Setauket Man’s Killer Pleads Guilty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-fugitive has admitted to fatally shooting a 50-year-old Setauket man who was a well-known equestrian and wounding another victim last year before leading authorities on a cross-country manhunt.Brett Knight pleaded guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to second-degree murder, attempted murder, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.Authorities have said that the 46-year-old gunned down Ross Reisner and seriously wounded Kevin Murray after firing gunshots through the window of Reisner’s Upper Sheep Pasture Road home at 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2013.Two handguns were recovered from the scene, authorities said at the time.Knight fled Long Island after the shooting on a motorcycle, but federal investigators apprehended him a month later in Seymour, Tenn., which is just south of Knoxville.He will be sentenced Feb. 4 by Judge Richard Ambro.last_img read more

NYPD Officer from Baldwin Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An off-duty New York City police officer from Baldwin was killed in a motorycle crash in Brooklyn this week.The NYPD said Officer Royston Ferguson, 35, was riding a Ducati southbound on Rockaway Parkway when he crashed into a Kia Sorrento that was making a U-turn across the double yellow lines between Avenue J and Flatlands Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.Officers who responded to the scene found Ferguson, who was ejected from the motorcycle, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the roadway. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, was taken to Kings County Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain. Two 3-year-old boys riding in her backseat were not injured.NYPD’s Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation, but the driver was not charged.Ferguson, who was assigned to the patrol borough Brooklyn north command, would have celebrated his 10th year on the force in July.last_img read more

Why I terminated our family au pair

first_imgIn August, our family welcomed an Au Pair from Italy who was supposed to be with us for a year. With a busy household of three young kids with many activities, my husband and I were hopeful this was the answer to our struggle of sport schedules, work travel, and two businesses. Having an extra set of hands would reduce some of the stress of managing five different schedules.Within two weeks of arriving, our ideal vision of a life with our Au Pair had faded to the reality of stress, disappointment, and unfulfilled expectations. A week into her stay, we gave her some candid and supportive feedback about how she could engage better with the kids, and how we needed to increase the driving lessons because her driving skills were much lower than we had expected. A week later, during her fifth driving lesson with my husband, he had to grab the wheel to avoid a catastrophic accident. We realized we could never trust her to drive our kids, which was one of our main goals of the program. We sat down with her and our local consultant from the Au Pair company and respectfully shared the news that we weren’t a good fit for each other. She was upset and disappointed, as were we, but we felt confident in our decision. It would be easy to avoid the conversation and convince ourselves that she is a nice girl and we should try to make it work, but the bottom line was that her skill level was not a fit for our needs. Dragging it out for another two months would be stressful and unpleasant for her and for us.Although most people were supportive and understood our decision, we were criticized by a couple of people who thought we should have given her more time to adjust. We felt strongly that the issue was not the adjustment period; her fundamental skill level was not a match for our needs and we would never feel confident or comfortable with her driving our children anywhere. Being a nice person didn’t make her effective at the job.Despite the criticism, we stood by the decision to part ways, which was the best choice for our family, and ultimately the Au Pair. Keeping her in a situation that did not fit her skills was not in her best interest either. Being an only child, she was overwhelmed by three small kids, and would fit better with a family with less kids who did not need a driver.This type of situation occurs often in our organizations—should we keep someone who is not meeting expectations, or terminate employment. These decisions are not always easy, but they are the hard decisions that leaders must have the courage to make. Keeping a low performer because they are a nice person and people like them does more damage than good to your culture. Choosing to preserve relationships over making hard decisions can frustrate your high performers, increase turnover, and have a negative impact on engagement.Although these situations can be uncomfortable, we can handle them with respect and kindness. As leaders, we need to set expectations, provide timely and meaningful feedback, and provide coaching and support. It is our responsibility to do what we can to effectively lead an employee to better performance. And if performance isn’t improving, we can part ways with an employee with compassion and kindness.It is important to take into consideration the whole system when making important people decisions. Sometimes that means a decision that is best for the company over our own department, and sometimes that means letting go of someone who is not a good fit for our team. Keeping an employee who is not a good fit not only has a negative impact on our teams and culture, but also on that individual employee. Releasing that person to find a better fit for their skills is the kind and respectful thing to do. In our case, keeping our Au Pair because she was kind and we felt bad wasn’t helping the fact that we needed someone who could engage with our kids, set limits, and take them to activities. Keeping her was not the right choice for our family system.Time and again I have seen leaders accept mediocre or low performance to avoid an uncomfortable conversation or situation. I have frequently been called upon as an executive coach when the CEO or senior leader has reached their frustration point and been asked to coach a leader who has been ineffective for 10, 15, 20 or more years. Many times these ineffective leaders have received little or no feedback on the impact of their actions, performance, or behavior. The organization has worked around them, and both sides have suffered. It is our responsibility as leaders to be honest and direct with people so they can improve or find an organization where they will be more successful.Our Au Pair left two weeks ago to join a new family in New York who have two children and don’t need a driver. By parting ways, our Au Pair was able to find a family where she has the skills to be effective and successful. And we can now find an Au Pair who will meet our needs and be fully successful in our family. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Detailslast_img read more

Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri and Eden Hazard react to Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham defeats

first_imgMaurizio Sarri’s side face Burnley this evening (Picture: Getty)More to follow… Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Apr 2019 8:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link525Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri and Eden Hazard react to Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham defeats Eden Hazard was asked about Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham’s defeats (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri has urged his Chelsea team to focus on their own performances after seeing Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all slip up in the top-four race.Third-placed Spurs were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday and Chelsea will move above the north London club with victory over Burnley on Monday evening.On Sunday, Manchester United suffered a demoralising 4-0 defeat at Everton before Arsenal failed to capitalise, losing to London rivals Crystal Palace.Asked about the results of Chelsea’s Premier League top-four rivals ahead of the Burnley clash, Sarri said: ‘It’s clear that in the last part of the season it is very difficult for every team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I think we need to think only about our results, our performances and our matches.‘We have a big opportunity, of course. But we have to play in the same way for all of our matches. It will not be easy.’Eden Hazard was also asked about United, Arsenal and Tottenham’s results before the Burnley match and said: ‘All good for us, but only if we win our matches!‘We want to win this game and go third in the table.’last_img read more

US rejects all Chinese claims in S. China Sea

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea. The administration presented the decision as an attempt to curb China’s increasing assertiveness in the region with a commitment to recognizing international law. But it will almost certainly have the more immediate effect of further infuriating the Chinese, who are already retaliating against numerous U.S. sanctions and other penalties on other matters. In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups steam in formation, in the South China Sea, Monday, July 6, 2020. U.S. NAVY VIA APcenter_img It also comes as President Donald Trump has come under growing fire for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stepped up criticism of China ahead of the 2020 election and sought to paint his expected Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, as weak on China. (AP)last_img read more

Barcelona give up Coutinho chase

first_imgThe Catalans have splashed 192 million euros on five signings, including 105 million on 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele in a deal that could yet rise to 145 million depending on performance related bonuses.Coutinho hasn’t played for Liverpool this season after submitting a transfer request with the club citing a back injury.However, he showed no sign of discomfort as he came off the bench to score as Brazil saw off Ecuador 2-0 in World Cup qualifying on Thursday before appearing to break down in tears during his celebration.“Unfortunately, instead of being a happy time for him, for his family, it’s a moment of anguish, disappointment and sadness,” Neymar said of his international teammate’s mood.Liverpool have been steadfast in their intentions not to sell over the past month.“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes,” said a statement from Liverpool’s FSG ownership group on August 11.Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona have finally abandoned their quest to land Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, 25, after having a series of bids for the Brazilian rejected, Spanish media reported on Friday.The transfer deadline for Spanish clubs doesn’t close until midnight local time (2200GMT) on Friday, 24 hours after the rest of Europe’s major leagues.However, despite reportedly making an offer of up to 160 million euros ($190 million) for the playmaker, Liverpool have refused to backtrack on their intention not to sell Coutinho.“Barca will not sign Coutinho,” Barcelona-based sports daily Sport reported in their online edition, citing sources close to the player.“The club has taken the decision to not insist in the final hours of the market.”Barcelona have been under huge pressure to reinvest the 222 million euros the club banked from Neymar’s world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last month.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Italian Society Bocce Winners

first_imgThe A-event winners were Hans Barth and Giuseppe Bertuzzi. But on this day everyone celebrated playing the sport they enjoy with friends.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to recognize all the players with Team of the Week honours.The results from the annual Italian Society Bocce Tournament are:A-Division: First Hans Barth and Giuseppe Bertuzzi; second, Armando Savarin and Terry Tagami and Egidio Maida and Jayden Maida. B-Division: First Joe Szabo and G. Babuin; second Nic Murano and Joe Geurcio and third Joe Sacino and V. Toteda. The Nelson Italian Society staged its annual Bocce Tournament at Rotary Lakeside Park courts during the summer.last_img read more