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Subway passenger in Upper Manhattan was hit with a hammer on the head | The State

A passenger was hit in the head with a hammer on a New York City Subway platform, in an apparent new random attack.

The NYPD said the incident happened Sunday around 11 a.m. inside the 175th St station on line A, in Washington Heights.

The 46-year-old victim was waiting for a train on the southbound platform when an unidentified man approached him from behind and suddenly struck him on the back of the head with a hammer, authorities said.

The attacker fled in an unknown direction. The stunned victim sought the help of the booth clerk at the station, reported Pix11.

The city’s “mental health crisis” is wreaking havoc on the transportation system, denounced the city’s transit chief, Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The NYPD released a surveillance image of the man they are searching in connection with Sunday’s assault. The suspect has not been detained. Who has information should call at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also via the crimestoppers.nypdonline.org page or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

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Jeffery Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse has its price cut from $88M to $65M

Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side New York City townhouse has just had its sale price slashed by $23 million after six fruitless months on the market.  

The sprawling East 71st home is now listed for $65 million, a decrease of 26 percent from its original asking price of $88 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

First put up for sale in July, along with another of his mansions in Palm Beach, Florida, the listing was posted just under a year after Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on a slew of sex trafficking charges.

The millionaire financier reportedly abused dozens of girls as young as 14 at the opulent property, before his arrest in July 2019. 

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The sprawling East 71st home is now listed for $65 million, a decrease of 26 percent since it was first listed in July

The 50-foot-wide, 100 feet deep property is considered one of the city’s most prestigious homes, with a vast 28,000 square feet of space spread over seven stories (Image shared by Modlin Group, who are representing the property)

 The 50-foot-wide, 100 feet deep property is considered one of the city’s most prestigious homes, with a vast 28,000 square feet of space spread over seven stories (Image shared by Modlin Group, who are representing the property)

The listing was posted just under a year after Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on a slew of sex trafficking charges.

The listing was posted just under a year after Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on a slew of sex trafficking charges.

The 50-foot-wide, 100 feet deep property is considered one of the city’s most prestigious homes, with a vast 28,000 square feet of space spread over seven stories. Its new asking prices works out to be about $2,300 per square foot.

It features an impressive neoclassical stone facade – made of French limestone – that is decorated with ornate carvings and picturesque balconies.

The mansion also has an imposing 15-foot tall front door, which once featured the letters ‘J.E’ in raised brass but they’ve since been removed. 

‘This Mansion presents a once in a life-time opportunity to own the largest single-family home in New York City,’ the listing reads. ‘This historic landmark could easily present itself as a palatial consulate, embassy, foundation, or a museum to once again house some of the world’s greatest works of art.’

The listing makes no mention of Epstein and features only one photograph inside the home, one external image, and one picture of the home’s balcony.

Its impressive exterior facade – made of imported French limestone – is decorated with ornate carvings and picturesque balconies (Image shared by Modlin Group, who are representing the property)

Its impressive exterior facade – made of imported French limestone – is decorated with ornate carvings and picturesque balconies (Image shared by Modlin Group, who are representing the property)

In recent years , the property has gained infamy as a house of horrors, where, for years, Epstein reportedly sexually abused dozens of underage girls

In recent years , the property has gained infamy as a house of horrors, where, for years, Epstein reportedly sexually abused dozens of underage girls

The home has an imposing 15-foot front door, which once featured the letters ‘J.E’ in raised brass (seen above after the July 2019 raid)

The home has an imposing 15-foot front door, which once featured the letters ‘J.E’ in raised brass (seen above after the July 2019 raid)

Built in the early 1930s, the home was originally commissioned by Herbery N. Straus, an heir to the Macy’s department store fortune, whose father had perished on the Titanic 18 years earlier.

More recently it was owned by Leslie Wexner, chairman of L Brands, which owns retailers including Victoria’s Secret, who was also a mentor of Epstein’s.

Epstein reportedly purchased the home from Wexner back in 1998 for $20 million – just under $7 million more than Wexner had bought it for in 1989.

In the years since, the property has gained infamy as a house of horrors, where, for years, Epstein reportedly sexually abused dozens of underage girls.

The shamed financier reportedly had hundreds of pinhole surveillance cameras installed throughout the home so he could monitor his victim’s ‘private moments’ in bedrooms and bathrooms. He allegedly had a media room behind a hidden door where he kept stacks of TVs playing the surveillance feeds. 

Esteemed guests who've stayed at the home include Prince Andrew, who is shown in the above image peering around the front door in December 2010

Esteemed guests who’ve stayed at the home include Prince Andrew, who is shown in the above image peering around the front door in December 2010

Epstein also reportedly hung a bizarre oil paining of Bill Clinton in a blue dress inside his seven story mansion

Epstein also reportedly hung a bizarre oil paining of Bill Clinton in a blue dress inside his seven story mansion

Epstein died in a New York jail in August 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The death was ruled a suicide

Epstein died in a New York jail in August 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The death was ruled a suicide

When his home was raided in July 2019 as part of a sex trafficking sting, authorities reportedly found lurid images of young girls locked in a safe. They also found ‘piles of cash’, diamonds and an expired foreign passport listing Epstein’s residence as Saudi Arabia.

Epstein died in a New York jail in August 2019 aged 66, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The death was ruled a suicide.

Most of his belongings were removed from the home following his death, though people who have viewed the listing previously claimed that some of his relics – mainly furniture – remain.

He was believed to have at one time hung a bizarre oil painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress on one of his walls. Other quirks inside the mansion included a huge taxidermy tiger and a stuffed poodle.

Esteemed guests at the home include Prince Andrew, who was pictured in December 2010 peering around the front door, as he reportedly waived goodbye to a brunette female he’d led out. 

Modlin, who has the listing for Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, previously said they didn’t think Epstein’s association with the property would affect their sale prices – despite the home apparently playing a central role in Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking operation.

The reason behind the home’s dramatic price cut is not yet known. However, the New York real-estate market has reportedly been hard hit by the pandemic, with townhouse sales down 50 percent on 2019.

Where luxury townhouses are considered, there has been just 22 sales over $10 million in the first three quarters of 2020, compared to 64 during the same times frame last year, according to WSJ.

Epstein’s beachfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, also hit the marked in July of last year for $21.995 million

Epstein’s beachfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, also hit the marked in July of last year for $21.995 million

However, that home was sold in November to spec home developer Todd Michael Glaser who says he intends to replace the existing home with a 14,000-square-foot Art Moderne mansion

However, that home was sold in November to spec home developer Todd Michael Glaser who says he intends to replace the existing home with a 14,000-square-foot Art Moderne mansion

Epstein owned multiple luxury properties around the world, including an island dubbed Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was known to locals as ‘Pedophile Island.’ A month before Epstein’s death, he estimated his properties were collectively valued at over $180 million.

Epstein’s beachfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, also hit the marked in July of last year for $21.995 million.

However, that home was sold in November to spec home developer Todd Michael Glaser, who says he intends to replace the existing home with a 14,000-square-foot Art Moderne mansion.

Sale proceeds from the Epstein estate will go towards a compensation fund for the dozens of alleged victims who have filed civil suits in the wake of his death.  

TIMELINE OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S LEGAL TROUBLES

1999-2002 – Virginia Roberts [Jane Doe #3] claims to she served as a ‘sex slave’ for Jeffrey Epstein and was required to engage in sexual activity with him and a number of his high-profile friends.  

March 2005 – Authorities in Florida launch a probe into Epstein after a mother calls and alleges that her daughter was molested at his Palm Beach estate.

May 2006 – A probable cause affidavit is filed by the Palm Beach Police Department after the sexual battery investigation into Epstein, Sarah Kellen and Haley Robson Sworn. It charges Epstein with four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for unlawful sex with a minor. Five victims and seventeen witnesses were interviewed, and alleged that Epstein engaged in unlawful sexual behavior. Sworn meanwhile was accused of profiting by providing young girls to Epstein, while Kellen was tasked with keeping a black book containing the names and contact information of these minors in her capacity as Epstein’s assistant.

May 2006 – Barry Krischer, the State Attorney in Palm Beach, refers the case to a grand jury. 

June 2006   The grand jury returns an indictment of one count of solicitation of prostitution. This charge does not reflect that the individual in question was a minor. Only one girl testifies in front of the grand jury.

July 2006 – The Palm Beach Police Chief grows increasingly annoyed as he watches the lack of progress his investigation is making in the legal system, and convinces the FBI to open a federal investigation. It is dubbed Operation Leap Year and the possible crime being probed is ‘child prostitution.’

November 2006   Operation Leap Year picks up steam as the FBI begins interviewing potential witnesses and victims from the three states where Epstein owns property: Florida, New York and New Mexico. 

June 2007 – The US Attorney’s Office drafts a lengthy indictment as the federal probe  of Epstein comes to an end, while at the same time Epstein begins negotiating a possible plea deal. 

July 2007 – A new set of grand jury subpoenas are issued, including ones for Epstein’s computers. When police go to execute those subpoenas at Epstein’s Palm Beach home, they discover they have all been removed. 

August 2007 – The US Attorney in Miami at the time, Alex Acosta, joins the Epstein negotiation talks. 

September 2007 – Epstein signs a non-prosecution agreement on September 24 after rejecting multiple plea deals. His criminal charges are then deferred to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.

October 2007   Acosta meets with Epstein’s lawyer Jay Lefkowitz to finalize the terms of the plea deal. It is agreed that the victims would not be notified,  the deal would be kept under seal and all grand jury subpoenas would be canceled – including the one for Epstein’s computers, which were still at large.

January 2008 – After months of demands, Epstein and his lawyers say they will not longer accept the plea deal because he forces him to register as a sex offender.

February 2008 – A civil lawsuit is filed against Epstein by an anonymous woman, stating that as a 16-year-old minor she was recruited to give Epstein a paid massage. She demands $50 million, claiming that she was then force to perform sex acts on Epstein.

March 2008 – A federal grand jury presentation is planned following the FBI probe. Lawyers for Epstein begin harassing victims with phone calls and one of his investigators is accused of trying to run a victim’s father off the road.  

March 2008 – A second woman files a civil action against Epstein.

May 2008 – It is announced that with no plea deal in case, the federal case against Epstein can proceed. 

June 2008 – On June 30, Epstein pleads guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution with a minor under the age of 18. Both are state charges and he is sentenced to 18 months in jail. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

July 2008 – Epstein’s victims learn of the plea deal, but it will be another 10 years before they are informed of all the details, including the fact that victim was 16 in the charge to which Epstein entered a guilty plea and not 14 like the women were led to believe. This allowed Epstein to avoid registering as a sex offender in multiple states like New Mexico, where he has a ranch. An emergency petition is filed udner the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which mandates that victims be informed about plea agreements and the right to appear at sentencing. It is ignored.

August 2008 – Epstein’s agreement cannot be unsealed for the victims to see it is ruled in court, with federal prosecutors fighting to keep the records hidden from the public.

October 2008 – Epstein begins work release from the county stockad, where  six days a week an he is transported to an office where he is able to work and entertain visitors. He returns to the stockade in the evening.

December 2008 – A judge grants Epstein’s request to travel to New York for a day and then an extended stay. He says it is for a court case, but after an initial filing there is no follow-up in the case. 

July 22, 2009 – Epstein is released from prison. 

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Daily coronavirus cases have fallen by as much as 44% across the Midwest and Upper Great Plains

Coronavirus cases have been stabilizing and steadily declining across the Midwest and Upper Great Plains over the last few weeks.

States such as Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming – some of which were hit the hardest by the virus – are seeing counts fall by as much as 44 percent.  

One reason for the drop appears to be that governors in several states, such as Iowa, North Dakota and Wyoming, finally instituted mask mandates after resisting for months.

Another is that a sizable percentage of the population in these states, at least 20 percent, has already been infected, meaning the number of new cases is likely going to decline, according to analysis from covid19-projections.com. 

Meanwhile, infections are surging in coastal states such as California and New York, reminiscent of the early days of the pandemic, although it’s unclear why. 

It comes as the US COVID-19 death toll, which now stands at more than 292,000, surpassed the number of Americans who were killed during World War II.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr Robert Redfield, also issued a stark warning on Thursday, saying daily death tolls over the next two to three months will likely exceed the total lives lost in the US during the 9/11 and Pearl Harbor attacks.  

In Wisconsin, daily infections have fallen by 24% over the last 14 days

New coronavirus cases have been declining across Midwestern states such Illinois and Wyoming. In Illinois, daily cases have declined by 15% over the last two weeks (left) while, in Wisconsin, they’ve declined by 24% (right)

In Wyoming, new infections have dropped by 32% over the last two weeks

Daily coronavirus cases have fallen by 44% in North Dakota over the last 14 days

In Wyoming, new infections have dropped by 32% (left) over the last two weeks and, in North Dakota, they have decreased by 44% (right). Both states’ governors recently instituted mask mandates after months of resisting 

New daily COVID-19 cases have declined by 16% in South Dakota

In Nebraska, daily infections have dropped by 19% over the last two weeks

New daily COVID-19 cases have declined by 16% in South Dakota (left) and 19% in Nebraska (right). One analysis finds that, as more than 20% of the population has become infected in these states, the rate of new cases has decreased

In Illinois, 9,420 cases were recorded on Friday, which is a 15 percent decrease from the number of cases reported over the last two weeks, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

Hospitalizations and the average seven-day positivity rate are also on the downward, but officials warn that post-holiday surge is not over.

‘We are not out of the Thanksgiving surge period yet,’ Gov JB Pritzker (D) said during a news conference on Thursday. 

‘We unfortunately still have hundreds more Illinoisans in the hospital fighting COVID-19 than we did at our spring peak.’

Meanwhile, in nearby Wisconsin, COVID-19 infections have declined by around 24 percent with just 3,858 reported on Friday.

Despite being two weeks since Thanksgiving, which is also the standard incubation period for the virus, testing, cases and hospitalizations are dropping. 

‘We’re not seeing it in the case of a lot of new cases coming up,’ Dr Jeff Pothof, Chief Quality Officer for UW Health, told Channel 3000.

‘I don’t know if it’s just people are getting tested less and less often, or I don’t know if it’s a data issue where the broad availability of antigen tests are not filing into the databases that we’re looking at.’ 

In North Dakota and South Dakota, at one point the states with the two highest number of cases per capita, new cases have declined by 44 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

North Dakota’s fall can be attributed to the actions take by Gov Doug Burgum (R), who was hesitant to impose any rules at the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, in coastal states such as New York cases are on the rise with more than 10,500 being recorded on Friday

Meanwhile, in coastal states such as New York cases are on the rise with more than 10,500 being recorded on Friday

The latest data from California shows that nearly 30,000 people are testing positive in a single day, although it's unclear why the number of cases are increasing

The latest data from California shows that nearly 30,000 people are testing positive in a single day, although it’s unclear why the number of cases are increasing

Burgum, who once opposed mask orders, extended on Wednesday a mandatory statewide mask mandate until January 18, noting the measures ‘appear to be working.’

Restrictions on bars and restaurants and bars, including limiting capacity to 50 percent and 10pm closing time, will remain in place until January 8.  

Burgrum urged residents to keep wearing masks and social distancing, adding that North Dakota and the US are in ‘the home stretch’ with vaccines soon to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Cases in Wyoming have declined by 32 percent over the last 14 days, also believed to be due to stricter measures put in place by officials.

On Wednesday, a statewide order requiring that masks be worn in public places went into effect. It came one week after the majority of state counties instituted their own, reported the Casper Star-Tribune. 

On the same day, Rep Liz Cheney (R) and the two GOP Sens John Barrasso and Mike Enzi released a joint statement expressing support for Gov Mark Gordon’s (R) mask mandate.

Dr Robert Redfield issued a stark warning on Thursday saying daily death tolls over the next two to three months would likely exceed the total American lives lost during the 9/11 and Pearl Harbor attacks. Pictured: Redfield gives remarks during a round table discussion at CDC headquarters, December 4

Dr Robert Redfield issued a stark warning on Thursday saying daily death tolls over the next two to three months would likely exceed the total American lives lost during the 9/11 and Pearl Harbor attacks. Pictured: Redfield gives remarks during a round table discussion at CDC headquarters, December 4

‘It’s not a cure-all, but wearing a mask and practicing social distancing goes a long way in stopping the spread,’ the lawmakers said.

‘These actions will help protect our family, friends and neighbors while still allowing us to keep our state open and working.’ 

It comes on the heels of an FDA advisory committee recommending that the federal healthy agency approve the emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE. 

Britain, Bahrain and Canada have already authorized the jab and the US is expected to do so by the end of the week, while a second jab, from Moderna Inc, is set to be approved next week.

Despite the latest moves to approve a vaccine, a top coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden delivered a stern holiday message to Americans – ‘no Christmas parties’ – and warned they face a COVID-19 siege for weeks to come. 

‘The next three to six weeks at minimum… are our COVID weeks,’ Dr Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN. 

‘It won’t end after that, but that is the period right now where we could have a surge upon a surge upon a surge.’   

Meanwhile, Redfield issued a stark warning yesterday saying daily death tolls over the next two to three months would likely exceed the total American lives lost during the 9/11 and Pearl Harbor attacks. 

‘We are in the time-frame now that probably for the next 60 to 90 days we’re going to have more deaths per day than we had at 9/11 or we had at Pearl Harbor,’ he said during an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations event on Thursday.

‘The reality is the vaccine approval this week is not going to really impact that, I think, to any degree for the next 60 days.’       

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Evolution: Upper arm may hold the key to how vertebrates rose from the seas 390 million years ago


The key to how vertebrates first rose up out of the ocean and began to conquer the land some 390 million years ago may lie in the upper arm bone, a study has found. 

US and UK experts found that the development of the humerus — the bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow — made the animals better walkers than swimmers.

This developed led to the emergence of the tetrapods — four-legged animals that, unlike their aquatic forebears — mostly lived on the land.

It triggered the emergence of tetrapods — four-legged animals that mostly live on land. Their ancestors had been confined to water.

This finding shines a light on a key process in the history of evolution — the transformation of fins into limbs — which has been poorly understood.

US and UK experts found that the development of the humerus — the bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow — made the animals better walkers than swimmers. This developed led to the emergence of the tetrapods (pictured) — four-legged animals that, unlike their aquatic forebears — mostly lived on the land

‘Being able to walk around on land essentially set the stage for all biodiversity and established modern terrestrial ecosystems,’ said paper author and zoologist Stephanie Pierce of Harvard University.

‘It represents an incredibly important period of time in evolutionary history.’

Scientists have been trying to unravel the mysteries underlying the transition of vertebrates onto land for more than a century.

Early tetrapods like Acanthostega and Ichthyostega were the first vertebrates to possess limbs with digits, instead of fish-like fins.

Their descendants include extinct and living amphibians, reptiles and mammals — including us humans.

The humerus is invaluable for movement because it hosts key muscles that absorb much of the stress generated by quadrupedal — that is, ‘four-legged’ — locomotion.

Moreover, the bone is found in all tetrapods as well as the fishes that they evolved from — and is pretty common throughout the fossil record.

Given this, the bone represents a sort-of time capsule, since it can be examined across the fin-to-limb transition, the researchers explained.

‘We went in with the idea the humerus should be able to tell us about the functional evolution of locomotion as you go from being a fish that’s just swimming around and as you come onto land and start walking,’ said paper author Blake Dickson.

In their study, the team analyses 3D reconstructions of 40 fossilised humeri — including recently-collected specimens, dating back more than 350 million years, found be researchers from the University of Cambridge.

The team ran their data through a supercomputer for thousands of hours — a period of almost four years — to assess how the bone likely changed over time and what impact such may have had on how the creatures moved.

The analysis covered the transition from aquatic fishes to terrestrial tetrapods — including an intermediate type with previously unknown locomotor capabilities.

The researchers found that the emergence of limbs in this latter group coincided with the transition onto land — but that these pioneers were not great at walking.

They found that an early 'L-shaped' humerus (middle) derived from the blocky bone of fish (left) provided some benefit for moving on land — but not much. The pioneering creatures had a long way to go before they developed the ability to use their limbs with ease. Later, the bone transformed into a more robust, elongated and twisted form (right) — leading to more effective gaits that helped to fuel new biological diversity and the expansion of ecosystems

They found that an early ‘L-shaped’ humerus (middle) derived from the blocky bone of fish (left) provided some benefit for moving on land — but not much. The pioneering creatures had a long way to go before they developed the ability to use their limbs with ease. Later, the bone transformed into a more robust, elongated and twisted form (right) — leading to more effective gaits that helped to fuel new biological diversity and the expansion of ecosystems

As these creatures left the water, their humerus bones changed shape — resulting in new functional traits that proved more advantageous for life on land.

That made sense, said Mr Dickson. He added: ‘You can’t be good at everything. You have to give up something to go from being a fish to being a tetrapod on land.’

The team captured these changes were captured on a morphological map showing how early tetrapods stood in relation to water- or land-dwellers.

They found that an early ‘L-shaped’ humerus provided some benefit for moving on land — but not much. The pioneering creatures had a long way to go before they developed the ability to use their limbs with ease. 

The analysis covered the transition from aquatic fishes (left) to terrestrial tetrapods (right) — including an intermediate type (middle) with previously unknown locomotor capabilities. The researchers found that the emergence of limbs in this latter group coincided with the transition onto land — but that these pioneers were not great at walking

The analysis covered the transition from aquatic fishes (left) to terrestrial tetrapods (right) — including an intermediate type (middle) with previously unknown locomotor capabilities. The researchers found that the emergence of limbs in this latter group coincided with the transition onto land — but that these pioneers were not great at walking

Later, the bone transformed into a more robust, elongated and twisted form — leading to more effective gaits that helped to fuel new biological diversity and the expansion of ecosystems.

This ‘demonstrates how much information you can get from such a small part of an animal’s skeleton that’s been recorded in the fossil record,’ said Professor Pierce.

Analysis of such, she added, has helped ‘unravel one of the biggest evolutionary transformations that has ever occurred. This is really cutting-edge stuff.’

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Nature.



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Latinos from the Upper West Side of Manhattan Promote Being “Good Neighbors” and Going Out to Vote | The NY Journal


Images of the Guadalupe’s Virgin, Mafalda, José Gregorio Hernández, Pope Francis and even Ricky Martin, shine these days in some streets and restaurants of the Upper West Side, Manhattan. Full of color, and as a testimony of the Latino presence that has survived the displacement of the poorest in that part of New York, the posters “speak” in Spanish and make an urgent invitation to go out to vote this November 3. The challenge is not staying home without exercising the right to votethey say.

This is assured by neighbors, artists and community leaders in the area, who without political color, agree that due to the evident stigmatization and the attacks that the immigrant community has received like darts from Washington In the last four years, these elections are final for Hispanics to make their power felt.

“The only way to get rid of a great evil is by voting to remove a threat against humanity that at this moment is the person who is in control, and this, like the mandatory use of masks, It is not a political decision, but a human decision“, He assures Bernardo palombo, director of Latin American Workshop, (who lives on the Upper West Side) in a personal capacity.

We have a pandemic and we have a nightmare at the same time. They are going to go together in some way, that is why it is important to vote and also understand that the new reality is not going to be put together by politicians, but rather a recreation of artists, young people, innovative minds and the communities ”, commented the Argentine, wearing a colored mask and explaining the reason for the campaign “Family USA your vote”.

The importance of voting as a family

“This pandemic has polarized everythingFor good and for bad, and as a culturally Latino community we are known for being able to put family and friends above all else, hence the importance of voting as a family, of using the vote. That goes beyond ideology, in a variety of expressions, where we show that characters like Mafalda, Pope Francis, the Orisha, the Guadalupana and Ricky Martin they are the expansion of what is called Latino and not what many Anglo people believe, that a Latino is only the one who dances ‘Despacito’ ”.

This year’s elections coincide with the program’s 10th anniversary “Good neighbours”, where despite the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in association with the organization Columbus Amsterdam BID and the artist Jennifer Pliego, have wanted to take to the streets to show that art also unites, heals and motivates political action.

“This year it is especially important for Hispanics in New York to go out and vote, and we want to make sure everyone is votingBecause many of us do not give the real importance of the vote and we think that it is something optional, that my vote does not matter much, but with these elections in particular, we cannot risk anything. We have to go out and vote, because it is a point in history, where the vote is going to matter“, He assures Michael Gonzalez, son of Mexican parents, born on the Upper West Side and project manager of the organization Columbus Amsterdam BID.

Michael González, son of Mexican parents, born on the Upper West Side and project manager of the organization Columbus Amsterdam BID

Trump said this was his city, but this is not the city of él; This is the city of the communities, of us, of the people who make it better than it already is and we know that it will continue to be the home not only of Latinos, but of integrated communities, where we respect each other and work together ”, added the 22-year-old.

Upper West Side ‘Good Neighbors’

And showing an exhibition of photos of the faces of inhabitants of that part of New York, Jennifer Pliego, from the “Good Neighbors” program, wanted to set up her exterior “gallery” between 108th and 109th streets with Amsterdam Avenue, to join the your community to give relief and raise awareness.

The photographer Jennifer Pliego, promoter of the Good Neighbors program, will be showing her exhibition of photos of faces on Saturdays and Sundays.

These faces are the people who make this a community. That is what we are. Our vision is to create a safe environment that celebrates the diversity of this place, something that is in total opposition to the Trump AdministrationBecause everything she does always shows her inability to embrace the diversity of this country, of this neighborhood, ”said the artist. “Every day it is destroying these concepts and we have to demonstrate to recover the dignity that it has wanted to take away from us and our mental health, which is the same internal health (…) I am not a politician, I am an artist, but I know that this place, these faces, these blocks, which are like a town, will continue to be maintained, because it is a moment in which we must fight together and be more connected ”.

As part of the artistic and community activities, and as the last liberation message at the time of the elections, activists say, this Sunday, they mounted a movable mural, where neighbors could demonstrate through messages. “It was a mural, not a wall”they warned.

Through art and maintaining a sense of community, Upper West Side artists and residents urge Latinos to show their power at the polls

Julio Montero, who claims to have grown up in the Upper West Side since arriving from Puerto Rico, and who claims to have hit rock bottom more than 15 years ago, added to the message of voting as a community in the elections and said that this time it is a matter of “honor”, of respect to “Most basic meaning of what it is to be human“.

I do not believe in God, I do not believe in anything, but I believe in the strength of family and neighbors, of good people, and that it is time to remove Trump from power, as a matter of mental and emotional health for all. Voting this time is a matter of life, of respect, ”said the Puerto Rican. “I hadn’t read the message on that sign correctly, but it represents me. Let’s do it !:‘Family USA your vote … throw it away ‘… and we are going to throw it away, you’ll see ”.

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In the historic Democratic stronghold of Upper Manhattan and The Bronx, Latinos continue to vote en masse | The NY Journal


When I was just a teenager Victor Vinicio Alvarez was brought to the United States by his parents from the Dominican Republic in 1954. Years later, he exercised his right to vote in the elections disputed between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in the convulsed 1960. This week the islander living in Upper Manhattan returned to the polls to “give his opinion in a conscious way in a polarized country and with other problems”

This 78-year-old from Santiago looked happy to participate in the early voting days at the center set up in his neighborhood in Washington Heights, in the Russ Berrie Center of Columbia University in the St Nicholas Avenue.

“I believe that we as immigrants who have grown up in this great country and have the opportunity to give our opinion through our vote, we must think about the best option. A few decades ago we had no voice. We had no weight in an election. Yes now!, Alvarez asserted when he showed pride to have added a new suffrage to a history of more than 10 presidential elections.

The islander assures that he has never been obsessive in his electoral options by a political party.

“I have simply analyzed who is the best for our community. Sometimes i’ve been wrong. I believe that in this very historic election I have put my trust in the best option, for our future, both in the offices of Congress and for the country, ”said the immigrant.

The polling places in Washignton Heights have been packed since last Saturday. (Photo; F. Martínez)

High turnout in Upper Manhattan

Most of the early voting sites registered floods of voters in predominantly Dominican and Hispanic neighborhoods of Inwood, Washington Heights and parts of the Bronx.

In addition to the 2020 presidential election, other offices are up for grabs in these neighborhoods, including seats in the Congress, the Senate, and the State Assembly.

Robert Jackson, a state senator who has represented Inwood and Washington Heights, is seeking another term. You are being challenged by the Republican Melinda Crump.

Also seeking re-election to represent Upper Manhattan are Assemblymembers Al Taylor and the dominican Carmen De La Rosa. Both run unopposed in an electoral circuit where historically in the last 40 years the democrats have risen in any electoral consultation.

For the House of Representatives, Congressman of Dominican origin Adriano Espaillat from the Democratic Party who is a member of the 13th district of Congress, (Washington Heights, Inwood, the West Bronx, Harlem and the Upper East Side), is also on the ballot Elections 2020 aspiring to reelection.

Puerto Rican teacher Francisco Reyna, 48, who lives in Inwood assures that eIn those neighborhoods there will be no surprises.

“But I think we have the option of electing representatives to the Congress and the New York Assembly, also Hispanic, we must be very demanding. Many of these politicians have disappointed us “Reyna said.

Blue territory

In the last elections of 2016 where Hillary Clinton disputed the highest office in the country with the Republican Donald Trump who is seeking reelection, the Democratic candidate obtained close to the 70% of the vote in the Washington Heights, Inwood, Harlem and Bronx axis epicenter of Dominican and Puerto Rican immigration in the Big Apple.

Similarly, former President Barack Obama won a vote that borders on the 70% in an uncontested process in northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

“It seems to me that this year we are going to exceed those numbers, people are voting more, especially young people. I’ve never seen them so enthusiastic, ”said Puerto Rican Lorenzo Martínez, 52, who works as an electoral observer for an organization that helps the elderly to vote in the voting center in the Bronx Courthouse on Grand Concourse Avenue, a bastion overwhelmingly dominated by the blue party.

Although these towns of the Big Apple are predominantly Dominican It is also the home of Puerto Rican families, Central American and Mexican.

Jesús Suárez, born in Santo Domingo, votes for the first time in a US lesson Photo: F. Martínez)

Excitement for the vote

The also islander born in Santo Domingo, José Suárez, 63, is the first time he votes For a presidential election in this country, since he was not clear where he should do it in the Bronx this week, he was looking for information to vote this Sunday, the last day of the anticipated day.

I just became a citizen, after 13 years of living here. Before, he had voted for a long time on the island. Now I am very excited to be able to give my opinion in this process. As an immigrant and as a resident of this wonderful city, even though we are going through a bad time due to the pandemic, we must make our voice heard, ”Suárez reasoned.

Meanwhile, the also Quisqueyana Tania Peralta, 38, She was excited to vote with her cousin in the Bronx last Thursday, despite the rain and bad weather.

“I didn’t want to wait. These elections are too important to be put to the last minute. It is the second time that I vote, we as Latinos must make it clear that we have strength. I tell my people to participate that they come before, that it is very easy and fast ”, Tania recommended.

Dominican Tania Peralta was happy to have participated in the early voting in the Bronx Court. (Photo: F. Martínez)

The data:

  • 750,000 Dominicans they live in the Big Apple, meaning the largest Latino community according to a study by the City University of New York (CUNY).
  • 39% of the two million Hispanic voters in New York are Puerto Rican.
  • 30% of Latino voters He is Central American; 15 percent are from South America, and 7 percent are of Mexican descent.

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Auto BMW flew off the upper street and landed next to train track in New York | The NY Journal


The service was suspended 30 minutes

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Passengers waiting for the train witnessed an image that will take time to forget, when yesterday they saw a BMW car fly from the upper street, break the security wire fence and fall about 20 feet, crashing next to the tracks of the Metro line- North in New York.

No train passed through the station Pleasantville when the vehicle crashed a few feet from the tracks around 12 p.m., suspending service between North White Plains and Mount Kisco for nearly 30 minutes, while the car was removed, traffic authorities said.

Police and witnesses said the incident began at the nearby intersection of Memorial Plaza and Manville Road. BMW driver rear-ended a pickup and then two parked cars before going through the fence.

Pleasantville police reported that the 20-year-old driver suffered a “medical emergency” behind the vehicle before the triple crash. Miraculously he only suffered minor injuries and there were no more injuries.

John Morra was driving the truck hit from behind. “A car collided with me and pushed me towards the intersection and at that moment I did not realize that I was hooked to my truck,” Morra explained. Added to NBC News that he feels fortunate that neither he nor anyone else was seriously injured.





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Nick Jonas Shows Off His Intense Upper Body & Core Workout Routine To Stay In Shape — Watch


Nothing can stop Nick Jonas from working out, not even a global pandemic. The ‘Jonas Brothers’ singer shared a new clip of himself pumping iron in his living room.

Nick Jonas works hard to maintain his fit physique! The 28-year-old took to Instagram on October 16 to share a video of himself doing an upper body workout. The Jonas Brothers singer gave fans a glimpse at exactly what moves he does in order to achieve muscular arms and toned abs. “Upper body/ core circuit. This is a killer upper body, and core circuit. It’s not fun in the moment but it does the trick. Hope you all have a fun and safe weekend,” he captioned the clip, adding a flexing arm emoji.

This isn’t the first time the former Disney Channel star has given fans a peek into his quarantine workout routine. His wife Priyanka Chopra shared a photo to her Instagram account on August 9, showing Nick doing push-ups. Of course, that wasn’t all to the snap. Priyanka lent her husband of over two years a helping hand by sitting on his back during the workout, making those push ups all the more difficult.

Nick Jonas has shared a video of himself working out. Image: SplashNews

“Push ups are my favourite exercise,” the Quantico actress hilariously captioned the pic. Priyanka appeared to be enjoying her time, and couldn’t help but giggle while Nick labored through the workout. The couple also wore near-matching black exercise outfits while breaking a sweat outside of their Los Angeles residence — what a fashionable duo!

It comes just a couple of weeks after Nick celebrated his 28th birthday! His stunning wife shared a sweet video compilation in the early hours of his bday, featuring clips of Nick parachuting in a tuxedo. It also included footage from Nick’s concerts, coaching on The Voice, and a slew of endearing moments between the pair. Talk about couple goals!





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Mystery for Hispanic Father Found Dead on Upper Manhattan Freeway | The NY Journal



For unknown reasons he was lying on the tracks, where he was hit by a driver who fled

Reilyn Viñas, a 27-year-old Dominican father, was found dead on the side of Henry Hudson Parkway (Upper Manhattan), apparently run over by a hit-and-run driver said the police.

A closer look from the researchers revealed that Viñas he was already lying on the road before being hit by the car.

The deceased he lived with his grandmother in Sugar Hill and for unknown reasons was on the rails north, near West 181st St in Washington Heights, around 9:15 p.m. from Thursday, when a driver hit him and followed ahead.

He was discovered unconscious, with severe trauma to his body, and pronounced dead at the scene. The police do not yet know why Vinas was lying on the avenue or how he ended up there. It was also not immediately clear what type of vehicle hit him.

“I want justice,” said his brother Darlin Viñas to NBC News. The details surrounding the case are murky.

One witness said that most of the neighbors on Riverside Drive They thought someone had jumped off the George Washington Bridge. “I assumed that someone jumped and landed in the water, but when I replied to the text message to my brother, he said, ‘No, it’s here on the road … I’m looking at the body right now,'” said Catherine Vázquez.

Viñas’ mother received the fateful call in Dominican Republic after midnight on Thursday. The young man helped financially, sending money home monthly. Also left a 7-year-old son on the Caribbean island.

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Enhance your upper body with rock rings


Rock rings, used to practise climbing, can be added to home workouts to enhance upper body and core strength

Used to improve climbing skills, rock rings not only enhance finger grip but also add value to regular upper body and core strength workouts. Rock rings are inexpensive, portable and can be hung easily over bars, tree limbs or any surface which can take the load of your body.

The ring is designed for different finger grips. From a full grip at the very top — also known as the jug — for four fingers and three- and two-finger grips at the bottom of the ring. The idea is for your body to be able to pull its weight when climbing up a mountain, using just two fingers.

Enhance your upper body with rock rings

Of course, this will be assisted by a strong core and the upper body muscles. The fingers can be partially or fully bent. They will be sore in the beginning but as the callouses form, the sensitivity will reduce as will the abrasions. Remember to keep the elbows slightly bent, scapulae (shoulder blades) retracted and all the upper body muscles actively engaged. This will prevent any strain on the joints of the elbows, on the neck and the upper back. The lower back should be neutral at all times.

Keep the workout as simple and compact as possible — a few minutes, to begin with. And then progress according to your individual abilities and goals. As always, warm up. A 15-minute moderate to intense warm up should include full body movements like jogs with arms pumping, jumping jacks, spot jogs, burpees or anything that makes you sweat. At the end, cool down. Include stretches for all the upper body and upper back muscles. Rolling is also a good option.

The basic moves

Hold these for 10 seconds at a time. You can do two or three repetitions if you wish. Increase the duration of the holds as you get better.

Enhance your upper body with rock rings

Straight arm hang

Use the four fingerhold to hang on, without bending the arms at the elbow.

Bent arm hang

Enhance your upper body with rock rings

In a half-pull up position, with arms bent at the elbow.

Offset hangs

Shift your bodyweight to one side, loading one arm at a time.

Enhance your upper body with rock rings

Pull ups

Pull yourself up until your shoulder is on the same level as the rings. Here, it is important that the lower body be totally silent (or inactive).

Offset pull ups

Enhance your upper body with rock rings

Shift your bodyweight to one side, performing one arm pull-up at a time.

L hang

Choose a grip you can work with. Maintaining all the posture guidelines, lift the legs to a 90 degree position and hold.

Enhance your upper body with rock rings

Sample workout

This 10-minute workout is for advanced athletes; scale it down to half if you are a beginner, following all the posture and safety guidelines.

1. Pull ups using the uppermost edge of the rings for one minute.

2. Bent arm hang, followed by straight arm hang, using the three finger pocket.

3. Offset pull ups or single arm pull ups, using the upper edge.

4. Bend arms to do a hanging sit using the upper edge. Bring both knees towards the chest and hold.

5. Straight arm sit reps are the same exercise as above, but repeat the knee ups.

6. Straight arm hang using two or three finger pockets.

7. Sit hang using four finger pocket. Keep the legs straight ahead, without bending the knees.

8. Pull ups using the upper edge.

9. Straight arm hang, followed by single arm hang, using three finger pockets.

Rest in between each exercise. Take your time, progress slowly, don’t lock the shoulders and elbows.

Nisha Varma is an ACSM-certified exercise physiologist. This is a monthly column with exercises for a home workout



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