Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island voters are casting their ballots for the next president Tuesday, but authorities are on heightened alert this Election Day following a reported threat of a terrorist attack at polling places.Despite the threat, voters are expected to turn out in force to decide not only the next occupant of the White House, but also the Congressional and New York State legislative representatives. In addition to authorities keeping an eye out for voter intimidation and other irregularities, Nassau and Suffolk police both ramped up patrols at the polls in response to the threat, however minimal is may be.“Although there is currently no credible threat to Suffolk County, I want to ensure the community that our officers have been instructed to closely monitor polling locations in order to protect our residents as they exercise their constitutional right to vote,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, who noted that both uniformed and plainclothes offices will be monitoring activity at the polls.Law enforcement agencies throughout the region and nationwide are taking similar steps. Both Nassau and Suffolk police said they’ll be monitoring social media as well as coordinating with federal, state and local authorities. They urge anyone who spots suspicious activity to call 911.The scare follows a particularly hostile campaign season, as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton—who’s vying to become the nation’s first female president—and her Republican rival, Donald Trump each accused one another of lying and being unfit to be president. Trump also repeatedly said the election system is “rigged” against him, suggesting—without evidence—widespread voter fraud. But now that the campaign is over and regardless of the threats, voters in Nassau and Suffolk are making their choices.“I think the Clintons are completely dishonest,” John D’Angelo said outside of an East Islip polling station. “I think Trump can put us on a better path. I believe in his campaign.”Some voters were less optimistic.“I don’t think it’s going to make too much of a difference,” Joan, 85, who declined to give her last name, said outside of an Islip polling station, where she was “too embarrassed” to say for whom she cast her vote.Some voters went against their party.“I’m a republican but there was no way I was voting for Trump,” said Robert, 52, of East Meadow, who declined to give his last name. “He is the least qualified and least prepared candidate of all time.”Republicans weren’t alone in ditching their party’s nominee.“Up until I went in there, I didn’t know who I was voting for,” 64-year-old Mary Ann Jennings, a Democrat who voted Trump, said outside of a Levittown polling station.Another voter at the same polls said he voted Democratic because he was concerned about “voter suppression.”“It scares the all out of me,” said Doug, 59, who didn’t give his last name. “It’s been a rather toxic and poisonous” race, he added.The New York State Attorney General’s office urged voters experiencing problems or issues at the polls to call their hotline at 800-771-7755 or email [email protected] at any time when the polls are open Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Voters complaining of possible election law violations can also call local federal prosecutors at 718-254-6323 or the FBI’s New York City office at 212-384-1000.-With Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi and Natalie Coloprisco
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) — Assad Fudadin struck a half-century in his first game of the season while Raymon Reifer gathered his second and 10th overall, as Guyana Jaguars batted the entire second day to eke out a small lead over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here Saturday.At the close, Jaguars were 246 for eight in the seventh round contest of the Regional four-day championship, with Fudadin having top-scored with 57 and Reifer unbeaten on exactly 50.Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo scored 39 while Veerasammy Permaul got 24 and Vishaul Singh, 22.Pacer Marlon Richards was the best bowler with four for 34 while off-spinner Bryan Charles supported with three for 70.Heading into day three at Queen’s Park Oval, tournament leaders Jaguars lead by 44 runs.Resuming the day on 38 for one in response to Red Force’s disappointing 202 all out on Friday’s opening day, Jaguars were inspired mainly through three partnerships.The left-handed Fudadin, returning to the side after missing the opening six games, struck nine fours in a knock lasting 135 balls and just over 2-1/2 hours while Bishoo counted five fours off 131 deliveries in a shade over three hours at the crease.Both perished as Jaguars lost three wickets for 13 runs in the space of 53 balls but the in-form Reifer took control of the innings to anchor two solid partnerships and keep the two-time defending champions ahead of the game.First, he put on 47 for the sixth wicket with Vishaul to put Jaguars in touching distance of their target before adding a further 42 for the eighth wicket with Permaul, to build a lead for his side.The left-handed Reifer has so far faced 126 deliveries in a little over 2-1/2 hours at the crease and struck six boundaries. RED FORCE 1st innings 202Jaguars 1st Innings(overnight 38 for one)S Hetmyer c Pierre b Charles 15R Chandrika c Cariah b Richards 17D Bishoo c wkp Katwaroo b Richards 39A Fudadin c & b Charles 57*L Johnson c wkp Katwaroo b Richards 7V Singh c Mohammed b Pierre 22R Reifer not out 50+A Bramble lbw b Charles 4V Permaul lbw b Richards 24R Shepherd not out 1Extras (b8, w1, nb1) 10TOTAL (8 wkts 100 overs) 246Fall of wicket: 1-27, 2-47, 3-136, 4-144, 5-149, 6-196, 7-201, 8-243.To bat: K Paul.Bowling: Richards 20-9-34-4, Philip 5-1-25-0, Charles 31-8-70-3, Imran Khan 18-0-63-0, Pierre 11-0-29-1, Mohammed 15-5-17-0.Position: Jaguars lead by 44 runs. read more
After shooting poorly earlier in the week against Virginia, Wisconsin found a way to right the ship at home Sunday afternoon.Behind a 51.7 percent shooting effort from the field and a 14-0 run in the first half, Wisconsin (5-3) gave California (6-1) its first loss of the year, stomping the Golden Bears 81-56 in front of an announced crowd of 16,596 fans at the Kohl Center.Leading the Badgers in an all-around effort was the solid play of Ben Brust, as the junior guard led all UW players in scoring with a team-high 22 points. Brust showed a little bit of everything against the Bears with his high-energy play, connecting on three of his six attempts from three-point range while also making a few circus layups.Rounding out the offensive effort for the Badgers were the double-figure scoring efforts of Jared Berggren (18), Ryan Evans (13) and Sam Dekker (10).It was a redeeming game on the boards for Wisconsin, which dropped a disappointing game at home to the Virginia Cavaliers Wednesday after shooting just 38 percent from the floor.“There were a lot of the same looks; it’s just a matter of stepping up to the plate, being a man and finishing the play,” Brust said of the difference between the two games. “It was good that the looks were there again; we just have to finish throughout the year.”Brust’s 9-for-13 shooting performance from the field exemplified the guard’s strong shot selection on clean, open looks – save for one circus layup and a three-pointer from three steps past half-court.“I watched him as a junior and senior in high school trying to recruit him,” California head coach Mike Montgomery said. “Ben’s a deep shooter; we talked about the fact that you could not let him stand and shoot it deep on the catch and we obviously did not heed that.”Wisconsin’s defense did a solid job containing Cal, outrebounding its adversary 36-30 and forcing 23 turnovers. The Badgers scored 25 points off the turnovers, the final difference between the two teams on the scoreboard.But even though the margin of victory was large, the play of Wisconsin remained far from perfect.The team struggled to keep 2012 first team all-Pac-12 guard Allen Crabbe from scoring as he pleased. Crabbe – who entered the game leading the Pac-12 in scoring at 22 per game – dropped 25 on the Badgers behind an 8-for-15 shooting performance.The Badgers did manage to hold the Pac-12’s second leading scorer, junior guard Justin Cobbs, to just 11 points, well below his season average of 20.Two areas where the program has excelled under head coach Bo Ryan, free throws and turnovers, were both lacking in Sunday’s game as well.The team shot just 14-for-25 from the charity stripe, a measly 56 percent, with freshman sensation Dekker going 1-for-4 and Evans 3-for-6.“In a game like this we had more free throws,” Ryan said. “There are certain guys you want on the free throw line more than others. On the turnovers … you have to live with it because (the game’s) already been played. But, can you do that night in and night out against teams that don’t extend out that much? No, you can’t end up with that many.”Finding major minutes for Wisconsin off the bench again was freshman guard Zak Showalter. Showalter, whose father played for Ryan at UW-Platteville, continued to show tough-nosed play on defense Sunday, registering five points, three assists and a steal.With Ryan still shuffling his starting lineup at the point guard position between George Marshall and Traevon Jackson, Showalter once again provided critical depth off the bench for Wisconsin.“He plays the game with a passion,” Ryan said. “Like it matters to him, he cares, he wants to make something good happen. And he’s a spark plug, especially defensively at times. He’s a guy that has to give us good minutes.”The Bears kept it close for just five minutes, holding a one-point lead until a layup by sophomore big man Frank Kaminsky made the score 7-6, as the Badgers orchestrated a 14-0 run that lasted more than four minutes.Although Cal’s defensive pressure helped bring the deficit down to just 11 points in the opening minute of the second half, three-straight points from Evans and a three-pointer from Berggren provided the water to extinguish any proverbial fire the Bears tried to start.“I know Bo Ryan’s teams well enough to know what you’re going to get when you come here,” Montgomery said. “When Virginia came in here and beat them we were going to get them at their best in terms of their effort and physicality. … I’m disappointed we lost our poise and didn’t compete.”Follow Nick on Twitter read more
Three matches of 2nd pre-round of BiH handball Cup were played, and Bosna, Krivaja and Čapljina were victorious.HC ”Bosna” defeated ”Leotar” from Trebinje with 27:26; HC ”Krivaja” defeated ”Gradačac” with 37:30, and ”Čapljina” defeated Kakanj 39:28.The continuation of 16th round of BiH handball Championship is to continue next weekend.
MASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of a vandalism spree throughout the community has pleaded not guilty. The Mason City Police Department says they arrested 36-year-old Bill Grouette Junior on August 25th and charged him with second-degree criminal mischief. Police say Grouette is suspected of spray painting and writing on the walls and windows of various businesses in the downtown area during the month of August. Grouette on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the second-degree criminal mischief charge, which is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Grouette’s trial is scheduled to start on October 29th. read more