Fake Cop Nabbed for Check Fraud, Police Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man has been accused of impersonating a police officer to con jewelry stores into accepting fraudulent checks in exchange for gold necklaces worth more than $5,000 last month.Nassau County police arrested Brian Harrington on charges of criminal possession weapon, criminal impersonation of a police officer and issuing bad checks.Fourth Squad detectives alleged the 31-year-old Glendale man flashed a badge at the owner of Rafael’s Jewelry on Peninsula Boulevard in Hewlett on Aug. 15, told the victim he was a cop and asked to see a chain worth $2,965.Harrington, who also flashed a gun holder in his belt, told the victim that he had lost his debit card and wanted to pay by check, which was later found to be made out from a closed account, police said.Later the same day, Harrington allegedly pulled the same scam to get a $2,283 chain from Gulgattie Jewelry in Tri Count Flea Market on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown.Harrington was apprehended Wednesday in Elmont.  He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Putting the ‘I’ in team

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Each of us must bring our best ‘I’ to the team.by: Jayne HitmanYou’ve all seen it. It’s hanging in every good boss’s office—right above the desk, where you can’t avoid looking at it.We’re talking about that framed motivational poster that reads, “There’s no ‘I’ in team.”That motto has been pounded into many of our heads most of our lives. And you know what? It might be true from a spelling standpoint, but otherwise it’s nonsense.Don’t take it from me. Listen to Joe Montana, the Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion.Years ago, speaking of the commitment he and his star teammates made to the San Francisco 49ers, he said, “I expect me—and Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott—to bring 110% to every practice and every game, every time. Each one of us has to bring our very best ‘I’ to the team. This is the only way we can win as a team.”This statement resonated with me from the first time I heard it. It’s so true.Montana went on to say that “the teams we beat week after week are full of people who live by ‘there’s no “I” in team.’” Everyone expects to win, he said, just because the team has good players on it. continue reading »last_img read more

10 empowering quotes from inspiring women leaders

first_img“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady“Power isn’t Control at all – power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger: a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own” – Beth Revis, New York Times Best-Selling Author“If you cannot allow people to do their jobs… nobody with substance and creativity will work for you.” – Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State“A Leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter – Former First Lady“I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.” – Dee Dee Myers – Former White House Press Secretary“I’m all for ambition and stretch goals. I set them for myself. But leadership isn’t about the same as cheerleading. Believing in something is a necessary but absolutely insufficient condition for making it come true.” – Margaret Heffernan, CEO and Author“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg, Comedienne, Actress, and Activist“True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those who serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.” – Sheri L. Dew, Author and CEO of the Deseret Book Company“Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you’ll never sit.” – Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” – Amy Poehler, Actress, Comedienne 84SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robbie Young Robbie is the Associate Publisher at CUInsight.com. As Associate Publisher, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways to spread their message … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Asian markets extend falls as coronavirus spreads

first_imgFutures now imply a full 50 basis point cut by the Fed in March  while Australian markets are pricing in a quarter-point cut at the RBA’s Tuesday meeting.In equities, e-minis for the S&P500 declined more than 1 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent.Japan’s Nikkei opened 1.3 percent lower at a six month trough. Australia’s S&P ASX/200 fell 3 percent and New Zealand’s NZ50slid 3 percent into correction territory.Benchmark US 10-year Treasuries hit a fresh record low of 1.0750 percent. “There had been a lot of hope that today’s market might open somewhat positive given the finish to the US market,” said Jun Bei Liu, portfolio manager at Tribeca Investment Partners in Sydney, referring to Friday’s late climb from intraday lows on Wall Street.“But the China PMI was significantly weaker than expected, and so we’re seeing the continuation of the sell off,” she said.“Right now the problem is (the virus) is growing exponentially (beyond China), as an equity investor we’re just not sure of what the ultimate demand impact is.”Leaders in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas rolled out bans on big gatherings and stricter travel restrictions over the weekend as cases of the new coronavirus spread.The epidemic, which began in China, has killed almost 3,000 people worldwide as authorities race to contain infections in Iran, Italy, South Korea and the United States.China on Saturday reported its fastest ever contraction in factory activity.“It is now highly probable that the coronavirus will spread globally,” Citi analysts said in a note“Financial markets may over-react until they have visibility on the actual impact.”Investor panic last week sent bonds soaring and stocks plunging. The S&P 500 index fell 11.5 percent, only its fifth double-digit weekly percentage drop since 1940.Oil prices dropped to their lowest in more than a year and even gold plunged as holders liquidated what they could to cover margin calls on riskier investments.On Monday, oil extended losses before steadying on expectations OPEC may cut production.Brent crude last traded at $49.72 per barrel and US crude at $44.89 per barrel.In currencies, investors sought shelter in the Japanese yen, which jumped to a 20-week high on the dollar in tandem with the massive shift in money markets to price US rate cuts.All of this leaves just about every major asset class on edge and few analysts sounding optimistic.“So it was right not to ‘buy the dip,’” said Michael Every, Rabobank’s senior strategist for the Asia-Pacific.The yen was last up 0.3 percent at 107.74.The Aussie huddled near an 11-year low at $0.6551, while the New Zealand dollar slid 0.3 percent to $6225.The euro was up 0.3 percent at $1.1054.That left the dollar index steady at 97.957.China’s Caixin Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), due at 01:45 GMT, and PMI figures from around the world due later on Monday will add more detail to the picture of economic pain.Later in the week, central bank meetings in Australia, on Tuesday, and Canada, on Wednesday, will be closely watched.Topics : The rout in world stocks deepened on Monday, with investors rattled by weekend data from China that showed its fastest ever contraction in factory activity, raising fears of a global recession from the coronavirus.Pandemic fears pushed markets off a precipice last week, wiping more than US$5 trillion from global share value as stocks posted their steepest slump in more than a decade.The sheer scale of losses has prompted financial markets to price in policy responses from the US Federal Reserve to the Bank of Japan and the Reserve Bank of Australia.last_img read more

Peru surpasses 200,000 coronavirus infections: Health ministry

first_imgPeru emerged as a global COVID-19 hotspot on Tuesday as the health ministry registered more than 200,000 cases, ranking the South American country as the eighth-highest in the world by number of infections.The death toll rose to 5,738 and the total number of infections climbed to 203,736, an increase of more than 4,000 cases from the previous day. The ministry said 167 people had died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Topics : The figures show Peru as second only to Brazil as Latin America’s worst-affected country by number of overall cases, and third after Brazil and Mexico in terms of deaths.The economy, one of the region’s highest performing until February, has largely ground to a halt during a 12-week lockdown ordered by President Martin Vizcarra. Textile unions have demanded the government begin opening up the industry so production and exports can resume.Peru’s GDP contracted by 3.4 percent in the first quarter of 2020.The country’s first case was detected on March 6 and Vizcarra declared a compulsory national confinement 10 days later, shuttering borders and imposing nighttime curfews.last_img read more

Rich-lister’s luxury Gold Coast unit fetches multimillion-dollar price

first_img1901/11-13 Hill Pde, Main Beach.Mr Quinn made his fortune from his family’s VIP Petfoods empire, selling it for $410 million in 2015.The family’s $200 million sale of Darrell Lea to Quadrant Private Equity followed earlier this year.The family operates motorsport facilities and other businesses, including popular entertainment centre Game Over at Helensvale.They have been a heavy hitter in the Gold Coast property scene over the years.They recently sold an art deco-style mansion at Tamborine Mountain for $5.5 million in 2016 and have also owned property at Broadbeach Waters. 1901/11-13 Hill Pde, Main Beach. Tony Quinn sold his Main Beach apartment for a multimillion-dollar price.RICH-lister Tony Quinn has sold his luxury Gold Coast apartment for a sweet multimillion-dollar price an hour before it was due to go under the hammer.The 19th floor apartment in Main Beach’s Axis building sold yesterday.Ray White Prestige agent Jackson Paradise, who marketed the property, wouldn’t disclose the sale price but confirmed it sold. 1901/11-13 Hill Pde, Main Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said Mr Quinn was a private man so didn’t want to share any details of the sale.Mr Quinn, who made a $175 million killing on the sale of iconic lolly icon Darrell Lea, listed the luxury apartment last month.The 320sq m residence has three ensuited bedrooms, a home office, five balconies and panoramic skyline, Hinterland and ocean views.It was scheduled to go to auction yesterday at 11am.Property records show the Quinn family bought the apartment for $2.62 million in 2006.The listing came four months after the entrepreneur splashed $3.4 million on a Byron Bay retreat. 1901/11-13 Hill Pde, Main Beach.last_img read more

EU watchdog spearheads preparations for ‘no deal’ Brexit

first_imgESMA was planning negotiations with the FCA with the aim of having the agreements in place “sufficiently on time” before the end of March 2019, he said.Earlier in his speech Maijoor had emphasised the particular nature of the data that was exchanged on a daily basis between the UK and the rest of the EU under MiFID II. It was “extensive and granular” and “goes far beyond the data exchange we typically have with third countries”. UK clearing access must continueMaijoor also emphasised the importance of EU-based financial market participants continuing to be able to trade derivatives in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Central clearing of derivatives was generally considered to be the securities markets area entailing the highest stability risks in the event of ‘no deal’, he said, and EU clearing members and trading venues needed to continue to have access to central clearing houses (CCPs) in the UK.Maijoor said continued access was in line with proposed amendments to the current regulatory regime, for which he urged a “swift conclusion”.This, however, should be “complemented by a transitional provision allowing for the continued access to UK-based CCPs, subject to conditions ensuring that UK CCPs continue to comply with EMIR requirements and [regulators] continue to monitor this compliance”.The FCA has previously said as much as £26trn (€29trn) worth of derivatives contracts could be negatively affected by Brexit. The EU’s financial markets watchdog is working to ensure the bloc’s regulators have agreements in place with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal deal.Speaking at a conference in Athens yesterday, Steven Maijoor, chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), said that, in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, national securities markets regulators and ESMA itself should have with their UK counterparts the same type of agreements – memoranda of understanding (MOU) – as they had with a large number of regulators in non-EU countries.“These MOUs are essential to meet our regulatory objectives and allow information exchange for effective supervision and enforcement, for example for market abuse cases,” said Maijoor.He added that the watchdog had already coordinated preparations for MOUs with regulators in the EU27 – the 27 member states that will comprise the EU upon the UK’s departure.last_img read more

Gold Coast family home ideal for those who love summer

first_img5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek. 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek. 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek. The home’s open living spaces flow onto a large alfresco area and deck.Laze by the pool with a cocktail or put the built-in pizza oven to work.Owners Kristian and Leanne Carter have made good use of the outdoor areas since moving into the property from Sydney about three years ago.“(It was) a lifestyle change we moved up here for,” Mr Carter said. Margot Robbie’s mum selling Gold Coast home 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek. 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek. Address: 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek Agent: Rudy G, LJ Hooker Palm Beach Features: Heated pool, outdoor entertainment area with built-in pizza oven, study, theatre room, gas fireplace, multiple balconies, spa, “man cave” Area: 728sq m Price: $1.1 million – $1.2 million Inspections: Contact agentVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59center_img 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek – relax by the pool.INDULGE in the resort lifestyle year round.Surrounded by tropical gardens and designed to make the most of outdoor entertaining, this Reedy Creek property is ideal for those who love summer. The outdoor area is a standout feature of the three-storey house but certainly not its limit.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNeutral tones give the house a fresh look with wood featured heavily throughout.There are three bedrooms on the ground floor plus a study and theatre room.The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and stone benches while a gas fireplace forms the centrepiece of the loungeroom, which also has a balcony.The top floor is dedicated to the main bedroom, which has an ensuite with spa, walk-in wardrobe and balcony. 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek. A double garage takes up most of the lower level, which also has a “man cave”.“The man cave garage is my favourite room, for sure,” Mr Carter said.They were reluctant to sell the house but needed to be closer to the northern Gold Coast.“It’s always hard to leave a house or car, anything that’s nice,” Mr Carter said. Prime Coast real estate in hot demand 5 Boambee Court, Reedy Creek.last_img read more

Balticconnector Offshore Pipeline Complete

first_imgThe Balticconnector project’s offshore pipeline, stretching from Inkoo to Paldiski, has been completed. Baltic Connector Oy informed that out of the five worksites of the project, the offshore pipeline was the first one to reach completion.Environmental considerations, the seabed’s formation, ship routes, and crossing structures were taken into account during the planning stage of the pipeline. The concrete-coated pipeline installed on the seabed has been partly covered with quarry stones.Pressure tests have been carried out for the offshore pipeline, followed by emptying and drying the pipe to enable gas transmission. The planned service life of the pipeline is 50 years.“Completing the offshore pipeline work on schedule is an excellent example of the good cooperation between all parties. I would especially like to thank the neighbours living near the worksite for their cooperation,” said Tom Främling, project director.The Balticconnector gas pipeline is due to be commissioned by the end of 2019.“The expertise and ambition of our personnel and partners ensure that everything will be ready for gas to flow between Finland and Estonia at the end of 2019. The completion of the offshore pipeline is one of the most important milestones in the journey towards opening the gas market,” added Herkko Plit, the president and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy.Once completed, Balticconnector will connect the gas infrastructures of Finland and Estonia and enable the opening of the countries’ gas markets in practice.last_img read more

Moorhead, Clay County form Joint Powers Authority

first_imgThe City of Moorhead and Clay County, MN, have formed a Joint Powers Authority (MCCJPA) to reaffirm their support and involvement in the implementation of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The MCCJPA had its first meeting on August 14 at the Clay County Courthouse.“The MCCJPA’s primary objectives include the responsibility to acquire necessary property rights in Minnesota for construction and operation of the Project and to pursue additional funding for the Project from the State of Minnesota,” the Diversion Board of Authority said.The MCCJPA unanimously adopted five charter goals:To acquire the property rights necessary for the FM Area Diversion Project, in compliance with State and Federal guidelines and in accordance with the philosophy of being fair, friendly, and flexible to those whose property is required for the Project;Provide uniform and equitable treatment of persons whose real property is acquired or are displaced in connection with the Project;To be respectful to the taxpayers and strive to keep acquisition costs within the Project’s annual budget;To be consistent, where possible within State law, with practices being used by the Cass County Joint Water Resource District, which is the entity that has been working to acquire property rights in North Dakota for a number of years;As a last resort measure, use Eminent Domain to acquire the necessary property.“The FM Area Diversion Project is a huge component of the future safety and vibrancy for Clay County,” Kevin Campbell, Clay County Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Diversion Authority, said. “The Project has followed all state laws and has successfully been through the permitting process established by the State of Minnesota. Our citizens expect construction to continue.”The MCCJPA Board is made up of six individuals, including two members from the Clay County Commission (Kevin Campbell and Grant Weyland) consistent with its appointments to the Diversion Board of Authority, three people appointed by the City of Moorhead (Mayor Johnathan Judd, Chuck Hendrickson, and Shelly Carlson) consistent with its appointments to the Diversion Board of Authority, and one member appointed by the Buffalo Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) Board of Managers (Jay Leitch).last_img read more