Humpback Whale Found Dead in Lloyd Harbor

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-foot female humpback whale that was found dead in Lloyd Harbor over the weekend may have died of blunt force trauma, marine biologists said.Huntington town bay constables towed the whale, which was found floating 150 yards offshore near Woodland Drive, to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Eatons Neck, where experts performed a necropsy Sunday, experts said.“There is evidence of blunt force trauma on the right side of the whale’s body,” said Rachel Bosworth, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. “It will take several weeks for the exact cause of death to be determined.”This is the seventh large whale that has washed up in New York this year, five of which were humpback whales.The whale is likely one of those seen swimming within the last six weeks near Hempstead Harbor, Bosworth noted.The Riverhead Foundation asks that anyone who has images of the tail, chin or dorsal fin of the recently spotted whales call them at 631-369-9840 or email images to [email protected] These will be extremely helpful in identifying the deceased whale, the group said.The group also reminded the boating public to stay at least 50 feet away from all marine animals, for the safety of the public and the animals. To report a sighting to the Riverhead Foundation, call 631-369-9829.last_img read more

Kaboul set for comeback

first_img Kaboul has not played since the opening day of the season when he aggravated a knee injury which had also kept him out of the European Championship. The 27-year-old, who was Tottenham’s most consistent centre-back last season, underwent surgery and was initially expected to be out for four months, but he has struggled in his rehabilitation from the injury. The Frenchman will get a chance to prove his fitness, however, as he is understood to be in the Under-21 squad that will face the Hammers at Upton Park. Should he come through that match, the former Portsmouth man could be in contention for Tottenham’s away trip to Basle on Thursday, although a more realistic comeback game would be the club’s game against Manchester City on April 21. Press Associationcenter_img Younes Kaboul looks set to make his long-awaited return from injury in Tottenham’s Under-21 match against West Ham on Monday night. last_img read more

Syracuse’s Howard Washington out for remainder of season with right leg injury

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ ATLANTA — Point guard Howard Washington will miss the remainder of the season with a right leg injury, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after a loss to Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.Boeheim declined to provide more specifics. This essentially leaves Syracuse with two guards — sophomore Tyus Battle and redshirt junior Frank Howard.When asked in the locker room after the game for his thoughts on Washington’s situation, starting point guard Frank Howard said, “It hurts me just as much as it hurts him. I went through it in high school, so I’ll be in his ear.”Howard missed all of his junior year at Paul VI Catholic (Virginia) High School when he tore the ACL in his left knee.Washington was lightly recruited coming out of high school in Buffalo but became an integral role player for the Orange when graduate transfer combo guard Geno Thorpe quit the team in early December because he was frustrated with a lack of playing time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWashington spelled Battle and Howard, who lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in minutes per game played, and both guards have previously spoken of the enormity of Washington’s minutes in a rough conference schedule. Washington was injured at practice on Monday. While running during a drill, he fell and laid on the ground for more than five minutes, a team source told The Daily Orange.On Tuesday, Washington left the trainer’s room during practice on crutches with a large brace on his right leg.“It’s tough to see because we know he worked hard,” Battle said. “He was always in the gym late night shooting the ball. He’s been playing so much better, shooting the ball better as the season went on. It’s tough to see him go down like that. I wish him the best and for a speedy recovery.”In 18 games this season, Washington averaged 1.1 points and 0.6 assists per contest. His largest contributions were the breaks and increased ball movement he provided.Next in line after Washington is junior transfer guard Braedon Bayer. Bayer, who received a scholarship earlier this season after Thorpe quit, came from Division III Grinnell College and has played three minutes this season.“Braedon’s pretty good,” Boeheim said. “I should’ve probably used him tonight, the way we ended up playing. He’s not bad. He can go in and play for us here and there.”Still, the Orange are forced to rely on another unproven presence as the schedule ratchets up in difficulty when SU needs wins, particularly on the road, most. Just when Syracuse felt comfortable with Washington, it no longer has him.“He’s a great kid,” Howard said. “He’s going to work hard. He’s going to come back better than this. It sucks that he has to miss the rest of the season because you know how much work he puts in. We’re ready to support him.” Comments Published on January 31, 2018 at 11:07 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Heat might be stuck with Dion Waiters

first_imgThat stance hasn’t changed, as the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported this week the Heat can’t find a “palatable trade scenario” for Waiters. The 27-year-old isn’t a high-value asset considering he hasn’t played more than 46 games in any of  last three seasons with the Heat and the fact that he is due nearly $25 million through 2021.Waiters, who has averaged 14.0 points and 3.6 assists as a member of the Heat, found himself behind two-way player Chris Silva and Miami lifer Udonis Haslem ahead of the team’s game against the Nuggets on Tuesday. Considering the Heat are off to a 5-2 start with a number of intriguing options at guard — Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, Justise Winslow — president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra might be hesitant to bring Waiters back into the fold and risk ruining chemistry.The Heat could ultimately decide it is better to play Waiters to increase his trade value, but it would not be surprising to see Waiters stuck on his own little island as the Heat continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings. Any takers out there for a veteran shooting guard in exile? Anyone?Dion Waiters has yet to suit up for the Heat through seven games. He was suspended for the season opener because of a “number of unacceptable incidents,” but he has remained inactive following the punishment. It’s possible this relationship has reached the point of no return, so is it time for Miami to execute a trade? NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020: Knicks pick star guard at No. 1One problem here — there is no interest in Waiters.”[The Heat have] been trying to trade him since last Christmas,” one NBA general manager told Sean Deveney of prior to the start of the 2019-20 regular season. “No one was trying to take him on then. After this kind of thing, it would be really hard to take him on now. He has had this kind of junk attached to him just about his whole career.”last_img read more

Hand of God Is Not Nebulous

first_img(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An exploded star that resembles a giant hand provides opportunity to discuss theology and intelligent design.Nobody is claiming that the nebula surrounding pulsar PSR B1509-58 is supernatural, even though it has been dubbed the “Hand of God” because of its vague resemblance to a human hand.  Still, could it be argued that God had a “hand” in its creation indirectly?Nebulae subject to nearby supernova blasts commonly have “fingers” of dust and gas eroded by the pressure.  The image of the nebula taken by the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR was reported by Science Daily and Live Science.  The latter explained,The Hand of God is an example of pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of perceiving familiar shapes in random or vague images. Other common forms of pareidolia include seeing animals or faces in clouds, or the man in the moon. Despite its supernatural appearance, the Hand of God was produced by natural astrophysical phenomena.But this pareidolia was not named by religious leaders; it was named by secular astronomers who, for the most part, are naturalists, attributing the workings of the the cosmos to material causes.  It would take a nutty person of any stripe to think God (if He exists) has human-like hands located in a small part of this vast universe.  What, though, about seeing “the hand of God” as a metaphor for divine action in the origin and maintenance of the universe?  Perhaps WND had the best take on that.  The article refers to the many scientists from Isaac Newton onward who considered the universe as a manifestation of intelligent design.  Arthur Robinson told WND, “Scientists during most of history have recognized that the vast natural beauty they are privileged to see and study could only have been the product of an awesome Creator.”  In this sense, the hand of God that ordained the laws of physics is a hidden hand behind this nebula, just as it is for everything in the universe.As for the claim that man can explain the universe by “natural astrophysical phenomena,” reality often challenges such confidence.  Astronomers just found an object that defies description.  Astrobiology Magazine wrestled with an observation that “may challenge traditional understandings about how planets and stars form.”  It’s too small to be a star, but the two leading theories for planet formation – core accretion and disk instability – seem inadequate to explain it.Even those who believe God had a “hand” in the origin of the universe need to confront the follow-on question: was the cosmic clockmaker a deistic God who wound it up and let it run on its own, or is He personally involved?  Theistic evolutionists need to face all the problems we routinely point out in these pages with evolutionary theory, not the least of which is the origin of the human spirit, with its consciousness, conscience, and free will.  Deny that those are creations from the direct “hand of God” after the stars were made, and you abandon all hope to know anything is true, including all of science.The Bible uses the metaphor of the hand of God often.  A hand is a symbol of action: the instrument of a personal will.  While denying that God (who is a spirit) has human-like body parts, the Bible frequently speaks of God leading Israel with His strong right arm, holding His children in His hand, and crushing the wicked with His fist.  It would make an interesting Bible study project to examine all the metaphorical references to the hand of God.  In many places the hand of the Lord is associated with creation: e.g., Isaiah 41:20, “that they may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.”At times, God did have literal human hands.  In the many theophanies (human manifestations of God’s presence) of the Old Testament, God appeared in human form (the “Angel of the Lord”) to Adam, Abraham, and others.  It was for their sake, not His, since He never ceases to be omnipresent and omnipotent.  The last and most important of these was the birth of Jesus Christ, Creator of all, as a baby in a manger with tiny infant hands.  As He grew throughout the stages of normal human life and development (to be tempted in all points as we are), He used His hands as a carpenter, as a teacher, and as a gentle shepherd to hold little children and touch the eyes of the blind.  To become our merciful High Priest, He took nails in His hands, was crucified, buried and raised again for our salvation.  “Doubting Thomas” beheld His nail-pierced hands, exclaiming, “my Lord and my God!” (John 20:27-28).Now the hand of God, in Christ, knocks at the door of each person’s heart.  “If any man opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).  See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking (Hebrews 12:25).  Peter said, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (I Peter 5:6).Though Jesus is not present bodily with us in this epoch, having ascended to the right hand of God the Father in heaven (I Peter 3:22), the hand of God can be manifest today through human hands (not that He is served by human hands, Acts 17:25).  The human hand is a wonderfully designed tool that could not have evolved by natural processes.  Its design proclaims clearly: God is not a distant deity, but a personal Being, involved in our lives, reaching out with abundant mercy and compassion toward the lost, ready to assist those who call upon Him.  Our hands can be instruments of His will, sharing His mercy, compassion, and instruction to a world in desperate need of the hand of God.last_img read more

Budget 2017 infographic: Where does the money come from? How will it be spent?

first_imgThe lion’s share of South Africa’s 2017 Budget will be spent on basic education – some R243-billion, or around 15.5% of total spending. But where does the money come from? And what are the government’s other spending priorities? Our handy infographic explains.The main sources of money the government spends are taxes and levies.Tough economic conditions have reduced the amount of taxes that will be collected in 2017/18.In order to sustain its spending priorities, the government has proposed raising additional tax revenue mainly from personal income tax and dividend withholding tax. As a result, some, R1.3-trillion is expected to be collected in 2017/18.Here’s a quick overview of where the money comes from, and how it will be spent.Click the image to enlarge.Words: Mary AlexanderDesign: Jae BritsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Expert Advice Series: TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration (ACD).

first_img Question: Would you please give more detail and clarify what is involved in the 2-year review?Advice: Every two years from the initial authorization, the Managed Care Support Contractors (MCSC) conduct a clinical review to review clinical necessity for continued ABA services under the ACD. The clinical review takes into account the beneficiary’s current ASD status and treatment needs, to include progress towards meeting ABA treatment objectives and goals, referring provider input and parent/caregiver input. Outcome measures will be required at baseline and every two years as part of the ‘every two-year review’ once the revised ACD policy goes into effect in January 2017. Three outcome measures will be required: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd edition (ADOS-2), the appropriate Wechsler Intelligence Scale, and the Vineland 3 which is a global measure of functioning. In a recent webinar entitled “TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration” participants were provided an overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), in addition to advice for service providers and military families on how best to assist beneficiaries under the Autism Care Demonstration (ACD).Question: What training are you requiring pediatricians providing services at military medical facilities to heave in terms of understanding Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the challenged of the referral system?Advice: Pediatricians are educated in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as part of their medical educational training. Pediatrician state licensure includes the scope of practice to diagnose ASD. The education and training of developmental pediatricians and behavioral-developmental pediatricians includes specialized education and training on the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders, to include ASD. This is why the Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) diagnosing provider within two years of diagnosis by a Primary Care Manager (pediatricians, family medicine and internal medicine physicians). Specialized ASD diagnosing providers under TRICARE includes developmental pediatricians, doctoral level licensed clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, child neurologist and doctors of nursing practice meeting certain criteria. Expert: Theresa A. Hart, RNC MS, Nurse Consultant/Program Manager, Perinatal, Pediatrics and Special Medical Programs Defense Health Agency Clinical Support DivisionFor more advice from Ms. Hart, watch and listen to the professional development training on TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) or download our Questions and Response page from this webinar.This blog series provides advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on January 6, 2017.last_img read more

5 cyclists pull out of CWG

first_imgCGF chief Michael Fenell with OC chief Suresh KalmadiDesperate measures to set things right at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village in Delhi is yet to inspire confidence among international athletes who continue to pull out. Five leading cyclists have opted out of the October event. They include Welsh world and Olympic champion Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ben Swift and Ian Stannard of the UK and former world champion Greg Henderson. The athletes have decided to skip the Games because of health and safety concerns.  After complaints by advance teams of some contingents, the images of filth at the Games Village published in the international media have further hit the athletes’ confidence. Henderson of New Zealand said there were “too many risks” in going to Delhi while the performance director of British Cycling said their riders had pull out on their own.last_img read more