Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Apparently Mother Nature has not heard our desperate pleas—or maybe she’s enjoying this winter onslaught a little too much. As has been the norm this winter, another storm is barreling toward Long Island, bringing with it a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. (Sigh.)Snow will begin falling around 4 p.m. Sunday and could hang around until Monday morning, forecasters said. Nassau and Suffolk counties could see 1 to 2 inches of snow in most areas, with the North Shore potentially tallying an extra inch. Basically, Sunday could be another messy day on the Island despite minimal accumulation. And then there’s the matter of the deep freeze that has enveloped the Island for several weeks. The forecast calls for a high of 32 degrees Sunday, but the wind chill could make it feel like 15 degrees, the weather service said. If the Island is lucky, the mercury could rise to a high of 37 on Monday, before plummeting into the teens in the evening. And don’t look now, but warmer temperatures are on the horizon.Meteorologists are already predicting a high of 47 on Wednesday, with rain also in the forecast. Unfortunately the brief warm spell could end Friday, when the mercury is expected to drop below freezing once again.On the bright side, at least this isn’t Boston.
MOSCOW — When the strongman ruler of Belarus declared an implausible landslide victory in an election in August and had himself sworn in for a sixth term as president, the United States and other Western nations denounced what they said was brazen defiance of the voters’ will.President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s victory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month, was “fraud.” Mr. Pompeo added: “We’ve opposed the fact that he’s now inaugurated himself. We know what the people of Belarus want. They want something different.”- Advertisement – Just a month later, Mr. Pompeo’s boss, President Trump, is now borrowing from Mr. Lukashenko’s playbook, joining a club of truculent leaders who, regardless of what voters decide, declare themselves the winners of elections.That club counts as its members far more dictators, tyrants and potentates than leaders of what used to be known as the “free world” — countries that, led by Washington, have for decades lectured others on the need to hold elections and respect the result. – Advertisement – But when they do hold genuinely competitive votes and the result goes against them, they often ignore the result, denouncing it as the work of traitors, criminals and foreign saboteurs, and therefore invalid. By refusing to accept the results of last week’s election and working to delegitimize the vote, Mr. Trump is following a similar strategy.The United States has never before had to force an incumbent to concede a fair defeat at the polls. And merely by raising the possibility that he would have to be forced out of office, Mr. Trump has shattered the bedrock democratic tradition of a seamless transition. The parallel is not exact. Mr. Trump participated in a free and fair democratic election. Most autocrats defy voters before they even vote, excluding real rivals from the ballot and swamping the airwaves with one-sided coverage.- Advertisement – read more
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Not even a stunning half-century from rookie Fabian Allen could prevent Jamaica Scorpions from a sudden collapse, as they crashed to a 26-run defeat to Barbados Pride in their final match of the Regional four-day championship here yesterday.Starting the final day at Kensington Oval on 114 for one in pursuit of 341 for victory, Scorpions were dismissed for 314, in the second session, after suffering a swift lower order meltdown.Chadwick Walton, unbeaten on 70 overnight, made 93 while Trevon Griffith, who started the day on 25, made 53.Allen, in only his fourth first-class game, smashed an entertaining 60 off 35 deliveries and Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood chimed in with 44.Scorpions reached lunch on 241 for five – with another 100 runs required in the final two sessions of the contest.But Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican claimed five for 87 and veteran spinner Sulieman Benn, also a left-armer, picked up three for 90, as Scorpions lost their last five wickets for 73 runs.The defeat for Scorpions was their fifth of the campaign and their fourth in five outings in the latter half of the competition, after leading at the mid-season break.Starting the day in control of the run chase, Walton and Griffith extended their second wicket stand to 137 before being separated.Scorpions were increasing their stranglehold on the game when Grifftih swung Warrican to Ashley Nurse at mid-on at 162 for two. Just inside the hour mark, Walton perished with his fifth first-class century in sight, superbly taken at short leg by Kyle Corbin off off-spinner Kenroy Williams.All told, Walton faced 181 deliveries in a shade over 3-1/4 hours at the crease and counted seven fours and four sixes.Scenting a way back, Pride claimed Paul Palmer cheaply for five to a juggling catch at leg slip by Jonathan Carter off Warrican, as Scorpions slumped to 176 for four.Blackwood and the experienced Devon Thomas then came together to steady the innings, in a 65-run, fifth-wicket stand which seemed to be carrying Scorpions safely to the break.But Blackwood fell on the stroke of lunch, when he edged Benn to Nurse at slip at 241 for five, after he had struck three fours and a six in a breezy 66-ball knock.It all went haywire for Scorpions after lunch, with three wickets tumbling for five runs in the space of 20 balls to leave Scorpions on the verge of defeat at 251 for eight.However, Allen brandished his bat to good effect, blasting three fours and six sixes to rally the innings and give Scorpions hope.He put on a vital 44 for the ninth wicket with captain Nikita Miller (4) which rattled Pride before Warrican had Miller caught at slip by Benn.Allen’s last-ditch effort ended when he holed out to Kevin Stoute at cover off Warrican.PRIDE 1st innings 377SCORPIONS 1st innings 224PRIDE 2nd innings 187SCORPIONS 2nd innings (target: 341 runs) (o/n 114 for one)C. Walton c Corbin b Williams 93J. Campbell lbw b Nurse 10T. Griffith c Nurse b Warrican 53J. Blackwood c Nurse b Benn 44P. Palmer c Carter b Warrican 5D. Thomas lbw b Benn 24F. Allen c Stoute b Warrican 60D. Green lbw b Benn 1D. Bulli b Warrican 0N. Miller c Benn b Warrican 4J. Taylor not out 6Extras: (b-11, w-2, nb-1) 14Total: (all out, 87.1 overs) 314Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-162, 3-167, 4-176, 5-241, 6-246, 7-250, 8-251, 9-295.Bowling: Nurse 15-5-54-1, Greaves 13-2-39-0 (w-2, nb-1), Benn 24-4-90-3, Warrican 26.1-5-87-5, Williams 9-0-33-1. read more