Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal Predict More Winter on Groundhog Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Both of Long Island’s groundhogs saw their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter Monday—but even more inauspiciously, Brookhaven town officials cancelled their official Groundhog Day event due to the winter storm.The prognostication from Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal was a departure from last year when they both didn’t see their shadows, effectively forecasting an early spring. This Groundhog Day, Malverne Mal was the first out of the gate, so to speak, to prognosticate, while Hal’s handlers said plowing the roads trumped the furry friend’s long-term forecasting festivities at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center, where the rodent call his hole his home. In the end, however, Hal’s appearance concurred with his fellow species celebrity on Long Island.“Unfortunately, Hal did see his shadow and is reporting there will be six more weeks of winter,” said Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro, whose workers were on hand to record the observation. “While this is certainly not the prediction we were hoping for, the Brookhaven Highway Department will be out in force continuing our tireless efforts to address whatever Mother Nature brings our way this winter.”This year, Mel and Hal agreed with the nation’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Staten Island Chuck in New York City didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Hal and Mel both saw their shadows two years ago.Both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmer’s Almanac previously forecasted above-average snowfall this winter, but—besides some days of flurries—few flakes had fallen until the first blizzard of 2015 hit last week, dumping 30 inches of snow on the North Fork.NWS forecasters said a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain falling on LI Monday was expected to freeze after sundown, making for icy roadways during the Monday evening rush hour commute.—With Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

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PBA D-League: CEU drubs Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill

first_imgCentro Escolar University went on a blistering third quarter run en route to a 93-76 drubbing of Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf shone on both ends with 15 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two blocks while Tyron Chan and Rich Guinitaran were instrumental in CEU’s pivotal 12-0 tear at the start of the third period.“Actually, I’m surprised with the way we played today. I’m surprised with the energy and I’m happy with the way the boys were able to block out the NCRAA and come out with a lot of energy,” said CEU coach Derrick Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsChan registered 15 points, 11 coming in the third quarter. He also grabbed six rebounds while Guinitaran had 13 points, five boards and two steals.The Scorpions kept their foot on the gas pedal to stretch the lead to 25 in the final frame. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kobe Bryant to attend Fiba World Cup 2019 draw next month Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kevin Gandjeto paced Diliman-Gerry’s with 18 points and nine rebounds. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Local mountain bikers take 1st at Fort Ord

first_imgOne race into the season and Humboldt County’s best high school mountain bikers stand alone as the top team in their division — constituting a swift ascension for the club, which is only in its second year of competitive racing as a full team.The Humboldt Composite High School Mountain Bike Club, a county-wide team comprised of high school-aged riders, took first place as a unit on Sunday at Fort Ord Trails (Monterrey area), the first of six races to be held this season by the NorCal High …last_img read more

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How To Get Smart About Smartphone Theft

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Lookout#SFPD#smartphone#Stolen selena larson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Our mobile devices are more than just a vital conduit to our friends and family. They’re where we keep our most intimate and personal details—photos, music, financial data, and personal information. So having our gadgets stolen is more than an inconvenience—it can disrupt our entire life. If you’ve had your smartphone stolen, take solace in the fact you’re not alone. A report from mobile security firm Lookout found that one in ten U.S. smartphone users have been victims of theft, with nearly 70 percent unable to recover their device.Technology like Apple’s Find My iPhone, Google’s Android Device Manager, and other software that locks and wipes missing devices reduces the benefits of stealing them. Still, smartphone theft is on the rise. In 2013, 3.1 million smartphones were stolen in the United States, almost double the year before, according to Consumer Reports. (Lookout has a vested interest in bringing attention to this problem: It offers its own security software for stolen phones.)See Also: Some Jerk Stole My Camera And Forced Me Out Of My Photography RutIt’s become such a rampant issue that policymakers and law-enforcement authorities are getting involved in our software choices. Last fall, New York City police officers hit the streets to encourage users to update to iOS 7, a new version of Apple’s software which made it harder to reprogram a stolen iPhone or iPad. The Business Of Stealing SmartphonesChances are, if someone steals your phone, they’re going to try and sell it. In San Francisco, about 50 to 60 percent of all robberies are smartphone-related, according to the San Francisco Police Department. And if someone doesn’t get their phone back, it could fall into the hands of someone outside of the U.S.“A lot of times a person who steals a phone is simply a middle man—they sell it to someone else,” said Albie Esparza, a public information officer for the SFPD. “There is a network of people involved. The phones can end up overseas or in South America.”As illegal drugs flow south to north, stolen phones move in the opposite direction. Phones taken in the U.S. can end up in places like Colombia or Ecuador. The stolen phone, stripped and repackaged, is then resold to consumers as a brand new product.Stealing and selling smartphones can be a lucrative enterprise. One pair of thieves reselling phones in Hong Kong made almost $4 million in less than a year before they were caught in Northern California.To prevent mobile-phone theft and save consumers money, lawmakers and carriers are lobbying for a so-called “kill switch” to be implemented in all new smartphones that would render stolen phones useless. Privacy pundits are afraid a kill switch would be used for more than destroying stolen property: In theory, governments and carriers would be able to turn your phone off at leisure. However, most Americans support such a measure. A February study showed 99% of consumers thought carriers having the power to turn off mobile devices was a good idea. Don’t Be A Hero To Get Your Smartphone BackIf your mobile phone is stolen, law enforcement and security officials have one piece of advice: Don’t try and get it back yourself. According to the data from Lookout, 68 percent of phone-theft victims are willing to put themselves in danger to retrieve a stolen device. “We were a little bit shocked to see there were so many people willing to resort to vigilantism,” Alicia diVittorio, head of security communications for Lookout, said in an interview. “Police work with our users to track down stolen phones. It makes for a fairly seamless recovery of a phone if the police are willing to work with you.”The problem with taking your own initiative is that you never know when a criminal might have a weapon and do even more damage to you, personally. The information on your phone can be backed up to a computer, but there’s no way to replicate yourself.Officer Esparza stressed that if someone is a victim of theft, they should report it to police. “Instinctively, as humans we want to take what’s ours, and rightfully so,” Officer Esparza said. “The thing is, people that are committing crimes, you never know if they have weapons involved, and you don’t want to find out.” How Not To Get Your Smartphone Stolen According to Lookout, a majority of thefts occurred when the victim left their device in a public place, like a restaurant or nightclub, only to realize later it had gone missing. The obvious way to prevent nonviolent theft is to double-check your belongings before you leave a public area. If you frequently misplace your phone, hardware tags like HipKey or Duet alert you when you leave a location without your phone.Forceful robberies are another matter entirely. “Oftentimes people on their phone are so engaged that they’re oblivious to their surroundings,” Esparza said. “That’s when a criminal sees an opportunity.”San Francisco’s buses and trains regularly play warnings—largely ignored—to “keep your eyes up and phones down” when riding. There are a number of things users can do to prevent theft, according to the SFPD:Be aware and pay attention to your surroundingsAvoid using your smartphone in public when you canIf you’re wearing headphones, keep your music on low to hear people comingIf you’re in a poorly-lit area, don’t be on your phone when no one is aroundCall the police if you’ve been a victim of theft or robberyIf you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to enable tracking and wiping technology like Android Device Manager or Find My iPhone. It won’t make you feel any better about having your phone stolen, but at the very, least you can limit the damage a perpetrator can do. Lead image by *sax on Flickr; smartphone image by Esther Vargas on Flickr Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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D’Angelo Russell explodes for 40 as Nets come back to beat Magic

first_img“If the media wasn’t in here, we’d be screaming and yelling, playing music and dancing,” said center Jarrett Allen after the Nets’ 16th win in 21 games. “That was so great. It’s not every day you see a team coming back from 21 points down. … When you start winning games like this, it definitely changes your personality.”Russell’s 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds left put the Nets up for the first time since they went ahead 2-0 in the game’s first minute. After missed free throws by both teams left Brooklyn with a two-point lead, Evan Fournier missed a shot in the lane that would have tied it for Orlando.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Nets also rallied Wednesday night from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 145-142 overtime victory at Houston.“We’ve got a great group of guys with the same goals and that’s what we’re starting to notice,” said Russell, who shot 8 of 12 from 3-point range and did not attempt a free throw. “We’re all buying in and we’re all hanging on each other’s success. It’s a great feeling.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Nets: At home against Sacramento on Monday afternoon.Magic: At home against Milwaukee on Saturday night. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Nets made 19 of 46 3-point shots and are now in sixth place in the Eastern Conference after being 10 games under .500 in early December. At 24-23, New Jersey is above .500 after 47 games for the first time since the 2012-13 season.Aaron Gordon scored 23 points for Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic added 16 points and 17 rebounds. The Magic, who have lost six of eight, shot 50 percent but made only 10 3-pointers.Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for Brooklyn.The Magic made 11 of their first 15 shots in the second quarter to take a 58-37 lead. Russell made five 3-pointers in a span of less than four minutes to shoot the Nets back in the game, and they held Orlando to one field goal over the final 4:50.“I thought Orlando dominated us for 95 percent of the game,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I thought in the fourth quarter we started to play some defense and D’Angelo was huge. We didn’t play a great game, but we pulled it out anyway.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, passes the ball as he Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida — This winning thing has become a habit for the Brooklyn Nets — and apparently no deficit is too large to overcome lately.D’Angelo Russell matched his career high with 40 points and the Brooklyn Nets came back after trailing by as many as 21 points to beat the Orlando Magic 117-115 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Dinwiddie and Shabazz Napier sparked a second-half rally after the Nets had fallen behind 86-68 midway through the third quarter.Orlando led 100-89 after Gordon hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, but the Magic couldn’t hit shots at the end.“I thought our last four shots were good,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “If you’re going to win a game like this, you’re going to make a couple of them. And the ball didn’t go down.”GORDON SITS OUT FINAL 9:19Gordon went to the bench with a stiff back with 9:19 remaining and never returned. “I’m going to just rest as much as I can tonight and see how it feels tomorrow,” he said. “Hopefully I can go (against Milwaukee). We’ll see how it goes when I wake up, but right now it’s tough to move it.”It was Orlando’s first loss in eight games in which Gordon scored 22 points or more.TIP-INSNets: The Nets have won six straight close games (decided by three points or less). … Russell scored the Nets’ final 19 points of the first half. … Atkinson called a timeout 81 seconds into the game after two Orlando dunks.Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba had nine points and four rebounds after missing four games with a sore left foot. … Vucevic’s 10th rebound gave him 5,000 for his career. … The Magic distributed 13 grants worth a total of $1.2 million to 16 organizations in a pregame ceremony.UP NEXTcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Read Next ABL: Alab Pilipinas rebounds with Macau win, stays perfect at home LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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