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Sonic Boom or Earthquake? What Caused Tremors on Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The tremors felt by residents from Long Island to New Jersey Thursday afternoon were not caused by an earthquake, but a sonic boom in the Garden State, officials said.The United States Geological Survey (USGS) in a Tweet reported that the sonic boom emanated from New Jersey at around 1:30 p.m. It’s unclear what caused the purported sonic boom. Social media erupted after users from Long Island to New Jersey reported the ground shaking.Twitter users told of tremors in Valley Stream, Amityville, Manorville and other communities. Diane Bates of Amityville said she didn’t hear any kind of loud noise outside before the ground shook. She counted as many as seven tremors. “Did anyone else feel the earthquake?” one Twitter user wrote. “I am on Long Island have felt three tremors so far.” One Press reporter who was in Melville at around 1:30 p.m. said he heard a “boom” and the building he was in rattled. The reporter recalled thinking that something had fallen off a truck and smashed into the building. The USGS did not elaborate on the source of the sonic boom, which are typically caused by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound.Here’s how NASA explains a sonic boom:“A sonic boom is the thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft or other type of aerospace vehicle flies overhead faster than the speed of sound or supersonic. Air reacts like a fluid to supersonic objects. As objects travel through the air, the air molecules are pushed aside with great force and this forms a shock wave much like a boat creates a bow wave. The bigger and heavier the aircraft, the more air it displaces.” The last time Long Island experienced an earthquake was 2011, when a 5.8 magnitude jolt in Virginia radiated through Nassau and Suffolk counties.last_img read more

Bailey: ‘The sheriff’ should remain in charge for at least 2 weeks

first_img Published on September 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Drew Allen swung his fist in frustration again and again. Another chance wasted. Another opportunity for Penn State to extend its lead given.Syracuse was trailing Penn State 23-10 with 11 minutes left — seemingly its last reasonable chance to come back for a signature season-opening victory — when on a second-and-12 from the Syracuse 33-yard line, Allen flung a 12-yard out route for Jarrod West.But the ball sailed through no-man’s land and out of bounds. West ran a corner route.Allen stared him down across the field, gaping irefully, before turning and whizzing his right arm around four times.“There were times when we showed a lot of great things on offense, and then there were times that it wasn’t so great,” Allen said. “And I felt like in those times it wasn’t so great, our communication kind of broke apart.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Allen was mediocre in his Orange debut, let’s remember what he’s working with: a first-year head coach and an inexperienced wide receiving corps. Even the offensive line, a group that struggled to handle an aggressive Nittany Lions front seven, has two new starters. So let’s hold back on the calls for Terrel Hunt, at least for another two weeks.Yes, Allen’s 43.2-percent completion rate was off-putting. And yes, his first interception, thrown right to Stephen Obeng-Agyapong at the end of the third quarter, was egregious and inexcusable.But one game doesn’t tell the whole story. Especially with the unit he’s working with, and especially against an above-average Penn State defense.Remember, this is a guy who hasn’t started a football game in five years, who only began getting the majority of first-team reps 10 days before the season opener and who’s used to throwing to bigger, faster Big-12 targets.Had he remained at Oklahoma his cast would’ve consisted of senior 1,000-yard receiver Jalen Saunders, standout sophomore Sterling Shepard and 6-foot-3 senior Lacoltan Bester — not the No. 2-playing-No. 1 receiver West, unproven senior Adrian Flemming and still-learning slot man Ashton Broyld.Expecting immediate greatness and heroic bravado from him this quickly is unrealistic.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester agreed that communication in particular is where Allen and the offense need to improve the most.“Those things he’ll continue to get better at because that’s hard to do,” Lester said. “It takes a lot of time to get comfortable.”Allen’s blunder with West was just one example of that lack of chemistry. Later on the same drive, Obeng-Agyapong blitzed around the left side untouched, de-cleated the 6-foot-5 Allen and slammed him downward into the MetLife Stadium turf.Was it Allen who missed the blitz pickup, or did right tackle Ivan Foy, in his first season as a starter, just whiff on the block?Either way, these are problems that take time to work out — and who’s to say Hunt would be any better?Allen’s poise and talent were apparent at moments on Saturday. The 55-yard, over-the-top connection with Jeremiah Kobena was a glimpse at what he can do when the offense is flowing properly.It was a reminder that Allen could have been starting for the Sooners this year. His competition under center would have consisted of Blake Bell, the powerful runner aptly nicknamed “Belldozer” with the inability to throw for distance or precision, and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who started OU’s first game of the season.After the game SU head coach Scott Shafer said Allen will be a great football player. Lester echoed the sentiment that the job is his for the immediate future, and running back Jerome Smith called him “the sheriff.”So give Allen a chance. Northwestern and Wagner offer two more opportunities for Allen to improve before the coaching staff should decide to either stick with him until SU loses bowl eligibility, or go with Hunt.If Allen is unable to pick apart a lesser Seahawks defense in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 14, by all means go ahead and give Hunt a chance. He’d have time for a tuneup game against Tulane and a bye week to prepare for Clemson. But the next two weeks should be Allen’s regardless of his performance against PSU.With 14 days’ worth of time and repetitions as the unquestioned starter, he’ll have every chance to prove the job should be his.Stephen Bailey is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange whose column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1. Commentslast_img read more

NBA players, basketball world react to Raptors winning first title in franchise history

first_imgWarriors star Kevin Durant also unfortunately ruptured his Achilles during the series. Related News NBA Finals 2019: 3 reasons why the Warriors lost to the Raptors Kyle Lowry scored 26 points to lead the Raptors to the victory while Pascal Siakam chipped in 26, as well. Klay Thompson finished with 30 in the losing effort but left in the third quarter with a knee injury. The Raptors are the 2018-19 NBA champions.Toronto closed out the Warriors with a 114-110 victory at Oracle Arena on Thursday in Game 6 of the Finals to win its first title in franchise history.center_img NBA Finals 2019: 7 key stats from the Raptors’ championship run Kawhi Leonard was named the Finals MVP after averaging 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in the six games against Golden State. He was the best player throughout the postseason.The Warriors were going for their third straight championship and fourth in the last five seasons. But, they came up just short.Here’s how the basketball world reacted to the Raptors taking home the championship:Congrats to the Raps, inspiring the youth back home wit this one for sure 🇨🇦 #ForTheWholeCountry #WorldCupNext! #LetsGoCanada— Kelly Olynyk (@KellyOlynyk) June 14, 2019The @Raptors new @nba Champs!! Congratulations @MarcGasol 💍!!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#NBAFinals— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) June 14, 2019CANADA, THE @NBA TITLE IS YOURS! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/QaCvuX5bsK— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019Congrats Toronto!!! Crazy series— Isaiah Canaan (@SiP03) June 14, 2019Wow @Raptors unbelievable accomplishment…. So proud & way to get it done!!!#CHAMPS— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) June 14, 2019What a time to be alive 🇨🇦 👏— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 14, 2019congrats to tornoto raptors! was a great finals!— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) June 14, 2019Congrats to my dog @Klow7 you deserve it bro! North philly stand up!!— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) June 14, 2019Congrats Toronto! Well deserved! Big Spain!!!!! 👏🏾👏🏾🥳🥳— Mike Conley (@mconley11) June 14, 2019last_img read more

ACBF to Increase Support for Liberia

first_imgMinister Brunson with other participants at the meeting.The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has reaffirmed its support to the rebuilding process of Liberia under the current leadership of President George Manneh Weah.Making the promise during a side meeting with Liberian delegation at the 27th Annual meetings of the Board of Governors of the ACBF held in the Cameroon capital of Yaoundé, the ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie expressed his gratitude to the people of Liberia for the orderly and peaceful 2017 elections, which ushered in the democratic regime of President George Manneh Weah.Professor Nnadozie also extended his congratulations to President Weah and promised to support the Liberian leader and government through policy advisory services in addition to the Foundation’s on-going institutional capacity support and strengthening of the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC).In response, Tanneh G. Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget and Developmental Planning, on behalf of Minister Tweah thanked Professor Nnadozie and the ACBF for its continual support to Liberia.Minister Brunson recounted the ACBF support in 2008 toward the establishment of the LIMPAC and its recent and on-going support to LIMPAC for the establishment of Econometric Forecasting and Training Lab within the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, and support towards the completion of three research studies; IMPACT of UNMIL Drawdown on the Liberian Economy, Assessing TAX ADMINISTRATION challenges on Domestic Revenue mobilization, and Analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of adopting Liberia’s new GDP series.Minister Brunson also congratulated the ACBF on becoming a specialized unit of the African Union and welcomes advisory services and support of ACBF for Liberia, especially during this critical period of drafting, costing, and finalizing of Liberia’s next medium term development strategy; the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Madam Brunson further lamented that as a specialized unit of the AU, Liberia looks forward to the ACBF’s expertise and support for domesticating the Africa Agenda 2063 and the 2030 sustainable goals of the United Nations to Liberia’s new medium term development agenda.LIMPAC Executive Director Mr. Del-Francis Wreh who accompanied Minister Brunson at the 27th Annual meeting also thanked the ACBF for its support to the revitalization of LIMPAC. The LIMPAC Executive Director assured the ACBF boss of LIMPAC’s preparedness to implement projects and programs of the ACBF that promote the socioeconomic improvement of Liberia.In a related development, the ACBF has concluded its 27th Annual Board of Governors meetings on July 20, 2018 under the theme “Youth Employment in Africa: Focus on Developing the Critical Skills.”During the three Panel discussions, panelists shared experiences and challenges across the African continent about the growing youth unemployment and the risks it poses social cohesion and political stability on the continent. During the deliberations, participants highlighted the need for greater resources in addition to political and financial support.In this regard and now more than ever, Africa needs ACBF to not only continue playing its current capacity building coordination role, but to intensify efforts being made to effectively address development bottlenecks and better support skills development interventions. This accordingly requires increased and continual financial support to the ACBF by development partners and member states.  Member states including Liberia were also called upon to start paying their respective pledges towards the ACBF’s 2017 – 2023 strategic plans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more