Richard Brown, longtime NYC DA who prosecuted Karina Vetrano case, dies at 86

first_imgiStock Photo/deberarr(NEW YORK) — Longtime Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown died late Friday.He was 86 years old.In January, Brown announced that he would not seek re-election and step down on June 1, “due to increasing health problems associated with Parkinson’s Disease,” according to a statement from Queens Chief Assistant District Attorney John M. Ryan.Brown was first appointed Queens County District Attorney in 1991 by then-Governor Mario Cuomo and stayed in office for nearly 28 years. He was re-elected to six terms, Ryan’s statement said.Brown’s office prosecuted a number of high profile New York City cases, including that of several police officers who shot Sean Bell, an unarmed black man who was killed after his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, which resulted in no convictions.Most recently his office prosecuted and won a conviction against Chanel Lewis for the 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano, a 30-year old woman who was beaten, sexually abused and strangled while jogging near her home in Howard Beach, Queens.Brown is survived by his wife Rhoda, and their three children.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Babylon Man Found Dead After Boat Capsized in Fire Island Inlet

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old West Babylon man was found dead Monday, a week after the boat he was on capsized in the Fire Island Inlet, Suffolk County police said.Roberto Vazquez’s body was found about one mile from the Fire Island Inlet. He had been missing since the 21-foot fishing boat he was on overturned near Buoy 3 shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.The U.S. Coast Guard, Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers and NYPD Special Operations Division had responded with an aviation unit and divers to assist in the search.A 36-year old Wyandanch man and a 30-year old Amityville man, who were also on the boat, were rescued from the water and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for evaluation.last_img read more

Croatia Airlines introduces routes to Munich, Copenhagen and Dublin

first_imgCroatia Airlines is expanding its destination network for the third year in a row with three new routes to Munich, Copenhagen and Dublin and increasing the number of weekly flights on existing routes.Croatia Airlines is expanding its network of European destinations this tourist season as well, which will enable passengers an even better choice and organization of travel.For the first time in the company’s history, regular international flights are being introduced Zagreb – Dublin, which will be held from May 3 to October 28, 2017. perform twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. The seasonal line is also a novelty Dubrovnik – Munich on which it will fly from April 30 five times a week – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.Among the news is the line Split – Copenhagen on which Croatia Airlines aircraft will fly on Saturdays, from May 5 to October 20 this year.The number of weekly flights on existing routes is increasingIn addition to the new routes, this year’s summer flight schedule also increases the number of weekly flights on individual routes. Thus, as of May 4, four additional afternoon flights on the line will be introduced Zagreb – Skopje, which is an additional benefit for transfer passengers who travel to Skopje via European transport hubs (Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and others) via Zagreb. Several weekly flights will also be operated on the route Zagreb – Dubrovnik – Rome on which, in addition to the previous flights on Saturdays and Sundays, an additional flight will be introduced on Wednesdays in early May.Photo: Zagreb International AirportCroatia Airlines aircraft will continue to fly to all eight European destinations, ie on all seasonal routes introduced during 2016 and 2017 – from Zagreb to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg. The number of weekly flights to Sankt peterburg, in addition to flights on Thursdays and Sundays, increases by an additional flight on Tuesdays. They stand out from Croatia Airlines. During this year’s summer flight schedule, seasonal flights are reintroduced to many attractive European destinations, such as Athens, Barcelona, ​​Lisbon, Venice and the second, and at the same time the rush in domestic regular traffic is increasing.”Croatia Airlines planes will fly directly to 39 destinations in 23 European countries in regular passenger traffic this season, connecting the capital Zagreb with five Croatian airports..Due to the expansion of the destination network and the increase in the number of flights, the company will lease two CRJ1000 aircraft with 100 seats from Air Nostrum for the upcoming tourist season, as well as last year, which will complement the existing fleet of six Airbus aircraft (four A319 and two A320) and six aircraft. Dash 8-Q400. ”They conclude from Croatia Airlines.By the way, the Croatian national airline transported a record 2017 passengers in 2,124.528, or 10 percent more than the year before, and the continuation of the positive trend in passenger traffic is expected this year as well.last_img read more

Trump denies lying to US about virus after bombshell book

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Thursday denied lying to Americans about the severity of the coronavirus after a bombshell new book by journalist Bob Woodward revealed that he deliberately downplayed the crisis.Trump’s taped admission to Woodward that he minimized the pandemic in public, while being aware from the start about the unique danger presented by Covid-19, has set off alarm bells less than eight weeks before election day.Asked at a hastily organized White House press conference “Why did you lie to the American people?” Trump responded: “I didn’t lie.” He told the excited crowd that his approach to Covid-19 matched that of the British government in World War II with its famous “Keep calm and carry on” morale-boosting posters.Apparently meaning Woodward, he referred in his speech to “this whack job that wrote the book.””Rage” is filled with startling episodes, including the assessment by Trump’s then director of national intelligence, the respected Dan Coats, that the president “doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.”But the segments in which Trump candidly discusses the coronavirus pandemic – responsible for killing almost 200,000 Americans – are getting the most attention.Despite openly describing to Woodward the dangerous characteristics of the then unknown virus, including the fact that it is transmitted by air, Trump said “I wanted to always play it down.”Trump went on to explain to Woodward that he wanted to avoid causing panic. However, his acknowledgement that he failed to tell the country the unvarnished truth prompted outrage.Critics quickly resurrected his multiple statements from the early stages of the pandemic in which he told the public that it was no worse than a regular flu and breezily predicted it would “disappear” in a short period.”He knew how deadly it was,” Biden said Wednesday.”He lied to the American people. He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.”Trump usually fights criticism by blaming what he calls “the fake news” and claiming that unnamed sources commonly used in White House reporting don’t exist.But shoot the messenger won’t work in the case of “Rage.” The revelations rely mostly on Trump himself and Woodward – famous for bringing down Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal – has published recordings.In one dig at Woodward on Thursday, Trump tweeted that if the legendary reporter thought that the quotes were “so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives?””Because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!” Trump argued.Topics : The Republican, who is down in the polls against Democrat Joe Biden and faces overwhelming disapproval from Americans on his handling of the coronavirus crisis, insisted that he’d softened the dangers in public so as to preserve calm.”I don’t want to jump up and down and start screaming ‘Death! Death!'” he argued.But Trump has been thrown onto the defense after multiple excerpts and recordings from Woodward’s book “Rage” were released on Wednesday.Following two Fox News interviews, dozens of tweets, and the press conference, Trump continued his bid to get his election message back on track by holding a rally with supporters in Freeland, Michigan.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Wizards still not planning to deal star Bradley Beal

first_imgWashington owner Ted Leonsis said in late January the team was “not trading” Porter, Beal or point guard John Wall. But, Wall ruptured his left Achilles tendon earlier this week while recovering from a December heel surgery. He’s expected to be out for most of next season. The Wizards reportedly sent forward Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls and Markieff Morris to the Pelicans in separate trades Wednesday.Sources: The Wizards have moved off Otto Porter and Markieff Morris tonight to go under luxury tax threshold — but have no plans to move All-Star Bradley Beal before the deadlne.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019Beal is averaging a career-high 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 37 minutes per game this season. He’s shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point range. Related News NBA trade deadline: Wizards send Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis NBA trade deadline: Pelicans release Markieff Morris after acquiring him from Wizards, report sayscenter_img The Wizards have made multiple roster moves. But, they’re still planning to hold on to their star.Washington is not expected to deal guard Bradley Beal before Thursday’s trade deadline, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Trevor Ariza also appears like he’ll be remaining in Washington. The Lakers are interested in trading for the forward, but he wants to stay with the Wizards, according to ESPN.Lakers are interested, but Trevor Ariza and Washington Wizards remain in each’s future plans, league sources tell ESPN. Ariza is enthusiastic about re-signing with Washington. Wizards’ trades creating financial flexibility that’ll make it easier to bring Ariza back on new deal— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019The Wizards dropped to 22-32 this season with a loss to the Bucks on Wednesday. They’re four games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.last_img read more

Knights tame Coyotes 4-0 to advance to play Rebels in KIJHL Final

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels finally have an opponent to play for all the marbles in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.After watching the Osoyoos Coyotes storm back to even the Okanagan Conference Final, the North Okanagan Knights scored three times in the opening period en route to a convincing 4-0 victory in Game seven of the beste-of-seven Conference Final Sunday in Armstrong.The Knights win the series 4-3 and now advance to meet Kootenay Conference Champion Castlegar in the KIJHL Championship. Game one of the best-of-seven final goes Tuesday in Castlegar.Mat Lambert and Derek Andrews scored one minute apart in the first period to give North Okanagan goalie Dustin Nikkel all the support he would need to backstop the Knights to victory.Colton Thibault also scored in the first period.Andrews, shorthanded in the third, completed the scoring.Nikkel stopped all 33 shots by the Coyotes.last_img read more

Harwell doesn’t want to redshirt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m graduating, and I’d like to go out with my senior class,” Harwell . “I want to try to help my team this year.” That’s good news for UCLA, since it’s sustained several injuries to the defensive line. Yet the happiness is tempered because there’s no timetable for Harwell’s return. Harwell tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the BYU game and has missed the last six games. “I’m just trying to take it week by week,” Harwell said. “I’m doing drills, and I still have a ways to go. I get the weekend off and those two days have helped.” In the injury sense, they’ve helped, but watching UCLA games from the couch is another story. He’s had to watch a few ugly losses, including the debacle at Washington State. “I’m not even going to say what I did in my apartment,” Harwell said. “I just want to come back this year. It’s frustrating. This team means so much to me.” Patrick Cowan should be a more mobile quarterback than he was against Washington State last week, and that would be a big thing for the Bruins. “I think he’s getting in better shape,” Coach Karl Dorrell said. “The more he’s practicing, the more comfortable he’s getting wearing that brace. He’s getting in shape. I think the knee is getting stronger. It’s good – a good sign.” said He won’t play Saturday at Arizona. More mobility Linebacker John Hale has a slight hamstring pull, according to Dorrell. Hale injured it at the beginning of Tuesday’s practice and didn’t practice on Wednesday. Asked if he would need to practice today in order to play on Saturday, Dorrell said: “We’ll see.” … Defensive end Jeff Miller has a sports hernia and is expected to have surgery. Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw the ball for the first time since he sprained the thumb on his throwing hand Saturday. Carpenter is expected to play when the sixth-ranked Sun Devils (8-0) visit No. 4 Oregon. “I thought he threw it real well,” Coach Dennis Erickson said. UCLA injury report Carpenter throws well Around the nation LSU: Linebacker Derrick Odom was charged with a misdemeanor, accused of smashing a car window after a brawl at a nightclub last week. Odom faces one count of simple criminal damage to property, according to Baton Rouge police. Soon after the report, Odom was kicked off the team, Coach Les Miles said. Tennessee: Tailback LaMarcus Coker and defensive tackle Demonte Bolden will miss the game against Louisiana-Lafayette because of a violation of team rules. Bolden is a starter on the defensive line while Coker returns kicks and plays behind starter Arian Foster. Tulane: Conference USA officials said referees in the Tulane-Memphis game got the call right when they kept the clock running after the Green Wave completed a pass along the sidelines late in a 28-27 loss to Memphis on Saturday. The league announced its findings a day after Tulane coach Bob Toledo said he had sent video of the play to conference headquarters as part of a formal complaint. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jill Painter Staff Writer Brigham Harwell wants to play for UCLA again – this year. Harwell has returned to limited practice and is doing drills with the defense. He said he doesn’t plan to redshirt. last_img read more

123rd IOC Session opens in Durban

first_img6 July 2011The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened its 123rd Session in Durban with a vibrant ceremony at the city’s Playhouse on Tuesday night, with South African President Jacob Zuma in attendance.During the ceremony, Zuma awarded one of its highest national decorations, the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, to IOC head Jacques Rogge.Zuma told the high-profile gathering that the award was made to demonstrate gratitude to the IOC for their solidarity and commitment to human rights in South Africa.“This historic session presents an opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding contribution of the IOC, and of Dr Rogge in particular, to the struggle against apartheid and racial oppression.“The IOC General Assembly has not met in Africa since the last gathering in Cairo 86 years ago,” Zuma said. That was a much different Africa, which was still battling the yoke of colonialism.“The choice of venue is therefore timely and important, given also that Africa is a continent where the Olympic movement has unearthed exceptional individual talents over many years.”2018 Winter Games hostOn Wednesday, the IOC Session will elect the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) are the three candidates.Representatives of the three bidders, including German President Christian Wulff, French Prime Minister François Fillon, Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, were present at Tuesday night’s ceremony.“As a country that has gone through numerous bids, we fully understand the pressure and the anxiety,” Zuma said. “We wish the three cities well with their final presentations.”Zuma thanked the IOC for supporting South Africa in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We are proud to reflect on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as a successful event that brought lasting social and economic benefits to our country and continent … Sport is a powerful instrument of promoting peace, friendship, unity and tolerance within nation states and the peoples of the world.”Zuma welcomed Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former South African Olympic swimmer who continues to be an ambassador for the country, and her husband Prince Albert.“We wish them a long life and many years of happiness and success together,” said Zuma.Meanwhile, Rogge appealed to governments to help the sports world get rid of doping, cheating and illegal betting.“Protecting the integrity of sport is a priority for the IOC and there is no room for complacency against performance-enhancing drugs, judging and refereeing scandals,” Rogge said.On the bidding process, Rogge said: “I cannot predict the outcome of the vote, but I can say with confidence that the city selected to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will have the capacity to deliver outstanding results.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Making the Most of Your Startup’s Beta Testing Process

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#How To#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s a familiar story: a startup launches their beta. The tech blogosphere writes up the news: “Sign up now!” Droves of people rush to do so (well, hopefully). There’s a spike in traffic and solid number of names and email addresses of interested people. But then what?Do you have the right people in your beta? Are you going to get the right feedback?These sorts of questions are particularly important if your target users are from a specific group – a specific age, perhaps, or job-title. Such is the case with the new educational app ShowMe, which just posted on its blog detailing its strategies for running its beta.ShowMe is an iPad app that lets educators record their lessons for students – think Khan Academy, but for any teacher.The Viral Launch PageOf course, getting any users – whether they’re specifically teachers or not – to find out and sign up can be a challenge. And like many other startups, Easel implemented the viral sign-up page – something popularized by LaunchRock. In other words, when people sign up for the beta, they’re encouraged to share the information via Twitter and Facebook, helping spread awareness of the app and the beta.Finding the Right UsersSo clearly, Easel Learning, the makers of ShowMe, wanted to make sure the early testers were educators and students – in other words, the app’s actual users. So Easel Learning added a text box into the beta signup form, asking for interested people to tell a little bit about themselves. According to founder San Kim, “We were able to find out a lot about each of our users that way, and find some amazing educators who were super enthusiastic.”Having more background information on users also made the follow-up and feedback process easier. Kim describes that process as “old school” – the startup conducted phone-based interviews with beta testers. But by having more information about users “just made things run a lot smoother.” That decision to have conversations, rather than send surveys is an interesting one. it’s a lot more work, Kim admits, but he contends it’s a lot more effective. As the startup is interested in building an app that its users will be able to easily use – something particularly important when building an ed-tech tool – being able to listen to users this was important.Planning the TimingAs Easel Learning notes in its blog post, it carefully planned the whole beta process to coincide with what it knew would be significant press coverage. The company knew it would be getting some attention based on Princeton Review’s licensing of its technology. So it wanted to make sure everything was in place to take full advantage of the spotlight.And it has. The startup has had over a thousand signups for its beta – and most of them are, indeed, educators. The company is planning on launching in mid-to-late May, and if you’re interested, you can still join the beta. Invitations are going out in waves, but as Kim insists, “we’re looking for as much feedback as possible from educators. Do sign up for the beta, but also email us at [email protected] with any thoughts you might have – positive or negative.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

So, You Would Do Anything?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now So, you say you would do anything to succeed, anything to have that level of success? But would you really do anything?Would you set your alarm clock to wake you an hour and half earlier each morning and rise without hitting the snooze button? Does your mission motivate you to start?Would you turn off the television and the radio? Maybe you would. But would you close the browser for 4-hour blocks at a time? Would you set down the smart phone? Would you disconnect?Would you use that time to work on the biggest projects in your life, the ones that will bring you the results you say want?Would you set down the self-limiting beliefs that you’ve carried around like so much old, beat up luggage? Would you drop the scarcity mindset that makes you fearful? Would you stop believing that you are in any way a victim and instead take 100% responsibility for your life and your results? Would you kill the inner critic?You say you would do anything, but would you really do the work? Would you grind away morning, noon, and night? Would you trade your favorite past time for the grind? Would you give yourself over to the work?Would you keep at it when any progress you made was imperceptible to the human eye—even yours? Would you keep at even when you’re failing? Would you continue on when your friends and family tell your crazy for doing so?Would you make the calls? Would you make the ask? Would you push publish?Would you pay the price?Everything has its price. It’s likely you know what that price is. The people who get what they want, those who succeed, would do anything.last_img read more