Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Scraps of the destroyed Long Beach boardwalk will become art work.Eight hundred pounds of Long Beach boardwalk ruble is being re-purposed as artwork to commemorate the community spirit that prevailed after Superstorm Sandy destroyed the famed seaside tourist attraction.Nassau County officials invited local artists to join a privately funded contest with cash prizes up to $10,000 for the winner and judges deciding which work best captures the theme in six months—timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the historic storm.“Every crisis, every storm and every natural disaster provides all of us with the ability to call upon our inner strength to begin the job of recovery,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said during a news conference Thursday at his Mineola office.Second place wins $5,000, third place takes home $2,500 and honorable mentions will get $1,000 each. The prizes are funded by Lawrence Kadish, a Republican national committeeman from Old Westbury, and his wife, Susan, an artist.The competition is open to Nassau residents of all ages. The deadline for submitted art work is Sept. 1 and the winners will be chosen on Oct. 29. All accepted submissions will be displayed at the Office of Emergency Management for approximately six months.For more information on rules and submission forums visit the county’s website www.nassaucounty.gov or call 516-571-6000.
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – West Indies will hope to avoid any embarrassing hiccups and impose their obvious superiority on minnows Afghanistan when the two teams meet in the opening day/night One-Day International of the three-match series here today.The preceding Twenty20 series, which ended in a clean sweep for the hosts, highlighted the massive gulf between the two sides and the one-day side will be heavily favoured to extend that success in the three contests at the Darren Sammy National Stadium.More significantly, the series – regardless of the weakness of the opposition – offers West Indies a golden opportunity to turn the page on a recent run of troubling results that have seen them win just once in their last 12 outings in bilateral series.And captain Jason Holder was quick to reiterate the importance of the tour, urging his players to be at their best and to ensure a series win.“I think we all know the importance of this series. We’ve just come off the Tests, a tough loss against Pakistan in the last one-day series,” the all-rounder said here yesterday.“I felt we showed some promise there. We had a lot of good positives coming out of that series but we didn’t get over the line in terms of the end result.“I think coming into this series is an opportunity to win a series so the guys have to be very disciplined, always set up our process boxes and once we tick them, more often than not we’ll come out on the winning end.”The Windies are currently ranked ninth in the international one-day rankings, only above Afghanistan in 10th and Zimbabwe in 11th. It is a ranking that caused them to miss out on the ongoing Champions Trophy in England and forced them to turn their attention to the Asian side.Regardless of the weakness of the opposition, however, Holder said he had much regard for their bowling attack, one which included the likes of exciting teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan.He explained while he was keen on using the series to give each member of his 13-man squad a chance to play, winning was the chief priority and this would be the ultimate focus of the series.“The first objective is to win the series and I think once we win the series then you can afford to give everybody the opportunity to play but we must play it (series) seriously,” Holder said.“It is a very important series. We’ve got to beat Afghanistan. They’ve got a very good bowling attack in my opinion and if we are complacent, that could hamper us. I am very, very confident about this tour.“This is an opportunity for the guys to stamp their authority and get some runs underneath their belts.”The venue has not been a happy hunting ground for West Indies in the past, providing just one win in 11 ODIs in the last nine years.Holder, however, said he expected his side to make the most of the excellent conditions at the ground to undermine Afghanistan.“The history here in St Lucia offers a bit for the faster bowlers up front but having said that, if you are a batman and you get past that first half an hour, it becomes an easier track,” Holder pointed out.“I wouldn’t say easy-paced but the pace is consistent and the bounce is consistent … and I think it has generally been a good wicket here. We have some fast bowlers in our side who can extract some pace and bounce and we expect that from them.”Today’s contest bowls off at 14:30hrs.