2 Mob Associates Charged With Franklin Square Heist, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two reputed mobsters were indicted for allegedly robbing a Franklin Square jewelry store and trying to rob two other jewelry stores in the same community six years ago, federal authorities said Wednesday.Darren Elliot, 30, and Matthew “Mack” Hattley, 26, both of Queens, were arrested on robbery, attempted robbery and firearms offenses, among other charges, at Brooklyn federal court. They were among seven Bonanno crime family members and associates rounded up, including the late mob boss John Gotti’s grandson.“This office and its partners will continue to vigilantly pursue such organized violence and stop it in its tracks,” said Bridget Rohde, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who credited Nassau County police for their help in the investigation.Prosecutors said Elliot and Hattley stole about $250,000 in merchandise when they robbed one jewelry store at gunpoint and tied up the store owner—and tried to commit two other Frankin Square jewelry store robberies between Aug. 17, 2011 and May 5, 2012.Others charged in the pair of indictments include the Teflon Don’s 23-year-old grandson, John J. Gotti, 82-year-old Vincent Asaro, 22-year-old Michael Guidici, 26-year-old Matthew “Fat Matt” Rullan and 37-year-old Christopher “Bald Chris” Boothby. All are from Queens.Asaro, a former captain in the Bonanno family who was recently acquitted of charges that he plotted the Lufthansa heist, allegedly ordered an associate to set fire to a vehicle whose driver cut him off in 2012, authorities said. The associate, Gotti and Rullan torched the vehicle and fled police who witnessed the arson, according to investigators.Two weeks later, Gotti, Rullan, and Guidici allegedly robbed a bank of $5,491 after Guidici passed a note to a teller that stated in part, “I have a bomb,” prosecutors said. And in 2014, Boothby, Hattley and another Bonanno associate allegedly stole more than $50,000 in cash and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry during a home invasion during which a woman was tied up, authorities said.All of the suspects face up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

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Study supports concept of 2-stage H5N1 vaccination

first_imgOct 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human immune system may respond better to a vaccine for a new strain of H5N1 avian influenza if it is prepared in advance with a vaccine based on an existing H5N1 strain, the preliminary results of a government-sponsored study suggest.In the study, 37 people who had received an H5N1 vaccine in 1998 were recently given another H5N1 vaccine based on a 2004 strain. They had a much stronger immune response than did another group who received only the newer vaccine, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).”These preliminary findings need to be confirmed in larger studies, but they offer the intriguing possibility that pre-pandemic priming with existing H5N1 vaccines may boost the immune response to a different H5N1 vaccine tailor-made years later to thwart an emerging pandemic,” NIAID Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci commented in a news release.Researchers from the University of Rochester were scheduled to present a preliminary report of their findings today at the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s annual meeting in Toronto, the NIAID reported.When a pandemic flu strain emerges, it will probably take several months to develop a vaccine to match it, and more than one dose will probably be necessary to generate protective immunity, the NIAID said. But providing two doses would be logistically difficult, so researchers have been looking for other strategies. One proposed option is to vaccinate people in advance with a related vaccine in the hope that only one dose of the pandemic vaccine would be necessary.After the first human cases of H5N1 illness occurred in Hong Kong in 1997, the NIAID funded the production of an experimental vaccine based on the Hong Kong virus and tested it in a clinical trial at the University of Rochester in 1998. The researchers found 37 people from that trial who were willing to take part in the new study. Participants in the earlier trial had received two doses of the vaccine.This year, the 37 volunteers were vaccinated with one 90-microgram (mcg) dose of an H5N1 vaccine based on a strain that circulated in Vietnam in 2004, according to a study abstract provided by the University of Rochester. The vaccine is made by Sanofi Pasteur and is the one the US government is currently stockpiling in the face of the pandemic threat, according to Fauci. (That vaccine has shown only modest benefits in trials so far, with about half of vaccinees showing a good immune response after two 90-mcg doses, or about a dozen times the dosage used in seasonal flu vaccine.)The previously vaccinated volunteers had a mean antibody titer (measured by hemagglutination inhibition) of 64.0, with 70% of them achieving a titer of at least 40, according to the study abstract. These findings were compared with results in some volunteers who received 90 mcg of the Sanofi vaccine in a previous study and had never had H5N1 vaccine before. These volunteers had a mean antibody titer of 27.1 after one dose, and only 29% had a titer of at least 40.”We studied a relatively small group, so that certainly, this issue needs to be studied more thoroughly in a larger group of people,” senior author Dr. John J. Treanor, MD, commented in a University of Rochester news release.If further studies confirm the findings, pandemic response planners might consider giving a “priming” shot to key personnel, such as healthcare workers, said Treanor, who directs the university’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit.Fauci told CIDRAP News today, “The data look very encouraging, but the number of people [in the study] is relatively small.””These data add some scientific credence to the concept that there may be some benefit to priming someone with a potential pandemic strain even though the actual pandemic strain might be somewhat different,” he said. “It informs the debate to allow you to have a more scientific basis if you’re considering priming.”See also:NIH news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/Pages/IDSA.aspxUniversity of Rochester news releasehttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-10/uorm-ebs101206.phplast_img read more

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Greenwich tenders 40% of portfolio as it seeks new equity manager

first_imgGreenwich’s local authority fund pension fund is tendering 40% of its portfolio as it looks to hire a new equity manager.The Royal Borough of Greenwich said it was tendering an equity portfolio worth £400m (€565m) and that it hoped to hire a single manager to oversee a passive equity mandate split across UK shares and global market-cap weighted indices.It said it would prefer to invest in an existing pooled fund solution, using a fundamentally weighted global equity index, such as the FTSE Research Affiliates 3000 index.Those interested in the equity mandate have until 16 December to register their interest with the council’s procurement department. The £400m tender comes shortly after the £1bn fund tendered a £100m diversified alternatives mandate.The local authority fund earlier this year decided on an amended strategic asset allocation, which will see it increase its equity exposure slightly to 50% of assets.It currently employs State Street and BlackRock as its global equity managers.State Street was only appointed in August 2013, after a mandate by another asset manager was terminated.last_img read more

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Three Queensland properties ripe for renovation

first_img76 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach, is ready to be given a makeover.The Federal Government’s stimulus package has renewed buyers’ interest in doer-uppers. Anyone thinking of buying a home for renovation have been spurred on by the thought of being able to add $25,000 to their pot. Their are some restrictions to the free cash, which was offered as away to try and stimulate the construction and renovation sectors, which were at threat of grinding to a halt post COVID-19. The restriction include, not renovating a home costing more than $1.5million, applicants not earning more than $120,000 as a single or $200,000 as a couple and the money cannot be spent on ancillary builds, such as a pool or garage. Still, that leaves a number of people who can take advantage of the grant. Anyone seeking a holiday home by the sea, might want to turn their attention to 76 Seagull Avenue, Mermaid Beach on the state’s Gold Coast. Currently a three-bedroom, one bathroom beach shack, the property is a 200m stroll to the beach and is near to the popular Nobby’s Beach precinct of cafes and shops. Sitting on a 405sq m block it offers ambitious buyers an ideal renovation opportunity. It is on the market for $1.2 million through Richard Snowden of McGrath – Palm Beach. 206 Agnew Street, Morningside, could be lifted and built in underneath.In the Brisbane suburb of Morningside, you can pick up this traditional Queenslander at 206 Agnew Street for about $685,000 through Kylee Harnisch of REMAX Results. On the market for the first time, it’s tidy and charming, so you could move straight in while you decide what to do with an abundance of underutilised space beneath the house. This currently features a series of multi-purpose rooms, a workshop and storage areas, along with a single carport at the front. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe potential is endless for anyone with imagination to renovate this three-bedroom home with high ceilings, original cornicing and casement windows and sits on northerly facing 405 sq m block. 270 Kent St, Teneriffe, is a perfect choice for an inner-city renovation project.The properties in Brisbane’s Teneriffe are some of the most coveted thanks to the suburb’s central location and architect-designed homes. The potential to join them is possible for someone who picks up the six-bedroom renovator at 270 Kent Street. Occupying a 506sq m allotment with dual access, it presents the perfect foundation to build upon. The two-storey home as is has a spacious upper level with timber flooring throughout and open-plan main living area, large kitchen and sliding bifold doors that open out onto a rear deck overlooking a verdant backyard. The property is open to expressions of interest through Sarah Hackett and Charmaine McDonald of Place Bulimba estate agency.last_img read more

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Ekiti Set for Inaugural Ikogosi 10km Race

first_imgHe informed that forms can be picked at the Olukayode Oluyemi  Stadium, The Pavilion and the office of the commissioner of Youths and Sports, Ado-Ekiti.At a stakeholders meeting held Thursday at the ministry of youth and sports, Perm Secretary of the ministry, Yemi Owoseni, who represented the commissioner for Sports, said the event will open Ekiti more to the country urging youths from all parts of the country to be part of the event. He said the event is part of Governor Fayemi’s commitment to develop the youths in the state through sports stressing that series of sporting programmes will be unfolded in the coming year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The stage is set for the 1st Ikogosi Road Race scheduled to hold December 14 in Ekiti State.The 10km race themed “Ekitikete Lets Run” is organised under the Ikogosi Marathon initiative and is expected to feature over 5, 000 runners with the male and female winners getting N 1m each. The second to fifth finishers in the male and women will each get 500, 000, 300, 000, 100, 000 and 50, 000 respectively while others in the top 10 will also get varying cash prizes. There will also be lots of consolation prizes for the runners.“This will serve as a test run for want promises to be a very big event in subsequent editions. And we are grateful to Governor Kayode Fayemi for his commitment to ensure the success of this programme,” Race Coordinator, Muyiwa Babalola, stated.last_img read more

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Chinese Medical Team Takes Service to Community

first_imgThe Chinese Medical Team working with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center has begun reaching out to communities in Monrovia with its services.Dr. Sun Lijuan, head of the team, told the Daily Observer Saturday in the Rock Crushing Community in Congo Town that they decided to reach out to communities to help those who are poor and unable to seek medical services at local clinics.She said the agreement between the Liberian and Chinese governments does not set a barrier between the haves and have-nots, and therefore they are under obligation to reach out to those who are poor and cannot access medical facilities.She said the team will reach out to communities in Monrovia and may extend to other parts of Montserrado County and surroundings, if time permits.Dr. Sun said the team liaised with community leaders to select the needy and 40 men, women and children, were identified for assistance.Among the conditions the Chinese Medical Team is treating are high blood pressure, diabetes, and malaria.The Team is accompanied by three Liberian medical personnel.In separate interviews, the head of the China-Liberia Friendship organization, Siafa G. Sheriff, said organization’s impact on Liberians has over the years been tremendous.Mr. Sheriff said the community outreach is one of the many accomplishments of the Chinese in Liberia, adding “that the current initiative is a way of reaching the common people in order for them “to directly feel the impact.”He said such a gesture is commendable because people do not have to spend money except to get to the center where the services are being rendered.The community chairperson, Krangar J. Diggs, lauded the Chinese Medical Team and said the process that leads to the selection of patients is transparent.Mr. Diggs said most of the patients who cannot afford treatment were treated, and they are grateful to the team for helping Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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