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New Police Patrol Car Unveiled Beginning Domestic Violence Prevention Month

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SAUGERTIES >> The Saugerties Police Department hopes its new purple and white patrol car will serve as a constant reminder of the need to prevent domestic violence, the police chief said Tuesday.

“Domestic violence does not discriminate,” Joseph Sinagra said during a press conference to unveil the patrol car. “Its effects are seen through all social and economic stratas. Race, gender and age are no exception when it comes to domestic violence.”

Sinagra said, though, that domestic violence can be stopped and education and awareness are key.

Most of the Saugerties Police Department’s patrol vehicles feature a traditional black and white paint scheme. As the purple and white patrol car drives through the community, it will start a conversation and continue to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence, Sinagra said.

Sinagra was joined at the press conference by several local, county and state officials, including Gwen Wright, executive director of the state Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence. A victim of domestic violence herself, Wright echoed the message that prevention is necessary.

“Prevention of domestic violence is the only way to end the scourge,” she said. “It’s not going to stop because we turn our faces and ignore the ugliness that’s happening downstairs, next door and across the street. It’s only going to stop because we take the bold step to say, ‘Enough is enough.’”

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Wright said she was proud to have called Ulster County her home for about 20 years. She said it was Ulster County Family Court that connected her to Family of Woodstock, which, in turn, connected her to a service community that saved her life and launched a career when she was a young mother of two children and pregnant with a third.

Wright said she also was proud of Saugerties for dedicating a police cruiser to get the message out that domestic violence can affect anyone. Efforts like the purple and white patrol car, as well as other events Ulster County hosts in recognition of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, are important, she said, but awareness efforts should not end Oct. 31.

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein also attended the press conference and recounted how his family was affected by domestic violence when his cousin’s boyfriend “decided she just wouldn’t listen” and broke her jaw, her teeth and her eye socket. He said he shared the story so other victims know there is life after domestic violence and they do not have to stay and wait for the worst to happen.

“There’s opportunity,” Hein said. “Real relief. Places for you to go with you and your children and your pets as well. An opportunity to escape the dangers of domestic violence.

He said his cousin recuperated and is living a successful life.

Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said awareness needs to be brought to the community, and Saugerties’ patrol car is one way to do that. He said that when he first became district attorney, he saw the number of domestic violence incidents rise year after year. Fortunately, that trend began to reverse itself two years ago, Carnright said. He said that last year, the county had 500 fewer incidents of domestic violence than the year before.

But there is still a long way to go, he said.

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A Pikachu Mascot Made a Scene After Deflating Twice During Dance Parade

The Pokemon World Festival 2017, which transpired last week at Songdo, South Korea, has made an unexpected scene as one Pikachu mascot deflated not just once but twice during its parade dance.

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Pikachu parade dance during Pokemon World Festival 2017

The Pokemon World Festival 2017, which transpired last week at Songdo, South Korea, has made an unexpected scene as one Pikachu mascot deflated not just once but twice during its parade dance.

Pikachu deflated during dance parade

Source: Buzzfeed, Youtube.com

The celebration of Pokemon festival this year called much attention in the internet. A YouTube user uploaded a five-minute clip of the parade dance, which turned into an unforeseeable one.

The video became a trend just recently despite of being uploaded days ago.

As seen in the video, the Pikachu mascot is still jiving to the music for almost a minute, but on 1:09, it starts to move awkwardly and to look distorted.

Pikachu, what happened?

Some of the staffs immediately yanked the mascot out of the stage to fix it.

The dance performance somehow turned into a “disaster,” but nonetheless, the show must go on. The other Pikachu mascots continued in dancing like nothing happened.

Now, that’s what you call a “good focus.”

In 4:35, the deflated Pikachu is ready to get back in the stage being assisted by the staffs; however, it seems like the odds are against the mascot as it deflates once again.

What a poor mascot…

The parade dance ended with a laughing crowd and leaving the mascot no chance to return.

It is undeniable that Pikachu is adorable, but this cutie needs to have more work on how he would handle himself during a dance performance.

Good luck for the next time, buddy!

Background information

Pikachu is a fictional creature in the anime Pokemon. It is the first Pokemon under the care of the series main protagonist Ash Ketchum, who went to a quest to become a Pokemon trainer.

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ TO RETIRE FROM BASEBALL ON FRIDAY

After two decades in the public eye, Alex Rodriguez says goodbye to baseball next Friday. The New York Yankees held a press conference this morning to break the news. Rodriguez will be released and then serve as a special advisor to the team following Friday…

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ TO RETIRE FROM BASEBALL ON FRIDAY

After two decades in the public eye, Alex Rodriguez says goodbye to baseball next Friday. The New York Yankees held a press conference this morning to break the news. Rodriguez will be released and then serve as a special advisor to the team following Friday.

The Yankees are still obligated to pay the remaining $27 million of his contract that lasts through 2017. According to ESPN, the Yankees reached out to other teams for trade value but none showed interest.

Since the age of 18, Rodriguez has seen the highest highs and lowest lows of Major League Baseball. He was the prototype five-tool-player joining as a Mariner. His star would continually rise as he joined the Texas Rangers on a 10-year deal worth $252 million. At the time it was the most lucrative contract in MLB history. His power numbers increased rapidly during his time in Texas, as we now know would be with the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

But his star continued to rise as he was traded to the New York Yankees, moving to third base because the Captain Derek Jeter was already at the position (shortstop). Rodriguez would win two of his three MVP’s in a pinstripe uniform. But as the playoffs approached every year, Rodriguez stats would decline in painful fashion. In the regular season Rodriguez was one of the most feared batters. In the playoffs, he failed to achieve the same level of success.

There is the outlier of the 2009 postseason. After the Yankees acquired a slew of key free agents, they would again find themselves in the World Series. Rodriguez bat began to click in those playoffs for his best postseason run of his career. His performances at the plate would win him the postseason MVP as he and the Yankees would capture their 27th championship (Rodriguez one and only title).

Age began to catch up with the ball player, but tabloids and allegations would paint a dark shadow on his career. After lying about steroid use on public tv, Rodriguez admitted to his use throughout his career. Things changed for the worst as he was suspended for a full 162 games during the 2014 season. In a sad ending to his otherwise illustrious career, Rodriguez will be missed by some. A three-time-MVP and 14 time All Star with a smile that lit up the tv since 1995. His own insecurities would be his undoings. His staggering numbers would still be all time impressive without the PEDs, and would result in a first-ballot Hall of Fame bid. Rodriguez, now 41, will most likely not receive a Hall of Fame bid, and will be missed by only Yankees fans.

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CARLOS BELTRAN TRADED TO TEXAS RANGERS

The New York Yankees have agreed to trade 39-year-old Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Dillon Tate, Erik Swanson and Nick Green…

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The New York Yankees have agreed to trade 39-year-old Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Dillon Tate, Erik Swanson and Nick Green.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade. The Rangers receive Beltran for the home stretch of the season as he will be a free agent after the year ends. Beltran batted .304 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs this season for the Yankees. The Yankees will receive the Rangers former first round pick of 2015 in Tate. So far in 17 games he has posted a 5.12 ERA and 3-3 record for the class A Rangers affiliate.

He has dealt with hamstring issues and fatigue as he becomes accustomed to more innings. Despite Tate’s struggles, the Yankees hope that the prospect lives up to his potential.

For the Rangers, Beltran will add power to the Rangers lineup and should serve as the DH in the last few months of the season. They currently sit atop the American League West with a 62-44 record.

After starting off the second half of the baseball season hot, the Yankees have lost their last four games. Since Beltran is a free agent at the end of the year, selling him made perfect sense. During the losing streak, they have improved their farm system radically.

In acquiring eight new prospects, most experts believe they now bolster a top three farm system.

With the new additions they now have six of the top 50 prospects according to Keith Law. For the first time in a long time, the Yankees are in a full-scale rebuild for the future.

The Rangers meanwhile look to get over the hump seeking the team’s first World Series Championship.

 

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