A Facebook Page That Will Please The Human (and New Yorker) In You

first_imgI just got this imaginary fan mail:Hey Conforti. Nice job with The Buzz. It’s a great column-y type of thing, perhaps the greatest one the world has ever seen. In fact, I’m sure of it.I visit LongIslandPress.com all the time for important local news, delightful columns and fascinating investigative stories, but I really enjoy the screaming goats and stuff.Most of what you put up is so hilarious. You are a great judge of what’s great.In fact, I always see the stuff you pick on the news, days after you posted it. It’s like you’re a Psychic of Awesome. I want you to be my friend. My wife thinks you’re so hot.She’s right.That all being said, you usually post funny, goofy stuff. My friend, who is a jerk, says, “There’s no way this Conforti guy could find anything profound, interesting, artistic and so delightfully reflective of the vast greatness of humanity, particularly in the New York area.”Please prove him wrong. Please show my jerk friend that the internet is good for more than weird lip sync performances, basketball trick shots and great pole dancing videos.I’ll be back after watching that pole dancing video again to see if you’ve succeeded.Well. I’m so flattered, thank you. And thank your wife. But I’ll probably thank her myself. In the meantime, I accept your challenge, and deliver unto you, a Facebook page that is profound, interesting, artistic and so delightfully reflective of the greatness of humanity, particularly in the New York area.Click here to visit “Humans of New York” on Facebook.AND AS A BONUS, read about what happened between this guy and DKNY here. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Travelers hide in truck containers, bus trunks to escape ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgTravelers have played cat and mouse with law enforcement personnel as they insist on traveling home despite the government’s ban on this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).Travelers across Java have tried to dodge the police at checkpoints, by hiding in truck containers or bus luggage compartments, avoiding toll roads with strict security and laying down passenger seats to escape monitoring.The operational head of the National Police traffic corps Sr. Comr. Benyamin said travelers had used containers on the back of the trucks to transport themselves and their vehicles, knowing that officers prioritized monitoring of private vehicles, buses and minibuses. “As for freight trucks, they are allowed to operate so the economy can continue to run. These trucks were apparently used to transport travelers and their cars,” Benyamin said on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency.The statement echoed Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo’s previous claim, in which he said he had received reports and photographs showing travelers returning to their hometowns across the province, with their cars inside the truck containers.Benjamin said that, in addition to trucks, there were also those who hid in bus trunks in order to evade law enforcement.“The buses were full of people, but they were not on seats, they were in the luggage compartment,” he added. He said the police had also gathered information that some travel agencies had offered services for those wishing to go back to their hometowns, riding though so-called jalan tikus (alleyways).“They were arrested by the Jakarta Police at the Cikarang Barat border,” he said.Since Monday, the number of vehicles on toll roads in Bekasi, West Java, and Tangerang, Banten, has decreased as travelers avoid security posts, but the number of vehicles intercepted on arterial roads has increased, Jakarta Police reported.Read also: Explainer: What’s allowed and what’s not in Indonesia’s ‘mudik’ banOn an arterial road in Kedungwaringin, Bekasi, for example, traffic police officers recently discovered a group of travelers heading for Central Java by riding a bus with passenger seats laid back so as not to be seen from outside.“These passengers deliberately reclined their seats and turned off the lights to evade officers,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.Yusri said the bus driver claimed not to be carrying any passengers when the bus was stopped for inspection at the Kedungwaringin integrated security post at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.The bus was a double-decker and all passengers were later found hiding on the upper deck, the police reported. In its inspection, the police found out that the passengers paid Rp 450,000 (US$30.40) per person to get on the ride.Since April 24, a total of 171,000 police and military personnel and related agencies have been carrying out the so-called Operation Ketupat 2020 to oversee the mudik flow, which will end on May 31, the National Police reported.“As of the sixth day of the operation on Wednesday, we had asked some 15,239 motorists across Java to turn around,” Benyamin told tempo.co on Thursday, adding that the Jakarta Police had recorded the majority with 5,834 motorists.Despite being caught ignoring the mudik ban, the motorists were only reprimanded by officers with no legal punishment. Violators will be subject to the maximum punishment starting May 7.After previously only advising residents against participating in mudik, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally announced an outright ban on April 21, following a Transportation Ministry survey in which 24 respondents still insisted on traveling home during Ramadan. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance

first_imgWolf Administration Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance Press Release,  Public Health With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the Wolf Administration today issued frequently asked questions to provide guidance to parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide necessary child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth during the summer months.“We understand the need to secure child care options as parents and caregivers return to work across the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “And for providers of these programs to understand how they may operate. We hope that this guidance helps everyone in need of viable options for their children’s care and recreation this summer and eliminates some of the stress and worry associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting our everyday lives.”The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the FAQs that include guidance on:The types of summer programs for children and youth permitted to operate during Gov. Wolf’s phased-in reopening plan.Additional requirements for summer programs operating in counties in yellow and green phases beyond what is required by the CDC guidance for youth programs and camps.The summer programs operating in counties in yellow and green phases that are permitted to operate fully indoor, fully outdoor, or a combination of indoor and outdoor.Group sizes for summer programs that are permitted to operate in counties in the yellow phase.Requirements on staff and youth face-coverings in child care and summer programs permitted to operate in yellow phase counties.Enrollment restrictions on summer programs in counties in yellow or green phase.Status of public playgrounds during the phased reopening.Status of organized team sports during the phased reopening.Operation of public bathing places and community pools during the phased reopening.Operation of camping, campgrounds and group camping separate from organized summer camps for youth.Status of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources facilities during the various phases of reopening.The FAQs are available here.The guidance does not apply to public school-operated summer programs or extended school year services. Guidance related to reopening public schools will be released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education later.Ver esta página en español. May 22, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Visits CareerLink York County to Highlight Virtual Services for Pennsylvanians Seeking Jobs

first_img Economy,  Press Release Urges Congress to Extend $600 Weekly Federal Unemployment Compensation Program Governor Tom Wolf today visited the PA CareerLink York County to highlight the virtual services available to people looking for work and employers seeking qualified candidates. The governor also urged Republicans in Congress to extend the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program that provides an extra $600 a week to people receiving unemployment compensation. The federal program ended July 25.“The fight against COVID-19 has required sacrifices from all of us, and for many people these challenging months have left them in search of a new job,” said Gov. Wolf. “PA CareerLink® has transitioned to offer more services online to help people find family-sustaining jobs for the long term.“The most immediate way to help those workers is for Sen. Pat Toomey and Republicansin Congress to extend the federal unemployment compensation program that provides an additional $600 a week. That added payment is critical for many people to pay their bills and keep food on the table. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s time for Washington to act.”Pennsylvania is also helping workers by bolstering the online services offered in all 67 counties from PA CareerLink®, a one-stop-shop for job seekers and employers.Virtual services include:Adult education classesAll employer servicesCareer counselingEligibility determination for Workforce Innovation programs and servicesJob search assistanceOn-the-job training programsResume assistanceVirtual workshopsYouth programming and work readiness servicesThe virtual services are free by visiting PACareerLink.pa.gov and registering for an account. A job search portal and wide array of resources are available.“This pandemic has been tough on many working families and the state’s network of PA CareerLink® offices has stepped up with online services to help people find their next job,” said Gov. Wolf. “The services are free, and I encourage job seekers and employers to use them.”PA CareerLink® is also helping to fight the pandemic by joining with South Central PA Works, the region’s Workforce Development Board, and the Harrisburg Area Community College to develop a contact tracing training program. It is on track to graduate 75 contact tracers by the end of September and will coordinate with the Department of Health to place them in jobs that will bolster the state’s network of contact tracers.“As the regional workforce development board, SCPa Works is always seeking to support in-demand training,” said Jesse McCree, Chief Executive Officer, South Central PA Works, “As we seek to safely reopen our communities and grow our economy, contact tracing is not only an essential service to our community, but an excellent opportunity to connect trained workers with long-term career pathways in the healthcare field.”Launched in July 2012, PA CareerLink® is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s initiative to transform the landscape of how job seekers find family-sustaining jobs and how employers find the skilled candidates that they need.“Many PA CareerLink® services are now available at your fingertips,” said L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Sheila Ireland. “Through the expansion of virtual education and employment services, PA CareerLink® staff remain ready to help job seekers get the training and skills they need, and help employers find qualified candidates to fill open positions.”Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Visits CareerLink York County to Highlight Virtual Services for Pennsylvanians Seeking Jobs July 28, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Get Hat Trick Against Lady Cats

first_imgDogs sweep Wildcats in all levels of play.According to Freshman Coach Erin Trenkamp, it was their best defensive effort to date. They all worked as one covering the blockers and hitters to pull out the 2-1 win: 25-10, 23-25, 15-10.From JV Coach Shelly Prickel: The Batesville JV volleyball team continued their success vs. conference rivals with a dominating 25-11, 25-12 victory over Franklin County. Maggie Walsman led the team with 9 service points while connecting on all 11 of her serves. Lily Abplanalp earned 7 points in her 9 perfect service attempts. Anna Bauer continued her aggressive attack with 4 kills in the front line. The team is now 6-0.At the varsity, we started working our attack at the service line accounting for 21 Aces on the evening with #3 Morgan Myer taking a third of the total. Balance that our with another 50+ dig match and some consistent swings from several players, and the balance we were looking to find is starting to take shape. Great team effort using the bench and mixing it up a bit. Varsity scores with dogs taking the W: 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-9.We will welcome East Central on Thursday evening 8/24. All levels of play will happen in the BHS main gym with freshman starting @ 5:00 followed by JV & Varsity.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas and Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.last_img read more

McIlroy to go it alone

first_img McIlroy denied speculation at the Players Championship in May that he would create his own team with his father, close friends and associates, only for his Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell to confirm a few days later that the two-time major winner had decided on his second management change since October 2011. The 24-year-old left International Sports Management just four months after winning his first major by eight shots in the US Open at Congressional, joining McDowell at Horizon. Press Association McIlroy had declined to comment officially on the situation since May but a statement on his website on Friday read: “Rory McIlroy today confirmed he has terminated his contract with Horizon Sports Management and that the details of the termination are in the hands of a legal team led by A&L Goodbody in Dublin, Ireland. “The golfer’s business interests will from now on be managed by Rory McIlroy Incorporated. CEO of RMI will be Donal Casey, an actuary by profession with many years of CEO experience. “The Rory Foundation for charity will be run by Barry Funston, a business leader and long-time friend of the McIlroy family. Both men will serve on the RMI Board, together with Gerry McIlroy (Rory’s father).” The confirmation of McIlroy’s multi-million pound deal with Nike coincided with a run of poor form at the start of 2013, which culminated in him walking off the course during the second round of the Honda Classic. He initially told reporters he was in a “bad place mentally” before a statement was issued on his behalf citing pain from a wisdom tooth as the reason for his withdrawal. McIlroy failed to qualify for the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour last week, with Henrik Stenson’s victory in Atlanta lifting the Swede to fourth in the world rankings and knocking McIlroy down to sixth. center_img Former world number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed he has left Horizon Sports Management to create his own management group.last_img read more

AVB insists there is no rift with Lampard

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas has shrugged off reports of a rift between the Chelsea manager and Frank Lampard.The Blues boss insisted his relationship with Lampard was “excellent” despite the player recently suggesting it was “not ideal.”Lampard is unhappy at being overlooked for much of this season, which Villas-Boas says he understands and accepts.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas said: “Frank’s words are genuine. They are genuine from a player that has a reflection of the relationship between us. For me, it’s fine – I have no problem with it.“It’s just a manager-player relationship in the end. I have to choose the team and I try to choose the best team for every game.“It hasn’t involved Frank a couple of times but it doesn’t mean I have a personal problem with him. These are decisions I took for the benefit of the team.”Villas-Boas, whose side face West Brom on Saturday, also recently denied reports of a fall-out with Ashley Cole.Lampard and Cole were reported to be furious after being left out for the Champions League game against Napoli.Related stories:Cech dismisses talk of player revoltLampard returns in style as Chelsea winAVB insists Abramovich did not pick trioChelsea boss denies bust-up with ColeAVB defends decision to leave out duoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

England v Pakistan: Joe Root calls for ‘one big push’

first_imgBy Stephan ShemiltCAPTAIN Joe Root has asked his England team for “one big push” in the third and final Test against Pakistan.The match in Southampton will be England’s sixth bio-secure Test in seven weeks, but Root’s men have no more scheduled this year.“We have one more week of really hard graft,” Root told BBC Sport. “We have to give everything to the badge, the team and each other.”England, looking for a first series win over Pakistan in 10 years, lead 1-0.The coronavirus pandemic forced a rejig to the international summer, with England defeating West Indies 2-1 in July before the matches against Pakistan began.A different England side beat Ireland 2-1 in three one-day internationals in between the Test series, and though more limited-overs against Pakistan and Australia will complete the summer, the Test players are not set to feature.The T20 World Cup that was due to be played in Australia in October and November has been postponed, and no dates for any of England’s proposed winter tours of India, Sri Lanka and South Africa have been confirmed.“My message to the guys has been quite simple,” said Root. “We don’t know the next time we will play Test cricket, so let’s throw everything into this week.“We’ve not got Test cricket until next year. We’ve got no excuses, every opportunity to go out there and throw everything into this last game.”England have named an unchanged 14-man squad from the drawn second Test which was ruined by bad weather.With Ben Stokes again missing after travelling to New Zealand for personal reasons, the hosts’ top six is likely to be unchanged, with decisions over the bowling attack to be made on Friday morning.More rain in Southampton has kept the pitch under cover, so England must decide whether to retain off-spinner Dom Bess, who has played in every Test this summer, but barely bowled.Whether they field four or five frontline fast bowlers, at least two from the 14 will miss out. Jofra Archer was rested for the second Test, with Sam Curran offering batting depth in the absence of Stokes.After so much time was lost to the elements during the second Test, the playing conditions for the third have been altered to allow earlier starts if required.If time is lost on a particular day, play on the following day may now begin at 10:30 BST, rather than the usual 11:00. Previously, Tests in England have only made up time at the end of a day, when the light can become an issue.“It’s a sensible idea,” said Root. “This will enable us to play a little bit more cricket. It seems a really good way of maximising the hours of play.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Buck the Fuffs of Boulder

first_imgHi there, I’m Jake Shanahan, a senior at the University of Colorado. I’ve been a tried-and-true Buffaloes fan since I came here to Boulder for the first time in 2003.I’ve supported the black and gold, through both the good times and the bad. Yeah, there were the good times. You know, when … uh … you know …Okay, I admit it. I’m all for staying loyal to your school, but this has gotten out of hand. The CU football program, beginning with my freshman year, started bad, got worse, got a whole lot worse, and now is just plain ugly.After a couple of embarrassing early-season losses in 2006, it just doesn’t seem like anything can go right for CU football. But let’s be honest, nothing has gone right for us in the last four years.It all started with that Katie Hnida incident back in February 2004. Rick Neuheisel, the Buffaloes coach …Actually, if I may rant for one moment. The Buffaloes? Seriously? Man, I didn’t think this through when I came here. What a lame nickname for a school. What, the Diseased Yaks was already taken?And don’t even get me started on Ralphie. That thing smells worse than holy hell, and it makes our whole state look bad. Colorado is about mountains and skiing and outdoorsy stuff, not about herding cattle!Whew, sorry about that. Anyway, so Neuheisel brings in Hnida, a kicker out of Chatfield (Littleton, CO) Senior High as a walk-on in 1998, just before he leaves to coach at Washington. In her first year as a Buff (sounds cooler than the full name), Katie was abused, harassed, and then (allegedly) raped.This all happened in 1999, but the whole story came out my freshman year, two and a half years ago. After that, other women came out claiming that they were raped at sex parties for CU recruits, which triggered a mess of national media attention.Then, get this, the new coach Gary Barnett — or Satan, as he’s known around campus in Boulder — not only decides to back his players by refusing to deny the players’ actions, or at least apologize for the whole situation. This guy actually went out of his way to bash Katie’s kicking ability, saying she “was not only a girl, she was a terrible player … there’s no other way to say it.”Who cares whether she was good enough or not? That’s not the point! How about owning up to your player’s mistakes? How about taking some responsibility for coming in and throwing a perfectly good football program into the garbage disposal?Speaking of garbage, how about CU’s last three games of 2005? The Buffs start the season 7-2, and then we decided we were too cool to keep playing hard. We lost the last four games by a combined score of 149-32. Of course, most of that was thanks to Texas, who kicked our ass in the Big XII Championship game 70-3.Of course, Satan’s answer to that disaster? “Well, a lot of teams have lost to Texas this year.” Great attitude, Lucifer. Blame your shortcomings on the other guys.God, I hate Gary Barnett. Hey, there we go, there was one good time; Dec. 8, 2005, the day Satan flamed out. The bad news was he got $3 million as CU had to buy out his contract. As if that school needed to reach any further into the wallet … CU’s far enough into debt as it is.When Barnett was fired — and when all-around good guy Dan Hawkins was hired eight days later as his successor — it gave all of us fans some hope for a better team in 2006.I felt like a new man with a new team, walking into Folsom Field two Saturdays ago. The season opener against scrub team Montana State, no problem, right?You can imagine how pissed off we all were, seeing the Buffs lose that game. The stadium’s mood went from excited, to quiet, to stunned, to absolutely devastated. Unbelievable.Just to make matters worse, in the second week, we lost to Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Doesn’t get much worse when you lose to your in-state rival (which, by the way, has half the student body as CU). But it does get worse: Montana State goes home and loses to Division II team Chadron State.Uh, does this mean CU could lose to a Division II team now? I guess so. Disgusting.And now, the Buffs play No. 22 Arizona State, at No. 10 Georgia and at Missouri in the next three weeks. We’re gonna be 0-5 by the end of September, and that’ll be a nine-game losing streak.Some powerhouse football team. Thanks a lot, Satan (yes, I still blame you).I’m almost jealous of my cousin, Brett, who goes to the University of Wisconsin. He gets to watch a pretty good team win a lot of games, under one of the coolest coaches in the nation. Brett tells me it’s easy to be proud of his football team.Oh, and he got Brian Calhoun for a year too. I remember BC, he would have been awesome as a Buff, but you-know-who wanted to make him a receiver. That worked out real well for us, didn’t it?It’s okay, though, it’s okay. We’ll be all right. Good things ahead of us.How soon can I transfer to Wisconsin? For all my friends back at CU, don’t take it too seriously, I look forward to the hate mail. For everyone here at UW, enjoy the fact that you live in one of the top college sports towns in America. Either way, contact Aaron at abrenner@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Shafer feels good about Eskridge, Gulley ‘progressing forward’

first_img Published on November 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer provided a brief update on injured starting strong safety Durell Eskridge (upper body) and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley (ankle sprain) during his weekly teleconference Tuesday.“Both of those guys are progressing forward and I feel good about it,” Shafer said.Both players suffered the injuries in the first half of SU’s 20-3 victory over Maryland on Saturday. SU cornerback Julian Whigham said Eskridge’s injury is unrelated to the broken right ring finger that kept his hand in a cast through roughly half of the season.Gulley left the game early on after only one carry. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more