Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Coram man has been indicted on charges that he struck and killed a 56-year-old jogger in a Mount Sinai hit-and-run crash last month, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Thomas Costa pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to charges of speeding and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.Prosecutors said the 31-year-old suspect hit Karen Benjamin, also of Coram, while she was jogging on Canal Road on June 23. The victim died of her injuries three weeks later.“It was the victim, Karen Benjamin, who told us who her killer was … in that her DNA was in the blood found on the BMW,” District Attorney Tom Spota said.After the crash, Costa allegedly drove his BMW with a smashed windshield and missing side view mirror to his parents’ house and told them it had been vandalized while he was in a Patchogue night club.Vehicle Crimes Unit detectives tracked the suspect down with the help of a witness who partially described the car, a forensic analysis of car parts at the scene and a canvass of the neighborhood that uncovered the car in the suspect’s parents’ backyard, authorities said.Costa is due back in court Aug. 6.last_img read more

Maintaining a positive employee experience in tough times

first_img This post is currently collecting data… Enhance your culture of celebration. In tough times, you’ve got to celebrate even the little things and victories. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to do this, either. A great deal of it comes down to sharing good news (both personal and professional) on a more consistent and higher-level basis. Marriages, births, graduations, new hires, tenure anniversaries, National Cat Day (yep, that’s a real thing) – you name it. Look for the little things to share and celebrate and let that good vibe trickle out to all staff. Laughter, levity and love go a long way towards maintaining a great employee experience. To put it mildly, the year 2020 has and continues to be a real humdinger. While the optimistic personality can (and should) always look for the silver lining in any situation, credit unions are ill-advised to turn a blind eye towards the ongoing pressure cooker that is the first year of this new decade.Your employees, while still expected to deliver high levels of member service and experience, are also human beings and dealing with the same ongoing pressures as the rest of society. It’s a political year. Some regions of the country have dealt with ongoing natural disasters (hurricanes, wildfires, etc.). Civil tumult and economic uncertainty hang over many heads. And, of course, there is the ongoing pandemic. In fact, an increasing number of studies identify “pandemic fatigue” as a very real and impactful element in the lives of Americans.The questions then become: how can my credit union continue to deliver on the brand promises we’ve made to members over the years? How can we not only maintain but increase our level of member experience so we stand out and differentiate from the sea of competitors? How can we best prepare and nurture our staff to thrive in this environment? The answer to this member experience riddle in many ways, comes down to the employee experience. A recent study indicates almost 80-percent of business and human resources leaders believe the employee experience is an important trend. Interestingly, of that high percentage only 22-percent believe their companies are doing a good job delivering on that differentiated employee experience. However, the investment in employee wellness and experience is definitely there. Research from MIT shares organizations that make employee experience a priority realize double customer satisfaction rates, double the innovation and 25-percent overall greater profitability. Taking care of people not only helps your people, it also helps your bottom line. What are a few ways credit unions can make this investment in people? Consider the following:Ramp-up your training budget. Yes, I said it. In a time when many organizations are either tempted or actively slashing training budgets, now is actually the time to increase them. Increased training in brand, member experience and wellness help your staff take better care of members and each other. It also shows them you truly care and that when times are tough, your credit union has their back. This, in turn, enhances trust and helps retain top talent.  Look for flexibility opportunities. Yes, the ultimate goal of providing amazing member service still must be achieved. However, this expectation must be paired with the fact that for many of your employees, the world is upside-down compared to a year ago. The push to virtual learning at schools, difficulty accessing daytime childcare, remote workplaces for some and lockdowns represents major changes. Are there ways your credit union can recognize this, offer flexibility and still take care of members? Absolutely. Many individual workers, especially those working remotely, now have greater autonomy when it comes to their schedules. Critically, you should also allow your employees time to take care of themselves. Self-care, always an important (and often neglected thing) is now essential. Flexibility when it comes to time for breaks, professional development, health, family time, simply unplugging for a few moments – all matter and all can help maintain higher morale during challenging times.  As this year draws to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 offers much greener pastures. However, calendars are not light switches and simply flipping one to the other is no guarantee of anything. Absolutely be optimistic about 2021. Definitely approach it from an abundance mindset. Certainly, however, put plans in place now to help provide as nurturing and supportive an employee experience as possible. Taking care of your staff helps them take care of your members. We’re all in this together and your bottom line will appreciate that symbiosis.center_img This is placeholder text 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more

Man charged with felony after choking resident in Cortland County

first_imgThomas has been charged with the following: TOWN OF CORTLANDVILE, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says one person has been arrested following a report of a disturbance at 52 Penguin Dr. in the town of Cortlandville. The sheriff’s office says Thomas was at the Town of Cortlandville Court on Jan. 2 and was remanded to the Cortland County Jail in lieu of $500 cash or $1000 bond. They say he then left the scene in a vehicle but was located later and taken in custody.center_img Criminal Contempt in 1st degree, a class E felonyUnauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degreeAggravated harassment in the 2nd degreeUnlawful imprisonment in the 2nd degreeCriminal obstruction of breathing Authorities say 20-year-old Mason D. Thomas of the town of Dryden was arrested and charged with a felony after he violated a court order of protections by being at the residence on Penguin Drive and choking a person there.last_img read more

Persaud intensifies training to defend Guyana Open title

first_imgDEFENDING male champion Avinash Persaud feels that a positive mental approach will be the key to doing well at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) premier golf tournament – the Guyana Open, which is billed for November 4-5.The 26-year-old, who enjoys the sport to its fullest, claimed his seventh Guyana Open title last year and intends to reach the same heights again, but acknowledged that the task will not be that easy.“I’m excited. It’s a venue that obviously holds good memories for me – hopefully, I can defend my title with ease,” said the Lusignan resident.In a thriller last year, Persaud finished with a total Gross of 149 and a Net aggregate of 145, but emphasised that this year’s tournament will be very challenging, taking into consideration the number of good players around.Despite the challenges he anticipates, Persaud remains optimistic. He pointed out during the exclusive interview that the venue is his home turf, adding that once he does the basic, and plays within his game limits, success will come his way.Joaan DeoTo this end, he has intensified his training, with the view of reaching peak touch when the two-day event reaches.As usual golfers from Guyana, North America and the Caribbean will compete against one another, in what will be a highly competitive two-day tournament.The LGC is using the tournament to once again aid in the sports tourism drive, as the event will draw a wide cross-section of golfers and supporters from various countries.The LGC is anticipating a large turnout of competitors on the nine-hole course, with heated rivalry in the Championship Flight (0-9 handicap), B Flight (10-18), C Flight (19-28) and Ladies Flight.On the distaff side, Joaan Deo, will be looking to retain the title she won in 2016. Deo defeated Shaunella Webster after recording a total Net 138 and a Gross of 180.Meanwhile, as preparations intensify for the Guyana Open, local golfers will meet again today in the Maersk Sealand golf tournament.Tee-off time is 12:30hrs at the country’s lone golf course at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.last_img read more

CAF release guidelines for the return of football

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has issued comprehensive guidelines on how to restart football across the continent.Following developments in the spread and control of COVID-19 across the continent and the rest of the world, a series of meetings have been held regarding the future of competitions by the continent’s football governing in which safe ways have been determined to bring football back.The Caf Medical Committee in collaboration with the Technical & Development Department and a team of experts has put together a comprehensive plan to guide the Member Associations (MA’s) on the restart of football activities on the continent which have largely been suspended since the middle of March 2020.The 27-page document titled “Caf Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa” emphasizes the health of the major stakeholders (players, officials, fans, partners) as the essential elements which should constitute the basis of all decisions regarding the reintroduction of football activities across the continent supported by the authorization of relevant state authorities.The plan also highlights on effective and continuous medical assessment (testing) of players and officials, guidelines for training sessions, disinfection of sporting facilities, as well as strict adherence to the global preventive protocols.“This comprehensive document is a major step towards resuming football on the continent. Based on recent developments, it is important we have a plan in place to guide our stakeholders on the return of continental and domestic competitions, and the need for an all hands on deck approach.“Many considerations were factored into the putting together of the document by our team of experts notably the specificities of the continent. Together with strategies established by local authorities, it provides the MA’s with adequate information to resume operations upon receiving the green light,” said Caf acting general secretary Abdelmounaim Bah.Meanwhile, the Organizing Committee for Interclubs Competitions & Management of Club Licensing, and the Organizing Committee for Women’s Football held meetings via video-conference last week on the future on the various competitions.The Caf Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 30 June via video-conference and will make pronouncements on the recommendations by the respective standing committees. Details of the Executive Committee meeting is to be announced in due course.View full document below:Caf-guidlelines-for-football-return-COVID-19 Source: Footy-Ghana.comlast_img read more

Orlando Pride’s Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris engaged

first_imgU.S. soccer stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are engaged, the duo announced through People on Wednesday.Krieger, who is a defender for the Orlando Pride, and Harris, who is the team’s goalkeeper, both said the chemistry between them was apparent to others, although they kept their relationship under wraps so they didn’t become a distraction within the team. “It was a really good time because I felt really on the same page with her, and really excited about our future and talking about our future plans with kids, and family, and things like that,” Krieger said. “It just was a really good time. I was really surprised because it just seemed like another weekend getaway for us. I wasn’t really thinking about it at all.”Harris added: “It was just us and this beautiful scenery, and I was just like … she was making me laugh, she wanted me to take pictures, and here I am. This is what I’m gonna be doing the rest of my life. It just all froze and I was like, ‘This is it.’“Harris is in the middle of training for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer, but the duo plan to get married at the end of the year. However, it wasn’t until their engagement announcement that they confirmed they were a couple.“We became really close friends, and we just hung out, we clicked, and we had so much in common,” Harris said. “We always sat next to each other on the bus and on flights, and we kind of just talked about our dreams and our hopes and what we wanted to do one day when we grew up. Because at the time, we were kids.”“The rest has kind of been history,” she continued. “Here we are nine years later, and we’re going to be getting married this year.”It was Harris who popped the question on Sept. 15 as the pair had a picnic in Clearwater, Fla., which Krieger said was a complete surprise. USWNT reveals 2019 World Cup kits “We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our job and it wasn’t just because we were together, it was because we love what we do, and we’re really good at what we do,” Krieger said. “And that was most important for us.”Both women said the spark between them began in 2010, when they were on the U.S. Women’s National Team together. Related Newslast_img read more