‘This is devastating to us’: Young New York City firefighter falls to his death

first_imgI’ve ordered flags throughout the five boroughs to fly at half staff in honor of the courage and sacrifice of @FDNY Firefighter Steven H. Pollard. https://t.co/Ph3nDjYeCb— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 7, 2019Pollard, assigned to Ladder Company 170 in Brooklyn, comes from a New York firefighter family. His father, who is retired, served for 32 years with the NYFD, the mayor’s office said. Pollard’s brother is also a firefighter and an 11-year veteran of Ladder Company 114 in Brooklyn. “This is a family who has done so much for New York City,” the mayor said. “As his family mourns him, the department mourns him, and certainly the citizens of our city mourn him,” Nigro said. “All we can do as a department is stand beside the family and give them whatever support we can, stand beside the members of his unit at this difficult time for them, and ask for the prayers of everyone in this city for the Pollard family, for retired firefighter Ray Pollard, his brother Ray Jr., and for their mom and the rest of their extended family for this terrible loss.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Matt277/iStock(NEW YORK) — The New York Fire Department is in mourning after a young, newly hired man fell to his death in the line of duty. Probationary firefighter Steven Pollard had responded to a car crash at a bridge in Brooklyn Sunday. As he was heading to help the victims, he slipped through a gap in the road and fell about 52 feet, officials said. Pollard, 30, had been on the job less for than two years. “To lose a member just at the beginning of his career like this is devastating to us,” said New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “He is the 1,151st member of the bravest to give his life in the service of the people of this city.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered flags to fly at half-staff in his honor.last_img read more


Gang Member Gets Life in Prison for Murder of Mom, Tot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A reputed ex-MS-13 street gang chapter leader was sentenced Monday to life in prison for fatally shooting a 19-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son in Central Islip three years ago, among others.Heriberto “Boxer” Martinez, 26, had been convicted at Central Islip federal court in March of murder, racketeering, assault with dangerous weapons and related firearms and conspiracy offenses.“Martinez authorized the execution of a young mother, whom he believed had disrespected the gang, ordered the execution of a security guard for doing his job, and … carried out the execution of a fellow MS-13 member who refused to commit senseless, violent crimes,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Martinez’ co-defendant, Carlos “Silencio” Ortega, was convicted of the same charges and also sentenced to life in prison last month.Prosecutors said Martinez helped three of his co-conspirators evade arrest in the murder of Vanessa Argueta and her toddler son, Diego Torres in February 2010.Martinez and four fellow gang members used the same gun to shoot 23-year-old Nestor Moreno, a security guard at El Rancho Bar and Grill in Hempstead, in March 2010 following a dispute over an unpaid bar tab in which Martinez was sprayed with pepper spray.That same month, Martinez and Ortega murdered fellow MS-13 member Mario Alberto Canton Quijada on the beach in Far Rockaway—hacking him to death with machetes—because of his reluctance to attack rival gang members on behalf of the MS-13.last_img read more


The Latest: Florida will have fans for games in the Swamp

first_imgThe Latest: Florida will have fans for games in the Swamp Coaches and staff members making at least $200,000 will have a 20% reduction, while those making $100,000 to $200,000 will face a 10% cut. Those making less than $100,000 will have 15 days of furlough.The department had previously implemented cost controls such as 10% cuts to sports budgets, a spending freeze and leaving open positions unfilled. But Cunningham said reductions so far won’t cover projected losses, so the school is still evaluating additional steps “to address our financial challenges and prepare for the future.”___The Turkish soccer federation has reversed an earlier decision and now says league games will be played without spectators in the first half of the new season.The federation had planned to allow stadiums around the country to operate at a maximum of 30% of capacity from October. Face coverings will be mandated while entering, exiting and inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium unless eating or drinking. Tailgating will not be allowed, and the university will not allow several game-day traditions.Specific information pertaining to ticket ordering and pricing, as well as parking, is expected to be released next week.__North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham says the school is imposing salary reductions and furloughs for coaches and full-time athletics staffers due to financial losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.In an open letter posted Thursday, Cunningham says the athletics department expects to lose between $30 million and $52 million in projected revenue. That will lead to salary reductions and furloughs running from Oct. 1 through the end of the fiscal year in June. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Florida will allow about 20% of its capacity at home games this season, meaning 17,000 fans will be in attendance in the Swamp. Associated Press The federation says it is heeding the advice of Turkey’s scientific council to keep fans out of stadiums.The decision comes as the number of daily infections in the country have risen above 1,500 and COVID-19-related deaths have reached their highest since mid-May.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports September 3, 2020last_img read more


Alpena Hosts 2nd Annual Wildcat Football Bowling Party

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Wildcats football team is getting ready for their 2nd annual wildcat football bowling party on Saturday, April 14 at 7 pm. Registration begins at 6 pm. The money raised will help pay for updates in Alpena’s weight room, various equipment and uniforms.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Football, Party, WildcatContinue ReadingPrevious Music department new hire will come for Alcona SchoolsNext The Cardinals Have High Expectations As The Team To Beat In 2018last_img read more


Five things we learned in the Bundesliga

first_imgDimata forgets shortsWhen Germany striker Mario Gomez twisted an ankle for Wolfsburg, his 20-year-old replacement Landry Dimata pulled off his tracksuit bottoms — and discovered he had forgotten his shorts.The Belgian youth international dashed to the Wolfsburg dressing room to grab a pair, but it took five minutes from when Gomez came off until Dimata finally went on, leaving head coach Andries Jonker furious.“I had wished that he would have been quicker,” said the Dutchman.Dimata, who signed from Belgian side Oostende in July, did little to help his cause with a mediocre display in a 1-1 draw. Boateng’s Nouri tributeKevin-Prince Boateng netted his first goal for Eintracht Frankfurt — and paid tribute to Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered permanent brain damage after collapsing in a pre-season game.Boateng’s early goal fuelled Frankfurt’s 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach and the 30-year-old lifted his playing shirt to reveal a red top bearing “Nouri – 34” — the stricken 20-year-old’s playing number.“He was an exceptional footballer, it’s a tragedy and his family should know that I pray for him,” said Boateng“I will wear this shirt allShare on: WhatsApp Hot-shot UthMark Uth scored both goals in Hoffenheim’s surprise win over Bayern, then it emerged the 26-year-old nearly left Hoffenheim twice in recent weeks.“It was a wonderful evening for us,” beamed Uth, who scored after a quick throw-in caught out Bayern’s defence before slamming home a cross after the break to seal the 2-0 win in Sinsheim.Uth, also on target in both legs of Hoffenheim’s Champions League play-off defeat to Liverpool last month, is out of contract in June.Before the season started, he nearly signed for ex-club Cologne, according to reports, while Hoffenheim turned down an offer from Serie A.“Three days before the transfer window closed, we had an eight-figure offer from Italy,” Hoffenheim director Alexander Rosen told Bild.“But we’re hedging our bets that he will extend his contract.” Schmelzer sidelined againMarcel Schmelzer will miss Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley after a horror tackle on his right ankle “hurt like hell” in Dortmund’s draw at Freiburg.Midfielder Yoric Ravet earned a red card for a crunching tackle which tore the ligaments in Schmelzer’s right ankle — 27 minutes into his return after suffering the same injury in July.“It hurt like hell, I knew straight away I couldn’t play on,” said Schmelzer, who now faces seven weeks out.To make matters worse, Dortmund defender Marc Bartra could also miss the Spurs match with a groin injury. Cologne fell again. The face Arsenal nextBerlin, Germany | AFP |  Striker Mark Uth was Hoffenheim’s hero in their shock win over Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund’s goalless draw at 10-man Freiburg saw captain Marcel Schmelzer sidelined again.Cologne are rock bottom and in low spirits after three morale-sapping defeats ahead of facing Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday.Volatile midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng showed his compassionate side while a wardrobe malfunction left Wolfsburg’s new forward red-faced.Here are five things we learned from the third round of German Bundesliga matches:Cologne wobble before ArsenalCologne play Arsenal away in Thursday’s Europa League group match with the Germans wobbling after three straight defeats, leaking seven goals and scoring just one.Cologne’s defence was woeful in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Augsburg when Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason hit a hat-trick.“I’ve had a gut full. Everyone is in a bad mood. We have to sort this out as a team,” fumed Cologne midfielder Matthias Lehmann.After a 25-year absence, Cologne are back in Europe and team manager Joerg Schmadtke blames the poor form on pre-match nerves with Arsenal looming.But Cologne have also struggled to replace Anthony Modeste, who netted 25 league goals last season, following his loan move to China.last_img read more


From the ashes of Vichai tragedy, Leicester set for emotional return to action

first_imgA minute’s silence will be observed before kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium and players will wear black armbands in Vichai’s honour.“Playing football has not been on our minds this last week but for this weekend and all matches after we will play to honour and remember a man who did so much for our club,” Puel said.“The result is not important, but our desire to give our best to honour our chairman, that is the most important thing.”As the shrine to Vichai grew bigger by the day, thousands of fans were joined throughout the week by former boss Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester to their Premier League crown, as well as members of Vichai’s family and the club’s players. But they have agreed to play the Premier League fixture in south Wales in a bid to start the healing process. London, United Kingdom | AFP | United in sorrow following the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, grief-stricken Leicester will make an emotional return to action at Cardiff on Saturday.Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium following last Saturday’s match against West Ham.The tragedy rocked the football world, with Leicester’s stunned players joining mourners who turned the King Power into a shrine with flowers and tributes to the charismatic Vichai.With his vast investment and boundless enthusiasm, Vichai was the inspiration for Leicester’s incredible Premier League title triumph as 5,000-1 outsiders in 2016.While results on the pitch pale in comparison to the trauma of Vichai’s death, Claude Puel’s side will play this weekend for the first time since the crash.Tuesday’s League Cup home game against Southampton came too soon for Leicester, who postponed the tie to allow more time for the city to come to terms with the accident.center_img Leicester stars Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy were visibly upset when Vichai’s devastated son Aiyawatt, the Leicester vice-chairman, made his way round the team to shake hands and receive hugs of condolence.Reflecting the sense of shock around a city that benefitted from Vichai’s charitable donations as well as his commitment to the football team, Cliff Ginnetta, chairman of Leicester Supporters’ Club, said: “This has shaken everyone to the core. He was the boss, he was part of the fabric.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more


SANTA ANITA TO AGAIN OFFER FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE CONNECTING GREAT RACE PLACE TO ARCADIA GOLD LINE STATION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will again offer fans free shuttle service connecting The Great Race Place with the Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station beginning opening day of the track’s 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 30.Beginning tomorrow, the Santa Anita shuttle will run on all race days and will operate in conjunction with Arcadia’s Transit Shuttle, providing fans with a non-stop trip to and from Santa Anita.The Santa Anita Shuttle will operate with pickup and drop off service available every 20 minutes, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each racing day.Santa Anita Ambassadors will be available to assist fans who may have questions regarding their visit to Santa Anita.In addition to the Santa Anita Shuttle, the Arcadia Transit Green Line Shuttle, which features stops at Santa Anita, Methodist Hospital, the Westfield Santa Anita Mall and the L.A. County Arboretum, will operate seven days a week from 7:10 a.m. to 6:36 p.m.Regular post times are 12:30 p.m. on weekends and 1 p.m. on weekdays. For closing week post times, please visit santaanita.com. TRACK’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.last_img read more


DD Fitness: Five ways to lose weight without ‘dieting’

first_imgI hate the word dieting. I hate it as much as I hate using the word ‘weight’ when referring to getting lean and dropping bodyfat.But let’s face it, if I had used any other title for the article, the chances of you clicking on it would have gone waaayyyyyy down.So, sometimes you must bend the rules a bit to get what you want.That is exactly what this article is all about. It’s about 5 ways that you can tweak things in your current nutrition to reduce your calorie intake and help yourself to get leaner, burn more fat and lose more ‘weight’.If you want to get in shape for Christmas, our Christmas Countdown Challenge starts on October 29th.If you want to get in shape for the festive season, click the link below and get signed up now.The tips below aren’t special, they have no magical properties and you won’t have to do anything drastic to see some results.The one thing you will have to do however, is try them. You also will have to try them for longer than a week, let’s be realistic here, I’m not giving a diet, I’m showing you how you can implement some small steps so you can see some success, while still eating the same foods you already eat.Let’s get to it;1. DRINK WATER.Yeah, everyone knows that you probably should drink more water throughout the day, (you really should), but that’s not what this is about.It’s about where you will be drinking the water that will help.Right before each meal, drink half a pint to a full pint of water.The water will fill your stomach and make it harder to over eat at that meal.Do this at each meal and you will save some calories from this simple fix.2. USE SMALLER PLATESWe have the tendency to overfill our plates. This wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t have the tendency to also eat everything that is on the plate.Eating less can be disheartening for some as they feel that they are depriving themselves.By using smaller plates when having your meals, you are eliminating this feeling of depravation by ‘tricking’ yourself into thinking that you are having a full plate of food at every meal. You are, but you are eating smaller portions by default. 3. INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN AND VEGETABLE INTAKE.Protein is very hard to overeat, by increasing this you will under-eat on the more calorie dense foods.Increasing your vegetables at each meal will do the same thing.Vegetables are lower in calories than starchy carbs so you can over-eat on vegetables and not worry about going over on your calories.Also, like the water, eating your protein rich foods and your vegetables 1st at each meal will also prevent you from going over on your calories at each meal.You don’t have to change anything, just eat these along with the water and you will find that you are less able to over eat on anything else at that meal.4. SWITCH YOUR DRINKS.You could be taking in excess calories through your fluids without even realising that you are doing it.A simple fix to this is to swap your current drinks for the lower calories options or calorie free options.Switch your milk to semi skimmed or fat free.Switch sugary drinks to their calorie free counterparts.Switch the sugar you add to tea and coffee to calorie free sweeteners.Switch flavoured coffees to regular americanos. 5. INCREASE YOUR NEAT.Your NEAT is the activity that we do throughout the day while not exercising.It usually equates to around 30% of our total calorie burn throughout the day and is always higher than the calories we burn during exercise.The issue at the moment is that we are becoming more sedentary due to our jobs and daily lives being more focused on online activities.So, to combat this, get a step tracker and aim for 10k+ steps per day.This will increase your NEAT and will keep you aware of your inactivity throughout the day.If you struggle with some of the things mentioned above and you find it hard to get motivated to change them, my ‘HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT DIETING’ seminar will teach you everything you need to know to get success with your weight loss without having to turn to restrictive diets.It’s on this Thursday night at 7pm here in Letterkenny.DD Fitness: Five ways to lose weight without ‘dieting’ was last modified: October 18th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Focus on Los Angeles: Will Rivers ruin Raiders in Oakland one more time?

first_imgRaiders fans may not want to hear this, but Philip Rivers is actually a lot like them: He also hates to see the team leaving Oakland.And why wouldn’t he? The 37-year-old has enjoyed more success at the Coliseum than any quarterback in NFL history.Rivers gets one final shot to deliver more pain to the Raiders and their fans when the Chargers visit Thursday night, looking for their fifth straight victory over Oakland.In a stadium where Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath and Bob Griese …last_img read more


Ask.com Puts Shopping Deals Directly in Search

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts In an attempt to provide further incentive to users, Ask.com just launched Ask Deals. The new service already offers more than 1 million discounts from national and local merchants across the country. From clothing sales to restaurant discounts, the IAC search engine is using its search technology to offer savings to its online audiences. Says Ask President Scott Garrell, “Searches for coupons on Ask.com have shot up almost 50% in 2009. With the holidays approaching, we know this service will help us make an impact with our users.” One of Ask’s member prospecting strategies is to target large like-minded communities. In the past the company has reached out to groups like the Nascar and breast cancer communities. Today’s effort targets the deal hunter in a what Garrell describes as a “search stimulus package”. In early August, ReadWriteWeb covered Yahoo’s recent Deals launch. Similar to Yahoo Deals, Ask Deals aggregates coupons and sales in a separate and easy-to-use shopping channel. However, when it comes to search, Yahoo redirects users to the Yahoo Deals page while Ask blends deals directly into standard results. In an effort to save consumers time, Ask also attempts to link directly to coupons and savings that are listed up front. For example, when you search for clothing, deals are listed from best to worst in terms of percentage of discount. From here users can share deals via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Delicious and Digg. Sale news is available to members via the website, email and the Ask Deals Twittter account. Users can also install the Ask Deals homepage skin to see the featured “Deals of the Day”. To install the skin visit Ask.com/skins. center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Tags:#search#web last_img read more