Fauci Says He Hopes U.S. Travel Ban From Southern Africa Can Be Lifted in ‘Reasonable Period’ | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Sunday he hopes the ban on travelers from southern African countries can be lifted in a “reasonable period of time” as more information is gathered on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program that U.S. authorities are mindful of the hardship the travel ban is causing in those countries and are constantly re-evaluating the policy.

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Top tips for foodies embarking on an NZ road trip


Stopping often to eat well is a road trip must. Photo / 123rf

One of the best things about any incredible journey by road is punctuating the driving with generously rationed eating breaks, and frequent stops at places that proffer the best local produce. Here are some of my tips for satisfying the taste buds on an Aotearoa roadie.

Caffeine up

A large coffee ordered from the first open cafe we come across is a non-negotiable for the two up front on our family road trips. The back-seaters get hot chocolates with extra marshmallows if the barista is obliging. Within an hour we’re all tasked with keeping an eye out for a public loo of course.
Pro tip: BYO thermally insulated reusable cups and kiss lukewarm sips goodbye.

One of the best things about any road trip is punctuating the driving with generously rationed coffee and eating breaks. Photo / 123rf
One of the best things about any road trip is punctuating the driving with generously rationed coffee and eating breaks. Photo / 123rf

Honesty to goodness

Honesty boxes may not be quite as ubiquitous as they once were, but roadside produce stalls that operate on an honesty system (paying by cash into a lockbox or increasingly by bank transfer) dot our rural roads. Some areas are particularly abundant – the road to Ōmaha, the back route to Mangawhai from State Highway 1, the route between Waihī and Katikati, stretches through orchard country in Central Otago, and the berry-filled rolling hills of Moutere are some of the most fruitful areas (pun intended) for honesty boxing in my experience. Not only do honesty boxes provide a tasty reason to pull over, they’re a good lesson that business can still operate on faith in human nature.
Pro tip: carry a bottle of water for rinsing fruit and vegetables so you can snack on them on the spot.

Roadside produce stalls that operate on an honesty system dot our rural roads. Photo / Getty
Roadside produce stalls that operate on an honesty system dot our rural roads. Photo / Getty

Circle the date

Plan ahead, searching the web and local publications to hone in on dates for farmers markets, food and wine festivals, and other food-related happenings in areas you’re travelling to or through. Farmers markets are the best way of connecting to a place by tasting a wide range of foods grown and made there and chatting to those whose livelihood it is. Ditto A&P shows, school fairs, church fairs, and country fairs – all fertile ground for snapping up local goodies. Ticketed events require a little more planning on your behalf, so check and book early so you don’t suffer FOMO.

Pack some helpers

Pack chiller bags and some frozen ice pads (set a calendar reminder to put ice packs in the freezer the day before you set out, and another to take them out, if you’re anything like me). If you’re keen on collecting punnets of berries, local cheeses and charcuterie, or for keeping drinks cool, a chiller bag is super handy. Depending on where you’re staying, you can refreeze the slicker pads as you travel around. Carry a lightweight rug for impromptu picnics, and if you’re a fan of plate over paper, pack a picnicking set and a bottle of soapy water for giving your dishes a clean after eating. Pottles of sauce can be something you feel smug about having thought of when they’re called for to anoint chips, pies, and more: tomato sauce, mayo, sriracha, or whatever your magic sauce needs are.

Pack all the help you can get, such as chiller bags, frozen ice pads, picnicking sets and containers. Photo / Getty
Pack all the help you can get, such as chiller bags, frozen ice pads, picnicking sets and containers. Photo / Getty

Freeze water

Summer road trips are way better when you’ve popped bottles of water in the freezer the night before, providing you with icy cold water for your journey. Works for juice too of course.

Space saving

If space is at a premium in your boot, carry food and drink in collapsible containers (there are some nifty silicon options around these days). This way they’re only taking up space when they’re feeding and watering you.

Pie time

We all love a roadie pie, but do yourself a favour and do your research – you really don’t want to waste your appetite on an average one. Canvas opinion among friends, social media communities, and trusted sources such as the Bakel’s NZ Pie Awards to help you hone in on which pies are most worthy of consideration along your merry way. The same goes for fish and chips, milkshakes, icecreams, coffee, and other road trip essential eats: a little asking around sets you up for fewer disappointments.

We all love a roadie pie as much as we love a road trip. Photo / Getty
We all love a roadie pie as much as we love a road trip. Photo / Getty

Don’t peak too soon

In 1984’s The Neverending Story, a hungry Sebastian takes one frugal bite from his peanut butter sandwich before setting it aside to dive back into the adventure of the eponymous book. “No, not too much, we still have a long way to go”, he wisely quips. So too do you the road tripper have a long journey before you and – thanks to the many conveniences of the modern world – far too many opportunities beyond a mere sandwich to fill your tum at any given time. If you go hard and go early, you risk spoiling your dinner. And if you’ve planned well, dinner should be something to look forward to on a road trip. So take it slowly, like Seb.

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Employee Health, Civil Unrest Top 2022 Risk Challenges

Companies around the world will face an increasingly complex risk landscape, with employee health and civil unrest highlighted as some of the top challenges for the year ahead, according to outlook reports by two risk management providers.

The International SOS Risk Outlook 2022 report includes data from a survey of nearly 1,000 risk professionals across 75 countries, as well as insight from the Workforce Resilience Council and International SOS proprietary data. It indicates that more than half (56 percent) of organizations plan to increase spending on both mental and physical health support for employees.

That trend comes as 36 percent of respondents expect mental health to cause a significant decrease in productivity in 2022 as organizations face the dual challenge of the physical aspects of Covid-19 safety and a global mental health crisis made worse by the pandemic.

As organizations begin planning their return to travel, 69 percent of decision makers responsible for business travel expect risk levels to increase or stay the same next year.

Covid-19 will continue to pose a significant operational challenge in 2022, according to International SOS, with 36 percent of respondents in Western Europe and the Americas saying the need to define testing and vaccine policies was an issue compared to the global average of 25 percent.

Meanwhile, as concern over climate change grows, 21 percent of those polled saying natural disasters such as extreme weather could pose disruptions next year. This was closely followed by transport concerns (19 percent)—for local, domestic and international travel—and security threats and civil unrest (16 percent).

Dr. Neil Nerwich, group medical director at International SOS, in a statement said: “In 2022 we are facing a layered threat environment. Entering the third year of the pandemic, while Covid-19 and the fallout from lockdowns continue to be major disruptors, other risks are coming back to the fore as travel resumes.”

Mick Sharp, the company’s group director of security services, in a statement added: “In 2022 organizations must be aware that perennial security concerns such as crime, civil unrest, terrorism, or other geopolitical issues have not gone away due to the pandemic. In many cases the risks from these concerns have actually grown. Tensions around pandemic lockdowns, vaccine rollouts and perceived infringements on civil liberties have fueled civil unrest and violence in some locations. With the increased use of vaccine mandates or restrictions on unvaccinated individuals around the world, we can expect to see tensions heighten throughout 2022.

“Aside from the Covid-19 related triggers, natural disasters, geopolitics, domestic conflict and crime will continue to impact organizations globally. This impact will further increase in 2022 with a growing return to travel and an increased focus on the duty of care requirements of an in-country workforce.”

Adding Fuel to the Fire

Meanwhile, independent health, travel and security-related risk management solutions provider Healix also highlighted civil unrest as one of the top five challenges facing businesses in its annual Risk Outlook report.

The company said anger at government responses to the pandemic has “added fuel to the fire” during unrest in Tunisia, Colombia, Lebanon and South Africa. In addition, as international travel returns, the global economic recovery has begun but Healix said the gap is widening between advanced and developing economies, owing primarily to vaccine inequality and a lack of financial support.

Other risks predicted by Healix to be top concerns for 2022 include supply chain constraints, the rise of ransomware caused by the growing trend of remote working, climate change, and the continued threat of a new influenza epidemic.

Chris Job, director of risk management services at Healix, in a statement said: “This year, there has been an increase in global travel, particularly for businesses, as face-to-face interactions become preferable following months of virtual meetings. This increase will see familiar risks and challenges re-emerge for organizations in terms of ensuring the health, safety and security of their people and assets, which for the last 18 months have slipped down the agenda.

“As we continue the return to normal, businesses will need to provide more reassurance to their employees and instill confidence that they have the necessary plans and resilience programs in place to protect their people, assets and operations.”

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Travel bites: Hastings Distillers, top shelf gin that tastes like the forest floor

Natural wonders, human-made monuments and cultural experiences typically serve as the headline points of interest when venturing beyond borders and hopping over oceans. For some, it’s local delicacies that rise up like Michaelangelo’s David and make the journey entirely worth it.

France has its fries, Belgium has its biscuits and Australia has dark brown yeast spread, but in this series we’ll be highlighting food worth travelling around New Zealand for. Stamp these culinary delights in your passport – just don’t expect pineapple-flavoured lumps.

Minus the one occasion when I picked up whiffs of 91 unleaded in a Marlborough riesling, my personal beverage tasting experience is typically built around nodding and smiling. If it weren’t for the wine professionals, the only thing I’d be able to tell you is whether a varietal is red or white.

During a pre-lockdown weekend to the country’s second-largest wine region, my palate was transported beyond the vines to the forest floor by an intriguing gin infused with kauri gum.

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Hastings Distillers is said to be ‘New Zealand’s first producer of certified organic artisan spirits and liqueurs’. The boutique gin distillery was launched by Kate Galloway and David Ramonteu after decades-long careers in the wine industry.

The couple’s elegant tasting room – not a bar – in central Hastings is the spot to sample unique creations. In the moody space on Heretaunga Street East, visitors can sit down for cocktails and gin flights, or book ahead for guided tastings with Galloway and Ramonteu. It was here my palate received an almighty wallop.

Hastings Distillers’ elegant tasting room.

Hastings Distillers

Hastings Distillers’ elegant tasting room.

The tasting began with Hastings Distillers’ ‘L’Opera’, a bitter orange apéritif that wouldn’t be out of place in a negroni. Then, we knocked back three of the brand’s core and seasonal gins. The ‘Ignis Fatuus’, Latin for “foolish flame”, is a premium sipping gin that offers a taste of local history and the New Zealand woodlands through the use of kauri gum.

Galloway told us that after coming across kauri gum while trekking through bush, she started researching the history of the fossilised kauri resin in New Zealand.

“I was particularly fascinated by the Māori and Dalmation gum diggers who worked side by side in the swamps, in really tough, damp conditions, forming a strong bond.”

Kate Galloway and David Ramonteu are former winemakers.

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Kate Galloway and David Ramonteu are former winemakers.

Nibbling on a platter of local cheeses, breads, nuts, olives and figs, while passing around and sniffing a chunk of kauri gum, we heard about the couple’s interest in biodynamics, including the process of burying cow horns and using ceramic eggs to keep water constantly moving, to keep it “alive’’ and ‘‘give it vitality’’.

There was an intriguing story about one of Galloway’s dreams where she had visions of a superior mineral-rich water source for spirit making. It led her to a farm in the Kaweka Range.

For ‘Ignis Fatuus’, Galloway and Ramonteu worked with Dr Tracey Wedge from Matakohe’s Kauri Museum to source their gum, while the base was made with sauvignon blanc from west Auckland’s Babich Wines – one of New Zealand’s pioneering winemaking families.

Hastings Distillers offers cocktails and gin flights.

Hastings Distillers

Hastings Distillers offers cocktails and gin flights.

The sipping gin captures the earthiness of the forest. The resinous kauri gum is the most obvious twang upon first taste, but it’s not the only thing on the tip of your tongue. Ramonteu explained that botanicals including juniper, kawakawa and cardamom can also be tasted next to flavour profiles like peat, resin and sandalwood.

Tonic is provided with tastings, but this is one gin you really need to taste by itself.

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Where to drink: Hastings Distillers’ ‘Ignis Fatuus’ is available as part of the distillery’s 90-minute guided experience in the Heretaunga Street East tasting room, $90 per person. See: hastingsdistillers.com

Staying safe: New Zealand is currently under Covid-19 restrictions. For the latest travel rules see covid19.govt.nz.

The writer was a guest of Hawke’s Bay Tourism.

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The 10 toughest tee times on our Top 100 Courses in the World list

Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Lucky enough to snag a tee time at Cypress Point? Make sure to tell everyone.

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Our latest ranking of Top 100 Courses in the World went live last week, and — dagnabbit! — not a single one of those sweet-looking properties offers bookings on GolfNow. Where does that leave us? It leaves us daydreaming about playing courses that are famous for playing hard to get. It also gets us working on a list-within-a-list. Because it’s human nature to crave what you can’t have, we offer you this rundown of the 10 toughest tee times on our roster of Top 100 Courses in the World.


Hello, friends. Please enjoy our broadcast with minimal commercial interruption. Marvel at the blushing colors of magnolias and dogwoods as you soak up the soothing trill of birdsong. By Sunday evening, you’ll swear that you’re familiar with every hill and hollow of Alister MacKenzie’s most famous course, which is nice, because playing it yourself isn’t likely in the cards.


One of the five founding members of the United States Golf Association, which was formed in 1894, and the site of the country’s first 18-hole golf course, Chicago Golf sure acts its age. If courses were codgers, this C.B. Macdonald design would be standing on the stoop of its own clubhouse, yelling at the world to get off its grounds.


“One year they had a big membership drive at Cypress,” Bob Hope once quipped of the club where he belonged. “They drove out 40 members.” What remains today is a roster of 250-some-odd lucky souls who’ve got ready access to a coastal course so scenic that it could be confused for a National Park.

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Top 100 Courses in the World: GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking of the best designs on the planet


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ELLERSTON, Australia

When it opened, in 2001, this Greg Norman-Bob Harrison design had a membership of one: the Australian media mogul Kerry Packer, who commissioned the course on his private estate in a remote swatch of New South Wales, roughly four hours by car from Sydney (as if anyone ever drives here). Packer died in 2005, and still under the direction of the Packer family, Ellerston has meted out a smattering of corporate memberships. Otherwise, access requires an invite from someone in the ownership’s inner circle. Norman was one of Packer’s pals. So, if you’ve got the Shark on speed-dial, now might be the time to ring him up.


An island in the literal and metaphoric sense, this Seth Raynor design sits in the Atlantic, just off the eastern tip of Long Island, accessible only by boat or private aircraft and well beyond the reach of average blokes. You’ve heard of old money? The dough here is so ancient, you could carbon-date it. But it doesn’t like to call attention to itself. In 1979, when GOLF included Fishers Island on its inaugural ranking of world’s greatest courses, a club representative wrote a letter to the editor: thanks for the kudos, it read, now please remove us from your list.

Fishers Island isn’t easy to get to, but you’ll never forget it once you are there.

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HIRONO, Kobe, Japan

In a nation rich in custom and formality, Hirono fits right in. As for fitting in non-members, that’s another matter. Unaccompanied play is not allowed. What’s more, despite its top-tier ranking, the intensely private club and its C.H. Alison design have played host to only two events of note: the Japan Amateur and the Japan Open. It’s a short list of people who get to see it, and — in the wake of a recent restoration by Martin Ebert — an ever-swelling group of people who are keen to sneak a peek.


A lot of folks would like to peg it at this glorious heathland layout, some 40 miles north of Paris. Only un peu ever get the chance. Built in 1913 as a private playground for the 12th Duke of Gramont, it remains a hush-hush redoubt for French golf royalty, and others in possession of princely fortunes. Unaccompanied play is as rare as steak tartare, so unless you’re tight with one of the Duke’s descendants, we’re not optimistic you’ll gain access to a club that — speaking of tartare — serves what many say is the finest lunch in the wide world of golf.

Morfontaine, about an hour northeast of Paris, France.

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Yes, there is a ballot. There’s also standby. But unless you’re a local or an R&A member, you’ll likely need assistance from a tour operator to find time on a tee sheet that routinely books out several seasons in advance. Life is filled with ironies, and one of them is this: precisely because anyone and everyone can play the Old Course, it sometimes feels as if no one can.


Since everyone is into data nowadays, let’s run some numbers. Pine Valley is the top-ranked course in the world, so pretty much everyone wants to play it. Too bad that the majority of its members don’t live in the area, and unaccompanied guests are not allowed. Add to that the fact that the club doesn’t stage regular fundraisers or corporate outings (a common way to access other premiere private courses) and, well, it’s grade-school math: the odds are hard against you.


To get a sense of life at Seminole, picture your standard gated Florida golf community, with an ostentatious clubhouse, gaudy-money members and geezers riding carts everywhere you turn. Now envision its opposite. “If I were a young man going on the pro tour, I’d try to make arrangements to get on Seminole” Ben Hogan once said of this Donald Ross design. Sound counsel but not so simple. This is a club that is said to have turned down Jack Nicklaus for membership.

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Expats share their top tips and advice for moving to Canada | Travel News | Travel

One expat said: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Meet with people personally (face-to-face rather than by email or phone) and work to build relationships.

“Canada runs on networking and you need to get integrated as soon as possible.”

The more people new expats meet, the more likely they are to hear about new opportunities.

Expat life is often more exciting than life in the UK, but relocating abroad unfortunately also comes with a lot of admin.

One person said: “Make sure to get a letter from your insurance company (car insurance, home insurance etc.) stating the amount of years without a claim. If you don’t have this letter, you’ll start from zero and pay higher rates.”

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How 3 recently built courses cracked our Top 100 list for the first time

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Sand from Ireland was brought by ship to sand cap the fairways at Ardfin, located on the Isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

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Ed. note: With each new Top 100 Courses ranking comes new learnings, both large and small. Our 2021-22 Top 100 World list is no exception. To better understand this ranking’s key trends and takeaways, we asked Ran Morrissett, who manages our ratings panel, for his observations. Here’s the sixth installment of his seven-part series. Stay tuned to GOLF.com in the coming days for more of Morrissett’s insights.


Part I: Pandemic positives
Part II: The return of parkland golf
Part III: Beauty is more than skin deep
Part IV: Thoughtful minds lead to thoughtful courses
Part V: Things are rolling, rolling, rolling…

Part VI: New but old

Three special courses built in the past five years climb onto our world ranking. The exciting thing? They couldn’t be more different. A tip of the hat to the GOLF panel for not playing favorites or having their selections be stereotyped.

St. Patrick’s Links (No. 55), in northwest Ireland in County Donegal, occupies a beguiling mix of tumbling dunes and quieter stretches where the land’s micro-contours shine. Tom Brown, a panelist in Southern California, mused that “St. Patrick’s Links might be the finest natural site for golf in the past 80 years.” UK-based architect Robin Hiseman said, “I can’t think of a course I have enjoyed more for a very long time.” High praise! Side note: Tom Doak’s creation at St. Patrick’s came to life only because golf previously existed on-site. New course construction on virgin dunes, like those at St. Patrick’s, is no longer permitted in Ireland.

Only 110 miles northeast across the Irish Sea from St. Patrick’s, as the crow flies, is Ardfin (No. 74) on the Isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. Designed by Bob Harrison, the midsection of the course plays along the southern end of the island’s perimeter, with jaw-dropping views over to the Isle of Islay. Jura is a rocky piece of land — it’s the antithesis of St. Patrick’s. Sand from Ireland was brought by ship to sand cap the fairways so that the course would play properly. It’s as spectacular a golf site as I have seen. The weather plays a huge role, too — it’s man versus Mother Nature on an epic stage.

In contrast to the spectacular DNA of St. Patrick’s and Ardfin, the third new entry to the list, the New Course at Les Bordes (No. 97), features more demure elevation changes with a high to low point of 35 feet. Built two hours south of Paris, it, like Garden City (No. 45) on mid–Long Island, is set across sandy soil with greens often positioned as extensions of the fairways. A variety of grasses, brome and even thistle, lend the course a panoply of texture and contrast. Drama plays a huge role here, too, via the fierce hazards Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and team cut into the gently rolling land and the opportunity to bounce approach shots onto open greens. Set on a 1,400-acre estate, it’s one of the most peaceful — and handsome — golf environments imaginable.

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Husband admits killing travel-agent wife; New Dorp kidnap case: S.I.’s top crime stories of the week

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Here’s a look at the top criminal-justice-related headlines across the borough this week:


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The 122nd Precinct stationhouse in New Dorp is shown in this file photo. (Staten Island Advance/Jin Lee)STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

A group of people armed with what appeared to be a gun kidnapped, burned, slashed and beat a man for hours in a horrific ordeal in a New Dorp apartment building, authorities allege.

Abel Walters, 21, and Omarie Gomez, 20, were arrested on Tuesday and four to seven additional suspects remain at large in the brutal attack that lasted about 11 hours beginning around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 inside an apartment in the building where both suspects live on the 600 block of Tysens Lane, according to the criminal complaint and police.

A laceration to the abdomen that required 28 staples to close and burns on his face were among the severe injuries suffered by the 20-year-old victim, the complaint states.


Police on Staten Island arrested a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl traveling in an SUV that crashed on Staten Island after the vehicle allegedly was carjacked at gunpoint in the Bronx.

A loaded firearm and ammunition were recovered from the suspects, according to a spokeswoman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.

Cops then saw the SUV traveling in the vicinity of Targee Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Stapleton.

When officers attempted to stop the SUV, the driver drove away at a high rate of speed and the BMW crashed into two parked, unoccupied cars, according to the police spokeswoman.

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Husband charged in murder

Police charged Kevin Smith, 40, right, with the alleged murder of his wife, Nikia Webster at their Mariners Harbor home. (Facebook)

A Mariners Harbor man who two years ago fatally shot his wife inside their home during an argument has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

Kevin Smith, 43, was charged with murder, assault and other crimes stemming from the Oct. 23, 2019 killing of Nikia Webster, 38.

Smith admitted guilt on Wednesday during a proceeding in state Supreme Court, St. George.

In exchange, he’ll be sentenced on Dec. 14 to 22 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision.

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Man found dead in vacant lot in Stapleton

A man was found dead on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2021, in an undeveloped lot on the 300 block of Front Street. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

An unidentified man was found dead with a head injury in a lot on Front Street in Stapleton.

The city’s medical examiner will determine his cause of death.

The man, who was possibly in his 50s and did not have identification on him, was found lying on his back in an undeveloped lot.

He had an abrasion on his head and what appeared to be dried blood around his nose and mouth, but there was no clear indication of what caused his death, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

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‘We need justice her family needs justice’: Police plead for information in tragic Clifton homicide

An NYPD CrimeStoppers flyer at the corner of Park Hill Avenue and Sobel Court in Clifton. (Staten Island Advance/Joseph Ostapiuk)

One year after the tragic killing of Sue Doe, a beloved mother and community leader who was shot in the lobby of a Clifton apartment building as an innocent bystander, police are seeking tips from the public to help solve the case.

Doe was pronounced dead on Nov. 26, 10 days after suffering a gunshot wound to the head from a stray bullet while standing in the lobby of 225 Park Hill Ave. on Nov. 16.

Her sister, Mariah Bility, said Doe’s death was “a shock to everybody” in the community, most especially at New Life Church in West Brighton, where she served as a children’s choir director.

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Two years ago, a Concord man who fatally kicked his roommate’s dog avoided jail after successfully completing a treatment program.

However, Michael McNicholas won’t be as lucky this time after admitting to his latest offense: Possessing kiddie porn.

McNicholas faces a sentence of six months in jail and 10 years’ probation under a plea agreement reached on Monday.

The defendant, then 28, was arrested on March 18.

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Police allege they found 15 small bags of heroin in the jacket of a man accused of selling drugs in Tompkinsville.

Ralph Esposito, 58, of Forest Green, was arrested on Nov. 4 at about 5:20 p.m. in the vicinity of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, according to the criminal complaint.

Inside the suspect’s jacket pocket, officers found 15 glassine envelopes of heroin and 13 paper strips of the addiction-treatment medication suboxone, the complaint alleges.

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Authorities allege that a 41-year-old man was armed with a knife when he robbed two stores two Saturdays in a row in Port Richmond.

The most recent incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Subway at 786A Port Richmond Ave., according to the criminal complaint and police.

The criminal complaint alleges that Isaac Quintano of Van Buren Street in New Brighton entered the Subway and brandished a knife. He allegedly snatched a tip jar filled with cash off the counter, according to the criminal complaint.

“You know what this is,” the criminal complaint quoted Quintano as saying while he pointed the knife at a 38-year-old man.

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Top 5 Tips For Visiting Yellowstone National Park This Winter

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Yellowstone National Park is home to all manner of wonders from steaming hot springs to packs of wolves. While summer is the most popular – and easily accessible – time to visit the park, a winter trip to Yellowstone can be truly magical as well! Here are our top 5 tips for planning the perfect cold-weather vacation to this national park. 

Top 5 Tips For Visiting Yellowstone In The Winter

1. Plan Ahead

This advice holds true for visiting Yellowstone in any season. Due to the park’s popularity, as well as sheer size – it spans three states – a solid game plan in the summer will ensure you have access to all the amenities you need, such as lodging and bear safe food storage. A solid game plan in the winter is just as – if not even more – important. It is possible to swing by the park for an afternoon in the summer, but the area’s harsh conditions and sensitive environment make this impractical in the winter. Additionally, parts of the park do experience seasonal closures. Because of this, you’ll want to plan trip dates ahead of time and be sure the areas of the park you’re interested in are open. Inclement weather also affects roads throughout winter, with snowmobile or snowcoach the only way to traverse sections of the park in the colder months. This brings up the next tip. If you want to see certain areas of the park, you’ll likely want to book a tour. 

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2. How To See The Park

A guided tour of Yellowstone is one of the most popular – and practical – ways to experience the park in the winter months. Heavy snowfall typically results in the majority of the roads being closed to cars from November through May. Booking a tour, then, is one of the most convenient ways to iconic parts of the park – such as Old Faithful – in the winter months. If you’re looking for a hands-on, exciting excursion, consider booking a snowmobile tour! No experience is necessary – the speed limit in the park is 15 mph, so this is a great adventure for beginner and experienced snowmobilers alike. If you’re looking to dodge the chilly weather, consider a snow coach tour. You’ll be able to return to the warmth of the vehicle after checking out each stop! Snowcoach tours are also popular with those looking to take photographs of the scenery or wildlife.

How To See The Park

3. What To Wear

To say winter in Yellowstone can be a bit chilly is an understatement! Temperatures in the park hover below freezing during the day and can drop below zero once the sun sets. Making sure you’re dressed for the weather will ensure you have the best possible time on your trip. If you’re exploring the park by snowmobile, the company will likely have needed gear available for rent. You may still want to take what you’re wearing underneath into consideration. Comfortable, breathable clothes, such as a long-sleeved shirt and pants are perfect. For a snow coach tour, you’ll be more sheltered from the elements. However, you’ll still want to dress warmly for exploring the various stops. In addition to a warm winter coat, you could also consider wearing thermal undergarments if you’re especially prone to getting chilled.

What To Wear

4. Where To Stay

One of the most important steps to planning a successful trip will be choosing where to stay for lodging! Gardiner and West Yellowstone are two popular towns that border entrances of the park, respectively. Such towns can be great options for those looking to take tours of the park, and still have access to other amenities. West Yellowstone, for example, is home to a number of shops as well as an Imax theatre. Staying inside the park is also an option, though lodging choices are highly limited in the winter. It’s a good idea to look at what you’re wanting from your trip to determine what would fit best. A couple looking for a peaceful romantic wilderness getaway may find staying at Old Faithful Snow Lodge the perfect trip. A family with young children, meanwhile, might find a town such as West Yellowstone preferable. 

Where To Stay

5. What To Bring

Once you’ve figured out where you’re staying, and how you’ll be exploring the park, you’re going to want to start figuring out what to pack. In addition to the usual packing list – clothes, personal hygiene essentials, and so on, here’s a couple of additional items you may want to bring with you! First off, bringing binoculars can be a great way to make sure you’re able to view wildlife. You’ll want to keep a safe distance between yourself and any animals. Binoculars will allow you to have an “up close” viewing without actually being up close. You may want to consider bringing hand and foot warmers as well, especially if snowmobiling.

What To Bring

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