Jamesport Post Master Charged With Theft, Misconduct

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Post Master of the Jamesport U.S. Post Office has been arrested for allegedly stealing from her job, Riverhead Town Police said.Marie Puccio was charged with official misconduct, falsifying business records, grand larceny and petit larceny.The Riverhead News Review reported that she allegedly put down $2,000 worth of hours on her time card that she didn’t actually work over a three-month span.Police said the 52-year-old Rocky Point woman was released without bail following her initial appearance at Riverhead Town Justice Court, where she is due back next month.The investigation originated with the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General’s office, police noted. Representatives for the IG’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.A spokeswoman for the USPS said that Puccio is still employed by the agency, where she has worked since 1987, but could not provide additional details about the case.last_img read more

GOP Says Renomination of Trump to Be Held in Private

first_imgThe GOP has announced a change in this year’s nomination process.The vote to re-nominate President Trump will be conducted in private later this month, and without any members of the news media present.A spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention cites the coronavirus pandemic for restricting press coverage from the Aug. 24 vote in Charlotte, North Carolina.“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed press Friday, August 21 — Monday, August 24,” the RNC convention spokesperson said in a statement Saturday.“We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events,” the spokesperson added.The pandemic has prompted numerous changes to the nominating process. Last month, the president cancelled convention activities that were set to take place in Jacksonville, Florida.Formal proceedings of the Republican National Convention, including the vote to formally nominate Trump as the 2020 GOP nominee, are still expected to take place in Charlotte.The proceedings on the Monday of the convention, including the re-nomination vote, will be live-streamed.Space restrictions mean that not all delegates will attend either. Instead, 336 delegates will there, or one for every six delegates.Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, has called the decision to close convention activities to the press an “an ill-advised decision” and is asking the GOP to “reconsider.” He tweeted: Nominating conventions are typically major media events, as political parties try to gain coverage of the events to spread their message to as many voters as possible.If the GOP’s decision stands, it will mark the first time in modern history that a party nominating convention would be closed to reporters.last_img read more

City League Roundup…Brashear edges Oliver in double OT

first_imgOliver’s Shakeem Cox and Trevon Ken­drick exchanged touchdowns, both receiving and throwing one to each other. A missed two-point conversion on the 10-yard pass that Cox threw in the second overtime was the difference in the game.Schenley 16, Allderdice 0Schenley defeated Allderdice 16-0 at Cupples Stadium last Thursday. “We got beat up,” said Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett. “We had a lot of kids injured but that was no excuse. They dominated us. The kids know that we can’t play like that if we want to compete.”The loss dropped Allderdice from second to third, allowing Brashear to leapfrog over them in the standings. Schenley is on a three-game winning streak.Perry 39, Wheeling Central Catholic 28Perry, who maintains a comfortable lead in the city, got a non-conference win against Wheeling Central Catholic, 39-28. Greg McGhee passed for three touchdowns and also ran for a couple for the Commodores. Chinelo Oparanozie led all rushers for Perry with 116 yards. He also scored on a 34-yard run.Carrick 11, Langley 8 A 20-yard field goal by Carrick’s Robert Fields with under a minute sent Langley to a fourth-place tie with Schenley, setting up an interesting fight in the upcoming stretch run. Carrick also scored on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Henry Myers to Zach Roche.Stephon Faye scored on a 5-yard run for Langley.(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com. D.W. Howze can be reached at [email protected] courier.com.) Brashear 21, Oliver 20, F/2 OTIn the closest game in the City League this year, Oliver fell that short of winning their first game since beating Peabody on Oct. 1. Brashear’s Adam Lynch was sure to prevent that from happening as the Bulls are looking to make yet another post season run. He completed 8 of 20 passes for 106 yards with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Gray and ran for a 10-yard score in the second overtime. Jawanza Bryant added an 8-yard scoring run. END ZONE CELEBRATION—Westinghouse’s Tirrell Harris (52) celebrates his TD after recovering a fumble in the end zone during a game against Peabody Oct. 16. at Cupples Stadium. The Highlanders defeated the Bulldogs 12-6 in the final meeting between the two schools. last_img read more

May rink takes home top prize at Ladies Bonspiel

first_imgThe Kelli May rink of Nelson kept the hardware at home with a win in the A event of the Ladies Bonspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.The May rink, conisting of third Erin May, second Megan May and lead Jade May, combined family forces to capture the Snowpack A event title.Jill Winters, also of Nelson, won the B event title.The Winters rink includes third Marla Dreher, second Allison Sutherland and lead Marcie Stefiuk. The B event is sponsored bhy Whitewater Ski Resort.The Lisa Nevakshonoff rink of Castlegar took home the Sears Nelson C event crown.The rink includes third Ami Anderson, seond Joanne Fenner and lead Jen Geddes.The theme of the bonspiel was Give My Regards to Broadway.The teams came out in full force during Saturday’s constume banquet.last_img

Can Psychology Figure Out Humans?

first_imgPsychology is often considered a soft science.  Anything they pronounce one year is likely to be modified or overturned the next.    A few years ago (and still in some quarters), self-esteem was all the rage (now fading, though; see 05/12/2003).  We should be assertive and confident, we were told, and make our feelings known.  Two recent reports might place more value on self-restraint.    Last month Science Daily reported, for instance, that it’s OK to keep your feelings to yourself.  “Contrary to popular notions about what is normal or healthy, new research has found that it is okay not to express one’s thoughts and feelings after experiencing a collective trauma, such as a school shooting or terrorist attack.”  Many teachers and school counselors may feel a jolt at that idea.  Don’t the psychological counselors rush in after every disaster to help students express their feelings?  Might it be possible in some cases that such a response does more harm than good?    On July 1, a report on Science Daily warned about the perils of overconfidence.  A French psychologist tested subjects with a computer game and tried to measure the effect of overconfidence on their reactions.  His research “suggested” a pretty far-reaching conclusion: “Overconfidence is not limited to the realm of subjective beliefs and cognitive judgments but appears instead to reflect a general characteristic of human decision making.”  Is such a conclusion warranted by one little artificial test?  Can psychologists really find the sweet spot between underconfidence and overconfidence for all possible personalities in all possible situations?The usefulness of psychology as a science is very limited.  Some findings about memorization and learning methods have value, but any time they try to generalize about human nature, psychologists are right about as often as the proverbial broken clock.  The field is replete with discredited theories, contradictory speculations, and outright scandals (Freud, Jung).  Some of its teachings are indistinguishable from those of cults.  Who needs these guys?    The rational animal is far too complex for a science of the soul.  If lab rats under controlled conditions do what they darn well please (the Harvard Law), how much more people who can choose to deceive and mislead a researcher?  There are no scientific laws in this field anything as rigorous as the law of gravity.  You are likely to have far better luck figuring out how to interact with your fellow humans with good old folk psychology: the kind we learn growing up.  We learn by experience how to judge one another’s inner mental states, to anticipate what they will say or do, to empathize with what they are feeling.  We assume, without proof, that our fellow humans are rational entities, not just Pavlovian responders to neural states (see 06/21/2008, bullet 3), despite what the cognitive neuroscientists tell us.  In terms of explanatory power and practical utility, folk psychology has a pretty impressive track record over professional psychology.  It is arguably just as scientific.    Best of all is to get your anthropology from the operator’s manual.  Only the Maker understands how humans are put together.  First, we need to get reconnected to the power source.  The Bible says we are like walking dead needing life, rebels needing to lay down our arms, fools in need of wisdom, sinners in need of redemption (Romans 3).  Christ’s sacrificial work, accepted by faith, pays our debt, resurrects us back to spiritual life and imputes His righteousness to us.  Then, the Bible’s instruction manual, such as the Proverbs of Solomon and teachings of Jesus Christ (e.g., Sermon on the Mount – but don’t stop there) and the writings of Paul, James, John and the other apostles are the textbook for living.  The Bible is loaded with real, practical principles on all aspects of life.  It comes with numerous case studies.  No other source of soul-ology (psychology) has the Creator’s imprint on it.  Why would you go anywhere else?  The sweet spot for confidence is right there: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

House members call to end Thailand pork ban

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Virachai Plasai, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, calling for the removal of restrictions on imports of U.S. farm products, including pork.The bipartisan letter — signed by 44 members and sponsored by Reps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Ron Kind, D-Wis. — points out that if Thailand does not make “significant progress” on removing its import restrictions, the United States may suspend some of its trade benefits. The letter came after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week agreed with a request from NPPC to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because of that country’s failure to provide access to its market for U.S. products, including pork.The National Pork Producers Council is urging the Trump administration to withdraw or limit the benefits Thailand receives under the preferential trade program, which gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the United States. The program allows for removal of a country’s benefits if it fails to provide the United States “equitable and reasonable access” to its market. To read the House letter, click here.last_img read more

Just 2 games in, Cruz proving to be a perfect fit for TNT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s only been two games, but Jericho Cruz looks like he has found a new home in TNT.After having a solid debut for the KaTropa last Wednesday, the 27-year-old was at it again, this time punishing the Phoenix defense on his way to 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in a 118-97 victory for the last quarterfinals slot.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re just having fun,” he shared. “We help each other up, we’re pushing each other. Especially kuya Jayson who is vocal to us. All I want is to help the team because I’m really happy to be here right now.”Cruz also acknowledged that it’s not just all fun and games especially with a quarterfinal duel against San Miguel set on Tuesday.“As we all know, San Miguel is the number one team right now, especially if it’s in the all-Filipino because nobody can guard June Mar (Fajardo),” he said. “But for us, we’ll just gonna help each other out. We’re just excited to play, try to put up a show, and help the team win.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Castro, TNT unfazed ahead of quarters duel vs top seed SMB It was a perfect encore just days after he posted 17 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in a 101-75 blowout of NLEX.And Cruz only has one man to thank for his early success.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just want to thank coach Nash for giving me all the trust. That’s big for me because without him, I wouldn’t be in this position right now,” he said.Cruz has put his past behind him as he moved forward from the mid-conference trade that saw him go from Rain or Shine to TNT. And in his two-week stay, the former Adamson guard has made strides joining his new backcourt partners like Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and RR Garcia. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

Super Coaches Seeking Scotland Success

first_imgAnd it’s just around the corner. The 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup will be contested from Wednesday, 22 June to Sunday, 26 June 2011 at the University of Edinburgh playing fields, Peffermill, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Australia will be one of over 25 countries taking part in the event. Representing your country isn’t an honour that comes around every day and for the seven Australian teams plus the referees contingent that will travel to Edinburgh, they are about to embark on one of the highlights of their sporting careers. Behind every good team is the mastermind – the coach that spends hours upon hours strategising and working on their team’s game plan. Three of the best in the business will line up as the coaches of the Australian Open teams in Scotland. The Australian Women’s Open team will be coached by Kerry Norman, Bernie Morrison will coach the Mixed Open team, while Tony Trad will coach the Australian Men’s Open team. World Cups have been a regular occurrence for Australian Women’s Open coach, Kerry Norman. She has attended every World Cup apart from one, in 1991 – the year she had her son, Peter. Norman played in the first ever World Cup in the Australian Women’s Open side in 1988 before playing in the Women’s 30’s division at the 1995 and 1997 (Masters) World Cups. She became the assistant coach of the Women’s Open division for the 1999 World Cup, while she also played in the Women’s 30’s division. She was again the assistant coach for the 2003 World Cup before taking over the reigns as Women’s Open coach in 2007. History is a big motivator for Norman and instilling this knowledge into her Women’s Open team is paramount. Learning where the team has come from and how it got there is something Norman makes sure her team knows about before running out in the Australian colours.  “We have this saying that ‘you’re standing on the shoulders of the ones that have been before you,’ and so there’s a big tradition there as well so you’ve just got to build on what’s gone before you. We’ve had players come and speak to us about what it means to them to represent Australia. You look around and you’ve had the opportunity to play against players that you’ve always admired and respected and now you just become a part of this great big Australian family and it’s such an honour. And you don’t want to let down the people that have gone before you either,” Norman said. Norman says that seeing the tradition continue and seeing the pride and respect her team has for the players that have come before them is an honour. She couldn’t be more proud of the amount of pride her team has for representing their country. “It means the world to them, the sacrifices that you see them make, the things that they’ve gone without because it costs money for Touch. Some of them don’t even own their own car because they are spending their money on Touch, some could have had their own house by now, they could be going out with their friends but they are off training, so many sacrifices,” she said. The foundation the Australian Women’s Open team has created is one of the great stories in the sport. In 22 years, and across six World Cups, they have never lost a game in the event. This is something Norman and her team are hoping to continue, but it’s not a statistic they think about too often.“I try not to think about it. But there’s got to be a first somewhere along the line, let’s just hope it’s not this time!” Norman said. For Australia Mixed Open coach, Bernie Morrison, the 2011 World Cup will be a new experience. It’s his first World Cup as the coach of the division and he is looking forward to the challenge. New Zealand defeated Australia in the Mixed Open division at the 2007 World Cup and while Morrison has guided Australia to two Trans Tasman wins since then, he knows that winning the 2011 event won’t be an easy task. “We’re feeling pretty good. We are on track but we’ve got lots and lots of work to do so we’ll be working hard to make sure we are ready for a long tournament at the World Cup with lots of fast improving teams,” Morrison said. “At some point, probably in the round games, we’ll get to play New Zealand who are the World Cup champions and we’ll have to adjust to a new New Zealand team as I’m sure they are working hard on getting their team together for the World Cup so we’ll have to be ready for that.”The opportunity to coach the Mixed side at the World Cup is an exciting prospect for Morrison, one that he says is ‘a wonderful honour to be able to lead a wonderful group of people’.“It’s probably the best fun job in the coaching world to coach Mixed at an international level because all of the players are so good at what they do and also value the opportunity to socialise both on and off the field not only with each other but also against the teams we play against. I think that’s one of the highlights of Mixed at any international tournament.”“It’s a great honour, it’s an honour to be coach of the national team and we’ll do our best to serve our country proud.”Morrison says that while his team loves wearing the green and gold jersey, they understand that they have a responsibility to leave a legacy of strong performance behind. “They are minding that jersey for the next generation so they’re mindful that they are setting the standards for that jersey to continue. When they hand that jersey on the new person that comes into the jersey has a lot to live up to, they are really the standards that each player and the entire group sets for ourselves. It’s no different to any Australian national team, we’re all the same. But everyone sees the jersey as a wonderful opportunity,” Morrison said. The 2011 World Cup marks the fourth World Cup appearance for Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad. After coaching the Lebanon Men’s Open side and being the assistant coach for the Australian Senior Mixed team at the 1999 World Cup, coaching the Australian Mixed Open side to their win in 2003 in Japan and guiding the Australian Men’s Open team to their 2007 World Cup win, Trad is looking forward to yet another appearance in the green and gold in Scotland.  While four years seems like a long time between each World Cup, Trad says the time between 2007 and now has gone very quickly. “I think part of that has been because we now have a full time international calendar with the Trans Tasman every year so you’re not just focussed on the World Cup, you are focussed on a particular Trans Tasman coming up and then as soon as you’ve got that done, it’s another Trans Tasman but all the while you’re still looking at the World Cup. It feels like just last year that we were in South Africa, I can’t believe it’s been four years,” Trad said.  A veteran in the Australian coaching ranks, Trad says that representing Australia at the World Cup is one of the proudest moments of his life and this is something he is trying to instil into his squad in the lead up to Scotland. “I never get sick of listening to the national anthem. A lot of people get excited at international tournaments in Touch because they get to watch the Haka and while that’s fantastic and it’s a great part of our tradition I get excited because I get to stand there and sing the national anthem before the battle. To me, it’s everything, it’s one of the proudest moments you’ll ever have to represent your country,” he said. “I think one of the things that I really instil in my players when they are representing Australia is the sense of pride and what it means to be an Australian. I think that’s the same feeling and the same questions that you ask a lot of Australian athletes, not just in Touch. I always talk about what’s the difference between an Australian Touch player and some of the highlighted and well known athletes like Ricky Ponting or Stephanie Rice or Ian Thorpe or these other great athletes that represent their country. The truth is that the commitment and the passion and the desire to represent your country in your chosen sport is the same, the only real difference is that they get paid and get a lot of things paid for, and while it’s great, what does it say about the commitment and the desire of the Australian Touch player who has to play and pay? That’s a big wrap for our athletes that we actually have to pay but we still get there and have that desire and commitment, it’s harder for us than others. I really want to instil that that’s pretty much the guts and the sacrifice it takes to represent this great country.”Trad says that while his team takes a lot of pride in their jersey, he teaches them that it’s about more than just the colour of the shirt that they are wearing. “They cherish it very much because they know how hard it is and how hard they’ve worked and for every player that is there, there is probably 100 that want to be there. A lot of people talk about the shirt and ‘the people that wore number 10,  the people that wore number seven and the people that wore number four’ Australian shirt, and they put too much emphasis on the shirt. I think what’s more important is the man that makes the shirt, not the shirt that makes the man. It’s those players, whether they are current or former, that have done a great honour to our country that makes the shirts important, not the other way around,” Trad said. Heading into his fourth World Cup doesn’t make the job any easier for Trad but he has learnt plenty of things along the way that have helped make him such a great coach. “You get a bit more experienced and you learn not to panic as much and to focus on the right things more often but the one thing about being in so many World Cups is I’ve noticed over the years is that greater expectations of you and your team and performance, people expect more, people want more, the game has changed and of course, if you continue to be successful, the pressure gets greater. Eventually you may not be as successful as people think and of course, we keep bringing young kids into this game who are younger and younger so your work is harder because you have to put an old head on a young shoulders. It doesn’t get any easier, there’s just different challenges, that’s all,” he said.last_img read more