Skelos Corruption Trial: No Mention of Son’s Ties in AbTech-Agency Meeting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The general counsel for New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) brokered a meeting between the state Department of Health and a company employing the senator’s son without disclosing that link, a witness said.James Clancy, a former deputy state Health Department commissioner who was at the meeting, said Elizabeth Garvey, one of the senator’s top attorneys, first contacted him about setting up a sit-down between AbTech Industries and agency staffers who were reviewing the environmental health impacts of fracking before it was banned in New York last year, Clancy testified Wednesday at the senator and son’s corruption trial at Manhattan federal court.“Find it curious that [state] senate Republican is reaching out to me directly,” Clancy wrote in an email to his colleagues and members of the governor’s staff on Jan. 28, 2014, according to court testimony. Concerned with the potentially controversial nature of the request, the next day he also forwarded the lawyer’s email to another one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aides, adding: “This is a biggie.”Arizona-based AbTech is one of three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 from in the form of no-show jobs for his son, Adam, in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Clancy said he told Garvey, counsel to the state senate’s GOP majority, which Skelos led at the time, that Clancy would talk to his department colleagues and find out if such a meeting was “deemed to be appropriate.” After a back and forth, AbTech got the meeting on May 2, 2014, when company representatives pitched their product’s ability to filter fracking waste water. The issue was important because one of the issues being debated in Albany was whether fracking waste water would be trucked from well sites—clogging upstate roads with countless big rigs—or recycled on-site using filters such as AbTech’s. Late last year, Cuomo decided to ban fracking.Sen. Skelos’ defense attorney, Robert Gage, asked Clancy about another email that the deputy commissioner had sent to his colleagues in which he said it “sounded legit” and “I’m feeling OK about it.” Gage also asked “if anything inappropriate had occurred” in the meeting—such as AbTech’s representatives asking about fracking regulations or asking for a permit—and whether that would have triggered Clancy to “shut it down.” Clancy said yes, but the hour-long meeting ended without issue.Prosecutors subsequently asked Clancy if he knew how Skelos’ general counsel had found out about AbTech. Clancy said he didn’t know. Prosecutors also followed up to ask if Clancy knew that the senator’s son stood to potentially make money off AbTech’s fracking waste-water filters, if such drilling were legalized in the state and if AbTech secured those contracts. Again, Clancy said he didn’t.After Clancy testified, Kelly Ann Cummings, the spokeswoman for the state senate’s GOP majority, took the stand, but questions didn’t get beyond the biographical before the judge adjourned the case for the day. Her testimony is scheduled to continue Thursday.last_img read more

Likened to Luis Suarez & inspired by Radamel Falcao: Why Chelsea should fear Luka Jovic

first_img In October, meanwhile, he broke a 48-year record by becoming the youngest ever player to score five goals in a Bundesliga game during the 7-1 thrashing of Fortuna Dusseldorf, joining (you guessed it) Lewandowski in a list of only three non-Germans to achieve the feat.The sheer volume of goals that Jovic has scored and the records he has broken are impressive yet the variety of his strikes also point towards an exceptionally well-rounded finisher. Of his 17 in the Bundesliga this season, eight have come via his right foot, six from his left and three courtesy of his head.Furthermore, a demonstration of Jovic’s predatory instincts in front of goal can be shown by the fact that every single one of his 34 goals – in the Bundesliga and cup competitions – in a Frankfurt shirt have come from inside the penalty area.AdvertisementAdvertisementGiven that Jovic is a threat with either foot and in the air, it is interesting that his footballing inspiration is Radamel Falcao, a player who at his Porto and Atletico Madrid pomp scored virtually every type of goal imaginable, from acrobatic volleys to bullet headers to predatory tap-ins.Speaking about his idol in 2013 before his breakthrough at Red Star, Jovic reportedly said: ‘I like Radamel Falcao the most. Playing with the left, right, head. Every chance he takes, he’s fantastic. I’d love to be at least like him.’ Jovic failed to make the grade at Benfica but has flourished since leaving in 2017 (Picture: Getty)Considering his struggles with Benfica, Frankfurt and in particular their Sporting Director, Bobic, deserve great credit for identifying his potential and taking a punt on him. Although Jovic struggled to settle in Portugal, he has seemingly had no such issues in Germany.AdvertisementAt Frankfurt, there is a strong Serbian influence with Filip Kostic and Mijat Gacinovic both important squad players, while one of the breakout stars of the last World Cup, Croatian forward Ante Rebic, has also proved an invaluable foil.In contrast to his time with Benfica, Jovic is clearly valued by Frankfurt’s management and teammates as much of their tactical play is geared towards getting the best out of him. Frankfurt’s manager Adi Hütter has predominantly used a 3-4-1-2 system which incorporates attack-minded wing-backs and versatile forwards as part of Jovic’s support network.All five of left wing-back Kostic’s Bundesliga assists this season have been for his compatriot Jovic – the highest combination in the Bundesliga – while Danny Da Costa on the opposite flank has also delivered quality into the box with four assists overall. Only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (with 21) has scored more Bundesliga goals than Jovic (17) this season which, added to his five assists, means he has been directly involved in 37% of Frankfurt’s total goals. In Europe, his eight goals and one assist account for just under a third of Frankfurt’s 28 goals.Factoring in the eight goals he struck during the 2017-18 season and Jovic has 25 in 50 games, coming at an average of one every 118.32 minutes. That strike-rate is currently the fourth-best in Bundesliga history only behind Lewandowski, the legendary Gerd Muller and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Europa League top goalscorersOlivier Giroud (Chelsea)10Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)8Munas Dabbur (Salzburg)8Luka Jovic (Frankfurt)8 Share Olivier Giroud is the only player to score more Europa League goals than Luka Jovic this season (Getty Images)The Italian is far from the first high-profile person in football to lavish praise on Jovic this season. His national team coach Mladen Krstaljic likened him to Barcelona’s Luis Suarez in March, while Frankfurt’s Sporting Director Fredi Bobic said he is a player of ‘exceptional ability’ after signing him permanently earlier this month. A former coach of Jovic’s at Benfica Helder Cristavao, meanwhile, said of him: ‘[he] reminds me of Sergio Aguero with his technique and instinct.’Jovic’s record both in the Bundesliga and Europa League this season demonstrates why he has emerged from relative obscurity to becoming one of the most feared and talked about players in world football over the course of the campaign. Mladen Krstaljic on Luka Jovic ‘He’s a classic goal-getter with great control of the ball and a good understanding of the game. I’d probably compare him to Luis Suarez. He’s courageous and dangerous at any moment because he’s always lying in wait for his chance or any inattention from the opponent.’ Filip Kostic (L), Luka Jovic (C) and Ante Rebic (R) have all been key components of Frankfurt’s side (Getty Images)Both Rebic and towering Frenchman Sebastian Haller also deserve credit for their selfless work up front that has created space for Jovic to inflict damage on opposition defences. Rebic has been a roving menace from a No.10 position, while Haller’s link-play – three of his nine Bundesliga assists have been for Jovic – has also been excellent.The problem that Frankfurt have is keeping Jovic beyond the end of the season, despite activating their purchase option to buy him this month. Should Frankfurt qualify for next season’s Champions League either through winning the Europa League or finishing in the top four, there is an outside chance he could stay.AdvertisementBut with Europe’s biggest clubs, including Chelsea, sniffing around him, that prospect appears unlikely. Bobic has admitted as much, saying recently: ‘There’s a real possibility that Jovic signs for Real Madrid. I hope and want him to stay here at Eintracht, but I’m also realistic and know that if a big club like Real Madrid want him then we haven’t got a chance of keeping him.’He’s staying! ☺Eintracht have exercised their option to make Luka #Jovic’s deal a permanent one, the forward signing a contract until June 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣3️⃣!#Jovic2023 #SGE pic.twitter.com/3BAAcbgxCT— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) April 17, 2019 Advertisement Likened to Luis Suarez & inspired by Radamel Falcao: Why Chelsea should fear Luka Jovic Luka Jovic idolised Radamel Falcao as a young player (Getty Images)Jovic’s similarity in style to Falcao and desire to emulate him perhaps played a part in Benfica’s decision to sign him from Frankfurt in January 2016, considering the Colombian returned 72 goals in 87 games during a whirlwind spell in Portugal with Porto.Benfica have also enjoyed great success with Serbian players over the past decade with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Ljubomir Fejsa and Andrija Zivkovic all excelling in recent years while they have a strong track record with strikers recently too, Rodrigo Moreno, Oscar Cardozo and Raul Jimenez, all passing through.With Benfica’s strong Serbian contingent and excellent track record at developing strikers into elite talents, all the signs should have pointed to Jovic becoming a roaring success in Lisbon. Instead, homesickness and a lack of opportunities – he made four first-team appearances in 18-months – culminated in a loan move to Frankfurt in 2017.Both Benfica and Porto are renowned for their success in the transfer market when it comes to selling on players at a profit but a testament to how underwhelming his spell at the club was is that they were willing to send him to Frankfurt on a two-season loan worth €200,000 with an optional purchase clause of just €7 million. CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter431Shares By Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 1 May 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link431Shares The silver lining from Frankfurt’s perspective should Jovic join Real, Barcelona or any other of Europe’s superclubs, is that they will be heavily compensated for their loss with reports stating that he will cost any interested party upwards of £50m – or in other words, almost ten times what Frankfurt have just paid for him.A couple more goals for the Falcao fanboy and Suarez heir against Chelsea might even see that valuation soar higher.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEx-Arsenal scout claims Mikel Arteta will give Thomas Partey a new role Advertisement Chelsea might be the bookies’ favourites to win the Europa League this season but their place in the final in Baku is far from guaranteed with semi-final opponents Eintracht Frankfurt certain to cause them some problems over two legs.Frankfurt are the second-highest goalscorers in the Europa League this season having struck 28 times in their 12 games in the competition, while, in Luka Jovic, they have the second-most prolific player with eight goals. Incidentally, Chelsea and Olivier Giroud are top of those particular charts with 30 and ten goals respectively.While the 32-year-old Giroud is entering the twilight years of his career, 21-year-old Jovic is only just getting started and the spotlight will be firmly fixed on him over the course of both games to see whether he can replicate his exploits across his breakout season on the big stage of a European semi-final.AdvertisementAdvertisementMaurizio Sarri, who has endured a few difficulties with his strikers this season, acknowledged that Jovic will be the principal threat to Chelsea’s chances of progression, remarking after the quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague: ‘Eintracht are a great team with a wonderful striker, Jovic.’ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bazdarevic announced the List of Players for Matches against the Ireland

first_imgOn the list of players that head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic announced today, there are no major changes compared to the last two qualifier matches, so all the players are available, except Muhamed Besic who is suspended and cannot play the first match of play-off. The only new name is Rade Krunic.At today’s press conference, Bazdarevic announced the list of players for the upcoming play-off matches for the European Championship in France 2016, which our team is playing against the national football team of Ireland.The following 28 players are on the list: Asmir Begovic, Ibrahim Sehic, Jasmin Buric, Mensur Mujdza, Toni Sunjic, Ermin Bicakcic, Emir Spahic, Sead Kolasinac, Edin Cocalic, Muhamed Besic, Marin Anicic, Tino Sven Susic, Rade Krunic, Ervin Zukanovic, Miralem Pjanic, Srdjan Grahovac, Anel Hadzic, Ognjen Vranjes, Senad Lulic, Sejad Salihovic, Edin Visca, Ermin Zec, Haris Medunjanin, Izet Hajrovic, Edin Dzeko, Vedad Ibisevic, Armin Hodzic and Milan Djuric.The first play-off match is scheduled on the 13th of November in Zenica, while the rematch will be played three days later in Dublin.Bazdarevic gave thanks to all those who followed the team in previous qualifier matches.The coach added that our players should not be deceived by the fact that Ireland is playing with a big number of injured players.“We know that as a nation, they are full of desire and persistence, and it will not be easy for us. They have alternatives for injured players so I don’t pay attention on that,” stated Bazdarevic.He reminded that they did a good job during the qualifications and that the players did everything he asked.“They showed character and willingness and now we are in the position to determine our own destiny. We want to finish the job in the best way possible. We want to go on the European Championship,” said Bazdarevic.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, May 23, 2013•2:17 a.m. Non-injury accident at 16th and A, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by James R. Johnson, 61, El Cajon, Calif. and a Fixed object/sign owned by the Wellington of Wellington.•7:30 a.m. Alex R. Weiss, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•7:40 a.m. Terrance D. Horsch, 63, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•7:58 a.m. David D. Gressel, 69, South Haven was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.8:05 a.m. Ashley D. Antoine, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•8:17 a.m. Robert D. Nickel, 67, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•8:26 a.m. Willy L. Grisham, 66, Mulvane, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•8:48 a.m. Amanda J. Wise, 32, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•8:56 a.m. Dale E. Struble, 65, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•9:10 a.m. Creed A. Arp, 27, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•9:17 a.m. Lisa M. Huck, 47, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•9:30 a.m. Leticia E. Lopez, 20, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•9:30 a.m. Rodolfo, Alfaro, 47, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation. (passenger)•9:50 a.m. Albert J. Giefer, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•9:50 a.m. Jacob R. Giefer, 51, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation. (passenger)•10:15 a.m. Arthur B. Weeks Jr, 19, Hutchinson, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•10:30 a.m. Stephanie L. Davis, 30, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation and child restraint violation (2 counts).•3:13 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 200 block. N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•4:11 p.m. PJ A. Saunders, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•4:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.•4:42 p.m. Justin C. Davis, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•5 p.m. Dave V. Horsch, 46, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•5:22 p.m. Julie L. Hibbs, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•5:31 p.m. Brian L. Marshall, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•5:53 p.m. Alonzo A. C. Machado, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•6:03 p.m. Zackary L. Rayl, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•6:13 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 300 block E. 13th, Wellington.•6:30 p.m. Casey D. McCracken, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•6:30 p.m. Henry a. Castro, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•6:43 p.m. Tena L. Morgaridge, 49, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeying traffic signal.•6:45 p.m. Nancy A. Sipes, 68, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•6:54 p.m. Injury accident in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Crystal D. Creamer, 37, Wellington, and Bobby J. Mixon, 51, Ravill, MO.•6:54 p.m. Crystal D. Creamer, 37, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear charged with failure to yield the right of way.•7:30 p.m. Carlos A. Marquez, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•7:30 p.m. Willie J. Marquez,  24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation. (passenger)•8:49 p.m. Officers investigated a theft at the Wellington Lake. read more

India caps fantastic fortnight with championship win

first_img31 Jul 2014 India caps fantastic fortnight with championship win Girl international India Clyburn capped a fantastic fortnight when she won the weather-hit English girls’ open amateur championship at The Warwickshire. Lightning and torrential rain caused this afternoon’s fourth round to be suspended and eventually cancelled, with the championship decided by the standings after the third round. India (Image © Leaderboard Photography) shot one-under 71 this morning to move to three-under for the event – and a two-shot win over Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe). Hampshire’s Emma Allen and Surrey’s Lizzie Prior tied third on level par. Close behind them were Staffordshire champion Emily Coleman and Hertfordshire’s Alice Hewson, who had the best score of the day with a four-under 68. India’s win follows hard on the heels of her record success in the Scottish ladies’ junior open last week – and now her challenge is the Girls’ Home Internationals, which start on Wednesday in Ireland. “I just want to get three in a row for me – and seven in a row for England,” said India, referring to the team’s aim to get their seventh consecutive win. The championship win is also special because India follows in the footsteps of her sister, Holly, who won this trophy in 2009 and is now a winner on the Ladies European Tour. They’re thought to be the only sisters to have both won the title. “The English girls’ is massive, it’s like a major,” said India. She knows several of the other past winners: Melissa Reid, Ellie Givens and Sophie Walker are all fellow Tour players with Holly, while Helen Hewlett – then Dobson – is a former Tour player and is now the Lincolnshire county captain. “There’s some really good names on the trophy. If I can follow them I’ll be happy,” she said. India worked her way steadily to the top of the leaderboard, improving her position through the three rounds. This morning, her front nine of two-over was disappointing by her standards, but she moved into top gear on the way home with four birdies. “I birdied 17 and 18 to finish one-under for the round. I just knew I had to hole every putt, because they’re all important, and I felt I’d put myself in a really good position,” she said. Just how good was to become evident when the weather rapidly worsened bringing thunder, lightning and torrential rain.   After the championship the remaining three names were announced for the England team for the Girls’ Home Internationals. They are: Emma Allen of Meon Valley, Hampshire; Sophie Keech of Parkstone, Dorset; and Lizzie Prior of Burhill, Surrey. They join five players whose selection has already been announced: India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) and Hollie Muse (West Lancashire). For full scores, images and more information visit the championship webpagelast_img read more

Ind vs SA 2nd Test Day 1 Review: Agarwal’s hundred prods India into an…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The HinduAdvertisement ps26lkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7o6g1bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2krx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4n7Would you ever consider trying this?😱fg4qCan your students do this? 🌚4vcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Mayank Agarwal’s second consecutive hundred provided the Men In Blue a platform for piling runs on. Apart from the opener’s contribution, the total was supplemented by fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The HinduLosing his second straight toss, Faf du Plessis and co. were assigned to bowl first on a sunny day in Pune. Both the teams added one seamer each at the expense of a spinner.The track was livelier than the last surface as the South African pacers were able to trouble the in-form Indian openers. Rabada’s probing spell was met with a reward with Rohit Sharma edging one to de Kock after scoring 14.Advertisement The hosts survived a scare after Pujara was dropped on a duck. The batsman made most of his second life by scoring a fifty before Rabada snatched his wicket. The pair had added 138 runs for the second wicket.Mayank Agarwal notched the second hundred of his career and the series with Virat Kohli at the other end. Rabada’s day continued to brighten by dismissing the centurion himself for 108.Advertisement The skipper Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 63 while Rahane stays on 10 along with him. India are currently placed at 273-3 after stumps on Day 1 of the second test.Read Also:Virat Kohli: Double the points for each away victory in Test Championships!Virat Kohli: Let Rohit Sharma have fun in tests  Advertisementlast_img read more