June 14, 2021

Do foreign media regulations apply in Henan province ?

first_img to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders urges the Chinese government to rein in the authorities in the central province of Henan, where a reporter for a US national newspaper was arrested and a Belgian TV crew were arrested and beaten in separate incidents in the past five days.”The regulations that grant foreign journalists freedom of movement and freedom to interview are supposed to apply throughout China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities in Henan clearly have no desire to respect the law. We call for an investigation into these two incidents and for compensation for the Belgian TV reporter whose equipment was damaged or stolen.”The Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) is aware of 177 cases of foreign journalists being obstructed in the course of their work since the start of the year.British journalist Peter Ford, the Beijing correspondent of the American Christian Science Monitor daily, and his assistant were covering a prayer meeting at the home of a member of an underground Protestant church in Nanyang, Henan, on 28 November when about 15 police officers accompanied by local representatives of the foreign ministry and Bureau of Religious Affairs burst in.A dozen members of the church were held for a few hours. The pastor whom Ford had interviewed the day before was arrested and held for a day in a hotel. Ford and his assistant were arrested and questioned for three hours before being taken to an airport and got their flight back to Beijing.The day before, Belgian reporter Tom Van de Weghe of Flemish public TV station VRT, his Australian cameraman and his Belgian assistant were in Henan province doing a report on AIDS in China when they were attacked and robbed by eight men recruited by the Henan provincial authorities, VRT said.The eight men intercepted them while they were on their way to a village and demanded that they surrender the videotape of interviews they had already done. The crew handed over videocassettes after being hit. Their assailants also took money, microphones and batteries.VRT has demanded an apology and compensation. The Belgian government has asked the Chinese authorities for an explanation. Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en center_img News News Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts News December 2, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Do foreign media regulations apply in Henan province ? March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalist Lina Ibrahim freed

first_img News March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Follow the news on Syria Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Lina Ibrahim, a journalist with the pro-government newspaper Tishreen. The news was reported today on Facebook by a support group that had been calling for her release ever since her abduction on 25 October in the Damascus suburb of Harasta. It was confirmed by other sources, which said she had been held by the mukhabarat (intelligence services) in Al-Khatib.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the Syrian authorities to immediately release all the journalists and bloggers who are currently detained, as well as all the other people who have been arrested since the start of the wave of protests, as stipulated in the agreement that President Bashar Al-Assad signed with the Arab League.———————————-More arbitrary arrests and disappearances of journalists and bloggers03/10/2011Reporters Without Borders reiterates its concern about the fate of journalists and bloggers who have disappeared or who have been kidnapped of the course of the past nine months of protests against Bashar Al-Assad’s government. The list keeps getting longer.Lina Ibrahim, a reporter for the pro-government newspaper Tishreen, has been missing for the past eight days. A relative said she left her home in the Damascus suburb of Harasta on the morning of 25 October and never returned. Little is known about the circumstances of her disappearance but it is suspected that she was kidnapped by the security forces. Information obtained by Reporters Without Borders indicates she was taken to a detention centre.Ibrahim had worked for Tishreen since 2005. Before that, she worked for Syria Today and Syria Times, two English-language newspapers. Some sources think her disappearance is linked to a critical article entitled “Letter to the sun” that was posted on her Facebook page. It can no longer be found online.Reporters Without Borders is also without any news of the freelance journalist Wael Youssef Abaza, who, like Ibrahim, has been missing since 25 October.Jehad Jamal, who is known by the blog name of “Milan,” was arrested for the third time since the start of the protests on 14 October, just days after being released. He was held for nearly two months after his most recent previous arrest on 8 August. According to a Facebook page created to support Jamal, the last words the blogger posted before his later arrest were: “The people still want the regime to fall.”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to stop the arrests and abductions, which are tantamount to enforces disappearances. It also calls on them to provide reliable information about all those being held for using their right to free expression, and to release them without delay.This is a list of journalists and bloggers currently detained in Syria. It is almost certainly incomplete:- Hossein Ghoureir, a blogger (http://ghrer.net/blog/) who has been missing since 24 October. He has health problems.- Qais Abatili, a very active netizen who was arrested on 25 September.- Nizar Al-Baba, an online activist who has been held since 21 September.- Malak Al-Shanawany, a blogger and activist who contributes to many websites. She was arrested on a Damascus street on 22 September. She has been arrested twice before.- Jehad Jamal, a blogger better known by the pseudonym of “Milan,” who was arrested on 8 August and then again on 14 October.- Nizar Adleh, a journalist who contributes to many websites. He has been held since 6 September.- Miraal Brourda, a writer and poet who contributes to many websites.- Ahmed Bilal, a producer for Falesteen TV who was arrested in the Damascus suburb of Mo’adamieh on 13 September.- Amer Matar, a journalist with the daily Al-Hayat who was arrested on 4 September. This was his second arrest.- Alwan Zouaiter, a journalist who was written for many Lebanese dailies. He was arrested by intelligence officials in the northern city of Raqqah after returning from Libya. He was initially sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly contacting the Syrian opposition while abroad. The sentence was subsequently reduced to 13 months.- Omar Abdel Salam- Amer Al-As’ad, a first-year information technology student who also writes as a journalist for many Arabic-language dailies. He was arrested on 3 July and arrested again on 4 August. There has been no news of him since then.- Hanadi Zahlout, a freelance journalist who has written many articles for online publications. He was arrested for the second time on 25 July, released four days later and re-arrested on 4 August. He is currently in Adra prison.- Omar Al-As’ad, a journalist who writes for many Arabic-language dailies. He is also a final-year information technology student. He was arrested on 5 July and re-arrested on 4 August. There has been no news of him since then.- Rudy Othman and Asim Hamsho, two bloggers who were arrested at the start of August.- Abd Qabani, a netizen arrested on 8 August.- Ammar Sa’ib, a netizen arrested on 1 August in Damascus.- Mohamed Tahan Jamal, a member of the League of Arab Writers and Union of Journalists, who was arrested on 20 July after signing the “Aleppo Appeal for the Nation.” – Abd Al-Majid Tamer and Mahmoud Asem Al-Mohamed, two journalists working for Kurdish news websites who were arrested on 31 May.- Manaf Al Zeitoun, who was arrested on 25 March. There has been no news of him since his arrest.- Sami Al-Halabi, who according to some sources, was released on 17 August.- Zouheir Al-Mihsan, who writes for the daily Al-Kassiun. He was reportedly arrested on 16 March. He may have been released on 6 October. 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9 Women Lawyers Move SC Challenging MP HC’s Bail Condition Asking Man Accused Of Sexual Assault To Get Rakhi Tied By Victim [Read Petition]

first_imgTop Stories9 Women Lawyers Move SC Challenging MP HC’s Bail Condition Asking Man Accused Of Sexual Assault To Get Rakhi Tied By Victim [Read Petition] Sparsh Upadhyay11 Oct 2020 1:18 AMShare This – xSupreme Court advocate Aparna Bhat and eight other women lawyers have challenged (before the Apex Court) one of the Bail Conditions in the Bail Order dated July 30 passed by Madhya Pradesh High Court, wherein the Court had imposed a bail condition upon the person (accused of outraging the modesty of his neighbour) to request the victim to tie the rakhi around his wrist.The Plea has been…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court advocate Aparna Bhat and eight other women lawyers have challenged (before the Apex Court) one of the Bail Conditions in the Bail Order dated July 30 passed by Madhya Pradesh High Court, wherein the Court had imposed a bail condition upon the person (accused of outraging the modesty of his neighbour) to request the victim to tie the rakhi around his wrist.The Plea has been moved through Advocate Pukhrambam Ramesh Kumar seeking a stay on the bail condition imposed by the final judgment and order dated 30.07.2020 passed by the Hon’ble Madhya Pradesh High Court at Indore in MCRC No. 23350/2020.It may be noted that the Petitioners have challenged the above-mentioned Bail Condition only (and not the Bail order in toto).The Bail condition which has been challenged in the Petition stated,”(i) the applicant along with his wife shall visit the house of the complainant with Rakhi thread/band on 03rd August, 2020 at 11:00 am with a box of sweets and request the complainantSarda Bai to tie the Rakhi band to him with the promise to protect her to the best of his ability for all times to come. He shall also tender Rs. 11,000/- (Rs. Eleven Thousand Only) to the complainant as the customary ritual usually offered by the brothers to sisters on such occasion and shall also seek her blessings. The applicant shall also tender Rs. 5,000/- to the son of the complainant-Vishal for purchase of clothes and sweets.” – MP HC in MCRC No. 23350/2020Key averments of the Plea· The plea states that the High Court erred in imposing a condition that defeated the very purpose of granting bail by directing the alleged perpetrator to establish contact with the victim and that the HC failed to appreciate that in most cases of sexual violence, the prosecutrix turns hostile and in many of these cases it is because she gets intimidated and/or induced by the family of the accused.· The Petition avers that the High Court ought to have been cognizant and sensitive to the fact that in a case involving a sexual offence having been committed against a woman; it is immeasurably difficult for the survivor to lodge an FIR and pursue a criminal case against the accused at the threshold.· The plea further states,”In the context of Rakshabandhan being a festival of guardianship between brothers and sisters, the said bail condition amounts to the gross trivialization of the trauma suffered by the Complainant in the present case.” (emphasis supplied)· Importantly, the plea also states,”That the present case is of particular concern since it has taken years to undo the damaging approach followed by Courts whereby cases involving sexual offences committed against women are attempted to be compromised by way of marriage or mediation between the accused and the survivor.” (emphasis supplied)· The plea also maintain that imposing a condition whereby the accused i.e. Respondent No. 2 is required to go to the house of the Complainant on the festival of Rakshabandhan and request her to tie a rakhi around his wrist with the “promise to protect her to the best of his ability for all times to come” results in further victimization of the survivor in her own house.Application filed seeking directions of the Supreme CourtIn an application filed by the Petitioners seeking directions from the Supreme Court on Saturday (10th October), it has been stated that it is becoming a rather frequent phenomenon where extraneous conditions/observations are being made in many cases related to women, which tend to trivialize the offences committed.Further, the application states that the violence against women and more particularly sexual violence against women, are extremely serious offences and needed to be treated stringently by the Courts.As has been seen in the recent past, the Application further maintains, the violence is getting gorier and perpetrators of the offences are operating with impunity completely confident that law enforcement is complicit and/or a willing participant in suppressing these complaints.In this context, the Applications lists out those instances where observations have been made in cases relating to offences against women including cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (“POCSO Act”) which are totally extraneous and stand to trivialise the trauma suffered by a woman which violates the dignity of a woman as protected by Article 21.[NOTE: The details of such cases along with the observations of different Courts could be found in the Application filed by the Petitioners which has been attached below.]In many of these cases, the Application states, while granting bail to the accused in rape cases and cases under the POCSO Act, the courts, by relying upon the factum of marriage having been arranged/solemnized between the victim and accused, have made extraneous observations.It has been averred in the application that in many cases these conditions are actually like compromise, which dilute or completely obliterate the heinousness of the crime against the dignity of a woman.These observations, the Application opines, by no stretch of the imagination, can be conditions under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and are in fact extraneous to the parameters for grant of bail. These observations also have an impact on the trial and in many cases on account of such observations, the accused get the benefit of acquittal or imposition of a lesser sentence.Subsequently, the Application states that the Apex Court can issue directions within its vast jurisdiction and that it is a fit case for issuance of such directions, as may be required, by this Hon’ble Court under Article 142 of the Constitution of India to all the High Courts and Trial Courts to refrain them from passing observations and imposing conditions in rape and sexual assault cases that trivialize the trauma undergone by survivors and which violate their human dignity under Art.21.Lastly, the prayer of the Application states,”Direct all the High Courts and Trial Courts to refrain from passing observations and imposing conditions in rape and sexual assault cases, at any stage during the judicial proceedings, which trivializes the trauma undergone by survivors, adversely affects their dignity besides being against the criminal justice system”The matter will be heard on Friday (October 16) by the Supreme Court.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Storylast_img read more

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A5 completion targets can be met – Anderson

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews A5 completion targets can be met – Anderson Previous articleNo change in timetable for possible pub openings – TaoiseachNext articleLeaving Cert students will see teachers’ assessments News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Facebook By News Highland – August 19, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction center_img Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed confirmation that separate phases of the new A5 Derry to Aughnacloy road could be constructed simultaneously in order to complete the massive project by 2028.Ms Anderson, who is Sinn Fein spokesperson for tackling regional inequalities says while the start of the project has been delayed because of planning issues and legal challenges, completion targets can still be met, if the political will is there…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/matrina5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApplast_img read more

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Two OCIS Students Earn Black Belts in Karate

first_imgMiles O’Hara testing in front of his class for his black belt in karate. (Photos provided by Lora Fenstermacher) By LESLEY GRAHAMMichael Stankiewicz and Miles O’Hara, both 4th graders at Ocean City Intermediate School, recently accomplished quite the feat–earning their black belts in karate at just nine years old.Both Michael and Miles study at Master Straga’s Tang Too Do Academy in Pleasantville where they took part in a test to procure their black belts.The first part was karate specific, testing the athletes moves, knowledge and technique. The second part was the challenge which puts the participants through rigorous physical demands such as knuckle pushups, sit ups, lunges and so forth in repetitions of 100-200.The challenge was meant to test their strength, determination, and maturity to handle difficult situations.The boys completed each section to achieve their black belt.Michael, who is also an avid baseball player, left before the ceremony to honor his accomplishment, so that he could get to his baseball tournament to help support his team, the NJ Sand Sharks.He is a catcher on the team was able to make the second game of the tournament and help secure a victory, albeit exhausted yet invigorated from his black belt challenge.When asked if he was nervous for the challenge, Michael replied in typical nine-year-old fashion, “Yeah but it was awesome.”His mother, Lora Fenstermacher, was beaming with pride for her son, as she too is avid participant in karate, holding a third degree black belt herself.“I am so proud of him. We knew karate would be good for him because it teaches discipline and respect,” Fenstermacher said in a phone interview.Miles, who celebrated his 10th birthday Sept. 30, has been studying karate in since September of 2015.He said he was also nervous for the test, but afterward, he was excited and exhausted.“The hardest part for me was completing 100 knuckle-pushups,” Miles said in an interview.Miles’s father, Pat O’Hara, said he was extremely proud of his son.“He worked hard and dedicated a lot of his time for a little over five years to get here and it takes a lot of mental toughness to complete the black belt challenge,” Pat O’Hara said.Although the O’Hara’s didn’t have the same karate family tradition as Michael and his mother, they also felt the discipline and feeling of accomplishment has been monumental for Miles.“A lot of times after a long day at school, going to karate for a few hours was the last thing he wanted to do, but his spirit always uplifted after walking in the building and accomplishing what he did,” O’Hara said of his son.Both Michael and Miles have earned some much deserved time off, but neither one is interested.The boys are looking forward to continuing their karate journey as they work towards their next degree in black belt, which is a multi-year study.Miles O’Hara, at left, another class participant, and Michael Stankiewicz pictured with their instructor after receiving their black belts.last_img read more

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Souter, back on the bench

first_imgDavid Souter hung up his judge’s robes more than three years ago, after nearly two decades on the nation’s highest court. But on Thursday night, the retired Supreme Court justice seemed as sharp as ever as he directed his easygoing, often droll, always astute wit at the Harvard Law School (HLS) students arguing before his bench.Souter — joined by Reena Raggi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and Mark Wolf of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts — presided over the final round of the 102nd Ames Moot Court Competition. The evening’s oral arguments, held in a packed Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall, marked the culmination of more than a year of research, brief writing, endless practice sessions, and two qualifying rounds that winnowed 38 teams to two.At the completion of the Ames Moot Court Competition, Emma Freeman was named best oralist.Even among the mock courtrooms of other top law schools, Ames stands out for its rigor, its emphasis on brief writing, and its glamorous final showdown, often judged by an active or retired Supreme Court justice (Justice Sonia Sotomayor last year; Chief Justice John Roberts the year before). Adding to the pressure, each team of six faced the possibility of joining the fortuitous ranks of previous winners: a list that includes former Justice (and Roe v. Wade author) Harry Blackmun, HLS Professor Cass Sunstein, and Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.“There’s nothing as electric as the Ames,” Raggi told the crowd.The case in question concerned constitutional questions of state and federal powers. The fictional state of Ames had passed a “Buy American” law requiring state and local agencies to restrict purchase of green technologies to those manufactured and sourced in the United States.The petitioners, led by oralists Vivek Suri and Cormac Early, argued on behalf of a Chinese-sourced company that the law intruded on the federal government’s supremacy in foreign affairs. The respondents’ oralists, Emma Freeman and Michael Lieberman, countered that the law was perfectly constitutional, and wouldn’t stop companies that used foreign materials from selling to other clients in Ames, or in any other state.After rapid-fire questioning and 15 minutes of deliberation, the justices returned to offer their final opinion.“Counsel in all their performances, written and oral, were so extraordinarily good that we had to draw some very, very fine lines,” Souter ’61, LL.B. ’66, Hon. ’10, said, adding — perhaps extraneously, given the blunt nature of the arguments — “We’re not being polite.”The team honored for best brief included Michael Lieberman (from left), William Milliken, Yaira Dubin, Benjamin Jackson, Emma Freeman, and Michael Springer Jr.His advice to the students? “If an issue is before the Supreme Court of the United States, there is one thing you can be reasonably sure: that it was not taken up merely to fine-tune little doctrinal statements,” he said. Rather than looking for technicalities to bolster a case, “find a big thing to argue if you can,” he added.In this instance, he said, the federal government’s absence from the case in question was, by itself, a demonstration of how the Buy American law had already overstepped federal bounds. No such case would be decided by the Supreme Court, he said, without the participation or opinion — even in the form of a friend-of-the-court brief — of the federal government.In the end, the judges favored the respondents, who had argued the constitutionality of the state’s Buy American Act. Their meticulous briefs “respected the rule that, as they say, God is in the details,” Souter said, and the team’s oral performance barely edged out that of the petitioner’s team. Freeman was named best oralist.Just as with a real Supreme Court case, however, there was some dissension in the ranks. Raggi favored the petitioner’s briefs and oral performance, but acknowledged her bias for the underdog. “When I was an Ames participant, I was a losing Ames participant,” she said. (She had also watched her own child compete in the Ames Courtroom, she said, a true test: “How long can a parent really hold his or her breath?”)Though her own loss in the Ames finals had left her “convinced my life was over,” Raggi, J.D. ’76, reassured both teams that “there’s life after Ames, sometimes even on the federal bench.”Wolf and Souter, who had also competed in the Ames competition as HLS students, were more blasé about their losses.“I don’t think I made it out of the first round,” said Wolf, J.D. ’71. “I’m sure glad I got my Harvard Law School degree and my judgeship decades ago. I don’t think I’d fare well in competition with any of you.”Souter — known in his Law School days as a bit of a wild card, who once engaged in a casual swordfight that landed him in health services — took a different lesson from his team’s loss. Unlike Raggi, “I did not think my life’s prospects were coming to an end at all,” he told the audience. “I simply said, ‘I’ve got to find better judges.’ ”last_img read more

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What Is The Most Popular Dog Name On Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ana BorrutoChoosing a name for a pooch can be “ruff” for pet owners, but a Press review has found that the two most popular dog names on Long Island are Bella and Max.The Press requested lists of licensed dog names from all 13 towns across LI and tallied the results from Hempstead, Brookhaven and Southampton—the only three municipalities that had such data to provide. Although Bella and Max were top dogs for the region, top 10 lists tallied from data provided by each town showed how local preferences vary.“Max is a classic name. It’s always been popular, and I think it probably always will be,” said Venessa Rotondi, an aid at Islip Animal Shelter, who wasn’t surprised to hear that Max and Bella were the most popular dog names. “It’s easy for the dog to remember too, which is helpful when you’re trying to train them because it’s a short, one-syllable word.”One hundred and four female dogs in Brookhaven, 53 in Hempstead, and 25 in Southampton are all named Bella—182 in all, data showed. As for male dogs, 136 in the three towns are named Max: 74 in Brookhaven, 40 in Southampton, and 22 in Hempstead.New York City also ranked Bella and Max as the top two dog names in the five boroughs for 2015, according to the city health department. Out of the 84,054 dogs licensed in NYC, more than 1,127 were named Bella and Max followed closely behind with 1,073. Bella and Max were the top dog names nationwide in 2015, too, according to a survey conducted by rover.com, which reported 49 percent of dogs last year had human names.The name Bella—Spanish for beautiful—has reigned for seven years in the pooch community, possibly inspired by the protagonist in Stephanie Meyer’s popular Twilight book series, which was released in 2008. Given the myriad uses of the name Max in pop culture, it’s unclear whether books and movies are also fueling its popularity. Max is a shortened version of the European names Maximilian and Maxwell.Elizabeth Weiburg, 40, a probation officer from Lindenhurst, said her husband chose the name Max for their 8-year-old miniature pinscher because it’s tough-sounding.“He looks like a little tough guy,” Weiburg said. “I think it’s a masculine name, but it’s also cute and sweet.”Alyssa Taylor, 20, a student from Bay Shore, was very young when 13-year-old Bella, a boxer mix, was welcomed into her family. She does not remember the reasoning behind naming her playful companion, but she now sees a larger meaning behind it.“It means all dogs are beautiful,” Taylor said.New York State law requires dogs to be licensed so that dogs can be reunited with their owners if they are lost, and it provides proof the dog has had its rabies vaccination. Dog name data was previously maintained by the state, but five years ago, the state put dog licensing duties in the hands of local towns. Since not all 13 Long Island towns keep lists of licensed dog names, the Press could only compile top 10 lists for the three that do.The top 10 male dog names in the Town of Hempstead include Rocky at number one, followed by Buddy, Bailey, Max, Riley, Charlie, Casey, Lucky, Teddy and Toby. The top 10 female dog names in Hempstead are Bella, then Molly, Daisy, Lucy, Coco, Ruby, Mia, Maggie, Sandy and Sophie.For the Town of Brookhaven, Bella is the most popular female dog name. Next is Molly and Daisy for second and third place, and lastly, Maggie, Lucy, Sadie, Sophie, Bailey, Lola and Chloe. Max is the top male dog name, with Buddy, Rocky, Jake, Bear, Teddy, Cody, Toby, Jack, and Bailey following behind.The Town of Southampton has a similar list, with Max being the favored male name for a furry, whiskered companion. Buddy, Rocky, Charlie, Jack, Bear, Toby, Duke, Oreo and Cooper made the list of popular names for male dogs. As for female dogs, Bella, once again, is in the top spot, followed by Lucy, Coco, Lily, Molly, Daisy, Bailey, Lady, Zoe and Sadie.What does the future hold for the two top dog names on LI, NYC and throughout the United States? Bella and Max may well continue their reign.“I think it will stay pretty popular, especially Max,” said Rotondi, the animal shelter staffer. “Bella seems more like a trend right now.”-With additional reporting by Luis Centeno and Olivia Boothlast_img read more

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Authorities arrest Binghamton man for stealing Florida Jeep

first_imgThe sheriff’s office says Johnson was charged with criminal possession of a stolen property in the 4th degree, a class E felony. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Authorities in Broome County say they impounded a stolen vehicle from Florida Tuesday. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says it arrested 36-year-old Simon Johnson of Binghamton for being in possession of a stolen 2020 Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep was not returned as scheduled and was reported stolen. Authorities say Johnson was released on appearance tickets. He is scheduled to return to court at a later date. Inside the vehicle, the sheriff’s office says they found Johnson in possession of marijuana. They say an officer saw Johnson driving on Old Front Street and noticed a Florida registration on the vehicle indicated it was owned by EAN Holdings and was a rental vehicle.last_img read more

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USDA reports second inconclusive BSE test

first_img The second inconclusive test came 4 days after the first one was announced Jun 25. A USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, is now doing confirmatory testing of tissue samples from both cattle. Because the additional tests could rule out BSE, the agency has not disclosed where the cattle came from, where the screening tests were done, or any other details. Jun 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Another inconclusive result on a rapid screening test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was announced late yesterday afternoon by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The inconclusive result does not mean that we have found another case of BSE in this country,” said Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in a prepared statement. Repeating comments he made in announcing the previous inconclusive test, he added that screening tests are designed to be extremely sensitive and some inconclusive results are expected. “USDA remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply,” Clifford said. He said the exclusion of specified risk materials—tissues most likely to contain the BSE agent in an infected cow—from the food supply would protect the public if more cases of BSE were found. “The carcass has been accounted for and is not in the food supply,” Clifford said. The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames is conducting the confirmatory tests, and results in the second case are expected in 4 to 7 days, Clifford said. He promised to provide more information about the animal and its origin if the test comes back positive. Clifford said the USDA would hold a technical briefing on the BSE testing program later today. The use of rapid screening tests began with the expansion of USDA’s BSE surveillance Jun 1 as a result of the discovery of a single case of BSE in Washington state last December. The agency plans to screen more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months to assess the existence or prevalence of BSE in US herds. BSE screening tests were conducted on 8,585 cattle in the first 4 weeks of the expanded surveillance program, according to APHIS figures.last_img read more

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Development agency plans limited partnership first

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