Embezzlement Sentencing Postponed for Former O.C. Housing Authority Executive

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiA sentencing hearing for a former top Ocean City Housing Authority executive who was caught in an embezzlement scheme has been postponed for three weeks amid ongoing efforts to clean up and restructure the troubled agency since she was removed.Alesia Watson, who was fired from her job as the housing authority’s executive director a week after she pleaded guilty to embezzlement on May 8, was scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Camden. However, officials said Monday her sentencing has been pushed back until Sept. 7.William Skaggs, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, said no reason was given for the postponement. He noted it is not unusual for sentencing hearings to be rescheduled.Bob Barr, a city councilman who also serves as housing authority chairman, said the agency was notified by the court that Watson’s sentencing had been rescheduled but was not told why. Watson’s attorney, John Zarych of Northfield, could not be immediately reached for comment.The housing authority is scheduled to continue its post-Watson staff restructuring plan when it holds its monthly board meeting Tuesday. Barr said the board is expected to eliminate one position, reduce the hours for another job and discuss possible employee furloughs.The personnel moves are related to the authority’s “financial condition,” Barr noted. More details are expected to be disclosed at the authority’s meeting, which may include a closed session to discuss the staff changes.Meanwhile, Watson, 54, of Galloway Township, faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for embezzling federal housing funds to pay off credit card bills for her personal expenses.During her guilty plea, she admitted she misused two housing authority credit cards to buy 69 MasterCard gift cards between December 2013 and March 2015. The gift cards were used for personal expenses and were also shared by Watson with friends and family members, authorities said.Watson then used U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, funds administered by the authority to pay off the credit card bills associated with her purchase of the gift cards, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities said between $6,500 and $15,000 was lost in the embezzlement scheme.Following her guilty plea, Watson was removed by the housing authority’s board on May 16, setting into motion a series of financial and management reforms at the agency. Among them was the approval of an agreement with the Vineland Housing Authority to have its executive director, Jacqueline Jones, serve in the same capacity for the Ocean City Housing Authority.Other changes included new financial controls that require three authority officials to sign checks, instead of just one. Watson formerly was in charge of signing checks.The housing authority also hired an outside accounting firm to conduct an audit covering the period from Oct. 1, 2015, to Oct. 1, 2016. The audit came up with 15 “findings” needing corrective action. At its July meeting, the board approved a “corrective action plan” formalizing the audit’s recommendations.Bay View Manor is one of the housing facilities under the Ocean City Housing Authority’s control.In his position as board chairman, Barr has repeatedly expressed confidence that the authority is taking the right steps to rebuild the agency, including the hiring of Jones, a veteran housing executive held in high regard by HUD.Last month, Barr revealed that federal and county investigators may conduct a broader review of the authority’s finances based on the results of the new audit and other undisclosed documents from Watson’s former reign as executive director.The authority uses federal funds from HUD to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bay View Manor facilities in Ocean City.Barr, who took over as chairman this year, tried to have Watson removed from her job in March after growing suspicious of the authority’s finances, but was unable to win enough support then from his fellow board members.Watson became the executive director of the Ocean City Housing Authority in 2013 under a shared services agreement with the Brick Housing Authority, where she held the same position. In May, the board terminated the agreement with Brick, effectively getting rid of Watson to make way for Jones as the new executive director.Before she was hired in Ocean City, Watson had four previous theft convictions, according to a report in The Press of Atlantic City. She resigned her position as executive director of the Atlantic City Housing Authority in 2007 after the paper disclosed her criminal past.Barr was unable to explain why Watson was hired in Ocean City, despite her previous theft convictions. He noted that he was not an authority board member at that time. Alesia Watson faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine when she is sentenced.last_img read more

Colorado co-op could save big by buying more renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:Tri-State, a Westminster-based electric power cooperative whose members have pushed for more use of renewable energy sources, could save more than $600 million through 2030 if it did just that, a new report says.Declining costs of wind and solar power give Tri-State Generation and Transmission an opportunity to cut costs for its members and blunt the expense of reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants, according to the study released Thursday by the Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent think tank and research organization that focuses on ways to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.Tri-State, which supplies electricity to associations in New Mexico, Nebraska and Wyoming, gets about half of its power from coal-fired plants. The Rocky Mountain Institute’s report says only one of the five coal-fired plants used by Tri-State and studied by the institute is more economical than the current costs of wind and solar power.Tri-State’s production costs are generally higher than bids for wind — $11 to $18 per megawatt hour — and comparable to solar bids — $23 to $27 per megawatt hour, according to the report. Mark Dyson, a principal at the institute and a co-author of “A Low-Cost Energy Future for Western Cooperatives.”, said the figures factor in transmission expenses.“Even if they don’t shut down coal plants, they can still save money by not running coal-fired facilities as much and just buying renewables in this region,” Dyson said.The Durango-based La Plata Electric Association is one of Tri-State’s members that wants to see less coal and more renewable energy in the mix. “What we’re seeing at La Plata is that the prices of renewables are declining. We want to see more of a renewable mix in the energy supply,” said Mike Dreyspring, the association’s CEO. “It’s as much about the economics as anything.”More: Tri-State could save $600 million by boosting renewable energy use, report says Colorado co-op could save big by buying more renewableslast_img read more

Gov. DeSantis to Officials: Laid-off Workers Should Get Retro Benefits

first_imgLaid-off workers in the Sunshine State should get money going retroactively to the day they tried to file, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Wednesday.Since the middle of last month, thousands of workers who have been laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic have attempted to file claims with the Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) CONNECT system.In many cases, they were unable to access the overwhelmed system.DeSantis did not take action to make the additional payments a requirement. According to state law, benefits are typically calculated from the date an unemployment application is filed.“If someone was trying to apply last Wednesday and the system wasn’t really working, you should count that as the day,” the governor told reporters. He says he also shared that sentiment with the DEO.Had a very productive #COVID19 response roundtable this morning with @FLDEO Director Ken Lawson, @FloridaDMS Secretary Jonathan Satter and @FloridaRevenue Director Jim Zingale to ensure Floridians receive their assistance quicky. pic.twitter.com/oYCF5oLerh— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 6, 2020 In recent days, the state has reassigned hundreds of government employees to help process claims. It is also establishing a system to distribute and receive paper applications, which are already available through some libraries.Additionally, Gov. DeSantis has hired a private call center firm, waived several requirements that applicants must meet in order to expedite the filing process, and had more than 70 servers added to the state’s unemployment system to handle the large number of claims being submitted.last_img read more

AFN Holds All-Comers Event in Lagos

first_imgAlready, athletes across the country; especially those based in Lagos are eager to get on for the season as demonstrated in keen contest witnessed in the recently held Track and Field Coaches Association of Nigeria (TAFCAN) Meet at the National Stadium in Surulere.Activities at today’s All Comers championships which is the maiden event of the year from the AFN is billed to commence by 8.am and expectations are high for a spectacular show at the Yaba Tech Sports complex.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has concluded arrangements to host an All-Comers Championship today at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.Head of Media for the AFN, Olukayode Thomas, said in a press statement that the All-Comers event are expected to be keenly contested as it will be used to select athletes that would participate in the federations’ Golden League meetings which would start off in earnest.“The federation will be having it’s All-Comers event at Yaba Tech on Wednesday, we will be selecting the best athletes from the All-Comers to participate in the Golden League, while the best athletes from the Golden League will form our team to the African Championships in South Africa next month,” Mr. Thomas stated.last_img read more

Amsterdam all set for latest Gaming in Holland conference

first_img Perform picks Amsterdam as DAZN’s innovation home September 14, 2018 Related Articles Share The seventh annual Gaming in Holland (GiH) conference is to get underway next week (Tuesday June 19 – Wednesday June 20) in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, which promises to be “the place to connect with all the key players in the Dutch gaming industry”.Amongst those set to be brought together are Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino, Niels Onkenhout, CEO of Nederlandse Loterij, and Marja Appelman, CEO of the Netherlands Gaming Authority, at the De Hallen Studios in the 19th century Amsterdam West district.With a stacked two day conference programme lined up, a plethora of industry issues and topics are to be discussed, with day one set to focus on the latest regulatory and legal developments, whilst day two switches its focus to the possible opening of the Dutch retail betting market.With a number of networking opportunities also afforded to those attending, amongst the specifics set to be featured across the two days is a discussion on whether the Netherlands is set to be the loser in light of European developments.This comes in light of Spain recently celebrating the fifth anniversary of its successful online market debut, whilst Sweden is also poised to strike for quick market re-regulation.GiH also states that you can “learn how to launch a successful iGaming brand in a liberalized Dutch remote market,” for which creative brand strategist Erik Pas offered a little insight “don’t follow the herd, be different by building a brand based on relevant values”.Furthermore, GiH 2018 is to also see the inaugural Responsibility in Gaming Awards, which is set to be held at an exclusive awards dinner.Here attendees can also show their support for Gehandicaptensport, a Dutch charity which helps to raise vital funds for disabled sports.Ahead of GiH 2018, is stated that seven is very much the magic number, with the Netherlands ranked 7th among the EU28 in GDP per capita, as well as 7th with regards to the size of its gaming, betting and lottery marketShould you wish to attend GiH, you can do so by registering here. René Jansen sheds light on Dutch age verification framework December 18, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit All-in Translations prepares for All-in Global rebrand July 11, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Morphing Shape Paths

first_imgIn the video Matt uses a custom script that he created called “Motion“. With Motion you can easily add easing to keyframes along with some other really awesome features. We highly recommend checking out Motion on the Mt. MoGraph site.Know of any other Illustrator integrations in After Effects? Share in the comments below. Motion designers: learn how to morph Illustrator paths in After Effects in this helpful video tutorial.One of the benefits of using Adobe After Effects instead of Apple Motion is it’s integration with the rest of the Creative Cloud. We’re all familiar with Adobe Dynamic Link, but one of the lesser utilized features is After Effects’ ability to integrate with Illustrator.In the following video tutorial created by motion designer and PremiumBeat blogger Matt Jylkka of Mount MoGraph, he demonstrates how to copy Illustrator paths and paste them into After Effects. The tutorial covers:Optimizing Shapes in IllustratorCopying Shape PathsOffsetting PathsKeyframing Colorslast_img read more

Beckham, Gerrard & England captains’ World Cup record

first_imgWorld Cup England captain World Cup record: How Beckham, Gerrard & every Three Lions skipper fared in finals Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Beckham England 2002 World Cup Getty World Cup England Harry Kane The Three Lions have seen 11 men don their armband on the grandest of sporting stages down the years, with some proving more successful than others There is no more prestigious position in football than captaining your country, with the armband only passed to those deemed worthy of such a role.To be appointed skipper is to be acknowledged as a leader and a person capable of summoning up the spirit in those around you to go chasing collective goals.At this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, 32 men are taking to the field looking to provide the inspiration and guidance to those around them in an attempt to deliver the grandest of prizes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move In the case of England, a new era will be opened, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane having been charged with the task of following in some illustrious footsteps and making the Three Lions roar once more.Although Gareth Southgate’s side do not face as much pressure as previous Three Lions teams heading into the World Cup, a lot of weight rests on Kane’s shoulders and he has only increased that by saying they will tackle the tournament “head on” and setting sights on winning the Golden Boot.The striker will enhance his already glowing reputation if he shows he is a strong leader throughout their campaign in Russia, and will follow in the footsteps of the famous figures who wore the armband on the big stage for England before him. Billy Wright: 1950, 1954 & 1958 The Wolverhampton Wanderers legend made 105 appearances for England, with 90 of those caps secured as captain – a tally nobody before or since can claim to have bettered. He led the Three Lions in their first three World Cup outings during the 1950s, taking in appearances at events in Brazil, Switzerland and Sweden. He would taste just two victories on the grandest of stages, however, with an infamous 1-0 defeat to the United States in 1950 arguably his lowest ebb. A quarter-final defeat to Uruguay in 1954 was as far as he got in the competition.John Haynes: 1962 Having been a regular source of goals at club level during an iconic spell with Fulham, Haynes was considered to be the ideal candidate to lead his country. He did earn 56 caps while netting 18 goals for England, but none of those efforts came at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. The Three Lions would make it through the group stage and into the quarter-finals, but they ultimately came unstuck against eventual winners Brazil. Haynes suffered an unfortunate car accident shortly after the finals and ended up being overlooked in 1966.Bobby Moore: 1966 & 1970 England 1966 Bobby MooreThe most iconic of England captains and so far the only man to have got his hands on a major international honour. Like Wright before him, Moore skippered his country on 90 occasions – taking in 108 appearances in all. The West Ham legend was the man chosen to lead the way on home soil in 1966, and his talismanic presence at the heart of the defence helped the Three Lions to the most stunning of successes. The image of him being hoisted aloft by jubilant team-mates on the Wembley turf, Jules Rimet trophy in hand, is one which will live forever in English football folklore.Mick Mills: 1982 A versatile operator who was switched between right and left-back while taking in 42 appearances for England, Ipswich icon Mills was handed the armband for the 1982 World Cup finals after forcing his way back into contention under Ron Greenwood following an initial spell as a reserve. The Three Lions would make it to the second group stage in Spain but, despite being unbeaten in the competition, bowed out following goalless draws with the hosts and West Germany. Five of Mills’ eight games as skipper came at the 1982 event.Bryan Robson: 1986 & 1990 Having established a reputation as ‘Captain Marvel’ with Manchester United, Robson was considered to be not only England’s finest skipper but also their best player by the time the 1986 World Cup rolled around. Injuries were, however, to prove a problem for the talismanic midfielder throughout his career and they eventually brought his campaigns in Mexico and Italy to a close – with a shoulder problem picked up during a group stage clash with Morocco in 1986 and another knock suffered against the Netherlands four years later.Peter Shilton: 1986 & 1990 Diego Maradona Peter Shilton Argentina England 1986 World CupWith Bryan Robson having been laid low in Mexico, Bobby Robson opted to shift the armband from the heart of his side to the last line of defence. Shilton had been part of the England set-up for 16 years when given the chance to skipper his country on the world stage. He had the armband on when beaten by Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and ‘Goal of the Century’ in 1986, while the last of his record-breaking haul of 125 caps came in a third-place play-off at Italia ’90 – with international retirement announced at 40 years of age.Terry Butcher: 1990 By the time England were left cursing their luck from the penalty spot during a semi-final date with West Germany in 1990, Bobby Robson had made another big captaincy call. Bryan Robson had started as skipper, Shilton had then taken over again, while Butcher inherited the armband for the knockout stages. A man who had shed plenty of blood, sweat and tears for the good of the Three Lions cause down the years came agonisingly close to getting a shot at the most prestigious prize in football, but ended up heading into retirement with 77 caps and a sense of what could have been.Alan Shearer: 1998 Appointed England captain by Glenn Hoddle for the 1998 World Cup qualification campaign, the prolific Newcastle striker would retain the armband until slipping into international retirement on the back of Euro 2000. Shearer would grace just one World Cup finals over the course of his distinguished career, with further penalty heartache suffered by a man who endured similar at Euro ’96. England, despite the efforts of a young Michael Owen, crashed out to Argentina in the second round.David Beckham: 2002 & 2006 David Beckham England Argentina 2002 World CupBeckham shouldered much of the blame for the defeat to Argentina in 1998, with his red card for a petulant kick out at Diego Simeone considered to have cost England dear. ‘Golden Balls’ was, however, to earn redemption in some style, with his next outing at a World Cup finals seeing him fill captaincy duties. Beckham, who almost single-handedly carried the Three Lions to the 2002 finals, was only half-fit in Korea & Japan after suffering a pre-tournament broken metatarsal, but did exorcise his demons against Argentina from the penalty spot. He also skippered England in 2006, but once again penalties and red cards proved to be their undoing.Steven Gerrard: 2010 & 2014 Having shown himself to be a talismanic presence while captaining Liverpool, the all-action midfielder was the logical choice to succeed Beckham once the poster boy of English football started to fade from the spotlight. He was unable to produce his brilliant best on a regular basis for the Three Lions, but did try and drag them through a testing period under Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson. Gerrard announced his international retirement after enduring a humbling group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Frank Lampard: 2014 Gerrard did not start what proved to be his final appearance for England, with Hodgson having opted to tinker with a side which underwhelmed horribly on Brazilian soil. A final group stage fixture against Costa Rica saw the armband passed to Chelsea stalwart Lampard, but he also struggled to provide the necessary motivation and the Three Lions limped home after collecting no victories and just one point from a sorry campaign which intensified the calls for sweeping changes to be made.Harry Kane: 2018 Harry Kane EnglandKane scored within 80 seconds of his senior debut as he stepped off the bench to replace Wayne Rooney in the Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania in March 2015. That was a sign of things to come and just three years later the prolific Tottenham striker has been handed the armband by Gareth Southgate. A man who already has 13 international goals to his name in just 24 appearances will become England’s youngest World Cup captain when he takes to the field against Tunisia on June 18 at the age of 24. The question is, how far can he take the Three Lions?How England captains have fared at the World Cup   P W D L GF GA Billy Wright 10 2 4 4 14 15 John Haynes 4 1 1 2 5 6 Bobby Moore 10 7 1 2 15 7 Mick Mills 5 3 2 0 6 1 Bryan Robson 4 0 3 1 1 2 Peter Shilton 5 3 0 2 9 4 Terry Butcher 3 2 1 0 5 3 Alan Shearer 4 2 1 1 7 4 David Beckham 10 5 4 1 12 5 Steven Gerrard 6 1 2 3 5 9 Frank Lampard 1 0 1 0 0 0last_img read more

NAN wants Keeashs death treated as a homicide – but police say

first_imgAPTN National NewsNishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is calling on the Thunder Bay police to treat the death of Tammy Keeash as a homicide.Keesh’s body was found Sunday in a floodway after she didn’t return to her group home the night before.“Following conversations with the Thunder Bay Police on Tuesday, it was our understanding that the investigation into the death of Tammy Keeash, 17, is being treated as a homicide until the investigation is completed,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “We have strongly encouraged police not to rule out any possible causes for her death until a thorough investigation is completed.”Keeash was from North Caribou Lake First Nation and in child protection.She is the fourth First Nations girl to die while living in group homes in Ontario since October 2016.Thunder Bay police confirmed to APTN that they have not concluded that Keeash was murdered.“This is a death investigation at this time. We are in the process of reviewing the results of the post-(mortem),” said a statement from police.A NAN release Wednesday calling for an inquest into the deaths of the girls in child protection said it believed Keesh’s death was a homicide investigation already.“Her death is being investigated as a homicide,” the release stated.Chiefs call for inquest into deaths of First Nations youth in Ontario care – Globalnews.ca#NishnawbeAskiNation https://t.co/eKVWC7O4h8— Alvin Fiddler (@gcfiddler) May 11, 2017Keeash’s death is eerily similar to a number of First Nations students attending the Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school.Students from a number of First Nation communities travels thousands of kilometres from home to attend high school.Over an 11-year period, five died down by a waterway in Thunder Bay. An inquest was called and a jury issued 145 recommendations.During that inquest, the police were severely criticized for not properly investigating the deaths of the students.The police force is currently being reviewed the Office of the Independent Police Review Director for how it handles investigations of violence against First Nations peoples.The main theme of the release is about NAN’s call for an inquest to look into the death of Keeash, Amy Owen, 13, from Poplar Hills First Nation, who died April 17 in Ottawa. Kanina Sue Turtle, 15, also from Poplar Hills died Oct. 29, 2016, in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Courtney Scott, 16, from Fort Albany First Nation, who died in a house fire on April 21.A statement from the Ontario Coroner’s office said it will include NAN in any decision whether to call an inquest into the [email protected]last_img read more