Tankleff Wins $3.4M Settlement for Wrongful Imprisonment

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State is paying $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a Long Island man who served 17 years in prison upstate after being wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents.Martin Tankleff, whose double murder conviction was overturned in 2008, still has a separate federal civil rights lawsuit pending against Suffolk County, ex-Homicide Squad Det. K. James McCready and others.“I hope to expose the misconduct that caused my wrongful conviction so that it does not happen to anyone else,” Tankleff, who has been attending law school since his release, said in a statement in which he thanked those who stood by him over the past 25 years.Tankleff had been convicted of fatally stabbing his parents, Arlene and Seymour Tankleff, in their Belle Terre home in 1988 when he was 17.He was released from prison in 2007 after an appellate court vacated his conviction and all charges were dropped a year later. Prosecutors declined to retry the case.A legal team representing Tankleff, now 42, has said that his confession was coerced and that the real killer is one of his father’s business associates who denied responsibility and who authorities have not charged in connection with the deaths.Tankleff and his team have said McCready tricked Tankleff into signing a false confession by lying to Tankleff. They said the detective told Tankleff that his father had told detectives that the then-teenager was the killer.“We have developed powerful new forensic evidence demonstrating Marty’s innocence and showing that his parents were murdered by assailants who acted with efficiency and brutality,” said one of Tankleff’s attorneys, Barry Scheck of Manhattan-based Neufeld Scheck & Brustin.Another member of Tankleff’s legal team, Bruce Barket of Garden City-based Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon, said the new evidence confirms that his client is innocent.“This settlement is one more step in the long road to right a terrible injustice,” he said. “The next step will be a full public trial in federal court exposing the wrongdoing by law enforcement and making sure it does not happen to anyone else.”last_img read more

Work out at work

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgStart your own exercise club at work!Work and family commitments can make fitting regular exercise into your life a challenge, so an innovative solution is to start up your very own ‘workout at work’ club, which can combine on-site convenience with the opportunity to exercise with friends and colleagues, saving traveling time and also injecting some regular fun and fitness into your day!Whether your club convenes for an early morning session, a lunchtime energiser, or an end-of-day rejuvenator, it makes real sense to workout at work. In this article, we guide you through the process, covering the whys, hows and wheres, and give you a multitude of tips to help you get started and make your ‘workout at work’ club a success. Our guide includes information and tips on:• The benefits of working out at work• How to get the concept of working out in the workplace off the ground• How to keep the work workout club going• Why work out at work? Workout at work: The employer’s and employee’s views about work workouts Countless studies have identified that fit, healthy and happy workers are more productive, enjoy their work more, and importantly take far fewer days off due to sickness. So for an employer, it makes sense to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the workplace, as this will attract a better calibre of employee, encourage staff commitment, and reduce staff turnover. From the employee’s point of view, an employer who provides additional benefits such as the chance to work out is an employer that everyone would like to work for — and so it follows that successfully appointed staff are likely to enjoy their work and working environment more.Workout at work: The health and fitness view about work workoutsFrequently, by the time you arrive home, either family demands on your time or simply that ‘end-of-the-day feeling’ can mean that your planned trip to the gym, exercise class or running club just doesn’t happen. Exercise is a proven energiser, which means that at the end of a workout you will actually have more energy, and you’ll be invigorated and feel a million miles away from that desire to slump in a chair at the end of the day. With your ‘work out at work club’, you can also include a variety of workout timing options to fit in with your schedule — which can bring extra benefits such as saving travelling time to the gym, missing the bulk of the rush hour traffic, and helping your post-lunchtime work focus so that you are more efficient.Workout at work: How to start your ‘work out at work’ club To begin with, you have to garner interest and support from as many people as possible at your workplace and importantly, at every level of the organisation. You’re not just looking for people to train with — you’re also looking for higher level support, which could manifest itself in terms of start-up funding for equipment, installation of showers, extended opening times to allow staff members to use existing facilities, or even flexible working arrangements to allow staff to participate in sessions.Try initiating the following six-point plan to get your ‘work out at work’ club off the ground:Getting started — how to make your ‘work out at work’ idea happenWorkout at work: Plan your workout club Before you ‘go public’ with your idea, you need to ensure that there is some substance behind the concept, so forward planning is essential. Your ideas don’t have to blueprinted, funded and set in concrete, but your work colleagues will want to have some idea of several key points — including:• How often will the club meet or be available for?• Where will the club meet?• How much will it cost?• Who will be responsible for organisation?Workout at work: Get your workout ideas rightSketch out your basic ideas so that everyone can see you’re serious, and then field queries confidently so that you generate some interest.Workout at work: Promote your workout club ideaNext up from the planning stage is contacting everyone. You’ll need to present the idea to the whole company. For large organisations, email or the intranet is an ideal medium — but you could also consider staff bulletins, meetings and face to face contact so that no one is excluded. For smaller companies, the staff canteen or simply the office is ideal, as even a few posters on notice boards will raise awareness.Workout at work: Get help from work colleaguesDuring the contact stage, if you’ve done your homework and have presented the concept well, there will be interest. At this stage it is key to harness the interest so that tasks and responsibilities are shared equally. You won’t want all the organisation to continually fall to you!Workout at work: Firm up your workout club plansNow it’s time to begin putting your concept in place. Logistics, general organisation, fees (if any) and any special arrangements such as late locking up times and showering facilities all need to be finalised.Workout at work: Test drive your workout sessions It’s a good idea to do a couple of dry runs for your ‘work out at work’ sessions and use them to iron out any teething problems, so that everything is running smoothly by the time you’re ready for the full launch. Run some sessions solely for the organising team, as this way you can all get together afterwards to discuss any areas for improvement.Workout at work: Full launch of workout at workBy this stage you should be ready for the full launch. Key information to communicate will include:• ‘Work out at work’ club meeting times.• Types of training offered — for example, running, gym, studio, circuits, aerobics, sports or outdoor workouts.• General arrangements and logistics.And then you’re ready to go!Workout at work: Keeping the momentum going in your work out clubOnce you’ve got your fledgling ‘workout at work’ club off the ground, it’s important to maintain the momentum and keep everyone interested. Again, the day-to-day organisational duties need to be shared, which is why it is important that there is a group to manage all the tasks, rather than just yourself. Newsletters, bulletin boards, emails, or even a club webpage won’t be too difficult to organise. What you don’t want to happen is for the initial enthusiasm to dry up — so the focus needs to be wider than simply managing the weekly training sessions. If you can crack that then you’re likely to find the club growing and your work colleagues will keep on coming back for more!Workout at work: Work can be fun Clearly, getting a workout at work club off the ground requires time and effort, but with so many benefits — from time saving and improving work performance to keeping fit and healthy– working out at work will be a real bonus. When the blood is pumping round after your workout, it’s a proven fact that your thought processes improve and so the combination of more energy and fun at work is extremely attractive!Real Buzz HealthLifestyle Work out at work by: – October 4, 2012 Share Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

New solar energy system connected to Cuba’s national grid

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img 59 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional New solar energy system connected to Cuba’s national grid by: – February 18, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Cuban flag. Photo credit: flags.netSANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (ACN) — A micro photovoltaic system has been connected to Cuba’s national power grid in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, with a view to evaluating the technology under tropical weather conditions and leading feasibility studies before it is expanded to the rest of the country.The director of the Center for Solar Energy Research (CIES) – a pilot institution — told local media that the new system, made up of 30 solar panels, will feed 7.5 kilowatts into the grid.During the course of this year, the system’s power is expected to be doubled and generate about 70 kilowatts a day, he added.Ruben Ramos said a monitoring system had also been implemented for the further training of the staff in other institutions exploring the new technology that has been endorsed due to its effectiveness by Germany, United States, China, Japan and Spain, among other countries. Because of its climate, Ramos explained, Cuba has a great solar energy potential that would enable the development of technological solutions to replace the use of traditional fossil fuel which could bring about savings to the national economy and greater benefits for the environment.Though no previous studies had been carried out in the island, the CIES is equipped with the required monitoring technology, including automatic systems for the recording of data measuring the performance of the modules, among others, that will make it possible, for example, to determine the amount of CO2 that is prevented from being released into the atmosphere. According to Ramos, they will be able to assess the advantages of the alternative energy source, and master the technology in order to certify it and be able to implement it in the rest of the country.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Coronavirus: Ronaldo sends message to fans as he remains in quarantine

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img “It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. “Protecting human life must come above any other interests. Read Also: Ronaldo does not have coronavirus, says Portuguese health chief “I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my teammate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own live at risk to help save others.” Rugani was the first Serie A player to have contracted coronavirus earlier this week. He most-recently played in the 2-1 win over SPAL on February 22 but was in the dressing room with Ronaldo and his teammates for the win over Inter Milan at the Allianz Stadium last Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristiano Ronaldo has posted a heartfelt message to everyone suffering with coronavirus all around the world. And the Juventus superstar called for everyone to heed the advice of the experts in this time of difficulty. Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a coronavirus message to fans from Portugal Ronaldo is currently in quarantine in his native Madeira but is not believed to have contracted the virus. He has his family with him in Portugal and insists he will not be returning to Italy any time soon. But he took to social media on Friday to reach out to those affected, including his Juve teammate Daniele Rugani, who has coronavirus. He wrote: “The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us. “I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket Loading… last_img read more

Longer term sought for barangay execs

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRecto said in a statement over the weekend that his proposed Senate measure has its “pros and cons,” but he stressed the “habit” of scrapping barangay polls must be scrapped. “The important thing is that we should now begin looking into a longer term for barangay officials, in the hope that its length would serve as a deterrent to schemes to postpone elections,” he added. “We have postponed the barangay elections six times since 1988. The proposed scrapping of the one scheduled in May 2020 will be the 7th. If it pushes through, it will be the 3rd under the Duterte administration, and the first three-peat of its kind in history,” Recto said. MANILA – To prevent the repeatedpostponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, SenatePresident Pro Temporate Ralph Recto has proposed a longer term for barangayofficials. Recto also pointed out that if not for his proposal, the next presidents after President Rodrigo Duterte could possibly “succumb to the national bad habit of scrapping barangay polls.”center_img Recto made the call as the  Senateis set to pass on third and final reading a bill postponing the barangay and SKpolls from May next year to Dec. 5, 2022. “Admittedly, this proposal has its pros and cons; the bottom line is that in governance, whatever the office, a shorter term for a bad official is too long, while a longer term for a good official is too short,” Recto said. “That was the refrain in 1988, 1989, 2002, 2005, 2016, and 2017. Ang never again naging let me try again,” he added. “The result is an elastic term of office for our barangay officials, longer than what they should get.”/PNlast_img read more

Drilon seeks higher payment of damages for wrongful death

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

Under the same bill, Drilon also soughtto set the minimum amount for moral and exemplary damages at P200,000. Drilon cited as an example the recentdecision on the Maguindanao Massacre where the court only granted compensationpayout of P100,000 for death indemnity, P100,000 for moral damages, andP100,000 for exemplary damages. “We are proposing these amendmentsto emphasize that the amounts provided in the law are only the minimum and thatthe courts are empowered to use their discretion in granting a higher amount,based on the rate of inflation and circumstances unique to the case,” hesaid. “It has been lamented that the gruesomenature of deaths subject of recently decided cases would have warranted ahigher award but that courts have been hesitant to depart from the amountsfixed by jurisprudence,” he added. “While it is clear from the wording ofthe law and the decisions rendered by the Supreme Court that the amountprovided is only the minimum, it has become common practice for our courts toaward death indemnity as well as moral and exemplary damages only within theminimum amount,” Drilon said. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon MANILA – Senate Minority Leader FranklinDrilon has proposed an increase in the minimum amount of damages that the courtmay grant for the wrongful death of a person caused by a crime or negligence. In his Senate Bill No. 1276, the Ilonggosenator aims to amend the Civil Code by increasing the minimum amount for deathindemnity, whether caused by crime or quasi-delict (negligence) to P300,000from P3,000. Drilon said that while the old CivilCode, which was enacted in 1949, set the amount for death indemnity to P3,000,the amount has increased in jurisprudence over time to P50,000 in 1990. Theamount remained stagnant, however, at P50,000 until 2013 when the SupremeCourt, in People v. Gambao, raised the minimum amount to P100,000. “Article 2216 of the Civil Code does notprovide a minimum amount for moral and exemplary damages and leaves it entirelyto the discretion of the courts. Jurisprudence similarly pegs the amount atP100,000,” he said./PN read more

Smalling ‘proud’ to play for Roma

September 24, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Jason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar HouseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Chris Smalling has said ‘he is very proud’ to represent Roma, praising his loan club for its ‘clarity’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Loading… “It’s all been listed, but if some players at some clubs who don’t have that all in place yet then I can understand them being a bit fearful until that’s put in place. I’d want the same as well.” The Giallorossi have become renowned for their work outside of football, from promoting missing children to delivering supplies throughout the health crisis. “Roma have a very big heart. I noticed that quickly here. Roma do help people a lot, they help a lot outside of the norm. That’s great. “They really set an example, and other clubs have got on board. I’m very proud to be associated with Roma because of all their initiatives.” The defender has spent the season on loan from Manchester United, so how has he found the experience? read also:Arsenal make offer to Man Utd for Smalling “Some English players have gone abroad but not many. It was a challenge that I wanted to take. I’m someone who definitely lives by not having any regrets. “I like new things maybe out of my comfort zone and show people that anything is possible.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and Watford captain Troy Deeney have chosen not to resume team training with their respective sides in England, and Smalling explained why everyone at Roma was onboard. “I can understand everyone’s position if they’ve not got that full clarity,” he told The Times. “Everybody wants to be as informed as possible. Fortunately, here at Roma, I feel like they have that clarity. They’ve kept us in the loop. “We had regular meetings with the CEO [Guido Fienga], talking about different measures, and keeping us up to date. “That’s been very useful to know their discussions with the league and the doctors and they are relaying that straight back to us. “That’s why I feel like a lot of players here are comfortable about coming back, knowing the different measures.last_img read more

Record boost for Stoke after draw

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Burnley, whose home supporters were bidding farewell to Premier League football, made the early running but could not force a breakthrough, despite several Danny Ings attempts. Ings was desperate to get onto the scoresheet in what is expected to be his final appearance on home soil before a likely summer exit, but was denied on three separate occasions by Stoke keeper Jack Butland. It should be no surprise it ended goalless as Turf Moor has seen less goals than any other Premier League ground this season, with just 35, highlighting exactly where Burnley’s problems have been. Indeed a home campaign, which has seen a victory over Manchester City and draws with Manchester United and Tottenham, has been undermined with games Sean Dyche’s men have dominated but not been able to turn into wins. And a familiar tale was unfolding as the hosts, determined to go out with a bang in front of their home fans, started strongly and spurned several opportunities to take the lead. Ings, who had already gone close after a jinking run, forced Butland into a decent stop from Kieran Trippier’s cut back, with a superb block from Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross denying Scott Arfield from the rebound. Butland was proving why boss Mark Hughes had kept faith with him in the Stoke goal as he produced his best save of the day as he brilliantly palmed David Jones’ volley away, with the hosts enjoying a rampant opening 25 minutes. But their failure to punish Stoke allowed the visitors into the game and they created two glaring chances which should have seen them go into the half-time break in front. Press Association Stoke posted a record Barclays Premier League points tally after a 0-0 draw with relegated Burnley at Turf Moor. The stalemate takes them to 51 points – the most they have ever registered in the seven years they have been in the Premier League – and also ensures successive top-half finishes in the top flight for the first time in 40 years. The record could have been brought up with a win, but Mame Diouf spurned two good opportunities to break the deadlock, while Jonathan Walters also missed a good chance for the Potters. First a quick counter attack saw Walters cross for Diouf who inexplicably put his header wide at the far post and then Walters also missed the target from the edge of the area soon after. The Clarets began the second half with bluster but it was Stoke that were creating the limited chances. Burnley keeper Tom Heaton made a fine save to deny Diouf from close range after Charlie Adam’s cross found its way through and then some heroic defending from Jason Shackell stopped the dangerous Diouf heading home at the near post. But neither side were able to find the quality to make a breakthrough as Turf Moor said goodbye to Premier League football with a stalemate. last_img read more

Aggressive style almost pays off for runner-up Pliskova

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy Joshua SchneyerNEW YORK,(Reuters)-Karolina Pliskova suffered a narrow U.S. Open defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber on Saturday, but the Czech 10th seed also proved her mettle as one of the most dangerous attacking players in women’s tennis.The 6-foot 1-inch (185 cm) Pliskova fought back from a set down at Arthur Ashe Stadium to give Kerber, one of the best defensive players in history, a major scare in the grand slam final. Kerber finally prevailed 6-3 4-6 6-4.Kerber will move to the number one world ranking on Monday.That in part is due to 24-year-old Pliskova’s previous win. She felled top seeded American Serena Williams in straight sets in the semi-finals, and took down sister Venus Williams earlier in the tournament.For Pliskova, making the final was the best showing of her five year professional career. Ranked No. 11 in the world, she had not previously advanced beyond the third round of a grand slam.Kerber’s win ended an 11-match winning streak for the big-serving Pliskova, who had beaten the German just three weeks earlier in the Cincinnati final.Pliskova said she hopes it will be the first of many slams finals.“I found out I can play my best tennis on these big courts,” she told reporters. “I believe I can win matches like this next time.”Though Pliskova prefers blistering ground strokes to the serve-and-volley game that defined past Czech champions such as Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova, her serve remains her biggest weapon.She has crushed more aces than any other player on the WTA tour this year, but on Saturday that weapon was not quite enough.In the muggy air at Flushing Meadows, the average speed of her first serve, 102 miles-per-hour (164 kph), was her slowest of the tournament.Although Pliskova won 80 percent of her serve and volley points, she deployed the tactic only ten times.Against the fierce counter-punching German, Pliskova said she had to try everything in her toolbox to take control of points.She made 47 unforced errors, against just 17 for Kerber, but on the other side of the equation hit nearly twice as many winners, 40 to the German’s 21.“You know, it’s never easy for the player who is attacking and is doing more mistakes,” Pliskova said.The Czech player could become a constant threat to other top women, said Mary Jo Fernandez, a former world number four and a well known tennis commentator.“She’s really grown as a player,“ Fernandez said. “I don’t think Serena’s going anywhere but it gets more difficult as the younger players come up.”last_img read more

MoE holds consultation for draft National Sports Policy

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAS part of the Guyana Government’s plan to complete a much-needed National Sports Policy, the first in a series of consultations with Sports federations and associations was conducted yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.A draft document would be issued shortly but, the Ministry of Education (MoE) Department of Sport hosted the interface with the objective of engendering feedback into what would ultimately become the National Sports Policy.The consultations that are scheduled for the various administrative regions over time are primarily a Government initiative that has been high on Minister Nicolette Henry’s agenda since 2016.Amidst her preamble, the Minister noted that “at the end of the day, we want a policy that will work for Guyana.”Noting that her expectation was that more representatives of federations and associations would have been in attendance, Minister Henry related that more than 43 groups were invited to the consultations.However, there are other opportunities to be had as more consultations are planned to ensure wide participation in the process that will lead to an all-inclusive Sports Policy.Minister Henry said that “a paper on culture was laid in Cabinet and will become a full policy in Guyana by year-end and it is hoped that the same could be done for Sports”.Further, she encouraged participants to “connect the dots of the announcement that there is a focus on teachers’ intake at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) which is giving priority to those who are interested in Physical Education”.Melissa Dow-Richardson, Assistant Director of Sport, who is the lead coordinator on the project, said the aim of the consultations is to focus on the fundamental principles of sports in addition to examining critical policy issues in sports. Other areas of focus of the public consultation were: governance, accountability, ensuring a safe and secure environment, discrimination, harassment and athlete development.Also addressed were subjects such as sports administration, coaching and training, sports financing, tourism and intellectual property rights. With regard to the media, specific focus was on their roles and responsibilities in addition to their rights.The role of the Diaspora as well as the future of sports in Guyana with a focus on garnering suggestions towards a development pathway for ultimate implementation, compliance, monitoring and evaluation as part of the National Sports Policy.Dow-Richardson in her address said, “When we look at sports we are not operating in isolation. There are over 28 Olympic sport disciplines and in Guyana most have representation and our aim is to develop a policy that takes us to another level.”From the consultations she advised that her team will take shared values of sports that go beyond gender, age or ethnicity to encourage respect, competition, fair play and discipline as hallmarks of the National Sports Policy.last_img read more