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Valley Stream Man Found Guilty In Deadly Christmas Eve Slaying

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County jury delivered a guilty verdict against a Valley Stream man Tuesday for the 2013 Christmas Eve shooting death of a Queens man seated in his parked car outside a restaurant.Orlando Ortiz was found guilty of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree for gunning down 50-year-old Richard Baccus of Rosedale as he sat inside his BMW 525 in a parking lot near Ay Caramba on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream Dec. 23, 2013 at approximately 11:55 p.m.Homicide detectives investigating the crime discovered Baccus had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.“It’s fitting that almost exactly one year after this defendant’s crime, a Nassau County jury has delivered its verdict on what exactly happened that night,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday. “This defendant shot an unarmed man several times as he sat in his car, unable to defend himself. I am thankful for the jury’s hard work in carefully weighing all of the evidence and coming to the conclusion that only this defendant was responsible for the bloodshed that occurred that night.”Witnesses saw Ortiz and his victim drinking and arguing at the bar prior to the incident, her office said in a press release about the conviction. Ortiz was also spotted by witnessed angrily following Baccus to his car, it states. The defense contended at trial that the defendant mistakenly believed a flashlight held by the victim to be a gun pointed at him, her office continues, yet no gun was recovered from the victim’s vehicle.Ortiz, who was 31 years old at the time of the killing, is due back in court for sentencing on March 6, 2015. He faces up to 40 years in prison.last_img read more

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UK think tank calls for state pension age increase to 75

first_imgThe CSJ proposed accelerating these increases, with the state pension age reaching 70 in 2028 and 75 by 2035, in order to keep the country’s old-age dependency ratio down and make its fiscal position more manageable. The group’s Ageing Confidently report warned that the UK was “not responding to the needs and potential of an ageing workforce”. However, Helen Morrissey, pension specialist at Royal London, warned that the proposal risked causing “huge issues” for retirees if they are not given enough time to prepare for the changes. “The state pension scheme still operates within the age thresholds set for the [first] pension schemes over 100 years ago”Centre for Social Justice“As the population ages, working longer has the potential to preserve mental and physical health, to contribute to the economy and to significantly relieve fiscal pressures,” the report stated.“Without a fundamental change in employment culture and an increase in opportunities for older workers, however, individuals, businesses and the economy will suffer.”The CSJ added: “The state pension scheme still operates within the age thresholds set for the pioneer pension schemes over 100 years ago, revealing a disconnect between contemporary life expectancies and the state pension age. This raises the question of whether the state pension age is fit for the 21st century.” The UK’s state pension age should be increased to 75, according to a report released over the weekend by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).The think tank – set up in 2004 by the then-Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith – made a series of recommendations for policy reforms to address the UK’s ageing society.The proposed increase to the state pension age is a significant change from current UK government policy, adopted in 2014.From December 2018, the state pension age for men and women has been rising from 65, and is scheduled to reach 66 in October 2020. It will then rise to 67 by 2028, and to 68 by 2046, although the latter is subject to review.center_img “We need to give careful thought to what kind of jobs people in their 70s are able to do, and while some people will be able to work on for longer others simply won’t be able to,” Morrissey said.“These people will face severe financial hardship if they have not saved enough into a pension to cover the years between leaving work and claiming state pension. The government needs to think carefully before taking such drastic action.”Joe Dabrowski, head of governance and investment at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, tweeted that the CSJ’s retirement age plan was “an unbelievably bad idea”.Other proposalsAs well as raising the state pension age, the CSJ’s report proposed a government initiative to promote “the benefits of employing a diverse workforce” to employers, including advocating flexible working and flexible or gradual retirement.It also supported the “Mid-Life MOT” concept, first launched by the Department for Work and Pensions in February. This was designed to help individuals assess their financial wellbeing and highlight where they could access guidance and support. ‘MOT’ is a reference to the UK’s annual test of the roadworthiness of vehicles. The CSJ’s report is available here.last_img read more

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Karran scores late lifting Leafs into 3-3 tie against Rockies

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs needed some late-game heroics to steal a point from the Columbia Valley Rockies in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Jack Karran scored with 11 seconds remaining in the third period to pull the Leafs into a 3-3 tie with the Eddie Mountain Division squad.The single-point allows the Leafs to complete an early-season home stand with a 2-1-1 record.After netting a dozen Friday against Fernie, the Leafs fell behind early against the Rockies as Brennan Nelson and Joshua Antunes scored less than four minutes into the game to give the visitors a quick 2-0 advantage.Jackson Zimmermann, with his first of two on the night, cut the margin in half, with a goal on the power play late in the opening frame. Despite out shooting the Rockies 18-5 in the second period, Nelson failed to solve goalie Ben Kelsch. The former Leaf continually frustrated the home side shooters with some amazing saves.In the third it appeared Columbia Valley would have just enough offence to steal the road victory when Robert Butterwick put the puck past Quinn Yeager in the Leaf nets to give the visitors a 3-1 lead.However, Zimmermann scored with seven minutes remaining to set the stage for Karran to pot the equalizer.Nelson dominated the Rockies during the final 50 minutes of the game, out shooting the visitors 42-12 for a 52-21 game advantage.Kelsch was the obvious game star for Columbia Valley, which earned its first point of the season in four games.Karran took the player-of-the-game honour for the Leafs.Nelson, third in the Murdoch Division, now sets out on a three-game road trip with stops Friday in Spokane and Saturday in Creston.The Leafs travel to Grand Forks Friday, September 29th before returning home Saturday, September 30th to face the Creston Valley Thunder Cats at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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Vihiga upbeat of sponsorship despite change of guard

first_imgSpeaking to Capital Sport Vihiga United assistant coach Francis Xavier is confident the new county boss will continue with the sponsorship of the team since the club belongs to the County Government.‘’We called for a meeting with our people  to consolidate our position and we remain optimistic that the incoming governor will continue with the program but as for now we cannot pre-empt before meeting the governor elect but we will meet him (governor) very soon and am confident he will support the sponsorship programe,” Xavier revealed.Vihiga United XI posing for a photo before facing Kibera Black All Stars in a National Super League match on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo Gounds.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaVihiga United, who are at the helm of the NSL with 47 points, face an acid test when they battle it out with reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker FC in the quarter finals of the GOtv Shield on August 19.High flying Vihiga United made it to the GOtv Shield quarters after eliminating KPL side Kakamega Homeboyz 5-4 on penalties.Vihiga United will resume training on Sunday to prepare for the GOtv fixture against the defending champions with Xavier expressing optimism since all his players are fit for selection after veteran midfielder Charles Okwemba recovered from a knock.Xavier has set his sights in helping Vihiga United earn promotion in the top flight league next season after missing the chance by a whisker in 2016.The NSL leaders came close to play in the KPL this season despite finishing sixth last year after Football Kenya Federation chief Nick Mwendwa ‘promoted’ them alongside KCB FC after Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka failed to comply with the club licensing.Muhoroni and Sofapaka were reinstated back to the KPL by the Sports Dispute Tribunal ending Vihiga’s dream that season.‘’Last season we lost points that we should have not, but this season we have learnt from our previous mistakes. So far we are doing well we only need to increase little effort and maintain our momentum,” added Xavier.Other teams that their fate hangs on the balance are Vihiga Queens (women football team) a development basket team and a rugby team who are under the sponsorship of the County Government that was under the reign of Akaranga.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vihiga United Governor Moses Akaranga during Vihiga United’s match match against Kibera All Stars in the National Super League.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11 – Despite the change of guard at the Vihiga County Government following Tuesday’s General Elections, National Super League (NSL) side Vihiga United remain optimistic the incoming governor Wilbur Otichilo will up hold the sponsorship deal.Vihiga United’s fate was on Wednesday thrown into doubts after Governor Moses Akaranga, who initiated the Sh40m per year deal with the club, lost his seat to Otichilo.last_img read more

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Police make arrest in painter’s slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Mende said the attack was unprovoked, and police refused Friday to speculate on a motive. Mende, who is still recovering from stab wounds, said neighbors pounded on the door of his North Hollywood home at 6 a.m. Friday to bring him the news that police had a suspect in custody. “I’m glad,” Mende said. “That’s what we were hoping for. It would be terrible if he could hide someplace and never be found.” One of Hapke’s stepsons, Brent Turnham, 32, of Burbank, said more than 450 people attended Hapke’s funeral Wednesday. “It’s a shame my father had to lose his life to this senselessness, and he was just a good man,” Turnham said. “My dad had friends from the highest places to the lowest; if there was a party, everyone would gather around him to hear him talk because he was so animated. He would captivate anyone’s attention.” — Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 50-year-old man with an “extensive” criminal record was in custody Friday in the fatal stabbing of a 65-year-old commercial painter in Beverly Hills’ first homicide since 2001, officials said. Nathan Hall was arrested about 9:20 p.m. Thursday after he was found hiding in the attic of his home in South Los Angeles, authorities said. He was being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder in the slaying of Jurgen Hapke, 65, of Burbank. Beverly Hills detective Sgt. Jack Douglas said Hall has an “extensive criminal history” including previously alleged acts of violence. Hapke, 65, was killed about 7 a.m. Dec. 14, outside the Wells Fargo Bank in the 9300 block of Wilshire Boulevard, when he came to the aide of his best friend and business partner, Helmut Mende, 71, who was attacked by a man wielding a large kitchen knife.last_img read more

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Fulham youngsters lose to Tottenham

first_imgFulham’s youngsters lost 1-0 at home to Tottenham in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday.Samuel Shashoua scored the only goal of the game at the Whites’ Motspur Park training ground – a 77th-minute penalty after Aramide Oteh had been fouled.<script language=”javascript” src=”http://adserver.adtech.de/addyn/3.0/1639/6335481/0/170/ADTECH;loc=700;target=_blank”></script><a href=”http://adserver.adtech.de/adlink/3.0/1639/6335481/0/170/ADTECH;loc=300″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adserver.adtech.de/adserv/3.0/1639/6335481/0/170/ADTECH;loc=300″ border=”0″ width=”300″ height=”250″ /></a>A Spurs breakthrough had looked on the cards during a spell of pressure from the visitors.Shashoua, Jack Roles and George Marsh all went close for them before the deadlock was eventually broken.On Friday evening, Chelsea’s Under-18s maintained their good form by winning 3-1 at Brighton.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Bacho’s homer lifts Crabs past Kings

first_imgDawson Bacho hit a 2-run home run to put the Humboldt Crabs ahead for good in what was a 5-4 win over the visiting West Coast Kings, Friday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Bacho gave the Crabs the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bacho did his best Kyle Knell impression from Wednesday’s win over the Redding Ringtails and sent a home run over the left field wall and onto the 101 — which at this point should have some sort of signage warning drivers of a Crabs lineup prone to …last_img read more

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A’s move from Coliseum would be insult to East Oakland residents

first_imgThe Oakland Coliseum has been home to the A’s since 1968, and the baseball team is an integral part of East Oakland’s identity and history. When built, the Coliseum brought promises of transit and affordable housing that justified large infrastructure costs and the use of eminent domain to displace East Oakland residents.Unfortunately, the current proposal to move the A’s out of the Coliseum and into a new ballpark at Howard Terminal on the waterfront is essentially forsaking the significant …last_img read more

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22 days agoJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utd

first_imgJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says it won’t be long until Manchester United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar.”I think this club is always winning and he has won here a lot as a player. I have won a few things here and in my mind is to win something really important with United. “I believe we can do it, we know other teams are playing very good football and now in the last part of my career my biggest thing is to win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 days ago​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaoui

first_img​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaouiby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSeveral Premier League clubs are eyeing Olympiakos defender Omar Elabdellaoui.A report from the Daily Mailindicates that five sides from the English top flight are pondering a potential bid for the right back.The Norwegian is wanted by the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Burnley and Watford.Elabdellaoui has 41 caps for his country, while he is versatile enough to operate on the right wing as well.The 27-year-old would be available for a reasonable fee in January, which will be attractive to Premier League sides wanting to bolster their squads midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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