Long Island Press – Top 10 Local News Stories for 2012

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Now that 2012 firmly in the rear view, it’s high time for a little New Year’s retrospection to see what readers love most about us.These are the top 10 most-read Press stories from last year, as voted by readers, based on the best metric known to journalism—the number of clicks each story got on our website over the past 12 months.Some are predictable. Others make you wonder. Add them all up and it’s a list that reveals much about our readership’s interests and offers a trip down news memory lane.10. LI Doctors Among 98 Arrested in Drug Raid: Long Island’s deadly prescription drug abuse epidemic continued to spiral out of control last year as authorities cracked down on dealers and the physicians accused of supplying them with black market pain pills. And still they’ve just scratched the surface.9. Septic County: Remember how Suffolk County is slowly poisoning its own drinking and surface waters through its septic systems because most of the county lacks sewers? Yea, that’s still a monumental problem.8. 100 Sickened, 1 Arrested at Nassau Coliseum: Right before Sandy, 100 intoxicated teens were hospitalized during a rave at the coliseum. And a helicopter pilot was arrested for landing near the chaotic scene for some reason. Unconfirmed rumors of up to seven people dying are likely what made this story so popular.7. Amityville Horror: Second Gun Found? It’s been nearly 40 years since Ronald DeFeo murdered his family, but one filmmaker is among those who believe he didn’t act alone. The new evidence? A handle of a handgun found in the canal behind the house last year.6. 4 LI High Schools Among Top 100 in US: It seems readers like good news, too. This one came when U.S. News & World Report ranked high schools in Rockville Centre, Jericho, Commack and Locust Valley among the nation’s best.5. Paper Tiger: Newsday, once a flagship daily, has become a shell of its former after being bought by monopolistic Cablevision, the horrific cable company everyone hates. Its staff revealed to us the depth of their despair over the changes since the takeover.4. Suffolk Authorities Dispel Serial Killer Suspect Rumors: Armchair detectives solved the Long Island Serial Killer case and broadcast their suspect’s name on the Internet. Except it turns out they were wrong, anyone can post anything to the Internet regardless of validity and the real detectives had to take the rare move to publicly stamp out false rumors.3. Identifying Princess Doe: Thirty years after a teenage girl believed to be from Long Island was found dead of a brutal murder in a New Jersey cemetery, investigators continue their quest for justice for the unidentified victim.2. Ripple Effect: While Suffolk has leaching septic tanks poisoning the aquifers that our drinking water comes from, residents of Bethpage and surrounding areas have carcinogenic toxic plumes from the region’s military industrial past to thank for death from the faucets.1. Sandy: Anyone really surprised that the storm of the century topped this list? Although the homepage for all our coverage was most-clicked, if we listed every Sandy story separately, it would have taken up most of the top 10.last_img read more

Ex-Aberdeen chief Reid founds European investor

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BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders

first_img StumbleUpon Submit ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) continues to pressure the government on delivering clarity to the UK casino sector and its workforce, following the disappointing news that casino venues will not be allowed to reopen this July.Branded in the same category as nightclubs, England’s casino venues were told to remain in lockdown, and given no indication as to their future schedules – a decision that has wreaked havoc on a sector employing 14,000 staff.This weekend, the BGC published a statement by Matt Rudd, the General Manager of the Grosvenor Casino in Broad Street, Birmingham, in which he described the real-life consequences facing venue management and effected staff.“I’m the General Manager of our Grosvenor Broad Street casino in Birmingham and have worked here for the past six years. I’ve seen a lot of change in that time, but the past few months have been the most challenging of the lot. On top of that, the past few days and weeks have been among the most perplexing as I’ve watched other venues reopen their doors.” Rudd’s statement read.Having placed 74 Broad Street staff on furlough, Rudd addressed the dire choices being made by casino venues managers across the land, seeking to mitigate the financial damages of the coronavirus pandemic.Despite facing hardships, Rudd highlighted the community work undertaken by Grosvenor venues in supporting NHS frontline staff, emergency services and further vulnerable groups, providing and delivering hot meals through Rank Group’s arrangement with the Blue Light Card scheme.“My casino is very much part of the local community; lockdown didn’t change that – it simply gave us a new way of showcasing our community values” Rudd stated. .Working through unprecedented times, Rudd detailed overseeing a near four months of diligent work ensuring that his casino would be the safest venue for the general public on Broad Street.During lockdown, Rudd and part-time colleagues would implement comprehensive changes to the casino layout and safety provisions, fitting social distancing measurements and signage, and the installation of Perspex dividers on gaming tables, slots and electronic roulette terminals.Additional precautions saw Rudd install hand sanitisers across the venue, whilst training colleagues on further customer care procedures and cleaning standards to ensure his casino was ‘covid-secure’.“I’ve taken the opportunity to look around what else is happening here in Birmingham and am delighted that we appear to have gone the extra distance to ensure that customers will receive the safest possible welcome and experience when we’re finally allowed to unlock our doors.”“We love working here on Broad Street and we’re straining at the leash to get back to giving our customers a safe and enjoyable experience. I can’t escape the fact that by virtue of remaining closed, we’re delivering no tax receipts to the Government. We’re reliant on the furlough scheme and we’re not really contributing to the vibrancy of the local entertainment scene in this part of the city. That’s what we’re about and it is what we miss most.”Rudd’s statement follows, the BGC publishing its open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, stating that the Treasury could not afford to maintain a sector that contributed weekly tax revenues of £5.8 million in the sidelines, as the government plans its economic recovery.last_img read more

Late Fekitoa try secures win for Highlanders

first_imgBoth sides finished with 14 players in conditions that stifled running rugby as the Highlanders extended their winning run to seven matches, while the Bulls’ play-off hopes now look ever more remote.Fullback Matt Faddes scored the opening try for the visitors, who had to play the final 16 minutes a man down after a red card for wing Waisake Naholo for a reckless tackle with the game evenly poised at 10-10.The Bulls scored their try through fullback Warrick Gelant, but just as they threatened to seize the initiative, lock RG Snyman also saw red for a shoulder charge in a passage of play that appeared to have ended in a home try before the referee pulled the play back and it was disallowed.It would prove a pivitol moment in the game as the Highlanders grabbed the winning points four minutes later.The conditions meant the match was reduced to a tussle between the forwards and it was the Bulls who looked to have the ascendency when Naholo was sent-off.The wing led with his shoulder into the face of home centre Burger Odendaal and the television match official confirmed a red card.The Bulls took a grip on the game and camped near the Highlanders line, with prop Pierre Schoeman going over under the posts.However, Snyman quite clearly cleaned out at a ruck with his shoulder in the build-up and what looked a winning try was rightfully chalked off.He was made to pay further for his moment of madness when Fekitoa found a gap in the Bulls defensive line and skipped past three players to score.last_img read more

Keadue Rovers win Area Shield after dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Gweedore United

first_imgKEADUE ROVERS – BRIAN MCCORMICK GWEEDORE AREA SHIELD WINNERS 2016/17Keadue Rovers 2 v 2 Gweedore United (Keadue win 4-3 on penalties)In perfect conditions in Central Park, Keadue it was the home side who came out on top in the Brian McCormick Gweedore Area shield final. …Both sides have shown good early season form to make it through to the area final and that was clearly evident in a bright opening by both sides. Chances were few and far between however. Indeed it wasn’t until 37 mins that the first real clear cut chance came. A through ball managed to find its way through the heart of the Keadue defence and the lively Ciaran McFadden was alert to drill home expertly and give the visitors the lead.As the clock ticked into injury time in the first half Keadue found themselves level when a speculative shot from Eoin Redmond found its way into the bottom corner putting the sides in level at half time.The visitors started the second half very brightly and took the lead again on 49 mins with Michael Barry scoring with a fine header from a corner to the front post. As the second half progressed Keadue began to commit more men forward in search of an equaliser with Cory Gallagher and Daniel Bonner both going close. Just when it looked like Gweedore Utd were heading for victory a late Keadue corner was brilliantly headed home by Cory Gallagher to bring the tie to extra-time.In the bright sunshine both sides tired in extra time with chances few and far between. And so to penalties where Keadue captain Chris Greene stroked home the winning penalty for Keadue to bring the first piece of silverware of the season to Central Park.Both sides will be very encouraged by their all-round team performances in what was a highly competitive and entertaining game. Keadue Rovers win Area Shield after dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Gweedore United was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Area ShieldGWEEDORE UNITEDKeadue RoversPenalty Shoot-OutsoccerSportlast_img read more