Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 55-year-old Uniondale man was killed while trying to stop his garbage truck from rolling away after he stepped out of the cab on Friday morning.Nassau County police said Rudolph Skakel stopped the Mack truck he was driving to to retrieve garbage containers on Northern Boulevard in Roslyn Estates when the truck started rolling away at 6:13 p.m.The victim ran after the truck and jumped onto a side step in an attempt to try and regain control of the vehicle when it sideswiped a utility pole, causing fatal injuries, police said.Detectives inspected the truck and released it to his employer, Basin Haulage, after determining the the death was accidental.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local):9:55 p.m.Siba the black standard poodle has pranced and advanced at the Westminster Kennel Club. February 10, 2020 Pomeranians, papillons and other toy dogs are in the rings Monday, as are terriers and the diverse category of dogs known as “non-sporting” breeds. They range from Dalmatians, bulldogs and poodles to less familiar breeds such as the löwchen, Norwegian lundehund and Xoloitzcuintli — that’s “shoh-loh-eetz-KWEENT’-lee,” a hairless breed from Mexico.Backstretch the bulldog took in the scene as she waited to compete. Just 12 weeks after having a litter of puppies, she was back in competitive shape and ready to show off with owner and handler Valery Scrimo of Saratoga Springs, New York. Backstretch did fine, too, winning a ribbon for excellence. Daytime judging chooses the best dog in each breed. Those winners begin facing off Monday night at Madison Square Garden, where best in show will be named Tuesday night. Siba topped a pair of top pooches to win the nonsporting group Monday night at Madison Square Garden. She also proved an ultimate truth at any dog show — no matter what, a fancy-cut poodle is always a contender.Almost 4, Siba performed to perfection. She did a little bow to the crowd, stood absolutely still while in front of the judge and then glided around the ring.Maybe she was boosted by her pregame meal. No, it wasn’t some specialized food for show dogs. Instead, she devoured a grilled chicken from McDonald’s.Siba beat out popular bulldog Thor, who won the National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving Day, and Colton the schipperke that won this group last year in New York.Siba reached the best-of-seven final ring Tuesday night, when best in show will be chosen. Bono the Havanese and Bourbon the whippet won their groups earlier in the evening. “I think it’s only fair” to step aside, said Brennan, an obedience trainer from Columbia, New Jersey. The competition requires dogs to sit, stay, retrieve a toy on command and stick by their handlers’ sides while walking around other people, among other skills. Finalists used to do complex six-minute routines of their own devising, but Westminster changed things up this year to align more closely with other obedience trials. Heart, age 7, executed the maneuvers with her tail wagging.“She loves this environment — she really does. She finds it very exciting and very stimulating,” Brennan said. Don’t lose heart, owners of everyday dogs: Even Heart misbehaves from time to time outside the ring. Her head perfectly still as she strode the green carpet at Madison Square Garden, the 4-year-old whippet was a quick choice Monday nightight.She advanced to the best-of-seven final ring Tuesday night, when best in show will be chosen.Bourbon won her breed last year, and now has a chance to become the first whippet since 1964 to become America’s top dog.The Garden was mostly full to see judging in the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding groups.Among the hounds was Relic the Azawakh, a new breed to Westminster this year. A borzoi, beagle and Afghan hound also drew enthusiastic crowd support. The Latest: Standard poodle prances, advances at Westminster Best in show will be chosen Tuesday night. Bourbon the whippet earlier won the hound group to reach the best-of-seven final ring.As soon as the judge pointed to Bono, he jumped onto a podium in the middle of the ring, almost as if declaring he knew where his place should be.“He has something that makes people look at him,” handler Taffe McFadden said. “He just stares ‘em down.”8:20 p.m.Bourbon the whippet has won the hound group at the Westminster dog show. 3:45 p.m.A rock star as usual, Bono is heading back Madison Square Garden. The Havanese named after U2’s frontman won best in breed at the Westminster Kennel Club show Monday. Immediately after, he was swarmed by dog show judges-in-training eager to inspect the superb example of the national dog of Cuba.“On top of his conformation being so on point with the breed specification, he has the joie de vivre attitude,” handler Taffe McFadden said. “He loves it. He is in it.”Bono was rated the No. 1 show dog in the country last year, but he’s yet to fetch the top prize at the circuit’s two most heralded shows. Bono was runner-up at Westminster last year to King, a wire fox terrier, and also finished second to Thor the bulldog at the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day. Thor is among the favorites this year at Westminster, and won his best in breed earlier in the day. With the crowd cheering him around the ring this time, the sturdy 2-year-old born in Peru earned a best of breed ribbon. He advanced to the nonsporting group judging Monday night at Madison Square Garden.Handler Eduardo Paris appreciated the audience support.“Many people came to see him,” Paris said after the early victory.12:55 p.m.Tiny dogs are having their day at the Westminster Kennel Club show. 9:10 p.m.Bono the Havanese will get another chance to become America’s top dog.Silky and flowing, the 3-year-old named for U2’s frontman won the toy group Monday night at the Westminster Kennel Club.Bono finished second overall at Westminster last February, then was the runner-up last November in the National Dog Show.Bono was ranked as the country’s top show dog last year. But the No. 1 dog coming into Madison Square Garden doesn’t always leave on top. Bono’s next step is the best-in-group competition Monday night at Madison Square Garden. If he wins the toy group, another showdown with Thor could be on deck.“Step one,” McFadden said. “Let’s get on that Garden stage again. Let’s see.”1:25 p.m.Thor the star bulldog has taken his first winning steps at the Westminster Kennel Club show.Thor has quite a following after more than 25 million viewers saw him win the National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving Day. ___12:25 p.m.What makes a championship obedience dog? The Westminster Kennel Club knows it by Heart. A Labrador retriever named Heart won Westminster’s obedience contest Sunday, extending her sweep of the five-year-old competition.With that, handler Linda Brennan says they don’t plan to enter the contest next year. Associated Press “She has her little naughty habits,” Brennan said with a smile.
… Improved focus on seniors for 2018THE Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) will kick off its track and field activities this Sunday, January 14, with a developmental meet at the National Track and Field Centre (NTAFC), Leonora, one of three such meets to be held this month, as things get underway in what is looking to be a very packed year for the association.With several senior events including the introduction of five Senior Grand Prix events, this year’s calendar presents a more balanced list than that of last year, where the association received much backlash over neglect of the senior athletes, after a year of much junior progress.AAG president Aubrey Hutson, noted that the reproach did not fall on deaf ears, and the Grand Prix are the Association’s deliberate effort to address the issue.“It is primarily done to give senior athletes competition. This is one of our first tests in having a solid programme for senior track and field athletes,” he said.Explaining the format, Hutson says that the Prix will all be held in the evening and will all run somewhere between 3 and 4 hours. Apart from giving the seniors more competition the event is also aimed at putting some cash in the pockets of the athletes.Totalling five, so far, the Senior Grand Prix are scattered throughout the year, with the first two set for April 14 and 28, just a few weeks before the South American Games, which will run from May 17 to 20 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.A third is scheduled for June 9, followed by the National Seniors Championships from June 23 to 24. Guyana’s premier senior event, the Aliann Pompey (AP) Invitational, will also be on June 30.The final Grand Prix is scheduled for August 25, and all of them will be held at the NTAFC.“Five Senior Grand Prix may work but I think, ideally, we should have six – four preliminary ones and two final ones. It should be two because we would do the different distances at different meets. For example, we would not do the 100m and 200m at the same meet,” Hutson reported.“There is prize moneys that will be given from first to eighth place in every one of the preliminaries, and it (prize money) will be doubled in the finals. For me this is a step in the right direction in giving some kind of financial support to our senior athletes.”Prior to the Grand Prix, however, the first test for the seniors this year will be the Commonwealth Games in Australia from April 4 to 15. Another major senior event on the calendar is the quadrennial Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia from July 27 to August 3.For the younger athletes, their first major event of the year will be the CARIFTA Games set for the Bahamas from March 31 to April 2. In preparation for this the AAG will be having a CARIFTA/Senior Camp from February 2 to 4. The CARIFTA trials will be held on February 11, 18 and 24-25.Another CARIFTA Camp is set for March 10 and 11.The National Youth and Junior Championships will be held May 12-13. This event will also serve as trials for the World Juniors and South American Youth (U-18) ChampionshipsThe South American Youth (U-18) Athletics Championships is set for Colombia June 30-July 1, and the World Juniors (IAAF World U-20 Championships) is in Finland from July 10 to 15.Later in the year there is also the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina from October 6 to 18.The AAG calendar will feature the addition of a number of other local meets, as well as the continuance of others such as the Boyce and Jefford Classic in August.New meets include the Burgett Williams 5K/10K Road Races Relay Championships (May 27) and Main Street Mile on September 2.
Law firm Leigh Day has today (27 August 2019) announced that it will bring legal challenges against the UK government for age discrimation in relation to public sector pensions for teachers and doctors.The case relates to changes made to pension arrangements across the public sector, which came into force on 1 April 2015. This saw employees born after a certain date being moved into an alternative, less beneficial pension schemes, while protecting older staff, within 10 years of retirement, by allowing them to remain in the original arrangement.Aside from the age discrimination implications, Leigh Day has also noted that increased diversity in certain public sector professions in recent years has resulted in a higher proportion of female and ethnic minority employees being affected by these changes.This case follows the success of the firm’s similar actions on behalf of judges and firefighters. On 27 June 2019, the Supreme Court rejected the government’s petition to appeal a December 2018 Court of Appeal ruling that the Ministry of Justice had discriminated against judges on the grounds of age, race and equal pay.In addition, on 2 August 2019, Leigh Day announced that the government had acknowledged that its treatment of police officers following changes to pensions schemes in April 2015 was discriminatory. This followed a legal challenge brought by the firm on behalf of 13,500 police officers born after 1 April 1967.Nigel Mackay, partner at Leigh Day, said: “We believe the government is short-changing hundreds of thousands of hardworking doctors and teachers.“Public sector pension schemes have been known to provide better than average benefits to reflect the valuable contribution that those in the public sector make to society. However, the changes made by the government have unfairly left younger public sector workers out of pocket.“As a result of the Supreme Court ruling in June, the government has [run] out of options in relation to those judges and firefighters who have brought claims. However, it has not made any commitments to remedy the issue for any judges or firefighters who have not brought claims, or any other public sector workers, including doctors or teachers, that have been affected by the same changes to their pension policy.”