Oceanside Man Stole $20K from Temple, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been accused of stealing $20,000 worth of religious artifacts from the Oceanside Jewish Center over the past six months.Nassau County police arrested Alexander Membreno, who was employed as the center’s super, and charged him with grand larceny.Police said the 30-year-old man who lived in a building on the temple grounds stole the items between October 2012 and March.Fourth Squad detectives, who are continuing the investigation, found that Membreno pawned many of the items for cash at a local pawn shop, police said.Membreno will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

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Coronavirus spreading now in Korea has its origin in Europe, US

first_imgThe novel coronavirus spreading in South Korea now has its origin in Europe and the US, health authorities said Monday. The variant belongs to the GH clade, which is usually found in Europe and the US, according to an analysis on genome samples. This implies the virus could have been imported into Korea by those who entered Korea from those regions in March and April. “As we interpret it, the virus belonging to the GH clade is circulating recently because we had many arrivals from Europe and the US in March and April, and the virus imported then is now driving community transmissions,” said Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Jeong Eun-kyung, at a briefing. The variants found in the genome samples in February and March, when the country saw hundreds of cases linked to a church in Daegu and hospital in North Gyeongsang Province at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak here, belonged to the S clade and V clade. The virus in the S and V clades were circulated largely in China, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated from, and other parts of Asia. Touching on recent study results on the possibility of airborne spread of the COVID-19, Jeong said that the measures to prevent the spread of the virus stays the same, calling on the public to stick to the basic rules such as avoiding enclosed, populated environments, wearing masks and washing hands. This came after 239 scientists from 32 countries called on governments to acknowledge the aerosol transmission of the COVID-19 and take control measures in an open letter to be published this week. On Monday, Korea reported 48 more COVID-19 cases as the country continues to see small-scale outbreaks, infections coming from overseas as well as an increasing number of cases with unidentified routes of transmission.Half of the new cases, 24, were locally transmitted and the other half were imported. Of the locally transmitted cases, seven were registered in Gwangju in connection with a previously identified Buddhist temple cluster. Five cases were reported in Gyeonggi Province, five in Incheon, two each in South Jeolla Province, Daejeon and Seoul, according to the KCDC. Seven more people tested positive for the coronavirus in connection with the temple in Gwangju, bringing the number of related total infections to 87, according to the KCDC. A surge in cases in South Jeolla Province, which surrounds Gwangju, led the provincial government to tighten social distancing measures. Under the “social distancing level 2,” gatherings of 50 or more people indoors or 100 or more people outdoors are banned, and wearing masks is mandatory when using public transportation. Of the total cases reported in the past week, infection routes for 10.7 percent of the cases remain unidentified, Jeong said, adding “quiet transmission” among those in their 50s or over is taking place in the community. Korea reported 24 additional imported cases, 21 of them were from Asia and three from the Americas. Some 15 people detected at the airport quarantine screening and the rest while under quarantine after they entered the country from abroad.Out of the country’s total 13,137 cases, 11,848 people, or about 90.2 percent, were released from quarantine after making full recoveries. Some 1,005 people are under quarantine. One more patient died, bringing the death toll to 284. The overall fatality rate stands at 2.16 percent. The country has carried out 1,297,367 tests since Jan. 3, with 21,292 people being tested as of Monday.  Topics :last_img read more

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USC looks to rebound against Cal Baptist

first_imgAfter an upset loss at the hands of conference rival Cal State Northridge last Friday, the men’s volleyball team looks to rebound in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play tonight against Cal Baptist. The Trojans (4-2, 3-2) were swept by Cal State Northridge in three sets by a score of 25-19, 25-21, 25-21.On the attack · Junior middle blocker Robert Feathers and his team will seek to rebound from their loss to CSUN against Cal Baptist tonight at the Galen Center. Feathers has recorded 26 kills so far this season. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily TrojanRedshirt senior opposite outside hitter Tanner Jansen led the team with seven kills during the matchup at Cal State Northridge (2-3, 2-3), but it wasn’t enough to stop the Matadors, who served for nine aces and had 12.5 blocks against the Trojans.“We really had some issues passing the ball,” head coach Bill Ferguson said. “We made 14 service errors, and we had nine reception errors, so in essence we gave them two points shy of a full set on first contacts of the rally. That was the key factor. We just couldn’t get anything going. Every time we started to get something going, we just shot ourselves in the foot with a service error or a defensive error.”USC came into the matchup ranked as the No. 4 team in the country while Cal State Northridge had not yet cracked the top 15. The Trojans dropped to No. 5 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll with the Matadors jumping to No. 13. The Trojans will have to try to avoid another upset against unranked Cal Baptist.Ferguson said that the team needs to cut out the defensive errors to get back to its winning ways.“We’re just looking to get back on track passing the ball,” he said. “That’s been one of our strengths so far this year, and Cal Baptist serves really tough.”Ferguson said that Cal Baptist will primarily run its offense through the middle rather than on the outside. Though the Lancers  could make adjustments and hit from the outside if the Trojans choose to overload the middle, the team is most concerned with preparing  for Cal Baptist’s skilled middle blockers.“They have two middles that are excellent,” Ferguson said referring to 6-foot-11 Kristopher Johnson and 6-foot-8 Amir Lugo-Rodriguez. “They create some matchup issues. Their offense runs through the middle, then they set a fast ball to the outside, but they want to run the middle first.”Because the Lancers have much stronger middle blockers than outside hitters on offense, he said he will likely start defensive-oriented junior outside hitter Chris Lischke rather than the stronger offensive threat in junior middle blocker Robert Feathers along with usual starter freshman Andy Benesh. Ferguson said Feathers will probably come in as a substitute late in the game, however, if USC needs a spark on offense.“Robert seems to be better off the bench than Chris,” Ferguson said. “It’s not really a punishment, it’s just that [Feathers is] the guy that can change the energy really quick in a good way. His ability to change the energy is really important and I don’t know if that’s Chris’ nature as much, but that’s something Robert’s able to do.”With wins over Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC San Diego but losses to Pepperdine as well as Cal State Northridge in conference play, the Trojans sit in the fifth spot in MPSF rankings. The Matadors are tied for sixth in the 13-team conference and Cal Baptist is tied for ninth. The Lancers beat UC San Diego in five sets this season but have been swept by Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State and UC Irvine.The matchup against Cal Baptist comes three days before another crucial conference home game for the Trojans against BYU. The Cougars, who come to town Saturday, sit atop the conference standings after winning all six of their MPSF matchups so far this season. BYU is ranked fourth in the country. Pepperdine sits at No. 3, and UCLA is tied for first with Loyola-Chicago. The Trojans defeated Loyola-Chicago before the start of conference play earlier this season. Ferguson said he would love for the team to bring some momentum into Saturday’s game against BYU with a win tonight.“That would be huge, it definitely would be,” he said. “If we’re able to bounce back and have a good game passing the ball, then we’ll be alright.”The Trojans begin play at 8 p.m. tonight at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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Surfing legend Kelly Slater won’t compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

first_img FOLLOW US Press Trust Of India Last Updated: 21st December, 2019 09:57 IST Surfing Legend Kelly Slater Won’t Compete At Tokyo 2020 Olympics Surfing legend Kelly Slater, seen by many as the greatest of all time, won’t be competing at the Tokyo Olympics. The 47-year-old was edged for a spot on US team First Published: 21st December, 2019 09:57 IST Written By COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Surfing legend Kelly Slater, seen by many as the greatest of all time, won’t be competing at the Tokyo Olympics. The 47-year-old American was edged for a spot on the US squad for the sport’s Olympic debut next July, with John John Florence returning from knee surgery to edge Slater for the final spot at an event in Hawaii on Thursday. Slater, an 11-time world champion who became the youngest and oldest to win the crown, inspired a generation of surfing stars with videos of his amazing efforts becoming must-see viewing for fans and competitors.READ | UFC: Jose Aldo And Alexander Volkanovski Make Big Jumps In Latest Official RankingsCompeting as an Olympian would have been an epic farewell for a 40-year career than began at age eight in a youth event but instead he will be watching the event. “I’m going to enjoy it as a spectator,” Slater told the New York Times, dismissing any notion he would end his career early after missing out on the Olympics. “Be sure that in 2020, they will continue to see me at the top of a wave,” he added.READ | Tony Khan Pays Stone Cold Steve Austin The Ultimate Tribute On AEW DynamiteSlater needed a victory at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore to secure the title but lost in the semi-finals, leaving him ranked eighth in the world but one spot behind 2016 and 2017 world champion Florence, who took the second US men’s team spot behind already qualified Kolohe Andino. Florence, an Oahu North Shore native 20 years younger than Slater, was a former protege of the surf icon. “He has been my idol since I was a child,” Florence said. “He’s like a member of my family, like an uncle.” Florence, who missed five of 11 tour events this year with a knee injury, returned for the season finale but was eliminated in the Pipeline quarter-finals. He sealed his Olympic spot when Slater lost to Brazil’s Italo Ferreira in the semis. READ | WATCH | Bhubaneswar: Babita Phogat Gives Eklavya Award To Odisha SportspersonREAD | Punjab Panthers Cruise Past NE Rhinos To Set Up Title Clash With Gujarat Giants LIVE TVlast_img read more

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