first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elder law attorney from Great Neck has been indicted on charges of stealing about $700,000 from her clients—more than quadruple the $150,000 she was originally accused of stealing, authorities said.Martha Brosius, 50, tearfully pleaded not guilty Friday at Nassau County court to charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud and offering a false instrument for filing. Queens prosecutors are handling the case because Brosius’ husband works for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, which requested a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.“She’s retired from law and is returning files from clients,” her Garden City-based attorney, Marc Gann, told Judge Helene Gugerty when his client was arraigned on the new charges.In the 18 months since Brosius’ arrest in September 2013, investigators discovered additional instances of alleged theft, which increased the original three charges to 12, said James Liander, bureau chief of the Queens District Attorney’s Integrity Bureau. The case was sent to the grand jury twice last year, the Press has learned.The victims included an incapacitated 77-year-old man and a disabled woman who was the sole inheritor of her father’s estate. Some of that money has since been repaid, authorities said.Liander requested that Brosius’ bail be increased from $10,000 to $150,000. The judge declined the request after Gann argued that it was unnecessary because Brosius has attended every court and remains at home, caring for her two elementary-school-aged children.“The defendant is accused of breaching her fiduciary duty and unjustly enriching herself at the expense of her clients,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement at the time of her arrest. “Such alleged actions cannot go unpunished.”The case was referred to prosecutors by the Office of Court Administration’s Inspector General. If convicted, Brosius faces up to 15 years in prison. She is due back in court on March 11.—With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

first_imgFr Ted star Gerard McSorley has failed to appear in court after it was revealed that he is ill in hospital.The well-known actor was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court today (Thurs) to face public order charges. It follows an incident at sheltered accommodation in Newtowncunningham on December 11th last.McSorley, aged 69, was arrested and appeared at Ballina District Court in Co Mayo where the case was adjourned to until today.Garda Malachy Magee told the court that was “absolutely not welcome back” to the accommodation after the alleged incident.When McSorley’s case was called today, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he had been informed that the accused was a patient at Letterkenny University Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly asked Inspector Harrison how he wanted to proceed with the case.Inspector Harrison said the difficulty he had was that he had no paperwork for the case and he did not have an address for Mr McSorley.“I know he is in hospital but I have no paperwork on this at all.“Can we adjourn it because I know he was taken into hospital and I don’t think he could be here today anyway. Can you put it back for a month and we’ll try to get a plan?“He doesn’t appear to have an address but we’ll get word to him in the hospital,” he said.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 17th.The same court fined the actor €150 on December 4th last for another series of public order offences when he abused Gardai and then caused criminal damage to a Garda cell when he constantly spat at the door.However, his then solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court he could not pay the fine until next year when he received his next acting role.Actor McSorley fails to appear in court as he is ill in hospital was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGerard McSorleyletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgStacey Brewer is adopting America’s charter school model for the new private schools she is establishing. Ryan Harrison is co-founder of EAdvance as well as director of technology. (Images: EAdvance) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stacey Brewer  CEO, EAdvance RELATED ARTICLES • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Three SA schools among world’s best • Educated Africans teach SA children • South Africa prioritises quality education • Teacher laptops to enhance educationShamin ChibbaPrivate schooling in South Africa has always been expensive and therefore inaccessible to the majority of the population.However, two MBA graduates from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria have come up with an innovative way of providing quality private education to pupils from lower and middle income households.Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison have established EAdvance, a chain of schools that will look to combine traditional face-to-face teaching with technology in the classroom, while cutting operational costs in the process.A pilot school is expected to open in Johannesburg’s Cosmo City in 2013, which will allow 256 pupils from grades R to two to benefit from high quality education at reduced fees. At full capacity and at an estimated construction cost of R4.9-million (US$584 830), the eight-classroom school will accommodate up to 768 children.While doing her MBA thesis on sustainable financial models for low fee private schools in South Africa, Brewer, who is also the CEO, came up with the model that is now EAdvance.She believes that as a young South African who wants to live in the country for the rest of her life, she needs to use her knowledge to tackle the poor state of education.“It’s a simple case of not waiting for others to take action,” she said. “If we do not do it, who will?”It was during her research that she discovered that private schooling was either too expensive or the quality left room for improvement. In search of an answer, she spent time in India and the US exploring different education models.It was in the US that Brewer identified the blended learning model of the charter schools, which combines the use of technology with teaching.Adopting the US charter school systemCharter schools are publicly funded and privately run institutions. According to Brewer, they are known to be innovative in that they integrate technology in the classroom instead of merely adding it on, like South African schools tend to do.She added that the schools accelerate the learning process and allow for individualised learning.A typical pupil in this school may spend 75% of the day in a traditional classroom followed by a further 25% in computer aided learning.“This allows for real-time feedback and swift teacher intervention,” said Brewer.Cutting out the middle manBefore establishing EAdvance, Brewer worked as a project manager at the Fifa headquarters during both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Football World Cup. It was her thesis, however, that compelled her to shift her focus to improving education in South Africa.She believes that in order to live in a prosperous country, South Africans need to improve the quality of education for children from low income communities. This will subsequently transform the low esteem the country has of its education system.Asked how EAdvance would tackle the affordability aspect, Brewer said the integrated technology will mean that one less teacher and classroom per grade is needed.“This is a saving of R360 000 (US$43 000) per grade, based on conservative figures,” she said.“We also have light administration at a schooling level and the way the company is structured allows for heavy cost burdens to be taken away from the school level.”According to Brewer, the model has taken out middle management so that there would only be a principal, an assistant principal, an academic dean and teachers.Getting parents involvedIn an interview with radio personality Bruce Whitfield on the GIBS website, Brewer said that the model is simple, and cuts the management of the school to its bare minimum.“A big focus is on parent involvement where we highly encourage parents to come 30 hours a year and take the administration away from the teachers in terms of tasks such as photocopying and just checking that homework is done,” said Brewer.Teach South Africa (Teach SA), an initiative that recruits and trains recent university graduates to teach in some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools, will also play a part in the growth of EAdvance.Brewer said the school will go through Teach SA to ensure that their schools have a strong pool of teachers.At the same time, constant professional development and coaching will ensure that teachers are uplifted and motivated.Part of the plan is to bring teachers from the US to help set up the institution and instil their culture of teaching as well.Accelerating the learning processThe point of EAdvance is not to change the curriculum, explained Brewer, and pupils would receive the same education as those attending schools within the traditional system. The difference is their innovative use of technology in the classroom.“We have just put the exercise book online to allow for individualised learning to accelerate the learning process for the pupil,” she said.Each class will have as many as 32 pupils and the institution will charge school fees of R1 000 ($120) per month for all grades, which translates into R12 000 ($1 440) annually. This is to make the school self-sufficient with no donations or government subsidies needed.Brewer would like to establish a high school for EAdvance at a later stage, but is, for now, focusing on creating a strong foundation level that works.“High schools will be launched once the need arises for the pupils within our system,” she said.Besides the Cosmo City project, EAdvance is planning to open more schools in Johannesburg. This, Brewer said, allows teachers within the same region to more easily collaborate with each other.However, she is looking to add a further 63 schools throughout the country and to educate as many as 49 000 students through the project.Learning based on individual needsEAdvance has designed an online program that provides students with a learning experience based on their individual needs.As the company’s director of technology, Harrison said that the tools will be used to gather data which can be used to individualise the student’s learning. Before joining EAdvance, he was a business information analyst at the British Columbia Transmission Corporation in Canada.Brewer is of the opinion that all teachers must do is teach without having to be divert their attention from the their pupils to unnecessary admin tasks.“It is all about maximising the utilisation of our resources,” she said.EAdvance already has the support of former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The feedback from the government so far has been positive, as both sides believe in sharing the best practices for the benefit of pupils.“We do not want to keep anything to ourselves. It is about the upliftment of all the schools,” Brewer said.* Slideshow image from Wikimedialast_img read more

first_imgAfter Vivegam’s overwhelming business at the box office, Ajith and filmmaker Siruthai Siva have joined hands for the fourth time. This time, it is for a rural entertainer titled Viswasam. Earlier, they had teamed up for hit films Veeram and Vedalam.We had earlier reported that the shooting was underway in Pune. The team had wrapped up the talkie portions earlier and was shooting a song in Pune. According to Sathya Jyothi Films, the production house, the shoot of Viswasam has been wrapped up.The film, which is currently in post-production phase, is on track to hit the theatres on Pongal 2019. The production house took to Twitter to share a picture of the team. It looks like Ajith has gone back to his clean-shaven look.#Viswasam shoot wrapped [email protected] @SureshChandraa @vetrivisuals @immancomposer @AntonyLRuben @dhilipaction @DoneChannel1#ViswasamThiruvizha #ViswasamShootWrapped #Pongal2019 Jyothi Films (@SathyaJyothi_) November 10, 2018In Viswasam, Ajith will be seen in dual roles after a long time. For one of his looks, he has dyed his hair black and for the other look, he is sporting a salt-and-pepper hairstyle and a thick moustache.During the making of Viswasam, a back-up dancer fell ill and passed away in the hospital. Ajith went out of his way to help the dancer and his family.ALSO SEE | Fans wait for glimpse of Ajith all night, actor warns them not to waste timeALSO WATCH | Kamal Haasan opens up on Vishwaroopam 2, filmi journey and politicslast_img read more

first_imgAshley Judd cheering on the Kentucky basketball team.LEXINGTON, KY – MARCH 07: Ashley Judd watches the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 67-50 to finish the regular 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Tonight, the undefeated top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats take on fifth-seeded West Virginia in the Sweet 16. The winner advances to the Midwest Regional final to play either Notre Dame or Wichita State. Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd is as excited for this game as you would expect she’d be. So excited that she recorded a video dedicated to her favorite team as soon as she woke up. Needless to say, she’s supremely confident in UK’s ability to move to 37-0 tonight. According to Judd’s scouting report, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein will be too much for the Mountaineers, and WVU’s pressure defense will be neutralized by the play of ‘Cats point guard Aaron Harrison. //I woke up with this on my mind: Sweet 16! Here are my eyes just opened I am supposed to be trading spiritual texts and…Posted by Ashley Judd on Thursday, March 26, 2015Her acting career has been her calling card but Judd might have a future as a basketball analyst.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port operator DP World saw a 15.8 percent rise in profit for the first half of 2017 on a like-for-like basis, earning USD 606 million amid improved trading environment.“Encouragingly, after a challenging period, we have seen a pick-up in global trade particularly in the second quarter of the year, and that combined with the ramp up in our recent investments in Yarimca (Turkey), London Gateway (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and JNP Mumbai (India), has delivered ahead-of-market volume growth,” DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.On a reported basis, revenue of USD 2.29 billion grew 9.6% supported by the strong volume growth across all three DP World regions. On a reported basis earnings remained flat (-0.3%).Adjusted EBITDA of USD 1.22 billion increased by 4.2%, with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 53.4%.On a like-for-like basis, revenue grew 3.0% and adjusted EBITDA increased by 7.0%, while adjusted EBITDA margin stood at 54.8%.“In the first half of 2017, we have invested USD 595 million of Capex in key growth markets and announced over USD 170 million of acquisitions in our maritime business, which offers significant growth opportunities. These investments leave us well placed to deliver on our strategy to strengthen our port related services and capitalize on the significant medium to long-term growth potential of this industry,” Bin Sulayem added.“Our balance sheet remains strong and we continue to generate high levels of cash flow, which gives us the ability to invest in the future growth of our current portfolio, and the flexibility to make new investments should the right opportunities arise as well as delivering enhanced returns to shareholders over the medium term.”As disclosed, cash from operating activities amounted to USD 1 billion, up from USD 905 million in the first half of 2016. Leverage, net debt to annualized adjusted EBITDA, decreased to 2.6 times from 2.8 times at the end of last year.“Looking ahead to the second half of the year, we expect higher levels of throughput to be maintained. Overall, the steady financial performance of the first six months leaves us confident in meeting full-year market expectations.”last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Loved ones of a Calgary woman who was raped and murdered in 2015 say they’ll never forgive her killer and the brutal nature of the crime has caused lasting harm.Curtis Healy was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Dawns Baptiste, a 31-year-old mother of four. He received an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.The tall, lanky 29-year-old stood silently with his hands clasped in front while the sentence was read.Baptiste’s brother, Alex, spoke directly to Healy in his victim impact statement.“You took away my little sister. You took away a mother that had future goals,” he said. “I’ll never forgive you for this. You took away my niece and my nephews’ mother. My mother’s without a daughter, a beautiful daughter.”Alex Baptiste said outside court that Healy didn’t look at him as he spoke.“He had no sign of remorse or anything. I don’t know how a person like that can live with themselves.”Queen’s Bench Justice Charlene Anderson called Healy’s crime “reprehensible and beyond comprehension” and “senseless, vicious and brutal.”“You showed absolutely no remorse or regret for what you did to her,” she said.“She was loved and important to her friends and her family and her children, and your actions have robbed them forever of her love and support.”Some relatives described getting sick, having to switch jobs and seeing relationships break down as a result of the ordeal that began 3 1/2 years ago.A few described being afraid to ride on light-rail transit or suffering anxiety when passing by the northeast Calgary station Healy and Baptiste stopped at the night he killed her.After Baptiste told Healy to leave her alone, he stomped her head, hit her with a bottle, dragged her into a back yard, raped her and struck her with a large rock. She was found a day later in the snow, facedown with her lower body exposed.Cousin Louise Baptiste said she lost weight, fell into a depression, nearly had to quit her master’s degree and had to switch to a job where she didn’t have to take the C-Train.She said the sentence won’t bring her cousin back.“Dawns had a very kind heart. She was quiet, but she was always laughing every time she was with her kids.”Her children are now between the ages of five and 13. The youngest was just a baby when Baptiste was killed.Defence lawyer Shamsher Kothari said his client was surprised and shocked at the conviction and that there are numerous grounds on which to appeal.He said those include a warrant that was not executed for a material witness, cognitive issues Healy had during the police interview in which he confessed and the fact that some jurors went for drinks at a hotel restaurant with TVs on and other patrons present while they were to have been sequestered.“All of those issues combined obviously have to be taken to the Court of Appeal at some point.”Cousin Verlyn Baptiste said the murder will always haunt her family, but they must pick up the pieces.“He got what he deserved. He showed no mercy for her, so why should we show mercy for him?” she said after the sentencing.“We can begin to heal now, but his pain is only beginning.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the first name of defence lawyer Shamsher Kothari.last_img read more

first_imgStory Links Cunningham surpassed his previous high of 11 set at Georgia Tech on Jan. 19. Cunningham has at least five assists in 12 games this season, including 10 of 12 ACC contests. The leader in assists per game in ACC play, Cunningham is now averaging 6.8 per game against conference foes. Louisville held the Blue Devils without a field goal for a stretch of 9:15 in the second half (18:19 to 9:04).  Steven Enoch scored 10 points in the first half on his way to 14 for the game. The Cardinals are 4-5 against ranked competition this year. Sutton has been in double figures in each of his last five games and 16 times this season. Sutton is averaging 16.4 points over that five-game stretch, scoring at least 14 points in all five. Louisville recorded its 45th run of at least eight consecutive points this season with an 8-0 spurt late in the first half. The Cardinals held Duke scoreless for stretches of 3:20 and 3:37 to up their total to 44 scoring draughts of three minutes or more forced. Dwayne Sutton finished 5-of-8 from the field for the second straight game, scoring 15 points in the loss. The Cardinals grabbed 10 offensive rebounds for the 15th time this season and 11th time in the last 15 games. Louisville held Duke to 37 percent shooting on Tuesday night. With the loss, Louisville is now 6-10 all-time against Duke and 3-3 versus the Blue Devils in Louisville. Louisville is 2-5 against Duke since joining the ACC. The Cardinals are 6-6 against Duke during Mike Krzyzewski’s tenure.TEAM NOTES The Cardinals 23-point lead (59-36) was Duke’s largest deficit of the year, surpassing the previous high of 16. Malik Williams pulled down nine rebounds on Tuesday, his third-highest total of the season and most since grabbing 11 against Miami on Jan. 6.Print Friendly Version Since moving out of the starting lineup, Enoch has scored in double digits in seven of 11 contests.  PLAYER NOTES Tuesday’s contest was Louisville’s fourth straight against a ranked opponent and ninth of the season. Nwora matched his season and career high with five three-pointers made. Nwora grabbed 12 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season. The 12 rebounds were just two shy of his career best. Nwora surpassed the 600-point mark for his career and now has 604 overall. Christen Cunningham finished with a career high 12 assists on Tuesday evening. Louisville led by nine (38-29) at halftime, Duke’s largest halftime deficit of the season. The Blue Devils are the 12th team UofL has held below 40 percent this season. Duke shot 36 percent in the first half and 37 in the second to mark the 22nd and 23rd times the Cardinals have held an opponent under 40 percent for a half this season. Louisville won the rebounding battle 41-39 in Tuesday’s loss. SERIES NOTES Jordan Nwora tallied his 11th 20-point game of the season on Tuesday, closing out the night with 23 points. The Cardinals have dished out 15 or more assists 10 times this season, including seven of the last 12 games. The Cardinals have outrebounded the opponent in 20 of 25 games this season. UofL is 15-5 in the 20 games it has won the battle on the glass. UofL finished the night with 17 assists, tying its fourth-best output of the year.last_img read more