Jones Beach Fireworks Show to Return this Independence Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jones Beach State Park is quickly regaining its appeal as the place to be to celebrate the holidays on Long Island.After bringing back the popular Jones Beach Holiday Lights Spectacular last year, New York State announced that the famous fireworks show at the iconic South Shore beach is also returning after a five-year hiatus. The July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, which once drew thousands of revelers from Long Island and around the region, will be on full display this Independence Day.“What better place to celebrate America’s birthday than at one of the most iconic and landmark state destinations,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a statement announcing the event’s return, said his administration was “proud” to revive the tradition—once a staple event for LI families. Jones Beach last hosted the dazzling pyrotechnic event in 2009. The show was cancelled in 2010 due to monetary and staffing constraints.The announced revival comes days after Jones Beach held its annual Bethpage Air Show, which featured stunt pilots performing impressive aerobatic maneuvers as revelers looked on from the beach. Hundreds of thousands attended the two-day event.Astoria Bank will sponsor this year’s fireworks show, officials said.Jones Beach itself is in the middle of a multimillion-dollar revitalization project. New bathrooms in Field 6 were installed just in time for the air show and the central mall’s mosaic was refurbished for the first time in three decades. The show’s revival is part of a state plan to invest $900 million in the state parks system by 2020.The 30-minute fireworks show is scheduled for Saturday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.last_img read more

German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli

first_img Sharing is caring! Share It is believed the bean sprouts were produced in GermanyNew data released in Germany strongly suggests that locally produced bean sprouts were, as suspected, the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak.“It’s the bean sprouts,” said Reinhard Burger, head of Germany’s centre for disease control.Officials initially blamed the E. coli, which has killed 29 people, on imported cucumbers, then bean sprouts.In another development, Russia agreed to lift its ban on imports of EU fresh vegetables in return for guarantees.The Russian ban had compounded a crisis for EU vegetable-growers, with Spanish cucumber producers wrongly blamed for the contamination.Mr Burger, who heads the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters on Friday that even though no tests of the sprouts from a farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive, the epidemiological investigation of the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw the conclusion.The institute, he added, was lifting its warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, but keeping it in place for the sprouts.Some 3,000 people have been taken ill with the German outbreak of E. coli, which involves a previously unknown strain of the bacterium.Sufferers may develop haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) where bacteria attack the kidneys and nervous system, giving them fits and often forcing them on to dialysis.‘Hot lead’“People who ate sprouts were nine times more likely to have bloody diarrhoea than those who did not,” Mr Burger said.Germany’s top disease control official said the origin of the contamination was still believed to be the small organic farm in Lower Saxony which first came under suspicion at the weekend.“The links are ever clearer – it’s a hot lead,” he told reporters in Berlin, at a joint news conference with the heads of Germany’s federal institute for risk assessment and federal office for consumer protection.He said it was possible that all tainted sprouts had now either been consumed or thrown away, but he warned the crisis was not yet over.“There will be new cases coming up,” he said.“Thousands of tests carried out on tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce have proved negative,” he added.Lower Saxony agriculture minister Gert Lindemann said earlier this week that experts had found no traces of the E. coli bacterium strain at the Bienenbuettel farm but he did not rule it out as the source of the contamination.In an interview to be published in next week’s edition of Focus magazine, Mr Lindemann said some 60 of the people taken ill had eaten sprouts from the farm, which employs about 15 people.Contamination might have been caused by contaminated seeds or “poor hygiene”, he added.Ban to be liftedThe agreement to lift the Russian ban was announced after talks between top EU officials including the Commission chief, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Russian counterparts in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.“We are ready to resume the shipments under guarantees of the EU authorities,” President Dmitry Medvedev told reporters.Russia’s top food safety officer, Gennady Onishchenko, said Russia would lift its prohibition after receiving food safety guarantees from the European Commission.Mr Barroso said the EU would send a form for issuing food safety certificates to Russia in the next few days.According to the Commission, the total value of EU exports of fresh vegetables to Russia is 600m euros (£530m; $870m) a year, a quarter of the total exported.Spain, France, Germany and Poland are the biggest exporters.BBC News Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli by: – June 10, 2011 27 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Softball: Core group of seniors lead underclassmen through season away from home

first_imgWisconsin softball’s senior class has been providing some highlight worthy moments for the team this year, but more importantly, they’ve been an anchor for a team that is largely made up of underclassmen.Seniors Katie Christner, Ashley Van Zeeland, Taylor-Paige Stewart and Macy Oswald are proving to be the team’s backbone this year, providing leadership and support whenever possible.This kind of support is needed now more than ever, considering the Badgers have spent a majority of their season away from Goodman Diamond. The Badgers have only played 11 out of 44 games at home this year, so relying on a home support system has not been an option for this team.This season has been filled with some high moments, along with some shocking upsets for the Badgers.One thing Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy is thankful for is the persistence of her team in crucial moments and their determination to never give up on themselves.“I think a lot of teams would just fold [after losing to a weaker team] at that point,” Healy said. “It’s gut-wrenching to lose a game that you think you should win.“We have really good seniors, and I think that speaks volumes. Katie Christner came in and she was the story of the day. She was a senior that’s had knee surgery and been battling injury. She and Ashley Van Zeeland, all of them, they keep the team believing.”Of course, every team will find themselves losing a game at one point in time, but Christner knows one of the key elements of success for any team is to not only push past those losses, but to just keep moving forward.And it is not like the Badgers have much time to dwell on any past games, considering they play anywhere from four to six games a week. This kind of fast-paced schedule means the Badgers cannot let any past games become a hindrance to future success.“I think our team handles [the fast-paced schedule] really well,” Christner said. “I think our team is really good at making sure we’re not dwelling on games. Once a game is over, we’re automatically looking at the next game, which is something that I think we have going for us.”Courtesy of Jack McLaughlinIf the fast-paced schedule seems to be becoming too much for the younger players, they look to their seniors.From the outside, you would have a hard time believing that Stewart had just pitched her 20th inning of the week, or that Oswald had just been up to bat for the fourth time that weekend.Van Zeeland knows that, as a senior, sometimes the best thing she can do for her team is just to be a leader for them. Whether that means trying to get a scoring drive started, or pushing through the third game of the weekend, Van Zeeland always leads her team by example.“I think just being a leader [helps the team succeed],” Van Zeeland said. “Being out there and knowing that I’ve been playing for four years, it’s just important to lead the team and know that they are going to listen.”Van Zeeland doesn’t need to worry about leading her team on a consistent basis, because she says this year’s team is one of the most motivated in the league.Whether it is watching extra film in preparation for a game, or putting in a few extra hours of batting practice, the team’s hard work is paying off.“I think each person on our team is super self-motivated,” Christner said. “I think every person wants to help the team and do it for the team. I think that is super important and something this team is doing a really good job of.”With just 11 games remaining in the regular season before the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin will need to rely on leadership to carry the team all the way to the end of an already promising season.Luckily for this young team, they have four leaders who are more than willing to carry these Badgers back to a level of success they’ve had in past seasons.last_img read more

Gurriel homers to lead Blue Jays past Marlins 2-1

first_img COMMENT First Published: 3rd September, 2020 12:56 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News center_img Last Updated: 3rd September, 2020 12:56 IST Gurriel Homers To Lead Blue Jays Past Marlins 2-1 Lourdes Gurriel homered and Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. LIVE TV Lourdes Gurriel homered and Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.After Miami’s Sixto Sanchez got through the first four innings on 43 pitches, Gurriel snapped the rookie right-hander’s 11-inning scoreless string with a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Gurriel drove Sanchez’s 0-1 slider over the left-center wall for his fifth homer.Ryu (3-1) allowed one run and six hits, walked two and matched a season high with eight strikeouts.A.J. Cole and Rafael Dolis each pitched scoreless innings and Anthony Bass got his fourth save for the Blue Jays, who are 12-12 in one-run games.Jonathan Villar had two hits in his second game since joining the Blue Jays in a trade with Miami on Monday.Sanchez (1-1) was lifted after seven innings. He allowed six hits and struck out five.Miami scored its run on Garrett Cooper’s RBI single in the fifth.The Blue Jays committed three baserunning blunders that ended innings. Jonathan Villar was thrown out attempting to stretch a single into a double in the first, and Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro picked off Gurriel at first in the second and Villar at third in the fourth.TRAINER’S ROOM:Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton underwent surgery Tuesday to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow. Manager Charlie Montoyo anticipates Thornton will be ready for next spring training.Marlins: RHP Eliecer Hernandez (lat muscle sprain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Hernandez felt discomfort and departed after pitching two plus innings in his start Tuesday against the Blue Jays. In a corresponding move, Miami promoted IF Eddy Alvarez from its alternate training site.(Image Credit Pixabay) FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Google has a plan to solve all unanswered questions on the internet

first_imgGoogle has billions of unanswered searchesThe media will not receive money but rewards Image: iStock Google is one of the most used search engines every day to resolve doubts, keep us informed or know some specific information: from the location of a restaurant to tips to start a healthy life, Google has an answer for everything and even answers when you want to know the height of a famouscenter_img Being one of the most used and popular search engines around the world, anyone can use it to answer the most varied questions. The Google database has millions of answers, however, even the largest companies may have problems and this search engine has some questions that you do not know how to answer. Google works with an algorithm that allows you to associate each search with related web pages. Although its success rate is very high, this famous search engine does not know which links to show in 15% of searches performed by users around the world, that is, two billion searches remain unanswered.Google seeks to solve all the doubts of its users This situation is a big problem for the popular search engine, since it leaves millions of its users unanswered every day. However, this state will not last long since the company has already taken the necessary measures to solve it.Google has developed a tool in which it hosted all searches that have no response on its server to this day. With this tool, Google directly asks the media to write content that resolves their users’ doubts and thus obtain a reward in return.The search engine will not pay financially to the media that create this type of content. These companies will receive instead of remuneration, the promise of accessing topics of interest and detecting relevant questions to write the appropriate content to increase their user flow.last_img read more