Dean Skelos Indicted on New Corruption Allegations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury indicted New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, on additional allegations of extorting $100,000 from a company that lobbied the lawmaker, authorities said.Dean and his son were indicted Thursday on charges of extortion, conspiracy and soliciting bribes. They were previously arrested and pleaded not guilty to similar charges in Manhattan federal court.The indictment alleged father and son secured “over $100,000 in payments and health benefits from a medical malpractice insurer who provided Adam Skelos with a no-show job while actively lobbying Dean Skelos on legislative matters.”The senator was forced to resign his post as senate majority leader following his arrest, but has no plans to vacate the seat he has held for 31 years. State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) replaced him as senate leader.As the Press has reported, Dean and his son have been accused of using the senator’s influence to help AbTech Industries secure a Nassau County contract in exchange for monthly payments to Adam. They also allegedly solicited bribes from a real estate firm.Aside from the change in senate leadership, the allegations have also sparked Nassau prosecutors to review the county contract procurement process. Two weeks after Skelos’ arrest, County Executive Ed Mangano reportedly issued orders mandating lobbying disclosures on county contracts.The arrest came months after state Assemb. Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) also pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges that forced him to resign his leadership post. The arrests are a part of an ongoing federal investigation into political corruption in the state capital in Albany.last_img read more

Bosnian Emir Preldžić Athlete of the Year in Turkey

first_imgEmir Preldžić, basketball player in Fenerbahce club was elected the best player in Turkey in year 2015.Preldžić, who is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, won the title at the 22nd ITU Emos election which was held from 27th until 30th January this year. He won the award after a good matches in the Fenerbahce jersey.Emir Preldžić was born on 6th September 1987 in Zenica. In his career he played for Celik, Triglav, Goplin and Fenerbahce, and in 2011 was awarded as MVP of the Cup of Turkey. (Source: n1)last_img read more

Hughes waits for news on Zamora

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is hopeful Bobby Zamora will be able to join the squad for Sunday’s crucial game against Reading.Zamora has had an injection in his hip in order to boost his chances of being passed fit for the game.He was able to train on Friday and will be assessed before Hughes names his side for the match at Loftus Road.“Bobby trained but we’ve got to make sure there’s no reaction from that,” said Hughes.“Hopefully he will be available. He’s still a bit stiff though, so we’ll have to wait and see.”See also:QPR striker a doubt for Reading game Click here for the QPR v Swansea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Neotel to launch second data centre

first_img“Through these services we manage the hosting of a client’s business platforms and application servers whilst leveraging off Neotel’s significant economies of scale,” said Zote, adding that the data centres provide the flexibility of choosing from hosting floor space to racks to platforms. “We have already reached 100% utilisation of the first phase of our data centre in Midrand while the second expansion phase is already 50% subscribed,” Neotel communications head Wandile Zote said in a statement last month. Managed hosting services Neotel’s first data centre was launched in June 2009 at the Neotel premises in Midrand, Johannesburg. “With the opening of a second Data Centre in Cape Town, businesses in Cape Town now have the opportunity to make use of our facilities while unlocking the opportunity for businesses to host both their production and business continuity sites.” Fresh new approach 16 August 2010 By hosting at these centres, the company says customers will not only reduce their risk of hikes in operational costs due to potential price increases for energy but more importantly reduce their carbon footprints. The new data centre builds on the company’s strength in providing outsourced hosting services, managed services and hosted applications that have already generated interest from several large enterprises. “We meet clients half way, extending competitive pricing to ensure the service offered is market related and gives fair value – particularly in today’s tough times,” he said. The data centre is home to a number of managed hosting and virtual hosting services, including managed storage and backup, virtual firewall and server virtualisation services. Neotel says its data centres are an example of a fresh new approach in the South African market – they are modular in design, with high energy efficient technologies allowing the highest data centre cooling density. Improved cooling techniques will further limit excess power utilisation. “Our clients recognise Neotel’s professionalism and data centre expertise which focuses strongly on proactive management and maintenance to ensure unmatched uptime and reliability,” said Zote. Following on significant demand for local converged telecoms operator Neotel’s managed hosting services, the company has decided to launch a second Tier 3 data centre in Cape Town. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Value In Challenging Yourself

first_imgSometimes things can get a little boring (or a lot boring, in some cases). You get stuck in a routine, even though you didn’t try to create or maintain that routine. You are doing the same things over and over, and what was once interesting no longer interests you. Nothing is riveting about a status quo that has lived on longer than it should have.Maybe I am talking about your work life. Alternatively, maybe you are reading this, and it calls some other part of your life to your mind’s eye. In some area, you have likely been lulled to sleep by comfort and competence, the combination that creates stasis in human beings. Comfort and competence are how one stops growing; you know how to do what you need to do, and you accept your current results.Giving Up What You KnowBut what if you were no longer competent? What if you raised the bar you set yourself higher than anyone else would dare to set it for you? What would you have to change to improve what you are doing so much that your current level of competence wasn’t good enough for the new standard you set for yourself?What if the level of performance of which you are capable is so far beyond what you have accepted that it would be worth pursuing? Could you give up the comfort of your current state—and the greater comfort of your competence? Could you adopt the beginner’s mind and look at something with new eyes, accepting that you have to let go of what you have to have what comes next?Post Traumatic Growth SyndromeI believe in post-traumatic growth syndrome, the adversity that causes people to grow from the experiences and challenges that life throws at them. However, you don’t have to wait for adversity to find you. You can challenge yourself.You can set new goals that require you to rethink and reimagine everything you know in order to produce results that are far greater than anything you have produced up until now. You can set new standards for yourself and your performance in some area where you lack the knowledge and skills and disciplines to reach that standard. You can challenge yourself, and in doing so, create your own adversity—the kind of adversity through which you transform into the better version of yourself, you 2.0, or 3.7, or 5.1, or whatever. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more