Westbury Woman Admits $71K Theft from Nonprofit

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Westbury woman has admitted to stealing a Suffolk County resident’s identity, which she then used to cash $71,000 in stolen checks from a Rockville Centre-based Jewish charity.Marie Augustin pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to grand larceny and identity theft.Prosecutors said the 42-year-old opened several business bank accounts in the names of the vendors of the Jewish National Fund so that she could cash checks stolen from the nonprofit by using the stolen identity and a fake driver’s license in February.Nassau County police began investigating when Augustin tried to make a withdrawal after depositing a check stolen from the Jewish National Fund, a nonprofit that develops land in Israel. She had also deposited two other stolen checks—on in the amount of $79,338.24 and the other for $30,000—into other business accounts she had created, authorities said.Investigators found that Augustin had also made $5,100 worth of withdrawals from the identity theft victim’s account by falsely claiming that her debit card was missing, presenting the false driver license as identification and then having a new debit card issued, according to prosecutors.There was no apparent relationship between the charity and the identity theft other than Augustin, who was arrested in April.Judge David Sullivan is expected to sentence Augustin on Sept. 29 to two consecutive terms of nine months in jail, a civil judgment of $180,577.48 to the Jewish National Fund and $400 in reparations to the identity theft victim.last_img read more

Digital transformation or digital optimisation: A journey versus a starting point

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » There’s a lot of noise in high places. Senior executives are asking questions. They’re demanding answers.What are they talking about?Digital transformation.It’s important, because Europe is currently operating at only 12 percent of its digital potential, while the U.S. is operating at 18 percent, according to the McKinsey Global Institute’s Industry Digitization Index.Confusion reigns.The reason there is so much perplexity is that, quite simply, somewhere along the way, digital transformation has mutated into a multi-headed monster that now encompasses many disciplines: Consulting, virtualisation, Agile, process automation, etc. With this mutation, the clarity of the real meaning of the concept of digital transformation has been lost. I believe businesses and senior executives are confusing, quite reasonably, the difference between digital transformation and digital optimisation.Let’s explore further.last_img read more

Mahathir strengthens hand amid Malaysian political turmoil

first_img“He has total freedom to decide as he pleases,” said Ibrahim Suffian, director of pollster Merdeka.In one of his first acts as interim leader, Mahathir disbanded his entire cabinet late on Monday, opening up political negotiations to form another government.An official from Mahathir’s Bersatu party, which is trying to put together one alliance, said a group of senior members met with Mahathir on Tuesday.The Democratic Action Party (DAP), part of a rival pact, also said it wanted Mahathir to continue in office. Interviews with the KingUnder Malaysia’s constitution, any lawmaker who can command a majority in parliament can stake a claim to form a government, which must then be approved by the king.The palace said the king would hold individual interviews with all 222 elected members of the lower house of parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday, to assess who was likely to succeed.”For Malaysians, the trauma of uncertainty is hard to overstate,” the pro-establishment New Straits Times newspaper wrote in an editorial.The political crisis comes at a particularly bad time for the Malaysian economy, after growth fell to a decade low in the final quarter of last year. Mahathir had been scheduled to announce a stimulus package to deal with the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday.Malaysia’s stock market recovered slightly on Tuesday after falling to an eight-year low on Monday while the currency also rose after hitting a near six-month low.Mahathir and Anwar formed the Pakatan Harapan coalition to defeat the UMNO party and its Barisan Nasional alliance in 2018. Anwar was Mahathir’s deputy prime minister when he was arrested and jailed in the late 1990s for sodomy and corruption, charges that Anwar and his supporters maintain were aimed at ending his political career. “He is the person most likely to be the next prime minister,” said DAP parliamentarian Ong Kian Ming.Whatever the outcome of coalition talks, it will mark yet another realignment of politics just two years after Mahathir made a stunning political comeback to topple former leader Najib Razak and bring down the party that had ruled for six decades – and which he had once led.Mahathir, a former doctor, is credited with transforming Malaysia into an industrial nation from a rural farming backwater when he previously served as prime minister from 1981 to his retirement 2003. Topics :center_img Rival political factions competed to win favor with Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday after he plunged Malaysia into political turmoil by resigning as prime minister, reinforcing the likelihood his shock move will strengthen his power.Mahathir, who at 94 is the world’s oldest government leader, stepped down on Monday but was immediately named as interim prime minister by Malaysia’s king – a role that carries all the authority of a permanent leader.The move effectively broke apart an increasingly fragile and unpopular coalition Mahathir had formed with old rival Anwar Ibrahim, 72, to win government on an anti-corruption platform in 2018. It also potentially freed Mahathir from a pre-election promise to hand over the reins to Anwar before his term ends in 2023. “Just another day in the office,” Mahathir said in a post on his official Twitter account that was accompanied by a series of photos of him reading through paperwork at the prime ministerial desk.last_img read more

Inner-city beauty attracts interest and intrigue

first_imgInside 18 Gatling Rd, Cannon Hill“Buyers see it as a desirable suburb because it’s close to the city, local schools and amenities.“It also that Bulimba lifestyle, without the hefty price tag.“Cannon Hill offers quality family homes at affordable prices.”Ms Fechner said this was a good indication of the market in the area. “The area will continute to attract young families and couples wanting to buy,” she said. Inside 18 Gatling Rd, Cannon HillMs Fechner said the new owners were a young family local to the area. “We’re seeing a lot of young people wanting to buy in Cannon Hill,” she said. “It’s becoming increasingly popular. The home at 18 Gatling Rd, Cannon HillMarketing agent Rachel Fechner, who at the time was working for McGrath Real Estate, Bulimba and signed the contract, said 18 Gatling Rd, Cannon Hill attracted more than 100 online inquiries. “We had a good mix of first home buyers and families,” Ms Fechner said.“It’s a stylish, renovated home on a low maintenance block with nothing left to do but move in and enjoy.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agocenter_img 18 Gatling Rd, Cannon HillThis renovated home has sold for $865,000.last_img read more

Juncker Commission to ‘eliminate’ EU funding of EIOPA

first_img“On the latter, you should find a way to eliminate EU and national budgetary contributions to the ESAs, which should be wholly financed by the sectors they supervise.”The recommendations for governance and funding reform follow on from a report, endorsed over the summer by the outgoing European executive, for the funding of the ESAs through an industry levy.Additionally, the report suggested that EIOPA’s two stakeholder groups – one for occupational pensions, one for the insurance industry – should be merged.Juncker further tasked Hill to work on greater long-term funding for the European economy, an issue first examined by the current internal markets commission.The letter said Hill should work with Commission vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen, who in his new role will be in charge of the Commission’s economic portfolios, to outline ways of improving the investment environment within three months of taking office.It added: “This will include seeking appropriate ways to revive sustainable and high-quality securitisation markets, to reduce the cost of raising capital in the Union and to develop alternatives to our companies’ dependence on bank funding.”Juncker also called for the creation of a capital markets union by 2019 “with a view to maximising the benefits of capital markets and non-bank financial institutions to the real economy”.The drive for a capital markets union is likely to focus on ways of encouraging pension investors to increase exposure to real estate and direct lending, two areas previously highlighted.Despite the loss of the current internal markets commission, with Hill in charge of the portfolio where it relates to financial regulation, incoming internal markets commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska is still likely to have an impact on the pensions agenda.Juncker instructed the Polish commissioner to ensure a “fully functioning single market for goods and services”, including the free movements of jobs – a matter recently touched on by the supplementary pensions rights directive.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesJean-Claude Juncker’s mission letters to the incoming European commissioners The UK’s new European commissioner for financial services, Jonathan Hill, is set to overhaul the governance and financing of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), with the pensions and insurance industry soon to be fully responsible for all costs.Hill, who was today confirmed as incoming Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s candidate for the newly formed commission for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union, will also be tasked with fostering greater long-term investment in the European economy.In a letter from Juncker to the UK commissioner, the former Luxembourg prime minister said Hill’s role would be to review how the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) and the European Systemic Risk Board would function.“Particular attention should be paid to reviewing the governance and the financing of these agencies,” Juncker said.last_img read more

GMS: Pakistani Scrapyards Ready to Reopen to Tankers

first_imgPakistan’s shipbreaking yards seem to have reached an end of a near 18-month saga as they are ready to reopen their doors to tankers, according to a report from GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.The country’s provincial government signed off and consented to the lifting of restrictions on import of tankers imposed in February 2017, in the aftermath of two major incidents in Gadani shipbreaking yards.GMS said that the final two signatures required for the Pakistani market to reopen for tankers were delivered last week. Other than the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOC), expected early this week, “nearly everything is in place for wet units to start arriving to Gadani yards.”Tankers will have to be totally gas free for hot works clean, with all cargo residues, slops and sludges completely cleaned from all cargo and slop tanks, similar to the Indian and Bangladeshi guidelines. Hot works certificates issued at the last port of call, rather than the more stringent local explosives inspector demands in Alang and Chittagong, may allegedly be locally accepted.“What seems clear is that Pakistani levels will not immediately jump up to match cash buyer expectations and a fair degree of lowballing is likely to ensue as end buyers seek to acquire a bargain or two,” GMS said.“It may be a case of waiting to see who blinks first, as most cash buyers will certainly not offload tonnage at some of the below market rates emanating from Pakistan and will likely hold out, bearing in mind the recent slowdown of fresh market offerings.”Demolition of tankers and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers was banned at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yards following the incidents, caused by the absence of safety measures. These included an explosion on November 1, 2016, which killed at least 28 workers, and a fire on January 9, 2017, which took the lives of another 5 workers.last_img read more

Aiyegbeni: Coaching job not for me

first_img Promoted Content17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa DavisPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement Deals5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… Ex-international, Yakubu Ayegbeni has put an end to speculation linking him with football management. Aiyegbeni Yakubu The 37-year-old had been connected with coaching following his involvement with the Nigeria Under-20 team. Preparing for the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland, ‘the Yak’ teamed up with the Flying Eagles in Munich while offering to drill Paul Aigbogun’s forwards. However, the ex-Nigeria international claims he has no plans to venture into coaching, saying he is happy with his role at Fifa. “I don’t want to be coach,” the former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Leicester City man told Goal. “I went to the U20 camp in Munich before they went to Poland. There, I stayed for over a week and passed my message to the young footballers. “I even coached the strikers a little bit and I am always ready to help out when I’m needed but coaching is not for me. “I enjoy what I’m doing now than coaching, but, I can come in whenever I’m needed to speak to the boys and pass my knowledge to the upcoming players. “I was in the national team for ten years and I had a great time there, good or bad. “For me, to be invited to speak with the U15s, U17s and U20s will be nice and I will be willing to help in the future. But as a coach, that’s not for me.” Currently, Ayegbeni is one of the Fifa ambassadors who help to take the beautiful game to distressed countries in conjunction with the Fifa Legends Programme.center_img He shared his experience and provided some insight into his role as it concerns giving hope to future stars. “I’ve been travelling around with Fifa,” he continued. “We were once at Malawi and the last time, I went to Tsonga, I’ve been with them [Fifa] for almost a year now. “I enjoy working with Fifa and being one of their ambassadors is great. You meet people; you try to pass a message to the upcoming players. “It’s not really about football alone because you meet with people from other sports, encouraging them to follow their dreams. “Having a chance talking these boys from the street, speaking to them to follow their passion is like a dream come true for me.” Yakubu is the first Nigerian to score a Champions League hat-trick, thanks to his treble for Maccabi Haifa against Olympiacos in the 2002–03 season. After an impressive spell in Israel, he joined Portsmouth where he helped Pompey earn promotion to the English Premier League. read also:Aiyegbeni tips Osimhen to become one of world’s best striker His 28 English elite division goals between his two seasons for Harry Redknapp’s men make him Portsmouth’s highest ever scorer in the Premier League, with nine more than their second-highest scorer Benjani Mwaruwari. On the international scene, he featured in three Africa Cup of Nations finals and is Nigeria’s third-highest all-time goalscorer with 21 goals from 57 caps. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Area Volleyball Regional Scores

first_imgArea Volleyball Regional ScoresSaturday (10-21)Class 2A @ Mitchell.Christian Academy defeated North Decatur in three sets.The Lady Warriors won The Regionals.Class 1A @ Morristown.Hauser defeated Indy Lutheran in five sets.The Lady Jets defeated Indy Tindley in three sets to win The Regionals and will battle Barr-Reeve at The Semi-States.Class 3A @ Corydon Central.Silver Creek defeated Madison in four sets.The Lady Dragons won The Regionals.2017 Class 1A Volleyball Regionals2017 Class 2A Volleyball Regionals2017 Class 3A Volleyball Regionals2017 Class 4A Volleyball Regionalslast_img

Duke adds BAPS to dream season

first_img“I knew when you’re starting on the front row, we were going to have a pretty good chance. If you can get in the clean air, that makes everything better when you can do that,” he said. “This is our 10th win this year, so I don’t know what to say . . . we’re just really happy to be here tonight.” It was Duke’s eighth PASS win of 2019 and his tenth overall. By Frank Buhrman  It’s not that you could call Duke’s performance at BAPS poor: he had a 12-race streak of top 10 finishes at BAPS dating to early 2017 but his last victory at the track had come nearly three years ago, on Sept. 3, 2016. With the victories mounting at other regular PASS tracks like Port Royal, Path Valley, Clinton County and Duke’s hometown Selinsgrove Speedway, BAPS stood out. On Sunday night, Duke took care of that small discrepancy with a convincing victory in the 20-lap PASS feature at the York County speedway. After a final caution brought on a one-lap dash to the checkered flag, he was leading Shatzer by 1.216 seconds.  YORK HAVEN, Pa. (Aug. 25) – Ken Duke Jr. is enjoying a season most racers can only dream about, winning races and leading both the Pennsylvania Sprint Series and national IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car point standings, but one track was conspicuously missing from the top tier of his 2019 resume: BAPS Motor Speedway.center_img Shatzer took second from Price but had nothing for Duke in the end. Doug Dodson was third.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Dylan Shatzer; 3. Doug Dodson; 4. Landon Price; 5. Zach Newlin; 6. John Walp; 7. Jake Frye; 8. Larry McVay; 9. Dylan Proctor; 10. Keith Prutzman; 11. Devin Adams; 12. Erin Statler; 13. Tom Carberry; 14. Jason Dunn; 15. Garrett Bard; 16. Jay Krout; 17- Domenic Melair; 18. Billy Ney; 19. Ian Cumens; 20. Dylan Smith; 21. Kruz Kepner; 22. Alex Potosky; 23. Kyle Keen; 24. George Riden; 25. 8-Nick Sweigart After drawing the outside front row starting position Sunday, Duke out-charged pole sitter and Saturday night Port Royal winner Landon Price for the early lead, then held off challenges from Price and Dylan Shatzer after subsequent caution flags to establish dominance.  IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win number 10 on the season came on Aug. 25 for Ken Duke Jr., in the Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at BAPS Motor Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) No more.last_img read more

Lady Raiders 3-Peat! Girls Area Basketball Sectional Scores (2-2)

first_imgGirls Area Basketball Sectional ScoresSaturday (2-2)Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South DecaturChampionshipSouth Ripley  55     Switz. County  29Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronWaldron  55     Oldenburg  44Jac-Cen-Del  62     SW-Shelby  36Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ LawrenceburgGreensburg  58     Rushville  54Lawrenceburg  41     Madison  39Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus EastChampionshipBloomington South  50     Columbus North  45last_img