Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaA video showing Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla repeatedly touching the arm of an employee he’s accused of trying to coerce into dropping a sexual harassment complaint against him was played in court Tuesday.Ariel Davis, now a former employee, testified on the second day of the trial that she filed a complaint with the town’s Human Resources department after Bonilla allegedly made suggestive remarks and touched her inappropriately. She said she stopped dressing up and started wearing baggy pants after he told her to wear dresses and heels to “sell herself.”“I thought someone would take my outfit as a way to sexually harass me,” she told the court while being cross examined by Adrian DiLuzio, Bonilla’s Mineola-based attorney.DiLuzio argued that Bonilla made a typical request, noting that “good looking, attractive people” are highly valued in politics.She also said when Bonilla heard there was an office rumor that the two were having sex, Bonilla told her: “Let them think that. If its not hurting anybody, so be it.”Davis confirmed that that she received a promotion as a full-time employee upon filing the complaint and DiLuzio questioned Davis’ intent by suggesting that she saw an opportunity to take advantage of Bonilla, which Davis denied.She testified that Bonilla had referred to her as his “right-hand girl” and told her that he “needed to come before everyone else” and “prove herself” to him in exchange for favors, such as extra money in her paycheck.Davis testified that Bonilla sought “inappropriate photos” of her from her ex-boyfriend, also a former employee, in an attempt to discredit her.“Do not trust Ariel, she’s a bad person,” Davis recalled Bonilla telling her ex-boyfriend upon asking for the photos, a request that she deemed inappropriate. “Make sure you have something on her.”She said that she was not aware of the exact photos in question, but that they were “personal, private photos,” that she shared with her ex-boyfriend while they were seeing each other.According to Davis, she and her ex-boyfriend, who is also expected to testify, made the decision to give Bonilla a blank compact disc to give her ex-boyfriend “some time to figure out what he actually can do to keep his job,” under the belief that Bonilla would fire him if he did not hand over photos.Bonilla, a Republican who pleaded not guilty to coercion and misconduct charges last fall, has refused to step down as town clerk despite numerous calls for his resignation.The trial resumes Wednesday afternoon before Judge Sharon Gianelli at First District Court in Hempstead.
With seven teams ranked in the top 25 entering play this weekend, it is clear the Pac-10 is a hard conference to play in. Coming away with conference victories can be quite difficult, even against those few unranked teams.Misfire · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter (pictured here against Cal) and USC committed 31 unforced errors against Arizona State in the loss. – Jesse Bowman | Daily Trojan The No. 5 Women of Troy learned that lesson Friday, as they lost to Arizona State 3-1 in four sets, 29-27, 25-23, 14-25, 25-23. The Sun Devils had lost 28 straight matches to USC prior to this weekend but were able to come away with the victory on a night when USC committed a season-high 31 hitting errors.Many of these errors were charged to junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter and freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana.“They made unforced error after unforced error,” said USC coach Mick Haley. “If they don’t stop doing that, we’re not going to be able to get better.”Fonoimoana did finish with a season-high 20 kills, but she and Jupiter combined for 17 errors on the night.One major factor Haley attributed as a potential source for his team’s somewhat ineffective execution was the team’s travel schedule.“I think we’re not going to be able to go in and play on the same day that we travel because they’re just too young yet. They can’t get that right yet,” Haley said. “I pretty much have to take the blame for that little bit.”After suffering an upsetting defeat on a night when Haley described his team as being “in a fog” for most of the match, the Women of Troy did not have much time to hang their heads, as they had to face No. 25 Arizona in Tucson on Saturday.Fortunately, the Women of Troy were not eager to let one loss turn into two, and prepared themselves for a tough match.“A good night [of] sleep and a chance to clear our heads made a lot of difference,” Haley said.After dropping the first set 19-25, the Women of Troy woke up, taking the next two sets, 25-17 and 25-18, and eventually edging out the win against the Wildcats.“When we lost that first game, we really weren’t playing, but the second game [USC] really took charge,” Haley said. “I thought we got tired in the fourth, so that kind of caused some concern, but really, the fifth game was a well-played game on our part and gave me a lot of hope that we’re still improving.”USC ended up winning the match in five sets (19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 18-16). It was the first time the Women of Troy had won in Tucson in three years.“We passed so much better,” Haley said, when comparing Saturday’s match to Friday’s. “We had over 40 sets to the middle tonight … [and] took a lot of pressure off of [outside hitter Katie] Fuller and the outside.”Junior middle blocker Lauren Williams hit .565 and recorded 13 kills, while freshman middle blocker Alexis Olgard had 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .435. Both had no errors.As this weekend proved to the Women of Troy, making it through the Pac-10 schedule is not going to be easy. All the team can really do to prepare is return to the daily grind of practice and work to become even more disciplined.“We’ll continue to focus on our passing and continue to improve on our aggressive serving,” Haley said. “Keep working hard. Keep improving.”
– urged to come up with workable solutions; improve agency performancesThe first of the budget sessions for 2019 opened with Finance Minister Winston Jordan confronting programme heads and questioning why allocations to certain agencies are being increased but improved results are not evident.On Friday, budget 2019’s sensitisation and training programme kicked off at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre with Jordan reading the riot act to various heads of budget agencies, permanent secretaries and regional heads.He questioned the reason for the lack of performance from certain ministries. For instance, he noted, the increased allocations to the health sector has seen continued drug shortages. He also made reference to the performance of the education sector and the Public Infrastructure Ministry.“Why do we have increasing allocations to the health sector but continued drug shortages and less hospital inspections than previous years? Health accounts for 12.5 per cent of the national budget, in 2018. What intervention within the budget proposal will resolve this conundrum of increasing allocations but declining availability?“Why do we have increasing allocations to education but still less than 50 per cent of our children as passing Math and English? Education accounts for 17.2 per cent of the national budget in 2018. What in the budget proposal will resolve this?” Jordan questioned.“Why do we have increasing allocations for maintenance and infrastructure development, yet our Public Sector Infrastructure Programme is filled with requests to rehabilitate existing infrastructure?”What these things could point to is inefficient management, something Jordan acknowledged. The Minister urged them to do introspection and critique their systems. This means, according to Jordan, offering workable solutions.“Are you, as Heads of Budget Agencies, approving performance-based gratuities without measuring performance? Or worse, are you signing off on poor performance and shying away from your responsibility to take decisions in the best interest of achieving desired results? Are you putting pen to paper when staff do not deliver, or (are you) simply sitting lamenting in your offices?”The workshop is of two-day duration, at the end of which these technocrats are expected to be better equipped to formulate their budget requests. Government is known for cutting agency budget requests. Last year it used its majority to push millions of dollars in budget cuts through the National Assembly.According to the 2018 annual budget proposals of constitutional agencies which were tabled in Parliament, the Audit Office’s request for $844.4 million was slashed to a proposal of $783.8 million. In slashing the amount, it was noted that Budget 2018’s submission did not fulfil certain requirements set out in a budget circular.The fact that the Government was cutting the requested capital sums of $19.9 million to $14 million from the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) provoked a firestorm between the Government side and the Opposition.Cuts to the Office of the Ombudsman, Indigenous People’s Commission, the Women and Gender Equality Commission and the Public Procurement Commission were also passed by the House.Other agencies on the chopping block for 2018 were the Parliament Office, the GECOM, the Supreme Court of Judicature (request of $2.7 billion was reduced to $1.8 billion), the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (request for $223.8 billion was reduced to $174.2 billion) and the Office of the Ombudsman.
De Boer could face the sack this week but the former Inter Milan and Ajax coach insisted his sole focus remains getting his side to build on an improved display.“I am just focusing on what I can control and so are my staff and my players,” he said.“The future is for other people to decide but while I’m the manager of Crystal Palace I will give 100 per cent.“We have to reward ourselves and we didn’t do that today. I am disappointed about the result but I am not disappointed about how we played.”Benitez was forced to miss Newcastle’s trip to south Wales while he recovered from an infection, but they made light of his absence.The 57-year-old Spaniard had an operation on Monday to address an infection resulting from an earlier hernia operation and was unable to recover in time to travel with his squad.Lascelles boosted the former Liverpool manager’s spirits with his headed winner in the closing stages at the Liberty Stadium.Newcastle’s second win lifted them into mid-table, providing Benitez with hope they can avoid relegation despite their lack of top-class signings since last season’s promotion.Newcastle assistant manager Francisco de Miguel Moreno said: “Rafa wanted to come and wanted to do everything he could to attend but the weather conditions were not the best.“He has been active in the game and kept in touch with us throughout the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Crystal Palace’s manager Frank de Boer (R) signals during an English Premier League football match against Burnley on September 10, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 10 – Frank de Boer vowed to fight for his future after a 1-0 defeat at Burnley piled pressure on the Crystal Palace manager, while Newcastle gave ailing boss Rafael Benitez a boost with their 1-0 win at Swansea.Palace have now lost all four league matches under De Boer after an awful back-pass from winger Lee Chung-Yong gifted Chris Wood a home debut goal in the third minute at Turf Moor.