these titles, nobody else. Whether you hate me or you love me, I’m the pound-for-pound king.”In a women’s flyweight title fight, Valentina Shevchenko (17-3) defended her belt by landing a vicious left kick to the head of Jessica Eye (14-7) early in the second round. Eye was knocked out cold, but she was able to recover and walk off on her own power.The fight between Ferguson and Cerrone was the highlight of the card. They had the attention of the crowd, which was equally split between the fighters.The two exchanged blows in the first round. Cerrone landed a jab that put a cut above Ferguson’s right eye, bloodying Ferguson’s face.In the second round, Ferguson went to work on Cerrone’s face, landing a series jabs and kicks, continuing to bloody Cerrone’s face and pounding his right eye. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ferguson (26-3) won his 12th straight fight, the longest active streak in the UFC, after a doctor stopped the fight after the second round after checking on the swelling of Cerrone’s right eye.Cerrone was taken to a hospital with an orbital fracture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith the win, Ferguson moved into a position to face the winner of the lightweight unification title fight between champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September.“If me and Cowboy (Cerrone) don’t fight again, I want that title shot. I’ve had that title, I feel that’s why it’s such an emotional roller-coaster. I’ve increased my value after this fight tonight. If Poirier cannot do it, I’ll go to Abu Dhabi (UFC 242) and do it myself, and if (Conor) McGregor wants to dance, I have a tune for him too, so regardless I’ll be ready,” Ferguson said. Cerrone (36-12) took down Ferguson with two minutes left in the round, but Ferguson recovered quickly and continued to pound Cerrone’s face.Ferguson delivered a punch just after the bell. It wasn’t immediately clear if Ferguson was penalized.“In the second round, I saw his hands started to drop, my left hand started to land a lot more, he didn’t have too many answers to the kicks, I saw his confidence starting to decrease. And in the end of that round, going through a lot of emotions, just trying to get into it, I let a punch go at the buzzer, I thought I hit him at the buzz, it was on the other side of his face, not the side that was swollen,” Ferguson said.Cerrone, who was alert and ready to begin the third round, was checked by a doctor who immediately put a stop to fight after checking on the swelling of Cerrone’s right eye.Ferguson’s road to the lightweight title might not be that simple. Potential scheduling conflicts could affect the coveted title shot for Ferguson. Nurmagomedov’s agent has plans for his client to face Georges St-Pierre at some point, and Conor McGregor, the No. 3 contender, is holding out for a rematch against Nurmagomedov after he lost to him at UFC 229.Ferguson had the interim title stripped when he wasn’t able to face Nurmagomedov in April of 2018.Saturday’s fight against Ferguson was finalized just one week after Cerrone beat Al Iaquinta on May 4, giving Cerrone less than a month to prepare for Ferguson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With the crowd and Cerrone wanting more, and Ferguson getting a late hit in, Ferguson wished the bout didn’t end the way it did.“It’s not the way I wanted to win. It’s been a big journey, I don’t think anyone had to go through the kind of stuff I had to,” Ferguson said.Ferguson was back in the cage after a layoff because of personal issues.Ferguson beat Anthony Pettis in October.Saturday’s main card also featured two title fights.ADVERTISEMENT It’s a Barty party: Australian wins 1st major at French Open Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

Novatek Sovcomflot Form Shipping Joint Venture

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Novatek Russian natural gas producer Novatek and compatriot shipping company Sovcomflot have decided to create a joint venture related to Arctic ice-class LNG carriers. The duo signed the heads of agreement during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 4, 2019.Under the agreement, the companies intend to create a shipping company, with the potential involvement of other joint venture participants.As informed, the joint venture will focus on managing the construction and operations of Arctic ice-class LNG carriers, ensuring the optimized transportation from Novatek’s future LNG projects in the Russian Arctic region, including the Arctic LNG 2 project.“The efficient development of the Northern Sea Route as a viable, year-round navigational route requires consolidating experience in ice navigation, applying new technological solutions, and implementing the best international standards for navigational safety and training,” Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board, explained. “An optimized model of transporting LNG from the Russian Arctic region via the Northern Sea Route to major global markets, including the Asia-Pacific region, will support the successful implementation of Novatek’s Arctic LNG projects as well as reaching the goal set by the Russian President to ensure an increase in annual cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route to 80 million tons in 2024.”Read more:Novatek Brings In TechnipFMC for Arctic LNG 2 ProjectJapanese Consortium Joins Arctic LNG 2China COSCO, Russian Majors Ink Arctic Shipping Deallast_img read more

Russian way or the highway

first_imgAura is Delhi’s only speciality vodka bar offering 55 select and rare vodkas. It effuses classic Russian charm along with a comfortable ambience, perfect for unwinding after hours. The concept of Delhi’s only vodka based bar is reflected in the unique menu offerings. The chilli vodka based cocktail and the raisin infused white rum are only some of the signature cocktails which are sure to appeal to the vodka lovers in the city.  A pioneer in innovative cuisines and F&B offerings, The Claridges New Delhi has also created a unique East European and Russian flavours infused menu to compliment the vodka. Traditional Russian potato dumplings like Pelminis, Ruskies and Perogies, Caviar along with East European and Russian favourites like salmon, cured meats, pickles, etc will be on the menu at Aura.The theme is further enhanced by European lounge music making Aura the first of its kind in the Capital. The rich champagne gold interiors provide the ideal setting for pre dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The hotel is home to award winning restaurants which include Sevilla, Pickwicks, Dhaba by Claridges offering a complete experience for diners.  Timings : 6pm to 1amlast_img read more