Former State Sen. Owen Johnson, 85, Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s veteran lawmaker, the former State Sen. Owen Johnson, who spent 40 years in public service until his retirement in 2012, has died at the age of 85, it was announced today.“Owen Johnson was beloved by his constituents and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including eight governors who served during his career in the Senate,” said Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the co-leader of the State Senate whose Republican majority counted on Johnson’s continuing support.Johnson had represented the people of Suffolk County in the State Senate from 1972 to 2012, when he finally decided not to run for re-election. At the time he was facing a challenge from long-time Democratic legislator, Rick Montano (D-Brentwood). Instead, Assemb. Phil Boyle became the Republican candidate and won the Senate seat.“Owen Johnson’s leadership helped countless citizens far beyond the boundaries of his senate district,” said Sen. Boyle (R-Bay Shore). “I am proud to say that Owen was not just my senator but he was my mentor and friend. He will be sorely missed.”Up in Albany, Johnson, or “O.J.” as he was known by his colleagues and friends, was the long-time leader of the Senate Finance Committee. “He was a staunch advocate for a state spending cap, which we have strictly adhered to in the past four enacted budgets,” said Skelos in his statement. “Senator Johnson sponsored the original legislation to create the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and the first bill to provide drivers with an insurance discount or a reduction in points for successfully completing a defensive driving course, among many other legislative accomplishments.”Back in his district, Johnson was known for his helping his constituents with their concerns, as well as promoting tourism, strengthening the local economy and boosting the marine fishing industry, as well as preserving the area’s natural resources, which included hosting his annual beach clean-up days. Johnson attended West Babylon Grade School and Babylon High School, according to his official bio, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then graduated from Hofstra College in 1956.He reportedly died of natural causes, at home with his family, according to his former chief of staff, Rory Whelan.“Owen Johnson left an indelible mark on the Senate and forged a legacy of extraordinary service to the people of Suffolk County,” said Skelos.He is survived by his wife Christel; two children, Owen and Christen; his son-in-law Dan Tymann; and his granddaughters Eliza and Scarlett.last_img read more

Dodger Stadium vote center planned for US presidential election

first_img Dodger Stadium will serve as a vote center for the presidential election in November, making the Dodgers the first Major League Baseball team to make their venue available for voting.Any registered voter in Los Angeles County can visit the stadium over a five-day period. Parking will be free.Further details will be announced later. The team said Thursday that all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health guidelines will be followed regarding social distancing.The stadium site is a joint effort between the Dodgers and More Than A Vote, a nonprofit coalition of Black athletes and artists working together to educate, energize and protect young communities of color by fighting systemic voter suppression.Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James helped created More Than A Vote.“We are all in this together,” James said in a statement. “This is exactly why we created More Than a Vote. A lot of us now working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting.”Dodger Stadium has been closed to the general public during the shortened 60-game season. However, the stadium and surrounding property have hosted county’s largest COVID-19 testing site and been a staging ground for emergency equipment and a food distribution site for those experiencing food insecurity.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 14th August, 2020 09:34 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 09:34 IST Dodger Stadium Vote Center Planned For US Presidential Election Dodger Stadium will serve as a vote center for the presidential election in November, making the Dodgers the first Major League Baseball team to make their venue available for voting Written By FOLLOW US COMMENTlast_img read more

Chamber Luncheon with Kelly McTaggart from CAPP

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This month’s speaker for the Fort St. John Chamber speaker luncheon is Kelly McTaggart of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.The luncheon will be Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre from 11:45 am – 2 pm.McTaggart works as the Advisor, Exploration & Production Engagement person for CAPP, the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry.  McTaggart acts as CAPP’s spokesperson and executes CAPP’s stakeholder engagement efforts in communities impacted by oil and gas development.- Advertisement -Prior to joining CAPP in May 2018, Kelly spent 5 years working for Spectra Energy and Enbridge in Fort St. John, BC and Calgary in Indigenous and Community Relations for Major Projects.For tickets to the event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Half-time: Sabah Select XI 0 QPR 1

first_imgPark Ji-sung was given the captain’s armband for QPR’s first pre-season friendly in Malaysia, where they led at the break courtesy of Bobby Zamora’s early goal.Flagship signing Park was making his Rangers debut along with fellow recent arrival Andrew Johnson, while Samba Diakite featured for the first time since his permanent move to the club was rubber-stamped.Another new recruit, on-loan Manchester United defender Fabio, is due to make his debut as one of 11 second-half substitutes.Zamora tapped in the loose ball after Anton Ferdinand’s header had been parried.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Bradley: Pacquiao still can fight vs young guys

first_imgManny Pacquiao speaks to the media in Brisbane, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Australian fighter Jeff Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA—Tim Bradley Jr. has fought Manny Pacquiao three times over 36 rounds in a four-year span.And until now, Bradley still marvels at the way Pacquiao has shown no definite signs of decline as a boxer.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a little strange, but this guy (Pacquiao) can still fight,” Bradley told Filipino media at the lobby of Sofitel Hotel.“He does well against younger fighters and I think that he will do very well in the fight,” Bradley said, referring to Pacquiao’s defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Maybe he wants to show everyone that he still competes at the highest level,” added Bradley, who beat Pacquiao by a controversial split decision in 2012 before losing their rematch in 2014 and trilogy in 2016, is in this Queensland capital to commentate on Pacquiao’s battle with Horn at Suncorp Stadium.After watching Pacquiao’s domination of Jessie Vargas last Nov. 4 in Las Vegas, Bradley is convinced the eight-division world champion has more mileage left in his tank. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’?center_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “This guy, he still has the speed, the power, the reflexes to be at the top of boxing,” Bradley noted.Bradley, however, refused to specify the manner (knockout or decision) with which he sees Pacquiao winning.“I don’t know, it’s up to Manny how long he wants it to last,” Bradley said before boarding a waiting cab.ADVERTISEMENT Ceres whips stallion Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more