Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two ex-Town of Islip parks officials and two politically connected contractors are among six accused of dumping about 50,000 tons of toxic debris at a Brentwood park—with more at a ball field, a veterans housing complex and in wetlands.The half-dozen suspects and four companies allegedly involved pleaded not guilty Monday at Suffolk Count court to criminal charges of environmental and public health law violations in a long-awaited grand jury indictment following a nearly year-long investigation into the scandal, which has fueled a political upheaval in the town.“They did it pure and simply for money,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told reporters during a news conference at his Hauppauge office. “To follow [New York State Department of Environmental Conservation] regulations for disposal certainly would have been far, far more costly.”Prosecutors said Ex-Islip Parks Commissioner Joseph Montouri Jr. allowed trucking companies linked to Thomas Datre Sr. and his son, Thomas Datre Jr., to dump up to 1,800 truckloads of New York City demolition and construction debris laced with Cobalt, Dieldrin and Asbestos at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. The Datres are separately accused of dumping additional hazardous material a Police Athletic League ballpark in Central Islip, a veterans housing complex in Islandia and in wetlands in Deer Park. Proper disposal of such acutely hazardous material is estimated to cost about $3 million at an out-of-state facility. Long Island facilities cannot accept such waste, since the chemicals can leach into underground aquifers that supply the region’s drinking water.Attorneys for the accused countered that the dirt that was dumped in the Brentwood park to build a soccer field was clean, the scientific tests that prosecutors relied on in their allegations are flawed and the case is a manufactured scandal designed to cut off the Datre family’s donations to the local Republican Party, which has the majority on the Islip town board.“History will record that the public crucifixion of the Datre family for the last eight months was one of the lowest, most shameful moments in Long Island history,” the attorney for the Datre family and their businesses, Kevin Kearon of Garden City-based Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon. “Somebody sold the district attorney’s office a bill of goods, one based on false assumption after false assumption.”Those released without bail following arraignments before Judge Fernando Comacho include Montouri, his former aide, Brett A. Robinson, Datre and his son, one of their employees, Christopher Grabe of Islandia Recycling, and their friend, Ronald Cianculli of Atlas Asphalt. All six were charged with operating a solid waste management facility without a permit and endangering public health, safety or the environment, among other counts. Facing the same charges were 5 Brothers Farming Corp., Daytree at Cortland Square, Inc., Datre Family Farms, Inc. and DFF Farms Corp.The case, which stemmed from complaints about dumping in the park in January, has resulted in a string of protests outside Islip Town Hall. It also forced Conservative Islip Town Counciman Anthony Senft, who was the board’s parks liaison at the time of the dumping, to drop out of his bid for a New York State Senate seat. Outgoing Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, a Navy reservist who was deployed in Afghanistan when the scandal broke, ran instead and won the state Senate seat upon his return.Islip Town parks officials have said they are working with the state DEC on a remediation plan to clean up the Brentwood park, which has been closed for months closed amid the continuing probe. Islip Town Attorney Rob Cicale issued a statement saying that the town “fully cooperated” with the investigation. When asked if Islip town board members cooperated, Spota said: “Everybody has a constitutional right not to speak to us.”But, what Montouri, the disgraced town parks leader, allegedly told investigators, Spota found most disturbing. The district attorney quoted Montouri as saying: “If we got it all done and grass growing, we wouldn’t be here right now.”
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TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.This afternoon’s World Cup memories come courtesy of Square in the Air Director Robin Hutchison, who talks of a German invasion of Derbyshire, the sublime skills of Diego Maradona and having a soft spot for the plucky underdog. Favourite World Cup:Player Franz Beckenbauer. Never saw him play, but Franz Beckenbauer. Drawing a veil over recent corruption allegations around the allocation of the World Cups to Russia and Qatar, that is. Absolute class on the pitch. He and the West Germany team stayed in the Peak District during the 1966 tournament because their early games were at Hillsborough and Villa Park. There was a lot of unease locally as it was only 20 years after the war and the Derbyshire Yeomanry took a hammering in North Africa and Italy. But they trained on the local public park and couldn’t have been friendlier. Humble lads and real ambassadors. Franz even went to a barn dance, I’m told.TeamHaiti and Zaire, 1974. Retrospectively, because I wasn’t born, I have a soft spot for Haiti and Zaire at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. Both managed to concede 14 goals each in three group games, which is some going. The highlight was the Zaire full-back charging out of the wall, and hoofing the stationary ball into Row Z before the waiting Brazilians could take the free-kick. The first time I played men’s football our midfield enforcer (every team had one) asked the referee to hold his false teeth, before punching his opposite number unconscious into the mud of the centre circle. They’re both up there for me as special football moments.Goal Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands v Argentina, 1998). Bergkamp against Argentina to win the Quarter Final against Argentina takes some beating. He’d been anonymous up until the point when Frank De Boer ale-housed the ball – though we are now contractually obliged to call it cultured Total Football – from one end of the pitch to the other. Bergkamp’s control was incredible, as was the flick inside milliseconds later to beat the full-back before again flicking it into the roof of the net past the despairing keeper. All in the 90th minute, as I recall.GameEngland v Argentina, (1986). There have been so many as a Scot brought up in England with allegiances to both nations. Wait, no there haven’t! I don’t think it’s my favourite, but the Hand of God game is the most memorable. That man Maradona again had just beaten Derby County’s Peter Shilton with a piece of cheating beyond the comprehension of a ten-year-old, when four minutes later he produced a goal whose skill was beyond the comprehension of all of us. “At least we got the Belgrano,” my dad said, less than diplomatically.KitScotland, 1986. The navy-blue jersey with the clipped collar was great, but the white shorts with the blue band round the middle were a work of sartorial genius. I got the full kit, including the red socks, for Christmas that year and looked so much better in it than Gordon Strachan. Denmark’s shaded Hummel kit from the same group – that progressed a little further in the tournament – was pretty good too. Very 1980s._________________________________________________________________First World Cup memory 25 June 1986 (Argentina v Belgium). A sunny summer’s evening in Derbyshire with a little bloke called Diego Maradona surrounded by what seemed like hundreds of legless Belgians. He was in Mexico; I was in Derbyshire. His second goal was sublime. I took an age drawing a picture of him at school the next day, complete with Puma football boots. I still have it. My dad says he was the best he’d ever seen – and he was one of 127,000 people who saw Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas destroy Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden in 1960.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day.
DONEGAL are celebrating their all-Ireland hurling victory over Tyrone at Croke Park on Saturday.Click on this brilliant Wallace Media video to hear interviews with the heroes including Ciarán Mathewson. Enjoy!DDTV VIDEO: INTERVIEWS WITH DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND WINNING HURLING HEROES was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:all-irelanddonegal hurlerslory meagher cup finalwallace media
Donegal Mountain Rescue team is currently on a call-out to assist a walker who has been injured.The walker became injured near Malin Head this afternoon and requires assistance.Update:The injured walker was found and brought safely off the hill at approx 8pm. Rescue underway of injured walker near Malin Head was last modified: July 9th, 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two school teachers left their careers to start a working farm that would become a day program for adults with disabilities, giving those individuals a chance to have a fulfilling day on the farm with meaning and purpose. Their 3rd Annual Fall Festival is coming up on September 15th! The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more from The HARD Acre Farm in Clark County, Ohio.
Apple, or rather the rumour mill around the Apple iPhone 8, has kept the company fans busy this year. The iPhone 8 rumours have constantly been pouring in bits and pieces. Adding to all the existing rumours, Evan Blass, the famous tipster from Twitter, has now put up a new image on Twitter, claiming it to be an iPhone 8 encased in a bulky frame from Urban Armor Gear.The image leaves almost nothing to imagination and reveals the iPhone in its full glory. What catches the eye is the huge expansive display of the phone with no bezels in view. The phone has seriously massive screen and looks like Apple has completely done away with the bezels this time. Further, the photo reveals a notch at the top that houses the sensors, camera and the earpiece.The iPhone 8 is a very important phone for Apple considering that it will mark the ten years of the iPhone. The phone is expected to come in late September or early October and have been exposed to several rumours in the past. While the new image leaked by Blass reveals that the phone could come with radical edge-to-edge display, past rumours suggest that the phone could sport 5.8-inch 2.5D curved TrueTone OLED display. The dual rear cameras of the iPhone 8 could be aligned vertically.Another interesting bit about the latest leaked image of the iPhone 8 is absence of the home button and fingerprint sensor. Chances are that the functionality for both has been moved under the big display of the phone. If accurate, this will also mark a major engineering breakthrough in the design of smartphones.advertisementAlso Read: iPhone 8 specs and key features leak, this year’s iPhone will be truly differentOne of the strongest rumours regarding the iPhone 8, that has recently come from HomePod firmware, is that the iPhone 8 could not come with the Touch ID sensor laid beneath its display. There are talks that the iPhone 8 could be delayed, mainly because Apple is unclear with the Touch ID sensor ‘s placement in the phone.There is a buzz that the iPhone 8 could come with a 3D face unlocking which will allow users to securely log-in and authenticate payments. Further, the infrared camera in the phone would help the phone detect user’s face even in the dark.The HomePod firmware has also confirmed that the upcoming iPhone 8 will also have a Nokia like tap feature that will allow users to unlock the phone with just single tap or double tap. The report has also confirmed that the iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone to support quick charging and wireless charging. Other features expected on board are IP68 waterproofing, 3D touch module, radical overhaul of camera design and a powerful A11 processor.
ATHENS (AP) — Defending Greek champion AEK Athens was sanctioned by UEFA on Friday and threatened with suspension from European competition after rioting fans hurled flares and a petrol bomb at rival supporters from Ajax during a Champions League match in November.UEFA ordered the competition ban but suspended the decision for two years. It also ordered AEK to play its next two games in European competition behind closed doors, and fined the club 80,000 euros ($90,800).The violence broke out inside the Olympic Stadium before the start of the match on Nov. 27, mostly involving Greek fans who clashed with riot police. Moments before the game started, riot police charged into the stands to break up AEK fans who hurled flares and smoke canisters.Police reported no injuries or arrests, but a petrol bomb exploded near a section of away supporters. In the UEFA decision on Friday, AEK fans were blamed for throwing objects, setting off fireworks, a field invasion and crowd disturbances.Ajax won the game 2-0.The penalty saw AEK dodge an immediate competition ban, and the club issued a new apology for the violence.“From the outset, our team has publicly apologized and acknowledged its responsibility for what happened. Most importantly, the behavior was an affront to one of the most important clubs in European history,” AEK said.AEK recovered from bankruptcy in 2013 and rose from the amateur leagues to with the country’s league title last season. It has failed to repeat that success so far this season and is currently in third place, 17 points behind leader PAOK Thessaloniki.AEK lost all six group matches in the Champions League this season, facing Ajax, Benfica, and Bayern Munich.TweetPinShare0 Shares