Bohemia Man Killed in Yaphank Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 39-year-old Bohemia man died after he crashed his car in Yaphank over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Daniel Methven was driving a Chevrolet Impala northbound on Yaphank-Middle Island Road when he hit a utility pole at 8:50 p.m. Saturday.The car came to rest in a wooded area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Methven was working for Longwood School District Security at the time of the crash. The vehicle has been impounded for a safety check.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at 631-852-8752.last_img

Unruh director takes leave of absence this fall

first_imgAlthough the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is saying goodbye to its director this fall, officials say the institute’s mission to facilitate student political discourse will continue under a new interim director.Politics – Under Dan Schnur, the Unruh Institute focused on engaging students in political discourse through interactive discussions. – Daily Trojan file photoDan Schnur, the director of the institute since 2008, will take a leave of absence from the university this fall to serve as the chairman of California’s Political Practices Commission, a bipartisan independent body that serves as the chief political watch dog group for the state.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Schnur’s appointment on June 1.“The people of California deserve a political environment that is fair and puts their needs first,” Schwarzenegger said in a press release. “Dan Schnur has spent years teaching and advocating for equality and transparency in California politics and I am grateful that he will continue his service to our state in this new role.”Having served on four presidential campaigns, the most recent of which was in 2000 as the director of communication for presidential hopeful and Arizona Sen. John McCain, Schnur said one of the most important lessons he has learned is that anyone can have political influence.“I was 20 when I joined my first presidential campaign,” Schnur said. “I drove from my home in Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. The most important thing I have learned on the campaign trail is that even a young person can make a real difference if they decide to get involved.”Schnur has worked to get young people engaged in the political process at USC. He has taught a number of classes at the university in political science and journalism, and played a major role in the organization of the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll.“The polls received national and international attention,” Schnur said. “But to me, the most important part is giving the students an opportunity to experience how political opinion and polling is accomplished.”Part of polling, Schnur said, is bringing students into political discussions. One of the Unruh Institute’s more visible events, the weekly “Students Talk Back” luncheons, give students the chance to participate in conversations with current political figures.The Daily Trojan co-sponsors the luncheons, which also include speakers from campus political organizations.“Our focus is on providing quality experiences for students to engage with politics,” said Kerstyn Olson, the deputy director for the institute. “We supplement the USC course experience by creating programs for students to engage in outside the classroom.”Ann Crigler, professor and chair of USC’s department of political science, will serve as acting director for the institute during Schnur’s absence this semester.Crigler said the institute has several events planned for the semester — and elections — ahead.“We will be hosting a combination of things this semester, such as a series of programs on the elections that will be important to get students to know what’s going on,” she said.With the goal of bringing students together in the political realm through discourse and hands-on experience, those involved in the Unruh Institute said it is a resource for all students.“Steve Jobs of Apple talks about making a dent in the universe,” Schnur said. “The single best way for anybody to do this is through public service. If you are serious about making your city or country or world a better place to live, the place to do it is working on behalf of a candidate or cause you believe in.”last_img read more

Andre Ayew: I am returning to Black Stars as the same Dede

first_imgAndre Ayew hopes Ghana’s 2014 World Cup campaign will not be derailed by his and brother Jordan’s return.Much of the talk ahead of the decisive clash against Zambia in September is not about the match itself.Instead, the spotlight is very much on the brothers’ return from self-imposed international exile.A high-profile rift with coach Kwesi Appiah triggered an extraordinary chain of events that saw Andre quit the Black Stars back in February.Jordan also threw his toys out of the pram and followed his brother into retirement.But their brief stay in the international wilderness is over, and Andre is intent on helping Ghana make it to next year’s World Cup. “I have always played for Ghana with my heart; people can say what they want but that’s their problem,” the 23-year-old midfielder told BBC Sport.“I have played injured for my country and done my best, and will continue to do that.”Although his ability to turn a match on its head has won widespread admiration since making his Ghana debut aged 17 in 2008, Andre has had to put up with accusations that he is a disruptive and divisive influence in the side.But the man often touted as a future Black Stars skipper bristles at the suggestion that he is a source of tension in camp,“For seven years I have had difficulties in the national team but never complained, I never said anything. “But sometimes when things get to a certain point, when people do certain things to humiliate you, that’s when you say ‘enough is enough’.“I have had issues with certain players but we all grow out of it. They learn and I learn, and we move on. It’s not about the players.”It is an open secret that the Ayew brothers – like their legendary father Abedi Pele – sharply divide opinion in Ghana.But Andre and Jordan, who both play for French Ligue 1 club Marseille, are also aware that they remain two of the best players in the land.“If it was so easy then the children of players who were bigger than my dad would be playing,” said Andre, in a thinly-veiled barb at critics who accuse him of riding on the coattails of his famous father. “Nobody gave me my professional contract; I worked hard to get what I have today.“People in Ghana say things that hurt but football is not supposed to be like that. Football is supposed to unite.“Having a father like Abedi is a real honour. Like every human being he has his good and bad sides because nobody is perfect but I can only learn from him and what he achieved.“In Marseille people know me and know how hard I have worked through the ranks and they give me more respect.”Andre – nicknamed ‘Dede’ – believes there is no need for him to keep his head down as he reintegrates himself into the Black Stars fold. “I am going to be myself. I am going to be the same Dede.”last_img read more