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Coram Man Charged With Impersonating Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man who allegedly pulled another driver over while impersonating a police officer was arrested after a Suffolk County police officer on patrol came upon the scene over the weekend, authorities said.Thomas O’Connor was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee with red and white flashing lights on the dashboard that he used to stop another vehicle on Coram-Mt. Sinai Road in his hometown of Coram at 8:27 p.m. Saturday, police said.The 42-year-old was wearing a black shirt with the words “Police K9 Unit” in white letters, a gold Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shield on a chain around his neck and a police belt equipped with a black pellet gun, flashlight, handcuffs and a police scanner, authorities said.The officer who allegedly caught O’Connor in the act charged him with criminal impersonation, unauthorized use of colored lights on a vehicle and unauthorized use of a police receiver.During his initial court appearance Sunday, bail for O’Connor was set at $5,000 cash or $30,000 bond.Sixth Precinct Crime Control Unit officers are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who has had a similar encounter to call them at 631-854-8627 or 854-8600.O’Connor’s SUV had New York license plate No. CMF7669.last_img read more

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Victoria-Volksbanken group to offload pension, provident funds

first_imgAustria’s Victoria-Volksbanken Pensionskasse (VV-PK) and the Victoria-Volksbanken Vorsorgekasse (VV-VK) – the provident fund managing mandatory employer contributions towards severance pay – have been put on the market. In a confidential sales prospectus seen by IPE, dated March 2015 and drawn-up in English, both entities are offered either as a package or separately, with no price tag.As of the end of 2014, equity for the pension fund was estimated at €16.3m, while equity in the provident fund came to approximately €5.7m.Sources familiar with the market expect the sales price to be at leat €30m. Initial non-binding offers are expected by the end of March and are to be processed by KPMG, appointed to “exclusively advise in the intended transaction” – dubbed Project Eagle – as stated in the sales prospectus.Victoria-Volksbanken declined to comment on the matter for the time being.The pension and provident funds are co-owned by the Volksbanken banking group, as well as a subsidiary of German insurer Ergo.According to the sales prospectus, while only Volksbanken is to offer its shares initially, “all the other shareholders are potentially willing to sell”.This means an interested party could buy a 100% stake in either or both entities.As per year-end 2014, the pension fund had close to €660m in assets under management (AUM) and reported an annual return of 5.9%. By comparison, the market average was close to 8%.At the provident fund, AUM stood at €224m, while returns came in at 3.6%, against a market average of approximately 4%.Volksbanken was the only large banking group in Austria to fail the stress test and is now winding itself down. One potential buyer could be Fair-finance.Markus Zeilinger, founder and chairman of the board at Austria’s youngest Vorsorgekasse, recently expressed an interest in buying a Pensionskasse “if one came onto the market”.He said such a purchase might be Fair-finance’s “last chance” to enter the country’s Pensionskassen market, as building one from scratch “does not make sense in the current environment”.last_img read more

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Councils host first retreat for new members

first_imgAll new members of Greek organizations attended workshops about how to represent their community appropriately during their first annual retreat Sunday.Retreat · Attendees received a free lunch from one of five food trucks at the retreat Sunday. New members of houses in all Greek councils were required to attend the event. – Andrea Shen | Daily TrojanThe mandatory event was one of several recommendations by the Greek Task Force, created last semester when the university put The Row on a social probation. When Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson lifted the ban Sept. 7, he said it was because of the planned implementation of this event among other measures, such as building a stronger relationship with the Dept. of Public Safety and strengthening risk management teams.New members of the Panhellenic, Interfraternity, Professional Fraternity, Multicultural Greek, Asian Greek and National Pan-hellenic councils attended five workshops in classrooms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a keynote speech from Lost Angeles blogger Zack Jerome from 3 to 4 p.m.Sarah Choi, PHC vice president of new member education, said the event was the largest of its type that the Greek community had ever sponsored.“This is something that IFC and Panhellenic usually do separately, but they’ve never done it to this extent and this scale,” Choi said. “We’re trying to get away from the whole connotation. It’s not supposed to [be about] breaking down the rules. The idea is [focusing on] what it means to be Greek and a Trojan.”The event was spearheaded by IFC president Pat Lauer and Panhellenic Council President Ayushi Gummadi, IFC Vice President of New Member Education Michael Madden and Choi.They also worked with Beth Saul, assistant dean of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, who said the event would inform and unify new members.“This is one way for all new members from the chapters to hear one message,” Saul said. “This is all important information for new students and the Greek community to be educated about.”Saul said the budget for the event came from the vice president’s office, the Greek endowment and IFC and Panhellenic budgets. Choi said they began planning the event in April, determining which aspects of student life would be explored in workshops.Several representatives hosted workshops on a variety of topics. The DPS discussed risk management, USC MenCare discussed consent and healthy relationships, faculty speakers discussed academics, Wellness and Health Promotion Director Paula Swinford discussed sexual health and alcohol awareness and Teach for America discussed philanthropy and community service.Jerome concluded the event by discussing how Greek students should be proud to represent USC, not just their own houses.“It’s important to me to talk to the new crop of kids and tell them what they do while they’re here is important,” Jerome said. “They have to make the best of their time here.”Attendees had mixed reactions. Hannah Kim, a freshman majoring in public relations, said the retreat was too long.“It was a very good idea and I appreciate the thought, but I didn’t feel I learned that much,” Kim said. “I don’t think it was worth the entire day. They should get student feedback and continue to improve.”Burke Gibson, a freshman majoring in economics, said he thought the event was useful.“It’s a great idea to make sure everyone knows how they should be acting on The Row,” Gibson said.Choi said the event would help refocus the Greek community.“We definitely had tension with the administration and they had to pull the reins back on us,” Choi said. “For all the new members, especially freshman coming in who don’t know what’s going on, we want to help them get a positive start.”Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion as the Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.last_img read more

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Kootenay rinks bounce back into the win column at Senior Men’s in Trail

first_imgCranbrook’s Tom Shypitka stopped the bleeding his Kootenay rink was experiencing during Thursday’s action at the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships Thursday in Trail.Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, broke open a close game with a combined five points in the fifth and sixth ends to double Kelowna’s Garry Gelowitz 8-4 during Draw six.The win hallted a two-game losing streak and powered Shypitka into a two-way tie for second with Mel Steffin of the Royal City Curling Club at the eight-team Championship. Both rinks are 4-2.Craig Lepine of Langley leads the field with a 5-1 record after dumping Rick Pughe of New Westminster 7-3.Myran Nichol of Castlegar, the other Kootenay rink entered, also managed to bounce back into the win column with an 8-4 victory over winless Ken Teskey of Williams Lake.Nichol, third Rick Brown, second Terry Kryzcka and lead Rob Babiarz, at 3-3, is locked in a three-way tie for fourth. The final round robin draw goes Friday at 9 a.m. with Shypitka facing Teskey and Nichol up against Gelowitz.Lepine battles Steffin while the two New Westminster rinks, Wes Craig and Rick Pughe, play in the other match.Playoffs follow with the first round set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.The Teresa Hiram rink of Grand Forks lost both games Thursday to sit at 1-5 in the Tim Horton’s B.C. Senior Women’s Curling Championships at the Trail Club.Hiram, third Rhonda Lee Bedard, second Rose Beauchamp and lead indy Pettapiece lost 12-3 to Brenda Ridgeway of Nanaimo  and 9-4 to Wendy Cseke of Salmon Arm Thursday.Hiram meets winless Cheryl Wyatt of Terrace Friday.Karen Lepine of Langley leads the women’s standings with a 6-0 mark.Ridgeway is 5-1 while Debbie Jones-Walker of Nanaimo is third at 4-2.last_img read more

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Another 163 officials fail to make declarations to Integrity Commission

first_img…GPL, GNBA, GO-Invest, GCAA, GLSC Heads among defaultersThe Integrity Commission has published the names of 163 public officials who failed to make declarations as mandated by Section 19 of the Integrity Commission Act.The list of delinquent public officials was made public on Saturday in The Official Gazette of Guyana dated March 9, 2019. Among the defaulters on the list are General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation, Rawlston Adams; Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), George Lewis; Director General of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field; CEO of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn; Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), Leslie Sobers; General Manager of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited, Sherod Duncan; CEO of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Owen Verwey and CEO of Guyana Power and Light, Albert Gordon among others.A breakdown of the list includes officials from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA); Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE); Bureau of Statistics; Dependent Pension Fund; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); GPHC; Guyana Gold Board; GuyOil and GPL among others.The Integrity Commission was established with the aim of improving the public’s confidence in the integrity of persons in public office by ensuring that they submit their declarations in compliance with the Integrity Commission Act. However, over the years, the Commission would have to publish the names of delinquent public officials in an effort to have them make their declarations. Under the law, any public officer who fails to comply with the Commission is liable upon summary conviction, to a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for a period of not less than six months or more than one year.Just over two weeks ago, Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Kumar Duraisami stated that there were 716 public officials who have not submitted their declarations to the Commission. As such, five lists of the various categories of public officials were published.The Chairman noted that while there is a need for awareness on the Integrity Commission, most public officials have a general idea of the Commission’s functions and their obligations. His contention was that there are some individuals who are willfully withholding declaring their assets to the Commission.He noted that there are some defaulting officers, particularly in the Judiciary, who are questioning whether the function of the Commission is infringing on their constitutional rights by publishing their names.“I am in no position or this Commission is in no position to use a discretion as to whether or not we should publish the names. If they think that they ought not to make their declarations to the Commission, then they can go the court and say ‘my position is secured by the Constitution and I’m not obliged or obligated to submit to the Commission’… This Commission has no discretion. We will have to publish their names if they don’t submit,” the Chairman insisted.The Integrity Commission Act was assented to on September 24, 1997. The Act provides for the establishment of the Integrity Commission and makes provisions for the purpose of securing the integrity of persons in public life. The Commission has the power to do anything for the proper performance of its function and in discharging its function; it is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.The Commission also has the authority to regulate its own procedure and may make rules for that purpose.last_img read more

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Please Don’t “Like” This Post

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#Like button#Pause#social media#social networks Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of a 3-part series covering Len Kendall’s abstinence from the “Like” button throughout April. len kendall Related Posts Amidst the Boston Marathon tragedy, Facebook on Monday was a fascinating environment to observe. There was so much to NOT “like” that day—gruesome pictures shortly followed by inspirational images and quotes. Either way, merely hitting a button seemed inadequate to me. Good thing I’d already decided I wasn’t going to “like” anything this month.I ended up just donating money to the Red Cross Blood Collection service and then staying fairly silent.The tragedy merely confirmed my decision to change a behavior that I, like many, have adopted into my daily activities. I’m not going to “like” anything on the internet. Anywhere. Not on Facebook, and not on websites featuring a similar “like” button.Let me back up.Not so long ago, there was a much wider gap between the various methods for acknowledging online content. At one end, you had the option of reading something and then doing absolutely nothing. On the other, you had things like leaving a comment, emailing the post to a friend, or writing a blog post in response to another you read elsewhere.But in early 2009, an extremely low-impact feature came to exist: the “like.” It was a brilliant addition, and it quickly has become a staple of daily Internet activity across the world, websites, and devices. It wasn’t the first or last of its kind, but the “like” did ultimately become something that now gets billions of clicks. Facebook alone generates somewhere around 3 billion “likes” a day.This weekend I stopped to evaluate my own usage of this button and came to the following unscientific but plausible conclusions:Only 5% of the time when I “like” something on the Web am I doing so to share it explicitly with my network. I do believe, though, that clicking “like” within Facebook helps drive what content becomes popular for my friends and myself. Sometimes it’s a big life moment like a wedding, other times it’s an Amazon review for a Banana Slicer.Hitting the “like” button on Facebook itself has stopped me from writing comments (and articulating actual thoughts) in response to items others are posting. I feel like I’ve already done enough by clicking a button.I’ve hit the “like” button thousands of times out of obligation, for worry that I might hurt someone’s feelings or make them feel ignored.So reviewing all the points above, I wondered about the following question: Who exactly is benefitting the most from me hitting this button? That’s the question I’m trying to solve for with this experiment.In the meantime, here are a few observations from my first 72 hours of not hitting the “like” button—an action that I have taken everyday for probably the last two years.1) I already slipped up once and had to go “unlike” something I “liked.” It bothered me how mechanical the act of reading Facebook posts and “liking” had become.2) I started leaving 10x more comments on posts, and have spent more time articulating my responses to longer discussion threads.3) While my time spent on Facebook has continued to decrease, taking away the act of “liking” has further reduced my time on the social network and increased it on Twitter, Reddit, and get this…email.4) I’ve continued to check Facebook immediately when a notification flag has popped up to see who has liked my posts. I suspect this won’t change throughout the experiment.I may be overanalyzing here, but my hope is that it will spur others to reflect on their own low-impact, low-investment habits online. I’ll be providing a report in the next week or so with further observations. For now, I encourage you to either join me in this experiment, leave a comment below, or … do absolutely nothing.Just don’t click that button.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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9 months agoGirona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Girona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interestby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGirona striker Cristhian Stuani is tightlipped on interest from Barcelona.Stuani is currently preparing for Girona’s Copa del Rey second leg against Atletico Madrid and didn’t want to speak about the rumours on Tuesday.”I can’t say anything,” the Uruguayan told a group of reporters who followed him to his car after training.Stuani’s release clause is set at €15m. last_img read more

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Theresa May Awards Outstanding Young UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised Muzoon Almellehan, from Newcastle, for supporting children uprooted by conflict to access education.Muzoon became the youngest ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador last year at 19 and is the first person with official refugee status to take on the role. She has been campaigning for children’s education in emergencies since she was forced to flee Syria in 2013 with her family.Muzoon started her campaigning in Jordan, where she was living as a refugee in camps for three years, including 18 months in Za’atari. As part of a Unicef-supported back-to-school campaign, Muzoon advocated for more girls to go to school and went from tent to tent speaking with parents of children who were at risk of child marriage or early labour. Over the next two and a half years she became synonymous with standing up for the rights of children, particularly girls, to stay in school and accompanied Malala Yousafzai on two visits to the camp.Muzoon offers a powerful, credible, authentic voice on education in emergencies and has travelled with Unicef to Chad and back to Jordan to promote understanding of the challenges children affected by conflict face in accessing education.Muzoon is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.In a personal letter to Muzoon, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your work advocating for the education of the world’s most vulnerable child refugees is truly inspiring. As the youngest ever Unicef Goodwill Ambassador you are changing lives for the better, preventing child marriages and supporting young people uprooted by conflict to be able to go to school.”Muzoon Almellehan, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador said: “Thank you so much to the Prime Minister for this award and for recognising the importance of helping children affected by conflict get access to quality education. We must all raise our voices on behalf of these children who have been silenced for too long – and who simply hope to have a safer and better future.”Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director said: “Muzoon is a shining example to us all, so it is very fitting that she has been recognised with the Points of Light award by the Prime Minister. This acknowledgment reaffirms our country’s commitment to supporting the education of children who have been affected by conflict around the world.”Muzoon is the 966th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.last_img read more

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Power is slowly being restored in Fort St John

first_imgBC Hydro continues to work to restore power with BC Hydro crews on scene, there is no estimated time of restoration of service, shared Gammer.To stay up to date with the progress of restoration Gammer directs customers to visit the BC Hydro website under ‘Power Outage’ then continue to either the ‘View List’ by clicking; HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Since 6 am there have been multiple power outages in Fort St. John and surrounding areas.As of 12:47 pm, there are now 15 outages from the 22 that were listed at 9:57 am. Customers that are currently affected are now at 530 down from 8600 customers a couple of hours ago, shared Bob, Gammer, Community Relations for BC Hydro.last_img read more

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USA asks its citizens to reconsider travel plans to terrorhit Pakistan

first_imgWashington DC: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks. While Pakistan in general has been placed in “Level Three” category in the latest travel advisory issued by the US on Monday, several parts of the country, including Balochistan, KPK province, PoK and India-Pakistan border, have been placed in the most dangerous “Level Four” category, in which US citizens are asked not to travel due to high risk areas. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR), the State Department said in the travel advisory. Asserting that terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan, the State Department said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship and government facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so, it said. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties, it said. Do not travel to Balochistan province, the State Department said, adding that active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security forces destabilise the province. Similarly, in the PoK, it warned that militant groups are known to operate in the area and the threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. “Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC), it said. Noting that India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, the travel advisory said the only official Pakistan-India border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the province of Punjab between Wagah and Attari.last_img read more

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